These festive plant-based Thanksgiving recipes are so delicious and sure to impress everyone around the table! From beautiful centerpieces to easy sides and scrumptious desserts, this collection has it all.
Do you love the holiday season as much as we do? With this hand-selected list of healthier plant-based Thanksgiving recipes, you’ll get in the mood for all things fall in no time.
Even though those who are new to a plant-based diet might feel hesitant and unsure about such festive occasions and gatherings, there is plenty of food to enjoy.
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We made sure that our list of plant-based Thanksgiving recipes is appropriate for mixed-diet families so that nobody has to feel left out!
With all of these colors and flavors, everyone will be satisfied with the yummy sides, mains, appetizers and desserts. Find both Thanksgiving classics as well as new ideas in this list!
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Creamy, rich and cheesy goodness that will win everyone’s hearts! This dip shows that you don’t need any dairy for a classic artichoke dip, featuring cashews, vegan parmesan cheese and a good amount of vegetables. Very flavorful and irresistible!
If you’re looking for a more fruity dip, this fresh and easy chutney will be perfect! It combines the sweetness of raisins with the slight tartness of cranberries and is infused with warming Indian spices.
This chutney works great with veggies, grains and especially cornbread (recipe below). It’s both healthy and incredibly delicious!
Getting all things pumpkin on the table is a must on Thanksgiving, right?
This flavorful and protein-packed pumpkin hummus with a hint of fennel and coriander is the perfect appetizer and a delight for more than just health-conscious folks. Very creamy and easy to make oil-free!
Completing our list of plant-based Thanksgiving appetizers, we chose to include something basic yet underestimated: spiced snacking nuts!
This tasty staple isn’t just useful to have on hand during the stressful holiday season, it’s also a lovely addition to plant-based cheeses, crackers and dips you might serve.
Vegan Side Dishes for Thanksgiving
These plant-based Thanksgiving side dishes cover everything from roasted veggies to soups, salads and pies.
We’d understand if it’s too difficult to choose from these options – you can just prepare a couple of them instead of one large main meal so everyone can try all the different flavors. Plus, they are great to bring to someone else's house, too!
Cozy, creamy, flavorful – soups are always a hit during cold days. Serve this roasted garlic and chickpea soup with greens of your choice as an easy vegan side where nobody will be missing any animal products.
It’s hearty and flavorful, great with some sourdough bread or roasted veggies. Make it ahead of time as a large batch and freeze for an upcoming quick dinner!
Colorful winter salads round out every menu and can be customized to your personal liking! This one comes with roasted sweet potato, red cabbage, kale, carrots, raisins and a creamy oil-free pumpkin seed garlic dressing.
Crunchy goodness that can be served with soups, bread or stuffed squash! You can add any root vegetables and toppings you like to it, too.
Another classic plant-based Thanksgiving recipe is cranberry sauce! It’s oftentimes already vegan and if you want to make something easy from scratch instead of buying it canned, go for this sweet and juicy sauce.
It’s made with simple ingredients, such as dried cranberries, and is ready in only 11 minutes total.
You won’t regret adding these soft and fluffy pumpkin dinner rolls to your Thanksgiving spread! You'll need only 6 key ingredients for this simple recipe, such as flour, pumpkin puree, dairy-free milk and butter, dried yeast and some spices.
Enjoy the rolls warm and keep any leftovers for up to 3 days.
Enjoy all the delicious seasonal flavors on Thanksgiving by making this creamy curried pumpkin soup!
Featuring carrots, onion, cauliflower, pumpkin, garlic, onion and yellow curry paste, you can garnish this plant-based soup with coconut milk and toasted pumpkin seeds for a simple yet beautiful holiday side.
Put together in 30 minutes total, this beautiful side dish features a good amount of lentils, leafy greens of choice, roasted carrots and a creamy tahini-balsamic vinaigrette.
Sprinkled with pomegranate seeds, it’s a healthy and satisfying recipe during fall and winter.
Plant-Based Thanksgiving Dinner
These main dishes cover classics such as Shepherd’s pie or veggie pot pies while adding a vegan twist on the traditional meatloaf (which we make with lentils instead) or a whole butternut squash roast!
And if you just plan on having a humble dinner by yourself or with your partner, we added some festive and easy Thanksgiving bowl options.
We’re excited to present the perfect centerpiece for your “Thanksliving” table! Staying true to the compassionate message around this holiday, why not swap the beautiful animals for a much healthier, easier and cheaper version of a meatloaf?
Each serving of this lentil loaf offers 19 grams of plant-strong protein, 10 grams of fiber, double the omega-3 that you need for the whole day – and a whole lot of savory, chewy, flavorful goodness.
This classic fall dish needs a place on your Thanksgiving table! A savory and flavorful lentil shepherd’s pie loaded with legumes and veggies cooked in red wine, topped with creamy mashed potatoes and baked to perfection in just 15 minutes.
This satisfying and low-fat option can be made ahead of time and stores well in the fridge.
Looking for a super healthy and easy-to-make plant-based Thanksgiving main dish? This stunning holiday centerpiece is rubbed and marinated with olive oil, mustard, lemon, garlic, salt and Italian seasonings, which makes it really flavorful.
The best part? This whole roasted cauliflower takes only 10 minutes of hands-on time.
Nut roasts are the perfect plant-based alternative to traditional Thanksgiving mains! This particular recipe is jam-packed with flavor and protein, and even features a gooey cheese layer that is out of this world.
Made with simple ingredients such as cashews, breadcrumbs, spinach and onion, it’s ready in under an hour total and sure to impress.
Add more color to your plant-based Thanksgiving spread by making this flavorful stuffed butternut squash!
Featuring a delicious stuffing made of lentils, mushrooms, kale, cranberry and lots of herbs, it allows for such a beautiful presentation during the holidays. Vegan or not, everyone will love this dish!
Offering a healthy and festive twist on traditional baked Mac and Cheese dishes, this vegan pumpkin version is so rich and satisfying you won’t believe there’s not a single animal product in it!
Perfect for kids in particular, the familiar creamy base mainly consists of butternut squash, cashews and nutritional yeast – disguised veggies and whole foods even during the holidays. Oh, and you really don’t want to skip the crumble topping!
This beautiful main dish is a perfect example of a meatless roast and centerpiece of the table. No worries, you can prepare it 1-2 days ahead of time, store in the fridge and simply heat it up for 15 minutes before serving the roast! Still simple enough in our books.
The lentil-cranberry-spinach filling is incredibly satisfying and offers the right balance between sweet and savory.
Are you looking for a versatile and healthy plant-based Thanksgiving meal in just one bowl?
This recipe has got you covered. It’s the perfect mix of all the things that are so good about fall and winter – lentils, rice, carrots, sweet potatoes and some cranberry sauce. Humble last-minute dinner that’s still festive!
Who says pasta isn’t a holiday dish? This creamy goodness can make any cold day a bit brighter and it’s a delicious addition to any Thanksgiving menu.
All the best fall components, from pumpkin to mushrooms, kale, turmeric and ginger have a place in this winter vegetable pasta. Topped with an oil-free homemade pumpkin seed pesto, it’s really something different!
We love this stuffed squash recipe because of its minimal prep time, simplicity and room for customization!
Choose your preferred legumes and leafy greens, sauté them while the squash is roasting in the oven (try sautéing with some vegetable broth or even wine for more flavor and to make the dish oil-free), then put everything together in just 5 minutes.
Everyone around the Thanksgiving table will love these beautiful vegan pumpkin brownies with their fall leaves swirl! They are moist, fudgy, completely grain-free and made with everyday ingredients. A crowd-pleasing and healthy seasonal treat!
This classic fall recipe is a must during the holidays! Made with apples, banana and warming spices, the filling is warm, soft and gooey – and not at all overpowered by the delicious gluten-free crunchy oat topping.
Serve it fresh from the oven topped with some vegan ice cream or date caramel!
For a little twist on the standard pumpkin pies, we thought we should share these gorgeous parfaits. They are made of only 10 ingredients which include pumpkin butter, coconut whipped cream, cinnamon-maple granola and pecans!
If you’re short on time, just use store-bought granola and get these beautiful treats on the table anyway.
These little creamy and fluffy balls full of delicious fall flavor only require 6 ingredients and are made in 20 minutes.
Naturally gluten-free and sugar-free, they are a healthy yet really satisfying treat after a delicious Thanksgiving dinner. These chocolate truffles are best stored in the fridge or freezer before serving them.
We’re taking pumpkin cakes to the next level with this rich pecan praline version! It’s an incredibly aromatic Thanksgiving dessert that just oozes with deliciousness.
The texture on the bottom of the cake with the pecans peeking through is just too beautiful not to show off — so the cake is flipped upside down! It’s also gluten-free and relatively low in added sugar.
Even if this tasty vegan pumpkin cheesecake may look very fancy (which it does), it actually requires no more than 10 minutes of hands-on preparation.
It’s very dense and nourishing, making it a perfectly healthy treat during the holidays! Since the recipe is fully plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free, you’ll probably make every guest happy serving it.
In the spirit of all the orange foods, we had to feature this genius yet simple dessert option. You could also serve these glazed pecan sweet potato rounds as a Thanksgiving side dish, but we thought why not have them as a treat after the main occasion?
The oil-free roasted sweet potatoes offer a creamy center that goes along perfectly with the crunchy pecan topping.
If you'd like to stay on the fruity side for dessert, you can make these little red candies. Not only are they both sweet and tart, but they are also so easy to make – and add some sparkling fun to the holiday table.
The cinnamon and anise-infused syrup definitely adds to the festive experience!
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These festive plant-based Thanksgiving recipes are so delicious and sure to impress everyone around the table! From beautiful centerpieces to easy sides and scrumptious desserts, this collection has it all. And for the day after Thanksgiving, why not turn your leftovers into a delicious wrap? Find the easy and customizable recipe below.
Vegan Thanksgiving Leftover Wraps
2 tortillas of choice
4 slices of vegan holiday roast or baked tempeh
4 tablespoons vegan gravy
½ cup mashed potatoes (125 g)
1 handful mixed Fall salad (leafy greens, roasted carrots, red cabbage, etc.)
2-3 tablespoons cranberry sauce
Reheat your leftover gravy and sliced vegan roast or tempeh using a microwave or stove.
Divide the leftover mashed potatoes between two tortillas and spread them evenly on the bottom ⅓ of each wrap, leaving some room at the bottom edge.
Drizzle the potato layer with warm gravy, then add 2 slices of vegan roast on each tortilla.
Now add some roasted or fresh veggies from Thanksgiving, this can be a mixed fall salad or maple carrots etc.
Top with cranberry sauce, then fold each tortilla tightly, tucking in all of the veggies with the first roll then rolling firmly to the end.
Cut in half and enjoy!
Other delicious add-ins include dried cranberries, yogurt garlic sauce, cashew mayo, chickpeas, baked sweet potatoes, beet hummus and toasted pumpkin seeds.
Feel free to use gluten-free tortillas if needed. You can also make vegan Thanksgiving leftover sandwiches using the same add-ins if you like!
Find 55+ fantastic plant-based Thanksgiving recipes in the article above and make extra-large portions for these delicious leftover wraps.
Alena Schowalter is a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with her husband, she founded nutriciously in 2015 and has been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages towards a healthy plant-based diet. She’s received training in the fields of nutrition, music therapy and social work. Alena enjoys discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature and creating new recipes.