Ultimate Plant-Based Thanksgiving Dinner Holiday Recipes

The holidays are here! Traditional dishes like mashed potatoes, gravy, and sweet potato casserole will fill the table. A vegan feast is all about the delicious side dishes. From appetizers to incredible desserts, these are the ultimate recipes for your plant-based Thanksgiving Dinner!


Creating a Plant-Based Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving tends to focus on the turkey, but there are tons of colorful, delicious plants to fill the table. The history of the holiday lies in celebrating the “Harvest” of the season. Savor all of the delicious fall squash, root vegetables, wild rice, hearty mushrooms, and dark greens that are available. Create some tasty plant-based vegan recipes with this collection of inspiration.

Here are some of my favorite Plant-Based Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes:

Delicious Plant-Based Vegan Holiday Appetizers

FOK’s Sweet Potato Stuffed Mushrooms

These make the perfect appetizer to get your Holiday party started! Mushroom caps are filled with a satisfying sweet potato and chickpea stuffing. Baked until golden brown and melt-in-your-mouth tender, these plant-based bites will be gobbled up.

Baked Polenta Discs with Vegan Wild Mushroom Ragout

Baked Polenta discs make one of the easiest appetizers. Simply, buy a tube of pre-made polenta. Then, just slice and bake. Top them with a mushroom ragout for sophisticated taste. You can make the mushroom ragout ahead of time, using any selection of mushrooms. This is elevated vegan noshing, but easy to pull-off.

Baked Polenta Discs with Wild Mushroom Ragout - Healthy, Plant-Based, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, Italian Appetizer Recipe with Pioppini
Baked Polenta Discs with Wild Mushroom Ragout – Healthy, Plant-Based, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, Italian Appetizer Recipe with Pioppini

The Best Plant-Based Vegan Holiday Soups and Salads

Simple 5-Ingredient Butternut Squash Apple Bisque Soup

Five simple ingredients come together for this creamy, oil-free vegan Butternut Squash Bisque Soup.  Apple and onion balance sweet and savory while fresh rosemary and sage celebrate the flavors of the fall season. For an elegant presentation, serve the soup in small shot glasses. Then, top with microgreens.

Butternut Squash Apple Simple 5-Ingredient Butternut Squash Apple Bisque with Microgreens - Healthy, Plant-Based, Gluten-Free, Simple Vegan Fall Soup Recipe from Plants-Rule
Butternut Squash Apple Simple 5-Ingredient Butternut Squash Apple Bisque with Microgreens – Healthy, Plant-Based, Gluten-Free, Simple Vegan Fall Soup Recipe from Plants-Rule

Rainbow Carrot Walnut Arugula Salad with Oil-Free Fig Dressing

Sweet dried figs, peppery arugula, and toasted walnuts create a delicious mixture of flavors and textures in this easy salad recipe. The oil-free Fig Balsamic dressing is perfect for the holiday season. This makes an elegant salad to start the meal. Or, enjoy the next day for a light lunch or brunch side dish.

Arugula Salad with Walnut Fig Balsamic Dressing - Healthy, Plant-Based, Oil-Free, Gluten-Free Raw Vegan Winter Recipe from Plants-Rule
This salad is oil-free, loaded with healthy fats and nutrition from whole walnuts

Lacinato Kale Waldorf Salad with Apples, Walnuts, Raisins

Sweet, nutty, and tangy, this plant-based salad has it all.  The ingredients in the salad work double-duty as the ingredients for the oil-free dressing.  Whole food ingredients like walnuts, apples, celery, and raisins create a balance of flavor and textures. Plus, gorgeous dark Lacinato Kale makes all the colors pop.  This will win over any veggie skeptic.

Lacinato Kale Waldorf Salad with Apple, Walnut, Dijon Dressing - Healthy, Plant-Based, Oil-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan Winter Salad Recipe from Plants-Rule
Lacinato Kale Waldorf Salad with Apple, Walnut, Dijon Dressing – Healthy, Plant-Based, Oil-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan Winter Salad Recipe from Plants-Rule

The Ultimate Plant-Based Vegan Holiday Side Dishes

Easy Wild Rice Pilaf

This easy rice pilaf makes the perfect side dish for your Holiday party. Wild rice pilaf combines nutty flavor with a slightly chewy texture. Simple vegetables like carrot and celery had layers of flavor and lovely color.

Easy Wild Rice Pilaf - Healthy, Gluten-Free, Plant-Based, Oil-Free, Vegan Recipe from Plants-Rule
Easy Wild Rice Pilaf – Healthy, Gluten-Free, Plant-Based, Oil-Free, Vegan Recipe from Plants-Rule

Ultimate Vegan Smashed Potatoes

Whether you call them smashed or mashed, this is the Ultimate Vegan Potato Recipe! A combination of Yukon Gold and Red Skin potatoes create a buttery, smooth base. Onion, garlic, and a secret umami ingredient add incredible comfort food flavor. Make these for Thanksgiving. But, you’ll be craving them all year long.

Ultimate Vegan Smashed Potatoes - Essential Plant-Based, Gluten-Free, Comfort Food, Holiday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Side Dish, Oil-Free Recipe from Plants-Rule
Ultimate Vegan Smashed Potatoes – Essential Plant-Based, Gluten-Free, Comfort Food, Holiday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Side Dish, Oil-Free Recipe from Plants-Rule

Gluten-Free Port Mushroom Gravy

The ultimate mashed potatoes call for the ultimate plant-based gravy recipe! It starts with vegan mushrooms, which provide hearty, umami flavor. A splash of Port wine adds subtle sweetness. No one will know it’s healthy or gluten-free…they’ll be too busy asking for more. Add this essential plant-based recipe to your comfort food collection.

Ultimate Port Mushroom Gravy - Healthy, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, Plant-Based Vegan Holiday, Comfort Food, Essential Sauce Recipe from Plants-Rule
Ultimate Port Mushroom Gravy – Healthy, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, Plant-Based Vegan Holiday, Comfort Food, Essential Sauce Recipe from Plants-Rule

Cranberry Orange Apple Sauce

Fresh, tart cranberries are cooked with apples until they burst with deep red goodness. Orange zest and juice adds a pop of bright flavor. This makes a delicious sauce to balance the heavy flavors of your Thanksgiving Dinner. Plus, leftovers are great spread over plant-based pancakes or whole grain toast. Get this simple recipe in my Chef’s Essential Holiday Cookbook.

Cranberry Orange Apple Sauce Thanksgiving Side Dish from Plants-Rule
Cranberry Orange Apple Sauce Thanksgiving Side Dish from Plants-Rule

Sweet Potato Pineapple Casserole with Pecan Streusel (Gluten-Free, Date-Sweetened)

This Sweet Potato Pineapple Casserole is a classic Southern holiday tradition.  Sweet potatoes are roasted to rich, creamy perfection.  Then, they’re mashed with pineapple and topped with a gluten-free, oil-free pecan streusel topping. Skip the brown sugar and butter. This vegan recipe is naturally sweetened. It tastes like a hug from a Southern Grandma.

Sweet Potato Pineapple Casserole with Pecan Streussel - Healthy, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, Plant-Based, Vegan Recipe from Plants-Rule
Sweet Potato Pineapple Casserole with Pecan Streussel – Healthy, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, Plant-Based, Vegan Recipe from Plants-Rule

5-Ingredient Southern Style Sweet Vegan Corn Pudding

Sweet corn pudding was another staple I always found around my Southern Thanksgiving table. This dish is traditionally made with sweetened condensed milk and loads of butter. I’ve veganized the recipe to use simple whole food ingredients. The perfect side dish to bring to a potlock, this is a comfort food classic.

5-Ingredient Southern Style Sweet Vegan Corn Pudding - Classic Oil-Free, Plant-Based Holiday Baking Recipe from Plants-Rule
5-Ingredient Southern Style Sweet Vegan Corn Pudding – Classic Oil-Free, Plant-Based Holiday Baking Recipe from Plants-Rule

Hearty Plant-Based Vegan Holiday Main Entrees

Hearty Plant-Based Mushroom Lentil Loaf

Beefy mushrooms, hearty walnuts, and traditional holiday flavors come together in this satisfying lentil loaf. Full of umami and comfort food flavors, this is an essential recipe for your Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. You’ll love the plant-based recipe. Plus, you can make an extra for enjoying after the celebrations.

Hearty Mushroom Lentil Loaf - Healthy, Plant-Based, Oil-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Holiday Entree Recipe from Plants-Rule
Hearty Mushroom Lentil Loaf – Healthy, Plant-Based, Oil-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Holiday Entree Recipe from Plants-Rule

Whole Stuffed Pumpkin

This is an entree to impress! Roast an entire pumpkin then fill it with a leek, Rye bread stuffing. Seasoned with traditional Thanksgiving flavors, this makes quite a stunning presentation! Both your plant-based eaters and turkey eaters will be amazed. Get this recipe in my Chef’s Essential Holiday Cookbook.

Whole Pumpkin with Stuffing from Plants-Rule Chef Katie Simmons
Whole Pumpkin with Stuffing from Plants-Rule Chef Katie Simmons

Savory Vegan Stuffed Butternut Squash

Another stuffed recipe is this vegan butternut squash from Emilie Eats. A savory filling comes together with brown rice, pecans, and vegan ground “sausage”. This entrée balances sweet and savory — both curry powder and oregano season the filling. You’ll love that you can make this ahead of time. Plus, you can use other squash like Delicata or Acorn for a beautiful presentation.

Savory Vegan Stuffed Butternut Squash from Emilie Eats
Savory Vegan Stuffed Butternut Squash from Emilie Eats

Yummy Plant-Based Vegan Holiday Desserts

From-Scratch Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Crust

This pumpkin pie recipe starts with a whole baking pumpkin. Roast it until sweet and soft. Then, the filling is made by using only whole food ingredients. Dates and spices add flavor, without any refined sugar or syrup. Baked in a gluten-free pecan crust, this is classic Thanksgiving. Get the recipe in my Chef’s Essential Holiday E-Cookbook.

Plant-Based Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Crust from Chef’s Essential Plant-Based Holiday Cookbook

Gluten-Free Cinnamon Apple Pecan Crumble

If you’re tired of pie, and done with pumpkin, opt for another fall favorite: Apples. This simple Apple Pecan Crumble recipe is full of warming seasonal spices like cinnamon and ginger. Not only does this plant-based recipe travel well, but it also is easy to scale up for a crowd. The perfect sweet bite to end your Thanksgiving dinner.

Gluten-Free Apple Crumble - Healthy, Oil-Free, No Sugar Added, Plant-Based, Vegan Dessert Recipe from Plants-Rule
Gluten-Free Apple Crumble – Healthy, Oil-Free, No Sugar Added, Plant-Based, Vegan Dessert Recipe from Plants-Rule

Vegan Double-Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake

This “heavenly” vegan dessert recipe from Susan at FatFree Vegan layers pumpkin cheesecake with lemon. It’s full of seasonal pumpkin flavor without being too heavy.

Fat Free Vegan Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake
Fat Free Vegan Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake

Gluten-Free Carrot Pecan Spice Muffins

Carrots, spice, and everything nice…that’s exactly what these Gluten-Free Carrot Pecan Muffins are made of! These plant-based treats are fun for different dish on the same old dessert table. Or, they also make a lovely thank you gift that hosts would enjoy the morning after the turkey is done. Gluten-Free, vegan, and full of seasonal flavors. You’ll want this recipe year-round.

Carrot Spice Muffins – Healthy, Plant-Based, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, Vegan Baked Breakfast Recipe

Make These?  Let me Know!

If you give any of these bean recipes a try, let me know!  Leave a comment, or take a picture and tag it @chefkatiesimmons or #plantsule on Instagram.

Peace and chickpeas, Chef Katie

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