7 Easy French Vegetarian Recipes

An abundance of fruit and vegetables make finding delectable French vegetarian recipes very easy. Please note that these are lacto-ovo vegetarian recipes. They cannot be classifies as vegan because some use animal products butter, milk, and eggs.
  • 01 of 07
    Casserole pan containing vegetable ratatouille
    Ratatouille. Philip Wilkins / Getty Images
    This traditional vegetable stew originated as a poor man’s dish in Nice. This version lightly caramelizes the onions and peppers before adding them to the rest of the dish, giving it a fantastic complex flavor without much additional effort.
  • 02 of 07
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    Cheese and Onion Tart. Mark Gillow

    This classic Roquefort and caramelized onion tart recipe is layered with complex flavors: salty, piquant cheese, mellow, sweet onions, and rich eggs and cream. Baked into a  pastry shell, the combination is nothing less than irresistible. 

    The tart is so versatile; a quick lunch with a salad, a dinner entree, pop it in a picnic basket or a lunch box. Not bad for one small tart. 

  • 03 of 07
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    Truffle Fries with Parmesan. Iain Bagwell/Photolibrary/Getty Images

    Truffled French fries have become something of a controversy on foodie forums, igniting debates over flavor and if they live up to the culinary hype. Who cares, they are delicious and once tried, not easily forgotten.

    The trick to making these easy and delicious truffled fries, is season them with high-quality truffle oil and follow with a dusting of Parmesan cheese.

  • 04 of 07

    Strawberry Orange Soup Recipe

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    Classic Fruit Soup. photo by Thorsten Kraska

    Yes, you heard that right. This is a soup and it is made of fruit, berries to be precise. Using fruit in a soup is not something many think of doing, and though it is not a classic French custom, it is certainly not unheard of. Give it a go, you may well be surprised and a whole lot healthier. 

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  • 05 of 07

    Cauliflower Gratin Recipe

    Cauliflower gratin with cheese, close-up
    Howard Shooter / Getty Images

    Gratins feature very heavily in French cooking. Essentially they include vegetables of some sort covered in a white sauce and popped under the grill. Most cultures have their form of vegetable gratin including a famous British cauliflower cheese. 

    Creamy and comforting, this cauliflower gratin recipe features a classic Béchamel sauce punched up by just a little bit of fresh thyme

  • 06 of 07
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    Souffle. William Shaw - Getty Images

    Why anyone would be afraid of making a soufflé when you see how easy they are. This Spinach Soufflé proves the point, it is easy and even better, utterly delicious. 

    This spinach souffle recipe is a wonderful way to use up the fresh harvest of spinach at the farmers' market. As well as its, easy preparation, the souffle can be served as a side dish or a light main course.

    If you want to get really creative, bake up the spinach-egg mixture in tiny ramekins for an unexpected ​appetizer.

  • 07 of 07
    Gougeres
    French Gougeres. Justin Hankins - Getty Images

    Gougeres are delicate, miniature cheese puffs. They are a popular addition to Bastille Day celebrations and brilliant eaten with a Pastis aperitif.