Holiday party season is in full swing, and for a lot of people, that means potluck after delicious potluck. Change hearts and minds with these crowd-pleasing and EASY vegan potluck recipes!
If you’re new to eating vegan, attending a potluck might be a little bit anxiety-inducing. Maybe you’ve got a friend or coworker who is outspoken about all vegan food being “gross.” Or maybe you’re just not confident yet about your plant-based cooking skills.
Armed with the right recipes, a potluck doesn’t need to be a source of stress. It’s an opportunity to introduce people to the wonders of plant-based eating. Trust me: after 12 years of veganism, I’ve learned that people will gladly devour the vegan dish, if you set it out casually.
Casual is key, especially if you’re trying to win over skeptical eaters. Don’t label your dish as vegan. Just set it out amongst everything else, and let the deliciousness speak for itself. At most potlucks, my vegan dishes are the first to disappear, and the vegan potluck recipes here will help set you up for similar success.
Easy Vegan Potluck Recipes
The collection of vegan potluck recipes below has a little bit of everything, from salads and casseroles to snacks and a few sweet treats. No matter what the potluck theme, we’ve got you covered!
Curry might not seem like a shoe-in at a potluck, but a dish like this often gets a lot of love. It stands out, and it’s the type of meal that tastes even better the next day, so you can prepare it the night before, then just warm it up before serving.
This is another dish that tastes great the next day. It’s hearty, satisfying and sure to please. Just toss the avocado slices with a bit of lime juice, so they don’t brown before people get a chance to devour them on top of this tasty stew!
Vegans don’t only eat salads, but when we do, they’re super flavorful numbers, like this sweet-and-savory kale salad! Because of the lemon juice in this recipe, you don’t need to worry about the avocado browning, though I’d probably make this salad day-of, so it’s as fresh as possible when you serve it.
This is another hearty salad, and you just need to take a few precautions to make sure it doesn’t get soggy. By all means, prepare the veggies, tempeh and dressing the night before, but don’t toss them all together. Instead, serve separately, so the tempeh and dressing won’t wilt the salad greens before you get a chance to enjoy them.
If you’ve signed up to bring a side dish, this simple quickbread loaded with whole corn kernels and flavorful pieces of pickled jalapeños is a great option. You can make it up to a day ahead, and just bring a butter knife to slice and serve.
Tender cabbage leaves stuffed with tomatoey mashed chickpeas and smothered in even more tomato sauce is healthy comfort food. You can assemble these the day before, then bake them day-of so they’re fresh and hot!
This is a veganized version of a dip that my mom used to make for every single potluck we attended when my sister and I were kids. It vanished within minutes back then, and this updated version does the same at potlucks now. You can serve this warm or cold, but I do prefer it warmed up. I’d definitely label this dish as containing nuts, because no one will guess that the creaminess comes from cashews otherwise!
If you can get your hands on some canned jackfruit (in brine or water – NOT syrup), I highly recommend this dish! You can make it the night before, then reheat day-of, like most of the dishes on this list. It’s packed with flavor and allergy-friendly!
This is another dish that I’d definitely label as containing nuts, since the cheese sauce is cashew-based. Creamy, vegan broccoli-cheese sauce and hearty rice bake up into a healthy-yet-delicious casserole that everyone will love. For the best results, you can make this whole dish day-of or assemble the night before and bake just before serving.
My five-year-old loves this vegan mac and cheese recipe, and so will your potluck guests! It’s rich and creamy and reheats beautifully. Like the other dishes here with cashew-based sauces, make sure you label accordingly!
Got a breakfast potluck on the books? These adorable muffins are a surefire hit. They’re gluten free and nut free, though they do contain coconut oil, so you may need to label for that, just in case. They’re also packed with apple deliciousness alongside cardamom and nutmeg, and the crunchy cinnamon-sugar coating really takes these over the top.
If you’re in charge of dessert, you can’t go wrong with a classic pumpkin pie! You make the rich, creamy filling for this pie in the blender, then pour it into the crust and bake. If you don’t care about the gluten free part and want to save some time, you can use store-bought pie crust. Many of them are accidentally vegan! Just check the ingredients for milk, eggs, butter, etc.
Dress up some store-bought vegan cream cheese with beautiful cranberry salsa for a spread that looks like a beautiful, edible jewel. This tart, creamy side is perfect on your favorite crackers. You need to serve immediately after assembling, but you can make the salsa up to a day ahead. In fact, she recommends it, so the flavors have a chance to meld!
Quiche is a potluck classic, but this quiche is anything but. Packed with shallots, garlic, asparagus and shiitake mushrooms, it’s a brunch or lunchtime treat. Like the pumpkin pie above, you can make the gluten free crust or look for a pre-made, vegan crust at the grocery store. This recipe uses cashew milk, so definitely label it as containing nuts or substitute soy milk instead.
This hearty salad is a meal in a bowl. It’s got hearty brown rice, lentils and edamame tossed with veggies and fruits in a sweet-and-sour maple vinaigrette. It’s a true party in your mouth. Keep the dressing and the salad separate until just before serving, then toss them together before you put them out.
The slightly-sweet lemon dressing and healthy dose of fresh parsley transform a classic bean salad into something truly special. This recipe is simple and filling, and you can make it a couple of days ahead, if you like.
Do you have any go-to, easy vegan potluck recipes? I’d love to hear what you bring to wow your friends and family. Tell us about it in the comments!
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