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Vegan Wellington Recipe

17 vegan Christmas dinner recipes

Published: December 16, 2020 at 7:22 pm

Impress over the festive season with our vibrant vegan recipes, from showstopping vegan wellingtons to make-ahead nut roasts and dairy-free desserts

Want to make a vegan centrepiece for your Christmas dinner? Whether you want a vegan Christmas nut roast or fancy making a vegan Christmas dessert, we've got all the plant-based recipes you need for festive entertaining.


Check out our best vegan Christmas recipes, then check out our vegan drinks and vegetarian Christmas ideas for more mouthwatering mains. Make sure everyone's sweet tooth is satisfied with out best vegan Christmas dessert recipes.

Vegan Christmas main courses

Vegan wellington

Check out our stunning vegan wellington packed with roasted red peppers, cooked beetroot and kale. Plus, we've made a vegan stuffing and glazed the pastry in marmite to take this wellington to the next level – the perfect way to impress your vegan friends over the festive season.

Vegan Wellington Recipe

Vegan Christmas loaf recipe with chestnuts

If you're after a smart Christmas main that you can make ahead on Christmas Eve, try our vegan chestnut, squash and sweet potato loaf recipe for a Christmas centrepiece. Precise layering makes it look neat but it’s actually easy to put together. Many more easy vegan recipes here

Vegan Christmas Nut Roast Recipe For Vegetarian Christmas Dinner

Beetroot tarte tatin

A vegan Christmas centrepiece with the looks to boot – earthy purple veg is the star in this tarte tatin, with a zingy salsa verde made from beetroot tops.

A round puff pastry tart topped with purple beetroots and green pesto

Savoury spiced baklava

A savoury festive spin on the classic middle eastern dessert makes a fantastic vegetarian substitute for turkey this Christmas. This vegetarian Christmas main can be easily doubled in size if you have a crowd to feed – just use a larger baking tray. To make it vegan, simply swap out the butter for olive oil, and use a vegan feta-style cheese, or just leave it out.

Savoury Baklava Recipe for Vegetarians

Salt-baked celeriac with sourdough stuffing

Richard Makin's clever hidden-celeriac bake is so delicate, you can spoon it right out of the crust. The centre is filled with a flavoursome hazelnut and shiitake sourdough stuffing.

A whole celeriac in a pastry crust, with a blue plate of food sitting next to it

Christmas nut roast

A nut roast but not as you know it – packed with umami, smokiness and sweetness from squash, lentil and dates, we think this is our best ever!

Smoky squash, lentil and date nut roast

Glazed vegan ham

This seitan ‘ham’ is a perfectly festive meat alternative which will hold its own as a Christmas dinner centrepiece. Leftovers make fantastic ‘ham’ and mustard sandwiches for Boxing Day.

Brown sugar-glazed seitan ham

Whole roast cauliflower with warm harissa hummus

Make our roast cauliflower for an alternative vegan centrepiece that's easy to make. It's low in calories, so a healthy main course that you can enjoy alongside Christmas sides.

Harissa Cauliflower Recipe

Roasted cabbage steaks with hazelnut dressing

Love red cabbage? Try our roasted cabbage steaks for an easy vegan main or sharing side dish. The mint and chilli add a zingy flavour if you're after a lighter Christmas dinner.

Roasted Cabbage Steaks With Hazelnut Dressing

Vegan Christmas canapés

Vegetable crisps with curry salt

Use up all your veggie peelings, as well as any loose left-over veg, and use them to make these epic crisps with an easy curry spice.

Homemade Vegetable Crisps Recipe

Pulled BBQ jackfruit sliders with mustard slaw

Jackfruit pulls apart just like slow-roasted pork and is wonderful at soaking up this BBQ sauce, which is spicy, smoky and slightly sharp with a deep, dark sweetness.

Jackfruit Pulled Pork Recipe with Vegan Slaw

Vegan Christmas starters

Warm hummus with pine nuts, raisins and olives

Turn a storecupboard staple into this vibrant mezze dish and sprinkle with jewel-like pine nuts, raisins and olives.

Easy Hummus Recipe Topped with Pine Nuts, Raisins and Olives

Grilled vegetable antipasti

Kick off an indulgent meal with these gorgeous grilled veggies. Serve with fresh focaccia and olives for an impressive, colourful spread.

Grilled Vegetable Antipasti Recipe

Purple sprouting broccoli tempura with ponzu dipping sauce

Check out this vegan recipe for crunchy purple sprouting broccoli in crispy tempura batter. Ready in under 30 minutes, this dish will make an impressive dinner party starter.

Broccoli Tempura with Ponzu Sauce

Vegan Christmas desserts and bakes

Rum-roasted pineapple and spice pie

Crisp, crumbly and gently spiced, this vegan pie makes for a warming Christmas pudding that everyone can get stuck into. Try serving with a dollop of coconut yogurt.

Pineapple Pie Recipe with Rum

Vegan chocolate cakes

After a dark chocolate nibble instead of a full Christmas pudding? Bake a batch of these indulgent vegan brownies and serve them with coffee (or a glass of sherry). Make extra to serve on Boxing Day, too.

Vegan Brownies Recipe

Double chocolate chip vegan cookies

You say chocolate, we say cookies! A batch of these moreish cookies will be ideal for a Christmas morning bake, served as a post-Christmas dinner snack, or try serving with dairy-free ice cream for a more indulgent vegan pudding.

Vegan Cookie Recipe

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