23 festive vegan roast dinners that will satisfy everyone this Christmas

Author: Rachel Smith

Forget meat - these vegan roast recipes will ensure you have the most delicious vegan Christmas dinner you've ever eaten.

Christmas is coming, and the challenge of Christmas dinner awaits! Luckily for us, a vegan Christmas dinner can be varied and full of flavour.

Let us prove it to you with these vegan roast recipes to make your whole roast – main, stuffing and sides – the best it can be for the festive season.

You’ll wonder why anyone eats meat when you feast your eyes on these spectacular vegan and vegetarian roast recipes!

In our round-up of vegan roast recipes, you will find:

Vegan roast recipes

These vegan and vegetarian roast dinner recipes will ensure no one misses meat this Christmas!

1. Butternut Squash Wellington

Roasting a whole butternut squash, scooping out the middle and then stuffing it with spiced sausage meat, orange, nutmeg, almonds, cranberries and kale is really easy to do, and gives impressive results.

Vegan Butternut Squash Wellington

2. Vegan Seitan Kleftiko

This impressive seitan recipe is guaranteed to get your guests talking this Christmas! It has such a realistic texture they’ll hardly believe this vegan roast is meat-free. It’s glazed with a flavoursome sauce made from maple syrup, mint, and herbs to ensure it’s full of flavour.

Vegan Seitan Kleftiko

3. Vegan Mustard & Maple Ham

Can’t believe your eyes at the sight of this realistic vegan ham joint? Your guests won’t be able to either! From it’s meaty texture to it’s crispy maple-glazed exterior, this vegan ham recipe is guaranteed to be the star of the show this Christmas.

Vegan Mustard & Maple Ham

4. Vegan Vegetable Pie

Change things up by cooking a hearty pie instead of a classic roast this Christmas. This one’s full of rosemary-roasted potatoes, peppers, and garlic mushrooms for a real seasonal treat. It goes really well with roast potatoes and sprouts too!

Festive vegan vegetable pie

5. Lentil Roast

While meat alternatives are abundant in supermarkets at Christmas, nothing ever compares to a classic homemade veggie roast if you ask us.

The perfect centrepiece for your Sunday roast, the lentil roast is packed with healthy, flavoursome ingredients such as chestnuts and red pepper.

Vegan lentil roast dinner

6. Vegetable & Tempeh Wellington with Shiitake Gravy

You only need to look at the ingredients list for this tempeh Wellington to know just how delicious it is. Beneath its unassuming exterior lies a medley of spices and plenty of veggies just waiting to be discovered.

Vegetable & Tempeh Wellington with Shiitake Gravy

7. Sage & Onion Sausage with Kale Colcannon Savoury Wreath

Wreaths are not just door decorations, they also make for a tasty table centrepiece too! This savoury vegan wreath is filled with a meat-free sausage mix and colcannon, an Irish mashed potato dish with onion, mushrooms and garlic adding heaps of flavour.

Sage & Onion Sausage with Kale Colcannon Savoury Wreath

8. Festive Shiitake Mushroom Vegan Seitan Wellington

The umami flavours of this wonderful vegan Wellington will make your mouth water! This vegan roast recipe is made with seitan to give it a meaty texture that will please both vegans and meat-eaters alike.

Festive Shiitake Mushroom Vegan Seitan Wellington

9. Lentil, Pistachio & Cranberry Loaf

We would be proud to present this stunning lentil loaf as a vegan centrepiece this Christmas! From the seasonal colours to the juicy taste, it’s a fabulous dish the whole family will love.

Christmas Lentil, Pistachio & Cranberry Loaf

10. Vegan Turkey Wellington With Walnut Gravy

If you’re a fan of meat substitutes, this one’s for you. The process is surprisingly simple and the result tastes great with vegan gravy! Perfect if you’re going for the traditional approach.

Vegan Turkey Wellington With Walnut Gravy

11. Vegan Harissa Cauliflower with Walnut Dukka

Bake a cauliflower until golden brown in a rich-flavoured sauce made from passata, harissa and pomegranate molasses for a healthy holiday alternative. It’s topped off with a sprinkle of dukka to add even more flavour and a tempting crunchy texture.

Vegan Harissa Cauliflower with Walnut Dukka

12. Christmas Roast With Roast Potatoes & Wild Mushroom Gravy

Sometimes things become a tradition for a good reason, and that’s definitely the case when it comes to a nut roast. Although they get a bad rep from non-vegans, they’re actually truly delicious with an array of tasty flavours inside.

Load up your plate with a generous slice along with roast potatoes, parsnips, and red cabbage and enjoy a meat-free feast.

Christmas Roast With Roast Potatoes & Wild Mushroom Gravy

13. Baked Squash With Mushroom Nut Roast Stuffing

Prefer veggies to mock meats? In that case you must try this stunning baked squash stuffed with a mushroom and nut roast filling. It won’t leave you feeling too heavy either, so you’ll have plenty of room for your vegan Christmas pudding.

Baked Squash With Mushroom Nut Roast Stuffing

14. Vegan Braised Chestnut Wellington Recipe with a Charred Red Pepper Dressing

Put some welly in your Christmas dinner with this mouth-watering chestnut Wellington recipe.

It’s bursting at the seams with vegetables, chestnuts and grains and served with caramelised onions and a flavoursome charred red pepper dressing.

Vegan Braised Chestnut Wellington Recipe with a Charred Red Pepper Dressing

Vegan stuffing recipes

15. Wild Rice, Cranberry and Pine Nut Stuffing

The consistency and texture of this stuffing makes it ideal for pairing with a meat substitute or rolling into stuffing balls. It contains all the nuts and spices of winter, bringing that extra kick to your roast.

Wild Rice, Cranberry and Pine Nut Stuffing

Essential vegan sides for your vegan roast dinner 

16. Vegan Pigs in Maple Parsnip Blankets

Pigs and blankets are arguably one of the parts of a vegan roast, and they’ve never tasted as good as they have here!

We’ve wrapped them in parsnips in place of the bacon and cooked them in maple syrup until they’re caramelised and cooked to perfection.

Vegan Pigs in Maple Parsnip Blankets

17. Maple Cinnamon Chilli Chestnuts

Roasting chestnuts over the fire is a festive tradition we look forward to every year. This year, why not take yours to the next level with the addition of maple and cinnamon for sweetness and chilli to give them a warming kick.

Maple Cinnamon Chilli Chestnuts

18. Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Sweet Potato Mash

Christmas dinner simply isn’t complete without sprouts! They taste especially incredible cooked with maple syrup as they become beautifully caramelised. Serve them up on a bed of sweet potato mash for a healthy vegan side for your roast dinner.

Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Sweet Potato Mash

19. Roast Potatoes with Seasonal Salad & Cranberry Sauce

Fluffy roast potatoes are, for many, the favourite part of a roast dinner. Here we’ve served them with a seasonal salad and lashings of cranberry sauce, making them the perfect addition to your vegan Christmas dinner table.

Roast Potatoes with Seasonal Salad & Cranberry Sauce

20. Spiced Maple Roast Carrots & Parsnips with Mustard Polenta Mash

The name of this dish alone is enough to make our mouths water! Roasted parsnips are a staple of any good roast dinner, but here they’ve been made extra-special by roasting them in maple syrup to enhance their natural sweetness.

The veggies are then served on a fluffy bed of polenta mash flavoured with mustard to offset the sweetness. They’re so tasty you’ll almost forget about the main dish as they are the star of the show!

Spiced Maple Roast Carrots & Parsnips with Mustard Polenta Mash

21. Vegan Red Wine Gravy

Forget gravy granules – once you try this rich-flavoured vegan red wine gravy you’ll never use them again. With a red wine base, it’s the perfect accompaniment to a vegan roast.

Best Ever Vegan and Vegetarian Red Wine Gravy

22. Vegan Yorkshire Puddings

No roast is complete without a Yorkshire pudding to mop up your gravy. Now finally, we can complete our Christmas meals with this vegan Yorkshire pudding recipe.

Vegan Yorkshire Puddings

23. Turmeric & Beetroot Glazed Roasted Veggies

Vegetables don’t have to be boring. This colourful vegan side dish features vegetables cooked in ample syrup and infused with health-giving spices for an eye-catching side that adds a vibrant pop of colour to your plate.

Turmeric & Beetroot Glazed Roasted Veggies

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Written by

Rachel Smith

Having launched the brand's digital presence in 2015, Rachel shares her love for animals and the planet through her work as Vegan Food & Living’s Digital Editor. As a passionate vegan for over eight years, Rachel loves creating delicious vegan dessert recipes for her award-winning blog, Rawberry Fields. Rachel's recipes and photography have been featured in numerous international print and digital publications including the Daily Mail, Huffington Post, Thrive, and Buzzfeed. You can follow Rachel at @rawberryfields

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