Veg Dish

While a few humans classify themselves strictly as herbivores, subsisting solely on plants, most of us are omnivores, enjoying a varied diet of meat and plants. So unless you’re a lion tearing into a fresh wildebeest, a truly carnivorous diet would be awfully limited and boring. Well, here’s a list of vegetable-based dishes that are rich in flavor and texture, and sure to appeal to even the most hardcore omnivore. Whether you dig international cuisine or prefer to play it safe with good ol’ mac and cheese, there’s something here for everyone.

Tlaycoyo Con Queso
Alamexo Cantina
Made from masa, this botana, or snack-sized dish is filled with mellow, gooey Oaxacan cheese, spicy green chile and topped with lettuce, cilantro, salsa and slices of fresh radish. Zesty and substantial—this snack is sure to satisfy. Pair it with a margarita and housemade guacamole for the full Alamexo Cantina experience. 1059 E. 900 South, SLC,

Veg_1Vegetarian Dumplings
Chow Truck
Chow Truck was Salt Lake’s premier food truck, and it’s still going strong. Since purchasing the business, Chef J. Looney has added a few new gems to the popular menu, like these obsession-worthy dumplings. Filled with veggies, perfectly fried and served with a delectable hoisin sauce, these marvelous morsels will make your mouth a happy place. Follow Chow Truck on social media or check their website to find the bright yellow restaurant on wheels.

Veg_2Falafel sandwich
O’Falafel Etc.
If a restaurant is named after a food, you just gotta order that food. Case in point: the Falafel sandwich from O’Falafel Etc. Lightly fried patties of ground garbanzo beans and onion, cilantro and parsley are tucked into warm, fluffy pita bread. As a falafel enthusiast, I’m confident these will be among the best you’ve ever tasted. Simply put, this is fab falafel. 790 E. 2100 South, SLC, 801-487-7747,

Classic Masala Dosa
Saffron Valley
The Indian masala dosa at Saffron Valley is comfort food on par with American grilled cheese and tomato soup, only a lot more flavorful and fun to eat. A large (like, massive) rolled crepe made from fermented lentils and rice is filled with spicy mashed potatoes and served with sambhar, a soup made especially for dipping your dosa. Sweet coconut and savory tomato chutneys are also served alongside for your dunking pleasure. 26 E St, SLC, 801-203-3325; 1098 W. South Jordan Parkway, South Jordan, 801-438-4823,

Veg_3Mac and Cheese
Vertical Diner
It’s genius is its simplicity: Tender al dente noodles are slathered in a creamy cheese sauce that just happens to be vegan. Topped with a sprinkling of crunchy panko, each forkful is divine. Order a glass of chardonnay, toast to your good taste and tuck into a bowl of your childhood favorite. You sure won’t miss the orange food coloring.  234 W. 900 South, SLC, 801-484-8378,

Red Iguana
Red Iguana offers plenty of intriguing vegan and vegetarian options. Try the enmoladas, corn tortillas stuffed with refried beans and slathered with mole negro, rich with flavors of Mexican chocolate, walnuts, banana and dried chile mulato. Pickled red onions add a bright pop on top. This dish can be made vegan, too: just skip the queso fresco and cotija—it’s every bit as heavenly sans cheese. 736 W. North Temple, SLC, 801-322-1489; Red Iguana 2, 866 W. South Temple, SLC, 801-214-6050,

Veg_4Bun Tofu Chay
Pho Saigon Noodle House
The vegetarian options at Pho Saigon Noodle House do not disappoint. Bun tofu chay is a light, refreshing dish perfect for a hot day. This noodle salad consists of chilled vermicelli noodles, sprouts, onions, carrots and fresh lettuce served with hearty stir-fried lemongrass tofu. Sheets of crispy soy add extra crunch. Take it one step further by adding curry or make it extra spicy, your choice. 4907 S. State, Murray, 801-590-8277; 2222 W. 3500 South, West Valley City, 801-746-7684

Street Tofu
Mollie and Ollie
This quick, contemporary, casual spot is popular with those trying to eat healthier but still wanting to enjoy “fast” food. Even if you’re a tofu-phobe, you’ll love the Street Tofu at Mollie and Ollie. Five strips of sesame-crusted crispy tofu are stacked like Jenga pieces, then drizzled with housemade spicy aioli, sweet soy sauce and sprinkled with green onions. Not only is this appetizer delicious, but dished up in geometric shapes with colorful drizzles, it’s also a work of art. 159 S. Main, SLC, 801-328-5659,

Tasting Plate
Oasis Café
Oasis Café was one of Salt Lake’s first spots to offer inventive vegan fare, and years later, it’s still one of the best places to get your veggies on. The Tasting Plate is a study in the delicious. Flavors cover a range that includes savory hummus, sweet eggplant caponata, tart olive tapenade and refreshing marinated cucumber noodles served with both grilled pita and ciabatta bread. If you’re indecisive or just crave a bit of everything, the Tasting Plate will surely satisfy. 151 S. 500 East, SLC, 801-322-0404,

Veg_5Vegan Joke
Chabaar Beyond Thai
Looking for a unique way to begin the day? Kick it off with a hefty traditional Thai breakfast. Joke is a comforting dish of savory porridge made with boiled rice topped with tasty cubes of fried tofu. A medley of aromatic veggies add flavor and texture, but ginger and cilantro win the show. Although it’s excellent anytime, I especially recommend this dish if you’re feeling under the weather; it’s the perfect pick-me-up. 87 W. 7200 South, Midvale, 801-566-5100,


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