When entertaining a crowd over the holidays, it helps to have a few foolproof recipes in your repertoire — ones you can serve to those with special diets or food allergies, still delicious and memorable enough for a celebration.
Here, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite recipes for your Thanksgiving feast. Each one is vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free, without skimping on hearty fall flavors.
|Pureed Fennel Soup|
Guests may be surprised to learn this creamy soup contains no dairy. Instead, olive oil incorporated at the end adds richness, and the subtle flavor of fennel shines.
|Brussels Sprout Slaw|
This twist on traditional slaw calls for tossing shredded Brussels sprouts and radicchio in a tangy dressing. Serve as a salad or a side.
|Arugula-Orange Salad with Pomegranate-White Wine Vinaigrette|
Richly colored with a sweet-tart balance, this salad relies on pomegranate seeds, oranges and thinly sliced red onion for flavor.
|Quinoa Salad with Dried Cherries and Pistachios|
Naturally gluten-free quinoa makes a perfect base for a hearty side dish or stuffing. Add more roasted vegetables to turn it into a vegetarian main course.
|Wrinkled Potatoes with Green Dipping Sauce|
This creative dish gets maximum flavor from a bold, vibrant sauce instead of cheese or cream.
Vegetable sides don’t come simpler than this one, which uses just 3 ingredients. The trick is to roast the florets in a hot oven to bring out the natural sugars.
|Maple-and-Soy-Glazed Acorn Squash|
Sweet maple syrup, salty soy and spicy ginger combine to form a rich glaze for thick slices of winter squash in this recipe. Look for gluten-free soy sauce, or substitute tamari.
This updated alternative to cranberry sauce stars fresh herbs and mustard in a nod to the classic Italian condiment.
|Spiced Poached Pears|
When avoiding desserts with cream and pastry, turn to seasonal fruits like apples and pears. Simmered with seasonal spices, they make a beautiful presentation.
|Baked Apples Filled with Apricots and Figs|
Soak dried fruits in sweet apple cider for a surprisingly rich filling to baked apples. Drizzle with a bit of honey to satisfy a sweet tooth.