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Hold the Meat! HAL’s Tantalizing Vegetarian Dishes

Ryndam's culinary team presenting some of the vegetarian dishes.

Ryndam’s culinary team presenting some of the vegetarian dishes.

Holland America Line has a extensive variety of culinary options onboard, and with the growing number of vegetarians in the world there’s more demand for meat-free options. To answer the demand for tantalizing vegetarian dishes, the line introduced a new alternative, vegetarian-only menu, as well as 30 new vegetarian dishes to the main dining room menu that vegetarians (and those who simply enjoy vegetarian dishes) are raving about.

Master Chef Rudi Sodamin designed an exclusive 22-dish vegetarian and vegan menu that highlights vegetables and other naturally healthy ingredients. The alternative menu includes a full range of appetizers, salads, soups and main entrées, and is available upon request at no extra cost for lunch and dinner in the main dining room.

Some dishes include Portobello Mushroom and Chipotle Quesadillas, Vietnamese Vegetable Spring Rolls, Curried Vegetable Empanadas, Spicy Lentil and Garbanzo Salad, Sweet and Sour Vegetable Tempura, Vegetable Jambalaya, Grilled Vegetable and Tofu Kebobs, and Baked Cheese Polenta with Mushrooms and Artichoke Hearts.

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In addition to the new vegetarian-only menu, 30 new vegetarian dishes were added to the main dining room menu. These offerings also are featured as a second vegetarian option in the casual Lido buffet during lunch. Additionally, every dinner menu offers guests the option of one appetizer, one soup or salad, and at least one vegetarian entrée each evening, increasing the total number of vegetarian options on board to 52 delectable dishes.

Some of the vegetarian selections on the main dining room menu include Corn and Zucchini Pancakes served with Southwest-style cous cous salad, Asparagus and Zucchini Torte with wild rice and sun-dried tomato coulees, Carrot and Parmesan Risotto topped with a lemony arugula salad and crispy carrot ribbons, and Grilled Eggplant and Bell Pepper Masala braised in yogurt with Indian spices and served with coconut-pistachio basmati rice.

To see some photos of the delicious dishes, check out the album our Facebook page. Bon appetit!

  • Joe

    Which of those options are or can easily be turned vegan?

  • Julie

    Joe, let us find out about the vegan options for you! Julie, HAB editor

  • Julie

    Joe, our vegetarian menu features vegan selections that can be ordered in the main dining room at any time. If guests goes through ships services they will work with the ship on specific guest requests for vegan food items. Julie HAB editor

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