These Vegan (vegetarian) Christmas dinner recipes are a mix of holiday classics, easy cozy vegan main dishes, vegan sides and starters, along with some popular holiday condiments like vegan cranberry sauce, vegan worcestershire sauce (gf), sage and onion seasoning, and our favorite holiday drink! Let's get to the list.
Sometimes, it's difficult to know what to cook for Christmas if you don't eat meat/dairy (or your guests don't). I've been there, I know what it's like. So if you're in charge of the Christmas feast this year but don't know what to make, here's a few vegan/vegetarian dishes to try that everyone will love!
You probably already have your favorite veggie side dishes like glazed carrots, cauliflower and cheese sauce, sweet potatoes, and green bean casserole covered already. So here's a roundup of other fabulous Christmas recipes (many are gluten free as well!). I hope you'll find a few new favorites too!
Vegan Soup & Salad
Here's just two of our favorite, super flavorful and colorful soups and salads. You can find more vegan starters on the blog.
Vegan Side Dishes
When you first decide to follow a vegan lifestyle, sometimes all there is to eat are the side dishes so they are important!
These soft and fluffy vegan dinner rolls are so easy to make using all purpose refrigerator dough. Make the bread dough up to 14 days in advance, then enjoy freshly baked dinner rolls, cinnamon rolls, pizza, pitas, and so much more in no time. It's a foolproof recipe perfect for beginners and seasoned pros alike.
Vegan Christmas Dinner (main dishes)
Some of our favorite main dishes during the holidays include savory vegan/vegetarian versions of turkey, Shepherd's pie, cabbage rolls, and pasta dishes. Here's a few of our current favorites:
Who can resist a little something sweet after dinner? Here's a few of our favorite vegan (dairy free) holiday desserts that are easy to make, can be made ahead, and the leftovers are delicious for breakfast!
Favorite Holiday Cocktail
There are so many pretty and delicious festive drinks out there, and we like to try a new cocktail recipe (or two) every year. My sister and I LOVE this one from Half Baked Harvest!
It’s a touch of sweet and a little bit spicy...perfectly fitting for “the Grinch”.
Here's a few pantry items typically in Christmas recipes, but can be difficult to find in some areas. I've also included my recipe for easy cranberry sauce (vegan + gf) in the recipe card below, (not on the blog yet).
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Healthier Cranberry Sauce (vegan)
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- 12 ounce bag cranberries, fresh or frozen
- ½ cup sugar (or maple syrup)
- ½ cup water
- ¼ cup orange juice, fresh
- pinch sea salt
- orange rind or zest
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon (or a cinnamon stick)
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- Add cranberries, sugar, water, orange juice, salt, and orange zest/rind to a medium saucepan. Bring up to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium or medium-low for ~10-15 minutes while the cranberries breakdown and become jammy. Stir as needed.
- Taste and adjust the level of sweetness. Add a tablespoonful of maple syrup at a time to increase sweetness or a splash of apple cider vinegar to bring down the sweetness. Add another pinch of salt to enhance flavors as needed.
- Cranberry sauce will thicken and set further as it cools down. If it's too thick, add more orange juice or water. If it's too thin, put it back on the stove to simmer (no lid).
Too sweet? Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar: stir, taste, and repeat as needed. Sugar free version: Use maple syrup in place of sugar for a naturally sweetened cranberry sauce. They pop and burst!: If this is your first time making cranberry sauce from scratch, be prepared for the cranberries - they pop and burst while they heat up and breakdown. You may need to place a lid partially over the pot. Thick or berrylicious?: The longer you cook the cranberries, the more they will breakdown and become thicker. So if you like a lighter cranberry sauce with chunks of berries, remove from the heat a little sooner. Make Ahead Friendly: Cranberry sauce can be made a week in advance and stored in the fridge until ready to use. You may need to stir in another splash of water or orange juice to correct consistency before serving. Leftovers: Just like my homemade berry jam, leftover cranberry sauce is amazing on toast with peanut butter. It's also delicious in a homemade pop tart made with leftover pieces of pie dough or puff pastry from your apple pie or apple galette.
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