Delicious, 100% plant-based sides for Christmas! Try these amazing roast veggie dishes, sausage rolls, Yorkshire puddings, savoury tarts, stuffings, salads & dips.
Once you’ve picked a plant-based main course to make this festive season – or maybe you’re planning on trying one of these store-bought vegan roasts to save some time – it’s time to fill out the rest of the menu.
Traditional holiday favourites like crispy roasted potatoes and seasonal veggies drizzled with gravy are always a dependable option if you’re after something easy and familiar. But if you’re keen to get a bit creative, there are so many tasty twists on the classics to explore!
Here are some of my absolute favourite veggie-packed sides to make for Christmas:
A crunchy, zesty dish to help balance out your hearty mains. The brightness of the lemon really makes the green beans and roasted hazelnuts sing. Such a merry combination!
This recipe for glazed baby carrots is stunning – they come out looking like warm, glowing jewels, and couldn’t be more tender if you tried.
A must-have on any Christmas table! All the cosiest, earthiest roast veggies, infused with plenty of herbs and garlic, and with the added bite of chickpeas.
These perfectly crispy, golden potatoes are parboiled and then smothered with garlic butter before roasting. They’re just as crunchy and addictive as they look.
The secret to making juicy, delicious mushroom steaks is a killer marinade. This one features the rich flavours of balsamic vinegar, smoked paprika, garlic, and vegan-friendly steak sauce.
Mashed potato, but make it fancy – and festive! The chive and basil sauce adds a delightful pop of green that looks right at home among the Christmas colours.
Not only are melt-in-your-mouth stuffed leeks a delicious addition to your holiday menu, they also happen to look like Christmas crackers. How appropriate!
I make these ‘meaty’ mushroom sausage rolls every year without fail – they’re super easy to prepare, packed with nourishing wholefood ingredients, and always go down a treat.
With tall, crispy golden sides and that signature soft bite, these fluffy Yorkshire puddings are just waiting for that boat of vegan gravy to sail closer!
This easy-peasy plant-based version of spanakopita is definitely one to keep in your festive repertoire – it’s flaky, cheesy, spinach-packed, and totally indulgent.
Studded with tomatoes and dolloped with baubles of basil pesto – I challenge you to find anything more Christmassy-looking than this Italian-style summer tart!
This soft, flavourful roast pumpkin tart is another top contender for any holiday celebration, especially if you’re looking for a dish that feels cosy and comforting.
Cosy Baked Dishes
This superb little veggie dish works well as a side or a main. It’s full of protein from the lentils, and flavoured with sage, parsley, dried fruit, and a dash of red wine for that homely, festive vibe.
Pasta dishes are a great option for the Christmas table, because they’re so simple to whip up, and if you pick a tomato and veggie-packed one like this, it looks super festive too! Browse more quick and easy pasta recipes here.
Picture a rich, creamy, cashew-based cheese sauce, layered with melty pieces of roasted cauliflower, and sprinkled with a layer of golden breadcrumbs. That is peak holiday indulgence.
If it’s green or red, it’s festive – that’s the rule. This vibrant dip pairs well with crackers, chips, or raw veggie sticks, and packs a real kick!
See the very important Christmas colour scheme rule above. Why not make both these delicious dips so you’ve got the red and the green covered?
I’d argue that hummus is a must for any plant-forward celebration, Christmas or otherwise. This recipe ups the ante with a thick layer of roasted mushrooms and caramelised onion.
This stunning beetroot dip is as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the tastebuds! Delicately spiced and super creamy, it’s another great complement for any snacks you have on the table.
The following salads are just two of my personal favourites for the festive season – but there are so many to choose from! Browse even more super-satisfying salad recipes here.
This incredibly addictive salad of roasted Brussels sprouts, cranberries, and slivered almonds just screams ‘holiday feast’ to me. Can’t go past it!
Ol’ reliable potato salad is a time-honoured classic for a reason. This vegan-friendly recipe uses egg-free mayonnaise, which is rich, creamy, and readily available in major supermarkets.
Need more ideas for your festive feast?
VegKit’s got you covered. Check out our tried-and-true recipes for ‘meaty’ vegan mains, platter ideas, plant-based cheeses, pasta dishes, ‘seafood’ alternatives, Christmas puddings, mince pies, and drinks for all the holiday meal inspiration you could ever need.
There are also heaps of festive vegan products available in major supermarkets and online these days (everything from main dishes to desserts!) that are perfect if you’re looking for a low-key option that doesn’t require too much preparation.
Check out our full list of plant-based Christmas products for recommendations and stockists.
We’re always here to help with ideas, and I for one would love to see what you end up cooking this year! Don’t forget to tag VegKit in your food photos over the holidays so we can drool over your creations.