10 traditional Greek dishes that are surprisingly vegan

10 traditional Greek dishes that are surprisingly vegan

Something not a lot of vegan bloggers mention about Greece is the bountiful supply of fresh fruits and vegetables. Like most Mediterranean countries you can find lots of local produce. Every region in Athens holds a Farmer’s market (laiki) once a week, usually on varying days. There you can find a wide variety of products at very affordable prices. Fruits and veg aside, if you are looking for vegan choices, here are 10 traditional Greek foods that are surprisingly vegan. You can either cook or try when visiting Athens.


Although vegan cuisine is a growing market in Greece, being ”vegan” is a relatively new concept for a lot of Greeks. Therefore, when eating out if your server seems unsure about the ”vegan” options on the menu be more specific by mentioning that you don’t eat meat or any other animal products. Like cheese, butter, honey, milk, yogurts and eggs.

Please note that some restaurants might add meat stock to their dishes.

There are also a lot of vegan restaurants. You can find some on Vegan Guide Greece.

1.Fasolada (white bean soup)

Photo by Vegan International

White bean soup with carrots, celery, tomato paste, onions, and olive oil.

2. Gemista (stuffed vegetables)

Photo – stuffed vegetables by Akis Petretzikis

Peppers, tomatoes, and aubergines stuffed with rice, tomato sauce, mint, garlic, onion, parsley, and olive oil.

3. Briam (roasted vegetable medley)

Photo by Boro.gr

Roasted zucchini, red peppers, potatoes, and aubergine with tomato sauce, onions, garlic, oregano, and olive oil.

4. Agginares ala polita (artichoke stew)

Photo – Artichoke stew by Akis Petretzikis

Artichokes cooked with carrots, potatoes, onions, dill, lemon and olive oil.

5. Spanakorizo (spinach and rice)

Photo – Rice and spinach by Aris Petretzikis

Rice cooked with spinach, onions, lemon, tomato sauce and olive oil.

6. Fava (yellow split pea puree)

Photo – Fava by Akis Petretzikis

Fava is an appetiser, particularly popular in the Greek vegan community. It is made with yellow spit pea, carrot, onion, garlic, lemon and olive oil.

7. Fasolakia (green bean stew)

Photo Fasolakia by Akis Petretzikis

Green string beans cooked with tomato sauce, potatoes, onions, garlic, mint, parsley and olive oil.

8. Roasted lemon potatoes

Photo by food.com

A very classic dish in Greek cuisine. Roasted potatoes seasoned with garlic, salt, pepper, lemon, oregano, and of course olive oil.

9. Fakes (lentil soup)

Photo – Lentil soup by Akis Petretzikis

Lentil soup cooked with tomato sauce, onions, carrots, thyme, garlic, bay leaves and olive oil.

10. Koulouri (sesame bread crown)

Photo – Koulouri by Akis Petretzikis

Popular breakfast or snack. This can be easily purchased on the go. Ingredients include flour, sesame seeds, and sugar.

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