Vegan Easter ideas | BBC Good Food

Vegan starters

1. Leek, pea & watercress soup

Leek, pea & watercress soup

Kick off your Easter feast with a burst of freshness courtesy of this vibrant green soup, brimming with the wholesome trio of leeks, peas, and watercress. Not only is it a tantalising treat for your taste buds, but it’s also low in both calories and fat. With this nutritious starter, you’ll have plenty of space to relish every course that follows.

Use up a glut of vibrant, seasonal vegetables with our spring soup recipes.

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2. Moroccan-style vegetable platter

Large platter of tomatoes, aubergine, beetroot with a bowl of dip and some flatbreads

Treat yourself and your guests to a Moroccan-style vegan platter that’s both wholesome and inviting. Packed with plant-based goodness, this dish is brimming with fibre and gluten free. Savour the delightful combination of garlic-fried aubergine, beetroot and tomatoes with a creamy broad bean dip and flatbreads.

Keep a crowd happy with these easy sharing bites and grazing platter recipes.

3. Spicy roasted parsnip soup

Three bowls of roasted parsnip soup

Try this warming, aromatic spicy roasted parsnip soup for another light starter. It’s a great make-ahead option as it is freezable, so you can simply cook it from frozen when your guests arrive.

Check out more of our freezable soup recipes for soups you can batch cook and stash in the freezer for an easy lunch or dinner option.

4. Air-fryer mushrooms on toast

Air-fryer mushrooms on toast

Elevate mushrooms on toast beyond the realm of breakfast with this versatile and sophisticated starter. Enhance their natural umami flavour by garnishing them with fragrant thyme sprigs and garlic. Utilising the air-fryer ensures they achieve a delightful golden crispiness, adding crunch to each bite.

Who said toast was boring? Try our top 10 toast toppers.

5. Griddled leeks with hazelnut dressing

Stack of leeks topped with dressing and chopped hazelnuts

Make our griddled leeks with hazelnut dressing if you’re out to impress. Their light, citrussy flavour makes for a simple starter to whet the appetite.

Try our best every leek recipes.

Vegan mains

6. Vegan beetroot bourguignon

Pot of beetroot bourguignon

Craft a vegan rendition of beef bourguignon, harnessing the magic of beetroot as the star ingredient. Roast the vegetables to perfection, infusing them with a delightful charred flavour which complements beetroot’s natural sweetness.

Save effort in the kitchen with our clever vegan one-pot recipes.

7. Vegan pie

Pie with a slice cut out so you cant see rainbow layered inside

Prepare a spectacular vegan rainbow-layered pie featuring vibrant beetroot, sweet potato, chard and celeriac, destined to steal the spotlight as the centrepiece of your table. This pie boasts layers of colourful goodness encased in a homemade vegan pastry, lovingly made with coconut oil, spelt flour and almond milk.

Discover more sweet and savoury vegan pie recipes.

8. Beetroot & red onion tarte tatin

Beetroot & red onion tarte tatin

Beetroot seems to be a recurring star player for these vegan recipes, but who doesn’t love beetroot? This beetroot & red onion tart stands out as a stunning centrepiece, boasting the rich earthiness of beetroot perfectly complemented by the sweet notes of red onion.

Check out more sweet and savoury tarte tatin recipes.

9. Vegan shepherd’s pie

Three small baking dishes of vegan shepherd's pie

Delight in the hearty goodness of this vegan shepherd’s pie, featuring a flavourful blend of porcini mushrooms, leeks, carrots and butternut squash, all topped with crispy potatoes. Not only is it a comforting classic, but it is also low in calories and fat, offering a satisfying and wholesome meal without compromise.

Tuck into a creamy mac ‘n’ cheese, shepherd’s pie curry or another of our vegan comfort food recipes.

10. Harissa cauliflower pilaf

Traybake of cauliflower with red onions, pomegranate lemon wedges and rice

Transport your taste buds to the Middle East with our tantalising veggie harissa cauliflower pilaf, where a symphony of flavours awaits with a captivating blend of fruits, nuts and spices. Oven-baked to perfection, not only does it ensure fluffy rice, but also spares you from the hassle of extra washing up.

Save on the washing up with our vegan traybake recipes.

Vegan sides

11. Hasselback potatoes

Tray of hasselback potatoes with thyme and garlic cloves

Try something new with your Easter roast this year with these garlic & rosemary hasselback potatoes. You’d never guess these potatoes can be prepared in only two steps based on their taste.

Take your potato sides to the next-level with more of our hasselback potato recipes.

12. Pan-roasted kale with lemon

Pan-roasted kale with lemon

Make this flavourful pan-roasted kale with just three ingredients. Not only can it be on the table in under 15 minutes, but it also has numerous health benefits. Read our helpful guide on the health benefits of kale.

13. Allotment salad

Large bowl of salad with asparagus, radishes, peas and more

Celebrate the vibrant flavours of the new season with a refreshing salad dressed in a zesty French-style dressing featuring crisp asparagus and radishes. This delightful dish makes for a healthy and gluten-free side and a versatile addition to any gathering, whether it’s a sunny Easter barbecue or an elegant sit-down roast. Its fresh and invigorating taste is sure to brighten any table.

Celebrate the turn of the season with these nutritious spring salad recipes.

14. Herby warm cucumbers with lemon

Platter of ribboned cucumbers

Discover the secret to enhancing the fresh flavour of cucumbers: a gentle warming that unlocks their natural vibrancy. For the perfect finishing touch, simply add a sprinkle of fresh dill and parsley, along with a squeeze of lemon, to elevate this side dish to perfection.

Check out our cucumber recipes, from salads to soups and refreshing drinks.

15. Warm spring vegetables

Bowl of broad beans, peas, asparagus and courgette

Add a burst of vibrant green goodness to your Easter roast with this delectable side dish that makes the most of spring asparagus.

Tuck into one of our warm salad recipes to brighten a grey day.

Vegan desserts

16. Vegan cookies & cream cake

Vegan cookies & cream cake

Treat your Easter guests to a crowd-pleasing vegan cookies & cream cake, generously serving up to 16 people. White wine vinegar helps to keep the sponge moist.

Following a plant-based diet and love baking? Satisfy your sweet tooth with one of our vegan cake recipes.

17. Vegan simnel cake

Vegan simnel cake

Make a vegan-friendly version of a classic simnel cake this Easter so everyone can enjoy a treat. Use a kitchen blowtorch to achieve that signature burnished look on the marzipan easily.

Try more of our simnel cake recipes to capture this traditional Easter flavour.

18. Vegan carrot cake

Vegan carrot cake

Make this indulgent carrot cake with coconut and cashew icing and top it with walnuts and edible flowers. No one will be able to resist a slice.

Try one of our carrot cake recipes, perfect for if you’re hosting a coffee morning, afternoon tea or just fancy a sweet treat.

19. Easy vegan chocolate cake

Easy vegan chocolate cake

Savour the decadence of this vegan fudge cake, where creamy avocado cleverly replaces butter for a rich and luscious texture. Not only is it entirely vegan, but it’s also free from both wheat and nuts, making it a delightful dessert option that caters to various dietary preferences and restrictions.

Easter wouldn’t be complete without chocolate. Check out our best chocolate cake recipes.

20. Vegan rhubarb & custard bake

Rhubarb and custard traybake with a slice missing

Celebrate the seasonal abundance of rhubarb with our cosy vegan bake. Instead of eggs, we’ve incorporated hydrated flax seeds as the binding agent. As for the custard, we’ve chosen a delicious soy-based option, though feel free to substitute it with your preferred plant-based alternative.

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