Are you Vegan?
Are you planning to visit Greece and you are getting discouraged by all the Authentic meaty foods known as gyros, moussaka, pastitsio etc around Greece?? I have great news for you!! Actually, in Greece, there is a BIG variety of Traditional Vegan dishes to try. Despite the fact that few Greeks are aware of the world of Veganism, in fact, lots of Greek foods are originally Vegan.
If you visit a Greek restaurant and ask for Vegan dishes, most probably (90%), mainly in Islands and small towns, people will stare at you without having any idea what are you talking about. To make it worse many of serving people there are not even aware of the ingredients in the served dishes. Sorry but this is the truth.
It reminded me of one day that I visited a bakery and asked for dairy-free (vegan) cookies. The lady at the store was very happy about their delicious vegan cookies and offered me a free sample. I took a bite and discovered that inside were pieces of small milky chocolates. I informed her that those cookies were not vegan as they were having milky chocolates. Her answer? “Oh, it’s ok! Little bit pieces of milk chocolates don’t matter, our cookies are vegan”. See? So be aware.
Study the article below, print the list I have provided along with the Greek instructions and you are ready for your next dream vacation in Greece! 🙂
Be aware: When you ask a dish please specify that you are Vegan because in some of them they sprinkle cheese on the top of the dish. Below you can find a card translated into Greek mentioning your diet restrictions to your waiter.
Ladera cooked with lots of Olive oil (Vegetables)
My favourite summer Greek dish!! It’s stuffed vegetables (tomatoes, eggplants, green long pumpkins, pumpkin flowers, potatoes and green peppers) with rice and herbs, baked in an oven along with pieces of potatoes. Be careful! There is a version with minced meat also, so just make sure you order the meatless one.
Baked vegetables with tomato sauce and herbs. Another version is Grilled vegetables. For the recipe click Here -> Mpriam
Baked eggplants in tomato sauce
Big white beans baked in a tomato sauce and herbs
Okra cooked in tomato sauce
Peas cooked in tomato sauce with potatoes and carrots
Green beans cooked in tomato sauce and served hot.
Stuffed vine leaves with rice, herbs, and lemon cooked in a big pan with water. Served cold, with a drizzle of lemon and olive oil
Spinach pie mainly is made with eggs and cheese but some restaurants especially during lent, make it in a Vegan version. For the recipe click Here -> Spinach pie with homemade phyllo
Pumpkin pie mainly is made with eggs and cheese but some restaurants especially during lent, make it in a Vegan version. You can also find it in a sweet version made with raisins.
Mushroom pie mainly is made with eggs and cheese but some restaurants especially during lent, make it in a Vegan version.
Grains & Legumes
Bean tomato soup served hot.
Lentils soup served hot.
Creamy Rice and Spinach cooked in a big pan with olive oil and herbs. Served hot.
Creamy Rice and cabbage cooked in a big pan with olive oil and herbs. Served hot.
Creamy Rice and leeks cooked in a big pan with olive oil and herbs. Served hot.
Ask for the vegetable version without dairy. For the recipe click Here -> Risotto with beetroots & dill/
Pasta with tomato sauce or vegetables
Ask for the version with cheese.
Yellow beans with olive oil and lemon. Can be served as a side dish and you can mainly fond it in Islands mainly in Santorini.
Meatless fried balls made of tomato and herbs. Make sure there is no egg or milk inside, as sometimes they cook it with them. They are very famous in Santorini Island.
You can have the Traditional Greek pita with vegetables, potatoes and tomato sauce.
As you can see you have lots of choices for Main Dishes. The majority of them you can find them in Tavernas and Restaurants. In most of the Souvlakeri (Gyros shops) they can serve you Vegan gyros. Be careful with the sauces which normally is tzatziki and contains yoghurt.