These vegan Thanksgiving recipes include entrees, side dishes, desserts, and more - everything you need to make a plant-based holiday feast!
Every year, I hear from readers asking for vegan Thanksgiving recipes. I always write back with an idea or two, but I never quite feel like my response is enough. I think one of the most joyous things about Thanksgiving is crafting a menu that you and your friends or family will love. So instead of sending a couple suggestions to each person who writes in, I wanted to create a whole collection of vegan Thanksgiving recipes for you to explore.
And finally, it’s here! Below, you’ll find over forty of my best vegan Thanksgiving recipes. They include everything you need to create a plant-based holiday feast: vegan riffs on classic side dishes, inventive entrees, decadent desserts, and more! I hope you have fun going through them, and if one makes its way onto your Thanksgiving table, I hope it’s a hit. Happy Thanksgiving!
Classic Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes
If you love traditional Thanksgiving side dishes, you’re in the right place! Below, you’ll find plant-based versions of classics like mashed potatoes, stuffing, and gravy.
Sweet Potato Casserole
A savory pecan topping covers a creamy layer of ginger-spiced sweet potatoes in this vegan riff on sweet potato casserole. You won’t miss the marshmallows one bit!
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Jack might be the world’s #1 mashed potato lover. He grew up eating the kind that’s laden with sour cream, cream cheese, and butter, but when he tried these vegan mashed potatoes last fall, he was hooked. They have a wonderful creamy texture, and roasted garlic fills them with rich, nutty flavor.
This easy vegan gravy will take your mashed potatoes to a whole new level! Even meat eaters will fall for its velvety texture and savory, umami flavor.
Cranberry sauce is nearly always free of animal products, so it’s a great addition to any vegan Thanksgiving dinner. I sweeten mine naturally with maple syrup and add orange zest for bright depth of flavor. Trust me, you’ll never get the canned kind again!
Butternut Squash Casserole
This vegan stuffing doesn’t just taste good; it looks good too! Cubes of roasted butternut squash and pearl onions add bright pops of color to this delicious vegan Thanksgiving side dish.
Main Dish Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes
These vegan Thanksgiving recipes are hearty, memorable, and delicious. Each one would be a show-stopping main course for a holiday feast.
Stuffed Acorn Squash
Stuffed acorn squash is one of my go-to vegan Thanksgiving recipes. It’s satisfying and delicious, and it puts peak-season produce at the center of the plate. In this recipe, I pile the creamy squash with an aromatic tempeh and mushroom filling.
Cozy Vegan Mushroom & White Bean Potpie, page 141 of Love & Lemons Every Day
Light, flaky pie crust surrounds a tangy mushroom, herb, and white bean filling. Who else wants seconds?
Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta
Pasta for Thanksgiving? Yes, please! Fresh sage and thyme fill this luscious vegan sauce with cozy autumn flavor. It’s so surprising and comforting that it’ll earn a permanent place on your Thanksgiving table.
Cauliflower Steaks with Lemon Salsa Verde, page 145 of Love & Lemons Every Day
Here, I serve roasted cauliflower “steaks” over a bright puree that gets its creamy texture from – yep! – more cauliflower! Topped with a refreshing lemon salsa verde, it’s an elegant vegan Thanksgiving main dish.
Creamy Mushroom Polenta
Good vegan Thanksgiving recipes don’t have to be complicated, and this one is here to prove it! The combination of sautéed mushrooms and creamy polenta is simple, but it’s still comforting and delicious.
Quinoa, Apple & Sage Stuffed Acorn Squash, page 191 of Love & Lemons Every Day
This recipe shows off some of the season’s best produce: squash, kale, apples, and pomegranates. Cooked quinoa and hazelnuts round out the fresh filling, and an apple cider and sage dressing ties it all together.
Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells
Roasted butternut squash and a creamy spinach “ricotta” fill these enticing vegan stuffed shells. This recipe has been a Love & Lemons fan favorite for years – try it to see why!
Vegetable Side Dishes
There’s a whole world of vegetable side dishes outside of green bean casserole. This Thanksgiving, pile your table with fall veggies like beets, squash, cauliflower, and sweet potatoes!
Roasted Delicata Squash
I love spaghetti squash, acorn, and butternut, but if I had to choose a favorite winter squash, delicata would be it. Here, the sweet, creamy squash mixes with kale, apples, fresh herbs, and an apple cider vinaigrette. It’s a veritable explosion of fall flavor!
Roasted Beets with Citrus
A citrus marinade adds bright flavor to earthy roasted beets. Toss them with greens and toasted nuts to take them over the top!
This lighter twist on classic creamed spinach features fresh spinach instead of frozen and coconut milk instead of heavy cream. It comes together in just 15 minutes, so it’s a quick and easy addition to a Thanksgiving feast.
Vegan Cauliflower Gratin, page 227 of Love & Lemons Every Day
This gratin tastes decadent, but it’s lighter than you’d expect. Instead of cheese or heavy cream, the rich sauce gets it luscious texture from blended cauliflower and cashews.
Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes
I love everything about this recipe – the cozy baked sweet potatoes, the refreshing broccoli filling – but without question, my favorite part is the sauce. Made from the scooped-out sweet potato flesh, rosemary, and lemon juice, it has an irresistible sweet and savory flavor.
Oven Roasted Potatoes
Three reasons to make this recipe: 1. Crispy Skins. 2. Creamy Middles. and 3. An uh-MAZING lemon and rosemary dressing. What are you waiting for?!
Maple Roasted Acorn Squash
Maple syrup and fresh sage infuse creamy roasted squash with cozy autumn flavor. It’s a simple, elegant vegan Thanksgiving side dish.
Vegan Thanksgiving Mashes
No potatoes? No problem. Add one of these inventive mashes to your vegan Thanksgiving menu instead!
Apple Radish Slaw, page 11 of The Love & Lemons Cookbook
This simple slaw will pep up any Thanksgiving menu! Seasoned with lime and cilantro, it’s not a traditional holiday side dish, but it still contrasts beautifully with classics like roasted Brussels sprouts and sweet potato casserole.
Roasted Cauliflower Salad
My favorite thing about this roasted cauliflower salad is how the tangy pickled red onions play off sweet dried apricots and briny olives. Tossed in a lemony tahini sauce, it’s a delicious way to brighten your Thanksgiving table.
Roasted Delicata Squash Kale Salad
Fall in a bowl! I toss the sweet, creamy roasted squash with crispy chickpeas, farro, apples, pepitas, and kale. A sprinkle of dried cranberries and a drizzle of maple tahini dressing take the whole thing over the top.
When it’s cold outside, I’m constantly craving soup…even at Thanksgiving! These cozy, autumnal soups would be fantastic vegan Thanksgiving starters or side dishes.
Butternut Squash Soup
It’s a classic for a reason! Sage, rosemary, and ginger add warm, earthy flavor to this delectable, easy vegan soup.
Wild Rice Soup
This hearty wild rice soup gets its creamy texture from blended white beans, cashews, and miso paste. Chock-full of autumn veggies, it’s savory, comforting, and nourishing.
Spice up your Thanksgiving table with this curried pumpkin soup! I like to make it with kabocha squash, but buttercup, red kuri, or even butternut squash would work well too.
Bread Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes
Until Jack started baking, I never would have guessed that dinner rolls, focaccia, and crusty bread were easy to make at home. Turns out, they are, but shhh! Don’t tell. These recipes are sure to impress at a vegan Thanksgiving dinner.
Homemade Dinner Rolls
Soft, fluffy, and flavorful, this vegan recipe for dinner rolls is just as tasty as one made with butter and eggs.
No Knead Bread
This recipe will make any novice baker look like a pro! It’s a breeze to make, and it always yields a crusty, golden loaf with a perfect soft interior.
Jack’s Garlic Pretzel Knots, page 79 of Love & Lemons Every Day
These cute little knots are a Thanksgiving-worthy version of good old soft pretzels. We brush them with a garlic-lemon oil to give them an extra layer of flavor.
Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts
Round out your vegan Thanksgiving feast with a little something sweet!
It’s ten times easier than pie, but every bit as delicious! This recipe is our pick for our November Cooking Club. If you make it, send us a picture by the end of the month to enter a Visa gift card giveaway. Find the details here!
Apple Crumble Pie
As Jack says, I have a soft spot for soft apples. To me, no vegan Thanksgiving is complete without a slice of this warmly spiced apple pie.
Creamy Vegan Butternut Squash Pudding
I love pumpkin pie when other people make it, but if I’m the one doing the cooking, this easy pudding is my #1 pick. It’s sweet, rich, and perfectly spiced. Good luck not going back for seconds!
Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes: Sweet Potato Casserole
- 5 large sweet potatoes
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, more for drizzling
- 1 1/4 cup almond milk, more if necessary
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- ½ cup fresh sage leaves
- ⅓ cup whole rolled oats
- ¼ cup pecans, more for garnish
- ¼ cup walnuts, more for garnish
- ½ garlic clove
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon dried thyme leaves
- ¼ teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with foil and brush an 8x11-inch baking dish, or similar, with olive oil.
- Use a fork to poke a few holes into the sweet potatoes. Place on the baking sheet and roast until very tender, about 60 minutes.
- Make the crumble topping: In a food processor, place the oats, pecans, walnuts, garlic, maple syrup, olive oil, thyme, rosemary, and salt and pulse until just combined. Remove and set aside.
- Scoop the cooked sweet potato flesh out of the skins and place in a food processor. Add the olive oil, almond milk, ginger, salt, and several grinds of pepper and process to combine. Spread the mixture into the baking dish.
- Sprinkle with the crumble topping, additional nuts, and sage. Drizzle with olive oil and bake 20 minutes or until the topping is browned and crisp.