12 Traditional Ukrainian Recipes Made Vegan


Now that Ukraine is at war with Russia and facing an uncertain future, it’s more important than ever to preserve its cultural heritage. In recognition of the Ukrainian people’s brave defense of their proud nation, we bring you 12 recipes that will hopefully strengthen the connection with family tradition. All our hearts go out to the Ukrainian people as they defend their homeland.

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1. Easy Borscht

Easy Borscht

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Enjoy this plant-based Easy Borscht by Zuzana Fajkusova and Nikki Lefler that is a recipe on traditional borscht!

2. Potato Pancakes

Potato Pancakes

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These tasty Potato Pancakes by Olivia Andrews are inspired by Korean potato pancakes, which usually use potato starch, giving them a nice chewy, gelatinous texture. If you’re not so fond of the texture, you can use cornflour instead of potato starch, which is more widely available. I find equal parts of each is a happy medium.

3. Brown Rice and Lentil Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Brown Rice and Lentil Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

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These Brown Rice and Lentil Stuffed Cabbage Rolls by Kathryn Pfeffer-Scanlan are mixed with green lentils and brown rice as a healthy, plant-based meat substitute to corned beef. Topping them with vitamin C-rich tomato sauce also makes it an even better source of iron!

4. Lentil Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Lentil Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

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Lentils and cabbage are two ingredients that may not be that exciting on their own but put them together and submerge them in a ridiculously flavorful tomato sauce? Amazing. These Lentil Stuffed Cabbage Rolls by Michael and Masa Ofei are hearty from the white rice and lentils, savory thanks to the sautéed onions, salt, and pepper, and super easy to make. Serve these warm on their own, with a side of mashed potatoes, or with bread for soaking up all of the tomatoey deliciousness.

5. Roasted Garlic Cheese Fritters

Roasted Garlic Cheese Fritters

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These Roasted Garlic Cheese Fritters by Florian Nouh are made with just five ingredients made in only three easy steps. Based on chickpeas, these fritters are also grain-free and can be made oil-free on top of being delicious. These are flavorful, easy, tasty, cheesy, hearty, garlicky, and cheesy. Delicious on their own — just serve them with some sauce for dipping. Or, for a full meal, throw them in a salad or a wrap with plenty of greens. Countless possibilities, more deliciousness just for you.

6. Light and Crispy Zucchini Fritters

Light and Crispy Zucchini Fritters

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These Light and Crispy Zucchini Fritters by Pavani Nandula are beautifully spiced, golden-brown discs of deliciousness. The zucchinis are salted and pressed before being mixed with a bold blend of herbs and spices. These fritters can be served on their own or you can put them inside of a pita for a tasty wrap.

7. Red Borscht Soup

Red Borscht Soup

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This recipe for Red Borscht Soup by Tori Cooper is cheap to make and very healthy as well as tasty! The bright color will make you smile, and the flavor will be even better. Vibrant, simple, and wonderful!

8. Homemade Vegan Sausage

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This Homemade Vegan Sausage by Elinor Kugler is perfectly infused with spices and flavor, has the perfect texture, and the best part is you don’t need any foil to make them! The hardest part is waiting for them to cook. These are SO worth it though! Bursting with flavor in every bite, these beat store-bought sausage by a long shot.

9. Colomba di Pasqua: Italian Easter Sweet Bread

Colomba di Pasqua: Italian Easter Sweet Bread

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Colomba di Pasqua: Italian Easter Sweet Bread Traditionally made with flour, eggs, sugar, yeast, and butter. The dough is speckled with dried fruit and then fashioned into a dove shape (“colomba” in Italian) and then topped with sugar and slivered almonds before baking. This version by Pavani Nandula makes it possible without the eggs or dairy!

10. Potato Salad

Potato Salad

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This is a simple Potato Salad recipe by Simona Mallerba!

11. Potato Salad

Potato Salad

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This creamy dill Potato Salad by Koko Brill is vegan, although no one would be able to guess that. The rich, flavorful cashew dressing is perfect with new potatoes, greens, celery, and red onions. Enjoy this easy recipe at your next get-together with friends or family. Don’t worry too much about using exact measurements or precise chopping. Just throw all the ingredients together, taste, and adjust accordingly.

12. Onion and Sweet Potato Pierogis

Onion and Sweet Potato Pierogis

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Pierogi are Slavic potato-filled dumplings that can be stuffed with savory or sweet fillings, making them the ultimate comfort food. Serve up these Onion and Sweet Potato Pierogis by Sweet, Savory, and Free that are miraculously saved AND sweet all in one dough crescent.

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