These 58 Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes Will Appeal To Everyone At The Table (2024)

All the classics are here and accounted for, plus some creative alternatives for your vegan table.

By Camille Lowder
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You might think that it isn't Thanksgiving without the turkey, but we beg to differ. Vegans can enjoy ALL the Turkey Day classics, sans animal products. Whether you’re making a whole vegan meal or are just looking for options for that vegan friend or cousin (they’ll be saying thanks to YOU all night long), we’ve got lots of ideas for you here. Check out our 58 vegan Thanksgiving recipes—you might just find you like these plant-based options even better than their meat- and-dairy-filled counterparts.

Thanksgiving is all about tradition, and just because you’re eschewing animal products doesn’t mean you can’t make all the same classics you know and love. We’ve got them all here, from apps and sides to mains and desserts. Make sure you’ve got our vegan green bean casserole, vegan mashed potatoes, vegan gravy, , and vegan stuffing, then fill out your meal with veggie sides, cranberry sauce, salads, and soups. For dessert, try our vegan pumpkin pie, our fruit sorbet (try it with cranberries!), our vegan cheesecake, or our vegan sweet potato pie. Absolutely no one will miss the turkey with this feast on the table.

As many vegans know, one of the best parts about eating a plant-based diet is how much it expands your palate. When you give up eggs, cheese, and meat, you’ve really gotta get creative. On Thanksgiving, you could stick with the classics above, but it’s YOUR meal, so feel free to switch it up. We like to keep with the general fall theme by focusing on dishes featuring some of the best fall produce, but really, you do you. Try our butternut squash curry, our vegan meatballs (great as appetizers or over pasta as a main), our brown sugar BBQ whole roasted cauliflower, or our vegan meatloaf. These are perfect to bring to more traditional Thanksgiving potlucks and Friendsgivings too. The added variety will please even the most strident of omnivores.

And don’t forget the drinks! Most alcohol is vegan (check Barnivore if you’re concerned), so make up a big batch of one of our Thanksgiving co*cktails to share.

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Easy Vegan Green Bean Casserole

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Plant-based eaters don't have to miss out on classic green bean casserole, thanks to this simple recipe. We're super into the onion topping on this casserole—it's SO much better than the fried ones that come in a can. Because this casserole is less heavy, you can also enjoy it all season long (and not just on Thanksgiving!).

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Vegan Sweet Potato Pie

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This sweet potato pie is extremely good, thanks to an oat pecan crust and a creamy, spiced filling. Look for vegan marshmallows to top it, or keep it simple with your own vegan whipped topping using coconut cream.

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Balsamic-Glazed Roasted Cauliflower

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A whole roasted cauliflower makes for a fantastic vegan main dish. This one is roasted around extra veggies and has a slightly sweet balsamic glaze over it. It's easy to throw together and will leave you feeling full, not heavy. Win!

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Toasted Sesame Oil Mashed Potatoes

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Vegan mashed potatoes that are just as creamy and delicious as the real thing? You betcha! Toasted sesame oil adds tons of flavor and creaminess. Green onions and extra sesame seeds round them out for some of the best mashed potatoes we've ever made.

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Roasted Fennel With Delicata Squash & Apples

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You may have seen crisp, anise-y fennel bulbs dotting the famers' market stands, nuzzling up alongside sweet delicata squash and tart apples. The three find their way into this healthy side dish that's perfect for elegant dinner party menus and rich holiday spreads.

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Easy Vegan Stuffing

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Because of the butter, eggs and chicken broth that usually go into classic stuffing, it's a dish that vegans can't always enjoy—until now! For the best results, use a quality, hearty loaf of bread and a nice olive oil

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Vegan Mac & Cheese

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Delicious vegan mac & cheese might sound like an oxymoron, but trust us, this cheese sauce is good enough to satiate the strongest dairy craving. Don't skip the thyme-panko topping—the added crunch takes it over the top.

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Slow Cooker Vegan Butternut Squash Soup

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This vegan butternut squash soup is made in a slow cooker, so after you chop up all your vegetables, it’s essentially hands-off. A quick blitz with an immersion blender at the end, and you’ve got a silky, drinkable butternut squash soup.

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Vegan French Onion Stew

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Finishing the cheese toasts right in the soup pot makes for an impressive presentation that rivals even regular French onion soup. Be warned: if you're prepping ahead of Thanksgiving, it’s best to do that job on a sheet tray instead to avoid losing soggy pieces of bread in your leftovers.

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Butternut Squash Curry

The butternut squash is toothsome and savory, the kale is earthy and green, and the coconut milk here wraps everything together in a creamy sauce. The curry spice adds a little warm punch to each spoonful, while a squeeze of lime juice and fresh parsley brighten each bite, cutting out some of the richness. Sunflower seeds are a fun addition that adds a little crunch to your bite, but feel free to omit (or swap for something else!).

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Vegan Mushroom Gravy

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Vegans and meat-eaters alike will be piling this flavor-packed gravy on top of all the Thanksgiving sides. This gravy comes together in minutes—and you won't miss roasting a whole turkey or chicken to make it.

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Miso Roasted Carrots

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These sweet-savory carrots are topped with the most delicious mix of crunchy nuts and spices. We like pistachios and black and white sesame seeds, but feel free to swap in your favorites.

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Focaccia

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This focaccia is totally classic, topped with fresh rosemary leaves and crunchy sea salt. It’s perfectly crispy-toasty on the outside and super soft-fluffy inside, making it the perfect Thanksgiving accompaniment, no matter what you serve. Learn how to conquer this Italian classic with our few easy-to-follow tips.

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Cranberry Sauce

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This sweet-tart sauce is almost as easy as opening up the canned stuff, and you know your Thanksgiving spread deserves better. This is one of the Thanksgiving dishes you can make up to a week in advance. (Bonus: The flavors will meld and deepen while it hangs out in the fridge.)

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Cannellini Beans With Herb Sauce

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White beans are a great blank canvas, especially for bright, assertive flavors like lemon and fresh herbs like basil. Perfect as a vegan Thanksgiving side (skip the optional Parm!), these beans prove from-scratch really does make a difference.

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Vegan Shepherd's Pie

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This meatless, dairy-free take on shepherd's pie is packed with veggies (mushrooms! celery! butternut squash! parsnips!) and loaded with flavor. It's also incredibly hearty, thanks to lentils.

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Thanksgiving Cabbage

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This gorgeous, whole-roasted stunner is the perfect holiday substitute for vegans. It's savory, sweet, and salty on the outside and super-tender on the inside. Topped with lots of silky mushroom gravy, we doubt anyone at your table will be missing meat.

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Chicken-Fried Mushrooms & Gravy

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Meaty oyster mushrooms stand in for steak in our indulgent take on this Southern classic. Buttermilk is a must for fried chicken, so we made our own with almond milk and vinegar.

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Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

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This is one of the absolute best hacks for creating roasted potatoes that are perfectly golden and crispy on the outside but buttery and tender on the inside. The trick is a cornstarch slurry that may seem strange, but trust us—these are the best potatoes you'll ever have.

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Socca

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Socca, also known as farinata, is a chickpea-based flatbread popular in the Mediterranean. This deceptively simple dish is great for an non-traditional Thanksgiving, or for sopping up classics like vegan gravy, cranberry sauce, and more.

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