The Top 15 Vegan Recipes of 2015

From mac ‘n’ cheese to a sumptuous sweet potato cake, we unveil the year’s most popular (and downright delicious) vegan recipes.


We want to know: can vegan food get ANY better? Plant-based cuisine went above and beyond our wildest expectations in 2015, and we’re pretty excited to celebrate. In honor of a great year for veganism, here are the 15 most popular recipes on We can’t wait to see what’s on the menu in 2016!

1. VegNews Vegan Macaroni & Cheese
This is the best mac ‘n’ cheese on the planet. End of story.

2. Vegan Potato Pancakes
A vegan take on a Hanukkah favorite, these crispy, savory bites are easy to make and even easier to fall in love with.

3. Vegan Meatballs
This healthy version of savory meatballs taste great in a sandwich, with pasta, or atop a fresh salad.

4. Quinoa Nachos
These spicy, cheesy quinoa nachos by chef and cookbook author Ayinde Howell make a fun weeknight meal or party appetizer.

5. Mediterranean Veggie Burgers
Garbanzo beans, olives, artichokes, spinach, and oregano come together in one beauty of a burger we’d swim the sea for.

6. French Lentil Soup
Channel your inner Frenchman with this elegant and fragrant soup made with white wine, petite tomatoes, and green lentils.

7. Marinated Kale Salad
VegNews Publisher and Co-founder Colleen Holland swears by this simple, customizeable salad recipe.

8. Vegan Eggs Benedict
Seared tofu layered with fried tomatoes and Hollandaise sauce will be your go-to brunch entrée.

9. Pumpkin Patch Hummus
Got a hankering for a Halloween-inspired hummus? This pumpkin, garlic, and cinnamon dip will do the trick (or treat).

10. Sweet Potato Cake
Earthy sweet potato and delicate spices combine to make this buttercream-dream of a cake.

11. Snickerdoodles
There’s not much that can top a fresh-out-the-oven spicy-sweet vegan snickerdoodle. 

12. Cauliflower-Cashew Crostini with Tapenade
Vegan Yack Attack’s Jackie Sobon created this sophisticated recipe for all your cruelty-free hors d’oeuvre needs.

13. Hot Chocolate Ice Cream
Now you can enjoy rich hot chocolate all year long—marshmallows included!

14. Festive Sweet Potato Salad
Dried cherries, pumpkin seeds, and sweet potatoes combine for this beautifully colorful salad.

15. Everyday Green Smoothie
Avocado, kale, and cinnamon are three of the five ingredients for this energizing and easy recipe.

Don’t miss our Top 15 Vegan News Stories of 2015 as well as our Top 15 Vegan Stories of 2015, coming your way soon!

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