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20 vegetarian recipes that will help you have a very merry Christmas

Cater for all your guests at this year's Christmas feast with the help of these scrumptious vegetarian and vegan recipes. From festive stuffed capsicum to mini vegan pavlovas, these ideas mean everyone can indulge in the deliciousness!

By Harriet Keown
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    Potato salad with sundried tomatoes and dill dressing

    Nici Wickes is bringing back the love for sundried tomatoes with this potato salad recipe! Semi-sundried tomatoes, cherry tomatoes and creamy dill dressing really bring this salad alive

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Zucchini and mint couscous salad

    This refreshingly delicious zucchini and mint couscous salad makes the ultimate side dish to a dinner spread, or a light vegetarian meal.

    Australian Women's Weekly|

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    Fried eggplant with thyme honey (berenjenas con miel)

    The salty, savoury sweet mix of this fried eggplant with honey recipe is so very moreish. Also known as berenjenas con miel, this dish is a traditional Spanish tapas that's delicious served as a pre-dinner nibble


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    Chargrilled asparagus with mustard crème

    Here is a delicious plateful of summer to freshen up your Christmas table. This chargrilled asparagus dish with mustard crème is delightfully zingy - a festive side everyone will love.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Toasted corn & spelt with miso dressing

    This Christmas salad is delicious made fresh, but improves even more if refrigerated overnight. Recipe and photography by Bauer Syndication.

    New Zealand Taste|

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    New potato salad with easy mint pesto dressing

    New season spuds are the star of this potato salad recipe. Homemade mint pesto dressing gives this side dish a delicious edge the whole family will love. Enjoy warm or cold with lunch or dinner


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    Maple, thyme and garlic baked kumara slices

    This baked kumara recipe may just be your new favourite side dish! It's gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan friendly, without requiring any fancy ingredients. Plus it goes well with...well, just about everything!


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    Roasted potatoes with crispy herbs

    It may seem like sacrilege to roast new-season jersey bennes, but we urge you to do it! They’re crunchy, buttery and just magical - perfect for a side dish at Christmas.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Stuffed capsicum

    Beautifully colourful and festive, these stuffed capsicums are a perfect side for Christmas. This simple dish can be made a day ahead and reheated for ultimate convenience.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Vege parcels with sundried tomato pesto and feta

    Get your 5+ a day with these delightful vege parcels! Combining colourful vegetables with the delicious flavours of feta and sundried tomato pesto, this recipe will be a summertime hit.


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    Vegan beetroot, caramelised onion and cashew cream tart

    Nadia Lim's vegan tart recipe is a must-try for any occasion. This dish can easily be made gluten-free, so it's the perfect recipe to have on hand next time you have a couple of dietary requirements to cater for


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    Fig and orange chia puddings

    Figs and chia seeds are sources of dietary fibre and protein, which make you feel full and are good non-dairy sources of calcium - making this the perfect breakfast dish to fuel your day!

    New Zealand Taste|

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    Coconut berry swirl ice-cream

    Cool, creamy and packed full of berries, this divine ice-cream recipe by Scott Gooding from his book, Clean Living, will have you reaching for seconds. It tastes so good you'd never guess it was healthy!

    New Zealand Taste|

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    Vegan brownie and strawberry frozen cheesecake

    This sweet, creamy no-bake cheesecake is delectable and simply moreish. This recipe will need to be started the day before to give adequate setting time.

    Australian Women's Weekly|

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    Roasted strawberry and ginger ‘ice cream’

    This recipe sees strawberries roasted with honey and fresh ginger, then blended with frozen banana for a healthy cooling treat. Simple, delicious and seasonal, this dairy-free recipe is a must-try this summer

    New Zealand Taste|