Ten Must-Try Vegan Dishes in Miami

Vegan dining in Miami is a world away from what it was a few years ago. With Seed Food & Wine Festival making national news, new vegan eateries popping up all over the place, and meat-strong chefs incorporating plants into their menus, South Florida is finally coming into its own. Given this renaissance of herbivorous options, now is the time to highlight some of the best and brightest.

These ten vegan dishes — found in a diverse array of eateries (not all of which are vegan or vegetarian) — will please even the most salad-averse of diners. Bring your picky relatives and add a few years to their lives with all of these veggies. 

10. Wild mushroom salad at Yuga 
Lettuce can be decidedly dull, so it takes a lot for a salad to make its way to a list like this. But Yuga's delicate yet substantial wild mushroom salad is more than your average greenery. Featuring deliciously moist shiitake mushrooms, adorable enoki mushrooms, and fresh field greens with a cilantro-ginger vinaigrette, it's a true treat ($9.95).

9. Cheese platter at Full Bloom Vegan
It's not often that a vegan gets to indulge in a cheese platter. This isn't NYC, after all — Miami doesn't have its own dairy-free fromagerie. Luckily, the gentlemen of Full Bloom offer a platter of Miyoko's Creamery (one of the world's best vegan cheesemakers) delights. It comes with Fresh Loire Valley in a Fig Leaf, Mt. Vesuvius Black Ash, and French Style Winter Truffle — paired with fruit and bread for the full experience ($18).

8. Living lasagna at the Lido Restaurant & Bayside Grill at the Standard Spa Miami Beach
Dreamed up by Mark Zeitouni, the restaurant's food and beverage director, this vibrant dish could convert the staunchest of raw-food haters. Layered and pressed overnight prior to serving, the colorful entrée is a mix of cashew cheese, nut and vegetable "sausage," raw tomato sauce, and a carrot-shiitake mix, all layered with fresh squash. Served cold and garnished with raw olive oil, sea salt, and fresh sprouts, it's an ideal option on a boiling-hot Miami day ($19). 

7. Veggie plate at Blue Collar
Thanks to a lot of TLC by Blue Collar's Danny Serfer, vegetables never tasted so good. Biscayne Boulevard's casual eatery has a daily veg chalkboard that offers a host of plant-strong options. Though many of the veggies are cooked with butter, guests simply need to request veganized versions. The asparagus, kale, spinach, roasted potatoes, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, veggie fried rice, beets, and spaghetti squash can be made vegan on the spot, and the purées can be altered with a day or two's notice. Diners can choose four options to create a sprawling, rainbow-hued plateful of deliciousness ($16).

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Hannah Sentenac covers veg food, drink, pop culture, travel, and animal advocacy issues. She is also editor-in-chief of
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