40 Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

These vegan Thanksgiving recipes include entrees, side dishes, desserts, and more - everything you need to make a plant-based holiday feast!

Vegan Sweet potato casserole

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!

Mashed potatoes

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.

Easy vegan gravy

Mushroom Gravy
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

Cranberry Sauce
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!

Vegan Stuffing recipe

Vegan Stuffing
Mushrooms and kale add extra veggie power to this plant-based riff on my mom’s classic stuffing. It’s crisp on top, soft in the middle, and packed with savory flavor.

Butternut Squash Stuffing

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 recipe

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

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?

Butternut squash pasta

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 Steak - Vegan Thanksgiving recipes

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.

Vegan Mushroom Polenta

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.

Stuffed acorn squash - vegan Thanksgiving recipes

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.

Plant-Based Stuffed Shells

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!

Vegan Thanksgiving sides - roasted delicata squash

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!

Simple Roasted Beets with Citrus

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!

Coconut creamed spinach

Creamed Spinach
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

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 - Vegan Thanksgiving recipes

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.

Vegan Thanksgiving recipes - Roasted potatoes

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?!

Roasted acorn squash

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!

mashed cauliflower recipe

Mashed Cauliflower
This cloud-like mash is one of my favorite vegan Thanksgiving recipes. It’s delicious on its own, but I like it even more with vegan mushroom gravy on top.

Mashed sweet potatoes - Vegan Thanksgiving side dishes

Mashed Sweet Potatoes
This super smooth and creamy mash is blissfully easy to make. Bake the sweet potatoes, pop them in the food processor with ginger, rosemary, and olive oil, and puree!

vegan parsnip puree recipe

Parsnip Puree
If you ask me, parsnips should be just as popular as broccoli or cauliflower! They add complex, nutty flavor to this ultra-creamy holiday mash.

Vegan Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Kale & Olive Oil Vegan Mashed Potatoes
My kind of mashed potatoes! Sautéed kale and scallions add bright flecks of green to this rustic mash.

Salads

Balance out comforting vegan Thanksgiving recipes like stuffing and mashed potatoes with a refreshing salad! Here are a few of my favorites:

Pomegranate rice salad - Vegan Thanksgiving recipes

Pomegranate Rice Salad
A spiced citrus dressing adds aromatic flavor to this festive pomegranate salad. For a heartier side dish, top it with a handful of crispy roasted chickpeas.

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 - Vegan Thanksgiving recipes

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.

balsamic roasted brussels sprouts

Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Maple syrup and balsamic vinegar create a sweet and tangy glaze for crispy roasted Brussels sprouts in this hearty salad.

Roasted Delicata Squash Kale Salad

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.

Cozy Soups

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.

Vegan Butternut Squash Soup

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

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.

Pumpkin soup

Pumpkin Soup
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.

Vegan Dinner rolls

Homemade Dinner Rolls
Soft, fluffy, and flavorful, this vegan recipe for dinner rolls is just as tasty as one made with butter and eggs.

Rosemary Focaccia - Vegan Thanksgiving recipes

Rosemary Focaccia Bread
Rosemary, olive oil, and roasted garlic fill this chewy bread with rich, savory flavor.

No knead bread - Vegan Thanksgiving recipes

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!

Apple crumble - Vegan Thanksgiving desserts

Apple Crumble
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!

Vegan Apple pie recipe

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.

Vegan Pumpkin Pie Parfaits

Pumpkin Pudding
Toasted pecans replace the crust in these pumpkin pie-inspired pudding parfaits. Top them with coconut whipped cream for an adorable, decadent finish.

Butternut Squash Pudding - Vegan Thanksgiving recipes

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

Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes: Sweet Potato Casserole

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5 from 6 votes
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr 20 mins
Serves 6 to 8
This sweet potato casserole is one of our favorite vegan thanksgiving recipes!

Ingredients

  • 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

Crumble Topping

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

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  1. A Sour Lemon
    11.21.2020

    Thank you so much for these recipes! My mom’s side is visiting for Thanksgiving, and they are all vegan.

  2. Hrichita
    11.21.2020

    Just WOW!! Thank you sm for this
    Loved all of these recipes

  3. Donna
    11.22.2020

    Thank you! A several of your wonderful recipes will be included on our table this year! I’m glad you included a couple recipes that are found in your book. I’d been meaning to order it since it came out, but out of sight is out of mind. I’ve ordered and supposed to receive Love and Lemons Everyday tomorrow!

  4. Antonia Priest
    11.23.2020

    5 stars
    I’m a very vegan person, I love this page

  5. Karen Lipsey
    11.23.2020

    The cauliflower steak recipe is incredible. Such interesting and delicious combination of flavors!
    Do you think any color(purple, orange, green) cauliflower work in the cauliflower gratin recipe?

  6. Linda
    11.23.2020

    5 stars
    Thank you..Your Thanksgiving Dinner Suggestions look so delicious.

  7. Andreas
    11.24.2020

    What do you serve with this casserole?

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