We round up perfect plant-based morsels to delight your guests with this Christmas.

Whether you follow a plant-based diet and you’re looking for inspiration, or you’re entertaining this festive season and want to cater for all dietary requirements around your Christmas table, the choice and variety in vegan and vegetarian recipes is vast. There are plant-based twists on Christmas classics, as well as new takes on seasonal veg, plus plenty of warming, nutritious dishes to balance out the excesses of the holidays. From the big day to leftovers and sweet treats, here are twelve vegetarian and vegan Christmas recipes to try this year.

Sizzled Sprouts With Pistachios And Pomegranate

BBC Good Food

Forget all you know about sprouts. Pan-fried with fragrant pistachios and sweetened with pomegranate molasses, this is an easy yet flavour-filled twist on the much-maligned seasonal staple. Find the recipe here.

Vegan Christmas Wreath

BBC Good Food

Rather than being relegated to the side dishes, this vegan Christmas wreath is centrepiece worthy. Who can resist this shortcrust pastry ring filled to the brim with tofu, herbs, dried fruits and nuts, bringing all the seasonal flavours to the fore? Pretty as a picture too. Find the recipe here.

Orange, Cranberry And Pistachio Pavlova

BBC Good Food

A wintery take on the summer berry classic, this vegan-friendly meringue cleverly uses aquafaba (the water from tinned chickpeas) which can be used as an egg-substitute, as well as coconut-yoghurt in place of cream. Piled high with seasonal orange and cranberry flavours, it’s a great, light alternative to traditional Christmas pudding. Find the recipe here.

Spinach And Ricotta Filo Baskets

Good Housekeeping

Great as canapés or starters, these light filo parcels are filled with warming nutmeg, cheese and spinach. Perfect morsels for winter nights. Find the recipe here.

Confit Carrot and Parsnip Crumble?

Delicious Magazine

A savoury spin on a classic crumble with sweet root vegetables, beans and spices, this is a hearty yet inexpensive dish to add to your festive menu repertoire. Find the recipe here.

Jamie’s Christmas Curry

Jamie Oliver

Great if you want to reawaken your tastebuds (and up your veg intake), Jamie’s Christmas Curry is filled with roasted cauliflower, aubergines and a homemade spice blend that’s worth the effort to achieve this fragrant, warming supper. Find the recipe here.

Mincemeat Treacle Tart

Delicious Magazine

Sweet and spicy, this hybrid mince pie and treacle tart brings all the sticky, fruity, festive flavours for a sharing version of a Christmas classic. Find the recipe here.

Camembert And Cranberry Pithivier

Olive Magazine

The tartness of the cranberry makes a perfect pairing for this rich, baked camembert. Wrapped in a crisp pastry pithivier, it’s surprisingly quick and easy to whip up. Serve with crusty bread for the perfect sharing starter. Find the recipe here.

Butternut Squash Wellington

Vegan Food And Living

A great take on a traditional beef Wellington, this roasted butternut squash is a substantial main. Packed with nuts, spices and herbs, it would delight any vegan, or non-vegan alike, at the Christmas table. Find the recipe here.

Vegan Gingerbread Trifle

Vegan Food And Living

A gingerbread-lover’s dream, this vegan trifle is layered up with spiced sponge, cookies and coconut cream and topped with fresh berries. Great for a festive dinner party finale. Find the recipe here.

Beetroot And Goat’s Cheese Terrine

Olive Magazine

A great option to make ahead, this layered terrine is striking when cut, with the white and deep red layers. Topped with crispy herbs and toasted nuts, it would make a great crowd-pleasing starter. Find the recipe here.

Lemony Spiced Poached Pears


A beautiful, seasonal dessert, with firm poached pears in a lemon, spiced syrup. A sweet close to a Christmas meal. Find the recipe here.

By Lydia Mansi
November 2022

Lydia Mansi

Lifestyle Editor

Lydia is an all-round lifestyle guru, tireless champion of women in business and our resident expert on beauty.