We get asked a lot about vegetarian keto recipes, so we decided to create this roundup of recipes to get you started. These recipes are all meatless, but most of them do make use of eggs and dairy products.
I tried to create a good mix of simple and quick recipes with some mains, sides, breakfast choices, and dessert options. You’ll also find several vegan keto recipes and vegetarian dishes that can easily be made vegan-friendly as well.
Whether you are a vegetarian on the keto diet or just want to try out a few vegetarian keto recipes, you will find many delicious and healthy options in our keto-friendly collection below. So without further ado, here are 25 vegetarian keto recipes that we think you should try.
1. Vegetarian Keto Club Salad
Being keto doesn’t have to be hard for all you vegetarians out there! Whether you have been doing keto for a while now, or have just made the switch, it can seem like every recipe you come across is meat heavy and low on the veggies. If you have been used to eating a diet that was primarily fruits and vegetables it can certainly leave you feeling like you are missing out and maybe even craving some of that fresh and crunchy texture. My solution? The simple but oh so filling keto club salad!
2. Fresh Bell Pepper Basil Pizza
An absolutely delicious and fresh pizza. Topped with red and yellow bell pepper that brings a fantastic crunch, sweetness, and fresh aspect to every single bite. On top of that,there’s freshly chopped basil which brings everything together with a hint of summer that I’m sure you’ll love. Use this as a base for other pizza flavors, like mushroom!
3. Keto Breakfast Brownie Muffins
They’re a great way to start your day and keep you full until lunch time. If you don’t have slivered almonds, some crushed walnuts or pecans mixed into the batter will give you some authentic brownie flavor as well! If you’re tired of muffins that turn into rocks or dry out after a few hours, then definitely give these a try.
4. Charred Veggie and Fried Goat Cheese Salad
If you are looking for something hearty and warm, but still gives you that crunch you crave from veggies, I highly recommend making this salad immediately! Not to mention, the bite of a slightly charred bell pepper paired with the creamy yet tangy hunks of half melted goat cheese. This feels like you are eating anything but a healthy keto salad. Mushrooms are also slightly charred to give a lovely umami flavor. You will be wondering why you ever ate any other salad and how you can char more veggies and eat hot salads every day until the end of time.
5. Crispy Tofu and Bok Choy Salad
With this salad you get a rich and flavorful little cubes that have crunchy outsides. It’s almost like adding meaty croutons. The tofu is baked with sesame oil, garlic, and lemon. The bok choy salad is dressed with sambal olek, lime, and a touch of peanut butter. This dish is the perfect main meal staple.
6. Vegan Sesame Tofu and Eggplant
This sesame tofu and eggplant recipe makes a wonderful light lunch, and is surprisingly vegan. The eggplant is julienned then tossed with a spicy Asian style marinade before it’s cooked down into soft noodles. The tofu slices are crusted with sesame seeds then pan seared and caramelized with soy sauce.
7. Zucchini Ribbons & Avocado Walnut Pesto
Zucchini noodles have been the holy grail of ketogenic dinner solutions for years and thankfully they have continued to get more delicious, not to mention more convenient. Unfortunately, making “zoodles” often takes a fancy zucchini noodle making contraption that you may or may not be able to get your hands on. Solution? Zucchini ribbons! Tie that together with this genius avocado walnut pesto and you’ve got an amazing dish!
8. Low Carb Fried Mac & Cheese
These gooey fried cauliflower patties taste just like macaroni and cheese! They’re crisp on the outside but full of melty goodness on the inside. You can make up a batch of these to serve with a side, or just keep on hand for snacking.
9. Tomato Basil and Mozzarella Gallette
The beauty in a galette is that they don’t have to be beautiful to be delicious. In fact, the more rustic they look, the fancier the appear. This imperfect crust method is great for gluten free baking because it’s so forgiving in its looks and versatile in the fillings. You could go with a sweet “dessert” galette and fill it with low-carb fruits, or even a sweetened cream cheese filling, but today I want to share a cheese filled savory variety that will make you think you’re eating a the real deal….but without all of those pesky carbs!
10. Keto Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Crunchy toasted bread with cheese that oozes out the sides. You may have thought that grilled cheese was impossible on a keto diet, but think again! The bread recipe is well worth checking out for making veggie sandwiches.
11. Vegetarian Greek Collard Wraps
This vegetarian Greek inspired veggie wrap is full of square cut veggies and thick hunks of salty feta complimented by the creamy tang of tzatziki. Tzatziki is an easy spread made from Greek yogurt, grated cucumber, garlic, and lemon. You can make this simple sauce in a jiffy or if you are like me, find an authentic brand and always keep it in your fridge! I also added kalamata olives but you could even use other Greek flavors like marinated artichoke hearts or pepperoncini rings.
12. Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Mug Cake
Fresh, delicious, and unique. These are the 3 words I’d use to describe this mug cake. Tomato is a fantastic thing that can bring moisture, taste, and a unique sense of flavor to a dish. This baked treat is a snap to cook up in your microwave.
13. Sesame Almond Zoodle Bowl
Shredded cabbage and broccoli are stir fried in just a touch of sesame oil and are tossed with zucchini noodles to make this “zoodle bowl” a quick and easy weeknight meal. Topped with the creamy almond butter sauce and crunchy chopped almonds, this bowl is brimming with healthy fats and packed with filling fiber.
14. Cheesy Thyme Waffles
Here’s another meatless breakfast option! These cheesy thyme waffles are packed with cauliflower, collard greens, and some fresh herbs of course. Serve with some sour cream and hot sauce, or use the waffles as a sandwich base.
15. Cheesy Hearts of Palm Dip
If you are sick of missing out on hot, cheesy, dips because you are dairy sensitive then this recipe is for you! If you are toying with the idea of doing less meat or are already a strict vegetarian, this recipe gives you the texture of crab by using the low-carb vegetable hearts of palm.
16. Low Carb Broccoli and Cheese Fritters
These broccoli fritters aren’t like regular deep fried broccoli. They have crunch and body to them. They’re similar to hushpuppies, but made out of broccoli instead of corn meal. Trust me when I say this – everybody will love them.
17. Warm Asian Broccoli Salad
This warm broccoli salad is another great side dish. In under 15 minutes you can have a tender, crisp, broccoli slaw that’s warmed and dressed in classic Asian flavors. It’s so fast, and so easy, that this recipe is only three steps! Your entire family will be happy to see this on the table, even the ones who are not on keto.
18. Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
This cauliflower mac & cheese is creamy, cheesy, and colorful. The bright yellow hue comes from turmeric. The sauce is flavored with a touch of mustard, and garlic, but the star is cheddar cheese. We’ll add it in two stages: first to the sauce, and then before serving to create more stretch and pull.
19. Personal Pan Pizza Dip
The mushroom and pepper flavor option for our pizza dip recipe is also vegetarian friendly. These are great served with our breadsticks, or some veggie dippers. I think it will be fun to discover lots of new vegetarian flavor options for this dip.
20. Vegetarian Three Cheese Quiche Stuffed Peppers
When you think of making a quiche, you may have a few things come to mind: time consuming, complicated ingredients, carby crusts, etc. Not your idea of an easy keto meal, right? Well get ready for one of the easiest “quiche” recipes that is both satisfying and vegetarian friendly!
21. Vegetarian Red Coconut Curry
For being ready in just under 20 minutes, this turned out to have some incredible flavors. The fish sauce definitely comes through, which I love, and adds a more authentic flavor to all of it. Allowing the curry paste to cook and caramelize a little bit releases all of the aromatics in the spices which allows all of those delicious smells to flow through the coconut milk and bring everything together nicely. The onion will add a hint of sweetness, just enough to keep those pungent flavors at bay – leaving the umami and saltiness of everything to play over your taste buds as you eat.
22. Roasted Mushroom and Walnut Cauliflower Grits
This recipe takes cauliflower to a beautifully satisfying middle ground with texture complimented by a savory cream and sharp cheddar accent. Add a protein packed vegetarian topping of smoky roasted mushrooms, and walnuts, and you have a version of grits that beats corn any day!
23. Ultimate Keto Coffee Cake
The base of this coffee cake is very similar to a yeast based cake. The cinnamon filling adds the perfect texture! This is a great alternative breakfast if you get sick of eggs.
24. Vegan Keto Porridge
This recipe for vegan keto breakfast porridge will keep you full all morning long. Stir your favorite toppings into this thick and creamy breakfast option to customize the flavor. The taste and texture is very similar to cream of wheat, and it only takes a few minutes to prepare.
25. Lemon Raspberry Sweet Rolls
These lemon raspberry sweet rolls will help you start off the morning right! The sweet, delicate, layers of dough are slathered with lemon cream cheese filling and a sweet, gooey raspberry sauce. To top it all off, a tart lemon glaze is generously drizzled over the rolls that seeps into the creases. The result is a decadent and satisfying breakfast that holds its own against any higher carb roll. Each bite is an explosion of sweet raspberry and tart lemon flavors that melt in your mouth.