27 Best Vegetarian Easter Dinner Ideas for a Healthy Spring Meal

It's time to plan out your veggie-based holiday menu.

vegetarian easter dinner
MIKE GARTEN

Easter ham may be the most traditional Easter dish, but it's not the only way to celebrate this Easter Sunday. Whether you're on the hunt for meat-free Easter menu ideas because you've decided to remove meat from your diet or you have a vegetarian or vegan breaking bread with your family this year, these vegetarian Easter dinner recipes from the Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen are sure to please your crowd. With refreshing appetizers, savory main courses and unexpected-but-delicious side dishes, consider your menu planned.

From cheesy casseroles to light soups packed with spring vegetables, these vegetarian and vegan dishes are great for formal sit-down meals and casual potlucks alike — even your guests who eat meat won't be able to resist! Want to end your holiday meal on a sweet note? The last time we checked, Cadbury eggs were vegetarian, too — just saying! If you're looking for more yummy meat-free dishes to serve this Easter, check out our favorite vegan Easter recipes and our best vegetarian dinner recipes of all time, too.

a bright radish salad with mint on a white plate
Mike Garten
1 of 27
Bright Radish Salad

In less than 20 minutes you can whip up the prettiest salad your Easter guests have ever laid eyes on.

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roasted carrots and chickpeas with marinated feta
Mike Garten
2 of 27
Roasted Carrots and Chickpeas With Marinated Feta

Carrots are a must at Easter dinner — and even better when covered in creamy feta, shallots, chile, vinegar and fresh herbs.

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spinach and gruyere potato casserole for vegetarian easter dinner
MIKE GARTEN
3 of 27
Spinach and Gruyere Potato Casserole

Serving no meat at all? This hearty cheese casserole makes a perfect main course.

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speedy eggplant parmesan  for vegetarian easter dinner
DANIELLE OCCHIOGROSSO DALY
4 of 27
Speedy Eggplant Parmesan

Eggplant is a sneaky way to make your raviolis a bit more healthy.

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beet, mushroom and avocado salad  for vegetarian easter dinner
DANIELLE OCCHIOGROSSO
5 of 27
Beet, Mushroom and Avocado Salad

A light, springtime salad like this one works great as a starter, or as the main course.

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chocolate mendiants for vegetarian easter dinner
MIKE GARTEN
6 of 27
Chocolate Mendiants

Yes, most desserts are vegetarian — but these cookies are actually 100% vegan.

Get the recipe for Chocolate Mendiants »

supercarb loaded sweet potatoes for vegetarian easter dinner
MIKE GARTEN
7 of 27
Supercarb Loaded Sweet Potatoes

Black beans, feta, red pepper — these rich, indulgent sweet potatoes have everything you need.

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quinoa risotto with arugula mint pesto for vegetarian easter dinner
MIKE GARTEN
8 of 27
Quinoa Risotto With Arugula-Mint Pesto

Quinoa replaces rice in this recipe, which makes for a protein-packed risotto.

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supergreen mushroom and orzo soup for vegetarian easter dinner
MIKE GARTEN
9 of 27
Supergreen Mushroom and Orzo Soup

A side of warm, antioxidant-filled soup goes great with any meal.

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quinoa stuffed acorn squash with cranberries and feta for vegetarian easter dinner
MIKE GARTEN
10 of 27
Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash With Cranberries and Feta

These picture-perfect acorn squash tarts are sure to wow your guests.

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wild rice  cherry pilaf
Chris Court
11 of 27
Bulgar Pilaf With Garbanzos and Dried Apricots

If the people are used to eating meat starting complaining about the lack of protein, tell them that the amino acids in the bulgur and garbanzos are complementary — which means that together, they're a complete protein!

Get the recipe for Bulgar Pilaf With Garbanzos and Dried Apricots »

cheesy monkey bread for vegetarian easter dinner
MIKE GARTEN
12 of 27
Cheesy Monkey Bread

Is it really a holiday without monkey bread? We think not.

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vegetarian easter dinner
MIKE GARTEN
13 of 27
Sweet Potato-Ricotta Pierogies

Creamy ricotta filling takes these Polish dumplings to the next level.

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vegetarian easter dinner
CHRIS COURT
14 of 27
Ricotta, Pea and Leek Quiche

If you're having people over for brunch, a savory quiche like this one is a much better special occasion brunch than stale bagels.

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vegetarian easter dinner
MIKE GARTEN
15 of 27
Creamy Vegan Linguine With Wild Mushrooms

Invited over a vegan or two? They may just ask for the recipe of this creamy, dairy-free linguine.

Get the recipe for Creamy Vegan Linguine with Wild Mushrooms »

vegetarian easter dinner
KATE MATHIS
16 of 27
Butternut Squash and Pesto Rotini

Butternut squash turns any already good meal into a great one.

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vegetarian easter dinner
MIKE GARTEN
17 of 27
Roasted Asparagus and Ricotta Tart

Roasted asparagus and ricotta work so well together in a light and crispy tart like this one.

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vegetarian easter dinner
MIKE GARTEN
18 of 27
Roasted Squash and Pumpkin Seed Mole Bowls

Small dishes like this one work really well as either an appetizer or a side.

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vegetarian easter dinner
PERNILLE LOOF
19 of 27
Cherry Tomato Casserole With White Beans and Basil

There will be leftovers a plenty with this giant casserole, which makes next week's meal planning a breeze.

Get the recipe for Cherry Tomato Casserole with White Beans and Basil »

vegetarian easter dinner
MIKE GARTEN
20 of 27
Tahini-Lemon Quinoa With Asparagus Ribbons

We'll take Tahini on anything, but it just happens to go amazingly with quinoa and asparagus.

Get the recipe for Tahini-Lemon Quinoa with Asparagus Ribbons »

vegetarian easter dinner
DANIELLE OCCHIOGROSSO
21 of 27
Spring Minestrone

All of spring's best veggies in one place!

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vegetarian easter dinner
JONATHAN BOULTON
22 of 27
Balsamic Glazed Roasted Cauliflower

You're going to want to start eating all of cauliflower like this from now on.

Get the recipe from Delish »

low calorie bowl black bean soup meal
MIKE GARTEN
23 of 27
Smoky Vegan Black Bean Soup

This smokey soup is in the side dish hall of fame — the savory black beans go with just about anything.

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green slaw
Mike Garten
24 of 27
Green Slaw

Start your meal with a refreshing cabbage, kale and cucumber coleslaw salad.

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vegetarian easter dinner
MIKE GARTEN
25 of 27
Mushroom Ragu and Polenta Egg Bake

Breakfast, lunch or dinner – we'll take this cheesy egg bake anytime of day.

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vegetarian easter dinner
CON POULOS
26 of 27
Whole-Grain Shells With Goat Cheese and Walnuts

The walnuts in this recipe add an unexpected but much appreciated crunch.

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vegetarian easter dinner
MIKE GARTEN
27 of 27
Tomato-Eggplant Tartine

If you're worried about people filling up on appetizers, put the heavy chips and dips away and serve these light tartines instead.

Get the recipe for Tomato-Eggplant Tartines »

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