A very vegetarian Christmas

Tony Chiodo's greens and ricotta torta.
Tony Chiodo's greens and ricotta torta.

Make Christmas lunch special for the non-meat eaters at the table with these recipe ideas for nibbles, salads, main course and dessert.

There are some retro touches in this collection, from roulade to nut roast. Plus a dash of fun (yes, there's tofurkey) and plenty of practical dishes that can be made ahead of time to ensure a stress-free day on December 25.

Spinach, yoghurt and pine nut dip.

Silverbeet, spinach, yoghurt and pinenut dip

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Easy

Karen Martini

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (3)
Mushroom dip

Mushroom dip

  • < 30 mins
  • Medium

Stephanie Alexander

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Reader rating (1)
Eggplant dip.

Eggplant dip

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Easy

Caroline Velik

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Reader rating (1)
Roasted beetroot, cinnamon and pomegranate dip.

Roasted beetroot, feta and pomegranate dip

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Easy

Karen Martini

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (9)
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Dolmades

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

SPINACH-AND-FETA-CAKES-THUM

Spinach and feta cakes

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Easy

Neil Perry

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (25)
Karen Martini's salad of freekah with pickled red onion, fresh cherries toasted walnuts and mint.

Freekeh salad with fresh cherries, walnuts and mint

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Easy

Karen Martini

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (2)
Fresh mozzarella, farro and cherry tomato salad.

Fresh mozzarella, farro and cherry tomato salad

  • < 30 mins
  • Easy

Neil Perry

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (5)
Freekeh salad with hazelnuts and fetta.

Freekeh salad with persian feta and hazelnuts

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Easy

Frank Camorra

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (26)
Spicy cucumber and mizuna leaf salad

Spicy cucumber and mizuna leaf salad

  • < 30 mins
  • Easy

Tony Chiodo

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (2)
Middle Eastern eggplant salad

Middle Eastern eggplant salad

  • < 30 mins
  • Medium

Brigitte Hafner

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (7)
Beetroot and onion salad with walnuts

Beetroot and onion salad with walnuts

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

STEVE MANFREDI

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Reader rating (1)
Roulade with spiced pumpkin, macadamia, pear and tarragon stuffing

Roulade with spiced pumpkin, macadamia, pear and tarragon stuffing

  • < 30 mins
  • Medium

Caroline Velik

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (8)
Tofurkey.

Tofurkey

  • 2 hrs +
  • Medium

Dani Valent

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (4)
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Roast of Nuts

Nut roast

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Easy

Diana Lampe

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (8)
Filo pie with greens, feta and pistachios.

Filo pie with greens, feta and pistachio

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Easy

Karen Martini

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (4)
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Rustic Greek pie

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Easy

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (5)
Tomato tart.

Tomato tart

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Medium

Bill Granger

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (10)
Hunza pie

Hunza pie

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

STEVE MANFREDI

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (7)
Greens and ricotta torte.

Greens and ricotta torta

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Medium

Tony Chiodo

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (3)
Spanakopita

Spanakopita

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Medium

Brigitte Hafner

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reader rating (1)
Baked eggplant with spinach, tahini and mint

Baked eggplant with spinach, tahini and mint

  • < 30 mins
  • Easy

Jill Dupleix

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (6)
Parmesan tomatoes

Parmesan tomatoes

  • < 30 mins
  • Medium

Jill Dupleix

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Reader rating (1)
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Asparagus gremolata

  • < 30 mins
  • Easy

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Diamond-cut roast sweet potato and slivered garlic

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Easy

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reader rating (1)
Old-fashioned spinach with nutmeg and cream

Old-fashioned spinach with nutmeg and cream

  • < 30 mins
  • Medium

Brigitte Hafner

Rating: 0.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (3)
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Steamed Christmas pudding

  • 2 hrs +
  • Medium

Fromage frais, mascarpone and citrus stars with Christmas berries

Fromage frais, mascarpone and citrus stars with Christmas berries

  • < 30 mins
  • Medium

Caroline Velik

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (3)
Steamed cranberry and coconut pudding.

Steamed cranberry and coconut pudding

  • 2 hrs +
  • Medium

Jeremy and Jane Strode

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Reader ratings (2)

4 comments

  • Looks like so really good stuff there, but would love it if you could highlight which of the recipes are cruelty free (ie vegan). Christmas seems like such a great time for this sentiment. I have been eating cruelty free for 20 weeks now and it is absolutely marvellous.

    Commenter
    Ronald Vegan
    Location
    Berry
    Date and time
    December 12, 2013, 6:26PM
  • Great to see Christmas recipes free of animal flesh!! I'll have to sort through which ones also dont contain eggs/dairy, or just adapt those recipes to be completely cruelty free : )

    Commenter
    Caz
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    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 10:36AM
  • Some good recipes, but please note parmesan cheese is not vegetarian.

    Commenter
    Sunita
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 1:14PM
    • Very true, Parmesan is made using an enzyme that's extracted from the gut lining of recently slaughtered baby calves. If more people know how their food was made or how cruel the process is, they simply wouldn't eat it.

      Commenter
      Sean_
      Location
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 6:28PM
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