Baked tetilla cheese with escalivada

Best ever vegetarian entertaining recipes

If you're vegetarian or have a veggie friend coming for dinner we’ve got a great selection of smart ideas, from avocado nibbles, to cheesy starters and impressive mains, including show stopping beetroot terrine, courgette galette and whole roasted cauliflower

Nibbles

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Fried aubergine sticks with sumac and honey

Easy aubergine sticks: designed to impress your friends and family as a quick dinner-party starter, or as part of an easy lunch. With a minty yogurt dip, this Mediterranean-inspired recipe with sumac and za’atar just needs a drizzle of honey to finish it off.

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Kale hush puppies with lemon aïoli

Hush puppies are little American savoury doughnuts in a polenta batter. A classic side dish for seafood, they are also great for parties. These vegetarian kale ones are great with an aioli dip.

kale hush puppies

Avocado fries

Just when you thought you’d reached peak avocado, California comes up with something new. These creamy wedges coated in toasty shards of crunchy corn tortilla are delicious with huevos rancheros or spice-rubbed steak, or dipped in hot sauce or salsa and served with a cold beer.

avocado fries

Spinach, feta and onion parcels

Spinach and feta are a classic combination and work really well with the zing of preserved lemon. Try it in these vegetarian filo parcels which make a great, simple starter, snack or lunch.

spinach and feta parcels

Green goddess and red devil dips with homemade breadsticks and veg

These green goddess and red devil dips are a great way to make your picnic more interesting and they’re great as a snack with drinks

Green goddess and red devil dips with homemade breadsticks and veg

Starters

Samosas with kachumber salad

Celebrate Diwali with millions of families around the world with this authentic Bengali recipe for veggie-stuffed samosas and kachumber salad from South West chef Romy Gill MBE

Samosas

Queso blanco with grilled chillies and cumin, with homemade tortilla chips

Queso blanco is a very simple cheese to make that takes flavours from herbs and spices really well. It’s a fresh cheese that tastes best and has the creamiest texture the day you make it. It will keep for longer in the fridge, but the texture can become a little waxy.

Queso blanco

Marinated tomato and feta salad

This recipe for marinated tomato and feta salad makes a quick and easy vegetarian meal for two midweek. It also makes a tasty lunch to take to work

Marinated tomato and feta salad

Thai corn cakes with pickled cucumbers

Thai corn cakes are quick to whip up and make the best canapés or dinner-party starter. Using fresh corn makes all the difference. Serve with pickled cucumbers.

corn cakes

Baked tetilla cheese with escalivada

This recipe comes from Lobos tapas bar in Borough Market. Tetilla is a Spanish cheese available from delis and online. This dish takes just 30 minutes to prepare, is really easy and vegetarian. It’s great as part of a sharing spread.

Baked tetilla cheese with escalivada

Grilled melon caprese salad

This grilled melon caprese salad is a great starter for the summer months. This works well with watermelons too, just swap the mozzarella for feta, and sprinkle with a few oregano leaves and rocket

Grilled melon caprese salad

Korean courgette pancakes with dipping sauce

Give a courgette fritter a Korean-style makeover with a delicious Asian ingredient dipping sauce. Makes enough for 4.

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Mains

Cauliflower sformato with crispy kale and caramelised pine nuts

Think of a sformato as a little like a cross between a dense soufflé and a crustless quiche. The term literally means ‘unmoulded’ in Italian, which doesn’t sound half as romantic when you translate it. It can be made with all sorts of vegetables and makes a really impressive vegetarian main course.

Cauliflower sformato with crispy kale and caramelised pine nuts

Beetroot and goat’s cheese terrine

Use our easy step by step picture guide to make this eye-catching, meat-free starter for a crowd, topped with candied walnuts and crisp herbs

beetroot and goat's cheese terrine

Baked mushroom and celeriac torte

This impressive-looking wild mushroom and celeriac torte is seasoned with garlic and thyme. Perfect for entertaining your veggie guests at the weekend.

baked mushroom and celeriac torte

Squash and ricotta croissant wreath

This epic vegetarian entertaining recipe is perfect for when the relatives descend on your home for the holidays. Using Jus-Rol croissant dough from the can reduces the faff and we’ve even included a video to help you on your way

Squash and ricotta crossiant wreath

Crusted halloumi tacos with pico de gallo

Sharing is caring, so why not make these vegetarian tacos for everyone to enjoy? Set everything up on the table and let your dinner companions help themselves. Ready in under 25 minutes, they’re a really quick and easy tasty dinner idea

Crusted halloumi tacos with pico de gallo

Butternut and ricotta rotolo with sage brown butter

Make pasta without a machine to create this impressive veggie main that’s taking over from cannelloni

Butternut and ricotta rotolo with sage brown butter

Salt-baked beetroot, smoked aubergine, goat’s cheese and walnuts

This recipe for salt-baked beetroot, smoked aubergine, goat’s cheese and walnuts comes from Trinity in Clapham Old Town and makes a great veggie main

Salt-baked beetroot, smoked aubergine, goat’s cheese and walnuts

Orange, pecan and cannellini salad with sautéed fennel and golden raisins

Persian cooking guru Sabrina Ghayour knows how to throw a party. Pair this gluten free, low calorie zingy salad with some of her other easy recipes (such as her lamb kofta puffs with tahini and tomato sauce or spiced cod frittas with harissa honey dip) to create an impressive sharing spread

Orange, pecan and cannellini salad with sautéed fennel and golden raisons

Open spinach and ricotta ravioli

This classic blend of flavours is a favourite for a reason. Making it an open ravioli means that it’s quick and easy too. Use dried pasta if you can’t find fresh, and cook according to packet instructions.

open ravioli

Coconut and peanut aubergine curry

This creamy coconut and peanut aubergine curry is vegetarian, under 300 calories and ready in just 30 minutes, making it the perfect comforting meal to make midweek.

Coconut and peanut aubergine curry

Sage butter-basted roast cauliflower

The humble cauliflower holds its own in this aromatic vegetarian main for four. This gluten free recipe only requires six ingredients (most of which are bound to be lurking in your cupboard anyway) so if you’re looking for an impressive but easy, flavour-packed dinner then this is the one for you

sage butter basted cauliflower

Wild rice and mushroom risotto with roast garlic

This recipe for wild rice and mushroom risotto with roast garlic is vegetarian, low salt and sugar and under 500 calories but packed with flavour

Wild rice and mushroom risotto with roast garlic


 Baked ricotta tart with spring veg, mint and peashoots

An easy vegetarian tart filled with spring veg such as asparagus, peas, spring onion and pea shoots. A block of puff pastry makes this quick to assemble.

Baked ricotta tart with spring veg, mint and peashoots

Pappardelle with lemon and sage mushrooms

One of our best low GI veggie mains: silky pappardelle and chestnut mushrooms seasoned with garlic and sage. Try topping with parmesan (or vegetarian alternative) for an easy mid-week meal.

Pappardelle with lemon and sage mushrooms

Spiral courgette tart with dill dressing

Spiralising is becoming more and more trendy, so try this new take on spiralised courgette in a beautiful vegetarian tart. It’s low-calorie, low fat and 5:2 diet friendly for a healthy entertaining meal.

Spiral courgette tart with dill dressing

Turmeric and coconut paneer with charred naans

This recipe for turmeric and coconut paneer with charred naans will make your summer BBQ much more interesting. Use an old baking tray to cook the naans as it wont be fit for using in the oven fterwards. Alternatively, cook them in a heavy-based frying pan on the hob until golden and puffed on both sides. Check out our easy vegetarian BBQ recipes.

Turmeric and coconut paneer

Black bean and squash quesadillas with smoky chipotle salsa

These black bean and squash quesadillas with smoky chipotle salsa are perfect for a casual gathering between old friends

Black bean and squash quesadillas with smoky chipotle salsa

Roasted broccoli and feta flatbreads

These roasted broccoli and feta flatbreads are full of bold flavours and bright colours. Eye-catching and tasty, they’re bound to go down really well with your guests.

Roasted broccoli and feta flatbreads
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