BY :Toni OkamotoPUBLISHED : October 27th, 2021UPDATED: April 1st, 2022
45 Vegan Thanksgiving recipes perfect for pulling together the ultimate meat-free, vegan thanksgiving table. From appetizers to mains and simple vegetarian/vegan thanksgiving desserts - this list contains everything you need for a vegan Thanksgiving dinner to impress meat-eaters and non-meat eaters alike!
We've spoken on this subject several times when it comes to pulling together the perfect vegan Thanksgiving dinner. Along with this list of resources (podcasts and recipes included) on how to have an easy vegan thanksgiving – which includes our top 5 tips for surviving the holidays. We've also shared how to pull together a delicious veggie turkey platter appetizer (loaded with crudités and guac!) and a vegan charcuterie board. Now, it's the time to wrap everything up nice and neatly with this list of vegetarian/ vegan thanksgiving recipes!
If you're vegan, the holidays can become a bit of a stressful time. When enjoying the holidays with family, there's the worry of not having enough vegan options. If you're hosting yourself, there's the need to pull together an entire menu that supports your lifestyle while simultaneously impressing your guests... So much that they don't even miss the meat! Luckily, this list of vegan thanksgiving ideas is a helping hand to reduce some of the stress.
This list of the best Thanksgiving recipes includes everything you need for a successful vegan thanksgiving dinner. Whether you’re looking for a quick appetizer, vegan sides for Thanksgiving, hearty mains, or even desserts (with even more ideas on this list of 20 vegan fall desserts) for the ultimate vegan thanksgiving feast – there’s something for all!
Not only are these well-spiced stuffed mushrooms an excellent appetizer for your vegan Thanksgiving dinner, but you can even prepare them the day before. That way, they're ready to bake when needed! Meal prep is a savior during the holiday. But, of course, it helps that these tasty morsels are so worth the effort, too!
Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms
Let's get fancy with these delicious stuffed mushrooms! These easy to make mushrooms are the perfect starter for a holiday dinner!
This classic sweet, sour, creamy dip is a must-have at game-day celebrations and other parties, Thanksgiving included! Load up a dish with the dip and various crudites/crackers and place it on the table with the other appetizers.
Old School French Onion Dip
Perfect for game day, this is a from scratch veganized version of the french onion dip we’ve all had at parties over the years. Usually made with sour cream and boxed onion soup mix, this recipe utilizes the healthy power of cashews for creaminess, and the flavor of…yep, you guessed it, delicious sweet onions!
A bit like regular pate, this mushroom pate is a bit of a 'you either love it or hate it'. But, as far as we can tell, it continues to impress at any special event - vegan Thanksgiving dinner included! Serve it up with some crackers as part of an appetizer spread and watch it disappear!
This savory dip is a delicious and quick recipe that's great for any get-together. Whether you're hosting a book club, need an appetizer for a dinner party, or are looking for a truly tasty snack, this vegan mushroom pâte is an absolute winner.
You can prepare this simple pumpkin soup with as little as two ingredients, plus salt and pepper. Or jazz it up with extra herbs and spices - either way, this frugal soup is a delicious Thanksgiving starter and perfect for enjoying with buttered dinner rolls!
This cozy squash and sweet potato soup takes advantage of the bounty of Fall squashes available. The result is a hearty, flavorful soup - no dairy required! Also, swap out the squash based on what's available to you for a versatile, easy vegan thanksgiving recipe.
Delightful Delicata Squash & Sweet Potato Soup
Who doesn’t love fall, and all the comfort foods that go with it? This is a soup recipe that features a few of the delights of this wonderful season such as squash, sweet potatoes, and dried herbs from the garden. No dairy is needed to make this soup rich and creamy thanks to the toasted hazelnuts.
There's never a bad time for a warming bowl of broccoli soup. We love it so much that we've shared further recipes for cream of broccoli soup and broccoli and potato soup. However, this simple broccoli soup relies on simple aromatics and potatoes and chickpeas for a hearty, warming vegan Thanksgiving appetizer!
If you are looking for a super easy weekday dinner then you are in luck! This broccoli potato soup is quick, healthy and delicious!
Start your vegan Thanksgiving menu with a bang with this spiced butternut squash lentil soup. The combination of ingredients makes for an easy appetizer packed with fiber, protein, and nutrients. Plus, you can adjust the amount of spice to personal preference!
Creamy Curried Butternut Squash Lentil Soup
We all love a good pumpkin soup! This Creamy Curried Butternut Squash Lentil Soup is hearty and very comforting! Give it a try!
Carrots are one of our favorite ingredients here at plant-based on a budget (so much so, we wrote an entire guide to carrots!). They're wonderfully frugal, with a sweet/savory flavor that makes for a delicate soup that will fill you up without weighing you down. That's exactly what's needed at your vegan Thanksgiving dinner!
Spicy Carrot Soup
Looking for an affordable and comforting dish? This spicy carrot soup is the perfect choice! It's easy and full of amazing nutrients!
Do you remember that Friends episode where Monica has to prepare three types of potatoes to please everyone at Thanksgiving? Well, whether you want your potatoes with lumps, studded with peas and onions, or more – it’s always good to have the base recipe sorted. And this simple vegan mashed potato recipe is perfect for that – it’s creamy, fluffy, and just buttery enough to feel decadent while remaining healthy. Plus, topped with your herb of choice like scallions or rosemary. Feel free to add more- we won’t judge!
The BEST Vegan Mashed Potatoes (+ Variations!)
Comfort food at it’s finest. This base for Vegan Mashed Potatoes is the perfect budget-friendly side dish to compliment your favorite meals!
For a lower-carb version of this classic thanksgiving side, why not try creamy mashed cauliflower?! It's super creamy and flavorful (especially with rosemary and optionally garlic) but much healthier (and lower-calorie) than the original!
Vegan Mashed Cauliflower (Keto| Low-Carb)
This delicious cauliflower mash tastes so good you won’t believe it’s healthy. Serve with thyme for an earthy zest and for a low calorie side dish that will fill you up!
As much as we love mashed potatoes (and don't you worry, they're on this list too), there's something so amazing, comforting, cozy, and wonderfully creamy about these vegan scalloped potatoes. Plus, you can never have too many spud dishes at Thanksgiving. Luckily, this lightened-up version satisfies without weighing you down.
Vegan Scalloped Potatoes
These super creamy Vegan Scalloped Potatoes are like eating a succulent potato casserole minus the dairy! It is a perfect side dish for family gatherings or weekend dinners!
Is it even Thanksgiving if there isn't a massive casserole dish of green bean casserole in the middle of the table? Luckily, this vegan dish captures all the deliciousness of the original, but minus all the dairy! Here at PBOAB, we love this Thanksgiving casserole recipe so much, we've even shared a second recipe (nut-free), too!
Green Bean Casserole
If you have been dreaming of your favorite creamy thanksgiving side dish, then it is time to rejoice! This Green Bean Casserole recipe is it!
Who knew that by avoiding stinky 'boiling' methods and a delicious pairing with lemon poppyseed dressing, you could turn this divisive ingredient into a delicious, fresh, raw side dish that even the most avid sprout hater could enjoy? Well, now you know - we recommend keeping the main ingredient a secret until after it's entirely devoured!
Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Lemon-Poppy Seed Dressing
If you are looking for a healthier holiday side then this Brussels Sprouts Slaw with Lemon-Poppy Seed Dressing is the one!
Yes, two Brussels sprouts recipes in a row! If you’ve never tried roasted sprouts, you’re truly missing out. Rather than soggy and limp, roasted sprouts are tender yet lightly caramelized. Combine that with cranberries (or pomegranate seeds), and this simple thanksgiving side recipe is the perfect addition to your vegan thanksgiving meal!
Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Cranberries
If you've been looking for the perfect side dish these roasted brussel sprouts with cranberries are a great option! Super easy to make and so delicious!
This simple baked cauliflower dish is a great way to enjoy this veggie as part of your vegan Thanksgiving dinner! The seasonings are simple yet pack in flavor. There's just enough not to detract from the rest of the meal while remaining markedly NOT boring (yay!) We doubt you'll have any leftovers!
Crispy No Fuss Cauliflower
If you are a cauliflower detractor then this recipe might surprise you! A no-fuss Crispy Cauliflower full of flavor and nutrients!
When you have a vegan Thanksgiving menu loaded with carbs, and heavy, savory dishes, lighter sweet and sour, slightly acidic pairings like this red cabbage with apples can be perfect for cutting through the heaviness.
Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage with Apples
This German inspired Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage with Apples is the the perfect side dish for a plant-based roast or vegan pot pie!
This simple savory sweet potato and cauliflower casserole is a great savory way to enjoy sweet potatoes on your Thanksgiving table. It's creamy, rich, and flavorful and tastes wonderful when drenched in vegan gravy!
Sweet Potato & Cauliflower Casserole
Sometimes, nothing is quite as comforting as a freshly baked, warm casserole made from scratch. This is a recipe that features easy ingredients such as sweet potatoes, cauliflower, and vegetable broth with a delightful red pepper cashew cream sauce.
Any time there is gravy involved, we have to have some cornbread to help mop it up. Even better, you can cook this version on the stovetop to help save precious oven space! Though, we have a baked buttery cornbread version, too, if preferred! Best of all, no one would guess that it's vegan making it a perfect addition to ANY thanksgiving table, vegan or not!
This vegan cornbread is so convincing that your non-vegan friends and family won't know the difference! It's easy to make and incredibly delicious!
With a combination of sweet potato (easily swappable with butternut squash or pumpkin), quinoa, and raisins, this simple side dish is packed with fall flavors and perfect for a veggie thanksgiving offering!
Easy Fall Recipe - Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowl
Are you looking for a cozy and warming bowl recipe? This sweet potato quinoa bowl is what you've been looking for! Easy to prepare and so delicious!
Any excuse to eat more creamy mac and cheese works for us! In fact, along with this fall-flavored butternut squash mac and cheese, we also love serving baked potato mac and cheese as a vegan side for Thanksgiving, too! It's frugal but filling - perfect!
Butternut Squash Mac n' Cheese
This vegan butternut squash mac and cheese is creamy, comforting, wholesome, and requires just 9 ingredients (plus salt & pepper)! Make this vegan mac and cheese without cashews, processed ingredients, gluten-free optional, and get ready to indulge!
No Thanksgiving table would be complete without an 'almost overflowing' gravy boat (or three) of gravy, and this vegan brown gravy is the perfect all-purpose option for your vegan Thanksgiving meal. Plus, it contains just 5 ingredients and is ready in under 10 minutes!
This simple gravy recipe is incredibly quick and easy to make. I’ve used it for every Thanksgiving potluck for the past decade and it has always been a huge crowd-pleaser.
If there is a 'perfect vegan thanksgiving stuffing,' then we've found it! After all, this stuffing is made with flavorful sourdough bread, packed with herbs, and perfectly blends sweet and savory flavors with added cranberries and even a hidden apple! Everyone will be asking for the recipe of this easy vegan side for Thanksgiving!
Stuffing | Plant-Based Thanksgiving Side
If you're looking for a perfect healthy thnaksgiving side then this delicious plant-based stuffing recipe will make you very happy!
Depending on where you live, cranberry sauce is either a jar of condiment that makes it to all the holiday tables but is rarely touched or a much-loved homemade with love sauce that is the perfect accompaniment to all. We’re definitely on the side of the latter - especially when it’s so easy to prepare in under 20 minutes and tastes SO much better than the jarred stuff!
Homemade Cranberry Sauce
We understand the temptation of just grabbing a store-bought cranberry sauce but if you give this homemade recipe a try, you'll love it! Its perfectly sweet, tarty, and delicoius!
We love to have some bread as part of our vegan Thanksgiving dinner, and these soft, fluffy dinner rolls will impress all (especially when warm from the oven!). Serve alongside a dish of your favorite vegan butter, and watch the rolls disappear!
Fleischmann's Dinner Rolls
Craving some plant-based fluffly dinner rolls? We have a super easy recipe for you! Get the vegan butter ready to do some spreading!
These sweet potato biscuits are light, fluffy, naturally sweet, and savory, making for a wonderful vegan side for thanksgiving. In fact, they’re so versatile you’ll often find us nibbling on them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Enjoy with lashings of vegan brown sugar cinnamon butter or alongside gravy - delicious!
Sweet Potato Biscuits
These sweet potato biscuits are a fun twist on your average dinner rolls – filling, slightly sweet and also super cheap to make.
We've already added a regular brown gravy to this list. Still, if you have families that are anything like ours, it's always good to have a second option on your table, and umami-rich mushroom gravy is perfect for any veggie thanksgiving! It's comforting, warming, and is made almost entirely of pantry staples!
Easy Vegan Mushroom Gravy
This Easy Vegan Mushroom Gravy is super simple to make and tastes amazing. The smell of it simmering will bring the entire family to the table.
With a filling that combines mushrooms, wild rice, cranberries, and pumpkin seeds, these vegan loaded sweet potatoes are a delicious fall/Thanksgiving main. Plus, drizzle with a homemade creamy tahini sauce for the ‘cherry on top’!
Vegan Loaded Sweet Potatoes
These fall sweet potatoes are loaded with a wild rice blend, mushrooms, onions, dried cranberries, and top with pumpkin seeds and a homemade tahini sauce!
This butternut squash casserole mixes sweet and savory with a combination of cranberries, raisins, wild rice, several spices, and butternut squash and sweet potato. Once baked, this healthy casserole is a great vegan/vegetarian Thanksgiving dish.
Butternut Squash Casserole
A healthy savory butternut squash casserole sweetened with dried fruits and sweet potatoes, complemented by earthiness of brown/wild rice and finished with sweet balsamic notes
This hearty cauliflower lentil loaf is hearty and satisfying enough for vegans and meat-eaters alike. With a combination of cauliflower, lentils, bell pepper, onion, and several spices, this loaf mimics traditional meatloaf. However, it is 100% meat-free, nut-free, gluten-free, and soy-free!
Cauliflower lentil loaf
A hearty plant-based Thanksgiving entree idea that will satisfy even meat-eaters! A Vegan Cauliflower Lentil Loaf that mimics the classic meatloaf with no meat, gluten-free, nut-free, and soy-free! Get all your protein and veggies in this healthy recipe!
A meat-free wellington is a wonderful 'centerpiece' for any vegetarian or vegan Thanksgiving table. This version wraps up a veggie (mushroom, carrot, celery, spinach) and walnut filling in a puff pastry shell. It's perfect for enjoying with plenty of vegan gravy!
This vegan Wellington is perfect for Thanksgiving! It makes an easy and impressive centerpiece for your holiday feast!
For another take on a vegan loaf, you might like this hearty, nutritious lentil loaf. It combines lentils, walnuts, and carrots with several spices. Then it's topped with a homemade tomato glaze for a flavourful vegan Thanksgiving main dish. Plus, this recipe requires just 10 minutes of hands-on prep!
Vegan Spiced Lentil Loaf
This scrumptious lentil loaf made with walnuts, carrots, and lots of savory spices is our favorite classic vegan Thanksgiving recipe! Made from accessible and wholesome ingredients, it's crowd-pleasing and so easy to make.
For the longest time, this hearty pumpkin curry was always my budget-friendly ‘offering’ to any Thanksgiving dinner I was invited to – and now it’s become a tradition at our table. It is warming, comforting, and packed with fall goodness!
For a long time, this was the dish that I brought to every Thanksgiving dinner I attended. Then I realized I love it so much that I shouldn’t limit myself to enjoying it just once a year. Now I serve it regularly for dinner over brown rice and load up on tons of fall goodness.
Technically this Fall-flavored pumpkin pasta dish can double up as a side or main; combining pasta shells with a pumpkin and tofu ricotta filling topped off with a creamy cashew sage sauce. Plus, since this pasta dish tastes even better on day two, it's perfect for prepping in advance and just warming up on Thanksgiving!
Pumpkin Stuffed Shells With Sage Cream
his sweet ans savory dish is easier to make than you’d expect and taste even better the next day.
If you're one of those people that likes to try a new vegan thanksgiving main every year, just to discover it to be too 'heavy' and struggling not to waste it (especially if you're the only one eating it!), then a lighter main like these cauliflower steaks would work perfectly. Plus, they taste amazing topped with vegan mushroom or brown gravy!
Cauliflower Steaks and Mushroom Gravy
These are the perfect side to any sort of main dish! I love the flavors.
Once we've eaten our fill of our vegan thanksgiving feast, unbuttoned our pants, and taken a few deep breaths, it's time for something sweet. Nothing says vegan thanksgiving dessert quite like this vegan pumpkin pie with a chocolate twist. Fall flavors? Check! Chocolate? Check! A pumpkin pie? Check! What's not to love?! Plus, serve it up alone or with a big scoop of ice cream for the perfect way to end the meal for vegans and non-vegans alike!
Pumpkin Chocolate Pie
Want to play a fun game with your family at the dinner table? Ask them to guess which ingredients are in this pumpkin chocolate pie. I’m sure that they will never guess that what makes it smooth and creamy.
Another way to enjoy a pumpkin dessert as a vegan dessert for Thanksgiving is with this sweet vegan pumpkin bread. Since it requires several hours 'chilling' time, this is also a great prep-ahead vegan thanksgiving dessert!
Vegan Pumpkin Bread
Vegan Pumpkin Bread’s warming aroma and texture is an absolute dream. This is a quick bread recipe that comes out incredibly moist and soft.
These pumpkin waffles are equally at home served as a Fall breakfast or vegan Thanksgiving dessert. Especially when topped with syrup and a big scoop of ice cream! Best of all, they're oil-free, dairy-free, and eggless. Yet, they are still wonderfully tender and fluffy in the middle with a crisp outer shell.
Vegan Pumpkin Waffles
These oil-free, dairy-free, and eggless Vegan Pumpkin Waffles are a healthy and delicious way to infuse autumn flavors into your breakfast! Everyone is going to love these crispy, yet perfectly fluffy waffles!
For those who enjoy a fruity dessert after indulging, this vegan apple cake is the best of both worlds. Enjoy a slice alone for a healthier pick or load up with ice cream or vegan custard for a more decadent option! It also makes for an excellent choice for serving, along with a warm mug of coffee, tea, or even hot cocoa!
Vegan Apple Cake
This moist and delicious Vegan Apple Cake is the best way to enjoy those sweet and juicy fall produce! A delightfully spiced cake crammed with crisp apple chunks that you can make using one bowl in just 45 minutes. Enjoy is as a sweet afternoon snack with your favorite hot drink or as a dessert with a scoop of vegan ice cream on top.
Alternatively, swap out the cake above for a crisp apple pie (or apple pear pie - which is quite the showstopper). Then, serve it warm from the oven with some custard, cream, or ice cream for a frugal yet flavorful dessert!
Vegan Apple Pie
Turn those freshly-picked apples into this delicious Vegan Apple Pie brimming with a lusciously spiced homemade apple filling nestled in a flaky melt-in-your-mouth crust! A classic, heartwarming comfort food ideal for holiday dinners, special occasions, or whenever you're craving a sweet treat.
You may have sensed a theme here - but apples really do make for frugal yet tasty vegan desserts for your Thanksgiving dinner table. Therefore, here's another apple vegan thanksgiving dessert - this time, in the form of this apple cinnamon bread. It's loaded with raisins, walnuts, and chocolate chips for a great end to your vegan thanksgiving meal. You can't even tell it's vegan!
Apple Cinnamon Bread
A slice of this delectable and fragrant Apple Cinnamon Bread is crammed with crisp apple bits, fragrant cinnamon, chewy raisins, crunchy walnuts, and melty chocolate chips!
Combine the sweet and tart flavors of apple and cranberry in this quick and simple apple cranberry crisp. Best of all, you can prep this dessert in advance and just warm it up before serving. Then, enjoy a portion alone with vegan cream, custard, or a scoop of ice cream!
Apple Cranberry Crisp
This is hands down the best apple cranberry crisp recipe you’ll try! It is a great twist on the class apple crisp dessert. This recipe will easily become your go-to favorite dessert recipe (and definitely a crowd pleaser).
For a lighter dessert, ditch the pastry and cake for a simple baked fruit. These baked pears (or stuffed baked apples) are stuffed with a warming filling of walnuts, pecans, dried fruit, and a maple drizzle and baked! Then serve alone or with a scoop of ice-cream for a hearty yet healthy vegan Thanksgiving dessert.
Baked pears, an elegant dessert with fruit's warm, sweet flavor, and the crunch of walnuts and pecans plays together like pear-fect harmony.
There's never a wrong time for brownies - and at Thanksgiving, you have a choice of salted caramel brownies, sweet potato brownies, and these pumpkin chocolate brownies. Therefore, vegans and non-vegans alike will be clambering for seconds of this decadent vegan Thanksgiving dessert!
Pumpkin Chocolate Brownies
If you're thinking about how to curb your sweet afternoon cravings with a healthy treat then this pumpkin chocolate brownies will do the trick!
Last but not least, this chocolate 'crazy' cake requires minimal ingredients, fuss, cleaning, and time. Plus, it's never a bad idea to include a choccie-based vegan thanksgiving dessert as part of any thanksgiving table (vegan or not!) - no one can turn down chocolate!
Chocolate Crazy Cake
When you’re craving something sweet but have no motivation to bake anything, this is your cake. Minimal ingredients, kitchen cleaning, and time required.
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