26 Foods That Start With W

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In the wise words of American Novelist Chris Bohjalian, “Food is a gift and should be treated reverentially; romanced and ritualized and seasoned with memory.”

Food indeed is a true gift. We create so many memories with food without even being aware of it many a time. From the way, our favorite childhood snacks remind us of the golden days of our adolescence to the way we associate fond memories with certain drinks that we have had on certain occasions in the past.

Without further ado, here is a list of ingredients, recipes, and foods that start with the letter W.

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Asian cuisine


Wontons are a form of Chinese dumplings typically served in soup. The filling inside the dumplings varies but commonly ground pork and shrimp are added with a small amount of flour to keep them in place. This yummy Chinese cuisine would make a great serving at your dinner table!

Wasabi paste

Wasabi paste is easy to make a paste made with horseradish. It is a condiment eaten along with sushi. It is also used in several other recipes to add flavor.

Water spinach

Water spinach is a tropical plant grown in water that is commonly prepared by stir-frying. Stir-fried water spinach requires less than five ingredients and is super easy to make. This dish is very healthy as water spinach contains natural antioxidants, proteins, carbs, and dietary fiber.

White rice

White rice is a staple diet in many parts of the world. They can be seasoned with salt and spices to be eaten on their own or served with curry and other food items. This carbohydrate-rich dish is super easy to cook as well!

White turnip

White turnips are delicious root vegetables grown in several temperate climates around the world. It is usually eaten in the form of curry in the subcontinent. White turnips are super easy to cook and also have great nutritional value!

Wolfberry jam

Wolfberry jam is a preservative made from wolfberry, also called goji berry. The berry has a lot of health benefits as it contains antioxidants and immunity-boosting properties. Wolfberry jam is super easy to make and requires just 5 ingredients: wolfberries, honey, lemon juice, chia seeds, and water.

Source: Rebooted Mom

Continental cuisine

Walnut cake

Walnut cake is a very delicious type of cake that has the rich sweetness of cake batter mixed with the crispy, salty flavor of walnuts. Most recipes include a layer of buttercream frosting over the cake above which walnuts are sprinkled, making a creamy and crispy topping.


Waffles are a common breakfast food in several parts of the world. They are crispy delights made with flour, salt, baking powder, sugar, eggs, milk, butter, and vanilla essence. These yummy treats are made inside a waffle iron until they turn crispy. Waffles are often eaten along with butter or syrup. A scoop of ice cream may also be put on top.

Wiener Schnitzel

Wiener schnitzel is a scrumptious cuisine native to Vienna. It consists of slices of veal covered in fat and bread crumbs and fried in a pan. These delicious cutlets are usually served with lettuce dressed in vinaigrette, often with chopped onions and chives.


Whiskey is a commonly consumed alcoholic beverage made by fermenting a mashed mixture of grains. Several different types of grains are used for making this including rye, corn, barley, and wheat. Whiskey has several variations, such as scotch, bourbon, and Irish whiskey.


Whiting is a delicious fish that is often eaten baked. The fish is marinated with butter, lemon, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and other seasonings and baked at approximately 350 degrees Fahrenheit. This yummy fish is loaded with nutritional value!

Witlof salad

Made with witlof lettuce and herbs, witlof salad is a perfect side serving for any meal. It is often dressed with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. The salad is garnished with black pepper for a slightly spicy touch. The salad is super quick and easy to make and has readily available ingredients!

White cake

White cake is a soft, fluffy type of cake covered in white buttermilk frosting. Vanilla extract, beaten egg whites, butter, sugar, flour, and milk give the cake its flavor. Baking powder is used as a raising agent in the recipe to make the cake fluffy and soft. This cake is a perfect dessert dish for any occasion!   

Source: Sugar Geek Show

Watercress salad

Here’s another quick side dish for salad lovers. This is made by chopping watercress leaves, trimming their stems, and dressing the chopped mixture. For the dressing, white wine vinegar and olive oil are generally used. Coarse salt and ground pepper are sprinkled on the salad to bring out the flavor.


Wieners is the name given to sausages in German. They consist of minced meat covered with a casing generally made of sheep intestines. Wieners are commonly eaten in the form of a sandwich with the hot dog placed between longitudinally cut buns and topped with condiments.

Westphalian ham

Westphalian ham is ham that comes from pigs raised in Westphalia, Germany. They are generally eaten smoked. The ham is served in the form of finely cut slices. It may be served with a side of mashed potatoes and parmesan cheese.

Multinational cuisine


Wine is an alcoholic beverage all too familiar to frequent drinkers. It is made by fermenting grapes or other fruit. There are several varieties of wine including red wine, white wine, rose wine, and sparkling wine. Wine is a common ingredient in many popular cocktails as well including Sangria, Mimosa, Kir Royale, Wine Spritzer, Kalimotxo, and many more.

Wheat Cake

Wheat cakes are sweet little treats made by baking a whole wheat batter without eggs. It is super easy to make and has readily available ingredients. Wheat cakes make a perfect tea-time snack as well as a yummy addition to the desserts’ table.


Whitebait is another name for herring, a delicious and nutritious fish. It is coated with seasoned flour and deep-fried until it turns crispy. It is also prepared in multiple other ways, all with its distinctive flavor. This is the perfect dish for seafood lovers!

African cuisine

White soup

White soup is a delicious soup of Nigerian origin, also known as Nsala soup traditionally. It consists of crayfish, goat meat, pepper, dried fishes, yam cubes, uziza, and utazi leaves, amongst other ingredients. It is seasoned with different seasonings, giving the soup a yummy flavor.


Wat, also spelled as Wot, is a stew native to Ethiopia. It is typically prepared with chicken, beef, lamb, an assortment of vegetables, and a mixture of spices. Some seasoned clarified butter is also added. This yummy soup makes a perfect starter dish for any meal.

Wild leeks pesto

Wild leeks pesto is a dish made with wild leeks, a type of wild onion. The dish is usually made with chopped leeks and garlic cloves cooked along with grated cheese, salt, and vegetable oil. Toasted pine nuts are also added to the dish.

Source: The Old Farmer’s Almanac

Wheatgrass juice

Wheatgrass juice is a refreshing drink rich not only in taste but also in medicinal properties. The juice is also great to aid digestion and keep you feeling healthier than ever. The taste may not be to everyone’s liking, but one grows used to it!

Watermelon salad

Watermelon salad is a refreshing fruit salad made mainly with chopped watermelon, mint, feta, and salad dressing. In some recipes, avocado is also added. This fruit salad tastes great and is rich in vitamins, making it super healthy!

American cuisine

Waldorf salad

Waldorf salad is a yummy salad made with a perfect blend of fruit and nuts. It is generally made with fresh apples, celery, walnuts, and grapes on a bed of lettuce. The salad is usually dressed in mayo. It is the healthiest side dish you will find!

White chocolate brownies

If you are a dessert lover, white chocolate brownies — AKA Blondies— are the perfect confection for you. These baked treats are made with flour, butter, eggs, vanilla extract, sugar, and white chocolate. The brownies are prepared like ordinary brownies but coated with a white chocolate frosting on top which gives it a flavor to die for. White chocolate chips may also be added if preferred.


An individual’s food preferences and eating habits contribute a lot to their personality. A person is often remembered by the food they consume and people may often reminisce about that person every time they eat something they associate with them. In the words of British chef Heston Blumenthal, “To me, food is as much about the moment, the occasion, the location, and the company as it is about the taste.” Food is therefore a beautiful means of connecting people emotionally and reminding them of the finer things in life. We hope this list of yummy foods was an amusing read for you.


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