Navigating the holiday table can be tough when you’re avoiding dairy. But it’s not all butter-laden cookies and creamy eggnog. There are plenty of dairy-free options that still feel festive and fancy. From appetizers to desserts, here are 23 dairy-free holiday recipes everyone can enjoy.
1. Roasted Winter Vegetable Platter with Miso Aioli and Romesco Sauce
If you ask us, it’s just not a holiday without a robust crudités spread. This one skips the typical ranch dip in favor of two irresistible vegan options.
2. Gluten-Free Flourless Cocoa Cookies
These beauties are made without flour or butter for maximum chocolaty goodness, and since the recipe calls for bittersweet chocolate (as opposed to milk), they’re totally dairy-free.
3. Cauliflower, Pomegranate and Apple Salad
It’s as festive as it is delicious, thanks to crisp apples, deepy caramelized cauliflower and a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds at the end.
4. Radicchio, Lentil and Apple Salad with Vegan Cashew Dressing
A creamy dressing sans actual cream? You better believe it. (Psst: You can also sub the dressing anywhere you’d use ricotta cheese.)
5. Vegan & Gluten-Free Dark Chocolate Ginger Tart
Sometimes dairy-free desserts can taste a little healthy, if you know what we mean. This one is the total opposite.
6. Salmon and Fennel Dinner Salad
Plant-based yogurt lends the dressing an indulgent feel, but it’s actually pretty healthy. (So you can eat more cookies, of course.)
7. Avocado Chocolate Mousse
It’s so rich and intensely chocolaty that no one will suspect it’s made from something green. We’re sneaky like that.
8. Balsamic Cranberry Roast Chicken
Hands off? Check. Minimal cleanup? Check. Yep, we’re making this ASAP.
9. Delicata Squash Rings with Garlic-Lemon Sauce
Want to know a secret? You can doctor up store-bought mayonnaise and pretend it’s a homemade aioli. So fancy.
10. Crispy Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts
These will definitely stand out in a sea of sad party appetizers. Make a double batch—they’ll go fast.
11. French Onion Brisket
Skip the decorative centerpieces and let this stunner—courtesy of our chef in residence Jake Cohen—have the spotlight.
12. Alison Roman’s Swordfish with Crushed Olives and Oregano
You’re ten ingredients and 30 minutes away from an elegant main course.
13. Dairy-Free Butternut Squash ‘Fondue’
Who said cheese eaters get to have all the fun? This squash fondue is just as dippable as the real thing.
14. No-Bake, Gluten-Free Rose Petal Brownies
Swap the rose petals for red and green sprinkles if you want to get extra festive.
15. Pistachio-Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Apple and Escarole Salad
Nope, pork tenderloin isn’t a sad, dry relic from the early 2000s. It’s actually a buttery, tender meal that comes together on a single sheet pan.
16. Whole Roasted Carrots
Looking for a simple yet elegant side dish with a ton of flavor? Look no further.
17. Dorie Greenspan’s Roasted Acorn Squash Wedges
Serve these as a side to a fancy cut of meat or paired with an uncomplicated green salad for a vegetarian main.
18. Vegan Golden Mylk Cheesecake
The trendy dairy-free beverage got a sweet, silky, almost-no-bake makeover. Can we have a second slice?
19. Pomegranate-Maple Glazed Lamb Chops
If it’s too cold to fire up the grill, you can make these chops just as easily in a super-hot cast-iron skillet.
20. Vegan Butternut Mac and ‘Cheese’ with Smoky Shiitake ‘Bacon’
Make this and everyone will think you’re a professional chef. (Or a magician.)
21. Spicy Orange-Honey Glazed Ham
It’s a holiday. There has to be a ham involved. At least this one is delicious.
22. Brussels Sprouts Latkes
These crispy guys are already dairy-free, just skip the side of sour cream. We promise you won’t miss it.
23. Vegan and Gluten-Free Apple Blackberry Crumble Tart
Coconut oil takes the place of butter in this easy press-in crust. Even better, you can swap the fruit for any type your heart desires.