40 Fantastic Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes (2024)


Thanksgiving has always been my favorite food-related holiday, so I’m excited to share so many vegan Thanksgiving recipes with you!

Here, you’ll find a mix of classic Thanksgiving dishes like with a vegan twist, along with creative and inventive dishes check all the Thanksgiving boxes: comforting, indulgent, and delicious.

Whether you’re looking to make the best possible mashed potatoes or want to try a new main dish that’s not turkey, I’ve got you covered! Scroll on for 40 Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes, from starters and side dishes to mains and desserts.

Table of Contents:
1. Vegan Thanksgiving FAQs
2. Starters
3. Side Dishes
4. Main Dishes
5. Desserts

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Vegan Thanksgiving FAQs

What’s a good turkey substitute?

Store-bought vegan turkeys are not my cup of tea, but there are plenty of other hearty options that would make a worthy centerpiece on your Thanksgiving table. Vegan shepherd’s pie or a stuffed butternut squash are both excellent options, as are these pumpkin ricotta stuffed shells. For something a little more ambitious (but incredible), try this vegan moussaka.

How can I make vegan Thanksgiving easier and less stressful as a host?

The most impactful thing you can do to make things less stressful is to make as many dishes as you can before the big day arrives. Some of my favorite dishes are the aforementioned moussaka, vegan mashed potatoes, and this baked mac and cheese. On the big day, all you’ll need to do is reheat these dishes in the oven or microwave. Easy peasy.

How do I ensure my vegan dishes are flavorful?

Lean heavily into umami-rich ingredients like mushrooms, nutritional yeast, miso paste, and soy sauce, all of which add a rich depth of flavor. Don’t skimp on spices and herbs. Fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, and sage can elevate any dish and bring those cozy, woodsy fall flavors everyone expects (and loves) at Thanksgiving.

And don’t forget adding an acidic element; this butternut squash kale salad is a great choice, as is this fresh herb salad with sumac shallots (4th recipe card in the blog post).

Are there any good vegan Thanksgiving desserts?

Absolutely! We have a whole section of delectable Thanksgiving desserts you can find below.

Better yet, many of them seem fancy but are actually quite easy to make. The vegan apple crisp and this pumpkin cream tart are prime examples.

How can I survive a non-vegan Thanksgiving?

When you find yourself at an omnivore Thanksgiving, the best thing you can do is to cook as many dishes as you can. This not only earns you brownie points with the host, it also ensures there are multiple dishes you yourself can enjoy.

As a general rule, prioritize dishes that could work as a main dish for you and as a side dish for the omnivore guests, and try to make your dishes ahead of time so you’re not fighting for oven space. You might open up some eyes to just how good vegan cooking can be!


Outrageously Good Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip

This Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip in a bread bowl is sure to be the most popular appetizer at the party! It’s creamy, cheesy, and just as indulgent as the classic without the heaviness of dairy. A must-make for the holidays!

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Roasted Pumpkin Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

My gourmet Roasted Pumpkin Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette is the crowd pleasing fall salad you need on your holiday menu!

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Creamy Vegan Mushroom Soup

Cream of mushroom soup just got a makeover with this Vegan Mushroom Soup. With a creamy bisque-like texture and incredible savory flavor, this is a gourmet soup that will wow your tastebuds. Perfect for holiday dinners!

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Fresh Herb Salad with Sumac Shallots

This palate-cleansing salad is the perfect starter or side dish for your fall table. The base consists of cucumber ribbons, fresh herbs, scallions, and wedges of crisp Little Gem lettuce. The star of the show are the shallots, which get quickly marinated in vinegar and sumac, a spice common in Middle Eastern cooking that’s bright, tangy, citrusy yet a little earthy.

Note: This recipe is the 4th in linked blog post.

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Roasted Butternut Squash Kale Salad

Featuring crispy and chewy roasted butternut squash and cabbage, kale and carrot ribbons, chickpeas, a tangy vinaigrette, and a sweet-and-spicy almond crunch, this is the fall salad of your dreams! Hearty yet refreshing, it’s perfect for fall entertaining.

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Instant Pot Cauliflower Soup

This Instant Pot Cauliflower Soup is thickened naturally with white beans and cashews, so it's luscious and creamy but dairy-free. It's a quick and easy dump-and-go Instant Pot recipe that's made with just 10ish ingredients, so it's perfect for busy weeknight dinners.

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Thai Pumpkin Soup

Add some authentic Thai flavor to your Thanksgiving table this year with my cozy Thai Pumpkin Soup! It’s creamy, easy to make, and layered with winter squash, warm and spicy aromatics, and bold spices and herbs.

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Kale and Brussels Sprouts Winter Salad

This salad is as tasty as it is beautiful and colorful. It is light and crisp yet creamy thanks to the creamy Caesar dressing, making it the perfect addition to a Thanksgiving table that’s usually dominated by heavy and rich dishes.

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Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Ginger-Tahini Dressing

The most perfect crispy smashed potatoes get drizzled with a tangy, slightly sweet, and nutty ginger-tahini dressing and then topped with fresh mint, cilantro, chili peppers, and roasted peanuts. An addictive blend of textures and gourmet Asian-inspired flavors.

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Roasted Beet and Fennel Salad with Walnut Bread Crumbs

This roasted beet and fennel salad is popping with freshness and lots of flavor. Featuring crispy walnut bread crumbs, lots of fresh herbs, and an easy citrus vinaigrette. It's THE salad to make you fall in love with salads.

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Side Dishes

The Best Vegan Mashed Potatoes

Creamy and rich yet fluffy and light vegan mashed potatoes are possible! In this post I share the seven essential secrets you need to know for absolutely amazing vegan mashed potatoes.

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Seriously Good Vegan Gravy

This vegan gravy is supercharged with savory flavor and is so creamy and rich that no one will miss the meat! A perfect pairing with mashed potatoes and a must for your holiday menu. Vegan, gluten-free, nut-free.

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Crispy Baked Vegan Mac and Cheese

This Crispy Baked Vegan Mac and Cheese is the ultimate comfort food. An incredibly creamy (and easy) vegan cheese sauce gets paired with elbow macaroni, covered in a crispy and buttery breadcrumb, and then baked in the oven.

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Sweet Chili-Ginger Brussels Sprouts

My holiday table is never complete without Brussels sprouts, so I love coming up with new and fresh ways to serve them. Like these Chinese-inspired Sweet Chili-Ginger Brussels Sprouts! Brussels sprouts get roasted until browned, then doused in a sticky, spicy and slightly sweet sauce with fresh ginger and garlic.

Note: This recipe is the 2nd in linked blog post.

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Vegan Wild Mushroom Stuffing

This Vegan Thanksgiving Stuffing will wow your holiday guests with its taste and presentation! Like traditional stuffing, this Wild Mushroom Stuffing is tender and moist yet a little crunchy! Bake it in a traditional pan or turn it into a festive Stuffing Wreath for a unique holiday centerpiece.

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Warm Lentil Salad with Delicata Squash and Cilantro Cashew Cream

The perfect warm salad, this recipe is made with hearty and wholesome ingredients like lentils, delicate squash, and cashews. Proof that salads don’t have to be boring or skimpy. It’s a wonderful option for meal prep or an excellent entree for a dinner party.

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Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

The BEST vegan mac and cheese you’ll ever taste! Made with wholesome ingredients like roasted pumpkin and cashews, but super creamy and indulgent, this Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Mac and Cheese is vegan comfort food at its finest.

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Baked Japanese Sweet Potatoes with Miso Tahini Butter

Baked Japanese Sweet Potatoes with Miso Tahini Butter is a crowd pleasing indulgent side dish! The blog post includes tips on how to cook Japanese sweet potatoes, where to buy Japanese sweet potatoes, and the differences between Japanese Sweet Potatoes vs Sweet Potatoes.

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Maple Roasted Carrots

Roasted carrots are coated in a buttery and sweet maple-butter glaze, then finished in the oven until perfectly browned, caramelized, and sticky. A simple yet gourmet vegan side dish for holiday dinners!

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The Best Vegan Cornbread

This crispy-crusted, buttery, and moist vegan cornbread is truly the best cornbread you'll ever eat. A must-make, whether paired with vegan chili or on your holiday table! No one will know it's vegan (easy to make GF).

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Main Dishes

Vegan Lentil Shepherd’s Pie

This is the best vegan shepherd’s pie you’ll try! A hearty, flavor-packed lentil and sticky onion filling meets fluffy mashed potatoes and cauliflower in this protein-rich, healthy plant based dinner recipe. The perfect healthy comfort food for winter.

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The Best Vegan Wellington

A savory vegan loaf gets wrapped in flaky golden pastry and makes for the best winter comfort food. This is truly the best Vegan Wellington you will ever try! Includes step-by-step photos and detailed instructions so you can nail this Vegan Mushroom Wellington and wow your holiday guests!

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Vegan Pumpkin Ricotta Stuffed Shells

The ultimate fall comfort food, these vegan Pumpkin Ricotta Stuffed shells are cheesy, creamy, chewy, and garlicky. Made with a homemade vegan ricotta spread, pumpkin, and the best garlic béchamel sauce, you’ll never put your fork down!

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Cheesy Vegan Baked Butternut Squash

Baked butternut squash is filled with hearty grains and a cheesy Alfredo sauce and then baked again until melty and golden brown. This recipe is hearty, indulgent, and finger lickin’ good!

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Creamy Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff

This is the BEST vegan mushroom stroganoff you will ever try! It’s packed with umami, is super flavorful, and is so creamy you won’t believe it’s dairy-free and vegan. It’s the ultimate comfort food!

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Creamy Lentil Stuffed Butternut Squash

Roasted butternut squash gets stuffed with the most flavorful, umami-packed lentil filling, then drizzled with a creamy sauce made from the scooped out butternut squash. A hearty and satisfying main course for any winter dinner, especially holiday meals!

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Creamy Lentil and Vegetable Bake

This vegan, gluten-free Creamy Lentil and Vegetable Bake is the ultimate comfort food. Sweet, caramelized roasted vegetables and creamy lentils are baked in a rich cashew cream and make for an excellent vegan main dish for any holiday gathering!

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Vegan Sausage Stuffed Butternut Squash

A vegan “sausage” stuffing with kale and quinoa get stuffed into roasted butternut squash, then drizzled with a creamy garlic white sauce. This Vegan Sausage Stuffed Butternut Squash is a delicious vegan main dish or a crowd pleasing side dish for the fall season that’s hearty yet wholesome!

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Vegan Instant Pot Butternut Squash Risotto

This vegan Instant Pot risotto enables you to enjoy the creamy, indulgent taste and texture of risotto with half the work! With a creamy butternut squash puree and miso maple butter, this vegan butternut squash risotto is the ultimate fall comfort food!

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Vegan Wild Rice Stuffed Squash

This vegan wild rice stuffed squash is healthy yet comforting, making it an excellent option for a hearty winter dinner. Made with wholesome ingredients like butternut squash and wild rice, It’s gluten-free and won’t weigh you down, but it’s incredibly flavorful and will please vegans and non-vegans alike.

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Vegan Moussaka

You’ll fall deep into comfort food heaven after tasting this Vegan Moussaka. This Greek layered casserole is delightfully indulgent, featuring layers of roasted potatoes and eggplant, a rich “meat” sauce, and an incredible vegan bechamel, all baked to creamy perfection. A must for special occasions!

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Vegan Apple Crisp

Warmly spiced and maple syrup-glazed apple slices are topped with a buttery oat-pecan streusel, then baked until golden brown, bubbling, and crisp. It’s a comforting and impressive Thanksgiving dessert!

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Vegan Gingersnap Pumpkin Cream Tart

This Gingersnap Pumpkin Cream Tart features a luscious no-bake pumpkin cream filling and is much easier to make than pumpkin pie! It’s healthy, vegan, and gluten-free, but tastes indulgent. Plus, you can make it ahead of time, so it’s perfect for Thanksgiving!

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Apple Cinnamon Bundt Cake

This Vegan Apple Cinnamon Bundt Cake is soft and moist yet light and airy – the best of both worlds! With warm cinnamon apple flavors, it’s a perfect easy yet impressive cake for the fall baking season!

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Vegan Salted Chocolate Cream Tart

With a no-bake brownie base and a creamy salted chocolate filling, this gluten-free, vegan Salted Chocolate Cream Tart is one of the best desserts you’ll ever taste! It’s rich and creamy but made with wholesome ingredients and requires no baking. Make it for a special occasion and wow your guests!

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Baked Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake

Unlike many vegan cheesecakes, this one is baked and is just as rich, dense and creamy as tradtional cheesecake, but of course is vegan as well as gluten-free. It’s a crowd-pleasing holiday dessert that everyone in your family will love.

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Baked Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

These Baked Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars have the rich, creamy, and decadent texture of traditional cheesecake but without the dairy and cholesterol. With a gingery, chocolate crust and a creamy pumpkin swirl filling, these are a must-make during fall.

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Pomegranate Glazed Gingerbread Bundt Cake

This cake is bursting with warming flavors from the gingerbread spices, which contrast really deliciously with the tart-sweetness of the pomegranate glaze. And it is beautiful and elegant enough to serve as the centerpiece/dessert on your holiday table!

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The Best Vegan Pumpkin Bread

This is the BEST vegan pumpkin bread you’ll try! It’s incredibly moist and tender, uses simple ingredients, and features a homemade pumpkin spice blend that takes the flavor over the top. A must make during pumpkin season!

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I hope you enjoyed this roundup of 40 Fantastic Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes and Ideas! If you make one of these recipes, be sure to tag me with your creations on Instagram and leave a comment on the blog post!

40 Fantastic Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes (2024)


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