VEGAN MIDDLE EASTERN FOOD & PLANT-BASED MENU OPTIONS
For both lunch and dinner, Middle Eastern (or Mediterranean) cuisine is a regular in our rotation. A multitude of traditional Middle Eastern foods are naturally vegan, so finding plant-based options at your local restaurants is never tough.
Here's some high-level suggestions on how to enhance your plant-based Middle Eastern experience:
Hummus and falafel are protein staples in the Middle Eastern diet. You can't go wrong with them alone or as a combo. We prefer combo!
Get creative with their sauces. Hot sauce and tahini are always vegan and always dope.
Appetizers & Sides:
Hummus - the holy grail of Middle Eastern food. A spread made with chickpeas, tahini (sesame seed dressing), lemon, olive oil, and spices. You can put this on anything, use it as a dip, whatever floats your boat! Don't forget to add this protein powerhouse to your entree if doesn't already come with it.
Tabbouleh - fresh salad made of chopped parsley, bulgur wheat (or quinoa), onions, tomatoes, lemon, mint, and seasonings. Mixes well with falafel!
Babaganoush - tasty spread made with eggplant and tahini
Pita bread - make sure it's whole wheat
Muhammarah - usually made with red peppers, walnuts, and pomegranates
Dolmas - grape leaf wraps stuffed with rice, herbs, spices, and sometimes veggies. Dip these in hummus or tahini.
Tomato & Cucumber Salad - just as the name states, a salad made with tomatoes and cucumbers; adds a nice crisp, fresh crunch to a falafel entree
Falafel - balls made with chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) and spices; usually deep fried and contain lots of protein; order it in a pita or on a plate; goes great with hummus, tabbouleh, tomato and cucumber salad, hot sauce and tahini
Fattoush - salad tossed with lemon garlic dressing, pita chips, tomatoes, onions, parsley, mint, and spiced with sumac. It can sometimes come with feta so remember to ask for no cheese.
Mujadara - mix of lentils, rice, and spices; topped with caramelized onions; but don't be afraid to also toss some tahini, eggplant, and/or tomatoes on this bad boy!
Vegetarian Mezze Platter - a platter that usually consists of hella plant-based options (hummus, falafel, dolmas, etc)
Hand-picked favorites from the BLOK founders:
Falafel plate with hummus, tabbouleh, hot sauce and tahini
Vegetarian Mezze Platter