Healthy Vegetarian Recipes

Written by Anna Pashkova, MS, RDN, LD, ACSM-EP / Reviewed by Chef Julie Andrews, MS, RDN, CD, FAND

Whether you’re a vegetarian, eat primarily a plant-based diet, or just love veggies and all things good food, this is for you. We’ve rounded up 15 healthy vegetarian recipes that are healthy and flavorful making them a great option for non-vegetarians and meatless Mondays, too.

Healthy Vegetarian Recipes

1. Thai-Style Cauliflower Walnut Lettuce Cups

A vegetarian version of traditional lettuce cups which are often made with meat. Instead, these are filled with riced cauliflower and toasted walnuts with a Thai-inspired sauce.

They’re cooked on the stovetop in less than 30 minutes from start to finish and keep well as leftovers for up to 4 days.

Thai-Style Cauliflower Walnut Lettuce Cups

2. Chickpea Coconut Curry

An easy one pot meal that’s prepared with chickpeas, spinach, tomatoes, and plenty of flavor-filled ingredients and spices. It pairs well with cooked quinoa or brown rice for a complete meal.

To level it up, top with peanuts or cashews for an extra crunch!

Chickpea curry in a white pot

3. Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts

These Brussels sprouts make an incredible side dish. They’re seared in a hot skilled giving them a caramelized, crunchy exterior.

An Asian-inspired spicy sauce made from Thai chilies, crunchy peanuts, and green onion come in at the end to really take them to the next level.

Kung Pao Brussels sprouts in white dish (a vegetarian recipe)

4. (Cowboy) Texas Caviar

This Texas Caviar is the ultimate vegetarian appetizer that you won’t want to stop eating once you start. It’s wildly easy to make and features black-eyed peas, black beans, loads of fresh veggies, herbs and a light dressing.

Serve this caviar with tortilla chips or even atop of other dishes (see the blog post for ideas!)

Cowboy caviar in a white bowl with tortilla chips

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5. Artichoke & Goat Cheese Fritters

These fritters are made with tangy marinated artichokes and creamy goat cheese. They’re made into a batter and lightly pan-fried until golden brown. Dip them in a lemon aioli and you’ll be totally smitten!

Serve these as an appetizer, snack or an easy plant-based meal.

Vegetarian artichoke & Goat Cheese Fritters in a white plate.

6. Thai Sweet Potato Soup

This soup is a delicious blend of fantastic flavors. The sweet potatoes pair so nicely with the coconut milk, ginger, curry paste and lime, and when whirled together with the immersion blender, it becomes this luscious and creamy soup that is honestly to-die-for.

Thai Sweet Potato Soup in white bowls (vegetarian recipe!)

7. Spinach, Goat Cheese & Walnut Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette

This fresh salad is a mix of baby spinach, toasted walnuts, feta cheese, mandarin oranges and an easy homemade raspberry vinaigrette. Simply blend together fresh raspberries, fresh orange juice and zest, olive oil, red wine vinegar, Dijon and a touch of honey.

It’s refreshing and nourishing!

Salad on white plates with raspberry dressing in a carafe

8. Hummus & Vegetable-Stuffed Collard Wraps

If you haven’t tried collard wraps, now is the time! Stuff crisp leafy greens with hummus, shredded carrots, sliced bell peppers, cucumbers, shredded red cabbage and creamy avocado.

You can basically put anything in a collard wrap. Try egg or tuna salad or your favorite deli meat (if you’re into the meat thing).

Hummus & Vegetable-Stuffed Collard Wraps on white plate.

10. Mini Curried Lentil Cakes

These curry lentil cakes are packed with lentils, onion, garlic, cilantro, lemon and curry powder. They’re pan-fried until golden brown then topped with a dollop of tangy yogurt.

These lentil cakes didn’t place in a recipe contest for nothing!

Side shot of 3 stacked curry lentil cakes

11. Thai Vegetable Salad with Peanut Dressing

Toss together bell peppers, carrots, edamame, red cabbage, green onion, toasted peanuts and cilantro with THE BEST peanut dressing and voila! You have a salad that’ll simply knock your socks off.

Add in some brown rice or ramen noodles for a fun noodle salad.

Thai vegetable salad in a white bowl

12. Rustic Heirloom Tomato Pizza

This pizza crust is made with flour, Greek yogurt and olive oil and becomes bubbly and golden brown when baked. It’s topped with creamy, delicious boursin cheese and sliced heirloom tomatoes and finished with fresh thyme or basil.

This heirloom tomato pizza is the best of summer on a plate!

Vegetarian Rustic Heirloom Tomato Pizza on marble board.

13. Green Bean Potato Salad

Green bean potato salad in a white bowl (a vegetarian recipe).

14. Simple Spaghetti with Peas, Garlic & Parmesan

This recipe isn’t the most popular recipe on my website OF ALL TIME for no reason!

It’s basically a vegetarian spaghetti carbonara with spring peas, garlic, egg yolks, lots of olive oil and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. The yolk and pasta water make a glossy, delicious sauce that is simple, yet oh-so fantastic.

You’ll definitely be making this one over and over again – I promise!

Simple Spaghetti with Peas, Garlic & Parmesan

15. Edamame Falafels with Spicy Lemon Aioli

Baked falafel is super easy to make. Simply whirl together edamame, breadcrumbs, lemon, garlic and herbs in a food processor. Form mixture into balls and bake them until firm and lightly crispy on the outside.

Don’t forget to dip them in lemon garlic aioli! Or stuff them in a wrap or add them to your salad for extra protein and fiber. Yum!

Side view of vegetarian edamame falafels recipe

16. Spinach Artichoke Wonton Ravioli

You can easily make your own ravioli at home using wonton wrappers! Dollop this spinach, ricotta and artichoke filling on top of a wonton wrapper, then secure another one over the mixture to make a ravioli. Boil them, then toss in olive oil and serve with Parmesan cheese.

You’ll wonder why you haven’t been making wonton ravioli all along!

Spinach artichoke wonton ravioli in white dish

I know you’ll find healthy vegetarian recipes you’ll absolutely love!

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