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Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes Everyone Will Love

PUBLISHED: 11.10.2020  |  SHARE:

Planning an amazing Vegan Thanksgiving comes down to the food. No matter how healthy you try to make, it still has to taste amazing.

If you’re looking to incorporate vegan Thanksgiving recipes into your feast, I’ve got TONS of great recipes that will for sure impress all your guests. Whether you’re a hard-core vegan, plant-based foodie or just trying to add more vegetables to your traditional Thanksgiving feast— you’re in the right place. I chose my top recipes, which all have rave reviews, for you to feature at Thanksgiving 2020.

If you’re trying to go plant-based this Thanksgiving (and not have people cringe) I suggest not including faux turkey or attempting a gluten free, meat-free gravy. It’ll never compare to the real deal, plus 99% of people will be disappointed (even if they won’t say it to your face).

Instead, embrace the plants you love… and make them taste amazing. Honestly, my family raves about these cauliflower buffalo wings way more than any roasted turkey I’ve ever made.

The Ultimate Vegan Thanksgiving Meal Plan

Below you will find links to every recipe that I’ve included in the Thanksgiving Menu Planner. I’ve also created a version you can download, save to your phone, or print out to help you select the recipes you wanna make this “plantsgiving.”

If you still plan to have a turkey, there are plenty of recipes here that will go great with it. There’s no right or wrong way to do this… just the way that works best for you. Use this template to create an entirely vegan Thanksgiving from start to finish, or incorporate these recipes with more traditional favorites for a little healthy flare.

the ultimate vegan thanksgiving recipe planner; 4 courses plus drinks!

Download the Menu Planner to make this Thanksgiving a breeze.

Now that you’ve seen the menu, let’s break it down into courses + vegan Thanksgiving recipes. These are my most popular plant-based recipes, so they will help you win at any Thanksgiving feast. Most are from my blog or from my best-selling recipe book, Simple Green Meals.

If you enjoy this blog post, please share it with friends and family! If you make any of the recipes, make sure to rate them on the blog pages to help others get honest insight into how amazing all these recipes truly are! Don’t forget to tag us @simplegreensmoothies on Facebook and Instagram, as well as #simplegreensmoothies, so that we can feast our eyes on your vegan Thanksgiving creations.

My Top 4 Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipes

allstar appetizers for vegan thanksgiving recipes 2020

One of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving is all the snacking that happens during the food prep. These 4 vegan appetizers are great, light finger foods to share with friends and family. They keep everyone satisfied, even with all the good smells coming from the kitchen.

Top 4 Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes

A festive lineup of vegan Thanksgiving side dishes

Nothing screams autumn like roasted vegetables and warm soups. Pair any of these sides with our vegan Thanksgiving entrees to create a nutrient-dense, delicious feast. I make the blackened Brussels sprouts recipe every year, because it’s THAT good.

I’ve also just created a few more incredibly beautiful (and delicious!) salad recipes. Not only will they taste amazing, they’ll also bring your Thanksgiving tablescape to life:

  • Pear salad with pomegranates :: recipe
  • Fall salad with candied pecans :: recipe

Vegan Thanksgiving Entrees I love

several non-meat entrees to make your holiday meal a total success

The main entree is when it can feel a little “off” without a big turkey in the middle of the table. Yet these 4 vegan Thanksgiving recipes don’t disappoint when it comes to flavor. I recommend making at least one ahead of time so you can perfect them to look and taste exactly the way you like before your big feast.

Plant-Based Thanksgiving Desserts

decadent gluten free and dairy free dessert options for your next holiday meal

This is the course where some vegan Thanksgiving recipes can truly shine. I’d stack my dessert recipes up against non-vegan desserts any day! The Almond Butter Cups, as well as the Rice Crispy Treats, can easily be made ahead of time.

Want more desserts? Check out The Ultimate Plant-Based Dessert Guide! It’s packed with 40+ vegan desserts as well as tips on how to transition to this healthy lifestyle.

Tasty Thanksgiving Beverages

From classic flavors to up and coming ingredients, these vegan beverages will turn up your next thanksgiving feast

I wanted to include some bonus recipes here for you too. Magic happens around the fire or board game table while you’re sipping on a warm drink. I think these delicious favorites will help your guests feel super comfy, as well as keep the good flavors rolling this Thanksgiving day.

Commence the holiday sipping on a warm beverage like cider, hot chocolate or even a matcha latte (for those who still have a long drive home)! The cider can be made in a slow cooker and left simmering all day.


We hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving with your loved ones! If you end up making any of these awesome recipes, we’d love to know. Be sure to tag us @simplegreensmoothies so we can celebrate with you.

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  1. Erin says:

    Just grabbed a few of these recipes for my Thanksgiving menu!

  2. Jessica Graziano says:

    I’ve made the famous loaded sweet potato and plant-based Caprese salad before and they were both really good! I plan on making the vegan pumpkin soup next.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      The loaded sweet potato is one of my favorites too!! I cannot wait for you to try the vegan pumpkin soup next!! Enjoy 🙂

  3. Glenda Sharpe says:

    Blackened Brussels, Sweet Potato Nachos, & Matcha Latte

  4. Yasmyn says:

    I made Famous Loaded Sweet Potato last night… can’t wait for my guest to try it for the Feast!

  5. Valerie W says:

    I’d like to try the 7 layer dip, but I’ll need to get your book! I’ve been meaning to try the Buffalo cauliflower wings, but my husband, who eats almost anything, doesn’t like cauliflower. I might give them a try anyways!

  6. Karen Wiedmeier says:

    What a TERRIFIC layout for a great Thanksgiving! Here’s what I am making: Blackened Brussels Sprouts (my family LOVES them), 7 Layer Dip + Chips, Famous Loaded Sweet Potato, and Almond Butter Cups. YUMMY!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Those are delicious choices!!! Let us know how they turn out when you make them 🙂

  7. Helen Campbell says:

    We have been doing this for a few years. We have vegans, gluten-free, and vegetarian families. The last two years, our main entree has been a vegetarian shepards pie, filled with some great winter veggies. Our daughter-in-law makes it and tops it with a ½ & ½ mixture of mashed white and sweet potatoes! It’s heavenly, then we add a fruit salad and a vegetarian salad, like fresh broccoli salad. Our starters are gf crackers with mixtures of veggies and either hummus or avocado, and dates stuffed with Marcona almonds. We can add some of your recipes to ours! Happy Thanksgiving!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Happy Thanksgiving 🙂

      Your dishes sounds delightful!! Thank you for sharing them with us and we hope our recipes are a great addition to Thanksgiving!!

  8. Beverly Doucette says:

    These recipes are wonderful suggestions! Def will make the cauliflower buffalo wings. The Blackened Brussels Sprouts and the Loaded Sweet Potato will be a plus with the turkey my husband loves to cook! A nice melding of eating styles. And, the kids will love the Healthy Rice Crispy Treats. For me? I’ll want to relax with a Hot Chocolate. I haven’t seen/made that recipe yet! Happy Thanksgiving! And thank you for making our holiday meal a little easier and healthier!

    • Jen Hansard says:

      The hot chocolate recipe is LOVED by many!!! I cannot wait for you to try it!!! I’m pretty sure I included just so you could try it. Hahaha. Hope you have a great Thanksgiving Beverly. xoxoxo

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      You are so welcome, Beverly!! I have a feeling your kids will love the Healthy Rice Crispy Treats too + the hot chocolate is AMAZING!!! =P

  9. Emily says:

    Thanks for this! Everything looks awesome!!

    • Jen Hansard says:

      You’re so welcome Emily. Feel free to share the post with friends and family if you think it would help them get inspired too.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      You are so welcome, Emily!! Let us know what you think once you give it a try!!

  10. Amy reagan says:

    Hi! I’m gonna try to make the blackened brussel sprouts & minestrone soup. For dessert, almond butter cups & rice crispy treats. Can’t wait! Yummy!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Yum!!! I cannot wait for you to try it! Let us know what you think when you do 🙂

  11. Tonia Johnston says:

    Ministrone soup looks amazing….doubt I will be able to wait for Thanksgiving! That will be in my tummy this weekend!!

  12. Ellen says:

    Thanks for all of the inspiration! I might really have to give your cauliflower buffalo wings a go!

    • Jen Hansard says:

      You’re so welcome! You def should make the Cauliflower Buffalo Wings… the key is to chop into small flourets and cook at a high temp to get the texture right. My mouth is drooling just thinking about them— hahhaha!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      You are welcome!! I think you totally should. You will not be disappointed 🙂

  13. Beverly says:

    I plan to make 7 layer dip and Brussels sprouts!

  14. Danielle Knoper says:

    I can’t wait to try the blackened Brussel sprouts. I’ve never quite been able to get that crisp!

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