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.
Orzo Salad with Spicy Buttermilk Dressing
This dish is bright, creamy, and packed with fresh veggies. The more veggies you add, the further this easy pasta dish will stretch. It's great as a make-ahead lunch or dinner, too. Just keep in mind the spice grows stronger the longer it sits. If you have a sensitive palate, you might want to scale back on the ground red pepper. Just add a dash and stir well before you eat. If you prefer to make this dish a whole-grain option, skip the orzo (or look for whole-wheat orzo) and use farro instead. It will hold up especially well with the buttermilk dressing.