Three Party Table Treat Ideas (Vegan)

Three Party Table Treat Ideas (Vegan)

There is something special about bringing a meaningful dish, a product of hard work and the occasional shed tear, to the Christmas table and witnessing all the important people in your life fall in love with it. Especially when that reaction is genuine – I’ve had a few food failures in the past that I nonetheless decided to present for the consumption of others and I could almost see the tears glistening in everyone’s eyes in response to my wannabe gourmet creations.

Vegan salad recipe

Cheesy vegan recipe

I, however, like to believe that I’ve become a much better cook since those dark days and like to make celebratory meals of any kind a pleasant experience. While I am writing this, Christmas is a mere two days away and I am very excited to cook for the family. Christmas, of course, is much more than just food and presents, the former is still a universal language that brings everyone together and makes you appreciate having the ability to sit around a table with your loved ones, enjoy the deliciousness, appreciate the spirit in which the festive season is conducted. Actually making the food is very special to me – my mum and I have different schedules and rarely find time to spend together in the kitchen, and when Christmas day comes around it is always exciting to see what we can make when we combine our best efforts.

My favourite part of Christmas dinners is always the little things, no matter how much I may love the main dish – the cheese platters, the sweet treats, luxurious warm salads. And contrary to popular belief, since going vegan I have exposed myself to a broader variety of foods as opposed to feeling deprived during celebratory meals. While the three ideas below may not be the most ‘Christmassy’ recipes ever, this is intentional as I wanted to make this post transcend seasonal boundaries and the recipes – appropriate for any celebration throughout the year (you can even adopt the Russian tradition of preparing an entire table of food for whenever you have guests round – us Russians may not smile at you on the street but our hospitality is total #goals). There are vegan-friendly, but will appeal to anyone regardless of their dietary requirements. Do let me know in the comments whether you try any of them, and what your favourite type of party food happens to be.

Mini Chia Seed Cheese Rolls (Vegan)

  • Servings: makes 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Perfect for any special occasion, these vegan treats are sure to be a party pleaser. Serve with any dip of your choice.

Vegan cheese rolls recipe



  • 1 cup all purpose flour (use gluten free if desired)
  • 80g vegan butter of choice (make sure it’s suitable for baking)
  • 4-5 tbsp plant milk of choice
  • 1 chia egg (1 tbsp chia seeds + 2 tbsp water, left to stand for 5 minutes)
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 40g vegan cheese (I used this one), grated


  1. Preheat an oven to 200 degrees C/392 F.
  2. Add flour, butter and sea salt to a large mixing bowl. Start combining using a fork.
  3. Pour in the chia egg before incrementally adding the milk until you are able to form a firm dough ball using your hands.
  4. Sprinkle some flour over a flat surface and roll out the dough using a rolling pin into a thin, rectangular sheet. Sprinkle with the grated cheese, adding more or less as desired.
  5. Cut the dough into 6-8 even strips. Dipping your fingertips into flour to avoid sticking, roll them up tightly to form the swirls.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for around fifteen minutes, until the dough is crispy and the cheese had melted. Serve immediately or store in the fridge.

Sweet and Sour Vegan Salad

  • Servings: serves 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Quick to throw together and full of pronounced, contrasting flavours, this salad makes a perfect addition to a festive table as a side dish.

Vegan christmas salad recipe



  • 9 stalks dark leafy kale, chopped into strips
  • 1.5 cups spinach
  • 5-6 tbsp sweetcorn
  • 1 cup canned lentils
  • 1 cup chopped white cabbage
  • 1 medium white onion
  • 5 medium vine tomatoes
  • 2 orange bell peppers
  • 1.5 avocados, chopped
  • 2 medium oranges, peeled and chopped into circles.
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • pinch of sea salt
  • pinch of sesame seeds


  1. Heat up lentils in the microwave or on the hob as instructed on the can.
  2. Simply throw together the ingredients in a large salad bowl, stirring until well combined. Taste occasionally and adjust the seasoning as desired.
  3. Serve warm or leave to cool in the fridge.

Bite Size Tofu Tacos

  • Servings: makes 12 small tacos
  • Difficulty: easy
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These mini tacos make an adorable addition as a starter or a side dish to any festive table. They are easy to put together, healthy and full of unique flavours that are sure to bring variety to any occasion.

Vegan tofu taco recipe



  • Vegan tortilla wraps or taco shells (see notes)
  • 500g firm tofu
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tbsp turmeric
  • 6 medium vine tomatoes
  • 1 large avocado, chopped
  • a few handfuls of spinach
  • 3/4 cup frozen green peas, thawed
  • tahini as desired, to serve


  1. After pressing out the moisture, cut the tofu into thin strips. In a mixing bowl, combine with the soy sauce, turmeric and nutritional yeast. Leave to marinade for at least 30 minutes – this is the key to making tofu taste good.
  2. Heat cooking spray or a small amount of oil in a large, non-stick frying pan. Fry the tofu for around 3.5 minutes on each side, until cripsy and golden brown.
  3. Distribute tofu evenly between the taco shells alongside the tomatoes, spinach and green peas.
  4. Serve with a drizzle of tahini and/or a sauce of your choice.

note: it may be difficult to find small wraps/taco shells. What I did to overcome this was cut around a bowl(around 10cm in diameter) on the surface of a much larger wrap to make smaller circles and then served the leftovers with hummus as a dip to avoid food wastage.

Vegan party food ideas

Lots of love, Maria ♡

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    • whatismaria December 23, 2017 / 8:27 pm

      Ahh I hope you like them! Thank you very much:)

  1. Nilzeitung December 23, 2017 / 7:34 pm

    I wish you peace and harmony with yours beloved ones.🎉🎄💜🌈💜

    • whatismaria December 23, 2017 / 8:27 pm

      Thank you so much! Same to you:)

      • Nilzeitung December 23, 2017 / 8:31 pm

        IThank you so much! to you back .🎉🎄🌈

  2. RevolutionaryRoads December 23, 2017 / 7:48 pm

    Those cheese rolls look delicious! 😍 I have to say that your recipes are always a great source of inspiration for my meatless days! So, thank you 😊 Merry Christmas ❤️ xxx

    • whatismaria December 23, 2017 / 8:28 pm

      Thank you – they were so tasty indeed! And I am very glad to hear that, it’s always my aim to inspire 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful Christmas <3

  3. Sarah December 23, 2017 / 8:03 pm

    Your photos are amazing! 🙂

    • whatismaria December 24, 2017 / 7:07 am

      Thank you! That means a lot to me 🙂

  4. SimpleSerenity December 23, 2017 / 8:27 pm

    Can’t wait to try that sweet and sour salad, it sounds so amazing. Lovely post as always dear. xx

    • whatismaria December 24, 2017 / 7:06 am

      Ahh thank you so much!! That salad is very delicious indeed 😊❤️

    • whatismaria December 24, 2017 / 7:07 am

      Thank you lovely! Glad you like them 😊

  5. kingajpg December 23, 2017 / 9:34 pm

    Omg this is much needed right now! My family eats meat in ridiculous amount but I might try making those vegan cheese rolls and not tell them they’re vegan 😉 😉 😀

    • whatismaria December 24, 2017 / 7:08 am

      Haha I always do that whenever I have to bring food to parties full of meat eaters, and they seem to enjoy my food right up until they find out it doesn’t contain animal products! So glad you found this post useful xox

  6. lifeofangela December 24, 2017 / 12:08 am

    That sweet and sour salad looks so good! I love how you’ve cut the oranges 😀

    • whatismaria December 24, 2017 / 7:09 am

      Thank you Angela! Haha the orange shapes were so fun to create ❤️

  7. Beyoutiful December 24, 2017 / 1:07 am

    These all look so yummy esp those tacos!! Great pics as always 🙂

    • whatismaria December 24, 2017 / 7:10 am

      Thank you dear, that means a lot to me! The tacos were delicious ❤️

  8. Britney December 24, 2017 / 3:49 am

    I want to try those cheese rolls!

    • whatismaria December 24, 2017 / 1:15 pm

      You definitely should! Thank you 😊

  9. ughmango December 24, 2017 / 8:18 am

    All these treats look and sound so delicious just like always your recipes do!! I am really tempted to try those Mini Chia Seed Cheese Rolls 😍 xx

    • whatismaria December 24, 2017 / 1:15 pm

      Ahh that means so much to me – thank you 😊 You should definitely give them a go! ❤️

  10. Lina December 24, 2017 / 8:58 am

    Everything looks delicious! I can see your passion in what you’re doing and this is great! Have a wonderful holiday! xx

    • whatismaria December 24, 2017 / 1:16 pm

      Aww that is such a sweet comment – thank you very much! Wishing you a wonderful holiday as well xox

  11. Ji Ah December 24, 2017 / 9:02 am

    These treats look so super good! And it’s wonderful that you’re giving us so much insight to how being vegan can open up our eyes to creative food alternatives!

    • whatismaria December 24, 2017 / 1:16 pm

      Thank you! And that is definitely my aim – I adore trying out new recipes and combinations, especially during the festive season 🙂

    • whatismaria December 24, 2017 / 1:17 pm

      Omg thank you so much! You should definitely try them out 😊

  12. questionsfromateenager December 24, 2017 / 12:26 pm

    I am throwing a small get together on new year’s eve and this is EXACTLY what I was looking for! THANK YOU!!! Wishing you a happy christmas xx

    • whatismaria December 24, 2017 / 6:33 pm

      Omg I am so glad my post could be helpful! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and that your NYE get together goes well 🙂 <3

  13. crystalsandcurls December 24, 2017 / 6:42 pm

    These foods are super cute and yummy….I never would have associated them with christmas, but I can definitely imagine they wouldn’t be out of place at the table!xx

    • whatismaria December 24, 2017 / 8:30 pm

      Omg thank you dear!! I do love to bring something a bit unconventional to Christmas dinners 😆 Merry Christmas Eve!! ❤️

  14. hell0chloe December 24, 2017 / 8:58 pm

    This is such a good idea for Christmas – how do you always make everything look so amazing?! xxx

  15. AJ December 25, 2017 / 4:39 pm

    Those cheese rolls sound so good!

  16. Gabrielle December 27, 2017 / 5:40 pm

    These are all brilliant recipe ideas, and I’ve no doubt just as tasty as non-vegan alternatives! I hope you had a magical Christmas 🙂

  17. Syakirah December 28, 2017 / 5:55 am

    I’m not a vegan but this looks delicious!

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