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.
Feel free to mix n’ match to create your ultimate 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!
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 3 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.