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
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 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
The Best Plant-Based Vegan Holiday Soups and Salads
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.
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.
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.
The Ultimate Plant-Based Vegan Holiday Side Dishes
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Hearty Plant-Based Vegan Holiday Main Entrees
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.
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.
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.
Yummy Plant-Based Vegan Holiday Desserts
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Peace and chickpeas, Chef Katie