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I’ve got an entire Vegan Thanksgiving Menu that rivals the best multicourse meal! These vegan Thanksgiving recipes can be incorporated into your meal, too.

When I started focusing on a plant-based lifestyle, I dreaded holidays the most. I was so nervous my vegan recipes wouldn’t stack up to the holiday classics my family loved. But I brought my favorite plant-based recipes and they are now staples at all our family gatherings.

Before you get nervous about tofurkey and fake bacon, let me stop you. You might be surprised at how many regular recipes are natural or easily dairy-free, like my Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts and my Roasted Butternut Squash.

Feel free to mix n’ match to create your ultimate feast.

Menu with words Vegan Thanksgiving Menu at the top. Includes appetizers, salads, soups, entrees, sides, desserts and beverages you can include in your feast.

These 30+ vegan Thanksgiving recipes can be proudly shared with family and friends alongside a turkey (we don’t judge here) or left to shine all on their own.

Also, the whole team here at Simple Green Smoothies is here to answer any questions you have leading up to the big day to ensure your holiday gathering is as stress-free as possible. If you have a question in the middle of shopping for your Vegan Charcuterie Board then scroll down to the comments and ask away!

Table of Contents
  1. Vegan Thanksgiving Menu
  2. Vegan Thanksgiving Appetizers
  3. Vegan Soups and Salads for Thanksgiving
  4. Vegan Thanksgiving Main Dishes
  5. Vegan Holiday Side Dishes
  6. Plant-Based Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes
  7. Tasty Thanksgiving Beverages
  8. Vegan Thanksgiving Menu FAQs

Vegan Thanksgiving Menu

Grab this menu and decide what you want to include in your feast. Pick as many recipes from each category as you want and dive on in! You can adjust these recipes right on the recipe card to the number of servings you need. I can’t wait for you to create the vegan Thanksgiving dinner of your dreams!

Whether you’re a hard-core vegan, plant-based foodie or trying to add more vegetables to your traditional Thanksgiving feast, you’re in the right place. Embrace the plants you love and make them taste amazing.

Vegan Thanksgiving Appetizers

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One of my favorite parts of this day is all the snacking that happens during the preparations. This vegan Thanksgiving menu takes that into account by offering light finger foods to share with friends and family during the prep time.

You can easily make a charcuterie board ahead of time and set it out as guests arrive, or prep some Avocado Fries to stick in the oven just when you need them. Homemade hummus or this Greek Dip can also be made a day or two in advance.

These appetizers keep everyone satisfied, even with all the good smells coming from the kitchen.

vegan charcuterie with plant based cheeses, fresh fruit, pickled veggies and an assortment of crackers.
Vegan Charcuterie Board
5 from 4 votes
Charcuterie boards are all the rage and I’m here for it! We’ve assembled a beautiful, tasty plant-based charcuterie board with an assortment of non-dairy cheeses and dips along with fresh fruits and veggies and other snacks.
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vegan avocado fries on a white plate with a container of chipotle ranch dipping sauce.
Avocado Fries
5 from 2 votes
Snacking is made delicious with these crispy avocado fries. They are a super fun side dish, snack or appetizer that will surely liven up your day. Dairy-free and egg-free yet still super crispy and satisfying.
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homemade hummus
Homemade Hummus
5 from 14 votes
With this recipe on hand, you'll never need store-bought hummus again! Along with iron-rich chickpeas, we've included loads of fresh, vibrant herbs to add extra vitamins, minerals to this herb hummus.
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Recipe for vegan buffalo cauliflower wings
Cauliflower Buffalo Wings
4.9 from 9 votes
I’ve never been a fan of chicken wings—yet I love the spicy-hot flavor! I was so excited when I got this plant-based recipe to work. Welcome to the world of Cauliflower Buffalo Wings!
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Vegan Soups and Salads for Thanksgiving

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Nothing says Autumn like Kale Caesar Salad and Healthy Soups for Fall, especially if you lean more plant-based. Infuse your Thanksgiving meal with these wonderful additions to add color and flavor magic to your day.

Whether you serving your meal course-style or piling it on the table for a family feast a gorgeous Fall Salad or Vegan Pumpkin Soup fits right in.

Festive Fall Salad
4.8 from 6 votes
Spruce up your Autumn table with this colorful, healthy fall salad recipe with gorgeously candied pecans. Sliced apples and pears rest on a bed of fresh mixed greens and are gracefully dressed with a balsamic vinaigrette.
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Crunchy Carrot Salad
4.2 from 194 votes
This crunchy carrot salad is lighter, brighter, and not weighed down by mayo. The raw seeds add protein and extra crunch— this makes a great snack or healthy side dish
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kale caesar salad with garlic lemon aioli.
Kale Caesar Salad
4.7 from 198 votes
This simple kale caesar salad is the perfect filling lunch. It's made with 100% plants and is both creamy and filling. I love the flavor and bit of the kale paired with the creamy aioli.
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Vegan Pumpkin Soup
5 from 12 votes
This vegan pumpkin soup is healthy, filling, comforting and warms you up when the weather is chilly. It uses pie pumpkins, onion, garlic and spices along with dairy-free coconut milk. Double the recipe to save some to enjoy all season long.
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roasted red pepper soup
Roasted Red Pepper Soup
4.9 from 9 votes
Plant-powered. Autumn Flavored. Try this amazing vegan roasted red pepper soup that's both comforting and tasty. Dairy-free yet super creamy using sweet potatoes, red bell peppers, onions, garlic and spices.
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bowl of vegan potato soup topped with crunchy kale croutons.
Vegan Potato Soup
4.6 from 341 votes
You'll never guess there's no dairy in this amazingly comforting vegan potato soup. It's exactly what your next cool evening calls for and can be paired with a simple kale crouton recipe that takes the flavor to the next level.
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Vegan Thanksgiving Main Dishes

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If you’re not a turkey lover then grab a vegan Thanksgiving main dish from the below list to keep you happy. If you’re doing a blended feast, serving turkey alongside any of these entrees can really turn up the wow factor.

Most of these are best made the day of, so reserve some oven space for them as you plan out your prep. The Loaded Sweet Potatoes can actually be baked a day ahead, then reheated and topped right before serving if you wish.

The Oven Roasted Spaghetti Squash and Roasted Vegetable Bowl keep the warming taste you want on this festive day, while the Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms introduce a bit of new flair.

a beautifully plated loaded sweet potato
Loaded Sweet Potato with Kale Slaw
4.9 from 14 votes
Enjoy this Loaded Sweet Potato recipe that is filling and helps balance your blood sugar. It's also packed with vitamin A, B vitamins, potassium and fiber. They provide the perfect base for this delicious kale slaw, which is teeming with nutrients that help stimulate digestion and absorption.
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Oven Roasted Spaghetti Squash
5 from 6 votes
I’m a huge fan of swapping traditional pasta for veggie noodles in this Mediterranean-inspired recipe. Spaghetti squash is very mild and has a great texture that can hold up to sauces and toppings like a champ. Enjoy it to the fullest wrapped in olive oil, artichoke hearts, olives and sun-dried tomatoes topped with crunchy walnuts and perfectly seasoned.
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vegan stuffed portobello mushrooms
Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
5 from 3 votes
This stuffed portobello mushroom recipe is easy enough for a delicious weeknight dinner and unique enough for your next dinner party. Mediterranean-inspired flavors pop in these beautiful mushroom caps.
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Hemp Hearts Veggie Bowl
4.9 from 13 votes
The hemp sauce makes this dish and brings the roasted veggies to a whole other level! Feel free to swap in other veggies to match your preferences, but this combo of onions, bell peppers, sweet potatoes, and kale is a real winner.
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Vegan Holiday Side Dishes

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Now that we’re hitting our stride with these awesomely festive dishes, let’s keep the good times rolling with some on-par Thanksgiving sides. I like to keep the sides simple so that the Roasted Cabbage Wedges and Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts (the number one requested dish at my table!) complement the other dishes.

If you’re including kids in your holiday then providing some Baked Potato Wedges is a great way to include potatoes yet in a kid-friendly way. Swap the sour cream and butter with some ketchup and you’ve got a vegan Thanksgiving side dish that is comforting for everyone.

Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts
5 from 4 votes
Brussels sprouts are my favorite vegetable of all time. It started as a kid when I would pretend they were Barbie doll sized cabbages and play with them. Over the years, I learned to love Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts paired with Maple Walnuts and caramelized to perfection. It's like eating candy! I serve them for Thanksgiving and Christmas every year, and never have leftovers.
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baked potato wedges
Baked Potato Wedges
5 from 5 votes
Whether you need a great side dish or a fun appetizer, these baked potato wedges are delightful. They come out perfectly crispy with just the right amount of seasoning.
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ceramic dish of roasted butternut squash topped with fresh herbs.
Roasted Butternut Squash
5 from 1 vote
Enjoy this gorgeously simple, side dish by cubing and roasting butternut squash in a few easy steps. You can use this recipe to enjoy softened or crispy squash, your choice! This is a great side dish for the cooler months and works well for the holidays, too.
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roasted cabbage wedges
Roasted Cabbage Wedges
5 from 5 votes
I grew up on roasted cabbage so it's a staple in my St. Patrick's Day celebrations with my family. Enjoy this simple yet comforting recipe and start a plant based tradition with your family, too!
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Plant-Based Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

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This is the course where vegan Thanksgiving recipes can truly shine. I’d stack my dessert recipes up against non-vegan desserts any day! They can all be made at least a day in advance, leaving your kitchen free for the hot dishes that need to be prepped the day of.

I have to be honest, I’m not the biggest dessert fan. My kids ask for these vegan chocolate chip cookies every year, and we usually make them sometime in the evening before whipping out the board games.

I love the simplicity of a smaller sweet treat, like a piece of Peanut Butter Fudge, after such a big meal. If you love going all out on the sweeter side then go for it! Grab the Date Caramel and Fudgy Gluten-Free Brownies for an epic dessert spread.

peanut butter fudge topped with chocolate and crushed peanut butter cups.
Peanut Butter Fudge
5 from 6 votes
You'll definitely wanna include this vegan peanut butter fudge into your holiday menu this year. This decadent recipe is easy to make and provides a beautifully rich treat. Plus, it's only 4 ingredients!
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Platter of gluten free fudgy brownies
Fudgy Gluten-Free Brownies
5 from 6 votes
Thick, fudgy brownies that also happen to be vegan and gluten-free. (No one will be able to tell!) Loaded with delicious chocolate flavor and a great texture, this Fudgy Gluten-Free Brownie Recipe really hit the spot.
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Pumpkin Chia Pudding
5 from 4 votes
Celebrate fall with this quick n' easy protein-packed snack. Pumpkin Chia Pudding tastes great and is the perfect amount of sweet. Treat it like a dessert, a snack, or a light breakfast.
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5-Ingredient Date Caramel
4.9 from 7 votes
Hope you're sitting down because this healthy date caramel is going to blow your mind! Made with all-natural, plant-based ingredients and ZERO added sugar (no corn syrup!), this sauce is rawkin'. Use as a spread, dip, topping, sauce, filling, or just eat it by the spoonful.
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Healthy Zucchini Bread
5 from 6 votes
A fun bread the whole family can enjoy (and help make!). I love that this bread contains a whole cup of veggies and that it's vegan, though you can't even tell!
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Tasty Thanksgiving Beverages

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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 delicious drink. I think these festive drinks for Fall will help your guests feel super comfy, as well as keep the good flavors rolling whether they enter with the appetizers or are offered with the vegan Thanksgiving main dish.

Commence the holiday sipping on a warm beverage like crockpot apple cider, homemade hot chocolate or even a seasonal berry sangria! The cider can be made in a slow cooker and left simmering all day.

chai tea latte in a mug topped with homemade coconut whipped cream.
Chai Tea Latte
5 from 2 votes
This warm and cozy spiced chai tea latte recipe is just what you need on a cold autumn day. It will fill your home with the aromas of fresh cardamom, ginger and cloves as well as warm you inside and out.
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Non-Alcoholic Berry Sangria
4.9 from 7 votes
Dress up your next party not only with decor but also with this vibrant non-alcoholic Berry Sangria. It's full of fruit and flavor, and can be enjoyed by the whole family.
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Cinnamon Dolce Latte
5 from 12 votes
This homemade Cinnamon Dolce Latte recipe is bursting with all the right flavors. You can make this with an espresso shot or high quality instant coffee. There's no reason to wait in the drive thru line again once you sip this treat.
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2 glass mugs of crockpot apple cider on a tea towel surrounded by fresh ingredients.
Crockpot Apple Cider
5 from 4 votes
Nothing says cooler weather quite like crockpot apple cider. This version takes it to the next level with flavor. Using a slow cooker makes preparing this hot beverage easier than ever and the mulling cider makes your house smell fantastic.
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Warm Almond Milk
4.9 from 9 votes
Try this delicious warm almond milk recipe to end your evening on a sweet note. My non-caffeinated, glucose regulating beverage helps you sleep well and start the next day on an energetic note.
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Homemade Hot Chocolate
4.9 from 10 votes
Take a spin on the classic hot chocolate recipe and not even miss a beat with this homemade hot chocolate recipe. This one is even better tasting AND twice as good for you. Let's cheers to that!
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Vegan Thanksgiving Menu FAQs

What do vegans eat on Thanksgiving?

This might surprise you but vegans eat Thanksgiving foods just like everyone else! If you are including people who participate in a vegan lifestyle in your Thanksgiving dinner then make sure you know which dishes include meat or bi-products like egg, honey and butter. Ask them for swaps in their favorite dishes so they can enjoy the day just as much as you do.

What do vegans eat on Thanksgiving instead of turkey?

I’m sure there are some vegans who love getting a vegan Thanksgiving meal that’s close to the “real” thing, complete with vegan Turkey, stuffing, gravy and more. Yet many vegans I know just like incorporating their favorite dishes like roasted Brussels sprouts in coconut oil instead of butter and corn muffins with flax eggs instead of chicken eggs. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and make the meal work for everyone. It might be easier than you think!

How do vegans celebrate Thanksgiving?

Vegans can choose to celebrate Thanksgiving just like any other person with their favorite holiday recipes. Dishes like roasted butternut squash and mashed potatoes can easily be made without dairy, and dishes with honey can be swapped with maple syrup. If you are including anyone who leads a vegan lifestyle in your festivities, ask them! They will tell you what they enjoy and probably bring a delicious dish to share that might become your favorite, too.

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. We didn’t host Thanksgiving this year but I am doing a full Christmas menu and making it from these recipes. Can’t wait!

  2. I look forward to this menu every year! We always have the Brussels sprouts and buffalo cauliflower, and I can’t wait to try the butternut squash this time around!