25 January has rolled around again and that means only one thing – Burns Night! Celebrate the Scottish poet Robert Burns with a traditional but customisable vegan menu. Here, we show you our vegan takes on classic recipes, as well as ideas for delicious seasonal fruit and vegetable sides and dairy-free desserts.
Learn more about this day and how you can pull out all the stops for family and friends in our everything you need for Burns Night guide, as well as a wide selection of recipes in our Burns Night collection.
Our ideas for a vegan Burns Night dinner menu...
1. Plan your vegan menu
Starter: Leek, pea & watercress soup
This leek, pea & watercress soup is light and healthy but hearty, packed with goodness for any vegan menu! Using seasonal leeks whizzed with just a few other ingredients makes for a simple but delicious starter. You could go also for this butternut soup with crispy sage and apple croutons for delicate and earthy flavours.
Main course: Vegan haggis
You can’t celebrate Burns Night without a mountain of haggis on your plate! This vegan haggis is a delicious meat-free alternative, loaded with lentils, mushroom, fragrant spices and hearty goodness. For more mains inspiration, we have a vegan shepherd’s pie, which is an equally sumptuous meal, as well as a collection of vegan stews to delve into.
Dessert: Vegan trifle
Our vegan trifle recipe is the best celebration dessert going, with layers of sponge, custard, fruit compote and delicious dairy-free cream! It is the perfect dessert to have on a cold January evening, with plenty of warm vanilla, spiced and nutty flavours. It’s also a great sharing dessert for Burns Night. You’ll be named the best dinner host in no time!
Burns Night drinks
We have a collection of Burns Night drinks which will get the party going. Whisky is a must-have drink at a traditional Burns Night dinner party, and we have a whisky cocktail collection full of delicious whisky tipples to get your night to cracking start or as a boozy accompaniment to your dinner. There are plenty more vegan drinks in our non-alcoholic punch collection.
Alternative sides and dishes
You could also bulk up your Burns Night dinner with delicious side dishes, including these crispy squashed baby roasties. For traditional and seasonal sides, you could use vegan butter in these buttered leeks as well as these classic neeps and tatties. You could also rustle up these vegan sauté potatoes with sea salt & rosemary and our stir-fried curly kale with chilli & garlic.