Whether you’re trying to eat less meat, pack your meals with the healthiest vegetables, or go completely meat and dairy-free, the idea of making vegan recipes can be seriously daunting. Struggling to find veggie inspo? Meet our favorite vegan recipes, full of fresh ingredients (and even more flavor), that’ll have you whipping up animal-free dishes in no time.
Vegan cuisine often gets a bad rep, with some believing it’s automatically boring and bland. But the truth is that vegan meals usually include fragrant spices, delicious sauces and all kinds of healthy substitutes to create satisfying, complete meals. From better-for-you versions of our favorite classics to unique plant-based meals all on their own, there are truly endless meat-free options. Here, you’ll find a variety of hearty favorites made with the healthiest whole grains, protein-rich beans and nuts, and packed with fresh fruits and veggies.
With just a little creativity and these recipes as your guide, you can pull together tasty plant-based breakfasts, soups, salads, and mains (even delicious vegan desserts) in no time. We’ve got a mix of wholesome recipes to feel good about, as well as indulgent picks (vegan chocolate and cake!). Even your meat-loving friends will be impressed — and asking for seconds.
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Roasted Kale and Mushrooms
With protein-rich mushrooms and lentils, you won’t even miss the meat in this flavorful bolognese variation!
Get the Vegan Bolognese recipe.
Balsamic Roasted Red Onions
What can’t chickpeas do? Make these versatile chickpea “nuts” for a low-fat snack or crunchy salad topping. The BBQ, Masala, Spicy Buffalo and Maple-Cinnamon are all vegan!
Get the Chickpea “Nuts” recipe.
Serve this sweet and salty side with wild rice, nutty farro, or plant-based proteins like tempeh or tofu.
Get the Roasted Pears recipe.
This recipe calls for a drizzle of sour cream, but you can use coconut yogurt instead for extra richness.
Get the Air Fryer Squash Soup recipe.
Butternut Squash Curry
Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
Vegan Chocolate Truffles
Roasted Cauliflower Tacos
Savory Pumpkin and Sage Soup
White Bean and Broccolini Salad
Garlicky Roasted-Radish Bruschetta
Chimichurri Cauliflower Steaks
Creamy Roasted Squash Puree
Try swapping in zucchini for eggplant in classic baba ganoush for this creamy, dreamy, vegan zucchini-and-tahini dip.
Get the Zucchanoush recipe.
This one-pot gazpacho combines cool cucumbers with sweet honeydew for a totally vegan, totally delicious soup.
Get the Cucumber-Melon Soup recipe.
Grilled Asparagus and Shitake Tacos
Spiced Fresh Tomato Soup With Sweet and Herby Pitas
BBQ Chickpea and Cauliflower Flatbreads With Avocado Mash
Tahini-Lemon Quinoa With Asparagus Ribbons
Winter Squash Lentil Stew Recipe
Roasted Veggies and Tempeh Bowl
Crispy Potatoes With Vegan Nacho Sauce
Asian Sesame Zucchini Noodles
Topped with a spicy red chile sauce, fried tofu brings the crunch to this cucumber and cashew-filled quinoa bowl.
Get the Crispy Tofu Bowl recipe.
Trust us, you’ll want to make room on the grill for these colorful skewers loaded with squash, mushrooms, tomatoes, and more veggies of your choosing.
Get the Rainbow Veggie Kabobs recipe.
Switch up your usual side of guac with this flavorful avocado dip, full of cilantro, lime and poblano peppers.
Get the Avocado Dip recipe.
Creamy Vegan Linguine With Wild Mushrooms
Garden Greens and Pumpernickel Panzanella
This nutrient-packed veggie soup is more soothing than chicken noodle. (Bold statement, I know.)
Get the Spring Minestrone recipe.
These customizable chocolate coins are basically just melted chocolate topped with anything your heart desires. Use dairy-free chocolate and they’re a 100% vegan treat.
Get the Chocolate Mendiants recipe.
Beet, Mushroom, and Avocado Salad
Supergreen Mushroom and Orzo Soup
Peanutty Edamame and Noodle Salad
Wait a minute … vegan gravy? That’s right. Who needs a turkey when you have this savory, mushroom-based sauce?
Get the Vegan Gravy recipe.
Smoky Vegan Black Bean Soup
Choco-Cherry Supercarb Bars
Roasted Squash and Pumpkin Seed Mole Bowls
Crispy Roasted Potatoes
Bulgur Pilaf Qith Garbanzos and Dried Apricots
Avocado and Lime Bean Bowl
Pepper and Black Bean Salad With Citrus Dressing
One of the most overlooked picks in your grocery store, bok choy can stand on its own as a flavorful main — or can accompany a quick vegan main like tofu or tempeh.
Get the Sautéed Bok Choy recipe from Delish.
Many traditional lasagna elements are still here: Black pepper, olive oil, garlic cloves, onions, and oregano. What’s new? Nutritional yeast and tofu!
Get the Vegan Lasagna from Delish.
Spiralized Zucchini and Carrot Salad
Now that you’re getting the hang of your spiralizer, you might as well turn every veggie in your fridge — carrots and zucchini, especially – into colorful “noodles.”
Get the Spiralized Zucchini and Carrot Salad recipe from Woman’s Day.
Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts
Since this is made with bananas instead of dough, that means it’s healthy, right? Just make sure you use vegan chocolate for the dipping sauce, or just eat them on their own — they’re that good.
Get the Churro Banana Bites recipe from Delish.
Coconut whipped cream in place of traditional dairy, plus coconut oil and coconut milk in the pie’s filling for a luxe, velvety bite.
Get the Vegan Pumpkin Pie recipe from Delish.
There are 5 layers of robust flavors in this delicious vegan main — mushrooms, celery, parsnips, butternut squash, and plenty of potatoes.
Get the Vegan Shephard’s Pie recipe from Delish.
Vegan Chipotle Lentil Tacos
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