41 Easy Vegetarian Recipes
Crisp, refreshing, and practically no calories at all.
Get the recipe for Chilled Cantaloupe Soup.
Another chilled soup, gazpacho is a staple of Spanish cuisine, a thick, tomato-based soup garnished here with limes.
Get the recipe for Gazpacho.
Most of the work here is done by your oven, which roasts the vegetables with only an occasional stir from you. A quick whir of the finished vegetables in your blender and you’re done.
Get the recipe for Roasted Carrot and Parsnip Soup.
Though the recipe calls for brown lentils, you can easily sub in green lentils if you prefer their slightly peppery taste.
Get the recipe for Winter Lentil Soup.
Pearl barley is mild in flavor, so it pairs wonderfully with a variety of foods. Bonus: It’s also high in fiber.
Get the recipe for Creamy Barley Salad With Apples.
You can make this fresh citrus salad and its vinaigrette and refrigerate them—separately—up to a day in advance. Just toss everything together 15 minutes before serving.
Get the recipe for Lettuce, Orange, and Pecan Salad.
Because raw artichokes are bitter and steaming them is time-consuming, this recipe calls for jarred artichoke hearts.
Get the recipe for Greens With Quick Artichoke Vinaigrette.
For an easy summer salad, try this mélange of flavors: apples, goat cheese, walnuts, honey, and spinach.
Get the recipe for Spinach, Apple, and Walnut Salad.
Unlike roasted tomatoes, broiled, grilled, and pan-broiled tomatoes get sweeter and maintain their shape, because the cooking is so brief.
Get the recipe for Pan-Grilled Tomato and Feta Salad With Lemon-Caper Dressing.
For a different take on the veggie pizza, try this one topped with butternut squash and fresh ricotta.
Get the recipe for Butternut Squash Pizza.
Mint gives a pasta dish a hit of fresh flavor.
Get the recipe for Basil Pesto Pasta With Zucchini and Mint.
Chocolate added to chili may seem unusual, but it gives this dish a rich color and intensifies the flavor.
Get the recipe for Vegetarian Chili With Chocolate.
The name says it all with a dish that calls for black beans, corn, salsa, cheese, onion, lettuce, and cilantro.
Get the recipe for Kitchen Sink Quesadillas.
No sauce tops this pasta: Its flavors comes from the vegetables and cheese that mix with it.
Get the recipe for Rigatoni With Sautéed Eggplant and Tomatoes.
Polenta gives the crust of this radicchio-and–sun-dried tomato version an out-of-the-ordinary texture.
Get the recipe for Deep-Dish Polenta Pizza.
Think of this as a streamlined version of a Sicilian pie, with mushrooms, red onion, and finely sliced zucchini.
Get the recipe for Zucchini-Mushroom Pizza.
Rice, beans, corn, and goat cheese top poblano peppers. If you can't find them at your supermarket, swap in small green bell peppers.
Get the recipe for Stuffed Poblano Peppers.
A variation on the dish substitutes polenta for the rice, making it just right for comfort food.
Get the recipe for Polenta-Stuffed Poblano Peppers.
Raisins add a bit of sweetness to sautéed Swiss chard.
Get the recipe for Swiss Chard With Chickpeas and Couscous.
A hearty classic of English stock, here the shepherd’s pie goes the all-vegetable route, with mashed sweet potatoes spread on top.
Get the recipe for Vegetable Shepherd’s Pie.
Fiber-packed escarole is paired with black beans, chipotle chilies, and avocado in a Mexican-influenced salad.
Get the recipe for Black Beans and Escarole Salad.
What elevates this pasta from the realm of the ordinary? The unexpected addition of hazelnuts.
Get the recipe for Whole-Wheat Spaghetti With Hazelnuts and Asparagus.
This bean-radish-cilantro combo is served over rice, but the recipe makes an equally fine filler for tortillas or pitas.
Get the recipe for Cuban Black Beans and Rice.
Tofu is high in protein, but it can be bland. A dose of Thai red curry paste solves the problem.
Get the recipe for Thai Spiced Tofu.
Skip the tacos and try made-with-pizza-dough empanadas packed with beans, cheese, and salsa.
Get the recipe for Empanadas.
A simplified approach to pizza uses pita bread as the base.
Get the recipe for Artichoke Pizzas With Lemony Green Bean Salad.
Back-to-basics linguine has a homemade sauce packed with unadulterated tomato-and-basil taste.
Get the recipe for Linguine With Tomato Sauce.
Though eggplant is delicious grilled, this dish can just as easily be prepared using a broiler.
Get the recipe for Grilled Eggplant Provolone.
An all-bean chili is served with polenta for wonderful results.
Get the recipe for Vegetable Chili Polenta.
The pesto here is store-bought, which cuts the prep time substantially.
Get the recipe for Pesto Pasta With Green Beans and Potatoes.
Most definitely not your grandmother’s casserole, this modern version is baked until its topping—baguette slices—is golden brown.
Get the recipe for Stewed Vegetable Gratin.
Basmati rice is ladled with an eggplant-and-chickpeas mix that’s rich with curry-enhanced flavor.
Get the recipe for Curried Eggplant With Tomatoes and Basil.
Your pita rounds have gone slightly stale? That makes them perfect for this easy dinner.
Get the recipe for Lebanese Bread Salad.
Just right for summer: a “burger” made from tomato and mozzarella.
Get the recipe for Tomato and Mozzarella Burger.
Although it cooks like a grain (and resembles small beads), quinoa is really a plant. With its fairly mild taste, quinoa pairs well with vegetables.
Get the recipe for Zucchini With Quinoa Stuffing.
Gorgonzola melts into polenta made richer with the addition of cream cheese.
Get the recipe for Baked Polenta With Mushrooms and Gorgonzola.
This couscous-and-vegetable side is actually substantial enough to be served as an entrée, if you wish.
Get the recipe for Butternut Squash With Cumin Couscous.
Fresh, seasonal vegetables, such as these, require minimal effort to taste extraordinary.
Get the recipe for Roast Vegetables With Vinaigrette.
Green tomatoes (really just underripe red ones) are firm and not too juicy, so they hold up well in hot frying oil; the cornmeal cooks up into a tasty crust.
Get the recipe for Fried Green Tomatoes.
A showcase for fresh baby eggplant matches the roasted vegetables with Feta cheese.
Get the recipe for Roasted Baby Eggplant.
This simple presentation is equal parts tender (the green beans) and crunchy (the roasted nuts).
Get the recipe for Green Beans With Roasted Nuts and Cranberries.