Our friend, The Nomadic Vegan, put together an incredible list of Greek vegan food and has graciously allowed us to share it here.
Guest blog post by: Wendy, The Nomadic Vegan
Greece is full of delicious vegan food! You will find a huge selection of naturally vegan dishes in traditional Greek cuisine. This can be partly attributed to the nature of Mediterranean cuisine in general, which generally emphasizes fresh fruits and vegetables and uses meat only sparingly.
In the case of Greece, though, there is an additional reason for all the veggie-friendly dishes: religion. The calendar of the Greek Orthodox Church contains more than 180 fasting days, including every Wednesday and Friday as well as longer periods lasting several weeks, like the weeks leading up to Christmas and Easter. And the diet followed on fasting days is, as it turns out, not far from a vegan diet.
A few non-vegan foods are still allowed, such as certain kinds of aquatic animals, but as long as you determine that a dish is nistisimo (fasting food) and doesn’t contain any seafood or honey, then you should be all set.
Here is a non-exhaustive guide to Greek vegan food…
Soups and Salads
Don’t overlook these! Plenty of these small dishes or appetizers are vegan, and it’s quite common in Greece to combine a few of them to make a meal.
Street Food, Sweets, and Snacks
So as you can see, vegans are in no danger of going hungry in Greece. And if you’re not vegan, I still encourage you to branch out from the ubiquitous moussaka and souvlaki and try some of these delicious local specialties that most visitors never discover. You won’t regret it!
Have you tried any Greek vegan foods not listed here? Share them in the comments below!