Vegetarian and vegan dishes are an absolutely integral part of Israeli cuisine. If you are looking to sample why a vegan diet is so popular in Israel, then these are the dishes you do not want to miss.
ISRAELI CHOPPED SALAD
As a big part of Israeli cuisine, Israeli salad is similar to other fresh salads found around the Mediterranean. Each cook makes it their own way, but the basic ingredients include finely chopped cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, red onion, fresh herbs (parsley and mint), lemon juice and a splash of olive oil. Additionally, it pairs beautifully many breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes. Israeli salad can be found at restaurants and in homes all over the country, as well as stuffed into a pita.
HUMMUS – BEST VEGAN FOOD IN ISRAEL
Hummus, also called humus or hummus, simply means ‘chickpea’ in Arabic. As one of the traditional dishes in Israel, hummus actually has a Lebanese origin. Made with crushed chickpeas and mixed with tahini sauce, lemon, olive oil, salt and garlic, the delicious dish is a popular dip served alongside cucumbers, carrots, boiled eggs, pita and other vegetables around Israel. Known for its high nutritional value, hummus has become big business in Israel, you can also find an amazing variety of hummus at many cafés, restaurants and even supermarkets.
FALAFEL – THE KING OF FINE CUISINE IN ISRAEL
Being popular throughout Egypt and the Middle East, falafel is a ball of ground chickpeas spiced with ingredients like cumin, coriander, pepper and chilli powder and is then deep-fried. In Israel, it is widely considered the national dish and is commonly eaten as a sandwich with pita, along with hummus and Israeli salad. You can find these little falafel balls on almost every street corner, especially in the larger towns in Israel at a very cheap price (from 3 to 5 dollars per portion).
When it comes to classic Israeli food, shakshuka deriving from North Africa is high up on the bucket list. Shakshuka is a fairly liquid concoction of tomatoes, onions, plenty of garlic, peppers, chickpeas and then topped off with a poached egg in the same frying pan. All of the ingredients are stewed together and served alongside bread or pita. Today, there are variations that incorporate a myriad of different spices and vegetables, depending on the preferences of the cook.
SABICH – THE QUINTESSENTIAL ISRAELI DISH
Another fantastic vegan food in Israel is sabich, a classic Israeli staple that may have started as a breakfast dish, but is amazingly satisfying at any time of the day. Created in Israel by Iraqi immigrants, this pita sandwich is stuffed with generous slices of fried eggplant, pickles, potatoes, parsley, hummus, Israeli salad and tahini sauce. Additionally, another version of the dish also includes boiled eggs, making sabich a very healthy bite. With its delectable flavour and inexpensive price, sabich is an obsession amongst young Israelis.