From delicious desserts to mouthwatering entrees, these plant-based meals have something for everyone. Here are some crowd-pleasing vegetarian Easter dinner ideas.
Easter is just around the corner, and while this holiday is best associated with eggs, bunnies and chocolate, there are plenty of great dishes to eat. Whether you’re hosting vegetarians or you’d like to aim for a healthier, more plant-based meal, these ideas for Easter dinner for vegetarians are just the ticket.
Vegetarian Easter Dinner Mains
The main is the centerpiece of the entire dinner, so the pressure is on. Luckily there are many fresh and delicious plant-based alternatives to the traditional roast ham or lamb. Spring is a wonderful season for fresh produce, so make the most of seasonal ingredients with the following Easter dinners for vegetarians:
- Asparagus quiche: Asparagus quiche is one of the best Easter dinner ideas for vegetarians. Asparagus season is at its peak in April and May, meaning you’ll enjoy the freshness of the green vegetable. To make it even better, try hunting for wild asparagus!
- Homemade pizza: Pizza is a crowd-pleaser and is easy to scale up or down depending on how many people you have coming over. You can make your own classic pizza dough or change it up with a chickpea crust. When it comes to toppings, consider a spinach and feta pizza or lean into those seasonal ingredients with a wild garlic pizza – it’s the right time of year to go hunting for wild garlic yourself.
- Lentil shepherd’s pie: Traditionally made with lamb, you can stick close to a classic easter dinner with a vegetarian twist. Lentils are a great source of plant-based protein and will make a filling main for your guests. You can top your pie with leftover mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, or make some fresh mashed potatoes with skins.
- Homemade gnocchi: Pasta is another excellent dish if you’re trying to feed a crowd. You can impress everyone with easy homemade gnocchi. If you have frozen pumpkin left over in your freezer, you can also jazz it up with pumpkin gnocchi, which adds a subtle pop of color and looks like little Easter eggs on your plate.
Plant-Based Side Dishes
Side dishes can be better than the main course, and spring is the perfect time to incorporate fresh salads into your diet. Take inspiration for your vegetarian Easter dinner from the following ideas:
- Grilled asparagus: As previously mentioned, April and May are prime asparagus months. Highlight this delectable vegetable by simply grilling it in the oven, or choose from the many things that go with asparagus to complement your dish.
- Dandelion beet salad: Beets are a cool-weather vegetable, often ready to harvest in late spring. Did you know you can eat dandelions? Make the most of the nutritious “weeds” by combining them with beets into a salad. It will add a beautiful pop of color to your plate.
- Healthy spring salad: Make the absolute most of the in-season ingredients in your area with a healthy spring salad. This salad recipe features asparagus in a different way and makes the most of seasonal, local and organic produce.
Fun Easter Dinner Drinks
No Easter dinner for vegetarians would be complete without refreshing beverages accompanying the meal. We’ve included a mix of alcoholic and non-alcoholic options— something for everyone at your table:
- Kombucha cocktails are delicious and versatile as they combine fizzy and fermented flavors with juices or spirits. You can make a kombucha mother to have an unlimited supply of kombucha on hand and customize your recipe to include seasonal fruits.
- Homemade lemonade is a tasty alcohol-free beverage that every guest can enjoy at your vegetarian Easter dinner. Try different flavor combinations like ginger lemonade or sweet woodruff lemonade.
- Spritz cocktails add a fun element to any dinner party. You can stick with the bright citrus flavor of limoncello spritz or try our other summer spritz recipe ideas.
Easter Dinner for Vegetarians: Desserts
Easter and chocolate go hand in hand, so lean into it with these chocolatey desserts to finish off your Easter dinner for vegetarians. Ensure you look for Fair Trade chocolate when buying ingredients. You can also check out our guide to vegan easter candy for more animal-friendly treats.
- Kladdkaka is a luxuriously moist chocolate cake that is excellent with ice cream or vegan cool whip to cut through the richness.
- Chocolate truffles can be a fun way to end your Easter dinner for vegetarians. You can place them in Easter eggs and hide them around your home for your guests.
- Chocolate zucchini bread would pair well with a cup of fair trade coffee or any coffee substitute as an after-dinner treat.
- Vegan chocolate mousse is a decadent way to finish any meal, as is vegan lava cake. Serve with seasonal fruit to cut through that chocolatey goodness.
- Vegan peanut butter cups: If you usually gravitate towards Reese’s Easter-shaped peanut butter cups, consider trying something new. It’s easy to make your own — and they’re delicious!
If you’ve overdone it on chocolate over the weekend, keep it light and fresh with a quick fruit salad for dessert.
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