Thanksgiving has been my favorite holiday since I was a teenager (which is when I started cooking for my family), so I go hard this time of year (sounds weird, but you know what I mean).
And I love to serve classic Thanksgiving dishes like mashed potatoes and stuffing with a vegan twist, but also 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 more than 30 Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes and Ideas!
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And if you find this roundup of over 30 Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes helpful, please leave a comment below and be sure to tag me with your Thanksgiving recreations on Instagram!
Vegan Thanksgiving Soups and Salads
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. This salad will get even your pickiest family members to not only eat but also enjoy kale and Brussels sprouts. I promise!
Make this: If you want to add something colorful and light to the holiday table that tastes indulgent and won’t make everyone think they’re eating a boring salad.
Pumpkin Lasagna Soup (Instant Pot recipe)
Wild Rice Mushroom Soup (Instant Pot recipe)
Spicy Carrot Harissa Soup (Instant Pot recipe)
Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes
If you’re looking to really nail your mashed potatoes this year, you MUST read this post! I share all of the tips and tricks I’ve learned in the last 17 years of making mashed potatoes, including my secrets to getting creamy yet fluffy mashed potatoes and my secret ingredient for taking vegan mashed potatoes over the top!
Make this: If you want to convince your family that vegan food can be just as indulgent and crave worthy as dairy-laden food. Also, if you love mashed potatoes.
Farro Risotto with Saucy Cherry Tomatoes (Instant Pot recipe)
Vegan Thanksgiving Main Dishes
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!
Make this: You want everyone to have their own dedicated main dish and/or you want a main dish that is cheesy and decadent but won’t weigh you down.
These stuffed shells are the ultimate fall comfort food and absolutely need to be on your Thanksgiving table. They’re cheesy, creamy, chewy, and garlicky, and fantasticky. Made with a homemade vegan ricotta spread, pumpkin, and the best garlic Alfredo sauce, you’ll never be able to put your fork down!
Make this: If you want everyone to be obsessed with the main dish and ask you repeatedly, “are you sure this is vegan???”
This is the ultimate winter comfort food! Sweet, caramelized roasted vegetables and creamy lentils are layered and then topped with a rich cashew cream that forms a cheesy crust on top!
Make this: You want a main dish that is wholesome and nourishing but still tastes incredibly indulgent and/or you want to fool your guests into thinking they’re eating something cheesy.
A vegan “sausage” stuffing with kale and quinoa get stuffed into roasted butternut squash, then drizzled with a creamy garlic white sauce. It makes a hearty and delicious vegan main dish that even carnivores will love!
Make this: You want everyone to have their own dedicated main dish and/or you want a main dish that is hearty and will satisfy meat lovers.
Butternut Squash Risotto (Instant Pot recipe)
Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts
An unexpected pairing of miso paste with pumpkin and orange zest makes for the most flavorful pumpkin pie filling. And an elegant and unique black sesame chocolate crust (which is much easier than making pie crust, BTW) take this tart over the top!
Make this: If you are tired of the classic pumpkin pie (let’s be honest, the classic version can get boring) and want to jazz it up. Also, if making pie crust stresses you out.
This cake is so soft and moist yet light and airy, it’s really the best of both worlds! With warm cinnamon apple flavors, it’s a perfect easy yet impressive cake for the holiday season.
Make this: If you want a crowd pleasing dessert that’ surprisingly easy to make but doesn’t sacrifice on taste or texture.
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.
Make this: If you want to impress your mother-in-law or anyone else who has high standards. Also, if you believe chocolate deserves a place at the Thanksgiving table (I think it does).
I hope you enjoyed this roundup of over 30 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!
Hope all my friends celebrating have a wonderfully delicious Thanksgiving!