Halloumi, carrot, orange and watercress salad on a plate

Vegetarian Christmas starter 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.

5 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Use a hearty shortcrust base then top with creamy cheese and crunchy walnuts and contrast with watercress salad

1 hr
Easy
Vegetarian
10 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

This low-fat, easy pâté is a perfect vegetarian starter

35 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
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2 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

An interesting new starter idea of fried cheese from Cyprus, crispy toasted sourdough bread and a carrot topping

55 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
5 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

This wonderfully light salad is packed with easy-to-find seasonal ingredients and makes a great Christmas starter

20 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
4 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

Give vegetarian food the Michelin-star touch with this rich and velvety soup from MasterChef judge Monica Galetti

1 hr and 30 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
11 ratings 3.9 out of 5 star rating

This impressive starter is perfect for entertaining guests and can be made ahead for extra ease

50 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
2 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Labneh is a mascarpone-like strained yogurt - serve with sweet roasted pumpkin, pomegranate and leaf salad

1 hr
Easy
Vegetarian
6 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Gary Rhodes' perfect starter for a Boxing day lunch, made with lots of leftovers from the day before

30 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
7 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

A crispy, fresh vegetarian salad to use up those winter vegetables

30 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
10 ratings 3.6 out of 5 star rating

This thrifty dinner party leek and potato soup recipe has an attractive pale colour from using the bottom end of the allium and a bouquet garni

35 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
6 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

With a double layer of goat's cheese and a coating of cream, these bistro-style bakes are authentically rich

1 hr and 5 mins
More effort
Vegetarian
6 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

Baked cheese gets even more indulgent. A layer of quince or cranberry jelly adds an extra dimension to this group-sized starter

40 mins
More effort
7 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Spruce up a salad with a rosemary, honey and hazelnut crumb to accompany Spanish cheese, sweet fruit and bitter leaves

20 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
Gluten-free
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