Maybe you're a longtime vegan. Maybe you're looking for dishes to serve animal product abstainers in your family. Either way, these holiday recipes will help you serve a vegan Christmas dinner that will please even the most carnivorous of your crowd.
Vegan staples like kale salad, couscous, and pasta get the holiday treatment with flavors of cranberries, pomegranates, and winter nuts. Remember, if you're cooking for vegan relatives, skip dairy products (including cheese and butter), meat, eggs, and honey. Always ask about preferences first; vegan diets may vary.
Salad: Holiday Kale Salad
Toss together some red and green for your Christmas table! This kale salad features sweet-tart roasted cranberries, plus wild rice, walnuts, onions and sweet pepper. Drizzle with a tangy homemade lemon-mustard vinaigrette and serve.
This Dijon vinaigrette tastes amazing over any greens:
- 5 garlic cloves, roasted
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons finely shredded lemon peel
- 4 1/2 teaspoons Dijon-style mustard
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
Combine all ingredients in a screw-top jar, then cover, shake, and season with salt and black pepper.
Get the recipe: Holiday Kale Salad
Fruit and Vegetable Side Dish: Root Vegetable and Pomegranate Couscous
Keep things colorful and fresh with a wintry vegetable side. Your guests will love when you bring out delicious roasted carrots, turnips, and winter squash, all served over a bed of fluffy couscous. With citrus, mint, and pomegranate seeds as garnishes, this vegan pasta salad is a feast for the eyes as much as it is for the stomach!
Get the recipe: Root Vegetable and Pomegranate Couscous
Bulk up any salad with some grains. Here are 24 hearty, nutritious recipes that combine veggies and quinoa, couscous, barley, or bulgur.
Starch Side Dish: Farro and Pine Nut Tabbouleh
Toasted pine nuts give this traditional Mediterranean dish a hint of smoky flavor. As is custom, this tabbouleh features plenty of fresh herbs: parsley, cilantro, and mint. Squeeze lemon wedges over each serving for extra zest.
- Omit the feta to make this vegan.
- If you can't find farro, substitute barley or bulgur instead.
- To keep this side from getting too soggy, remove the seedy center of the cucumber.
Get the recipe: Farro and Pine Nut Tabbouleh
Entree: Roasted Tomato and Artichoke Pasta
It's time to bring out the main event! Promise you won't miss the meat.
This Italian entree is bursting with cherry tomatoes, olives, and artichoke hearts. Pan-roast the tomatoes first to make a juicy, additive-free sauce to top the noodles. To make it spicier, roast the vegetables with crushed red pepper flakes.
Get the recipe: Roasted Tomato and Artichoke Pasta
Dessert: Banana Ice Cream
Nobody will guess that this ice cream is dairy-free. Coconut milk and frozen bananas make it just as creamy as its milk- and/or heavy cream-based counterparts.
The best news for your busy holiday schedule: You can whip up a batch in a flash. It takes only 10 minutes and three ingredients to make!
Customize your Banana Ice Cream with one of these vegan mix-ins:
- Pumpkin puree
- Peanut butter
- Almond butter
- Cocoa powder
Get the recipe: Banana Ice Cream
Drink: Winter Warmer
Luckily, most liquors are vegan, since they're distilled from plant materials. Gather 'round and say "cheers" with this sparkling cranberry and ginger beverage. This holiday cocktail uses homemade vanilla vodka for the base. All you need for the infusing process is a vanilla bean and a little patience. (Psst...it makes for a great party favor, too.)
Get the recipe: Winter Warmer
Even More Vegan Goodness
Whether you are full-time or just vegan before 6 p.m. (yes, that's a diet plan recommended by some!), you won't feel like you're missing a thing with these colorful and flavorful recipes: