Whether you’re catering for one vegetarian or serving a meat-free menu for a group, there’s no need to opt for predictable dishes. We have ideas on how to serve meat-free wonders that’ll impress your guests.


For inspiration on meat-free mains, check out our vegetarian Christmas mains recipes and vegan Christmas mains recipes. Our menus are packed with plenty of options for veggie starters, mains and sides. If you're making a recipe that uses cheese, remember to check the label: not all cheeses are vegetarian, so make sure to choose a vegetarian alternative if necessary.

Check out our vegan Christmas menu if you want to cut out animal produce altogether.

See our Christmas dinner hub and more Christmas menu ideas for even more inspiration.

Check out more colourful vegetarian Christmas recipes in our vegetarian Christmas collection.

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Veggie Christmas morning breakfasts

Two plates of panettone french toast topped with creme fraiche, maple syrup and berries

There’s no better way to start everyone’s day than with a decadent breakfast spread. Our panettone french toast is perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth. Another great sweet option is our mincemeat banana bread – it’s a brilliant bake that you can make ahead to avoid stress on the day, and it helps use up leftover mincemeat. For a savoury option, try our breakfast casserole with eggs, veggie sausages, peppers, red onions and cheese. It’s a great way to feed a crowd and keep them full until you’re ready for the main event.

Try more vegetarian Christmas breakfasts…

Vanilla mascarpone & cranberry babka
Sprout & spinach baked eggs
Gingerbread pancakes
Cinnamon swirl mince pies
Norwegian custard buns

Veggie Christmas dinner recipes



Sit your guests down to a festive starter after the drinks and nibbles. Warm them up with a luxury soup like our aromatic spicy roasted parsnip soup. If you don’t want guests filling up before your showstopping main, then a light salad is a great starter, like our beetroot, pumpkin & carrot salad. Both these recipes showcase the best of seasonal winter vegetables, too. Or, for a stress-free, no-cook starter, these figs with goat’s cheese, pistachios & honey can be thrown together in just 10 minutes.

Try other vegetarian starters…

Vegan terrine
Creamy carrot soup
Whisky & nut baked camembert
Truffled mushroom pâté
Roast sweet potato & onion tart with goat’s cheese

Veggie main course recipes

Yellow platter of hasselback butternut squash halves topped with cream and gremolata

Adorn your holiday table with one of our stunning Christmas Day centrepieces. Our hasselback butternut squash is a colourful showstopper, spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg and topped with a citrus and herb gremolata. Whip up our veggie loaf by combining lentils, chestnut mushrooms, brown rice, and walnuts in just 10 minutes, leaving you more time to enjoy the festivities. Our mushroom bourguignon pithivier is a rich vegan offering, and by swapping the vegan puff pastry, stock and milk for their regular counterparts, you can transform it into a delectable vegetarian option, too.

Try other vegetarian mains...

Spinach, beetroot & goat’s cheese roulade
Whole roasted cauliflower
Brie & cranberry wreath
Chestnut, spinach & blue cheese en croûte
Parsnip roast wreath with marsala gravy

Veggie side dishes

Carrot, beetroot, bulgur wheat, quinoa and feta salad on a platter

Say goodbye to uninspiring potatoes and bland sprouts. These side dishes are so outstanding they could easily steal the spotlight. Transform your roast carrots in our honeyed beetroot & carrot salad with feta & hazelnuts, enhanced with orange and lemon zest. Opt for a vegetarian twist on a classic with our halloumi pigs in blankets, encased in delicate charred courgette strips. And for a superior take on roast potatoes, try our garlic and rosemary hasselback roast potatoes.

Try more vegetarian sides...

Sticky spiced red cabbage
Puffy parmesan & thyme yorkies
Miso parsnips
Hot honey carrots
Garlic mashed potatoes

Decadent desserts

Cherry panettone covered in chocolate sauce

And of course, the grand finale – dessert! Make a festive Christmas crumble using apples, cranberries and mixed spice. Serve it warm with a dollop of cream or custard for the ultimate comfort dessert. For a captivating twist on the classic Christmas pavlova, adorn it with clementines, pistachios, mint and dark chocolate, then top with mincemeat and rum-infused cream. Lastly, surprise your loved ones with our panettone cherry ice cream bombe, with cherry ice cream and a luscious warm chocolate sauce.

Try other vegetarian desserts…

Christmas sticky toffee pudding
Christmas chocolate & cranberry fridge cake
Frosted white chocolate yule log with vanilla Chantilly & clementine curd
Glazed chocolate Christmas cake
Christmas pudding with citrus & spice

Want a plan that takes all the stress out of Christmas dinner? Try our easiest ever, next level or budget menu plans, complete with timeplan, pre-loaded shopping list (to print out or use for online shopping) and all the recipes you'll need for the big day.

We also have plenty of vegetarian Christmas recipes to choose from, including main courses. You can also browse our other Christmas menus:


Classic Christmas menu
Vegan Christmas menu
Gluten-free Christmas menu
Quick Christmas menu
2-hour Christmas menu
Christmas menu for a crowd
Christmas menu for two

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