Does your holiday menu need a little bit of help? These are my favorite vegan holiday recipes that are perfect for your vegan Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah or New Year’s Eve spreads!
Vegan Holiday Recipes
I grew up in a house that celebrated all of these holidays, and for me, holiday food is a mashup of dishes that all have one thing in common: they are total comfort food. As an adult, I am always looking for vegan holiday recipes that aren’t necessarily traditional but are definitely hearty and cozy.
Instead of dividing the list below by holiday, I’m dividing it by course to make meal planning a bit easier. Take a gander and build your ideal vegan holiday menu from the recipes below!
Appetizers and Side Dishes
1. Air Fryer Roasted Green Beans – Skip the gloppy, condensed-soup green bean casserole this year, and put your air fryer to work! I don’t even super love green beans, but I am obsessed with these air fryer green beans with hearty mushrooms topped with crunchy French fried onions.
2. Holiday Kale Salad – The warm ginger-cranberry dressing on this festive kale salad really takes it to the next level. The fresh cranberries in the dressing turn it vibrant, hot pink!
3. Easiest Vegan Cheese Ball EVER – This super easy cheese ball takes only five to 10 minutes to make, and it’s a total hit with vegans and omnivores. I’ve been serving this recipe at my holiday parties for over a decade, and it’s one friends always request.
4. Ginger Maple Bacon-Wrapped Tofu Bites – Sweet and spicy tofu bites wrapped in smoky, vegan bacon is a perfect vegan finger food for any holiday party. Whip up a batch, and watch it magically disappear!
5. Savory Stuffed Mushrooms – Stuffed mushrooms are classic vegan holiday fare, and what I love about this recipes is that you can make it in advance. Stuff your mushrooms the day before, then just pop them in the oven when you’re ready to serve.
6. Spinach Artichoke Dip – Quick and easy garlic cashew cream replaces the cheese and mayo in this stellar party dip. This is another long-time fave. It’s adapted from a recipe my mom used to make when I was a kid, and it’s spot on!
7. Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Hazelnuts and Dried Cranberries – Only seven ingredients and 15 minutes stand between you and this sweet-and-savory holiday salad from Amy at Veggies Save the Day!
8. Vegan Mushroom Stuffing – I don’t usually make stuffing from scratch, so I love that Ginny’s mushroom stuffing keeps things simple by using pre-made stuffing as the base, then layering on plenty of richness with added mushrooms, herbs, and spices.
9. Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes – My family eats mashed potatoes at least once a week, so you can bet that they’ll be on our holiday table. Kristina at Spabettie makes deliciously simple mashed potatoes starring an entire head of roasted garlic!
10. Low-Sugar Orange Cranberry Sauce – This super-tart orange cranberry sauce only takes 20 minutes to make! If you’ve never made your own cranberry sauce before, I encourage you to give it a try.
Vegan Holiday Main Dishes
11. Vegan Biscuit Pot Pie – This super simple family favorite takes less than an hour to make but is hearty enough to be the star of your vegan holiday meal! It’s packed with tofu and veggies and topped with a totally-not-homemade biscuit crust.
12. Pineapple-Ginger Glazed Tofu Cutlets – This flavorful baked tofu entree stars a no-simmer pineapple-ginger glaze. You make your glaze in the blender, and it thickens up while the tofu bakes in the oven. Such a tasty time-saver!
13. Vegan Latkes – I made these vegan latkes for my whole, huge, Jewish family last Hanukkah, and they devoured them with plenty of applesauce and vegan sour cream on the side. They’re a bit time-consuming to make, but they’re also so, so worth the effort.
14. Baked Tofu Chops – This decadent vegan holiday recipe is actually based on my husband’s favorite way to make pork chops from back before he stopped eating meat. It’s ridiculously easy and a total holiday hit!
15. Quinoa Loaf – Vegan loaf recipes are pretty common, but what makes this one stand out is the sticky ketchup glaze. This is another no-cook glaze. For this one, you just whisk a few ingredients together in a bowl. Boom.
16. Thanksgiving Shepherd’s Pie – Picture your favorite vegan Thanksgiving foods, then put almost all of them into one simple, flavorful dish. Braised vegetables and tofu bake up under a layer of rich, creamy mashed potatoes. Top it off with no-cook miso gravy, and you are ready to eat, my friends!
17. No-Cook Miso Gravy – Speaking of that gravy, here’s the recipe! This recipe takes approximately five minutes in your blender, and it’s lovely on the shepherd’s pie above or anywhere you’d pass some gravy on the side.
18. Cauliflower Comfort Bake – If you really want to bring on the veggies this year, this is the recipe for you!
19. Portobello Pot Roast – Mel at A Virtual Vegan has cracked the vegan pot roast code! This dish is a cozy addition to your vegan holiday spread, and it’s a lot easier to make than you’d think!
Vegan Holiday Desserts
20. Air Fryer Pumpkin Spice Baked Apples – If you’re looking for a healthier holiday dessert that’s still a total crowd-pleaser, this is the one! Baked apples cook up in half the time in your air fryer, and the flavorful pumpkin spice filling is ah-mazing!
21. Cherry Cheese Danish – These festive little bites are super simple to make and a total hit at holiday parties! Premade crescent roll dough is the shortcut secret to these vegan cheese danish.
22. Vegan S’mores Cream Pie – Creamy chocolate filling and a toasty marshmallow topping make this an unforgettable vegan holiday dessert. You do need a kitchen torch for this recipe, but it is totally worth it.
23. No-Bake Peach Cheesecake Bites – These fruity little mini cheesecakes from Gwen at Delightful Adventures might not be super traditional, but they are super delicious! If fresh peaches aren’t looking good where you are, you can substitute frozen in this recipe. You can even make them ahead and freeze until you’re ready to dish them up.
24. Vegan Caramel Apples – Dianne from Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen has nailed the caramel apple. And the best part? They’re date-sweetened, so they’re sneakily a lot healthier than the traditional.
25. Lasso the Moon Cookies – Cadry’s chocolate-kissed vegan butter cookies are based on the movie It’s a Wonderful Life! It doesn’t get more Christmas-desserty than that. Don’t be intimidated by her cool chocolate “lassos,” they’re actually very easy to make!
Vegan Holiday Cocktails
26. Roasted Pear Not-Buttered Rum – Spiced, buttery, roasted pear puree served hot with a splash of rum is a decadent after-dinner drink on a chilly holiday.
27. Ginger-Cranberry Fizz – You can make this festive holiday drink as a cocktail or a mocktail. You mix these up one at a time, so everyone can have exactly what they want.
28. Grapefruit-Cranberry White Wine Spritzer – Mix up the sweet-tart grapefruit-cranberry-wine mix the day before, so you’re ready to pour and top with seltzer at your holiday shindig.
29. Mulled Apple Cider – Not only is a batch of mulled cider basically required by law around the holidays, but it makes the house smell amazing! Serve this up with or without a splash of booze.
30. Hard Apple Cider with Smoked Sage – If you’re looking for some wow factor at your holiday party, this cocktail brings it. Season the glass with smoked sage – yes, you light it on fire! – then pour on plenty of hard cider and a touch of gin. It’s super easy to make but also feels super fancy.