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Vegetarian Variety Spices Up Your Holiday Table

29 recipes for your meatless menu planning

wild rice and sweet potato casserole - vegetarian holiday menu ideas

Impress your guests with hearty meatless soups, salads and casseroles this holiday season. — Photo by: Tara Donne

Finger Foods:

Dried fruits, nuts, mushrooms and a variety of piquant cheeses all go a long way toward creating memorable vegetarian hors d'oeuvres for the holidays. Guests will be impressed with homemade crackers and dips, and a fondue station is a festive way to start out the evening.

See also: AARP's Thanksgiving Survival Guide

Dates Stuffed With Roquefort Cheese and Topped With Walnuts by Lauren Groveman

Apricots With Goat Cheese and Hazelnuts by Rick Rodgers

Peppery Cheddar Coins by Nick Malgieri

Parmesan Crackers by Joyce Goldstein

Garlicky Creamy Spinach Dip by Dave Lieberman

Camembert and Wild Mushroom Fondue by Ilana Simon

Mini Pitas With Honey Mushrooms, Blue Cheese and Port by Amy Farges

Salads:

Lettuce and croutons need not solely characterize a first-course salad any time of year, but the colder seasons provide a special opportunity to work in flavorful ingredients and keep salads in-season and local. Fall fruits like apples and pears go well with salty, sharp cheeses like parmesan or blue, while whole grains provide filling fiber and nuts give an added crunch.

Green Salad With Dried Figs, Blue Cheese, Walnuts and Sherry Vinaigrette by Susan Spicer

Spinach, Pear and Shaved Parmesan Salad by Diane Morgan

Green Bean and Walnut Salad by Anya von Bremzen and John Welchman

Wild Rice and Hazelnut Salad by Deborah Madison and Edward Espe Brown

Grilled Apples With Herbes de Provence and Micro Greens by Meredith Deeds and Carla Snyder

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