These vegan Christmas recipes are sure to make your holidays merry! Here you’ll find recipes for brunch, appetizers, side dishes, dinner main dishes, desserts, cookies, and treats, and even drinks!
Vegan Christmas Dinner
I have to be honest — I don’t really know what people usually eat for dinner on Christmas Day. Growing up, we usually ate the same dishes on Christmas that we had Thanksgiving. Now that I’m cooking my own vegan holiday meals, I still pretty much cook the same foods for both. They are some of my favorite dishes that I only make for special occasions, making these meals extra special. Here’s a list of some of my favorite vegan Christmas recipes.
20+ Vegan Christmas Recipes
Vegan Christmas Breakfast Recipes
Start your day out with a frittata. This dish can be made the night before and refrigerated. When you wake up on Christmas morning you can pop it in the oven and it’ll be ready after everyone has opened their presents.
Vegan Spinach Mushroom Quiche is the ultimate brunch dish. Like with the frittata, it can be made in advance and popped in the oven in the morning.
These muffins are they’re loaded with fresh cranberries, nuts, and a hint of orange flavor. This easy recipe come together quickly – no mix necessary!
Vegan Christmas Appetizer and Snack Recipes
Tangy Herbed Vegan Cheese Spread is the perfect appetizer for holiday parties!
These little tarts make a great snack or appetizer. They’re also the perfect dish to take along to a potluck.
The holidays just aren’t the holidays for me without stuffed mushrooms. Like the Tomato Tartlets, they make a great snack or appetizer and are also perfect for a potluck.
These yummy little bites will be the hit of your holiday party, and they’re the perfect appetizer to nosh on before dinner.
Easy to prepare taquitos are sure to be the star of your next party!
These raw pinwheels are the are the perfect appetizer for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s Eve parties.
Vegan Christmas Salad Recipes
Drenched in Maple Mustard Dressing, this Brussel sprout salad is full of fall flavors and is the perfect companion for just about any seasonal meal.
This salad will add a splash of color to your meal.
People tend to over-indulge on heavy foods and sweets holidays, so it’s important to make sure you get your greens. This salad can be served as a light meal, or a starter to the main meal.
Christmas Side Dish Recipes
Green bean casseroles and holidays go together like peanut butter and jelly. I’ve had friends tell me that this vegan version is the best they’ve ever tasted!
These tasty potatoes are delicious side dish for your holiday meal.
Move over, mashed potatoes, Vegan Scalloped Potatoes are a perfect side dish for holiday feasts!
Thinly sliced potatoes, kale, and dairy-free cheese sauce come together deliciously in this ultimate side dish.
Vegan Smashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic Cream are warm and cozy, and will help keep out the chill of the long winter evenings. They’re the perfect side dish for just about any dinner, and they’re wonderful for Thanksgiving or Christmas.
I made this dish at an (omnivore) in-store cooking demo a few years and people were blown away by it. One women told me that she hated kale but she’d gladly eat this every day. This dish comes together quickly and you might want to double the recipe because it will disappear pretty quickly.
The red and green colors in this dish makes it the perfect side dish for Christmas dinner! The Lemon Tahini Drizzle will have your guests coming back for second helpings!
My mom always cooked creamed pearl onions for the holidays, but I never ate them because I hated onions when I was younger. I like them now, so I’ve carried on the tradition with my own recipe, which is sort of a cross between the Creamed Kale and the Green Bean Casserole recipes.
I used to really hate Brussels sprouts, but now I can’t image the holidays without them. I usually just roast them, but I make this pan seared version on special occasions.
Christmas Main Dish Recipes
Made with hearty portobellos, spinach, and puff pastry, this recipe from my book The Big Book of Vegan Cooking will please everyone at your holiday table this year, no matter what their dietary preference.
This easy vegetable pot pie recipe is from my cookbook The Truly Healthy Vegan Cookbook, and it’s a terrific main dish for holiday dinners, potlucks, or any day you’re craving a warming meal.
If you prefer larger, heartier mushrooms to smaller stuffed creminis, give these stuffed portobellos a go. They’re a great main dish option.
I created this recipe for a cooking class I did a few years ago, and one of the attendees said it was too good for her omnivore family
This Lentil Loaf is a great main dish for holiday celebrations! Smother it with lots of cashew gravy for the ultimate in comfort food!
This recipe won best main dish in the Virtual Vegan Potluck a few years ago, too. It’s makes a great meal anytime of the year, but it’s a perfect main dish option for your vegan Christmas dinner.
Lasagna is the ultimate cold weather comfort food. In this dish, thinly sliced butternut squash and steamed kale are layered with tofu ricotta and a creamy cauliflower sauce.
Vegan Christmas Dessert Recipes
Vegan Nanaimo Bars are the ultimate in chocolatey treats! They’re perfect for holiday parties and Christmas treat boxes. This easy, no-bake recip is from Dreena’s Kind Kitchen by Dreena Burton
Made with just 5 ingredients, homemade melt-in-your-mouth Vegan Fudge is the ultimate Christmas confection! It’s perfect for holiday treat boxes.
This a no-bake gluten-free treat from The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook is made with hazelnuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, and warming spices.
These little sweets from Naturally Sweet Vegan Treats by Marisa Alvarsson are terrific for gift giving and they’re a great dessert for holiday parties and Christmas dinner, too.
Key Lime Pie, or Mini Key Lime Cheesecakes in this case, might not be the first dessert that comes to mind when you think of Christmas, but it’s a tradition in our house to have it for the holidays, as it’s Dennis’s favorite.
I used to make a pie made with Cool Whip and chocolate for the holidays with my family. After I went vegan I stopped making it, but I recently figured out how to veganize the recipe, so this dessert is back on the Christmas menu.
This pie from Sweet Vegan Treats by Hannah Kaminsky is a perfect treat for fall get togethers. Made with apple, sweet potato, cranberries, and walnuts, it’s the ultimate winter dessert.
If you’ve filled up on Christmas dinner, baked apples are a good option for a light dessert.
Just because Thanksgiving has passed doesn’t mean pumpkin is out of season. This festive cake is a wonderful make-ahead dessert.
Make the day a little more festive with a Christmas Cosmo or a Candy Cane Martini
If you prefer warm drinks on this chilly day, make a pot of mulled wine.
This sparkling drink is a perfect treat for those who don’t imbibe.
Warm up with a mug of hot non-dairy Gingerbread Tea Latte on a chilly winter’s day. It’s the perfect drink for the Christmas holiday season.
A mug of hot Mulled Apple Cider will keep you warm and cozy on cold snowy days. It’s spiced to perfection and super easy to make.
What’s on your menu this Christmas?