As the weather cools and the leaves begin to change color, thoughts turn to Fall favorites like pumpkin spice lattes and cozy fireside dinners. For many, Thanksgiving is the highlight of the season, a time to gather with family and friends to enjoy traditional dishes and give thanks for all that we have.
But for vegans, Thanksgiving can be a bit of a minefield. While the main event – the turkey – is off-limits, there are plenty of delicious vegan dishes that will make you forget all about the bird. From savory stuffing to creamy mashed potatoes, these vegan Thanksgiving recipes will have you feeling thankful for a delicious and cruelty-free meal.
So why not ditch the turkey this year and try one of these mouth-watering vegan Thanksgiving recipes instead? If you love vegan recipes, don’t forget to check out these Instant Pot vegan recipes too!
1) Acorn Squash Salad with Tahini Vinaigrette
This Thanksgiving dish by Country Living contains roasted acorn squash, chopped dates, crunchy almonds, and baby kale, all covered in a delicious tahini dressing. The result is a filling and satisfying salad that will please everyone at the table.
The roasted squash provides a healthy dose of vitamins A and C, while the dates add a touch of sweetness, and the almonds add a much-needed crunch. The tahini dressing ties everything together with its creamy texture and nutty flavor.
So if you’re looking for vegan Thanksgiving recipes that are both healthy and delicious, give this acorn squash salad a try. You won’t be disappointed. Get the recipe.
2) Vegan Appetizer Platter with Hummus
A well-stocked appetizer spread can make any gathering feel like a party, but finding vegan-friendly options can be a challenge. That’s where our vegan Thanksgiving recipes roundup comes in!
This platter by Nutriciously features a variety of colorful fruits and veggies, and is not only beautiful to look at – it’s also entirely plant-based.
The key to its success is in the hummus. Try to choose at least 2-3 different varieties of hummus. Combined with homemade mango chutney and a vegan cheese ball, this appetizer is sure to please vegans and non-vegans alike.
So go ahead and serve it with confidence – your guests will be impressed by your culinary prowess and your choice of vegan Thanksgiving recipes. Get the recipe.
3) Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Maple Syrup
Roasting Brussels sprouts brings out their natural sweetness, and pairing them with balsamic maple syrup takes them to the next level. This easy side dish by Yay! For Food is sure to please vegans and non-vegans alike.
The Brussels sprouts are roasted to perfection, and the balsamic maple syrup adds a touch of sweetness and acidity. Like most of these vegan Thanksgiving recipes, this dish is best served warm, straight from the oven. Get the recipe.
4) Cranberry Quinoa Stuffing
This stuffing recipe by Simply Quinoa is packed with flavor, thanks to a mix of tart cranberries, sweet potatoes, and nutty quinoa.
This healthier, gluten-free, vegan Quinoa Stuffing recipe tastes just as good as traditional Thanksgiving stuffing.
Vegan Thanksgiving recipes like this one are also super easy to make and can be prepped ahead of time – making it the perfect dish for a stress-free Thanksgiving. Get the recipe.
5) Fall Harvest Salad
This Fall harvest salad by Running on Real Food is the perfect way to enjoy the bounty of the season. It features roasted squash, Brussels sprouts, beets, and kale, all of which are plentiful in the fall.
The salad is topped with a delicious maple tahini dressing, which ties all of the flavors together perfectly. This salad is sure to become a new favorite, both for its taste and for its ease of preparation.
So go ahead and give vegan Thanksgiving recipes like this one a try – your taste buds will thank you! Get the recipe.
6) Vegan Green Bean Casserole
This vegan green bean casserole is the perfect comfort food for a fall Thanksgiving meal. The rich sauce, perfectly cooked green beans, and crispy onion topping will have your family and friends asking for the recipe.
The chefs in the Food Network Kitchen substituted a few vegan ingredients, such as unsweetened almond milk and vegan sour cream, for an equally comforting side dish that all can enjoy. For an easy cooking experience with less cleanup, assemble the entire casserole in a large oven-proof skillet.
You won’t be able to tell the difference between this vegan version and the traditional dish! I love vegan Thanksgiving recipes! Get the recipe.
7) Vegan Lentil Quinoa Loaf
This Vegan Lentil Quinoa Loaf by Vegan Richa is not only delicious but also packed with protein!
Lentils and quinoa provide the perfect base for this hearty loaf, and the addition of veggies like carrots, celery, and onion gives it a boost of flavor. The loaf can be served as is or topped with your favorite condiments.
Whether you’re vegan or just looking for a meatless meal option, this Lentil Quinoa Loaf is sure to please you and your guests at Thanksgiving. So go ahead and give vegan Thanksgiving recipes a try – you just might be surprised at how good it is! Get the recipe.
8) Maple Glazed Heirloom Carrots with Lemon Cashew Cream
If you’re looking to impress your guests with a dish that is both delicious AND beautiful, look no further than this recipe by Flexitarian Nutrition for Maple Glazed Heirloom Carrots with Lemon Cashew Cream.
The carrots are first roasted to bring out their natural sweetness, then glazed with a flavorful maple syrup dressing and finished with a zesty lemon cashew cream. The result is a stunning side dish that is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters.
So go ahead and add this dish to your holiday menu – your guests will be glad you did. Get the recipe.
9) Mashed Potato Casserole with Caramelized Shallots and Garlic
No list of vegan Thanksgiving recipes would be complete without mashed potatoes!
This creamy mashed potato casserole by Living on Roots is mashed with crispy shallots and plenty of vegan butter, making it rich, flavorful, and absolutely irresistible.
The shallots add the perfect amount of savory flavor and a touch of sweetness, while the vegan butter makes the potatoes extra creamy.
This dish is sure to please vegans and non-vegans alike. It’s the perfect side dish for your Thanksgiving feast. Get the recipe.
10) Perfect Oven-Roasted Potatoes
If you’re planning to pass on the mashed potatoes, then with vegan Thanksgiving recipes by Bon Appetit, you can make perfect oven-roasted potatoes instead!
All you need are potatoes, oil, and salt – no need for fancy ingredients. You’ll have perfectly roasted potatoes that are delicious as a side dish or a main course.
So the next time you’re looking for easy vegan Thanksgiving recipes, give these oven-roasted potatoes a try. You won’t be disappointed. Get the recipe.
11) Ultimate Vegan and Gluten-Free Gravy
Did you think I’d forget the gravy in this roundup of vegan Thanksgiving recipes? I think not!
This gravy recipe by The Vegan Harvest is made with simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry: nutritional yeast, vegan butter, broth, tamari, and seasonings. It thickens up nicely and has a rich and savory flavor that goes well with just about anything.
My favorite way to enjoy this vegan and gluten-free gravy is on top of some mashed potatoes, but it would also be delicious on roasted vegetables, grains, or even just by itself! Get the recipe.
12) Portobello Steaks with Pesto Aioli
If you’re looking for quick and easy vegan Thanksgiving recipes that are sure to impress, look no further than these portobello steaks with pesto aioli by Making Thyme for Health.
Made with just eight ingredients (including salt and pepper), this dish comes together in just 20 minutes. Portobello caps are the perfect vessel for the flavorful pesto aioli, and they cook up juicy and tender in just a few minutes on the grill or stovetop.
Whether you’re vegan, gluten-free, or nut-free, this recipe is sure to please everyone at the table. Get the recipe.
13) Pumpkin Fruit Dip
Vegan pumpkin fruit dip is a delicious and easy recipe to make for Thanksgiving. It is made with homemade vegan cream cheese, pumpkin puree, and spices.
It is perfect for dipping apples, crackers, and cookies. This five-minute recipe by Clean Green Simple is dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan.
Enjoy this flavorful dip with your family and friends on Thanksgiving Day and don’t forget to share your favorite vegan Thanksgiving recipes. Get the recipe.
14) Roasted Red Pepper Walnut Dip (Muhammara)
This Roasted Red Pepper Walnut Dip by Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventures is so good, you’ll want to eat it with a spoon!
If you’re looking for flavorful vegan Thanksgiving recipes that complement veggies, crackers, and pita bread perfectly – this is the dip recipe for you.
It also works great as a wrap or sandwich spread. Made with roasted red peppers, walnuts, pomegranate molasses, and spices, this dip is sure to become a new favorite.
So quick and easy to make, you’ll want to make it all the time! Get the recipe.
15) Vegan Sausage Rolls
These vegan sausage rolls by Simply Ceecee are the perfect holiday appetizer! They’re packed with flavor from mushrooms, cashews, and soy sauce, and they’re wrapped in flaky, golden puff pastry.
They’re also super easy to make – just mix all the ingredients together, roll them up in the pastry, and bake!
Serve them with a honey mustard dipping sauce for an extra special touch. Your guests will be amazed at how delicious these vegan sausage rolls are – and they’ll never guess that they’re actually meat-free!
So give them a try this holiday season – you won’t be disappointed with these vegan Thanksgiving recipes. Get the recipe.
16) Savory Mushroom and Quinoa Stuffed Mini Pumpkins
Pumpkins are a staple of fall, and there are so many different ways to enjoy them in vegan Thanksgiving recipes! One great way is to stuff them with savory ingredients like mushrooms and quinoa.
These little stuffed pumpkins by Simple Seasonal are easy to make and super delicious and healthy. I just can’t believe how cute they are!
So if you’re looking for an appetizer or side dish vegan Thanksgiving recipes to bring to a Thanksgiving potluck, these mushroom and quinoa-stuffed mini pumpkins are sure to be a hit! Get the recipe.
17) Sourdough Biscuits
If you are a sourdough enthusiast, you may be wondering how to incorporate your starter into your holiday baking. One great option is to use it in place of buttermilk in this biscuit recipe by Epicurious.
A sourdough starter adds a lovely tang to the biscuits and provides a bit of lift. A milk-based starter is our preference, but for a delicious and totally dairy-free biscuit, you can use a water-based starter and vegan butter.
So don’t pour that excess sourdough starter down the drain – put it to good use in tasty vegan Thanksgiving recipes! Get the recipe.
18) Vegan Pumpkin Dinner Rolls
If you prefer traditional dinner rolls over sourdough biscuits, then these vegan pumpkin dinner rolls by Where You Get Your Protein are the perfect addition to your holiday table!
They’re soft and fluffy, with a sweet buttery taste that’s sure to please everyone at your Thanksgiving or Christmas gathering. Best of all, they’re vegan, dairy-free, and egg-free, so everyone can enjoy them when creating vegan Thanksgiving recipes like this one.
Serve them warm, straight out of the oven, for a delicious and festive treat that everyone will love! Get the recipe.
19) Vegan Stuffed Acorn Squash
If you’re looking for a new recipe to add to your holiday table this year, look no further than this vegan stuffed acorn squash recipe by Mindful Avocado. I love this 5-Ingredient Vegetarian Grain-Free Stuffed Peppers recipe so this stuffed acorn squash recipe is right up my alley!
This dish combines everything that is loved about Fall into one delicious package. Tender roasted squash is stuffed with a savory wild rice blend that includes yummy Autumn goodies like cranberries, pecans, and sage.
Everything is drizzled with a maple tahini sauce that takes the flavors to new heights. Whether you’re vegan or not, this stuffed squash is sure to be a hit with everyone at your Thanksgiving table.
So go ahead and give it a try – you may just find that it’s the best thing you’ve ever eaten! Get the recipe.
20) Sweet Potato Casserole
This vegan sweet potato casserole by Love and Lemons is the perfect holiday side dish!
The sweet potatoes are cooked in a creamy ginger-spiced sauce and then topped with a savory pecan topping. The whole dish is then baked until hot and bubbly.
This casserole is sure to please vegans and non-vegans alike! Get the recipe.
21) Thanksgiving Lentil Salad
This year’s Thanksgiving feast is not complete without a hearty serving of our vegetarian main dish: Thanksgiving Lentil Salad.
Packed with fall flavors like butternut squash, red onions, kale, pecans, and sweet golden raisins, this salad recipe by Sheela at Kitchn is sure to please even the most die-hard carnivores at the table.
The roasted garlic-sherry vinaigrette ties all the flavors together perfectly, making this dish one that you’ll be thankful for long after the last bite is gone. Get the recipe.
22) 3-Ingredient Thanksgiving Punch
This Thanksgiving, whip up a batch of this delicious 3-ingredient punch for your guests! Made with apple cider, caramel syrup, and pumpkin pie spice, this punch by I Heart Naptime is sure to please everyone.
The best part? It’s super easy to make! Simply combine all the ingredients and serve over ice, at room temperature, or even warm for a comforting mug of fall flavors.
Your guests will love the flavors of the season, and you’ll love how easy it is to make this tasty punch.
So go ahead and give vegan Thanksgiving recipes like this one a try this Thanksgiving! Your friends and family will thank you for it. Get the recipe.
23) Vegan Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball
This Vegan Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball is the perfect holiday appetizer! It’s easy to make, only requires four ingredients, and can be made ahead of time. Plus, it’s festive and delicious!
This recipe by Nora Cooks creates a rich, creamy cheese ball that’s perfect for any holiday gathering. Your guests will never guess it’s vegan! Get the recipe.
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24) Easy Vegan Apple Crisp
This vegan apple crisp by Connoisseurus Veg is the perfect Fall dessert!
Tender, juicy apples are topped with a crumbly oat topping that’s bursting with flavor. The whole thing is then baked to perfection.
Serve this crisp warm, topped with a scoop of vegan ice cream for an extra special treat. Get the recipe.
25) Unbelievably Easy Vegan Apple Pie
If you prefer apple pie, this vegan apple pie by The Banana Diaries is so easy to make, you’ll be surprised at how little time it takes to put it together.
The filling is made with just eight ingredients: apples, lemon juice, arrowroot powder, vanilla extract, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, and oil.
This means that the pie is naturally dairy-free and has no sugar added. Plus, it’s easily adaptable to be gluten-free when you use a homemade or store-bought gluten-free vegan pie crust. Get the recipe.
26) Vegan Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie
This classic pumpkin pie recipe by Minimalist Baker is perfect for your vegan Thanksgiving feast.
The filling is made with pumpkin puree, brown sugar, maple syrup, spices, and almond milk, and the crust is a simple mixture of flour, sugar, and vegan butter.
This pie is sure to please everyone at your holiday table. Get the recipe.
27) No-Bake Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake
This No-Bake Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake by The Fit Cookie is the perfect dessert for your Thanksgiving feast!
The cheesecake filling is made with cashews, pumpkin puree, and spices, and the crust is a mixture of dates, nuts, and spices.
This dessert is sure to please vegans and non-vegans alike! Get the recipe.
I hope you enjoyed this roundup of vegan Thanksgiving recipes!
So there you have it – a roundup of some of the best vegan Thanksgiving recipes out there. Whether you’re looking for main dishes, side dishes, or desserts, there’s something here for everyone in this roundup of vegan Thanksgiving recipes. So get cooking and enjoy your vegan Thanksgiving feast!
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