If you're looking for healthy vegan Thanksgiving recipe ideas, this list is for you. Take the stress out of your Thanksgiving meal with these amazingly delicious dishes that are all meat, dairy, egg, and gluten-free!
Despite what you might think, Thanksgiving cooking doesn't have to be stressful - even if you're trying to build an entirely vegan Thanksgiving dinner or are dealing with a variety of dietary preferences.
If you think hosting a completely plant-based festive dinner sounds like an impossible feat, I assure you nothing could be further from the truth.
Nowadays we have so many vegan options at the grocery store - plant-based milk and butter, tasty cheeses, plus all the delightful veggies, grains, pastas, and more. That means vegan Thanksgiving isn't just possible, it's actually super attainable!
Tasty vegan sides like mac & cheese and mashed potatoes, rich-tasting entrées like casseroles or shepherd's pie, and tons of other traditional Thanksgiving recipes are included in this list.
You will find plenty of allergy-friendly recipes with both gluten and nut-free options. And if that weren't enough to entice you, these vegan desserts are sweetened with only natural ingredients. Let the feast begin!
Vegan Thanksgiving Mains
Nobody will miss the turkey or the ham with one of these stunning vegan centerpieces hogging all the glory! Stuffed squash, meatloaf, meatballs, and shepherd's pie are just the beginning.
Vegan Thanksgiving Sides
As far as I'm concerned, it's not Thanksgiving (vegan or otherwise) without all the traditional sides. Mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing, sweet potatoes - the gang's all here, plus some tasty new additions. Looking for gravy? I have several vegan options in a separate section below!!
Vegan Thanksgiving Casseroles
Whether you call them casseroles, hot dishes, or tray-bakes, one thing stays the same: cozy warm things baked in a 9x13 are awesome.
Vegan Thanksgiving Gravy & Cranberry Sauce
Gravy isn't just for the birds - these four recipes prove it! And no Thanksgiving is complete without cranberry sauce, but the homemade stuff is so much tastier than canned.
Vegan Thanksgiving Salads
I'm all for having lots of different starches to choose from at Thanksgiving, but I also love having a variety of vibrant colors and crunchy sides. These bright, beautiful salads are a welcome diversion from all the heavy holiday staples.
Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts
I can't speak for everyone, but THIS vegan loves her some dessert. These yummy recipes are perfect for gracing any fall table, and will impress the whole family when placed on your Thanksgiving smorgasbord.
If you loved this recipe roundup of Healthy Vegan Thanksgiving Dishes, please comment below! Your support means the world, and I am so thankful for you all. Happy Holidays from me to you!
Mary Ellen Valverde MS, CNS, LDN is a Licensed Nutritionist and Certified Nutrition Specialist who empowers vegans to feel clear and confident about what is uniquely nourishing to them. Mary Ellen's recipes and nutrition information have been featured on Yahoo News, Parade, VegNews, LIVESTRONG, Dr. Axe, Greatist, LIVEKINDLY, Brit+Co, Well+Good, and more.
Kris G says
Oh thank goodness! A T-day list of what to make. We were going to see my family, 500 miles away, for T-Day but they are all passing the flu around right now. Which, I hate for anyone to have the flu but it makes it easier to avoid the meat laden, heavy saturated fat meal back home. All I had on my list so far was Blue Zones Ikarian Lemon and Herb Roasted Potatoes. Reading this list means my search for T-Day ideas is not going to be so hard.
A fun note, I was looking through my old Italian/Roman cookbook with recipes that are literally as old as Christ's birth and found one for roasted loin of donkey. My Italian husband said he can do without roasted loin of ass. 😉 Sure glad we are vegan.
Mary Ellen says
I'm so glad I could help out Kris! I hear you, sometimes it's just easier to stay home and cook what you want.
LOL! I can do without that as well! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Nichole Carter says
So many things I want to try!! Thank you!
Mary Ellen says
I hope you enjoy them all Nichole!
You have me hungry for Thanksgiving now! Thank you for including my salad recipe!
Mary Ellen says
Of course Dianne! It looks so good!