Make Everyone Feel Welcome with These Easy + Delicious Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes (2024)

from hearty mains to tempting desserts, these plant-based dishes are all animal-free!

By Taysha Murtaugh and Jennifer Aldrich
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Make everyone feel welcome around the table this November with an armful of vegan thanksgiving sides, desserts, and even a main dish that's tasty enough even omnivores'll be making room on their plates. These simple vegan recipes are packed with flavor and are either already vegan, or can be made that way with just a couple substitutions. Bookmark your favorites for the holiday and give 'em a whirl — you can thank us later. 😉

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Acorn Squash Salad with Tahini Vinaigrette

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For a meal-worthy "salad" that will satisfy everyone, try this combo of roasted squash, chopped dates, crunchy almonds, and baby kale, all tossed in a rich tahini dressing.

Get the recipe for Acorn Squash Salad with Tahini Vinaigrette.

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Butternut Squash Soup

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One of our favorite parts of this yummy fall soup is the spiced popcorn croutons. Genius!

Get the recipe for Butternut Squash Soup.

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Sweet-and-Sour Onions

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Pearl onions are a time-honored side dish at Thanksgiving tables, but often they're creamed. Our version skips the dairy for a glaze of sugar, thyme, and red wine vinegar. Delicious! Use your favorite nondairy butter or sauté the onions in oil to keep the recipe fully vegan.

Get the recipe for Sweet-and-Sour Onions.

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Smashed Acorn Squash and Garlicky Walnut Crostini

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This easy appetizer is a great way to welcome guests as you finish making the meal! You can skip the called-for blue cheese, but we recommend using a nondairy version, such as Follow Your Heart, to make 'em as tasty as possible.

Get the recipe for Smashed Acorn Squash and Garlicky Walnut Crostini.

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Baked Onions with Fennel Breadcrumbs

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This simple but elegant side dish offers lots of fall flavor, and some unexpected allure to the Thanksgiving plate. Use your favorite nondairy butter, or a high-quality olive oil to keep it vegan.

Get the recipe for Baked Onions with Fennel Breadcrumbs.

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Bourbon Yams

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Slow cooked yams are incredibly sweet already, but mixed with a glug of good bourbon and topped with spiced walnuts, the dish becomes a true sensation. Use your favorite butter alternative to keep it vegan.

Get the recipe for Bourbon Yams.

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Kale Salad with Pickled Cranberries and Crispy Quinoa

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The bright pickled berries on a green bed make this impressive seasonal salad look almost like a wreath — but it's the taste that'll guarantee the bowl gets emptied. Use your favorite vegan hard cheese—we like Violife's Just Like Parmesan— in place of the mancheo, or just leave it out.

Get the recipe for Kale Salad with Pickled Cranberries and Crispy Quinoa.

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Broccoli Steaks with Spiced Tomato Jam

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Looking for a main you can sink your teeth into—and tofurky is not your thing? These gorgeous "steaks" drizzled in tomato jam are it. Use your favorite nondairy parm — or a similar amount of nutritional yeast — to keep it animal-free.

Get the recipe for Broccoli Steaks with Spiced Tomato Jam.

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Spiced Cranberry Sauce with Orange and Star Anise

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Cranberry sauce is a must-have come Thanksgiving. And thankfully it's easy to keep vegan! We love the combination of spices in this version, and the orange juice tempers the natural tartness.

Get the recipe for Spiced Cranberry Sauce with Orange and Star Anise.

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Roasted Mushrooms and Radicchio

This ultimate fall side dish boasts the rich flavor of mushrooms, a little bit bitter from fresh radicchio, and a sweet note from balsamic.

Get the recipe for Roasted Mushrooms and Radicchio.

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Wild Rice-and-Cider-Cranberry Pilaf

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Use your favorite wild rice blend to make this apple cider-infused recipe. The additions of cinnamon, garlic, and scallions make every bite extra flavorful.

Get the recipe for Wild Rice-and-Cider-Cranberry Pilaf.

12

Roasted Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

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Looking for a new way to serve a Thanksgiving staple? These hasselback sweet potatoes are the way to do just that.

Get the recipe for Roasted Hasselback Sweet Potatoes.

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Roasted Butternut Squash with Cider Vinaigrette

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Apple cider and red onion add extra zippy flavor to this vegan recipe you can make all autumn long.

Get the recipe for Roasted Butternut Squash with Cider Vinaigrette.

14

Classic Cornbread Dressing

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Keep it country-style with cornbread dressing this year! Oil (or your favorite butter substitute) keeps it vegan.

Get the recipe for Classic Cornbread Dressing.

15

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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This dish is simple and classic, but the best part of this recipe has to be the 20-minute prep time. It doesn't get easier than that!

Get the recipe for Roasted Brussels Sprouts.

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Thanksgiving Chopped Salad

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This Thanksgiving salad will give guests a break from the heavier fare on the table. Dressed with a simple, tangy red wine vinaigrette and loaded it with crunchy Persian cucumbers, we top it all off with a smattering of local parsley, basil, and fennel.

Get the recipe for Thanksgiving Chopped Salad.

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Marinated Mushroom-and-Charred Broccolini Salad

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This nutritious Thanksgiving side dish packs plenty of zest—sans any animal products.

Get the recipe for Marinated Mushroom-and-Charred Broccolini Salad.

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Pepita (Pumpkin Seed) Guacamole

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Trust us: Guac and chips make a great appetizer while guests are getting ready for the meal. Finish off this traditional avocado mixture with an additional sprinkle of toasted seeds, and serve with your favorite tortilla chips.

Get the recipe for Pepita (Pumpkin Seed) Guacamole.

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Savory Pumpkin Soup with Spice Shake

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Warm guests up with a comforting cup of soup that's creamy, yet contains not a drop of cream.

Get the recipe for Savory Pumpkin Soup with Spice Shake.

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Vegan Thanksgiving Wraps

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Everyone at the dinner table will be reaching for one of these wraps. They're filled with cinnamon-roasted sweet potatoes, crispy baked chickpeas, and toasted pumpkin seeds all rolled in a garlic herb flatbread.

Get the recipe for Vegan Thanksgiving Wraps at Minimalist Baker.

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