Fresh, Festive Vegan Recipes for Your 2023 Easter Menu

By Lisa Esile, MS,

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Whether you celebrate Easter as a religious holiday or as a festive, spring-has-sprung weekend with family—or both—it's a great time to try some new plant-based recipes. Here are some yummy menu ideas that'll have even your omnivore friends requesting these Easter dinner recipes!

Festive Oil-Free Sourdough Focaccia Bread - An 8x13 focaccia decorated with herbs and vegetables to make a springtime landscape

Festive Sourdough Focaccia

This decorative sourdough looks amazing on the table and is a fun project for the whole family. Chef Darshana shares ideas for ingredients to make the flowers, soil, and grass, but feel free to use what you have on hand and come up with your own masterful creation!

Herb-Crusted Asparagus Spears

For an easy and elegant side dish or appetizer, try these crispy garlic- and "Parmesan"- crusted asparagus spears. Coated with hemp seeds, paprika, nutritional yeast, and bread crumbs, you’d never guess they’re oil-free!
Springtime Beet Soup in white bowls on a wooden lattice placemat

Springtime Beet Soup

Comforting and vibrant, this delicious spring soup will dazzle the eyes and delight the taste buds. New season beets give sweet flavor and brilliant color, while potato and cauliflower add creamy, earthy flavor to every mouthful. Serve with a swirl of cashew cream for extra creaminess—the contrast in color looks amazing.
Lima bean hummus - green hummus with basil shown with pita chips

Lima Bean Pesto Hummus

Looking for a fresh spin on hummus? Hold the chickpeas and sub in lima beans, which take on a luscious creamy texture when blended. Basil adds sweet, peppery flavor notes and a bud-green color that’s perfect for springtime festivities. Serve this gorgeous dip with crudités, baked pita chips, Festive Sourdough Focaccia, and/or Cheesy Crackers. As one commenter notes, “Better than regular hummus.”
Vegan Cheesy Crackers on a brown plate next to a gray cloth napkin

Vegan Cheesy Crackers

These cheesy vegan cracks are a great gluten-free bread option to serve with soup, stew, as a dipper, or on their own. Simple to make, freezable, and healthier and more affordable than store-bought, you’ll have these delicious crackers added to your regular rotation before you know it! Note: To make these gluten-free, be sure to use certified gluten-free oat flour.
a bowl of minestrone with a thick broth, kale leaves, and chopped potatoes and white beans visible in soup

Vegan Minestrone Soup with Potatoes and Kale

Mushrooms, garlic, and onion give this satisfying soup a rich, flavorful base, while fork-tender potato, earthy kale, and starchy white beans add a luscious variety of texture and flavor.
Spinach Tabbouleh Salad with Watermelon Radish on green ceramic plates

Spinach Tabbouleh Salad with Watermelon Radish

This springy spin on tabbouleh uses sliced watermelon radish in place of tomato, adding refreshing crunch, peppery notes, and pops of rosy color. Tahini delivers creaminess to this light, oil-free take on the traditional Middle Eastern side, and beans, spinach, and asparagus add enough texture and heft to make it worthy of the main course.
Roasted Beets and Baby Leeks Platter

Roasted Beet Salad with Baby Leeks

This hearty salad is worthy of special occasions. Use a mix of red and gold beets for a colorful springtime look.
A woman's hand scoop up a spoonful of the Best-Ever Beefless Stew (a Vegan Beef Stew) from a ceramic bowl

Best-Ever Beefless Stew

This melt-in-your-mouth stew will warm up any celebration! Portobello mushrooms deliver rich umami flavor, potatoes add creamy heft, and soup stalwarts such as celery, onion, and carrot round out the flavors to perfection. Notes one commenter: “This was an amazing stew! Hearty, savory and feel-good food!”
Cheesy Vegan Pimiento Mac in a white bowl

Vegan Pimiento Cheesy Mac

This top-shelf vegan mac and cheese will delight young and old, plant-based or not. The scrumptious, cheesy flavor comes from a combination of chickpeas, jarred pimientos, nutritional yeast, and other seasonings. Shares one reader: “This is the first plant-based ‘mac-n-cheese’ I have enjoyed and will definitely make again.”
Spinach Tabbouleh Salad with Watermelon Radish on green ceramic plates

Spinach Tabbouleh Salad with Watermelon Radish

Watermelon radishes add pops Crispy beet slices add color and crunch to this luscious greens-and-grains salad. The chewiness of farro works well alongside juicy pears and crunchy beet chips. Red onion adds just enough sharpness to tie things together, and a drizzle of tangy orange vinaigrette takes it over the top. Writes a fan, “This salad is filling, refreshing and delish!”
vegan carrot cake

Perfect Vegan Carrot Cake

Naturally sweetened with dates, banana, carrot, and raisins, this decadent carrot cake is one of our top-rated cakes. With a luscious, moist crumb and rich flavor from cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and vanilla, it's even tastier the next day.  Serve plain or top with Vanilla Bean Frosting. It's also yummy with a scoop of Vanilla Nice Cream. Writes a fan: "This extraordinary recipe is always a hit!"
vanilla bean vegan ice cream recipe

Vanilla Nice Cream With Real Vanilla Bean

With just three ingredients—frozen bananas, vanilla bean, and plant-based milk—this heavenly vanilla nice cream is a cinch to make. Serve on its own or alongside carrot cake, fruit cobbler, or fruit crumble. Notes one reader, “I am amazed at how easy and delicious this is!”


Check out Chocolate Decadence: 10 Vegan Easter Treats for healthy chocolate goodness, including brownies, pies, puddings, and more.

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Lisa Esile, MS

Lisa Esile is an author, illustrator, blogger, vegetable gardener, and whole-food enthusiast with a special fondness for potatoes. She has a master’s degree in human nutrition and is passionate about showing people how to live happier, healthier lives. She is the author of Reach Your Big Calm and the co-author of Whose Mind Is It Anyway? Find her on Facebook.
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