What are the holidays without copious amounts of homemade food on a table dressed in beautiful adornments? And with the many holiday parties you'll be hosting and attending, you'll want to please everyoneВ with delectable, seasonal dishes. However, when it comes to entertaining guests with cruelty-free lifestyles, cookingВ vegan cuisineВ can seem daunting if unfamiliar with the diet. But don't fret-preparing impressive vegan dishes is possible. And the best part? Your guests won't even realize your offerings are free of meat and animal by-products.
From main courses to side dishes and desserts, there are vegan recipes that will satisfy everyone invited-even the most ardent meat-eaters. Prepare holiday classics like biscuits, chili, pumpkin pie, and peppermint bark with simple vegan ingredients-no compromises or family bickering required. Looking for some inspiration to get you in the kitchen this holiday season? Create a whole menu with these 15 vegan holiday recipes that will please all your guests.
FOR THE MAIN COURSE
Crockpot Moroccan Lentil and Chickpea SoupHalf Baked Harvest
This heartyВ Moroccan lentil soup recipe fromВ Half Baked Harvest will impress any crowd. It's full of spicy Moroccan flavors that rival traditional, cozy holiday fares. Serve it with a side of naan bread and top it with whipped goat cheese for lacto-ovo-vegetarianВ guests.
Stuffed Eggplant With Sunflower RomescoThe First Mess
AВ stuffed eggplant recipe with sunflower romesco fromВ The First Mess makes for a perfect vegan main course. The presentation alone will please all guests, and the beautiful, fragrant flavors will definitely pass the taste test. This dish is essentially safe for any dietary restrictions, thanks to the nut-free sunflower seed romesco.
Shepherd's PieMinimalist Baker
Nothing screams holiday comfort food more than shepherd's pie. This vegan recipe from Minimalist BakerВ takesВ just one hour-with lentils taking the place of traditional ground beef filling. Get ready to make this savory, hearty dish your go-to winter recipe.
Instant Pot Pumpkin Walnut ChiliPinch of Yum
Add pumpkin to a winter favorite like chili, and you'll have the perfect vegan-friendly holiday meal.В Pinch of Yum brings you thisВ vegan chili recipe that's sure to be a showstopper. The best part is that you can make it in an instant pot-so you'll have more time to socialize instead of spending hoursВ in the kitchen.
Mac and Cheese With Butternut Squash Noodles
There's something about mac and cheese that feels so right during the holidays. ThisВ butternut squash mac and cheese recipe fromВ Food Faith FitnessВ lets you enjoy all those warm holiday memories without any of the dairy. Start with spiralized butternut squash noodles as your base, then create a lactose-free cheese sauce by adding nutritional yeast to cashew cream.
FOR THE SIDE DISH
Curried Kale SaladFed + Fit
For an upgraded take on the traditional side salad, try thisВ curried kale salad recipe from Fed + Fit. You'll love the vibrant mix of flavors-including curry, tahini, and golden berries. Try mixing in different kinds of kale for an array of flavors and micronutrients. This is a perfect side dish for feeding large crowds.
Cauliflower "Risotto" With Asparagus and Cilantro-Basil Hempseed PestoHalf Baked Harvest
Unlike most risottos, this cauliflower version from Half Baked Harvest is completely grain-free. The cilantro-basil hempseed pesto is really the star of the dish, providing bright and intriguing flavors. Trust us-your guests won't even know they're eating cauliflower.
Biscuits and GravyMinimalist Baker
If anyone ever doubted that you could make a vegan version of biscuits and gravy, let this recipe from Minimalist Baker serve as proof. Mushrooms provide the base of this vegan gravy-giving it a meat-like texture and taste. Drizzle (or pour) over a batch of vegan biscuits, and enjoy.
Green Bean Casserole With Homemade Cream of Mushroom SoupHello Glow
Everybody knows that a holiday gathering must include some form of green bean casserole. Thankfully, Hello Glow has a healthy, vegan version of the holiday favorite-complete with green beans, mushrooms, and a crunchy onion topping made from vegan Parmesan and sliced almonds. It only takes about an hour to make and the homemade taste makes it totally worth it.
Squash, Arugula, and Pomegranate Salad With Tahini DressingSalt and Wind
While side salads have a reputation for being bland and boring, this squash mix salad from Salt and Wind is anything but. The orange squash and pink pomegranate seeds make for a colorful presentation, while vegan and gluten-free ingredients make it accessible for almost any dietary restriction.
FOR THE DESSERT
Vegan Peppermint BarkFood Faith Fitness
This vegan peppermint bark recipe from Food Faith Fitness requires only six ingredients and 15 minutes to prepare. The dark chocolate, fresh mint, and pure peppermint extract give this light dessert a delightful flavor. Serve it up after a holiday feast or wrap it up in festive packaging for a homemade gift.
Winter Bliss BallsHalf Baked Harvest
Just what does winter bliss taste like? According to this recipe from Half Baked Harvest, it's a mixture of dates, roasted cashews, cacao powder, and coconut flakes. Toss all the ingredients into a bowl, roll the dough into balls, then dip them in chocolate and other toppings.
Pumpkin Swirl CheesecakeMinimalist Baker
In case you didn't know,В vegan pumpkin cheesecakeВ exists, and this recipe fromВ Minimalist Baker makes it look better than the traditional treat. Make a graham cracker crust out of vegan, gluten-free gingerbread cookies, then fill it with a pumpkin spice cheesecake mixture made out of pumpkin puree and brown sugar.
Chocolate Peppermint Truffle BarsA Healthy Life for Me
TheseВ no-bake chocolate peppermint truffle bars fromВ A Healthy Life for Me are made with gluten-free, vegan ingredients that are packed with superfoods. This rich dessert is naturally sweetened with honey, Dutch cocoa powder, and cacao powder. Trust us-these bars will please any crowd for the holidays.
Chocolate Hazelnut TorteThe First Mess
When you place thisВ chocolate hazelnut torte on the table, no one will guess it's vegan and gluten-free. The recipe fromВ The First Mess calls for a chocolate brownie base, hazelnut mousse, and salty date caramel. The best part? This torte is made with healthy ingredients like ground chia seeds, coconut milk, hazelnuts, and dates. You'll earn plenty of points on both presentation and taste.Staub Paella Pan $270ShopGena Hamshaw Vegan Cookbook $23ShopEmile Henry Ceramic Bakers (Set of 3) $190ShopLeif La Classe Ceramic Serving Platter $92ShopMervyn Gers Serve Bowl in Black $39Shop