10 Vegan Holiday Main Dishes

Planning a vegan holiday menu doesn’t have to be difficult. Try one of these vegan holiday main dishes.

If you’re new to eating vegan during the holidays or are trying to accommodate a vegan guest, making a vegan holiday main dish might seem a little bit tricky. It doesn’t have to be! Vegan food is just food, and these main dishes are hearty and satisfying. There are some faux meat options if you want to swing that way, and there are some vegan holiday recipes that are more on the whole food, plant-based end of the spectrum. I wanted to make sure that there were options for everyone, and I hope that you’ll share your own favorite vegan holiday dishes in the comments!

10 Vegan Holiday Main Dishes

1. Pumpkin Orzo – Nothing says holidays to me like winter squash. I used canned pumpkin to make this dish, but you can also roast and puree a pie pumpkin if you want to skip the can.

2. Stuffed Seitan Roast – Seitan is a vegan “meat” that’s basically a dough made from vital wheat gluten. It’s got a toothsome feel, and it’s a versatile option for holiday cooking. I like this stuffed seitan recipe from Fat Free Vegan because she gives lots of options for how to customize it.

3. Holiday Casserole – Don’t let the vegan cheese in this recipe from Namely Marly scare you off! Vegan cheese has come a long way from the oily, odd, non-melty blocks you might remember. Try Daiya shreds or chopped up Field Roast Chao slices in this recipe. Two of my faves!

4. Moroccan-Spiced Spaghetti Squash – This is another unconventional holiday dish that still fits right in on the holiday table. Serve Rachel Shulman’s spaghetti squash recipe over cous cous or quinoa cooked in vegetable broth for a satisfying vegan main dish.

5. Baked Lemon-Rosemary Tofu – Tofu gets a bad rep as a processed, food but it’s really no more processed than cottage cheese. This baked tofu recipe from Cadry Nelson features bright holiday flavors.

Vegan Holdiay Recipes: King Oyster Scallops

6. King Oyster Scallops – Go a little bit unconventional with this mushroom pasta dish from Fork and Beans! The recipe calls for gluten free pasta, but if you and your guests aren’t gluten free, you can use semolina pasta instead if you like.

7. Cauliflower Alfredo Lasagne – Vegan alfredo might sound impossible, but if anyone can pull it off with style, it’s Richa Hingle. This casserole is rich, decadent and soy free!

8. Creamy Pumpkin Corn Chowder – Pass some crusty bread alongside this hearty soup from Kelli’s Vegan Kitchen, and you’ve got a filling main dish for your holiday table.

9. Stuffed Mushrooms – Earthy portobello mushrooms stuffed with creamy, homemade tofu ricotta and sautéed greens. This is one of my family’s new favorites!

10. Sweet Potato Sage Tarts – These beautiful, individual savory tarts from Meet the Shannons are simple to make without looking like they were simple to make. My favorite quality in a recipe!


Judith Emerson
Judith Emersonabout a year ago

Wonderful!!!!! :)

Sonia Minwer Barakat Requ

Thanks for sharing

Christine J.
Christine J2 years ago

Delish; thanks for sharing.

Lis T.
Elisabeth T4 years ago

Thanks for the great recipes

Charmaine C.
Charmaine C4 years ago

Thanks for the article. Many of the recipes are high in carbs and calories, and a lot of processed soy products are used. I heartily agree with other comments urging people to make sure that the soy and corn are not GM but organically grown.

Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen4 years ago

Thank you

maria reis
maria reis4 years ago

Great recipes. I love pumpkin. Puree with cinamon. Its delicious.
Stuffed mushroom. Make lhe cream with coconut milk.
Usually, I cook pumpkin puree with coconut milk, or almond milk, ordem oat milk.

Val M.
Val M4 years ago

Make sure the tofu is organic. In the U.S., most soybeans are GMO and full of pesticides, unless labeled otherwise..

John Wedderburn
4 years ago

Those sound delicious! 👍

ERIKA S4 years ago

looks great,thank you