Any vegan can tell you that Christmas dinner isn’t all about the roast beast. But if you’re not serving meat or dairy (or any animal product, for that matter), what can you make to please the carnivores and plant-eaters alike? Easy: We’ve mapped out a festive, delicious and completely vegan Christmas dinner menu, from drinks to dessert.
1. Cranberry-Mint Holiday Punch
You’d rather be mingling than playing bartender all night, right? This batchable cocktail is unfussy but still festive. (Psst: Not all wines are vegan—make sure you check the label.)
2. Vegan Arancini
They’re just as gooey and melty as the real thing, so even your cheese-obsessed guests will gobble them up.
3. Vegan Lentil, Mushroom and Kale Lasagna
It might not be traditional, but Gena Hamshaw’s plant-based lasagna is as worthy of the spotlight as any fancy roast or glazed ham. (Plus, who doesn’t like pasta?)
4. Miso-Glazed Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside and blanketed in a salty-sweet glaze? Yep, you’ll want to make a double batch.
5. DORIE GREENSPAN’S ROASTED ACORN SQUASH WEDGES
A starchier side will ensure everyone at the table is satisfied. This one requires only eight ingredients.
6. Radicchio, Lentil and Apple Salad with Vegan Cashew Dressing
It’s hard to believe a dressing so luscious and creamy doesn’t have a drop of dairy in it—just the thing to balance the bitter radicchio and crunchy apples.
7. Cranberry Orange Bread
We laugh in the face of butter. (Vegan butter, on the other hand…)
8. Vegan & Gluten-Free Dark Chocolate Ginger Tart
This is a fudgy, rich, just-spicy-enough Christmas miracle.