During the Christmas season, the world transforms into a magical place. While it's usually a beautiful time, it can also be a stressful one.
This is particularly true for vegans because Christmas time often means a lot of time spent with family, who may not understand or respect your decision to eat vegan.
Moreover, figuring out what to eat for Christmas as a vegan can be difficult, especially if you are a new vegan.
But no need to dread Christmas dinner because of that.
You can prepare yourself for all the comments and questions you may get by reading this article on how to deal with being criticized for being vegan.
Moreover, you can stun everyone with the incredibly delicious vegan Christmas dinner recipes you're making. 🤩
In this post, you'll discover plenty of impressive and tasty dishes that'll surely be popular with vegans as well as non-vegans.
So, whether you are hosting Christmas dinner this year or are just looking for something to bring, you'll find plenty of inspiration here.
Picking what to make will definitely be the most challenging part! 😄
Let's dive right in!
Soup is a great way to start Christmas dinner and a fool-proof way to make an excellent first impression. It's a warming and comforting meal and super easy to make.
Wonderful about soup is also that you can make it a few days ahead, freeze it, and heat it up on the day of. So much less stress!
Here are some of my favorite soup recipes that I think are particularly perfect for Christmas seasons and will make everyone rave about your food:
This Curried Acorn Squash Cream Soup uses some of the best ingredients winter season has to offer and is incredibly creamy and rich. As the recipe recommends, don't skip topping your soup with roasted seeds, it will truly take your dish to the next level.
If you want to serve something extraordinary, this Vegan Carrot Ginger Sweet Potato Soup is the way to go. All the ingredients go so well with each other, and the ginger adds a pop of flavor that makes this soup even more special.
Not only has this Golden Soup a stunning color, but the recipe is also super easy to make. So, if you are looking for a spectacular dish that doesn't require a lot of time, this soup is the way to go. Topping the soup with roasted chickpeas isn't necessary, but it surely adds a nice touch.
This Vegan Roasted Chestnut Soup is definitely a dish that people will love and remember. It is very creamy and bursting with a unique and exquisite flavor.
In many places around the world, either soup or salad is served as a first course. However, where I'm from, you need both.
The meal starts with soup, and the salad is more like a complement to the main meal.
But regardless of whether you serve salad as a first course or a side, the recipes you find below are far from your average salad.
Many look too good to eat but trust me, you'll want to eat them because they are incredibly delicious.
This Winter Citrus & Greens salad looks so fancy; people will think they just stepped into a five-star restaurant. They don't have to know that making it actually didn't require a lot of effort.
Another solid option is this Arugula Salad with Caramelized Squash, Spiced Pecans, and Pomegranate Ginger Vinaigrette, which combines some of the cold season's best flavors. Yes, making it requires more work and time, but it's absolutely worth it.
This Red Cabbage Salad is easy to make and shouldn't be missing from any Christmas dinner table. Keep in mind, though, that you need to make this salad a few days ahead.
One of my favorites is this Apple Fig Walnut Rocket Salad. I love the combination of arugula's delicate spiciness mixed with the sweetness of the apple and the figs. Add walnuts, and you'll have achieved perfection.
I'm all about sides. If I could, I would make all of these for Christmas dinner. But I'm not cooking for a hundred people. 😌
But seriously, with all these yummy options, how do you even begin to decide which ones to make?
It's just not possible. I probably need to flip a coin.
Anyhow, let's take a look at the choices we've got:
Roasted Brussels Sprouts are one of my all-time favorite things to make in the fall/winter season. I love that the prep time is less than 5 minutes, and the oven does the rest of the work. After just 30 minutes, I have heaven in my hands.
If you are looking for a classic side that is always popular, then this Vegan Mac and Cheese recipe is the way to go. It is super cheesy and incredibly easy to make.
This Maple cinnamon butternut squash with cranberries and pecans looks like Christmas in a pan. Seriously, this dish can't be missing from your Christmas dinner table.
Vegan Scalloped Potatoes are a traditional dinner side, and that for a good reason. They are super yum, simple to make, and (almost) everyone loves them.
Your oven does almost all the work for these Easy Roasted Fall Vegetables, but you can take all the credit. Oven-roasting brings out each vegetable's best flavor, and the added rosemary makes this alright delightful recipe even more special.
A Vegan Green Bean Casserole is definitely a very American recipe, but whether you are from the US or not, you can stun everyone with this incredibly flavorful casserole.
No one is going to know that you made these Crispy Roasted Potatoes with no oil. The potatoes are so crunchy on the outside and so tender inside. These will be gone so fast, better be quick.
Yes, even if you don't offer vegan turkey for Christmas dinner, you can still serve this Vegan Stuffing with delicious herbs and lots of flavors. It's going to be a new family favorite.
If you want to serve a side that everyone will talk about, then you need to make this Vegan hasselback vegetable tart. Yes, shopping for this recipe can be time-intensive, depending on how readily available the ingredients are to you, but it will be so worth it.
Pigs in the blanket are so passé, Carrots in a blanket are the new thing. They are just a delicious and fun side that kids, as well as adults, will love.
This is what everyone's been waiting for, your main dish, the star of the show.
There are so many delicious dishes that you could serve, but I like to veganize traditionally non-vegan Christmas dinner recipes.
I believe doing so helps show how versatile a vegan diet is and that being vegan doesn't equal restriction or missing out on a lot of things.
Moreover, most of us didn't grow up in a vegan or even a vegetarian household.
So, enjoying a veganized version of the Christmas food you grew up with can add a sense of familiarity and additional festiveness.
So, here are some stellar options you could put on your menu.
Glazed ham is another Christmas dinner staple you can veganize and impress your guest with. Why not give this Maple Glazed Holiday Vegan Ham a try?
More wholesome options would be this vegan Lentil Loaf, or this is Vegan Nut roast. Both are excellent dishes for Christmas dinner. Plus, except for a little bit of oil, they are both made entirely from whole foods. So your main entree will be not only super tasty but also healthy.
Another meal that would get everyone talking is this Vegan Mushroom Wellington. It's best served straight from the oven, and I recommend you make at least one more than you think you need because you will need it.
Last but not least, my personal favorite: Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Gravy. Every time I make this, people absolutely love it. This recipe is always a success and oh so healthy.
Christmas cookies are the perfect dessert following a delicious Christmas dinner.
But if you want to go the extra mile and treat your friends and family to something special, here are some delightful treats.
I absolutely love these Mini Vegan Pecan Pies; don't they just look mouth-watering? They are a unique and fun version of traditional Christmas pie and will be gone within seconds of serving.
If you want to keep it more traditional, this Vegan Christmas Pudding is precisely what you are looking for. To serve something traditional but with a twist, try this Chocolate Orange Christmas Pudding.
If you want to go all out, why not give this Vegan Gingerbread Christmas Trifle a try. Yes, making this trifle is a time commitment, but it looks absolutely gorgeous and almost too good to eat.
If you want to keep it simple but still keep up the Christmas theme, why not make this one-bowl Vegan Apple Gingerbread Cake. It's so yummy, unique, and requires little effort.
If you are hosting Christmas dinner and want to do a little something extra for your guest, place one of these Snowmen Vegan Meringue Cookies on their plate.
They are so adorable, and they'll love sitting down at the table and seeing this cute surprise.
Summary: Vegan Christmas dinner recipe ideas
Alright, hopefully, you got a lot of great inspiration for your vegan Christmas dinner.
I'm excited to hear what you decided to make! 😃