During the Old Testament period, a Hebrew prophet named Daniel challenged the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar in the area of overall fitness, and this is the first detailed documentation of Jewish vegan heritage making a strong statement. And now the top 5 vegan dishes of Israel feed a new army that is currently locked in a domestic ideological campaign called the "vegan revolution."

Despite being mostly described by the mass media as bordering mass-hysteria, it is the one social issue that many people in Israel take seriously. In fact, a report published by BBC underscores how the vegan revolution even gained supporters in the most respected organization in the country - the Israel Defense Forces.

There is little doubt that vegan culture is slowly becoming a mainstream in Israel. Any tourist who will plan to visit Tel Aviv might as well take note of the following vegetarian kosher food menu.

Lentil Soup

This staple kosher food is very popular among traditional Jewish households. This thick vegetable stew is standard comfort meal during the winter season. Lentil soup is one of the most widely imported recipes that originally came from Hebrew culture.


Sabich is the Jewish answer to Italian pizza and American hamburger. It is unleavened pita bread stuffed with fried eggplant, potatoes, parsley and hummus (among other veggies). When Jesus broke the bread, his disciples could have thought of this recipe.

Israeli Salad

Take note: the ingredients in this dish are neither cooked nor processed. Israeli salad is a quintessential kosher food that only entails a combination of chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions drenched in lemon juice (pure liquid squeezed from a sliced lemon).


Although this dish is well-known in Israel's open cafes, it is important to take note that this original Mediterranean recipe was imported from Greece. Grapevine leaves wrap sweet rice and lentils, turning it into a fine stuffed desert.


Israel's competitive vegan culture has indeed gone far enough to challenge the world's best vegetarian nation - India. The Jewish answer to the famous Indian samosa is the 'sambusak.' This savory pastry is stuffed with chickpeas and other spices (some which, ironically, they might still import from India).