The best vegetarian recipes are loaded with flavorful, colorful ingredients, not boring substitutes. Our editors have built the best vegetarian meals, starting with protein-packed ingredients like eggs, tofu, beans, and more, then adding delectable sauces, drool-inducing sides, and enough "Wow!" that you'll never miss the meat. Whether you have taken the full vegetarian plunge or just want to mix it up sans the meat once a week, these healthy, meatless main dishes will have you swooning. Just getting started? Try the Lentil-Barley Burger or the Phyllo Pizza and prepare to be amazed. Many of our best vegetarian recipes are highly customizable, so get ready to make them your own.
Roasted Asparagus and Tomato Penne Salad with Goat Cheese
This is no ordinary pasta salad. It’s an elegant, entertaining-worthy dish that expertly builds flavor through simple techniques and well-chosen ingredients. Cherry tomatoes and asparagus roast until toasty and slightly caramelized; herbes de Provence lend sophisticated flavor notes; briny kalamata olives and pungent goat cheese add tangy, salty layers. You can easily swap in whole-wheat penne or rotini to boost the nutrition; the bold flavors of the salad will stand up to the earthy pasta. Leftovers are great refrigerator-cold, so this makes a great brown-bag dish. Arugula’s slightly peppery bite is fantastic, but you can also use kale, spinach, or spring mix instead.