There's truly nothing more disgraceful than showing up to a party empty-handed. And what's more, not every party will be catering its spread to vegans and plant-based folks. That said, if you want to be the most impressive party guest (while bringing something delicious and plant-based to the table!) we've made a list of amazing vegan party dishes that you can make this holiday season, and beyond.
Vegan Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls
The Little Blog of Vegan offers a recipe for Vegan Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls that will truly blow your mind. Perfect for any Christmas day brunch or office holiday celebration, they're sweet, delicious, and reminiscent of the Cinnabons we once knew and loved.
Swapping milk, butter, and cream cheese for dairy-free alternatives makes for an easy and seriously amazing pastry that's bound to impress everyone at the party.
Vegan Butter Board
Because they're all over TikTok right now, every party guest is bound to get a kick out of a butter board — especially if it's vegan. The Edgy Veg's Vegan Butter Board recipe calls for a stick of room-temperature butter, apricot jam, orange zest, chopped toasted almonds, fresh rosemary, agave, rosemary sprigs, chili flakes, and a toasted baguette or warm sourdough, for dipping.
For some "pro tips," the recipe creator notes that you can use whatever fresh herbs you want. However, she recommended rosemary because it best compliments the rich and creamy flavors used throughout the rest of the recipe.
The recipe creator also recommends swapping bread for crackers, if you don't have any fresh bread on hand, or if you're sharing with a big crowd. There's a ton of room for creativity, and you're welcome to try different things.
Brussels Sprout Butternut Squash Salad with Creamy Dressing
While carb-heavy dishes are Christmas tradition, there's nothing wrong with adding a little color to the table — and Vegan Yack Attack's Brussels Sprout Butternut Squash Salad with Creamy Dressing is both fulfilling and decadent.
Both the Brussels sprouts and squash are roasted and crispy, while the cranberries are cooked on medium heat, in a little bit of sugar.
All of that is placed atop a mix of spinach and arugula, and it's all mixed with an oil-free, cashew-based dressing. Your friends and family will be mind-blown that it's completely dairy-free.
Sweet Potato Latkes
For a fiber-filled, vegan twist on the classic latke, look no further than Plant Based on a Budget's Sweet Potato Latkes.
"If you’re not familiar with the potato-y goodness that is Latkes, then this is for you. It'll give you a taste of a traditional Jewish celebration, Hanukkah, and the festival of lights. But these delicious sweet potato latkes can be eaten at any time and enjoyed by the whole family," the creator writes.
Combining russet potatoes and sweet potatoes with red onion, a little flour, salt, pepper, water, and flaxseed meal makes for a delicious appetizer, side dish, and beyond.
Roasted Carrot and Dill Hummus
Oh She Glows has a recipe for Roasted Carrot and Dill Hummus that leaves all of us hovering over the hors d'oeuvres table. It contains all of the hummus basics — olive oil, salt, chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, and garlic, with the addition of roasted carrots and dill. It's a simple upgrade to the classic crudité staple we know and love.
Japanese Pasta Salad with Roasted Kabocha
For something totally unique, the blog Hot For Food offers a recipe for a super savory Japanese Pasta Salad with Roasted Kabocha. Adding a Japanese twist to the the creamy staple, it combines melds a creamy miso dressing with seaweed, black sesame, kale, corn, and kabocha squash — yum.