The Best Recipes for a Delightful Vegan Christmas Dinner

No Meat, No Dairy, but Plenty of Yuletide Flavor

Vegan Cauliflower and Potato Soup

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The most magical time of year is here and with it comes a lot of entertaining. Your holiday table will most likely be surrounded by guests with different dietary preferences and as a good host, it's important to make a meal that everyone can enjoy. With our collection of the best vegan Christmas dinner recipes—ranging from soups and salads to entrees and desserts—you'll find dairy- and meat-free dishes that vegans and omnivores alike will love. (There's even got a winning vegan eggnog that will knock everyone's stockings off!) Cook up all or some of these easy and festive vegan recipes to help make your holiday celebration a yuletide success.

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    Vegan Potatoes Au Gratin

    Vegan Potatoes Au Gratin

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    Do you love potatoes au gratin, but need a vegan version? This baked casserole is covered in a surprisingly rich and creamy sauce that has no dairy ingredients, so it's also suitable for those who have to dine lactose-free.

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    Vegan Shepherd's Pie

    Vegan Shepherd's Pie

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    Savory shepherd's pie is a traditional holiday dish and this dairy-free, meat-free twist makes it suitable for a vegan dinner party. Made with green peas, gravy, corn, and a vegetarian meat substitute in place of the usual ground beef, this casserole is just as satisfying and comforting as the traditional one.

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    Red Cabbage Salad

    Red Cabbage Salad

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    With no dairy or meat needed, this red cabbage salad makes a festive first course. You can make the pickled slaw up to five days ahead (it'll actually taste better when made in advance), so there'll be less to do when you're preparing to host guests.

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    Whole Roasted Cauliflower With Tahini

    Whole Roasted Cauliflower With Tahini

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    Whole roasted cauliflower is an impressive way to prepare the popular winter vegetable for a vegan Christmas dinner. A quick homemade tahini sauce adds a wonderfully delicious component to the healthy dish, which can be served as a shareable side or showstopping entree.

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    Savory Spinach and Mushroom Strudel

    Savory Spinach and Mushroom Strudel

    Allyson Kramer

     

    Filled with spinach, mushrooms, onions, and tofu, this savory strudel is not only hearty and filling, but also beautiful enough for a Christmas table. You won't believe how easy it is to make with pre-packaged puff pastry—most are already vegan by default!

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    Fennel, Grapefruit and Arugula Salad

    Fennel, Grapefruit and Arugula Salad

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    This seasonal salad is a bright tasting and lovely way to kick off any vegan winter feast. Crisp, aromatic fennel is combined with sweet-tart grapefruit, peppery arugula, and creamy avocado to form easy, but elegant starter.

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    Vegan Cauliflower and Potato Soup

    Vegan Cauliflower and Potato Soup

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    Cauliflower, potatoes, and onions give this vegan soup a satisfyingly creamy and hearty texture. It's a wonderful bowl to enjoy on chilly days and makes a great vegan Christmas dinner starter.

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    Vegan Couscous Stuffed Bell Peppers

    Vegan Couscous Stuffed Bell Peppers

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    Couscous-stuffed bell peppers not only have a wow factor—they're quite easy to prepare. Quick-cooking couscous is tossed with some chopped fresh bell peppers and a basic vinaigrette, then stuffed into whole peppers and roasted with a sprinkling of salt and pepper.

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    Homemade Vegan Eggnog

    Homemade Vegan Eggnog

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    What would a Christmas celebration be without a glass of eggnog? Luckily, you don't have to go without it if you're following a vegan diet. This egg-free ​recipe blends tofu and soy milk with your usual eggnog ingredients (rum or brandy, vanilla extract, nutmeg) for a smooth holiday beverage that everyone can enjoy.

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    Vegan Gingerbread Cookies

    Vegan Gingerbread Cookies

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    Gingerbread cookies aren't off-limits for those who are dairy-free. These lightly spiced holiday cookies taste just like the original, but they're completely vegan and guilt-free.

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    Vegan Pumpkin Risotto

    Vegan Pumpkin Risotto

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    Pumpkin adds a sweet, fall flavor to this vegan twist on classic Italian risotto. Enjoy it as a satisfying entree or a sharable side dish.

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    Vegan Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

    Vegan Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

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    Here's a healthy vegan side dish that's party-worthy, but won't take long to prepare. It takes less than 30 minutes to make these brown-sugar glazed carrots; the hint of cinnamon is especially popular with younger vegetarian and vegan diners.

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    Vegan Cranberry and Pear Holiday Pie

    Vegan Cranberry and Pear Holiday Pie

    Aubrie LeGault-Stocksy United

     

    Cranberries and pears are seasonal fruits that are ripe for Christmas celebrations. Both are found in the filling of this vegan pie, which has an irresistible crunchy crumble topping.

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    Vegan Roasted Chestnut Soup

    Vegan Roasted Chestnut Soup

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    Looking for the perfect roasted chestnut soup? This easy vegetarian roasted chestnut soup is a fabulous way to enjoy the subtle, nutty flavor of this traditional holiday ingredient. It's also vegan, as long as you use vegan margarine or oil (and not butter) and soy milk in place of dairy milk. 

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    Vegan Creamy Mushroom Pasta

    Vegan Creamy Mushroom Pasta

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    Creamy and vegan don't always go together, but this fantastic mushroom pasta is the exception you'll want to make again and again. The rich sauce—which gets its texture from soy milk and dairy-free sour cream—is the star of the restaurant-worthy dish, packing unbelievable flavor that is sure to impress your guests, vegan or otherwise.