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5 Tasty Vegan Side Dishes for Your Holiday Shindig

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5 Tasty Vegan Side Dishes for Your Holiday Shindig

No matter how you celebrate the holidays, chances are you’ve got at least a couple of parties on your calendar this month. Whether it’s tree-trimming parties, a Hanukkah celebration, a New Year’s party, or something else, it’s always nice to show up with a yummy side to share. These tasty vegan sides are total crowd-pleasers – your hosts won’t miss the meat or dairy for a second!

Holiday food is often very heavy on the animal products, especially the butter, meats, and cheeses. Animal ingredients might be traditional in holiday recipes, but they’re not so hot for the environment.

Animal products are woefully inefficient. Instead of using our land to grow healthy fruits, vegetables, and grains, millions of acres are dedicated to producing feed for animals. In fact, animal agriculture (including egg and dairy production) is responsible for 18 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions that humans produce. Even replacing a few dishes with vegan alternatives can make a difference.

Related Reading: 5 Soy Free Milk Alternatives

Vegan food sometimes gets a bad rep. If you’re used to a meat-and-three kind of diet, when you take out the meat you’re left with a bunch of mushy veggies. Bo-RING! You might think that all vegans eat are crudites and salads, but that’s not true at all. Check out some of the vegan side dishes on the next pages to liven up your holiday menu!

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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7:15AM PST on Dec 2, 2014

Need those recipes. Thank you.

3:38AM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

Once went to a party (taking a Vegetarian dish), and overheard the hostess complaining in the kitchen that all the Vegetarian dishes were being eaten and not those containing meat.... Ha! Go Vegan!! (which I now have...)

11:28PM PST on Mar 8, 2013

Vegan cooking is the best!!

7:15AM PST on Jan 8, 2013

Thank you Becky, for Sharing this!

10:31AM PST on Dec 30, 2012

the asian slaw is good all year long. it's really good with fresh cucumbers.

3:17PM PST on Dec 29, 2012


4:02PM PST on Dec 24, 2012

I love sunflower seeds, thanks :-)

1:52PM PST on Dec 16, 2012

I'll most likely be saving the recipe for the Quinoa Pilaf! You can do endless things with Quinoa, and it's one of those vegan friendly foods that many non-vegans will enjoy, too. :)

5:53AM PST on Dec 14, 2012

The lentil hummus sounds delicious.

12:05AM PST on Dec 10, 2012

The hummus sounds good, but I'm sorry, sweet and sour potato salad? Um... That is scary.

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