53 Easy Vegan Recipes For Beginners

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Vegans. You gotta love them. No, really, you do. Their food choices make a hugely positive impact on the environment and their goal to eat and live cruelty-free is something we should all admire, not mock. Regardless of your dietary choices, one thing is clear – eating more veggies and plant-based meals are only going to make you feel so much better. You’ll love this roundup of our favourite easy vegan recipes.

Beyond the Salad

New to the plant-based lifestyle? You’ll love these vegan recipes that go beyond salads.

Vegan Cannellini Bean Shakshuka

You can finally have shakshuka again – without eggs! This version is made with cannellini beans and is just as good or even better.

Recipe for Vegan Cannellini Bean Shakshuka

Vegan Mushroom Kebabs with Flatbreads & Cashew Aïoli

When mushrooms are cooked right, they have a deliciously meaty texture that could fool any meat-eater.  These skewers of mixed mushrooms are oh-so-good.

Recipe for Vegan Mushroom Kebabs

Miso-glazed Aubergines with Vegan Miso-Mayo

Vegan or not, you can’t help but admit that ‘Miso-glazed Aubergines’ sound delicious, right?

Recipe for Miso-glazed Aubergines with Vegan Miso-Mayo

Smashed Baby Potatoes with Rocket & Basil Pesto

Crispy potatoes and pesto are the perfect pairing!

Recipe for Smashed Potatoes with Rocket & Basil Pesto

Vegan Hot & Spicy Burger Jaffles with Coriander Sauce

This South African classic gets a vegan makeover. Enjoy with spicy atchar and coriander sauce for the ultimate bite.

Recipe for Vegan Hot & Spicy Burger Jaffles with Coriander Sauce

South Indian Lemon Rice

A fragrant rice dish packed with zesty flavour, hot chillies, and cashews for texture.

Recipe for South Indian Lemon Rice

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Tomato & Coriander Dhal

This dhal redefines the way we think about comfort food.

Recipe for Tomato & Coriander Dhal

Cape Malay Curry

A vegan take on the classic, that is packed full of sweet and spicy flavours.

Recipe for Cape Malay Curry

Chick’n Shiitake Mushroom Risotto

This deliciously creamy mushroom risotto will keep you satisfied for hours.

Recipe for Shiitake Mushroom Risotto

Vegan Roast Pumpkin & ClemenGold Soup

A hearty and warming dish made delicious by the combination of pumpkin and citrus.

Recipe for Roast Pumpkin Soup


Vegan ‘Junk’ Food

Satisfy fast food cravings with these vegan recipes that won’t leave you feeling sluggish.

Vegan BBQ Tofu Bao

Ridiculously tasty Vegan Tofu Bao buns filled with umami mushroom and pickled veg. Yum!

Recipe for Vegan BBQ Tofu Bao with Guacamole, Mushrooms & Pickled Onion

Cauliflower Steaks with Cashew Cheese Sauce

Is there anything that cauliflower can’t do? The cashew ‘cheese’ sauce is seriously to-die-for!

Recipe for Cauliflower Steaks with Cashew Cheese Sauce

Green Pizza with Guacamole, Veggies & Chickpeas

These gorgeous green pizzas are a tasty way to feed a group of hungry veggie-loving friends.

Recipe for Green Pizza with Guacamole, Veggies & Chickpeas

Vegan Poppadoms with Spicy Veg & Crumbed Nuggets

Spicy vegetables with a creamy cashew and peach chutney drizzle? Yes please!

Recipe for Vegan Poppadoms with Spicy Veg & Crumbed Chicken-style Nuggets

Vegan Schnitzels with Dill Sauce & Dairy-free Potato Salad

Golden brown plant-based schnitzels drenched in a creamy dill sauce, served with a tangy German-inspired potato salad made with stock and vinegar.

Recipe for Vegan Schnitzels with Creamy Dill Sauce & Dairy-free Potato Salad

Tropical Burgers with Coconut Cream & Salsa

Plant-based burgers cooked over the braai, then topped crispy onion bits and a fruity salsa.

Recipe for Tropical Burgers

Plant-based Braai ‘Sausage’ with Asian Chakalaka

A South African staple with a vegan Asian twist.

Recipe for Plant-based Braai ‘Sausage’ on a Pretzel Roll with Asian Chakalaka

Loaded Hot Dogs with Curried Mustard & Fried Onion Rings

Salsa-topped hot dogs with curried mustard and crispy fried onion rings – delicious!

Recipe for Loaded Hot Dogs

Vegan Meatball Subs

These Vegan Meatball Subs, filled with nutty mushroom and lentil meatballs, are perfect for a braai with friends.

Recipe for Vegan Meatball Subs

Vegan Mushroom Taquitos

A fun, Mexican-inspired meal that is ideal for lunch, dinner or even as a party snack.

Recipe for Vegan Mushroom Taquitos

Vegan Corn Chowder with Prawn-style Pieces

An easy vegan recipe that is delicious. The prawn-style pieces and chargrilled corn add lovely texture in this comforting vegan dish.

Recipe for Vegan Corn Chowder with Prawn-style Pieces

Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Arguably better than chicken nuggets, this easy vegan recipe is super tasty. Crumbed cauliflower florets in a crisp batter, smothered in a BBQ sauce and served with spicy guacamole for dipping.

Recipe for Cauliflower Bites

Vegan Meat-free Mince & Lentil Sloppy Joes

A casual midweek meal that’s ready in no time and ideal for the whole family.

Recipe for Vegan Meat-free Mince & Lentil Sloppy Joes

Cheesy Vegan Nachos topped with Nuggets & Salsa

Crunchy nachos topped with creamy vegan cheese sauce, vegan nuggets, avocado, onions, and chilli for a spicy kick.

Recipe for Cheesy Vegan Nachos


Satisfying Salads

We’ve rounded up our best salads for our vegan friends.

Vegan Roast Veggie Bowl with Qunioa

A harvest bowl filled with all the good stuff! This roast veggie bowl is filling, delicious and most importantly, nutritious.

Recipe for Roast Veggie Bowl

Vegan Asparagus, Broccoli & Fine Bean Salad

The perfect vegan side for any dinner party! A fresh green mixed vegetable salad with a sunflower seed dressing – very refreshing, very delicious.

Recipe for Vegan Salad

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Lime Quinoa Salad with Chimichurri

A filling salad that’s perfect as a work lunch – your co-workers will be full of food envy.

Recipe for Lime Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad with Roasted Cauliflower

Enjoy warm or cooled all year round, just replace the honey with maple syrup.

Recipe for Quinoa Salad with Roasted Cauliflower

Spinach, Baby Gem & Herb Salad with Dates & Cashew Nuts

Simple yet oh-so-delicious. The dates and cashew nuts take this salad to the next level.

Recipe for Spinach, Baby Gem & Herb Salad with Dates & Cashew Nuts

Tabbouleh Salad

Swap the couscous for bulgar wheat and make this herby, zesty and refreshing salad.

Recipe for Tabbouleh Salad

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Kisir Salad

This is a tough-to-beat Turkish bulgur salad.

Recipe for Kisir Salad

Vegan Mixed Grains & Pulse Salad

Nutritious and filling, you could serve this as a side dish at family dinners, or enjoy the whole bowl to yourself – no judgement here.

Recipe for Vegan Mixed Grains & Pulse Salad


Vegan Snacks

These Mediterranean plant-based snacks will inspire guests to become vegan full-time.

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Cauliflower Latkes with Vegan Tzatziki & Baby Marrow Ribbons

These mini cauliflower latkes make for a tasty mouthful and are the perfect vegan canapé for entertaining friends. Top with vegan tzatziki and baby marrow.

Recipe for Cauliflower Latkes with Vegan Tzatziki & Dill Marinated Baby Marrow Ribbons

Vegan Courgette Frittata

An easy vegan recipe that will make it onto your weekday rotation. A vegan frittata that is perfect for a light lunch or supper served with a side salad.

Recipe for Vegan Courgette Frittata

Vegan Maple-roasted Hasselback Sweet Potatoes & Butternut

This delicious vegan dish is sweet and nutty, making it the perfect complement to any savoury dish.

Recipe for Vegan Maple-roasted Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

Vegan Brinjal Biltong

We love this vegan take on biltong using the humble brinjal – just as tasty as the real thing!

Recipe for Vegan Brinjal Biltong

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Beetroot Falafel With Creamy Cashew Sauce

As easy to make as regular falafel; serve with creamy cashew sauce for that extra zing.

Recipe for Beetroot Falafel

Homemade Falafel with Grilled Aubergine & Pickled Salad

Falafel is a veggie’s delight. Nibble on its own or create a killer shawarma.

Recipe for Falafel

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Roasted Masala-spiced Nuts

The ultimate snack to munch on while you wait for mains.

Recipe for Roasted Masala-spiced Nuts

Marinated Peppers

Add to salads, mezze boards or eat alone. Just be sure to have a jar of these in your fridge.

Recipe for Marinated Peppers

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Tomato Ezme

We love this delicious Turkish mezze dish made from tomatoes and red peppers. Spread over breads or toss in salads.

Recipe for Tomato Ezme

Vegetable Terrine with Cashew & Coconut Cream

Impress guest with this veggie-packed terrine, serve with toasted bread for an easy starter.

Recipe for Vegetable Terrine


Easy Vegan Dips

Add an extra layer of flavour to your salads and snacks with these easy-to-make vegan dips.

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Healthy Homemade Hummus

Forget about store-bought hummus, this vegan recipe for Homemade Hummus makes the ultimate party dip.

Recipe for Healthy Homemade Hummus

Raspberry Dressing

Zhush up your salads with this irresistibly tart and delicious dressing.

Recipe for Raspberry Dressing

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Pea Hummus

Get ready to up your hummus game with these three life-changing additions. First up, peas!

Recipe for Pea Hummus

Avocado Hummus

As if we needed another reason to love avo; we’ve snuck this gorgeous green fruit into our hummus for a super creamy and filling dip.

Recipe for Avo Hummus

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Beetroot Hummus

Adding beets to hummus lends earthy flavour and a sly hit of sweetness, plus it’s purple!

Recipe for Beetroot Hummus

Aquafaba Mayonnaise

Never again will you turf your chickpea brine; champion zero-waste cooking and make this amazing vegan mayo.

Recipe for Aquafaba Mayonnaise


Easy Vegan Sweet Treats

These easy bakes prove that being vegan doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the sweeter things in life.

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Chocolate Bundt Cake with Avocado Oil

Can you make an amazing cake without eggs and dairy? Yes, you can! This decadently dark and rich chocolate cake is made with avocado oil and the crumb is rich and moist.

Recipe for Vegan Chocolate Bundt Cake with Avocado Oil

Vegan Flapjacks with Whipped Coconut Cream & Berry Coulis

Make this at your next brunch, everyone will be impressed. Drench in maple syrup, and top with a cloud of coconut cream and the sweetness of berry coulis – yummy!

Recipe for Vegan Flapjacks

Coconut Milk, Almond Flour & Berry Cake Sandwich

Gluten and dairy-free, but don’t worry – this sandwich is filled with flavour.

Recipe for Almond Cake Sandwich

Tropical Vegan Coconut, Mango & Lemon Ice Cream

This no-churn, creamy vegan ice cream tastes like a tropical dream.

Recipe for Tropical Vegan Ice Cream

Vegan Passion Fruit & Coconut Tart

The perfect ending to a meal. This tart hits all the spots, everyone will love it.

Recipe for Passion Fruit Tart with Vanilla Coconut with Mango Sorbet

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