25+ Vegetarian Christmas Dishes

Meatless dishes are just as tasty for Christmas dinner! Here are the best vegetarian Christmas dishes to add to your holiday entertaining.

Vegetarian Christmas Dishes

Looking to please everyone at the holidays? Meatless recipes can have even more flavor than their meat-heavy counterparts! Alex and I eat a lot of vegetarian recipes (in fact, we wrote a vegetarian cookbook!). So we’re experts at not only weeknight meals, but showy recipes for entertaining! Here we’ve put together a list of our best vegetarian Christmas dishes. They’re perfect for Christmas dinner: including entrees, side dishes, and a few desserts too.

Whether it’s a crisp red and green Brussels sprout salad, or our hearty fan-favorite meatloaf or the very best apple pie, these Christmas recipes will please everyone at the table: even meat lovers! Don’t forget to serve with vegan hot chocolate or hot cider (or the slow cooker version).

And now…our top vegetarian Christmas dishes!

Desserts to round out your vegetarian Christmas dinner

Looking for more desserts to round out your vegetarian Christmas dinner? Try our 10 Best Healthy Christmas Cookies for your cookie tray, Easy Christmas Desserts for a Crowd, or Holiday Drinks. A few more fun holiday recipes:

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Vegetarian Meatloaf

Vegetarian Christmas Meatloaf


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 10 1x

Description

Here’s the perfect vegetarian Christmas dish: veggie meatloaf! It’s hearty and delicious, and pleases everyone around the table (even the most passionate of meat eaters!).


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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 1/2 cups walnuts
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3 ounces shiitake mushrooms
  • 3 ounces baby bella mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 12 ounces Swiss cheese, grated
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook the brown rice according to the package instructions or use our Instant Pot method.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  3. Place 1 1/2 cup walnuts and 1/2 cup cashews on a baking sheet and toast for 8-10 minutes, until lightly browned. Allow to cool.
  4. Meanwhile, finely chop 1 onion and mince 3 cloves garlic. Clean and finely chop the mushrooms. Finely chop the 2 tablespoons fresh parsley. When the nuts have cooled, finely chop them with a knife or in a food processor.
  5. In a large skillet, heat about 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add the onion and garlic and cook until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms, 1 teaspoon marjoram, 1 teaspoon thyme, and 1 teaspoon sage. Cook about 5 minutes, until the mushrooms are golden. Transfer to a large bowl.
  6. In a small bowl, lightly beat together 4 eggs.
  7. In the large bowl, combine the onion and mushroom mixture with the toasted walnuts and cashews, parsley, 1 1/2 cups cooked rice, 1 cup cottage cheese, 12 ounces Swiss cheese, beaten eggs, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper.
  8. Butter a 9-inch loaf pan, line the bottom with parchment paper, and butter it again. Pour the mixture from the bowl into the pan.
  9. Bake 1 hour until golden brown. Let cool in pan for 20 minutes, then invert loaf and remove from pan. Slice into pieces and serve warm. Leftovers can be stored for a few day in the refrigerator or a few months in the freezer (cut into pieces). Reheat in a 375F oven.

Notes

Adapted from Martha Stewart

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Vegetarian Christmas Dishes, Vegetarian Meatloaf

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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