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6 Freshest Vegetarian Dishes in Calgary to Try This Summer

Whether you’re a full-time vegetarian, attempting Meatless-Mondays, or just trying to lighten up your meat consumption, we’ve rounded up some of the tastiest plant-based dishes to try this summer.

Beach Front Hot Pot at The Coup

A mainstay on The Coup’s stellar all-vegetarian menu, the Beach Front Hot Pot is a delicious vegan noodle dish comprised of a spicy coconut tomato lime broth loaded with seasonal vegetables, lotus root, edamame, lemongrass and rice vermicelli noodles. Try it with a freshly squeezed basil  lemon-limeade.

924 17 Ave. SW,

Classic Acai Superbowl at Vitality Tap

The acai berry (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) is considered to be a superfood with immune and energy-boosting properties. It also happens to be delicious. The Classic Acai Superbowl at Vitality Tap is a cool and creamy blend of unsweetened acai, banana and coconut water finished with your choice of three complimentary toppings (fruit, almond butter, hemp granola, cocao nibs, the list goes on!) It’s basically like breakfast and dessert in one.

420 2 St. SW,

Rocket Strawberry Salad at Fork and Salad

Fast-casual food doesn’t need to equal heavy and unhealthy. This seasonal salad from Fork and Salad is full of fresh summer flavours with arugula and shredded kale, strawberries, cucumbers, toasted almonds, mint, feta, dressed in a maple vinaigrette. Grab it and go or bring it to the park at Mount Royal Village to enjoy in the sunshine.

880 16 Ave. SW,

Lettuce Wraps at Anju

The build-your-own lettuce wraps at Anju are absolutely delicious. Served with steamed rice, tofu, ssämjang, thai basil, fried garlic chips and seasoned sesame oil, they are savoury and light, yet filling. Pair it with one of Anju’s signature cocktails and some 17th Avenue SW people-watching on the patio.

344 17 Ave. SW,

Veggie Sesame Cold Ramen at Goro + Gun

Tucking into a bowl of ramen might not seem like the quintessential summertime activity, but Goro + Gun’s cold ramen will definitely make you rethink that. Made with spinach ramen noodles, cucumber, greens, wakame, bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, onsen tamago (Japanese soft-cooked egg), and a sesame soy sauce, this dish is an especially fresh take on the Japanese comfort food.

Scotia Centre,

Tomatoes at Ten Foot Henry

If you haven’t tried the tomatoes from Ten Foot Henry yet then you are seriously missing out. There are so many flavour-packed veggie dishes on the menu to choose from, but the tomatoes are particularly memorable. Made with fresh herbs and whipped feta, they’re served with Sidewalk Citizen sourdough and are great for sharing (though you might not want to)!

1209 1 St. SW,

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By Danielle Couturier