Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes | Kathy's Vegan Kitchen (2024)

Explore this guide of vegan Thanksgiving recipes to help plan your vegan Thanksgiving celebration. Find appetizers, salads, soups, entrees, and desserts for the whole family.

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When I think about Thanksgiving, my thoughts focus on family and food. Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks, reflect on our blessings, and acknowledge our gratitude. Luckily, my family all celebrates with a feast of vegan Thanksgiving recipes.

To bring my family favorites to you, I compiled some vegan Thanksgiving recipes to help plan your Vegan Thanksgiving meal.

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I clearly remember my first plant-based Thanksgiving. I made two dinners; one for the meat-eaters and another for my plant-based family. Since then, everyone in the family has enjoyed our vegan Thanksgiving recipes, and my life is much more accessible around the holidays.

Let's begin with some of my family's favorite appetizers for Thanksgiving. Because my family loves appetizers, we start early Thanksgiving Day and graze throughout the day.

Appetizers

I love my Thanksgiving table full of vibrant colors.Avocado hummus, for example, is a light and healthy dip served with bright vegetables and whole-wheat pita bread.

Avocado Hummus

Total Time: 10 minutes mins

Avocado hummus is oil-free, creamy, and delicious. Made with a few simple whole foods, avocado hummus is perfect for dipping vegetables, pita, crackers, or as a sandwich spread. It's ready in under 10 minutes, so dip away!

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These bite-sizedstuffed portobello mushroomsare incredibly savory and pop right in your mouth. Easy to make, these stuffed mushrooms can be made and heated up before your family and friends arrive.

Vegan Baby Portobello Mushroom Bites

Total Time: 25 minutes mins

Mushrooms are a perfect capsule to stuff wonderful ingredients. These savory bite-sized mushrooms are to die for.

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Vegan French onion dip is so creamy and savory that you won't believe it's vegan. Vegan french onion dip is a family favorite, perfect for homemade oil-free chips, vegetables, or a spread for your favorite burger recipe. Nut-free option provided.

Vegan French Onion Dip

Total Time: 30 minutes mins

Vegan French Onion Dip is so creamy and savory that you won't believe it's vegan. Vegan french onion dip is a family favorite, perfect for homemade oil-free chips, vegetables, or a spread for your favorite burger recipe. Nut-free option provided.

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Take asparagus to the next level and give it some fancy flare. Dipped in this savorymustard dipping sauce, this asparagus, wrapped in oil-free dough, turns an ordinary appetizer table into a beautiful display.

Mustard Dipping Sauce

Total Time: 10 minutes mins

If you love to dip, try this simple three-ingredient savory mustard dipping sauce. Perfect for just about anything, my mustard dipping sauce is one of my favorite dips. Asparagus recipe included.

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Try adding color to a table with a variety of vegan bruschetta with beautiful vegetable toppings. We love boards, and bruschetta is easy to make ahead of time and provides many combinations to please everyone in the family.

Vegan Bruschetta

Total Time: 15 minutes mins

Quick and simple, vegan bruschetta can be a beautiful, colorful appetizer to serve to guests or a creative meal for the whole family.

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One of my family's favorite vegan Thanksgiving recipes isvegan tangy crockpot meatballs. Made with lentils, these vegan meatballs cook in a crockpot all Thanksgiving Day with a simple sauce. At my house, these little vegan meatballs disappear quickly.

Vegan Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Total Time: 6 hours hrs 15 minutes mins

I veganized Grandma's sweet and sour meatball recipe. Even meat-eaters love these vegan sweet and sour meatballs! So, don't tell anyone. Shhh!

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Salad Recipes

Even on Thanksgiving, getting your greens is essential, so I always make a large salad or soup to accompany our Thanksgiving meal.

This roasted butternut squash salad tastes like Thanksgiving! The vibrant colors make any Thanksgiving table pop with colors of the rainbow.

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

Total Time: 40 minutes mins

Welcome fall with this roasted butternut squash salad recipe loaded with fall vegetables, quinoa and kale, topped with pomegranate seeds, pickled red onions, and an oil-free horseradish vinaigrette.

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Regardless of my menu, my family always asks forvegan Waldorf salad. Full of apples, grapes, walnuts, and various recipes, this salad is dressed in a sweet yet savory dressing.

Vegan Waldorf Salad

Total Time: 10 minutes mins

Crunchy with crisp apples, celery, and walnuts, this vegan Waldorf salad is a classic recipe perfect for the fall. Take a bite of this sweet and savory vegan Waldorf salad recipe, and you'll be hooked.

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Without a doubt, serving a salad full of sweet potatoes, apples, walnuts, and an array of vegetables, thisharvest saladis full of fall flavors. This salad is a perfect addition to Thanksgiving dinner and is dressed in an oil-free maple dijon dressing.

Cranberry Coleslaw

Cranberry coleslaw is a sweet and savory salad with seasonal vegetables in a tangy dressing. This cranberry coleslaw recipe is perfect for the holidays.

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Fall Harvest Salad

Total Time: 45 minutes mins

Sweet and savory flavors fill this fall harvest salad recipe. Roasted sweet potatoes and crisp apples provide the sweetness, while the red onion, arugula, and other vegetables, provide the savory taste. Dressed in a smokey maple dijon dressing, this Fall harvest salad is perfect for lunch, a weeknight meal, or Thanksgiving salad.

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Asparagus, orzo, and bright vegetables make this oil-free salad a delicious accompaniment to Thanksgiving dinner. Asparaguscombines roasted asparagus and raw vegetables for a savory, make-ahead salad to make Thanksgiving dinner easy to prepare.

Wild Rice Salad

Total Time: 40 minutes mins

Wild Rice Salad is a cold or warm salad layered with roasted vegetables dressed in an oil-free cranberry vinegarette. Hearty and filling, this lettuce-free salad is a comfort food salad style.

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Roasted Asparagus Salad

Total Time: 25 minutes mins

Roasted asparagus highlights this fresh and light asparagus salad with simple ingredients dressed in an oil-free champagne vinaigrette dressing. Asparagus salad tastes like summer in a bowl.

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Enjoy Autumn pasta salad with vegetables and autumn flavors for a warm or cold pasta salad.

Autumn Pasta Salad

Total Time: 40 minutes mins

Autumn pasta salad is a combination of fresh in-season vegetables, roasted to perfection and added to whole-grain bow-tie pasta then tossed in a butternut squash vinaigrette. Served hot or cold, this entree pasta salad also works well as a side dish for the holidays.

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Soup Recipes

Fall soups are an excellent way to begin Thanksgiving dinner, served in courses.

So, this Thanksgiving, begin with a cup or a bowl of butternut squash chili.

Vegan Potato Chowder

This thick and creamy vegan potato chowder is a one-pot meal in under 30 minutes. So, grab a pot and a few simple ingredients for a delicious vegan potato chowder recipe.

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Vegan Butternut Squash Chili

Total Time: 4 hours hrs 30 minutes mins

Dive into a bowl of hearty butternut squash chili. Loaded with butternut squash and an array of other vegetables, kidney beans, and some secret ingredients, this vegan chili recipe will bring you back for seconds.

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This creamy vegan gnocchi soup is a family favorite. Made in one pot, this recipe is a quick and easy way to begin Thanksgiving dinner.

Vegan Gnocchi Soup

Total Time: 20 minutes mins

Thick and creamy, this vegan gnocchi soup recipe is oil-free, loaded with vegetables and delicate potato gnocchi dumplings in a savory broth. Not only is this soup decadent, but it also takes under 25 minutes from start to finish. Stove-top, crockpot and Instant Pot directions provided.

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Spice up your Thanksgiving dinner with a bowl of curry butternut squash soup!

Curry Butternut Squash Soup

Total Time: 35 minutes mins

Curry butternut squash soup is made with butternut squash and various other vegetables in a savory-sweet broth. Make this fabulously flavorful soup in under 30 minutes in one pot. Prepare it chunky or make a thick, creamy soup with one simple step.

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Savory and rich, this vegan wild rice soup with mushrooms is festive to welcome a Thanksgiving meal.

Wild Rice Soup with Mushrooms

Total Time: 50 minutes mins

Wild Rice Soup with Mushrooms is gluten-free, oil-free, nut-free, and fabulous. Loaded with veggies in a thick, creamy, savory broth, this wild rice and mushroom soup is simply mouthwatering. Cook it on the stovetop, in the crockpot, or the Instant Pot.

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Vegan corn chowder is a thick and rich soup full of fall vegetables and topped with grilled corn.

Vegan Corn Chowder

Total Time: 6 hours hrs 20 minutes mins

This thick and creamy vegan corn chowder soup is made with nothing but vegetables. Cook this soup on the stovetop, the Instant pot, or in a crockpot; all three cooking methods are included in the recipe. This corn chowder is so delicious and filling you won't believe how fabulous it is—oil-free, nut-free, and gluten-free.

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Entrees

Throughout the years, I've made a variety of different Thanksgiving entrees. These recipes, however, are on the top of the list for Thanksgiving successes.

No matter how many vegetables I pack into avegetable strudel, it always turns out fabulous. Even the kids enjoy this dish, covered in vegan gravy with mashed potatoes.

Vegetable Strudel

Total Time: 45 minutes mins

Vegan vegetable strudel is stuffed with vegetables in a thick and creamy vegan gravy, wrapped in a light flaky, oil-free dough, and baked to perfection. Served with vegan mashed potatoes and gravy.

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Or have an Italian-style Thanksgiving with a savory butternut squash lasagna layered with noodles, butternut squash puree, cashew basil cheese, mushrooms, spinach, and onions. Top with vegan parmesan cheese and fresh herbs for a delicious weeknight meal or holiday dinner

Butternut Squash Lasagna

Total Time: 1 hour hr

Welcome fall with a savory butternut squash lasagna layered with noodles, butternut squash puree, cashew basil cheese, mushrooms, spinach, and onions. Top with vegan parmesan cheese and fresh herbs for a delicious weeknight meal or holiday dinner.

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Lentil meatloaf is a holiday favorite for the holidays or a weeknight meal. It never disappoints. Make it ahead of time to make planning and cooking for Thanksgiving easy.

Vegan Meatloaf

Total Time: 1 hour hr

This lentil loaf is the best vegan meatloaf you will ever eat! Make it the day before, enjoy it for dinner, and make cold vegan meatloaf sandwiches for lunch! YUM! And if you love this recipe, stuff a bell pepper, portobello mushrooms, or some pasta shells with this yummy lentil mixture.

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Elegant yet easy to prepare, these individual portobello wellingtons are always a Thanksgiving hit. Not only are the large portobello mushrooms stuffed with a savory filling, but they are also wrapped in dough and baked to perfection.

Vegan Mushroom Wellington

Total Time: 55 minutes mins

Vegan Mushroom Wellington is filled with a savory mushroom pate, wrapped in a delicate puff pastry, and baked to perfection.

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Sometimes, my family requests an Italian entree for Thanksgiving dinner. One of my favorite dishes to prepare isveggie stuffed shells. Like other entrees in my top favorites, stuffed shells can be made ahead of time and cooked when your friends and family arrive.

I make anantipasto salad and vegan garlic bread when serving veggie stuffed shells.

Veggie Stuffed Shells

Vegetable stuffed shells are jumbo pasta shells filled with lentils and vegetables in a tangy marinara sauce. Then the jumbo shells are covered in marinara sauce and baked. Top with vegan parmesan cheese for additional flavor.

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Instead of opting for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, how about making it a Mexican fiesta? Sometimes, we enjoy Thanksgiving with our favorite harvest vegetables prepared with a Mexican theme.

Butternut Squash and Black Bean Enchiladas

Total Time: 45 minutes mins

Butternut squash and black bean enchiladas are filled with roasted butternut squash, black beans, various vegetables and rolled in corn or flour tortillas, topped with oil-free vegan cheese sauce and enchilada sauce.

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If you're looking for a savory, creamy Italian option, try this vegan white sauce lasagna recipe. Make it the day before and reheat it on Thanksgiving day.

Vegan White Sauce Lasagna

Total Time: 50 minutes mins

Vegan white sauce lasagna is layered with onions, mushrooms and spinach in a creamy white sauce and topped with vegan parmesan cheese. This is comfort food taken to the next level. Dig in and taste the splendor.

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Or, for a quick and easy meal, try a butternut squash pasta recipe full of fall vegetables.

Vegan Butternut Squash Pasta

Vegan butternut squash pasta is a quick and easy meal with very few ingredients. This creamy, decadent butternut squash pasta sauce is versatile for a variety of recipes. Make this pasta recipe in 30 minutes or less. Oil-free and nut-free.

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Pumpkin rigatoni is simple yet incredibly delicious! It screams Thanksgiving.

Pumpkin Rigatoni

Total Time: 50 minutes mins

Dive into a bowl of creamy, dreamy pumpkin rigatoni made with fresh pumpkin. Enjoy fresh seasonal fall flavors with a creamy pumpkin and sage pasta dish with very few ingredients. Or add kale and peas to add some greens. Two sauce options (one nut-free) are available.

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Last but certainly not least is one of my newest posts,Vegan Pot Pie. Even though I just made this recipe recently, my family has suggested these individual pot pies be this year's dinner.

Another option, however, is to make a large pot pie or use a rectangular pan to serve many people.

Vegan Pot Pie

Total Time: 50 minutes mins

Plunge through the crispy crust of this oil-free vegan pot pie full of vegetables in a thick, creamy, savory vegan gravy made without nuts or plant milk. This vegan pot pie recipe is the perfect holiday meal or comfort food on a cold evening.

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Side Dishes

If you are hosting a buffet or having an intimate dinner, side dishes are always a crowd-pleaser. After cooking a big meal, I sometimes eat side dishes for dinner.

Whenever I makevegan scalloped potatoes, my family goes crazy. Despite their favorite foods, everyone always finds room for creamy, savory potatoes.

Since these potatoes are made with only vegetables, you can have second helpings.

Vegan Scalloped Potatoes Recipe

Total Time: 1 hour hr 45 minutes mins

These creamy, oil-free, smoky, vegan scalloped potatoes are mouth-watering and delicious. They are the perfect dish for a weeknight dinner or any holiday, and they can be made ahead of time and cooked when needed.

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For those seeking a gluten-free option for holiday stuffing, try this cauliflower stuffing!

Cauliflower Stuffing

Cauliflower stuffing is bread-free, savory, and delicious. Pair this cauliflower stuffing recipe with your favorite vegan entree for the holidays. Quick and easy one-pot dish ready in under 20 minutes!

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Embrace vegan mashed potatoes with butter beans for a buttery flavor and no vegan butter or salt. This easy mashed potato recipe tastes creamy and delicious without any added fat!

Butter Bean Mashed Potatoes with Easy 'No-Chicken' Gravy

Total Time: 35 minutes mins

"Buttery" Mashed Potatoes without any vegan butter or added fat. Naturally season your potatoes by simply adding butter beans. Enjoy the buttery taste without the guilt.

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Again, this dense and delicate cornbread recipe is easily made ahead of time and goes with almost every entree. Sweet yet savory, vegan cornbread is one of my favorite vegan recipes for Thanksgiving.

Don't forget the cranberry sauce! It's an essential part of a festive holiday meal.

Cranberry with Orange Sauce

Total Time: 20 minutes mins

Cranberry with Orange Sauce is a quick and easy relish for various holiday recipes. With only 3 ingredients, this cranberry relish recipe is so easy to make and beautiful on your holiday table.

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Vegan Oil-Free Cornbread

Total Time: 25 minutes mins

Although vegan cornbread goes perfect with chili, cornbread is wonderful as a side dish salads, soups, or alone as a breakfast treat!

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Or, try some orange cranberry bread if you prefer a little cranberry goodness.

Orange Cranberry Bread

Total Time: 1 hour hr

Orange cranberry bread is oil-free, nut-free, and refined sugar-free. Made with whole-food ingredients, each piece of bread is full of fresh cranberries that pop in your mouth with fresh orange flavor in each moist bite.

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Dessert Recipes

In the event you are still hungry, Thanksgiving dessert is always popular. Although I generally skip dessert, my family loves dessert.

This healthy vegan apple cider donut cake! Apple donut cake is a healthy version of a day at the cider mill. This dense bundt cake is oil-free, nut-free, plant-milk-free with a gluten-free option, and topped with fresh, hot cinnamon apples.

Vegan Apple Cider Donut Cake

Total Time: 45 minutes mins

Welcome fall with this healthy vegan apple cider donut cake! Apple donut cake is a healthy version of a day at the cider mill. This dense bundt cake is oil-free, nut-free, plant-milk-free with a gluten-free option. and topped with fresh, hot cinnamon apples.

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As a favorite seasonal dessert, this pumpkin dip recipe is simple to make with a few simple ingredients. I often take this dip to parties in the fall since it is a party favorite. Great for a fruit dip or vegan ginger snap cookies.

Vegan Pumpkin Dip

Total Time: 5 minutes mins

Vegan pumpkin dip is a fun and festive holiday treat for the whole familt. Dip apples, pretzels, or your favorite cookies in this tasty vegan pumpkin dip recipe.

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I love apples! This apple galette is a quick, easy, no-fuss way to make a pie that takes minutes.

Apple Galette Recipe

Fall is a wonderful time for a quick, easy, healthy apple galette recipe. Instead of a pie, make a no-fuss, simple apple galette in minutes, and wow your guests.

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And, if you're looking for a sweet cranberry treat, give these vegan cranberry bars a try!

Cranberry Bars

Total Time: 55 minutes mins

Celebrate the season with some vegan cranberry bars. This cranberry bar recipe is 'veganized' from my sister's kitchen. Full of fresh cranberries and transformed into a plant-based dessert, these bars melt in your mouth.

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Because I always prefer a light dessert,vegan caramel sauceserved with apple slices is my favorite dessert recipe. Light and sweet, this clean and healthy sauce is the perfect way to end a holiday meal.

Vegan Caramel Sauce

Total Time: 15 minutes mins

Vegan caramel sauce is a healthy alternative to caramel made for dipping or sauce. Served hot or cold, vegan caramel is fabulous for fruit, cookies, pretzels, or anything you choose to dip. Or make it a sauce by thinning the dip to make an incredible sauce.

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Thank you for visiting our page. If you enjoy any of these vegan Thanksgiving recipes, let us know. We would love to hear from you!

From my family to your family, Happy Vegan Thanksgiving. May you have a happy, healthy holiday filled with excellent food, friends, family, and many thanks!

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Kathy Carmichael

Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂

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