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.

1. Soup au Pistou

Photo by Jeanine Donofrio, courtesy of Love & Lemons

This Provençal dish uses fresh summer produce for a light and lovely meal or starter.

2. Avocado Tartine

A tartine is basically a fancy-sounding open-faced sandwich. It's the perfect opportunity to take avocado toast to new heights.

3. Simple Tofu Quiche

Photo courtesy of Minimalist Baker

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.

4. Chickpea Ratatouille

Photo by Livvy Zimmerman, courtesy of 86 Lemons

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.

5. Mushroom Bourguignon

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.

6. Sweet Berry Tarts

Easy and simple, these tarts are gluten-free, deliciously vegan and require no baking at all — savor them like a true Parisian would.

7. Chocolate Avocado Mousse

A rich and show-stopping dessert that's also vegan and easy to make? Vive la France!


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