Have you started looking for recipes for your vegan Christmas menu? Today I’m sharing my ultimate collection of 21 show-stopping vegan main course recipes for Christmas dinner that will help even vegan newbies to plan epic plant-based holiday meals. From traditional to edgy, from easy to complex, these vegan main dishes for Christmas will make holiday recipe planning a breeze!
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I originally wanted to put together a list with vegan recipes for every course of a traditional Christmas dinner – think appetizers, sides, sauces, desserts, etc. But then I thought that I already had a lot of those in my post with 50+ plant based Thanksgiving dinner recipes.
So I decided to zero in on the main course instead. After all, the centerpiece of every holiday dinner gets the most attention, and when we go vegan, replacing the traditional glazed ham or beef Wellington on our new vegan Christmas menu can get puzzling.
Thankfully, the vegan community has come up with lots of recipes of vegan main dishes that are perfect for a memorable Christmas dinner. And in today’s post, you’ll see 21 great vegan main course ideas that will surely get you inspired.
These vegan Christmas recipes have been created by a variety of food bloggers from all over the blogosphere (including yours truly). While not all of these bloggers are 100% vegan, all of the recipes below are vegan.
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On to the vegan Christmas dinner deliciousness!
This traditional plant-based nut roast makes a truly festive Christmas dinner centerpiece! Each of its three layers is baked in a brioche tin, but you can make it in a conventional loaf pan if you'd like.
This cranberry-topped mushroom and lentil loaf will become a showstopper on your Christmas table. A variety of veggies, lentils, and spices make it a delicious and wholesome entree option.
A gluten free and nut free loaf option for your vegan Christmas dinner. This chickpea-based loaf is made with carrots, celery and onions, and flavored with traditional holiday herbs like thyme and sage.
A "meatier" take on the traditional vegan holiday roast: this tender and savory roast is made with vital wheat gluten, which gives the finished product a texture resembling meat. If you have meat eaters attending your Christmas dinner, they will surely be impressed.
A yummy and fun Christmas dinner main course idea: personal-sized chestnut loaves baked in a mini bundt pan! If you don't have a bundt pan, feel free to use a loaf or cake pan.
These personal-sized mini lentil loaves are made with mushrooms, lentils, oats and fresh sage. They make a satisfying vegan main course to serve with cranberry sauce at your Christmas dinner.
Move over turducken! This stuffed roasted butternut squash will make an impressive centerpiece on your Christmas dinner table. Butternut squash halves are roasted first, then stuffed with a medley of wild rice, walnuts, cranberries, and spices.
A wonderfully comforting and wholesome idea for your vegan Christmas dinner centerpiece. The filling for these individual-sized Portobello Wellingtons is made with mushrooms, lentils, and vermouth-infused cashew cream.
These lovely veggie-stuffed pockets are another option for puff pastry-wrapped vegan Christmas dinner centerpiece. Filled with wholesome lentils, carrots, and herbs, these pockets are easier to make than you'd think!
This classic vegan shepherd’s pie will put a smile on every comfort food lover's face. Made with a delicious veggie-packed mince and creamy mashed potatoes
This deliciously savory vegan pot pie is another traditional main course option for Christmas. Made with veggies and chickpeas, and topped with a gorgeous grain-free crust.
If you don't want to make a formal centerpiece dish for your vegan Christmas dinner, this Portobello Pot Roast will make a delicious and comforting alternative. Portobello mushrooms and potatoes are braised in red wine and herbs to make a celebration-worthy holiday main course.
Last year I decided to start a tradition of serving these vegan ricotta-stuffed shells at our family's annual Christmas dinner. They look dramatic, taste delicious, and believe it or not, they are easy to make! Dairy free, soy free, gluten free if made with gluten free pasta.
Lasagna is another stellar choice for a Christmas dinner centerpiece. This easy vegan lasagna recipe is made with oven-ready spinach lasagna pasta sheets layered with rich tomato sauce and creamy vegan bechamel.
In my husband's family, holiday dinner is impossible without these luscious vegan sausage-stuffed rice balls, a.k.a. arancini. A few years ago, we veganized his family's traditional recipe, and never looked back.
These vegan rice balls make a decadent vegan Christmas main course when served over some marinara sauce, or can be used as an appetizer by themselves.
Another vegan main course idea with an Italian flair for your Christmas dinner. These delicious eggplant rollups are filled with potatoes, beans, and veggies, and baked in the oven with marinara sauce. Believe it or not, they are quite easy to make!
A festive personal-sized entree option for your vegan Christmas dinner. Homemade polenta circles are layered with BBQ sauce-glazed delicata squash and cashew cream, and topped with roasted pumpkin seeds.
Another traditional Christmas dinner option, this time with a Mexican twist. These vegan tamales are filled with black beans, chilies, and dairy-free cheese, and can be steamed in the Instant Pot or on stovetop.
This Stuffed Acorn Squash with Quinoa Cranberry Stuffing is a festive veggie-based main course option for Christmas dinner. Vegan, nut free, and gluten-free.
This dramatic oven-roasted cauliflower makes a light yet flavorful main course option for your Christmas dinner. Cauliflower is rubbed with a combination of herbs and spices, then roasted whole in the oven along with quartered tomatoes. Even non-vegans will be impressed!
This Christmas dinner main course option doesn't get any easier. If you don't have time to make anything more elaborate (or don't feel like it), you can whip up these delicious mushroom "steaks" in all of 15 minutes! The recipe author suggests cooking them in an air fryer on on the grill, but I'm sure they'll come out fine on the stovetop as well.
Question for you: What vegan recipes are you planning to serve at your Christmas dinner?
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