73 Vegan Thanksgiving Foods for the Holiday

Vegan Thanksgiving Foods
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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, you might wonder what to serve to your vegetarian or vegan family and friends if you’re not following a plant-based diet.

This can seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be! It’s actually easier than you think to provide options that are both delicious and plant-based. 

In fact, if you plan out your menu carefully, you can ensure that all of your guests will find something they can eat easily and delightfully!

There’s no need to feel left out on Thanksgiving day just because you’re trying to be healthier or you don’t eat meat!

There are plenty of delicious vegan thanksgiving foods out there that you can enjoy with your family and friends. 

So, Just because you eat differently than the rest of your loved ones doesn’t mean that you can’t share in the holiday spirit with delicious food!

This list will help you find some new favorite vegan thanksgiving foods to add to your own menu this year.

1. Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet potato is the first on the list of Vegan Thanksgiving foods. This casserole is a vegan favorite, made with mashed sweet potatoes, vegan butter, maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla. 

Mix it all together in a bowl, then pour into an 8×8 pan. Next, add pecans to the top before baking at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. This dish will make your mouth water!

2. Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto

You’ll not find more beautiful vegan Thanksgiving foods than this Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto. The colors are just stunning.

To make it, first, roast the butternut squash in the oven. Then create the risotto by cooking onion, garlic, thyme, salt, and pepper in some olive oil until the onion is soft. 

Add rice to toast for a few minutes before adding wine to boil off the alcohol. Add broth to cover the rice barely; simmer for 20 minutes until the liquid is absorbed.

Finish with butter, and parmesan cheese, then add roasted butternut squash cubes to finish off this dish that will make your mouth water!

3. Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Roasted garlic mashed potatoes are the next on the Vegan Thanksgiving foods list. Instructions:

First, peel and cut up three or four potatoes into chunks. Put them in a pot with water to cover them by an inch or two (you want the potatoes to be fully submerged in water). 

Add cloves of garlic, if desired. Bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat until the potatoes are cooked through but not falling apart (about 15 minutes).

Drain away any excess water once they’re done cooking, then mash with butter, salt, and pepper as desired.

4. Mushroom Gravy

This vegan gravy recipe is made with mushrooms, soy sauce, and other spices. It tastes just like the real thing! Serve this with your favorite holiday dishes, or enjoy it as a side dish by itself. Instructions;

Boil water in a medium pot until boiling. Add olive oil to the pan, add sliced mushrooms, and cook for 3-4 minutes until browned.

Add low-sodium vegetable broth to the pot. Whisk in soy sauce, onion powder, and thyme into the liquid. 

Then bring to a simmer on low heat for 10 minutes until thickened. Pour mixture into a blender if you want it extra smooth, or whisk by hand if you prefer chunks in your gravy.

5. Roasted Carrots with Farro, Chickpeas & Herbed Crème Fraiche

Roasted Carrots with Farro, Chickpeas & Herbed Creme Fraiche are great vegetarian or vegan thanksgiving foods that are perfect for the holidays.

Roasting them at high heat ensures they are crisp on the outside but soft on the inside. The herbed creme fraiche provides a creamy and tangy contrast to the sweet carrots.

For a sweeter version, add honey to the sauce before serving. This dish can be made vegan by swapping out the butter for olive oil. 

  • Roasted Carrots with Farro, Chickpeas & Herbed Crème Fraîche Recipe: 
  •  Pounds of carrots (about 8 large) 
  • Extra-virgin olive oil 
  • Salt

6. Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is another Vegan Thanksgiving food. Instructions; In a pot, combine water with sugar. Stir until the sugar has dissolved.

Add fresh or frozen cranberries, then bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat for about 10 minutes. 

Reduce heat to low, then simmer uncovered for 20 minutes or until thickened slightly. Stir occasionally during cooking time as desired.

7. Broccoli, Cheddar & Quinoa Gratin

These vegan thanksgiving foods are delicious, hearty meals that will satisfy vegans, vegetarians, and carnivores alike.

The broccoli, cheddar & quinoa gratin is a one-skillet dish that can be made ahead of time, making it an easy option for vegan Thanksgiving foods dinner. 

Packed with vegetables and satisfying cheesiness, this food will make you feel like you are indulging while you actually are not. The best part?

It’s easy to prepare, cooks in less than 30 minutes (on the stovetop) or in 40 minutes (in the oven), and can be prepared in advance. So no more excuses for not having something healthy to eat on Turkey Day!

8. Vegan Stuffing

The next on the list of Vegan thanksgiving foods are Vegan stuffing. Instructions; In a large pot, saute onions, celery, and carrots in olive oil until tender.

Add vegan chicken broth (or vegetable broth) to the pot with sage and thyme. Let it come to a boil, then reduce the heat to low-medium. 

Remove from the heat source and stir in the stuffing mix (just the dry ingredients) until well combined with the liquid mixture in the pot. Cover the pot and let it sit for 15 minutes or so while you prepare other items on your menu. 

To add moisture back into your stuffing after it’s had time to rest, slowly sprinkle vegan butter over the top of the stuffing (1-2 tablespoons), cover again, then let steam for 5 more minutes before serving.

9. Best Vegetable Lasagna

These pasta dishes are perfect vegan thanksgiving foods or vegetarian dishes for your upcoming holiday feast.

With layers of tomato sauce, noodles, creamy cheese, zucchini, mushrooms, spinach, and eggplant, all topped with mozzarella cheese and baked to perfection, you will be sure to impress your guests. 

Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare the noodles by boiling them in salted water for 8-10 minutes or until al dente.

Then rinse them with cold water to prevent them from sticking together during baking time.

10. Butternut Squash Casserole

This recipe is a twist on the classic vegan thanksgiving foods. It’s made with roasted butternut squash, vegan cream cheese, mushrooms, onions, garlic, vegetable broth, and your favorite herbs. 

We recommend adding sage if you have it on hand! These vegan thanksgiving foods are perfect for those looking to add a vegan option to the table this year. 

If you’re vegetarian or want to mix it up a bit more, swap out the cheese for dairy-free or omit it entirely. It will still taste delicious!

11. Easy Brown Rice Risotto with Mushrooms and Fresh Oregano

These easy risotto recipes are perfect for a vegan l thanksgiving dinner! Brown rice is a nutrient-dense whole grain that provides essential amino acids, minerals, and fiber. 

Cooked in vegetable broth with mushrooms, onions, garlic, fresh oregano leaves, red pepper flakes, and salt to season it up. It’s an easy dish that’s delicious any time of the year!

12. Stuffed Acorn Squash

The next on the list of Vegan thanksgiving foods is Stuffed acorn squash. Instructions; First, preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cut the acorn squash in half lengthwise, remove the seeds, and place on a lightly oiled baking sheet cut side down. 

Bake until tender, about 45 minutes. In a small bowl, combine cooked brown rice with diced onion, chopped mushrooms, chopped celery, minced garlic, dried thyme leaves, and salt.

13. Creamy Roasted Brussels Sprout and Quinoa Gratin

This food is a vegetarian spin on the traditional green bean casserole. The quinoa provides protein and makes this dish even more satisfying.

Roasting the Brussels sprouts gives them an incredible caramelized taste, which balances out the creaminess of this dish.

  • Pair this dish with your favorite vegan mashed potatoes for a complete meal. 
  • Brussels sprouts, trimmed, halved lengthwise, cut crosswise into slices 
  • Olive oil 
  • Kosher salt 
  • Chopped fresh thyme 
  • Quinoa pasta (cooked according to package instructions) 
  • Garlic clove, minced

14. Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta

One of the best things about fall is the abundance of squash. Butternut squash, in particular, is a delicious vegetable that can be used in various dishes. 

One dish that I love to make is creamy butternut squash pasta. This recipe has minimal ingredients and tastes amazing. 

A great thing about this dish is you can use it as a side or main course, which means you can make it vegan thanksgiving food depending on your dietary needs!

15. Vegetarian Stuffed Acorn Squash

It’s that time of year again: the leaves are falling, pumpkin spice lattes are on every menu, and your friends are asking what you’re making for vegan Thanksgiving foods.

Even if you’re not hosting this year, finding something to make that is vegetarian or vegan can be challenging. 

This year, ditch the heavy dishes with a healthy (and vegetarian!) stuffed acorn squash. 

Ingredients ;

  • Acorn squash 
  • Coconut oil 
  • Onion chopped 
  • Cloves garlic minced 
  • Kale chopped 
  • Dried thyme 
  • Salt

16. Creamy Mushroom Polenta

One of my favorite dishes to make for vegetarian or vegan thanksgiving foods is Creamy Mushroom Polenta. This dish is rich, creamy, and filling. It tastes great with your favorite gravy or as a side dish with drizzled olive oil. 

Plus, it’s easy to make! Here’s how you can prepare this delicious dish for your holiday meal: Saute mushrooms in olive oil until lightly browned and cooked through, about 10 minutes. Add chopped onions to the pan and cook for 5 more minutes stirring occasionally. 

Remove from heat once mushrooms are fully cooked. Bring water, salt, pepper, and bay leave to a boil in a large pot.

17. Baked Ziti with Roasted Vegetables

Baked Ziti with roasted vegetables is another vegan Thanksgiving food. Instructions; In a baking dish, mix together the following:

 Ziti noodles, pasta sauce, Diced tomatoes with juices, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Top with shredded vegan mozzarella cheese.

Cover with foil or a lid and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

18. Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells

Butternut squash is perfect for making dishes like butternut squash stuffed shells. To make these, you must cook the butternut squash in a pot of boiling water. 

The first step is to cut off the stem and slice it lengthwise before scooping out the seeds and dicing them into cubes.

Once you have done this, put the cubes into a pot of boiling water until they are tender enough to be pierced with a fork. 

Once they are cooked, take them out of the pot and set them aside to cool down. Now you can start making your vegan thanksgiving foods!

19. Pomegranate & Pear Green Salad with Ginger Dressing

This dish is a refreshing twist on the traditional Thanksgiving salad. With a light ginger dressing, this salad will have your guests coming back for seconds.

You’ll need the following: Pomegranate, pear, spinach leaves, crumbled feta cheese, or goat cheese. To make the dressing: garlic clove (minced), chopped fresh ginger root (or grated), red wine vinegar, water, pinch salt, and pepper to taste.

20. Roasted Delicata Squash

Delicata squash is a type of squash that is much more flavorful than acorn or butternut. It has a slightly sweet taste to it, making it perfect for roasting in the oven with other vegetables. 

This recipe can be done vegan or vegetarian depending on your preferences.

  • Cut delicata in half lengthwise and remove seeds with a spoon 
  • Rub the inside of the skin with olive oil 
  • Season inside of the skin with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder 
  • Place cut delicata halves on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper 
  • Roast at 425 degrees F for 20-25 minutes until fork tender

21. Honey Mustard Brussels Sprout Slaw

This recipe is a great choice for those who are on the Paleo or Whole 30 diet. Those who are looking to cleanse their body of excess sugar or just want to take some steps in the right direction for better wellness. 

It tastes just as good as coleslaw made with mayonnaise but without the unhealthy fats that come from the dressing.

Start by chopping off the outer leaves of a head of Brussels sprouts and removing any brown spots you may find. 

Toss them in a bowl with shredded cabbage, red onion, apple cider vinegar, water, whole grain mustard (or honey mustard), garlic powder, celery seeds (optional), salt, and pepper.

Mix well, then transfer to an airtight container or jar to store in your refrigerator until ready to serve.

22. Favorite Green Salad with Apples, Cranberries, and Pepitas

Green salads are one of my favorite dishes to bring to potlucks, holiday dinners, or whenever I need a quick healthy meal. I have been especially craving them lately because it’s starting to get chilly here in Atlanta.

This salad is full of flavor with the sweetness of apples, tartness of cranberries, and crunchiness of pepitas. Plus, it’s vegan and gluten-free!

23. Roasted Beets with Citrus

Roasted beets are always a good option. The citrus flavor of orange juice, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and sea salt in this simple recipe balances the sweetness of the beets.

For an extra kick, add some cumin or cardamom to your favorite roasting dish before adding your beets.

  • Beets
  • Fresh squeezed orange juice 
  • Balsamic vinegar 
  • Olive oil
  •  Optional: ground cumin and cardamom for a little spice** 
  • Sea salt (to taste)

24. Hearty Sweet Potato, Arugula & Wild Rice Salad with Ginger Dressing

This recipe is one of my favorites because it combines a few of my favorite ingredients: wild rice, arugula, sweet potatoes, and ginger.

I love the way the dressing complements all of these flavors. This salad is light yet hearty- perfect for vegetarian or vegan thanksgiving foods. 

25. Creamed Spinach

If you’re looking for great vegetarian or vegan thanksgiving foods, creamed spinach is perfect. This recipe has been around since the 1700s and has become a traditional dish in many countries worldwide. 

The key to this dish is to get it creamy by pureeing the cooked spinach with butter or margarine, flour, salt, and pepper before adding milk or cream. For variety, try adding a little nutmeg or mustard powder for extra flavor.

26. Homemade Caesar Salad

Preparing your own Caesar salad is a great way to avoid processed, salty croutons. This dish will also hit vegans and vegetarians who want to enjoy holiday nostalgia without the turkey!

You can make your own dressing by combining mayonnaise, lemon juice, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic, finely minced or mashed into a paste with salt. 

Add the ingredients in this order: mayonnaise-lemon juice-olive oil-Worcestershire sauce-garlic. Add cayenne pepper or hot sauce if you prefer more spice to your dressing.

27. Vegan Cauliflower Gratin

Try this cauliflower gratin for a vegan take on one of the classic Thanksgiving dishes. This dish contains flavor from garlic, thyme, and rosemary. 

The mixture of mustard powder, Dijon mustard, salt, pepper, vegan butter, or oil will add a delicious crust to the top of this dish. It’s easier than you might think to make this dish. 

So, chop up the cauliflower into small pieces, then layer it in an oven-safe baking dish before topping it with all of those great seasonings.

Bake until your cauliflower has a nice crispy top, then serve alongside your favorite roasted vegetables and stuffing for an unforgettable holiday meal!

28. Balsamic Butternut, Kale, and Cranberry Panzanella

A delicious twist on a traditional cranberry sauce, this balsamic butternut Panzanella can be made in advance to save time when you’re busy cooking.

We recommend serving it with a hearty dish such as vegan pot pie or vegan shepherd’s pie.

  • Butternut squash, peeled and cubed into 1-inch chunks (about 3 pounds)
  • Olive oil, plus more for drizzling over the top after baking.
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Maple syrup or brown sugar (optional)
  • Wheat bread cubes (freshly baked is best!)

29. Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

The next on the list of Vegan thanksgiving foods are Twice baked sweet potatoes. Ingredients;

  • Sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Vegan butter softened
  • Unbleached cane sugar or brown sugar (or a mix of both)
  • Ground cinnamon dash ground nutmeg (optional)
  • Chopped walnuts, almonds, or pecans (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a baking sheet with cooking spray or line it with parchment paper; set aside. 

In a medium bowl, mash the sweet potatoes until smooth. Add the butter, sugar, cinnamon, and optional nuts to the bowl and stir until evenly mixed.

30. Arugula, Dried Cherry, and Wild Rice Salad with a Zippy Lemon Dressing

We are in the midst of November, which is the month of giving thanks. From football to food, it’s all about gratitude this time of year. 

But what does that mean for vegans Thanksgiving foods? For vegetarians? Finding dishes that work for both camps at the dinner table can be challenging.

One dish that will please both camps is this Arugula, Dried Cherry, and Wild Rice Salad with a Zippy Lemon Dressing.

The dressing has an unexpected kick from some red pepper flakes while simultaneously being lightened with lemon juice. 

The wild rice adds a nutty flavor, while the dried cherries offer a touch of sweetness. Topped off with some fresh arugula, this dish will have your guests coming back for seconds!

31. Oven Roasted Potatoes

This recipe is really easy to make because you only need three ingredients: potatoes, olive oil, and salt. 

Start by washing your potatoes and cutting them into bite-sized pieces. Then drizzle with olive oil and salt.

Could you put them in a baking dish with sides? Bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes or until they are tender on the inside when poked with a fork.

32. Roasted Delicata Squash, Pomegranate, and Arugula Salad

This salad is a perfect side to any vegan thanksgiving foods you’re preparing for the holiday. It’s full of fresh, crisp flavors that are complemented by the nutty arugula and tart pomegranate. The best part is that it doesn’t take long to whip up!2 Delicata squash, cut into 1-inch chunks

33. Maple Roasted Acorn Squash

This dish is really easy to make and a great side dish for your vegetarian or vegan thanksgiving foods. To prepare this dish, peel and cut the acorn squash into four wedges.

Brush each wedge with a little bit of olive oil, then sprinkle salt, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger powder, or freshly grated ginger to taste. Roast at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes (flip the wedges halfway through) until tender.

34. Hearty Roasted Butternut Squash & Apple Salad

A winter classic, this salad is hearty enough to be a meal on its own. The tender roasted squash with sweet apples, crunchy walnuts, and salty cheese is perfect for an autumnal feast.

The freshness of the parsley adds a bright note to round it all out. Soak cranberries in boiling water for 10 minutes until they are plump. Drain well.

Combine chopped parsley leaves with apple slices, walnuts, cranberries, butternut squash cubes (cooked), and crumbled blue cheese or goat cheese in a large bowl. 

In another small bowl, whisk together a drizzle of olive oil with some balsamic vinegar, salt & pepper to taste, then toss with the other ingredients until combined well.

35. Mashed Cauliflower

This is one of the simplest recipes, but it’s a favorite for many vegetarians. It’s usually mashed potatoes, but this is mashed cauliflower that is seasoned with olive oil, salt, and pepper. 

To make this dish vegetarian, you can use butter or margarine instead of the butter margarine that has been used to give it a nice rich flavor.

This recipe is really easy to make and can be made ahead of time, so you have less to worry about on Thanksgiving day. 

A side dish that goes well with this vegetable dish is green beans. Because they are cooked in the same way as the cauliflower, and they will go together nicely on your plate.

36. Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Mashed sweet potatoes are next on the list of Vegan Thanksgiving foods. Instructions; Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).

Scrub 3-4 pounds of sweet potatoes, prick them with a fork, and place them in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Bake for 50-60 minutes until tender when pierced with a knife. 

Remove from the oven and allow them to cool slightly before peeling off their skin with your fingers or using an old-fashioned potato peeler and then cut into chunks about 2 (5 cm) wide. Parsnip Puree

Parsnips have a sweet, earthy flavor that balances your dish. Plus, they’re delicious and easy to make. 

Here’s how: 

  • Peel the parsnip and cut it into chunks. 
  • Add canola oil to a pan over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the parsnip chunks. 
  • Cook for about 10-15 minutes, occasionally stirring so that they cook evenly. 
  • Add salt and pepper to taste. 
  • Mash with a potato masher or blend until smooth using an immersion blender. 
  • Season with thyme leaves (fresh or dried), sage leaves (fresh or dried), ground nutmeg, and black pepper if desired for extra flavor.

37. Autumn Kale Salad with Fennel, Honeycrisp, and Goat Cheese

The flavors of this salad are amazing, but the textures are what really set it apart. The crunchy apple and sweet honey crisp apples paired with the soft, fresh goat cheese are perfect. Paired with the crisp, hearty kale, fennel, and red onion, it’s a fall meal you won’t forget. 

Olive oil, vinegar (apple cider or lemon juice), Honey, Dijon mustard, chopped kale leaves, a chopped fennel bulb, minced onion, crumbled goat cheese, salt, and pepper to taste, 5-6 slices of Honeycrisp apple (or any crisp apple you like)

38. Green Bean Casserole

Green bean casserole is an essential dish for any Thanksgiving feast. It can be a little time-consuming to make, but it’s worth the effort because of how delicious it is.

To make green bean casserole, you will need French-style green beans, cream of mushroom soup, water, chopped onion, and all-purpose flour. 

Start by cooking your green beans in a pot with a small amount of olive oil until they are soft. Add the rest of your ingredients to the pot and mix them up well until they are fully combined.

39. Kale & Olive Oil Vegan Mashed Potatoes

Kale and Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes are the perfect side dish for any vegan thanksgiving foods. The recipe is simple, requiring only a few ingredients and 20 minutes of cooking time. 

Kale is packed with vitamins and protein, while olive oil has many health benefits, including reduced inflammation and heart disease. Try this recipe if you want something to spice up your mashed potatoes this year!

40. Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese & Pistachios

Some people want to commit to something other than a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle for the whole holiday season. That’s totally cool.

Even if you’re not ready to go all in, you can still enjoy a delicious meal with this Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese and Pistachios. 

The combination of salty and sweet flavors will keep your palate entertained while the beets provide plenty of vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants.

41. Pomegranate Rice Salad

This vegan recipe makes for a delicious and easy side dish. All you need is rice, pomegranate seeds, olive oil, salt, pepper, parsley, and lemon. 

Add the rice and cook according to package instructions in a large bowl or pot of boiling water. Drain any excess water. Add the pomegranate seeds, olive oil, and seasonings, then stir well to combine. 

For the dressing: in a small bowl, whisk together the juice of one lemon with some olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste. Serve at room temperature or chilled with your favorite main dish!

42. Farro and Kale Salad with Goat Cheese

Farro and kale salad with goat cheese is another vegan thanksgiving food on the list. Instructions;

Place a large pot of salted water on the stove and bring it to a boil. Add in farro, reduce heat and simmer uncovered for about 20-25 minutes or until tender. When done, drain the excess liquid and spread it out on a sheet pan to cool. 

In a small bowl, mix together olive oil, red wine vinegar, sugar, thyme leaves, and salt until combined; set aside. Mix goat cheese with chopped walnuts in another small bowl and set aside. 

In yet another small bowl, mix lemon juice with mayonnaise (or vegan mayonnaise) until combined, then add spinach leaves; set aside for now as well.

43. Apple Radish Slaw

The apple radish slaw recipe is great to spice up your Thanksgiving table with something new and different.

The slaw is vegan, gluten-free, and soy-free, which means it will appeal to everyone at the table. 

The recipe calls for crisp apples, fresh apple cider vinegar, red onion, fresh thyme leaves, sea salt flakes, and black pepper.

Radishes are finely sliced and mixed with other ingredients before finally being tossed in a creamy dressing.

The slaw is a refreshing side dish that can be served warm or cold, depending on your preference.

44. Shredded Brussels Sprouts & Arugula Salad with Sunshine Dressing

One of my favorite dishes to make during the holiday season is a delicious shredded Brussels sprout & arugula salad with Sunshine dressing. It’s hearty, has just the right amount of sweetness, and is packed with healthy nutrients. 

I love it because it tastes delicious and is easy on the wallet; no expensive ingredients are involved in this recipe!

But most importantly, I love it because it’s vegan and vegetarian-friendly for those who are looking for a plant-based dish to try this year.

45. Roasted Cauliflower Salad

This roasted cauliflower salad is a light and healthy twist on traditional coleslaw. It’s packed with flavor from fresh parsley, dill, and lemon juice but still full of good-for-you ingredients like fresh vegetables and whole grains.

Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable that has been shown to reduce cancer risk. Plus, it’s really delicious!

46. Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut squash soup is a staple at any vegan thanksgiving foods table. It’s creamy, mildly sweet, and packed with flavor. 

Once you know how to make it, you’ll be able to whip up a big batch of this wonderful soup in no time!

Here’s how to roast your butternut squash for the soup: Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut one large butternut squash in half lengthwise and remove the seeds and strings inside 

Place both halves face down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or tin foil (preferably not wax paper) and place in the oven for 45 minutes or until fork tender when poked with a knife

47. Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Here is another vegan thanksgiving food called Balsamic roasted Brussels sprouts. Instructions; Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Toss halved brussels sprouts with olive oil and salt in a large bowl. Spread out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil and bake for 15-20 minutes until crispy on the outside but tender on the inside.

48. Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Soup

The easiest way to make a creamy soup is through the use of cashews. All you need to do is soak them in water for at least four hours and then blend them with the desired amount of liquid until it reaches your desired consistency. 

In this recipe, we used vegetable broth and water. After blending, season with salt and pepper, add garlic or onion powder if you want more flavor, and mix in your vegetables. 

In this recipe, we used cauliflower, which is roasted beforehand, so it’s soft enough to blend up easily. We also added some carrots for sweetness and green onions for an extra hint of flavor.

49. Butternut Squash Soup

This recipe is a great starter for any vegetarian or vegan thanksgiving foods and can be served as an appetizer or as the main course.

The sweetness from the squash and the earthiness of the sage makes for a balanced dish that will please just about anyone’s palate.

Lightly oil a large soup pot and add your diced onions, celery, and carrot. Cook over medium heat until softened but not browned, about 5 minutes. Add water, vegetable broth, bay leaves, and ground ginger.

Bring to a boil, then reduce to low heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Remove bay leaves before serving, as they are not edible.

50. Creamy Roasted Pumpkin Soup

This delicious, creamy soup is perfect for the holiday season! It can be made vegan by substituting butter, olive oil, and coconut milk. If you want to give it some more flavor, add a bit of thyme, sage, or rosemary.

51. Wild Rice Soup

This delicious soup is a vegetarian take on the traditional thanksgiving soup and is perfect for those who don’t want to eat turkey.

The wild rice in this recipe provides a hearty texture that will satisfy you.

  • Wild rice, rinsed
  • Vegetable broth + water + salt 
  • Carrots, diced onion, chopped cloves of garlic, minced or pressed 

Bay leaves

52. Lucille’s Mashed Potatoes

The next on the list of Vegan thanksgiving foods is Lucille mashed potatoes. 


  • Pounds of potatoes (about four medium), peeled and cut into chunks of Vegan butter. 
  • Soy milk 
  • Sea salt 
  • Black pepper 
  • Fresh thyme leaves 
  • Vegan cheese shreds (optional) 

In a large pot, boil the potatoes until they are tender but not mushy. Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot. Add in the butter, salt, pepper, and thyme leaves.

53. Pumpkin Soup

This simple dish is super easy to make and can be served either as a starter or soup. Pumpkin soup is usually made with roasted pumpkin or butternut squash, blended with vegetable broth, coconut milk, and spices. It’s delicious, topped with pumpkin seeds and cilantro!

Peel, chop, and roast the pumpkin in the oven at 350°F for 30 minutes until tender. Remove from the oven and let cool. (If using squash, cut it in half lengthwise and remove seeds) 

Scoop out the pumpkin’s flesh into a blender or food processor along with one cup of water, vegetable broth (or water), coconut milk, salt, and spices to taste (i.e., cinnamon, nutmeg). Blend until fully combined.

54. Homemade Dinner Rolls

Homemade dinner rolls are another vegan Thanksgiving Foods. Ingredients;

  • Warm water 
  • White sugar 
  • Salt 
  • Dry yeast (or 1 packet) 
  • Flour, plus more for work surface

55. Rosemary Focaccia Bread

This recipe is perfect for vegan thanksgiving foods! The bread is made of whole wheat flour, olive oil, salt, and fresh rosemary. It’s topped with garlic-infused olive oil and sprinkled with coarse sea salt. 

The bread is baked until golden brown and crispy on the outside, with a tender crust that yields a chewy interior. The aroma of the fresh rosemary will fill your kitchen as it bakes.

56. Savory Mashed Sweet Potatoes

These mashed sweet potatoes are a delicious and healthy vegan thanksgiving foods alternative to the traditional dish. They’re made with cashew butter, so they’re naturally creamy and flavorful. 

I love these because they’re also low-carb, gluten-free, and nutrient-dense. They are so easy to make, too–boil until tender, then mash!

57. No Knead Bread

This is a recipe that I have been perfecting for years. It’s easy, requires minimal ingredients, and doesn’t require kneading. It’s the perfect no-knead bread.

It turns out great every time, and you will never return to store-bought bread again! Plus, making this in advance means you can skip all of the last-minute stress when Thanksgiving arrives. 

58. Pancakes

These are my favorite vegan pancake recipes because they are so fluffy. Plus, they only take 5 minutes from start to finish–perfect for holiday mornings when there is so much cooking going on already. Pecan 

59. Pie

Okay, this pie may not be traditionally vegan thanksgiving foods or vegetarian (it does contain eggs). Still, if you have some vegetarians coming over this year, then it’s worth giving a try!

60. Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole

With sweet potatoes, pecans, maple syrup, and a little cinnamon, this casserole recipe will surely become a new family favorite.

It is the perfect side dish to any traditional vegan thanksgiving foods.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit 
  • Boil sweet potatoes until soft 
  • Mix together cooked sweet potatoes, pecans, maple syrup, cinnamon, and vegan butter 
  • Place in baking dish 
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until browned on top 
  • Serve warm with vegan butter

61. Jack’s Garlic Pretzel Knots

Making pretzels at home is easy and fun, and Jack’s Garlic Pretzel Knots are no exception! These knotted treats are smothered in creamy garlic butter, leaving everyone begging for more. 

And the best part about this recipe is that you don’t need any fancy equipment: just a few bowls, some ingredients, and your trusty oven or toaster oven. Preheat your oven or toaster oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Mix warm water, sugar, yeast, salt, and oil in a large bowl. Mix well until dissolved; set aside for 10 minutes to activate the yeast.

62. Kale Colcannon

This traditional Irish dish is a green twist on the classic American colcannon, typically a creamy dish made with potatoes, cabbage, or kale.

A vegan take on this dish uses coconut milk instead of cream, and it’s absolutely delicious! You can even add some vegan cheese to make it that much better.

The dish starts with steamed kale, which you sauté in garlic until tender. Then stir in chopped scallions, onion, and celery to soften them up. 

Add the coconut milk and simmer for five minutes. Once the mixture has thickened slightly, remove from heat and stir in salt and pepper.

63. Apple Crumble

If you’re looking for delicious vegan thanksgiving foods alternative to pumpkin pie, try this recipe for apple crumbles. The dessert is topping warm baked apples with oats and baking them until golden brown. 

They are then topped with a layer of whipped cream and sugar before being served chilled or at room temperature. You can also enjoy it as a breakfast dish.

64. Apple Crumble Pie

This pie is perfect for a vegan thanksgiving food because it is not only vegan but also gluten-free, grain-free, and refined sugar-free.

It also has no nuts in it, so it is safe for those with nut allergies! The crust of this pie consists of almonds, coconut oil, and dates. 

The filling includes apples, figs (optional), cinnamon, vanilla extract, and almond milk. After you bake the pie, top it off with peanut butter (or your favorite nut butter) to ensure the crust stays together nicely.

The first step in making this pie is mixing all of the crust ingredients together in a food processor. Until they form a crumbly dough that holds together when squeezed tightly between your fingers.

65. Perfect Roasted Potatoes

Making perfect roasted potatoes is easy. All you need to do is wash and peel the potatoes, cut them into evenly sized pieces, and toss them with olive oil, salt, and pepper. 

Then roast the potatoes in a 400-degree oven for about an hour (or until the outside becomes crispy). If you want to make this dish vegan or vegetarian, simply omit the butter and milk from the recipe.

Not only will these be tasty side dishes for your upcoming dinner, but they’ll also be healthier than their meat-laden counterparts.

66. Pumpkin Pudding

Pumpkin pudding is next on the list of Vegan Thanksgiving foods. Ingredients;

  • Can pumpkin puree
  • Cornstarch or tapioca flour (cornstarch for thicker pudding) 
  • Ground cinnamon 
  • Ground ginger 
  • Almond milk, soy milk, or rice milk (I prefer almond milk) 
  • Maple syrup or honey, agave nectar or brown sugar. 

67. Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries & Pecans

These are other vegan thanksgiving foods on the list. Instructions; Preheat the oven to 400°F. Cut off any browned or tough ends from brussels sprouts and cut them in half lengthwise. 

Remove any outer leaves that may be wilted or blemished. Toss them in a bowl with olive oil, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes.

68. Fresh Creamed Spinach

This dish is a perfect appetizer for any holiday meal because it can be served at room temperature.

Creamed spinach is made with heavy cream and butter, but this vegan thanksgiving foods version substitutes coconut milk for dairy products. 

It’s just as creamy and rich but without any of the saturated fat that comes from dairy. You’ll also want to add a little nutmeg and salt to taste. 

The secret ingredient in this recipe? Coconut oil! Believe it or not, coconut oil gives this dish an amazing flavor that’s hard to beat with other oils like olive or vegetable oil.

69. Honey Butter Roasted Carrots

I don’t know what vegetable I love more: carrots or parsnips. They’re both so sweet and crispy and perfect for roasting.

These Honey Butter Roasted Carrots are one of my favorite vegan Thanksgiving foods recipes. This is because they are so easy to make but taste absolutely delicious. 

The combination of honey and butter is heavenly with the carrots, and the extra sprinkle of thyme leaves gives them something special.

They’re also vegan-friendly if you swap out butter with coconut oil! There are no excuses as to why you won’t want to try this delicacy!

70. Butter Cornbread

Honey butter cornbread is the next on the list of Vegan Thanksgiving foods. Ingredients needed are:

  • Cornmeal or masa harina
  • Salt.
  • Baking powder. 
  • Butter softened.
  • Honey.
  • Egg, beaten. 
  • Cup milk (any kind).

First, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Whisk together the cornmeal or masa harina and salt in a large bowl. Then, add the baking powder and mix it in thoroughly. 

Next, beat the butter with the honey with an electric mixer until fluffy. Beat in the egg and then add the milk all at once. Finally, stir just until moistened, don’t over-mix it!

71. Almost Homemade Green Bean Casserole

This is a great dish for vegetarians and those that are gluten-free. Cooked green beans, butter, onions, flour, milk, and vegetable broth are whisked together and then poured over the beans in a casserole dish. 

Then, it is topped with fried onions and bread crumbs. The onions may be left out if you have an onion allergy or don’t want to spend time frying them.

The ingredients are:

  • The pound has frozen green beans.
  • Butter.
  • Onion (chopped).
  • All-purpose flour.
  • Milk.
  • Vegetable broth salt to taste. 
  • Pepper to taste.

72. Vegan Mac and Cheese

This rich and creamy vegan mac and cheese is a delicious way to add some plant-based protein to your vegan Thanksgiving foods!

It’s made with a simple cashew and tofu base, with added spices for the perfect balance of flavor.

And don’t worry, this vegan mac and cheese have all the yummy gooeyness you’re looking for without all the dairy or gluten. 

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. 
  • Add water to the saucepan, bring to a boil, and add cashews. 
  • Simmer until soft.
  • Drain and rinse pasta in cold water.
  • Combine pasta with a saucepan mixture in a food processor or blender.
  • Blend until smooth. 
  • Add tofu, salt, pepper, and nutritional yeast (optional).

73. Easy Honey Butter

This recipe is great because it can be whipped up in no time and tastes amazing on everything. It’s also really easy to make! 

Just mix together vegan butter with honey until well combined. You can store the unused portion in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week. We’ll end this list of sumptuous vegan thanksgiving foods here!


The holiday season is just around the corner. Whether you’re hosting a dinner for family and friends or simply cooking for yourself, it can take time to find vegan thanksgiving foods or vegetarian dishes to serve.

This list of vegan thanksgiving foods recipes from some of my favorite bloggers has helped you out! I’m confident that there’s something here that everyone can enjoy. Happy Thanksgiving!

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