40 Fantastic Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

This roundup features 40 vegan Thanksgiving recipes to make this year and every year! From Thanksgiving classics like vegan mashed potatoes and stuffing to modern and unique recipes like Pumpkin Ricotta Stuffed Shells and Pumpkin Miso Tart, there’s plant-based but comforting side dishes, starters, main dishes, and desserts that the whole family will absolutely love!

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite food-related holiday, so I’m excited to share so many vegan Thanksgiving recipes with you!

Here, you’ll find a mix of classic Thanksgiving dishes like with a vegan twist, along with 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 40 Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes, from starters and side dishes to mains and desserts.

At the very bottom, you’ll find a recipe for the perfect Sweet Potato Casserole (an adult version featuring browned butter and absolutely no marshmallows!).

Table of Contents:
1. Starters
2. Side Dishes
3. Main Dishes
4. Desserts

Starters

Outrageously Good Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip

This Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip in a bread bowl is sure to be the most popular appetizer at the party! It’s creamy, cheesy, and just as indulgent as the classic without the heaviness of dairy. A must-make for the holidays!
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Woman dipping bread into spinach artichoke dip in a bread bowl.

Creamy Vegan Mushroom Soup

Cream of mushroom soup just got a makeover with this Vegan Mushroom Soup. With a creamy bisque-like texture and incredible savory flavor, this is a gourmet soup that will wow your tastebuds. Perfect for holiday dinners!
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creamy vegan mushroom soup with seared mushrooms on top in a green ceramic bowl on a green table.

Fresh Herb Salad with Sumac Shallots

This palate-cleansing salad is the perfect starter or side dish for your fall table. The base consists of cucumber ribbons, fresh herbs, scallions, and wedges of crisp Little Gem lettuce. The star of the show are the shallots, which get quickly marinated in vinegar and sumac, a spice common in Middle Eastern cooking that’s bright, tangy, citrusy yet a little earthy.

Note: This recipe is the 4th in linked blog post.
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sumac shallot salad

Instant Pot Cauliflower Soup

This Instant Pot Cauliflower Soup is thickened naturally with white beans and cashews, so it's luscious and creamy but dairy-free. It's a quick and easy dump-and-go Instant Pot recipe that's made with just 10ish ingredients, so it's perfect for busy weeknight dinners.
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bowl of creamy cauliflower white bean soup with spoon and piece of bread

Roasted Butternut Squash Kale Salad

Featuring crispy and chewy roasted butternut squash and cabbage, kale and carrot ribbons, chickpeas, a tangy vinaigrette, and a sweet-and-spicy almond crunch, this is the fall salad of your dreams! Hearty yet refreshing, it’s perfect for fall entertaining.
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butternut squash and cabbage salad with kale on platter

Kale and Brussels Sprouts Winter Salad

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.
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Kale and Brussels Sprouts Winter Salad

Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Ginger-Tahini Dressing

The most perfect crispy smashed potatoes get drizzled with a tangy, slightly sweet, and nutty ginger-tahini dressing and then topped with fresh mint, cilantro, chili peppers, and roasted peanuts. An addictive blend of textures and gourmet Asian-inspired flavors.
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crispy smashed potatoes with ginger-tahini dressing and scallions and herbs

Vegan Instant Pot Pumpkin Lasagna Soup

Lasagna meets fall pumpkin flavors in this Instant Pot Pumpkin Lasagna Soup. If you love easy Instant Pot soups, this cold weather comfort food is the perfect vegan dinner to make!
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Roasted Beet and Fennel Salad with Walnut Bread Crumbs

This roasted beet and fennel salad is popping with freshness and lots of flavor. Featuring crispy walnut bread crumbs, lots of fresh herbs, and an easy citrus vinaigrette. It's THE salad to make you fall in love with salads.
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closeup shot of roasted beet and fennel salad with avocado and citrus

Side Dishes

The Best Vegan Mashed Potatoes

Creamy and rich yet fluffy and light vegan mashed potatoes are possible! In this post I share the seven essential secrets you need to know for absolutely amazing vegan mashed potatoes.
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The Best Vegan Mashed Potatoes

Seriously Good Vegan Gravy

This Vegan Gravy is supercharged with savory flavor and is so creamy and rich that no one will miss the meat! A perfect pairing with mashed potatoes and a must for your holiday menu. Vegan, gluten-free, nut-free.
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a big pile of vegan gravy with mushrooms on a bowl of mashed potatoes with a spoon dug in on a green table.

Crispy Baked Vegan Mac and Cheese

This Crispy Baked Vegan Mac and Cheese is the ultimate comfort food. An incredibly creamy (and easy) vegan cheese sauce gets paired with elbow macaroni, covered in a crispy and buttery breadcrumb, and then baked in the oven.
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Crispy Baked Vegan Mac and Cheese

Sweet Chili-Ginger Brussels Sprouts

My holiday table is never complete without Brussels sprouts, so I love coming up with new and fresh ways to serve them. Like these Chinese-inspired Sweet Chili-Ginger Brussels Sprouts! Brussels sprouts get roasted until browned, then doused in a sticky, spicy and slightly sweet sauce with fresh ginger and garlic.

Note: This recipe is the 2nd in linked blog post.
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Vegan Wild Mushroom Stuffing

This Vegan Thanksgiving Stuffing will wow your holiday guests with its taste and presentation! Like traditional stuffing, this Wild Mushroom Stuffing is tender and moist yet a little crunchy! Bake it in a traditional pan or turn it into a festive Stuffing Wreath for a unique holiday centerpiece.
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Vegan Wild Mushroom Stuffing

Warm Lentil Salad with Delicata Squash and Cilantro Cashew Cream

The perfect warm salad, this recipe is made with hearty and wholesome ingredients like lentils, delicate squash, and cashews. Proof that salads don’t have to be boring or skimpy. It’s a wonderful option for meal prep or an excellent entree for a dinner party.
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Warm Lentil Salad with Delicata Squash and Cilantro Cashew Cream

Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

The BEST vegan mac and cheese you’ll ever taste! Made with wholesome ingredients like roasted pumpkin and cashews, but super creamy and indulgent, this Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Mac and Cheese is vegan comfort food at its finest.
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Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

Instant Pot Vegan Farro Risotto with Saucy Cherry Tomatoes

Risotto is one of my all-time favorite foods, but I’m always looking for ways to offer more nourishing alternatives to comfort-food favorites. This version uses whole-grain farro instead of white rice and gets its creaminess from a cheesy white bean puree.
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Instant Pot Vegan Farro Risotto with Saucy Cherry Tomatoes

Baked Japanese Sweet Potatoes with Miso Tahini Butter

Baked Japanese Sweet Potatoes with Miso Tahini Butter is a crowd pleasing indulgent side dish! The blog post includes tips on how to cook Japanese sweet potatoes, where to buy Japanese sweet potatoes, and the differences between Japanese Sweet Potatoes vs Sweet Potatoes.
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Baked Japanese Sweet Potatoes with Miso Tahini Butter

Maple Roasted Carrots

Roasted carrots are coated in a buttery and sweet maple-butter glaze, then finished in the oven until perfectly browned, caramelized, and sticky. A simple yet gourmet vegan side dish for holiday dinners! 
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maple roasted carrots on a yellow serving tray, garnished with parsley, on a tiled surface.

The Best Vegan Cornbread

This crispy-crusted, buttery, and moist vegan cornbread is truly the best cornbread you'll ever eat. A must-make, whether paired with vegan chili or on your holiday table! No one will know it's vegan (easy to make GF).
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vegan cornbread in a cast iron skillet with a slice taken out and vegan butter on top

Main Dishes

Vegan Lentil Shepherd’s Pie

This is the best vegan shepherd’s pie you’ll try! A hearty, flavor-packed lentil and sticky onion filling meets fluffy mashed potatoes and cauliflower in this protein-rich, healthy plant based dinner recipe. The perfect healthy comfort food for winter.
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Vegan Lentil Shepherd’s Pie

The Best Vegan Wellington

A savory vegan loaf gets wrapped in flaky golden pastry and makes for the best winter comfort food. This is truly the best Vegan Wellington you will ever try! Includes step-by-step photos and detailed instructions so you can nail this Vegan Mushroom Wellington and wow your holiday guests!
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The Best Vegan Wellington

Vegan Pumpkin Ricotta Stuffed Shells

The ultimate fall comfort food, these vegan Pumpkin Ricotta Stuffed shells are cheesy, creamy, chewy, and garlicky. Made with a homemade vegan ricotta spread, pumpkin, and the best garlic béchamel sauce, you’ll never put your fork down!
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Vegan Pumpkin Ricotta Stuffed Shells

Cheesy Vegan Baked Butternut Squash

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!
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Cheesy Vegan Baked Butternut Squash

Creamy Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff

This is the BEST vegan mushroom stroganoff you will ever try! It’s packed with umami, is super flavorful, and is so creamy you won’t believe it’s dairy-free and vegan. It’s the ultimate comfort food!
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Creamy Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff

Creamy Lentil Stuffed Butternut Squash

Roasted butternut squash gets stuffed with the most flavorful, umami-packed lentil filling, then drizzled with a creamy sauce made from the scooped out butternut squash. A hearty and satisfying main course for any winter dinner, especially holiday meals!
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Creamy Lentil Stuffed Butternut Squash

Creamy Lentil and Vegetable Bake

This vegan, gluten-free Creamy Lentil and Vegetable Bake is the ultimate comfort food. Sweet, caramelized roasted vegetables and creamy lentils are baked in a rich cashew cream and make for an excellent vegan main dish for any holiday gathering!
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Creamy Lentil and Vegetable Bake

Vegan Sausage Stuffed Butternut Squash

A vegan “sausage” stuffing with kale and quinoa get stuffed into roasted butternut squash, then drizzled with a creamy garlic white sauce. This Vegan Sausage Stuffed Butternut Squash is a delicious vegan main dish or a crowd pleasing side dish for the fall season that’s hearty yet wholesome!
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Vegan Sausage Stuffed Butternut Squash

Vegan Brussels Sprouts and Mushroom Lasagna

This Brussel Sprouts and Mushroom Lasagna is rich and creamy, but unlike traditional lasagna, it’s free of heavy dairy products that weigh you down. It’s so indulgent that no one will guess it’s vegan!
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Vegan Brussels Sprouts and Mushroom Lasagna

Vegan Instant Pot Butternut Squash Risotto

This vegan Instant Pot risotto enables you to enjoy the creamy, indulgent taste and texture of risotto with half the work! With a creamy butternut squash puree and miso maple butter, this vegan butternut squash risotto is the ultimate fall comfort food!
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Vegan Instant Pot Butternut Squash Risotto

Vegan Wild Rice Stuffed Squash

This vegan wild rice stuffed squash is healthy yet comforting, making it an excellent option for a hearty winter dinner. Made with wholesome ingredients like butternut squash and wild rice, It’s gluten-free and won’t weigh you down, but it’s incredibly flavorful and will please vegans and non-vegans alike.
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Vegan Wild Rice Stuffed Squash

Vegan Moussaka

You’ll fall deep into comfort food heaven after tasting this Vegan Moussaka. This Greek layered casserole is delightfully indulgent, featuring layers of roasted potatoes and eggplant, a rich “meat” sauce, and an incredible vegan bechamel, all baked to creamy perfection. A must for special occasions!
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slice of vegan moussaka on a small wooden cutting board with fresh basil on the side.

Desserts

Vegan Gingersnap Pumpkin Cream Tart

This Gingersnap Pumpkin Cream Tart features a luscious no-bake pumpkin cream filling and is much easier to make than pumpkin pie! It’s healthy, vegan, and gluten-free, but tastes indulgent. Plus, you can make it ahead of time, so it’s perfect for Thanksgiving!
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Vegan Gingersnap Pumpkin Cream Tart

Apple Cinnamon Bundt Cake

This Vegan Apple Cinnamon Bundt Cake is soft and moist yet light and airy – the best of both worlds! With warm cinnamon apple flavors, it’s a perfect easy yet impressive cake for the fall baking season!
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Apple Cinnamon Bundt Cake

Vegan Salted Chocolate Cream Tart

With a no-bake brownie base and a creamy salted chocolate filling, this gluten-free, vegan Salted Chocolate Cream Tart is one of the best desserts you’ll ever taste! It’s rich and creamy but made with wholesome ingredients and requires no baking. Make it for a special occasion and wow your guests!
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Vegan Salted Chocolate Cream Tart

Baked Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake

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.
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Baked Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake

Baked Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

These Baked Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars have the rich, creamy, and decadent texture of traditional cheesecake but without the dairy and cholesterol. With a gingery, chocolate crust and a creamy pumpkin swirl filling, these are a must-make during fall.
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Baked Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Pomegranate Glazed Gingerbread Bundt Cake

This cake is bursting with warming flavors from the gingerbread spices, which contrast really deliciously with the tart-sweetness of the pomegranate glaze. And it is beautiful and elegant enough to serve as the centerpiece/dessert on your holiday table!
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Pomegranate Glazed Gingerbread Bundt Cake

The Best Vegan Pumpkin Bread

This is the BEST vegan pumpkin bread you’ll try! It’s incredibly moist and tender, uses simple ingredients, and features a homemade pumpkin spice blend that takes the flavor over the top. A must make during pumpkin season!
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The Best Vegan Pumpkin Bread

I hope you enjoyed this roundup of 40 Fantastic 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!

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8 comments on 40 Fantastic Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

  1. ROBERT LALLY

    After my wife died, I had to learn to cook.
    You have become my go to.
    Thank you for your delightful recipes.
    Thank you for your gourmet smile.

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Sorry for your loss, Robert. Thank you for following and taking the time to leave a comment. We are grateful you turned to Rainbow Plant Life for the recipes :)

  2. Teresa

    The link for the pumpkin miso tart is not right. It takes you to a different recipe. I cannot find the miso tart on your website by searching for it by name.

  3. Melissa Paulen

    Always love your recipes! Can’t seem to get the kabocha squash banana bread link to take me anywhere but the ‘best vegan banana bread’ recipe. Do you still have the kabocha squash banana bread recipe?

  4. D.R.

    Great recipes, can’t wait to try them.

    1. Nisha Vora

      Thank you :) I hope you will enjoy them and have a great Thanksgiving!

  5. Ela

    Wow, so many amazing and colorful vegan recipes! I am sure they all taste heavenly and I would love to try them all at the same time. :)

    1. Nisha Vora

      Thank you so much dear Ela :) There are so many delicious meals to make at the holidays and I love how easy it is to make them vegan!

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