Looking for a simple list of Foods that start with the Letter “V”? We’ve got you covered with a list of 20 different foods all starting with V!

1. Vada Pav

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Vada pav is a vegetarian fast food dish from Maharashtra. A deep fried potato dumpling is placed in a bread bun that’s sliced almost in half through the middle. It is often served hot with chutneys and green chili pepper.

2. Valencia Orange

Valencia oranges get their name from well-known oranges in Valencia, Spain, although they were first grown in southern California. These sweet hybrid oranges are a combination of pummelo and mandarin orange varieties. 

3. Valerian Root

Valerian root is an herb native to Europe and Asia but also grown in North America. It is often brewed into teas or packaged into capsules to help relax and sleep. This root has a strong, earthy odor because of the oils it contains.

4. Vanilla

Vanilla is a spice made from the orchid pods of several species, primarily the flat-leaved vanilla plant. It is often used to add flavor to sweet dishes, although vanilla can be used in a variety of baked goods and cooked dishes.

vanilla bean creme brulee

5. Vanilla Ice Cream

Vanilla ice cream is one of the most popular ice cream flavors. Cream, sugar, and vanilla are combined and cooled. Traditionally, ice cream was made by cooling these ingredients over salt and ice. Both regular and soft serve vanilla ice cream varieties are readily available throughout the United States.

6. Vanilla Wafers

Vanilla wafers are a vanilla-flavored confection. One of the major brand names is Nilla, a brand owned by Nabisco. Their brand-name vanilla wafers are often consumed alone or added to desserts like banana pudding.

7. Veal

Veal is meat from young calves, compared to beef which is the meat from older cattle. While it can come from either male or female calves, it is typically young males not needed for breeding that end up as veal. Veal is known for being much more tender than beef with a more delicate flavor.

8. Vegetable Oil

Vegetable oil is oil extracted from the seeds and fruits of a variety of plant sources. Most vegetable oil is a blend of corn, canola, soybean, safflower, sunflower, and palm oils. It is often used as an ingredient in baking recipes or to coat skillets before sautéing.

9. Vegetable Soup

Vegetable soup is just what it sounds like: soup made primarily of vegetables. It is often cooked in vegetable broth, although some substitute chicken broth for a different flavor. Vegetables in the soup often include a combination of potatoes, corn, green beans, celery, onions, and carrots.

10. Veloute Sauce

Veloute sauce is a savory sauce made from roux and light stock. This sauce is a staple to French cuisine, named a “mother sauce” by chef Auguste Escoffer. The word “veloute” comes from the French, meaning “velvety.” It is often served with poultry or seafood dishes or used to create other sauces.

11. Velveeta

Velveeta is the brand name of a processed cheese product similar to American cheese. It is available as both blocks and squeeze pouches. This rich cheese product is often used to make dips, soups, and macaroni and cheese.

12. Venison

Venison is the edible meat from deer, including all edible organs. It is a lean, gamey meat with an earthy taste. It can be cooked as venison steaks or used in recipes like chili or stew.

13. Vermicelli Noodles

Vermicelli noodles are thin rice noodles, although Asian vermicelli may be made with mung bean starch or rice starch instead of rice grain. They are used in a wide variety of southern Chinese recipes like vermicelli noodle bowls.

14. Vienna Sausage

Vienna sausages are small parboiled sausages made with pork and beef in a casing made from sheep intestine. They are then smoked and canned. These sausages can be purchased in cans and heated as a snack or for inclusion in savory dishes.

15. Vietnamese Noodles

Vietnamese noodles is a term that describes a vast variety of different kinds of noodles, typically served as part of soup. However, Vietnamese noodles are sometimes served directly with seasoning and added ingredients. Noodle bowls and soups can both be called “Vietnamese noodles.”

16. Vinaigrette

Vinaigrette is a dressing made by combining oil and an acidic ingredient like vinegar or lemon juice. Many vinaigrette recipes include salt, herbs, or spices to provide extra flavor. Although it is typically used as a dressing for salads, it can also be used to marinade meat.

17. Vindaloo

Vindaloo is an Indian curry dish from Goa. The dish originally got its inspiration from the Portuguese dish carne de vinha d’alhos. This fiery, spicy dish combines spices, vinegar, tomato, sugar, ginger, and garlic. It can be served with a variety of different meats, including pork and lamb.

18. Vinegar

Vinegar is a solution of acetic acid created by a double fermentation process. It is often used as an ingredient in cooking and commonly used as an acidic agent for pickling foods. Outside of the kitchen, vinegar can also be used for household cleaning and deodorizing. 

using a jigger to pour vodka into a cocktail shaker

19. Vodka

Vodka is a distilled alcoholic beverage that contains water and ethanol. It is made by distilling liquid from fermented cereal grains like barley, rye and wheat. This clear alcoholic drink may also have added flavors. Vodka has different varieties originating from Poland, Sweden, and Russia.