Christmas is just days away, and like most holidays, it tends to be a food-centric day. Meat often takes center stage at holiday meals, making them tough days for vegans. A little preparation can help get you through the day, though. Your holiday dinner can be a great way to show omnivores how delicious vegan food is, so we’ve put together a list of recipes to that are sure to please everyone, no matter what their dietary preference is, this holiday season!
25 Vegan Recipes for a Merry Christmas
Spinach Salad Bowl with Warm Pecan Dressing from Vegan Bowls by Zsu Dever – This salad is filled with shaved fennel, perfectly cooked quinoa, and candied pecans. The warm orange-pecan dressing ties all the flavors together and for a delicious appetizer or side dish.
Oven-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Medjool Dates from The Lusty Vegan by Ayindé Howell and Zoë Eisenberg – No holiday meal is complete with a side of Brussels sprouts, and their natural flavor really pops when matched with the sweet creamy consistency of dates and the sharp spiciness of garlic in this recipe.
Mashed Potatoes with Sautéed Chard and Garlic from World Vegan Feast by Bryanna Clark Grogan – This dish is actually a Mediterranean take on the Irish potato and cabbage dish colcannon, but the combination of potatoes and greens makes it perfect for Christmas.
Savory Shiitake and Parmesan Bread Pudding from The Lusty Vegan by Ayindé Howell and Zoë Eisenberg – Because sometimes you have to indulge, this is not Chef Ayindé healthiest recipe, but it’s a an excellent side dish option for Christmas dinner. Be sure to pace yourself and enjoy!
Devil’s Pot Pie from The Lusty Vegan by Ayindé Howell and Zoë Eisenberg – When brainstorming main dishes for The Lusty Vegan, Ayindé asked his Facebook friends what holiday food they missed most, and the response was a resounding “OMG I miss pot pie.” Ayindé took on the savory American classic. This is gravy, veggies, and a fluffy crust all in one magical pie.
Deep-Dish Caramel Apple Pie from Practically Raw Desserts by Amber Shea Crawley. This pie made with a tender, nutty crust, crumble topping, caramel-coated apple slices and cinnamon makes for the perfect ending to your holiday meal.
Easy as Chocolate Pie from Cook the Pantry by Robin Robertson – This decadent chocolate pie from Cook the Pantry by Robin Robertson assembles in minutes. After some time in the fridge, it’s ready to serve, making cooking for your holiday meal super easy!
Stovetop Peach-Blueberry Crumble from Cook the Pantry by Robin Robertson – Similar to a fruit crisp, this dessert is made in a skillet on a stovetop instead of in the oven. The basis of the “crumble” topping is healthful, toothsome oatmeal.
Russian Tea Cakes from Practically Raw Desserts by Amber Shea Crawley – These nutty cookies are sometimes called Mexican Wedding Cookies or Snowballs, and they are perfect for Christmas baking. They make a great addition to gifted treat boxes and they’re sure to be a hit at holiday parties.
Sugar Cookie Cutouts from Practically Raw Desserts by Amber Shea Crawley – These classic treats will make a stellar addition to your holiday cookie tray. Try using cookie cutters with fun shapes, like hearts, stars, or gingerbread men.
Chocolate Chip Cookies from Everyday Vegan Eats by Zsu Dever – This vegan version of the classic American chocolate chip cookie is crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. Full of just the right amount of chocolate chips to actually be able to taste the cookie, these are like the ones mom used to make.
Raw Cashew Horchata from The Abundance Diet by Somer McCowan – This drink is made with cinnamon and dates, giving it a holiday feel and making it a perfect beverage with which to wash down those cookies!
No matter what recipes you choose to celebrate Christmas with, we wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!