Menu: Vegetarian Dinner Party

Cook’s Notes: Here is an easy menu for entertaining vegetarian friends in the summer. This menu assumes that your guests may eat dairy foods and grains (gluten).

Appetizers (all store-bought):

  • Hummus
  • Mixed olives
  • Baby carrots
  • Cheese plate (1 fresh or soft cheese, 1 semi-hard cheese, and 1 full flavored or blue cheese. Example: Brie, cheddar, and blue cheese crumbles)
  • Rice crackers or baguette slices
  • Recipe to try: Tomato, avocado, and goat cheese spread (see T.A.G. Bruschetta recipe)

Mixed Salad
Create a simple salad from leafy raw greens, baby spinach, and assorted vegetables, allowing guests to add their own toppings from separate bowls.

  • Light vinaigrette dressing is easy to make: Combine 2 Tbsp vinegar, 1 Tbsp lemon juice, 1 tsp crushed garlic, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp pepper. Mix well and add 3 Tbsp olive oil. Mix again. Makes 1/2 cup dressing.

Main course
Pasta with vegetables and tomatoes. (If you are also serving meat-eaters, you can place additions such as cooked sausage, chicken, or meatballs on the side.)

  • Suggestion: Combine the salad and pasta courses by serving Spinach Tortellini Salad
  • Pasta recipe to try: Yam and Feta Pasta (recipe by Abud)

Dessert

  • Fresh fruit (such as sliced organic peaches and strawberries) and dark chocolate
  • Optional: Ice cream

Sources: Adapted from ideas and menu suggestions posted to the following locations: vegetariancuisine, theblogthatatemanhattan, ehow, and chowhound (topics 455951 and 365816).

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