While a French vegan isn't necessary a rarity, the traditional cuisine seems like the exact opposite of vegan — with its rich cream sauces, butter-filled pastries and meat-centric mains.
And while there's more to the French diet than what they actually eat, we thought we'd share some classic French dishes made the vegan way — so everyone can join in on celebrating and savoring Bastille Day.
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This Provençal dish uses fresh summer produce for a light and lovely meal or starter.
A tartine is basically a fancy-sounding open-faced sandwich. It's the perfect opportunity to take avocado toast to new heights.
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Veganize this typically eggy dish with tofu for a meal that's easy to share and makes great leftovers. This version's hash brown crust, while not traditional, makes this recipe a winner.
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Turn this classic side into a meal with some protein-packed chickpeas. It's the perfect dish to showcase summer zucchini and tomatoes — and it tastes even better the next day.
Photo by Julien West, courtesy of The Simple Veganista
Move over, beef. Mushrooms are stepping up as the star of this wine-braised stew. While a stew might not seem apropos of mid-July, the plant-based version is light enough to enjoy outside and hearty enough for a filling dinner.
Easy and simple, these tarts are gluten-free, deliciously vegan and require no baking at all — savor them like a true Parisian would.
A rich and show-stopping dessert that's also vegan and easy to make? Vive la France!