Whether you’re celebrating big or small this year, our vegan Holiday menu offers tons of delicious recipes to choose from! Follow our free printable at the end for a super easy and tasty feast.
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We’ve collected many helpful tips and recipes over the years of being vegan that we’d like to share with you.
Whether you’re the vegan trying to make this year’s holiday feast more plant-based (or fully plant-based!), or you’re the person catering to a vegan — this vegan holiday menu and selection of recipes is exactly what you need.
If you want to let us do this year’s vegan holiday menu planning, just follow along! In this section of the article, we’ll share with you the exact recipes you can make — and in which order.
Vegan appetizer platterGo to the Platter Recipe →
Colorful and endlessly customizable, this vegan appetizer platter is a great way to start your holiday menu!
It features seasonal produce like pumpkin and apples, alongside crunchy nuts, creamy hummus, fresh bread, and a homemade vegan cheese ball.
You can prepare most of the items for this platter in advance, so you just need to assemble the board within 10 minutes!
Easy vegan cornbreadGo to the Cornbread Recipe →
For an easy side dish, make this 6-ingredient vegan cornbread. We like to prepare this recipe in the very beginning so that the cornbread can bake in the oven while we roast our vegetables for the salad!
Not only is this side dish fully vegan, but it’s also gluten-free and requires only 10 minutes of prep time.
Roasted pumpkin saladGo to the Salad Recipe →
This colorful fall and winter-inspired salad is bursting with color, flavor, and texture! It needs only a few preparation steps to come together.
Lentil meatloafGo to the Meatloaf Recipe →
This hearty veggie loaf will be the main occasion of our holiday menu! It’s incredibly chewy, savory, and satisfying.
Cooked lentils are mixed with onion, garlic, mushrooms, oats, walnuts, and a handful of pantry spices. Stir until well combined, then pop in the oven for 45 minutes!
If you don’t like a particular component of this lentil loaf, find adjustment ideas in the article.
Brown gravyGo to the Gravy Recipe →
This 5-minute gravy brings together the different components of your vegan holiday menu!
Minimal ingredients are needed to create this simple and delicious condiment that pairs so well with vegan meatloaf, roasted veggies, potatoes, and other sides.
Just keep it warm until ready to serve!
Go to the Cake Recipe →
This delicious vegan cookie cake is the perfect combination of a moist cookie and a scrumptious, slightly sweet cake that can be decorated to your liking!
It’s the perfect easy dessert during holiday season and a great addition to our menu. Pop the 10-minute high-protein batter into the warm oven and serve it only 20 minutes later with a dollop of vegan ice cream!
Best vegan holiday recipes
Would you like to get more inspiration for this year’s holiday season? Browse the following recipe collections to create a menu that’s perfect for you.
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25+ Easy Vegan Christmas Desserts
50+ Best Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes
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- Mothers Day
- Fathers Day
- Valentines Day
- Cinco de Mayo
- Vegan Party Food
Vegan holiday FAQ
What do vegans eat on Christmas?
Many familiar Christmas sides can easily be made vegan just by swapping butter for vegan butter or using plant-based milk.
There are also crowd-pleasing, hearty vegan mains that even meat-lovers will enjoy! Here are our favorites.
- Creamy mashed potatoes
- Stuffed mushrooms
- Roasted veggies
- Vegan wellington
- Pasta bake
- Chickpea meatloaf
- Vegan shepherd’s pie
- Vegan tamales
What do vegans eat on Thanksgiving?
Create a wonderful ThanksLiving menu from familiar side dishes and hearty mains even non-vegans will devour!
Don’t forget to check our Thanksgiving recipe article for more ideas.
- Cream cheese stuffed dates
- Nut roasts
- Glazed seitan ham
- Cranberry sauce
- Green beans
- Whole roasted cauliflower
- Thanksgiving dinner bowl
- Roasted Brussels sprouts
What to give a vegan as a gift?
This totally depends on the vegan in question, of course! Be sure that your gift doesn’t contain any dairy, eggs, gelatine, or honey, and isn’t made with feathers, wool, silk, and other animal products!
Here are some ideas to choose from.
- Vegan cookbook
- Instant Pot
- Homemade edible gift
- Non-leather bags
- Online cooking course
- Soy-based candles
- Vegan makeup
- Handy kitchen tools
- Stocking stuffers
- Cozy socks or scarf
- Vegan book
- Gift basket
- Snack boxes
- Vegan Meal Planning Tips
- Vegan Ingredients Checker
- Vegan Cooking Tips
- Why Go Vegan
- Vegan Grocery List
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Make the Cornbread
- Preheat your oven to 400° F (200 °C) and line an 8-9 inches baking pan and two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Get the seven basic ingredients for the gluten-free vegan cornbread and mix thoroughly until a homogenous batter is formed. Pour it into your prepared baking pan.
Roast the Vegetables
- Slice pumpkin, pears, and onions for the roasted winter salad, as well as other seasonal produce you want to add to your appetizer platter.
- Arrange in single layers on your prepared baking sheet, then put alongside the baking pan with the cornbread in the oven for around 20 minutes.
- Check in from time to time to ensure everything is baked evenly and nothing burns.
Prepare the Appetizer Platter
- Get your favorite seasonal fruit, veggies, fresh herbs, leafy greens, and a few dips and spreads that you can beautifully arrange on your appetizer platter. We like to go for some hummus, chutney, garlic yogurt dip, and homemade nut cheese.
- Add some sliced bread, sticks, chips, or other dippers. Decorate with nuts and dried fruit, then add the roasted pumpkin once it’s done baking.
Make the Lentil Loaf
- Combine cooked lentils with oats, walnuts, shredded carrot, onion, garlic, and some herbs and spices. Mix with a spoon, then transfer everything into a loaf pan and spread with tomato glaze.
- Reduce the oven temperature to 350 °F (175 °C) and remove all vegetables and the baked cornbread. Place your pan with the lentil walnut mixture into the oven and set a timer to 45 minutes.
Make the Roast Pumpkin Salad
- Add fresh spinach and arugula into a large bowl and whisk together a quick 3-minute vegan honey mustard dressing in another small bowl.
- Top your greens with the roasted pumpkin, onion, and pears from the oven, and add some homemade vegan feta cheese, pomegranate seeds, and walnuts. Drizzle with the dressing just before serving!
Make the Gravy
- Place all ingredients for the brown gravy into a blender. Blend until smooth and creamy, then transfer to a medium-sized saucepan.
- Bring to a boil, stirring frequently, then turn down the heat and let the gravy simmer until it thickens. Keep warm until ready to serve!
Make the Skillet Cookie Cake
- Put dates, almond butter, and vanilla into a food processor and create a smooth puree. Add cooked chickpeas, almond flour, oat flour, and baking powder. Process to obtain a creamy batter.
- Fold in chocolate chips, then transfer your cookie cake batter into a round baking pan or cast iron skillet, which you put into the oven once the lentil loaf is done baking.
- Remove the hearty loaf, then set a timer for 20 minutes to be able to serve your cookie cake still warm, topped with some coconut whipped cream or vegan ice cream.
- Nutritional information was automatically calculated without the appetizer platter. Servings may vary depending on the person and their nutritional needs.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 653Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 514mgCarbohydrates: 82gFiber: 16gSugar: 32gProtein: 22g
Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed. Just focus on whole plant-based foods and eat until satiety!