40 Easy Vegan Christmas Sides & Appetizers

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Bringing a side or appetizer to a holiday gathering? Here are 40 EASY vegan dishes for you to choose from!

Using salad tongs to grab a scoop of Roasted Squash Salad with Nut Cheese and Balsamic Reduction
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Roasted Squash Arugula Salad with Crispy Shallot and Balsamic Reduction
An incredibly flavorful fall roasted squash salad with macadamia nut cheese, crispy shallot, and balsamic reduction! A hearty side or main. Just 30 minute and 10 ingredients required!
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Cast-iron skillet of Vegan Scalloped Potatoes topped with chopped parsley
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Easy Vegan Scalloped Potatoes
Delicious, cheesy, tender scalloped potatoes made vegan thanks to almond milk and nutritional yeast! Just 10 ingredients required for this classic holiday side dish!
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Plate filled with Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms topped with vegan parmesan
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7-Ingredient Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms
Simple, savory 7 ingredient stuffed mushrooms topped with a black rice-walnut filling and vegan parmesan cheese!
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Using a serving spoon to scoop Garlic Mashed Cauliflower from a tray
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Vegan Garlic Mashed Cauliflower
Move over mashed potatoes – there’s a new side in town! Try our 6-ingredient, 30-minute whipped cauliflower that’s creamy, comforting, salty, garlicky, buttery, and SO easy to make! The perfect plant-based, gluten-free side!
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Gold fork resting on a plate of Vegan White Bean Kale Salad
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White Bean Kale Salad with Tahini Dressing
A 30-minute kale salad with lemon-herb white beans, garlic croutons, and a creamy tahini dressing. A hearty, flavorful, plant-based side or entree.
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Platter filled with our French-Style Potato Salad recipe
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Simple French-Style Potato Salad
A simple take on potato salad with fresh herbs, onion, and a light mustard vinaigrette. The perfect plant-based side for cookouts, sandwiches, and more!
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Big plate of Garlicky Kale Salad with Tandoori Spiced Chickpeas
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Garlicky Kale Salad with Crispy Chickpeas
SUPER flavorful, 30-minute Kale Salad with a creamy roasted garlic tahini dressing and crispy tandoori roasted chickpeas!
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Slice of bread topped with Creamy Kale and Spinach Dip with the rest of the pan of dip beside it
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Creamy Kale and Spinach Dip
Simple vegan spinach and kale dip made with just 9 ingredients that will please a crowd. Cheesy, hearty, chock full of greens and so delicious. Perfect for holiday parties and beyond.
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Big bowl of our Simple Fall Slaw with sunflower seeds
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Simple Fall Slaw
A healthy slaw loaded with fall veggies and fruits and a tahini-apple cider dressing! Crisp, refreshing, and comes together in 30 minutes.
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Platter of Raw Romaine Taco Boats for a refreshing vegan dinner
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Rainbow Raw-maine Taco Boats
Rainbow “Raw-maine” lettuce boats with hummus, fresh veggies, sprouts, and a creamy tahini sauce. Just 15 minutes and no cooking required! Serves 2 as an entrée and 4 as a side / appetizer!
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Platter filled with Vegan Smashed Potatoes topped with pesto
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Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Garlic Pesto
Tender potatoes smashed, roasted until crispy, then topped with a creamy garlic-herb pesto! A delicious vegan and gluten-free appetizer or snack!
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Plate of Crispy Gluten-Free Eggplant Parmesan alongside fettucine noodles and marinara
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Crispy Gluten-Free Eggplant Parmesan
Crispy, vegan, gluten-free eggplant parmesan made with 10 simple ingredients! The perfect flavorful, plant-based entrée for Italian night!
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Bowl of homemade Vegan Tzatziki beside carrots, cucumber, dill, and lemon
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6-Ingredient Vegan Tzatziki
Easy, 1-Bowl vegan tzatziki made with 6 simple ingredients! Creamy, tangy and the perfect dairy-free alternative to traditional tzatziki.
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Top down shot of a big bowl of Butternut Squash Hummus with olive oil and pine nuts
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Butternut Squash Hummus
Savory, 10-ingredient Butternut Squash with garlic, parsley, and cumin. A creamy, flavorful dip that’s perfect for fall.
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Pan of Sweet Potato Butternut Squash Mash topped with pecans
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Butternut Pecan Sweet Potato Mash
A healthier sweet potato casserole with butternut squash, sweetened with maple syrup, and topped with toasted, lightly-sweetened pecans. The perfect side dish for fall and holiday gatherings.
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Ceramic baking dish filled with Creamy Roasted Jalapeno Vegan Queso
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Roasted Jalapeño Vegan Queso (7 ingredients!)
7-ingredient vegan queso with spicy roasted jalapeño, smoky spices, and cheesy flavor from nutritional yeast. The creamiest dairy-free cheese on the block.
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Bowl of Creamy Red Pepper Tomato Soup with fresh dill, roasted cherry tomatoes, and coconut milk
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Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup
Creamy roasted red pepper tomato soup made in 30 minutes! Savory, flavorful, and so easy to make. The perfect side to sandwiches, salads, and more!
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Using a homemade Baked Plantain Chip to scoop up Garlicky Guacamole from a bowl
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Baked Plantain Chips + Garlicky Guacamole
Crispy, baked plantain chips with garlicky guacamole! A satisfying alternative to corn chips, ready in just 30 minutes, with 7 wholesome ingredients!
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Bowl of Vegan Sriracha Aioli and stack of bowls filled with Crispy Roasted Brussels Sprouts
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Crispy Garlic Brussels Sprouts with Sriracha Aioli
Crispy, faux-fried garlic Brussels sprouts with a creamy, vegan Sriracha aioli. Less than 30 minutes required and entirely vegan and gluten-free! The perfect healthier appetizer or side dish.
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Platter of our Pesto Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Almond Ricotta
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Pesto & Sun-Dried Tomato Green Salad
Quick-and-easy salad with mixed greens, almond ricotta, sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts, chickpeas, and pesto dressing! A 30-minute plant-based meal!
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Stack of Vegan Gluten-Free Biscuits on a tray
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Easy Vegan Gluten-Free Biscuits
Fluffy, tender, vegan, gluten-free biscuits! Just 1 bowl and 9 simple ingredients required! The perfect vegan, gluten-free biscuit for any occasion!
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Plate of Creamy Vegan Green Bean Casserole topped with crispy onions
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Vegan Green Bean Casserole
10-ingredient, 30-minute green bean casserole from scratch! Creamy, flavorful, delicious, and entirely vegan. Perfect for the holidays and beyond.
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Stack of bowls holding a batch of Baked Rosemary Beet Chips
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Baked Rosemary Beet Chips
30-minute baked beet chips infused with rosemary and speckled with sea salt. Perfectly crispy, simple to make, and a healthy snack on the go.
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Pouring Red Wine Vinaigrette onto a big bowl of Kale Citrus Salad
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Kale Citrus Salad
A simple, 30-minute kale salad with sweet and tart fruits, pickled red onions, and a simple red wine vinaigrette! Crunchy, filling, fresh, and the perfect healthy light lunch or side salad.
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Parchment-lined baking sheet of Vegan GF Rosemary Crackers
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1-Bowl Vegan Gluten Free Crackers
Crispy, thin, gluten-free crackers reminiscent of Wheat Thins! Just 7 ingredients and 1 bowl required for these delicious snacks. Perfect for dipping in hummus, nut butters, and more!
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Batch of Pumpkin Sage Biscuits on a white towel on a cutting board
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Pumpkin Sage Biscuits
Savory vegan pumpkin sage biscuits made in 1 bowl in just 30 minutes. Fluffy with a subtle pumpkin-sage flavor, and perfect for fall and holiday gatherings.
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Baking sheet with six freshly baked Vegan Biscuits
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The Best Damn Vegan Biscuits
Fluffy, buttery vegan biscuits that require just 30 minutes, 7 ingredients, and 1 bowl! Perfect for breakfast as is or smothered with jam!
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Bowl of Golden Goddess Turmeric Hummus surrounded by carrot sticks
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Golden Goddess (Turmeric) Hummus
10-minute golden hummus infused with anti-inflammatory spices like ginger and turmeric! Creamy, flavorful, and protein-packed!
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Big plate of Kale Kumquat Salad for a healthy vegan dinner
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Kumquat Kale Salad with Tahini Dressing
30-minute kale salad with kumquats, toasted bread crumbs, chia seeds, and a creamy tahini-maple dressing! A healthy, quick plant-based side dish.
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Using a fork to pick up a bite of Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes topped with Mushroom Gravy
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Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes with Mushroom Gravy
Cauliflower mashed potatoes topped with a simple mushroom gravy that comes together in less than 10 minutes.
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Bowl of Vegan Minestrone beside vegetables, vegan parmesan, and gluten-free noodles
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1-Pot Vegan Minestrone (Gluten-Free)
Easy, 1-pot vegan and gluten-free Minestrone! Simple, wholesome ingredients, 30 minutes to prepare. SO delicious and perfect for fall and winter!
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PERFECT Grain Free Tabbouleh Salad! Detoxifying, 6 ingredients, flavorful! #vegan #glutenfree #tabbouleh #salad #plantbased #recipe #minimalistbaker
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Grain-Free Tabbouleh Salad (6 Ingredients!)
Fresh, flavorful, grain-free tabbouleh salad made with 6 ingredients, 10 minutes, and 1 bowl! The perfect salad or side dish for Mediterranean entrées.
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Quick and easy Vegan Crudite with Macadamia Nut Herb Cheese and goodies for dipping
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5-Minute Macadamia Cheese + Vegan Crudité!
Creamy macadamia nut cheese and hummus served with roasted and fresh vegetables! The perfect 30-minute plant-based snack or appetizer.
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Glass bowl filled with Warm Roasted Butternut Squash Salad
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Warm Roasted Butternut Squash Salad
A warm salad made with roasted butternut squash, cranberries, spinach and candied pecans. Healthy, filling and a perfect take-along lunch or side at fall and holiday gatherings.
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Bowls of our Simple Pumpkin Soup recipe with a Sesame Kale Topping
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Simple Pumpkin Soup
A simple, 8-ingredient pumpkin soup that’s savory and made completely from scratch! Healthy, satisfying, and perfect for chillier weather.
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Plate of sliced cucumbers, pita, and a bowl of Smoky Harissa Eggplant Dip
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Smoky Harissa Eggplant Dip
9-ingredient savory eggplant dip with smoked paprika and spicy harissa paste. A subtly-spiced dip loaded with flavor and nutrients. The perfect side dish or appetizer.
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Wood bowl filled with a bowl of The Best Vegan Mashed Potatoes
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The Best Damn Vegan Mashed Potatoes
5-ingredient vegan mashed potatoes that are fluffy, creamy, buttery, and loaded with roasted garlic and chives. Perfect as is, with gravy, or with a giant scoop of vegan butter.
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Fork resting on a plate of Vegan 7-Layer Salad
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Vegan 7-Layer Salad
A modern twist on a classic salad. Veganized 7-layer salad with fresh vegetables, crunchy coconut bacon, and vegan mayonnaise dressing!
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Sprinkling vegan parmesan cheese onto a skillet of Zucchini Gratin
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Vegan Zucchini Gratin
10-ingredient vegan, gluten-free gratin loaded with zucchini, asparagus, and onion. So easy, quick, and delicious.
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Bowl of Warm Sweet Potato Spinach Salad for a delicious vegan side dish
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Dill Roasted Sweet Potatoes + Warm Spinach Salad
Easy roasted sweet potatoes with fresh dill, whole garlic cloves, white onion, and sea salt and pepper. Serve as a side, alongside eggs, or over spinach for a warm salad.
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If you give any of these sides and appetizers a try, let us know! Leave a comment, or take a picture and tag it #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Merry Christmas, friends!

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