Halloumi, carrot, orange and watercress salad on a plate

Vegetarian Christmas starter recipes

37 Recipes

Kick off your Christmas dinner menu with one of our impressive and tasty meat-free starters. Get creative with soups, salads, tarts and other veggies dishes.

Halloumi, carrot & orange salad

4.5

(2 ratings)

Serve this halloumi, carrot, orange and watercress salad with a mustard and honey dressing for an easy lunch or starter. It takes just 20 minutes to make and delivers one of your 5-a-day
  • 20 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Goat’s cheese, pear & walnut tartines

5

(1 rating)

Top toasted sourdough with goat's cheese, honey-roasted pears and walnuts to make these tasty tartines. They take just two minutes to prep and deliver one of your 5-a-day...
  • 17 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Caramelised mushroom tartlets

5

(2 ratings)

Try these super-clever caramelised mushroom tartlets on those occasions when you're entertaining and need an exciting canapé, but could do without the faff...
  • 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

White velvet soup with smoky almonds

4.333335

(3 ratings)

Try a healthy twist on classic comfort food with this silky veggie soup, topped with almonds. It’s low in fat and calories but packed full of flavour...
  • 35 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Curried lentil, parsnip & apple soup

4.2

(15 ratings)

This spicy soup combines red lentils, apples and parsnip for a smooth, warming soup - a low fat meal that you can make ahead and freeze
  • 1 hour
  • Easy
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Vegan rainbow spring rolls

5

(1 rating)

Try these colourful vegan spring rolls as canapés for a party, vibrant with fresh veg and juicy mango. Serve with a sweet chilli dipping sauce
  • 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Squash & nigella seed soup

4.666665

(9 ratings)

Nigella seeds are a flavourful addition to this winter soup; they taste like oregano and have the slight bitterness of mustard seeds
  • 45 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Make-ahead mushroom soufflés

4.451615

(31 ratings)

A soufflé to start always gives your dinner party a 'wow' factor and this make-ahead recipe gives you more time to be the perfect host
  • 45 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Goat's cheese & onion pastries

4.6

(5 ratings)

Use a hearty shortcrust base then top with creamy cheese and crunchy walnuts and contrast with watercress salad
  • 1 hour
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

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