20 Vegetarian Recipes Even Meat Eaters Will Love

Consider, for a moment, the versatility of vegetables: broil them, puree them, roast them, boil them. Eat them raw, buy them frozen, preserve them, can them. Click for vegetarian recipes that highlight that versatility.
By: Anna Decker / 03/26/2019 / Recipes

1. Mushroom Ramen with Miso Glazed Tofu

We're kicking off this recipe list of top 20 vegetarian recipes with one of our favorites, Mushroom Ramen with Miso Glazed Tofu. Because what's better than a delicious bowl of ramen? Ramen may seem like an intimidating dish to attempt at home, but it's really not as complicated as it looks. The flavor is already quite packed into the miso and quickly comes together in the pot before you even add the the noodles and bok choy. Give this stape vegetarian recipe a try!

2. Cauliflower tacos with pickled radishes

If you didn't know it already, the secret to a lot of vegetarian cooking is cauliflower. Season and roast it and you’re on your way to a delicious meat replacement. For this veggie taco recipe, we make the cauliflower central by roasting it and serving it up with pickled radishes and crumbled queso fresco. Don’t forget to add avocado and lime!

3. Mushroom Ragu and Polenta with Fontina and Roasted Broccolini

Believe it or not, we managed to get all of the comforts of a meat ragu without the meat. Oh yeah. The trick to pulling off this delightful vegetarian dish is mushrooms and a bit of tomato paste cooked down in broth. We serve it over a bed of polenta with some broccolini for the perfect bright finish.

4. Cannellini in 10-minute Brodo with Escarole and Lemon

Next on our list of must-make vegetarian recipes is our Cannellini in 10-minute Brodo with Escarole and Lemon. We like this one because you get to make your own homemade broth. Just grate veggies and simmer them in water and voilà you’ve made the base to your light bean and escarole soup. Be sure to toast some bread to dip into this heavenly creation!

5. Baked Mushroom Pasta with Parmesan and Thyme

This vegetarian recipe is our favorite for cold winter nights. We first made our Baked Mushroom Pasta with Parmesan and Thyme on a very very icy January evening, and it just about saved us from freezing. If you hadn’t guessed, the linch pin to this recipe is the mushrooms. Simply take dried mushrooms and let them soak in hot water until softened.

6. Veggie Grinders with Mozzarella and Tomato Sauce

Grinder, sub, sandwich are all names you can give to this magnificent vegetarian creation. Our Veggie Grinders with Mozzarella and Tomato Sauce is sure to become a go-to recipe for you. Easily make this one vegan by leaving out the melted mozzarella!

7. Mushroom & Kale Farrotto with Lemon-Chili Butter

The kale craze has simmered down a bit, but were still pretty into it here in the test kitchen. Our Mushroom & Kale Farrotto with Lemon-Chili Butter recipe is easy to make and elegant on the plate. It’s all about the red pepper and lemon zested butter finish with this one. Be sure to add this recipe to your vegetarian repertoire.

8. Lemon & Asparagus Flatbread with Potato, Onions & Fontina

What do you get when you add asparagus, soft potatoes and cheese to a flat bread and bake it? Spring pizza! Our Lemon & Asparagus Flatbread with Potato, Onions & Fontina is simple, light and delicious. This recipe is perfect for a light dinner or as a vegetarian appetizer for a dinner party.

9. Lemony Spinach Gnocchi Bake with Basil & Pine Nuts

Once you've found a good gnocchi recipe, there's gno going back! Food puns aside, this vegetarian Lemony Spinach Gnocchi Bake with Basil & Pine Nuts is one of our favorites. Be sure not to forget the pine nuts for that deep nutty flavor.

10. Burrata & Blistered Vegetables with Basil-Almond Dressing

Does it get better than burrata? We don’t think so. Burrata is made with mozzarella and cream giving an extra rich and soft texture. We love this vegetarian recipe for its simplicity. Crispy veggies and caramelized onions with a creamy cheese topping... yum!

11. Quinoa-Bean Veggie Burgers with Kale Chips

It's not a list of vegetarian recipes without veggie burgers! The secret to our meat-free burgers starts with cannellini beans. Mash these beans to give your patty a good, hearty structure. We prefer to use a sharp white cheddar for our burgers to give that satisfying gooey bite. You can always forget the cheese to make it vegan, but be sure to add to caramalized onion! Keep reading for more delicious vegetarian recipes!

12. Indian Spiced Cauliflower with Cumin Rice Pilaf

As we mentioned about, one of the secrets to eating vegetarian more often is to fall in love with cauliflower. Our Indian Spiced Cauliflower with Cumin Rice Pilaf is a heavy hitter for veggie fans everywhere and is our go-to recipe for curry. We use chickpeas along with the cauliflower for an awesome contrast in texture.

13. Roasted Vegetable Sandwiches with Basil Mayo & Kale Salad

Our Roasted Vegetable Sandwiches with Basil Mayo & Kale Salad are killer for lunch or dinner. This recipe unites vegetarians and carnivores with its tender, flavorful veggies atop garlic-rubbed chibata bread. Plus, our basil mayo is a great sauce recipe to have in your back pocket for any sandwich.

14. Tamari-Glazed Tofu & Bok Choy with Sesame Rice

Getting the perfect tofu texture can be a challenge, but don’t worry, we’ll help you master it. For this Japanese-inspired meal we cook up marinated, extra-firm tofu with some bok choy and serve it over sizzling, sesame sushi rice. This vegetarian recipe is easy to dress up with some added spice or keep simple with the tamari glaze.

15. Warm Pimento Cheese Sandwiches with Roasted Sunflower Broccoli

We love grilled cheese because it's the perfect comfort food and a list of vegetarian recipes would certainly be incomplete without it. The secret to making the best grilled cheese is pimento cheese. Our Warm Pimento Cheese Sandwiches with Roasted Sunflower Broccoli recipe is one we can't stop talking about it.

16. Red Lentil and Potato Dal with Toasted Naan

This next one is a traditional Indian vegan stew! It's filling, flavorful and easy to make. Dal is typically made from lentils or beans. We make ours with red lentils and potatoes and season it with fresh garlic, onion and ginger. Be sure to garnish it with lime and cilantro.

17. Cheesy Vegetable Chilaquiles with Cilantro-Onion Relish

If you haven't tried cooking traditional Mexican Chilaquiles yourself, this is an excellent recipe to start with and a great one to have in your vegetarian repertoire. To make this dish a tiny bit healthier, we crisp our tortillas in the oven instead of frying them. After getting that perfect crisp, we toss them with white cheddar, sour cream and cilantro-onion relish.

18. Buffalo Cauliflower Salad with Creamy Gorgonzola Dressing

Another cauliflower recipe!? If you haven’t grown tired of what seems to be our favorite meat supplement, we have another great one for you and this time in the form of a classic salad. Just toss cauliflower in egg, flour and bread crumbs mixed with a hot wing spice seasoning and cook it up. Then add it to a crunchy salad and you’re sure to be eating the best vegetarian salad ever.

19. Miso Soup and Soba Noodles with Baby Bok Choy and Snow Peas

Next on the list is an easy vegan recipe! Soba noodles are a favorite in the test kitchen. Soba noodles are traditional Japanese noodles made from buckwheat flour, which make them super filling and tasty. We make our broth for this one with garlic and fresh ginger. To add a crisp texture to this soup, we add bok choy and snow peas.

20. Roasted Chickpeas & Potatoes with Greens & Cucumber Salsa

The final dish on our list of top vegetarian recipes is a chickpea and potato dream. The key spice here is harissa, which we add before roasting. We keep this dish fresh and flagrant with a salsa made with cucumbers, lemon, fresh mint and shallots. Give it a try!