15 Fancy Vegan Recipes
From rice and beans to steamed veggies, vegan food can have a reputation for being basic. But these fancy recipes blow that misconception out of the water. Serve up decadent dairy-free pastas, eye-catching stuffed vegetables, and international dishes that will rival dishes from your favorite restaurants. Impress guests with all the wow-worthy ways to serve plants.
Vegan Zucchini Noodles with Chickpeas and Zucchini Blossoms
No one will guess how easy it was to throw together this vibrant meal. Freshly spiralized zucchini is cooked up with chickpeas and zucchini blossoms to create a variety of flavors and textures.
Grilled Cauliflower Steaks
"Cutting cauliflower into 'steaks' and grilling them not only gives a flavorful, caramelized, and smoky taste, the presentation is lovely," says France C. Serve this up as your main for a delicious vegan dinner.
Bulgogi-Spiced Tofu Wraps with Kimchi Slaw
Make an eye-catching meal with these colorful tofu wraps. Each bite is layered with sweet, spicy, and salty flavors. Swap in agave nectar for the honey to make the recipe vegan-friendly.
Stuffed Butternut Squash
Butternut squash makes the perfect serving vessel for fancy vegan fare. Here it's loaded up with a blend of basmati rice, garbanzo beans, and veggies.
Fusion Risotto Vegan
Studded with fresh herbs, hearty chickpeas, and creamy pieces of potato, this risotto is so decadent you'll forget it's vegan. Serve with a green salad on the side for a complete meal.
French Onion Soup With Browned Garlic
It's hard to get fancier than French onion soup. In this recipe garlic stars alongside onions. Simply cover the finished soup with your favorite dairy-free cheese for an impressive vegan dish.
Canned lentils are swapped in for meat in this classic Italian dish. Rich ingredients like red wine and olive oil give the sauce a decadent feel.
Vegan Indian Curry with Cauliflower and Lentils
This delightfully creamy curry is packed with veggies and lentils, perfect for serving over a bed of freshly steamed rice.
Ellen's Vegan Stuffed Peppers
Traditional stuffed peppers may be boring, but this vegan recipe is worth breaking out for company. Colorful bell peppers are packed with hearty buckwheat, vibrant herbs, and plenty of heady garlic.
Vegan Tofu Tacos
Take tacos to the next level with this delicious plant-based version. Peppery tofu and veggies are loaded into a Swiss chard leaf for serving, making for a colorful and healthy dinner.
Thai Rice Noodle Salad
Guests will never know it only took half an hour to create this elegant Thai salad. Rice noodles are tossed with fresh veggies in a dressing that's equal parts sweet, salty, and sour.
Sheet Pan Ratatouille
This classic French dish is naturally vegan, relying on the fresh produce, high-quality olive oil, and bold herbs to bring the flavor. Here it's made even simpler by roasting on a sheet pan. Serve with some crusty bread and you'll have a fancy meal in no time.
Vegan Alfredo with Veggies
Cashews create an ultra creamy Alfredo sauce without a drop of dairy. Tossed with pasta and hearty veggies, it's an all-in-one dish.
Tofu Satay with Peanut Sauce
Recreate a beloved takeout dish at home with a bit of flair. "Indonesian-style vegan satay marinade seasons skewered chunks of tofu before they're grilled," says recipe creator Buckwheat Queen. "Serve with peanut sauce to replicate this Asian street food as an appetizer or, if desired, serve over rice for a meal."
Armenian Stuffed Eggplant (Imam Bayildi)
Making this stuffed eggplant dish will fill your home with the aroma of garlic, onions, and red bell peppers as it roasts to perfection in the oven. Serve with a side of pita and hummus for an Armenian-inspired feast that will impress.