10 Vegetarian Dishes to Try This Holiday Season

Holiday time is for feasting but nobody said those feasts can't be fully vegetarian. Whether you want sweet or savory, breakfast, lunch, or dinner, we have something for your tastes. Here are 10 vegetarian recipes to try this holiday season.

By: Jonnathan Coleman / 11/18/2021

The only thing more impressive than a grand holiday feast is a grand holiday feast made of all vegetarian meals. It takes kitchen creativity to a new level and expands your taste buds to new horizons. If you're looking to try something new, or just looking for some deliciously meat-free meals, check out these vegetarian recipes.

1. Refried Bean & Cheese Crunchwrap Quesadillas with Guacamole & Salsa

Refried Bean & Cheese Crunchwrap Quesadillas with Guacamole & Salsa

There's no such thing as too much of a good thing, and these next-level quesadillas are proof. We layer crisp corn tortillas with creamy fried beans, melted cheddar-jack cheese, shredded lettuce, sour cream, and tomatoes, then wrap it up in flour tortillas. Creamy guacamole and tomato salsa on the side is the perfect choose-your-own-adventure dippers. The result is a textural paradise—the crunch is truly supreme.

2. From Scratch Pumpkin Waffles with Spiced Syrup & Candied Pumpkin Seeds

From Scratch Pumpkin Waffles with Spiced Syrup & Candied Pumpkin Seeds

There's nothing like a warm homemade breakfast treat. We add a touch of autumn inspiration to these waffles, thanks to the addition of pumpkin purée in the batter. (It makes delicious pancakes, too!) A dollop of spiced ricotta-maple topping adds the perfect creamy element, and a sprinkle of candied pumpkin seeds provides a delightful crunch—these next-level waffles are sure to hit the spot. (2p serves 4; 4p serves 8)

3. Sheet Pan Margherita Pizza with Caesar Salad

Sheet Pan Margherita Pizza with Caesar Salad

Everyone wants a piece of the pie—especially when it's grandma's pie! Grandma-style means rustic, not-so-perfectly square, just perfectly-delicious. With a quick tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, and lots of fresh basil, it's just like nonnas! And the perfect side? A crisp Caesar salad tossed with creamy homemade dressing.

4. Roasted Vegetable Fattoush with Lemon-Tahini Dressing

Roasted Vegetable Fattoush with Lemon-Tahini Dressing

Fattoush is a Middle Eastern bread salad, typically found in Lebanese and Syrian cuisine. This version features hearty veggies tossed in warming baharat spice and roasted to bring out their sweetness. Finish it with chickpeas, toasted pita, arugula, and lemon-tahini dressing for a quick, but satisfying meal.

5. Gado Gado Bowl with Coconut Brown Rice & Peanut Sauce

Gado Gado Bowl with Coconut Brown Rice & Peanut Sauce

Gado Gado is an Indonesian salad usually composed of broiled and steamed veggies with savory peanut sauce. We can't back this by data, but everything tastes good with peanut sauce, and that's a fact (as far as we're concerned). This vegetarian bowl features coconut-scented quick-cooking brown rice, roasted sweet potatoes and green beans, a shredded power greens blend, and of course creamy umami-rich peanut sauce.

6. Tortelloni Minestrone with Garlicky Croutons

Tortelloni Minestrone with Garlicky Croutons

If you’re of the opinion that a bean and pasta soup can’t be elegant or interesting, this minestrone is sure to make you reconsider. In each bowl, the cheese tortelloni are tender, the spinach is silky, the broth is rich, and the garlicky croutons are exquisitely crunchy. It's a meal in a bowl that hits all the right comfort notes.

7. Cheesy Cauliflower Bake & Spinach Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

Cheesy Cauliflower Bake & Spinach Salad with Orange Vinaigrette

Cauliflower is having a moment, and we're totally here for it. We especially love cauliflower when it's roasted, which gives it a deep, sweet, caramelized flavor. Here, roasted cauliflower is mixed with a creamy cheese sauce, and baked until bubbly and golden. We serve the luxe dish with a tender baby spinach salad, tossed in a bright, orange vinaigrette to cut the richness. The result? Ah-MAZE-ing!

8. Overnight Oats with Walnuts, Apples & Dried Cherries

Overnight Oats with Walnuts, Apples & Dried Cherries

A nutritious breakfast sets you up for a good day. But first thing in the morning isn’t exactly our peak motivation moment in the kitchen. Enter overnight oats—the no-hassle, delicious answer to all of your breaky needs. Prep and combine ingredients the night before—let the fridge do the work while you sleep! Roll out of bed and into the kitchen where a creamy, flavorful, feel-good breakfast awaits! (2p serves 4; 4p serves 8)

9. Thai Drunken Noodles with Peppers & Chinese Broccoli

Thai Drunken Noodles with Peppers & Chinese Broccoli

We've made it easy to tackle this classic take-out style Thai stir-fry meal at home! Our version of Drunken noodles features tender rice noodles, crisp Chinese broccoli, bell peppers, and Fresno chile for a hint of spice. We toss the noodles and veggies in a sweet and savory stir-fry sauce, aromatic basil, and sliced omelet for a hit of protein. This soul-satisfying vegetarian meal is fresh and, best of all, homemade!

10. Quinoa & Lentil Curry with Coconut & Cilantro

Quinoa & Lentil Curry with Coconut & Cilantro

We love how creamy and flavorful this lentil quinoa curry is thanks to the quality curry powder loaded with spices. There’s a colorful medley of vegetables—carrots, bell peppers, and baby kale—and nutritious French lentils and quinoa laced in the creamy coconut base, turning this dish into a truly satisfying and wholesome meal.

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