Spiral Courgette Tart Recipe

Best vegetarian entertaining ideas

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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

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

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…

Ingredients

  • We use courgette, whole cauliflower, squash and more for our centrepieces

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 Recipe For Vegetarian Dinner Party


Spiced green bean and tomato rice

Sabrina Ghayour takes a classic Persian recipe, loobia polow (rice cooked with green beans and meat), and made it veggie for a showstopping meat-free main. Check out more our impressive Middle Eastern recipes here.

Vegetarian Rice and Beans Recipe with (Loobia Polow)


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


Butter bean and butternut squash ragout with yogurt and hot mint oil

Whether you're vegetarian or not, this is the kind of dish that will satisfy anyone. Gentle spicing helps to lift the sauce, and the yogurt and mint oil make it the kind of dish perfect for dipping hunks of bread into.

Butternut Squash and Butterbean Stew Recipe with Yogurt


Giant vegan wellington

Looking for a showstopping vegan recipe? Check out our impressive 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.

Vegan Wellington Recipe


Artichoke, spinach and cheese pie

Take your cheese pie up a notch with spinach and marinated artichokes. Serve this crumbly, moreish savoury pie with a simple green salad for an easy midweek meal.

Spinach and Cheese Pie Recipe with Artichoke


Mushroom and lemon risotto

Check out our creamy mushroom risotto recipe with zesty lemon. This quick and easy veggie risotto dish is a comforting, crowdpleasing recipe.

Mushroom Risotto Recipe with Lemon

Stuffed butternut squash with cider cream sauce

Check out our impressive butternut squash recipe with veggie stuffing and a side of crunchy kale. This veggie main becomes a real centrepiece when carved into slices at the table.

Stuffed Butternut Squash Recipe with Cider Cream


Sweet potato gnudi, lemony cavolo nero, crispy sage and parmesan

Check out this pillowy sweet potato gnudi recipe with lemony cavolo nero and super crispy sage. This impressive dish comes from chef Jess Elliott Dennison's Edinburgh restaurant, 27 Elliott's.

Sweet Potato Gnudi Recipe with Cavolo Nero and Crispy Sage


Chickpeas with dates, turmeric, cinnamon and almonds

Check out our easy vegan chickpea stew packed with dates, crunchy almonds and vibrant turmeric. Slow cooking chickpeas with a heady selection of spices really ramps up the flavour in this frugal dish. Try to get hold of the extra large, chubby chickpeas in jars for superior texture.

Vegan Chickpea Stew Recipe with Almonds


Spicy chickpea potato and filo slice

Check out our spiced chickpea bake with potatoes and topped with thin crunchy filo pastry. This easy recipe is veggie friendly, ready in under an hour and serves four. Our filo slice is best eaten on the day, while the pastry is still crisp.

Vegetarian Potato Pie Recipe with Chickpeas


Tomato tart with olive-oil pastry

Check out this vibrant tomato tart with moreish olive-oil pastry. Olive oil pastry can be a bit crumbly to work with but just patch up any holes with extra pastry. It cooks to a much paler colour than classic butter pastry yet the finished texture is lovely and flaky.

Tomato Tart Recipe with Olive Oil Pastry


Spinach and ricotta gnocchi

Check out our super vibrant recipe for veggie gnocchi. This flavour packed dish may take a bit of time but your be sure to impress family and friends. You’ll need to start this the day before unless you can source a drier ricotta from a deli – supermarket ricottas are usually packed in a little liquid so need draining overnight.

Spinach and Ricotta Gnocchi Recipe


Asparagus and tomato savoury frangipane tart

Want an easy tart recipe? Make our asparagus and tomato savoury frangipane tart for a summer vegetarian entertaining idea.

Asparagus Frangipane Tart Recipe with Cherry Tomatoes


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 Celeriac and Mushroom Torte Recipe


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


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


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


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.

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. 


Vegetarian canapés

Crumbed asparagus with saffron yogurt

This asparagus idea is crumbed instead of battered, which helps retain a wonderful texture. The saffron yogurt is a simple version of an aïoli but Middle Eastern style. Make this for an impressive Middle Eastern entertaining recipe.

Breaded Asparagus Recipe with Saffron Yogurt


Buffalo cauli wings with blue cheese dip

Looking for an indulgent vegetarian canapé to serve at your next gathering? Try our cauliflower 'wings' with creamy blue cheese dip to impress vegetarians and meat-lovers alike.

Cauliflower Buffalo Wings with Blue Cheese Dip

Spring onion bhajis with mint and coriander chutney

Check out our crispy spring onion bhajis with a fresh and vibrant mint and coriander chutney. Make these vegetarian bhajis for an impressive way to start your dinner party.

Spring Onion Bhaji Recipe with Mint and Coriander Chutney

Spiced root vegetable fritters with harissa and lime yogurt

Check out these spicy vegetarian fritters with punchy harissa yogurt. These fritters pack plenty of flavour and makes for a great snacking recipe.

Veggie Fritters With Harissa

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.

Aubergine Fries Recipe With Sumac and Honey

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 Recipe With Lemon Aïoli Recipe

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

Potato, goat's cheese and spring onion pies

Check out these veggie potato pies with goat's cheese. These crispy pies are super easy party food for when you have visitors.

Cheese, Onion and Potato Pie Recipe

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

Achari paneer tikka

Check out this paneer tikka from chef Karam Sethi at new Indian restaurant, Brigadiers, a great vegetarian entertaining dish.

Achari Paneer Tikka Recipe

Long-stemmed broccoli, smoked yogurt and peanuts

Check out our crunchy broccoli recipe with creamy smoked yogurt, crispy shallots and roasted peanuts. This easy veggie recipe comes from chef Chris Boustead of new Islington restaurant, Linden Stores.

Long Stem Broccoli Recipe with Smoked Yogurt

Romana courgette agrodolce

Make this easy recipe for romana courgettes with a sweet and spicy agrodolce sauce for a vegetarian dinner party dish. This recipe comes from the East London restaurant Little Duck The Picklery and makes for a light starter.

Fried Courgette with Agrodolce Sauce

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

Beer and onion tarte tatin

This next level onion tarte tatin is easy to make and will make an impressive dinner party starter. The recipe comes from Kudu restaurant in Peckham where head chef Patrick serves this dish as one of the small plates – we’ve made it a little bigger for sharing at home. He also garnishes the tart with fennel flowers, finely sliced sorrel, and goat’s curd with leek oil.

Onion Tarte Tatin Recipe with Beer

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

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 Recipe With Chillies, Cumin And Homemade Tortilla Chips

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

Burrata with savoury granola

Ever thought of baking a batch of savoury granola? Check out this super simple spiced recipe with cumin seeds, smoked paprika and crunchy pumpkin seeds. We've served our's with creamy burrata - perfect for an easy but flavoursome starter recipe.

Burrata Cheese Recipe with Savoury Granola

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
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