Have you decided what you’re going to make for Thanksgiving this year? No? Then you’re in luck! We put together a list of some incredible last-minute vegan Thanksgiving recipes, so get excited! Whether you are wholeheartedly celebrating or are just anticipating the delicious holiday festivities about to ensue, we’ve got you covered. On today’s list, you will find everything from starters and mains (including an actual homemade vegan turkey recipe) to all kinds of sides, sweet treats (pies! pies! pies!), and even a few leftover ideas. So pick a favorite vegan Thanksgiving recipe off today’s list and enjoy the holiday!
What you’ll find in this article (click on the title to jump to each section):
Vegan Thanksgiving Soup & Appetizer Recipes
Vibrant, comforting, and totally season-appropriate, this filling salad is packed with veggies, fruit, and protein, and will definitely brighten up the dinner table!
Stuffed peppers, but make it soup: that’s exactly what this vegan Thanksgiving recipe by Choosing Chia is! Hearty, filling, and packed with flavors, it makes for a satiating meal any day!
If the photo alone hasn’t sold you on trying this salad by Rainbow Plant Life (which we doubt), just check out what’s in it: a mixture of crispy and chewy roasted butternut squash and cabbage wedges, chopped kale, carrot ribbons, and chickpeas, all tossed in a tangy red wine vinaigrette and topped with a sweet-and-spicy almond crunch. Yum!
This undetectably vegan cashew cheese ball makes for an impressive appetizer that is bound to wow your guests! Decorating it with cranberries adds another layer of flavor and some serious Thanksgiving dinner vibes to it!
Want to go beyond just one vegan cheese this Thanksgiving? Try making the ultimate vegan cheese board following Vancouver with Love’s comprehensive guide to picking, pairing, and arranging one. Best part? It’s low-effort, yet looks so impressive your guests will be blown away!
Another dish that’s simple in concept, yet yields impressive-looking results are Hasselback potatoes, which contrary to what it looks like, aren’t that complicated to make! Drizzle your favorite sauce over them, or go for the simple and comforting ketchup+mayo combo like the recipe above.
Holiday family gatherings are all about sharing food – and what better to practice sharing with than these scrumptious lentil & vegetable stuffed mushrooms by Sweet Simple Vegan? Did we mention they’re topped with homemade vegan cashew parmesan? It’s a vegan Thanksgiving recipe you have to try this year!
The luscious combo of roasted sweet potatoes, fresh massaged kale, sweet and tangy tempeh, sauerkraut, and crunchy pumpkin seeds on top gives us life and full-on fall-winter vibes. It will be an easy and balanced addition to your vegan Thanksgiving dinner!
Onions make anything better, wouldn’t you say? Well, leeks are onions’ quiet little siblings, and this vegan pumpkin leek soup by Sculpted Kitchen is where they truly shine. This recipe will also work really well outside of holiday dinner, of course, so be sure to bookmark it because we bet you’ll be coming back for it in the winter months!
This vegan Thanksgiving recipe has the two key elements of holiday dinner (vegan “meat” and mashed potatoes, that is) encapsulated in soft and flavorful roasted bell peppers. What a treat!
Vegan Thanksgiving Main Course Recipes
How about some homemade vegan turkey from scratch? This vegan Thanksgiving recipe by Zacchary Bird (which you can even make gluten-free!) proves that everything is possible, and going vegan doesn’t have to mean giving up any traditions (culinary or other), but rather, refreshing them with a cruelty-free update!
If you’d rather have some vegan roast chicken for Thanksgiving this year, this recipe by School Night Vegan is here for you! We’re talking succulent, tender seitan “meat” with crispy “skin”, seasonal roasted veggies, and balsamic cranberry marinade! This vegan Thanksgiving recipe will be a feast for the eyes and the stomachs of vegans and non-vegans alike.
Holidays are a time of nostalgia, and we can’t help but reminisce about the simpler times when the vegan version of the so-called “turducken” was all the rage on the internet. You can join us by embracing those memories with this vegan Thanksgiving recipe by Hot for Food!
Seitan does a pretty good job as different mock meats, and so does jackfruit. Combine the two, and you get this next-level vegan brisket that’s smoky, succulent, & definitely meaty! The BBQ sauce glaze is extremely simple, yet adds a nice touch.
Meatloaf is another classic family dish & comfort food beloved by many, and with this recipe by It’s All Good Vegan, you’ll be able to make it at home with pantry-friendly ingredients! It’s packed with veggies, plant protein, and can even be made gluten-free!
Not a fan of mock meats? No problem! Roast a whole head of cauliflower instead. With this recipe by Legally Plant Based, you’ll be able to get maximum flavor and an impressive presentation worth a holiday dinner table!
Vegan Thanksgiving Sauce Recipes
If there isn’t cranberry sauce on the table, is it even Thanksgiving? This sugar-free vegan Thanksgiving recipe by Murielle Banackissa is a must-try for those trying to avoid refined sugar on their plate. Only 5 ingredients and 25 minutes from start till finish!
Gravy is the other thing it’s hard to imagine Thanksgiving without, and if you’d like to make yours from scratch (with a twist), this easy & quick miso gravy recipe by Vegan Travel Eats is for you!
If you’d still like that umami kick in your gravy but are into the more traditional mushroom flavor, go with this vegan Thanksgiving recipe by The Simple Veganista! It’s rich, creamy, made from 5 simple ingredients, and will simply be perfect over some mashed potatoes, roasted veggies, or vegan turkey!
Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes
These pillowy soft, fluffy, pumpkin-flavored (and shaped!) bread rolls will be a perfect side dish for your starters or mains – not to mention an adorable and eye-catching addition to the dinner table!
If you’ve never tried parsnips or were turned off by their slight spiciness upon eating them fresh, don’t fret: this mash is made with roasted parsnips, that mellows their distinctive spiciness seems, and their naturally sweet and nutty taste! Add a carrot for more flavor and colors, and you’ve got yourself a simple healthy side for the holiday table (or weeknight dinner).
Switch things up with this vegan Thanksgiving recipe by Healthier Steps by adding pumpkin to your classic cornbread (and making it vegan, if you haven’t yet) – you won’t look back!
If you’re looking for an easy-to-make side dish that’s vibrant, full of flavor, and simply looks great on the dinner table, look no further – this Thanksgiving veggie roast by Veggie Kins is what you need! It’s highly customizable, too, so you can make it with the veggies you have on hand.
Aah, ratatouille. A recipe that’s simple in terms of ingredients, yet time-consuming in execution – but ultimately worth it! This impressive-looking vegetable dish might not be weeknight dinner material, but it will definitely be more than appropriate for the seasonal festivities!
Thies vegan Thanksgiving recipe requires no blanching, ice baths, or anything complicated – just one pan & 10 minutes’ worth of work for some creamy, silky cooked spinach to join your dinner table! And it looks especially good on the side of some classic mashed potatoes. Yum!
There’s nothing better than freshly baked bread – and Thanksgiving is the perfect time to make some. We’ve already covered bread rolls and cornbread, and these biscuits by East Meets Kitchen are another holiday bread idea, with their amazing texture flavor that’s said to be pretty darn close to the traditional ones (so close you might mistake one for the other)!
Vegan stuffing with a Mexican twist? Sign us up! It’s spicy, savory, and filled with sage, chestnuts, and aromatics – and, of course, vegan chorizo! You can use store-bought or make it yourself via the recipe provided in the post’s notes.
Those leaning towards more traditional stuffing flavors should try this classic celery stuffing by Sarah’s Vegan Kitchen, just make sure to use high-quality vegan butter and vegetable broth for best results!
Another oil-free vegetable roast on today’s list comes with a twist: a vegan savory, slightly sweet, and umami-rich miso glaze that will make anyone fall in love with veggies!
Coleslaw is a classic side to heavy, meaty meals, and this recipe by The Plant-Based School takes it to a different level by dressing it with oil & vinegar instead of mayo, and adding fresh apples and candied walnuts for an irresistible sweet, sour, and nutty crunch!
We said it once, and we’ll say it again: onions make everything better. Case in point: plain old mashed potatoes that are basically reborn and rebranded with the addition of caramelized onions (and buttery croutons, and a little white wine). Save us some!
Another take on the classic potato + spinach + gravy holiday combo comes from this vegan Thanksgiving recipe by Two Spoons, who opts for baking and stuffing instead of mashing them, and adding mushrooms and gravy just enhances the flavors further while keeping it fairly simple!
“One of life’s greatest casseroles” is how Caitlin of From My Bowl describes green bean casseroles in general, with her take on the classic American holiday comfort food being a cozy and wholesome twist, made from quick caramelized onions, a creamy mushroom “soup”, and crunchy cooked green beans, plus some crispy tamari roasted almonds on top. Dee-lish!
A perfect vegan Thanksgiving recipe to place at the intersection of side dishes and desserts on today’s list, these candied yams will be perfect for the real sweet tooths out there! They work well with and without the marshmallows, which is a bonus for those of us who can’t get our hands on the vegan varieties.
Vegan Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes
An iconic Thanksgiving treat indeed, this vegan pumpkin pie recipe is a must this holiday season. Speaking of pumpkin pie, did you know it’s been the official Illinois state pie since 2015. We thought so! Wanna know how we know? Read our state-by-state breakdown of the most iconic American desserts (with vegan recipes to boot!).
Another versatile icon on today’s list, this classic apple pie by Rainbow Nourishments is super nostalgic and comforting, with its buttery vegan shortcrust pastry and sweet cinnamon apple filling. We bet you won’t resist making it!
Having an intimate Thanksgiving dinner and not feeling like making a whole pie? Try these mini cranberry pear crumble pies by A Step Full of You instead! And don’t worry, the sweetness of the pears balances the tartness of cranberries well, so you’ve got yourself a strong flavor ensemble eager to please any palate!
Naturally sweetened with dates and maple syrup, free of gluten, and with some pumpkin puree in the filling (and a sprinkle of love and care), this healthier version of pecan pie is definitely more wholesome than any store-bought one!
Not a fan of pies? *Gasp!* Just kidding, we believe every vegan dessert desserves its own fanbase, and we’re sure that whoever tries these seasonal vegan cinnamon buns will become a fan! This recipe by Vegamelon will be perfect if you’re keeping your Thanksgiving pie-free, yet still want to have a delicious dessert that’s on theme!
Alternatively, if you can’t or don’t want to bake at all, these warm and comforting deep-fried apple hushpuppies come to the rescue! Apparently, if you don’t sprinkle them with powdered sugar, they could even work as a slightly sweet side to a big meal (such as vegan meatloaf and roasted veggies).
Vegan Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes
We bet your dinner will be so delicious you won’t even have to deal with leftovers, but in case you do, this vegan Thanksgiving leftover sandwich by Jessica in the Kitchen will come to the rescue!
Get creative with your leftovers when making this Thanksgiving leftover pizza by Make It Dairy Free – gravy, turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, roasted veggies… anything goes!
If you have a waffle maker, some leftover stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy, this vegan Thanksgiving recipe is a perfect day-after reincarnation of your leftovers! Scoop the potatoes on top with an ice cream spoon and drizzle with gravy for a lovely presentation.
Finally, an easy way to deal with leftover roasted veggies is to simply pierce them with a skewer, brush with some cranberry glaze, and voila – you have a seemingly new, different dish that’s *almost* as exiting as the Thanksgiving meal itself.
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