Top 10 Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipes of 2020

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Time to countdown Watch Learn Eat’s Top 10 Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipes of 2020! These recipes are the top reader favorites that were posted in 2020.

collage showing 4 of the top recipes of 2020

As 2020 comes to a close (FINALLY), it’s that time again to countdown our most popular recipes of the year according to their number of views.

All of the recipes in the list were either published or revamped and republished in 2020.

This year just happens to mark my second year as a vegan.

I feel like it was just yesterday that I was participating in Veganuary 2019…and now it’s two years later!

I’m sure you’re ready to get this year over with already, but I do have to say that one good thing that came out of 2020 was all the cooking that was going on!

So without further ado, here are our readers’ most-loved recipes of the year of home cooking…

10. Southwest Lentil Pasta Salad – Originally published in 2016 and given a vegan makeover in 2020, this flavorful side dish is a summer favorite!

Southwest Lentil Pasta Salad

This Southwest Lentil Pasta Salad is the perfect side for your vegan barbecue, plant-based potluck or summer soiree. This flavor-packed side dish features gluten-free lentil pasta combined with an oil-free homemade vegan southwest ranch dressing tossed with black beans, veggies and cilantro. 

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9. Vegan Ranch Dip and Dressing – An oil-free take on my original vegan ranch, this dressing/dip is a low-fat version that’s perfect for salads and more.

Oil-Free Vegan Ranch Dip & Dressing

A creamy, tangy and flavorful Oil-Free Vegan Ranch Dip and Dressing made with silken tofu that’s lower in both calories and fat than the traditional! With no gluten, no dairy, no nuts and no added sugar, you’ll want to use this oil-free ranch on everything!

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8. Oil-Free Vegan Mayo – This tofu-based mayo is easy to make and a guilt-free way to enjoy this popular condiment.

Oil-Free Vegan Mayo

Made with tofu and aquafaba, this Oil-Free Vegan Mayo is much lower in calories and fat than its oil-based counterpart. This vegan mayonnaise is the perfect spread for your favorite sandwiches, wraps and veggie burgers. There’s also a thicker version included that works great in potato salad or pasta salad.

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7. Stovetop Gluten-Free, Vegan Mac & Cheese – Originally published in 2019, this dish got a revamp this year making it even creamier and more tasty than before.

Stovetop Gluten-Free, Vegan Mac and Cheese

This creamy and indulgent gluten-free, vegan mac and cheese comes together in just minutes right on the stovetop…no blender necessary! With a nut-free, velvety cheese sauce made of plant-based butter, chickpea flour, oat milk, nutritional yeast and vegan cheese, this gluten- and dairy-free twist on the classic dish is pure comfort food.

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overhead of mac and cheese in a saucepan with a wooden spoon

6. Salt and Pepper Air Fryer Tofu – This tofu dish is super easy to make in the air fryer and uses less oil than its deep fried counterpart.

Salt and Pepper Air Fryer Tofu

A super easy-to-make Salt and Pepper Air Fryer Tofu that’s perfectly crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. This gluten-free and vegan tofu recipe requires just 5 ingredients and 15 minutes of cooking time to make. Dip it into some sweet chili sauce for a tasty appetizer or pair it with rice and veggies for a quick and delicious dinner. 

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5. Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip – This vegan version of the classic party favorite is full of flavor and sure to please!

Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip

This creamy and flavorful Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip is a crowd-pleasing warm, baked appetizer that will satisfy vegans and non-vegans alike! Made dairy-free using silken tofu, oat milk and nutritional yeast, this recipe offers a vegan twist on the traditional dish. This version is also nut-free and has an oil-free option. Perfect for parties, potlucks and of course, New Year’s Eve celebrations and game day grub!

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close-up of hand holding bread with dip on it over the casserole of the rest of the dip

4. Tempeh Bacon – With three ways to make it (air fryer, oven or stovetop), this meatless “bacon” is perfect for breakfast or in a vegan BLT.

Air Fryer Tempeh Bacon

This Air Fryer Tempeh Bacon is the perfect addition to your breakfast table. You can also use it to make a sandwich such as a vegan BLT, or chop it up and add it to your salad. This vegan bacon is full of flavor, easy to make and gluten-free! Stovetop and oven methods are also included.

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3. Vegan Honey Mustard – This dressing/dip is so incredibly easy to make, you won’t want to get store-bought again.

Vegan Honey Mustard

When you see how easy this 5-minute, 4-ingredient vegan “honey” mustard is to make, you’ll never go back to store-bought again. This vegan “honey” mustard doubles as both a dressing and dipping sauce and is perfect for salads, sandwiches, wraps, veggie burgers, vegan nuggets, tofu bites and more! This version is also oil-free and low in fat.

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2. Air Fryer Mashed Potato Balls – This recipe takes leftover mashed potatoes and turns them into (air)fried bites of deliciousness. To make them, I used my vegan cream cheese mashed potatoes.

Air Fryer Mashed Potato Balls

Got leftover mashed potatoes? Liven them up with a batch of these Vegan Air Fryer Mashed Potato Balls! Perfectly crispy on the outside with a pillowy potato filling on the inside, they’re easy to make and ready in just 10 minutes in the air fryer! These gluten-free air fried mashed potato balls make a great party appetizer or side dish.

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closeup of open mashed potato ball being held by a hand over more on a wooden board

1. Air Fryer Home Fries – Hmm…I’m seeing an air fryer theme here! These breakfast spuds are lower in oil than the traditional version, easy to make and perfect for everyone.

Air Fryer Home Fries

These air fryer home fries are an easy to make breakfast side dish that’s ready in just 15 minutes! Serve these gluten-free and vegan breakfast potatoes alongside tempeh bacon and tofu scramble for a hearty morning meal.

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And, there you have it…the top 10 GFV recipes posted in 2020 on Watch Learn Eat!

Did your favorites make the list?

Wishing all of you a safe, healthy and happy 2021!

Happy New Year!

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