Roasted Carrot Salad With Spelt, Dukkah and Preserved Lemon Dressing

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

Try one of our top vegetarian entertaining recipes to create the perfect vegetarian dinner party. We have created easy but impressive ideas for vegetarian nibbles (halloumi fries, anyone?), elegant vegetarian starters and show-stopping vegetarian mains. (Check out our vegetarian Christmas ideas too.)

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Our veggie centrepieces will go down well with vegetarians and meat eaters; try beetroot and goat’s cheese terrine, crusted halloumi tacos, and posh wild rice and mushroom risotto. Our vegetarian dinner party menu ideas will impress all of your vegetarian friends, take a look…


Vegetarian nibbles

Fried aubergine sticks with sumac and honey

Easy aubergine sticks: designed to impress your friends and family as a quick dinner-party starter. 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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Halloumi salt and vinegar fries with tartare sauce

Try these quick, easy and moreish halloumi fries as a nibble at your next vegetarian party. Deep-fried for extra crunch, they’re an absolute cheese sensation. Dip them into our homemade tartare sauce for the ultimate vegetarian snack.

Halloumi fries with salt and vinegar

Kale hush puppies with lemon aïoli

Hush puppies are little American savoury doughnuts in a polenta batter. 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. Of your guests are avocado fans, make one of our creative avocado recipes.

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 vegetarian starter.

spinach and feta parcels

Green goddess and red devil dips with homemade breadsticks and veg

Our vegetarian green goddess and red devil dips are a great way to brighten up a summer entertaining spread.

Green goddess and red devil dips with homemade breadsticks and veg

Vegetarian starters

Fried courgette flowers with honey and vinegar

Packed with sweet and tangy flavour, these courgette flowers with honey and vinegar are a great starter for any summer dinner party. What’s more, they look impressive and take no time at all to make.

Fried courgette flowers with honey and vinegar

Burrata, pea gazpacho and vignarola salad

Check out this burrata, pea gazpacho and vignarola salad from Eusebi Deli. The burrata is creamy and soft, and the gazpacho is light and refreshing, a great dinner party starter.

Burrata, pea gazpacho and vignarola salad

Samosas with kachumber salad

Try this authentic Bengali recipe for veggie-stuffed samosas and kachumber salad from South West chef Romy Gill MBE. It’s something a bit different to impress guests at dinner.

Samosas

Cauli Thai salad

This recipe takes the textures and flavours of a larb salad (usually made with minced chicken or pork) but gives it a veggie twist with cauliflower and some red chilli thrown in for an extra kick of flavour. You can also swap the fish sauce for soy to make it vegan, if you like.

cauli salad

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. Pop in the middle of the table and encourage everyone to dip in.

Queso blanco

Marinated tomato and feta salad

Our recipe for marinated tomato and feta salad makes a quick and easy vegetarian starter. It’s colourful and vibrant, so will look lovely on the table.

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

Our grilled melon caprese salad is a great vegetarian 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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Vegetarian centrepieces and main courses

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 terrine for a crowd, topped with candied walnuts and crisp herbs.

beetroot and goat's cheese terrine

Korean roasted cauliflower

Check out this punchy vegetarian roasted cauliflower recipe, from Marcus Samuelsson’s restaurant, Red Rooster in Shoreditch, London.

Roasted Cauliflower Recipe

Roast carrot and spelt salad with dukkah and preserved lemon dressing

This zesty carrot and spelt salad is fresh, vibrant and super easy to make. The dukkah gives this salad a delightful nutty flavour, perfect for a vegetarian entertaining idea.

Roast carrot and spelt salad with dukkah and preserved lemon dressing

Paneer tikka with pea and mint relish

Check out our seasonal vegetarian recipe using peas and Indian cheese, paneer. For perfectly cooked paneer, make sure you have a crunchy, charred outside with a soft and succulent middle. Divine! 

Paneer tikka with pea and mint relish

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

Our 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 an impressive veggie main, restaurant style.

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

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

Coconut and peanut aubergine curry

Sage butter-basted roast cauliflower

The humble cauliflower holds its own in this aromatic vegetarian main for four. Our 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

Our 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 vegetarian entertaining idea.

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

Our 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

Our 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.

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Roasted broccoli and feta flatbreads

How about a vegetable curry to entertain your vegetarian guests?

Try one of our 24 best ever vegetarian curry recipes and then add some delicious stuffed naan on the side. The veg adds great splashes of colour and creates lighter and more interesting dishes. 

aubergine thai jungle curry