Many of you have asked for more Vegan Dinner Recipes, so I combed through my blog and compiled a list of the TOP 40 most delicious and popular plant-based meals thus far. These vibrant, veggie-powered, whole foods, vegan recipes are full of flavor and feature fresh seasonal produce most prominently. Consider what is in season in your neck of the woods and pick out a few to try this week!
It turns out, I have about 400 vegan recipes (or vegan-adaptable recipes) on the blog– which honestly, totally surprised me – because that is about half of my recipes! Some are vegetarian recipes that can be easily adapted. I sorted through them all and found your favorites, and included some of mine too! For the full list, feel free to peruse my entire collection here in the VEGAN Recipe Index!
Whether you are simply trying to eat less meat, cook more plant-based meals, consume more vibrant healthy produce, or subscribe to the vegan lifestyle- my hope is that these Vegan Dinner Recipes help inspire you on your own health journey. Always remember, vegan food never has to be boring or bland! And remember, if it tastes delicious, no one will ever miss the meat! I promise! 😉
40 VEGAN, PLANT BASED MEALS (vegan recipes)
1.) Quick and Easy Vegetable Biryani! An aromatic Indian rice dish with vegetables and chickpeas- infused with Indian spices. A quick and easy vegan dinner, perfect any time of year. Serve with Cilantro-Mint Chutney.
2.) Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Za’atar Spice and Tahini Sauce– a healthy vegan meal bursting with Middle Eastern flavors. Easy and delicious! Serves 2 perfectly!
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3.) FRANKIES! India’s flavorful street food -also called a Bombay Burrito, made healthy! This vegan version is bursting with so much flavor- filled with curry mashed potatoes, roasted Indian cauliflower, chickpeas, fresh spinach, cilantro mint chutney and pickled onions. Absolutely delicious! One of my personal vegan dinners!
4.) Spicy Chinese Eggplant with Szechuan Sauce with chilies and peanuts– serve or black rice or rice noodles for a tasty, easy plant-based dinner recipe!
5.) DATE NIGHT Vegan Alfredo for two, tossed in a delicious cashew (or hemp) cream, with sauteed mushrooms, Meyer lemon zest and a secret ingredient that gives this extra complexity and depth. This vegan dinner can be made in under 30 minutes!
6.) Vegan Broccoli “Cheddar” Soup with Jalapeño – a fast and easy plant-based meal that is healthy, vegan and keto!
Cozy up with a comforting bowl of Butternut Squash Risotto with Leeks and Spinach made with very little fuss, in your Instant Pot (or on the stovetop.) Vegan-adaptable and Gluten-free this is quickly becoming a reader favorite. Make the flavorful Leek oil out of the left-over leek tops to drizzle over your bowl of risotto. One of my personal favorites!
7.) Crispy Vegan Quinoa Cakes (with no eggs, flour, breadcrumbs or filler of any kind) topped with Tomato Chickpea Relish- a delicious, healthy flavorful vegan dinner that is gluten-free- a great addition to your plant based diet.
8.) Sheet-Pan, Chipotle Portobello Tacos – smoky, spicy and “meaty”, these VEGAN tacos are sure to satisfy even the most diehard meat-lovers! Make them in 30 minutes! A satisfying meal for the plant-based diet!
9.) Vegan Ramen with Miso Shiitake Broth– an malicious bowl of warming, soothing ramen with shiitake mushrooms, crispy tofu, Bok Choy, and scallions. Plus a simple tip to making this “creamy”.
10.) Veggie Burgers never need to be boring! This Asian-style, grilled, vegan Portobello Mushroom Burger is full of delicious umami flavor! It’s slathered with an Asian-style “Guacamole”, topped with a cool cucumber ribbon salad and crunchy carrot slaw. So much flavor and texture here! Healthy, delicious, and really satisfying- this veggie burger hits the spot!
11.) Roasted Sheet-Pan Ratatouille– served 3 different ways. Serve it over polenta, over pasta, or over toast! Make a big batch on Sunday then serve for dinner during the busy work week! A delicious plant-based dinner recipe, perfect for using up your summer harvest!
12.) Spicy Vegan Oaxacan Bowl Here’s a healthy, flavorful Mexican-style Oaxacan Bowl with roasted chipotle sweet potatoes and sweet peppers over a bed of warm seasoned black beans. It’s topped with crunchy cabbage slaw, avocado, and my favorite thing ever, toasted Chipotle Maple Pecans. Hands down, this plant-based vegan meal is one of my all-time favorites
13) This Vegan Orecchiette with Creamy Carrot Miso Sauce is dreamy. Topped with a Carrot Top Gremolata and Toasted Bread Crumbs, we utilize the whole carrot here! Who says you can’t have gourmet mac and cheese on the vegan diet. This comes as close as it gets with an extra level of flavor. You’ll love yourself for making this. I promise!
14.) These Vegan Peruvian Burritos are filled with roasted sweet potato, fresh corn, peppers, quinoa, and creamy black beans, then drizzled with spicy Peruvian Green Sauce. A flavor bomb! Vegan and Delicious, this plant-based meal ticks all the boxes!
A flavorful vegan dinner recipe – Black Pepper Tofu with Bok Choy – a super tasty and fast meal that can be made in under 30 minutes! Make this for someone who is a tofu “skeptic”, you’ll win them over, guaranteed!
15.) Instant Pot Mujadara – a comforting, healthy plant-based recipe of lentils and rice, with fragrant Middle Eastern spices, served with caramelized shallots, fresh veggies, pine nuts, and optional yogurt ( feel free to use vegan yogurt) Gluten-free and Vegan adaptable.
16.) Veggie Lo Mein! On the table in under 20 minutes! Loaded up with healthy veggies, this VEGAN, plant-based dinner recipe is fast and easy, perfect for busy weeknights!
17.) Vegan Tlayudas! Traditional Oaxacan street food, tlayudas are a cross between a tostada and a pizza, made with a crispy tortilla, topped with refried beans, cheese (optional) a mound of Mexican cabbage slaw, avocado, and cilantro. This healthy version is vegan and GF adaptable!
18.) Szechuan Tofu and Veggies! A flavorful vegan stir-fry with crispy tofu, Szechuan sauce and loaded up with healthy vegetables! A quick, easy, and flavorful plant-based meal!
19.) Middle Eastern Salad Tacos– my personal “go-to”, in a “great big hurry” plant-based vegan meal that is loaded with veggies and leaves me feeling energized and satisfied. Vegan and Gf, these easy tasty tacos are packed full of healthy veggies.
20) Roasted Portobello Mushrooms with Walnut Coffee Sauce- a vegan main, kind of like “steak and gravy”, but fully plant-based. Serve it up with vegan mashed potatoes for a quick, easy and flavorful!
21.) Bali Bowls with Peanut Tofu, black rice, roasted sweet potatoes, shredded cabbage, radish and snow peas and the most delicious Balinese-style Peanut Sauce! A tasty plant-based vegan dinner!
Smokey Cauliflower Chimichurri Bowls! These filling vegan bowls are full of flavor and loaded up with healthy veggies. Served over seasoned black beans (and optional rice) with Mexican Slaw, radishes, avocado, cilantro, and pickled onions.
22.) VEGAN Pasta with Artichoke Sauce – The creamy vegan sauce is made with canned artichokes hearts, which turns in the creamiest, most delicious and luscious sauce (which can be made in 2 minutes flat, just blend in the blender until silky smooth) warmed, then poured over pasta. Add sauteed mushrooms or sunchokes if you like. So good!
23.) Roasted Chile Rellenos! Flavorful, black bean stuffed chile rellenos with homemade enchilada sauce and vegan ricotta can be made on one sheet pan! Vegan adaptable with the Tofu Ricotta! Delicious!
24.) Eggplant Puttanesca with Roasted Spaghetti Squash a rich, robust vegan, plant-based meal that is low in carbs, keto and gluten-free! Perfect when you are wanting something big and bold and hearty! Serve this up with a big bold glass of red wine!
25.) Jade Noodles are loaded up with your choice of seasonal veggies like broccolini, spinach, edamame or asparagus when in season. The key is to use seasonal veggies! Add tofu if you like with a simple sesame dressing. This vegan meal is so versatile and useful for the plant-based diet- you will love it!
26. Spring Rolls with BEST EVER Peanut Sauce! These vegan spring rolls can be made ahead and stored for healthy plant-based meals or potlucks and gatherings, or serve as a delicious light and healthy vegan dinner!
27.) Mediterranean Eggplant Wraps with Kale Slaw and Everyday Tahini Sauce. Keep it gluten-free with gluten-free wraps, or turn the whole thing into a hearty salad, by simply serving it in a bowl. Soooooooo full of flavor and nutrients. Keep it vegan or add feta.
28.) Garlic Chili Tofu with Sesame Broccolini – it’s really fast, like 15 minutes fast, healthy and super flavorful – vegan and gluten-free. If you’ve never been a fan of tofu, I want you to do me a favor, make this. Just as an experiment. 😉
29.) This recipe won “BEST VEGAN RECIPE” on Food52! Vegan Lentil Meatballs with Indian Coconut Curry Sauce– a flavorful vegan meal infused with fragrant Indian spices.
30.) Zataar Roasted Eggplant, crosshatched and served with fresh tomatoes, tahini or yogurt sauce and your choice of cooked grain. A simple vegan dinner recipe!
31.) Broccolini Mushroom Stir Fry – This simple, fast Broccolini Mushroom Stir Fry with tofu can be made in 20 minutes flat – perfect for weeknight meals. Feel free to substitute broccoli, steaming it just a little bit longer. Perfect over rice, soba noodles, or just on its own, it’s hearty and yummy!
32.) Bucatini Pasta with Arugula Pesto and Heirloom Tomatoes. A fast and flavorful weeknight dinner recipe. This vegan pasta dish has a secret ingredient that gives this an added burst of flavor. I can’t wait for you to try it!
33.) Zaatar Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Green Tahini Sauce – a simple delicious vegan dinner recipe that is full of Middle Eastern flavor that can be made in 35 minutes! plant-based and delicious!
34.) Crispy Jackfruit Tacos made on a sheet pan with pickled red onions, Mexican slaw and either Chimichurri Sauce or tomatillo salsa! A fast, easy, VEGAN weeknight dinner!
35.) This Ayurvedic Detox Bowl called Khichari, pronounced kich-ah-ree is an Indian staple that has long been cherished in Ayurveda, for its ability to restore balance and healing in the body. For centuries throughout India, it has been thought of as comfort food, for its gentle cleansing and detoxing properties, which over time bring wellness to the body. It’s made with simple humble ingredients. The mung beans liked to be soaked ahead, or use lentils!
36.) Sweet Potato & Lentil Dal can be made with coconut oil instead of ghee. This filling fiber-rich meal will leave you feeling satisfied. Serve with fluffy basmati rice or homemade naan bread!
37.) Vegan stuffed Poblanos with Avocado Crema filled with sweet potatoes, black beans, corn and cilantro – served over a flavorful Avocado Crema which is vegan and oil-free!
38.) Vegan Tikka Masala with Cauliflower that can be made in an Instant Pot or on the stovetop in under 25 minutes! An easy, vegan, keto-friendly weeknight meal!
39.) Sesame Brussel Sprouts and Tofu Bowl– vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, it’s tasty, filling and best of all, you can use pre-shredded Brussels sprouts (cabbage slaw or broccoli slaw works just as well.)! I’ve added mushrooms for depth, but feel free to leave these out or sub other veggies.
40.) Beet Poke! – a delicious vegan make-ahead salad that can be served over greens, rice or soba noodles. Fast and easy!
41.) Make Life Simple Instant Pot Lentil Soup – Vegan and GF, this filling hearty soup is packed full of veggies and fiber. Plus it just tastes good. 🙂
42.) Turmeric Detox Broth- pretty much a glowing bowl of goodness! Lots of ways to adapt this healing soothing broth, customize it to fit your needs. Vegan and GF Adaptable. One of my most popular recipes on the blog to date.
43.) Vegan Lentil Cakes made with walnuts and mushrooms topped with flavorful Zhoug Sauce served with Everyday Kale Salad. A hearty vegan dinner recipe!
44.) A quick and easy recipe for Smoky Chipotle Black Bean Burgers that can be made in under 30 minutes! Vegan-adaptable and perfect for weekly meal prep, these veggie burgers are tasty and nutritious!
45.) Hemp Seed Crusted Tofu with Celeriac Puree – a simple, elegant vegan dinner that can be made in 45 minutes. Serve it with Gremolata and Everyday Kale Salad.
46.) Rainbow Wraps! These vegan collard greens wraps are filled with hummus, crispy tofu, shredded beets, carrots, and avocado! Drizzle with Tahini sauce! A delicious healthy vegan meal!
47.) Creamy Vegan Mac and Cheese with Kale and Mushrooms- a simple and easy vegan dinner recipe even the kids will like it! It can be made in under 30 minutes!
48.) Creamy Avocado Linguine with Arugula a simple, fast, healthy vegan meal!
49.) Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Mushrooms, Garlic and Sage– a flavorful low-carb, vegan, gluten-free meal that feels like a comforting pasta dish, perfect for fall!
50.) The Best PAD THAI– a fast and easy recipe made with accessible ingredients that can be made vegan using tofu and vegan fish sauce! A delicious vegan dinner recipe, ready in under 30 minutes!
51.) Falafels with Tahini Sauce. This authentic recipe is made with soaked, uncooked chickpeas and hands-down has the BEST texture and flavor! So easy! Bake them or pan-sear them. Great in wraps, bowls, or salads.
I hope these healthy and delicious vegan dinner recipes inspire you to try something new this week!
Please note any of your favorites in the comments below!
40 Mouthwatering Vegan Dinner Recipes! (BONUS 11 RECIPE)
Author: Sylvia Fountaine
Prep Time: 30 Cook
Total Time: 1 hour
Category: vegan dinners
Cuisine: Global Diet: Vegan
40 mouth-watering Vegan Dinners that are full of flavor and all plant-based recipes. Many are globally-inspired, all are delicious and satisfying. Pick out a couple to try this week!
- Pick out a few recipes to try this week.
- Take inventory of what you have.
- Make a shopping list.
- Prep a few things ahead!