The 40+ Best Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes for 2020

These Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes are crazy delicious and festive at the same time. Make them and you will surely impress everyone around the table.

 

Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

 vegan Thanksgiving recipes

 

When you are vegan, or have vegan relatives/friends, you have to create/make unique dishes, that are appropriate.

Have you been struggling to find awesome recipes to impress? Well good news, you can stop searching. These meals are perfect to serve anyone at the table. Meat eaters and vegans alike will be satisfied with the yummy food you made.

 

Main Dish

 

1. Portobello Steaks with Lemon Basil Aioli

vegan Thanksgiving recipes
Photo: Making Thyme for Health

These meaty portobello mushroom steaks have a twofold secret — the balsamic and tamari marinade, both sweet and salty, and the creamy basil, lemon and garlic aioli which is added at the end. Both highlight the mushrooms’ natural umami.

 

2. Stuffing-Muffins with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

Stuffing-Muffins with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Photo: The Colorful Kitchen

Could you even have Thanksgiving without stuffing and mashed potatoes with gravy? This is the vegan and gluten-free version which cooks up in a muffin tin for pre-portioned serving at its finest.

 

3. Thansgiving Pithiviers

Thansgiving Pithiviers
Photo: Lazy Cat Kitchen

This version of a pithivier has the warm flavors of Thanksgiving layered inside a flaky vegan puff pastry crust. Any guest who cuts into one of these impressive little pies will be in awe of your culinary genius.

 

4. Truffle Ricotta and Mushroom Lasagna Roll Ups

Truffle Ricotta and Mushroom Lasagna Roll Ups
Photo: Rabbit and Wolves

When the elegant truffle meets an unpretentious lasagna noodle, worlds collide in the most delicious way. These roll-ups are a garlic mushroom extravaganza that come together in no time and are a little something different for the dinner table.

 

5. Butternut Squash Shepherds Pie (gluten-free)

Butternut Squash Shepherds Pie (gluten-free)
Photo: Will Frolic for Food

Here’s a new take on an old classic — shepherd’s pie reimagined for a newer, healthier generation. Its bottom layer is creamy lentils. Then there’s a wild toss of carrots and mushrooms. The final layer is a luscious coconut butternut squash.

 

6. Festive Falafel with Cranberry Pear Dip

Festive Falafel with Cranberry Pear Dip
Photo: Vegan Heaven

Falafel, that old vegan standard, has just gotten a holiday makeover. Adding a decadent pear and cranberry dip on the side makes it a sweet and savory celebration, just in time for Thanksgiving.

 

7. Stuffed Roasted Butternut Squash

Stuffed Roasted Butternut Squash
Photo: It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken

Ladies and gentleman, I give you a vegan holiday centerpiece — a stuffed, roasted butternut squash. It’s fit for a king’s feast and tastes of sage, wild rice, nuts and little pops of cranberry.

 

8. Minestrone with Butternut Squash

Minestrone with Butternut Squash
Photo: Grateful Grazer

This stew doesn’t play. A bowl of this chunky, hearty minestrone stew is a meal-and-a-half of veggie, bean and pasta love.

 

9. Leek & Mushroom Couscous Stuffed Squash

Leek & Mushroom Couscous Stuffed Squash
Photo: I Love Vegan

This couscous stuffed acorn squash is a showcase of Fall ingredients. It’s also customizable, so clean out that veggie drawer and go to town. Easy to prepare, and it can be enjoyed as a main or a side.

 

10. Butternut Squash and Pear Pizza

Butternut Squash and Pear Pizza
Photo: Short Girl Tall Order

The problem with this vegan pear pizza is that you’ll have to share it. They’ll smell the roasting pears and squash, toasty crust and garlic cashew sauce and they’ll all come running. Pity. It’d make a fine meal for one.

 

11. Quinoa Stuffed Squash with Walnuts and Pomegranate

Quinoa Stuffed Squash with Walnuts and Pomegranate
Photo: Nirvana Cakery

There is something so fun about everyone at the table getting their own individual quinoa stuffed mini squash. It’s also a hearty side dish that really delivers in the flavor department.

 

12. Roasted Thanksgiving Bowls

Roasted Thanksgiving Bowls
Photo: I Love Vegan

Bowls are all the rage right now, so a Thanksgiving bowl seems like a total no brainer. All of those comforting flavors — roasted acorn squash, carrots, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, mashed potatoes and gravy — mingled together in one go? Perfection.

 

13. Smoky Southern-Style Meatless Meatloaf

vegan Thanksgiving recipes
Photo: Veganosity

Being vegan doesn’t mean giving up comfort food favorites. This meatless meatloaf topped with barbecue sauce not only looks like the real thing but it’s so packed with flavor that you won’t miss the old, boring meatloaf for a minute.

 

14. Roasted Red Pepper & Squash Soup

Roasted Red Pepper & Squash Soup
Photo: Eat The Gains

When roasted red peppers and acorn squash get together, it’s magic. This creamy soup has just a little spice from the fresh ginger and takes about an hour to develop all of its yummy layers of flavor.

 

15. Seitan “Turkey” Roast

Seitan "Turkey" Roast
Photo: My Vegan Cookbook

Vegans shouldn’t miss out on that dramatic moment when someone carves the Thanksgiving turkey. Now they don’t have to with this stuffed seitan turkey roast. It’s totally legal and essential for a Turkey Day celebration.

 

16. Healthy Green Bean Casserole

Healthy Green Bean Casserole
Photo: Hummusapien

Grandma’s green bean casserole has been given a modern makeover and now it’s healthy! Don’t worry, it still has that flavor and creaminess you remember — thank you, cashews — but now you can have a second helping without feeling overindulgent.

 

17. Vegetable Pot Pie with Biscuits

Vegetable Pot Pie with Biscuits
Photo: I Love Vegan

Here’s a dish that could be a mid-week family dinner or have a coveted spot on the Thanksgiving table. Golden brown scratch-made biscuits atop a rich veggie stew equals nothing short of comfort food bliss.

 

18. Sweet Potato Ravioli with Mushrooms

Sweet Potato Ravioli with Mushrooms
Photo: Zestful Kitchen

Ah, it’s like Autumn on a plate. Homemade pasta dough stuffed with cashew cream, sweet potato puree and fresh thyme. Sprinkle sautéed mushrooms and shallots across your raviolis and you’ve created a restaurant-quality meal.

 

Sides

19. Maple Glazed Carrots with Lemon Cashew Cream

Maple Glazed Carrots with Lemon Cashew Cream
Photo: Eye Candy Popper

Bring these heirloom carrots to your holiday table and watch their jaws drop. By the end of the meal, everyone will be fighting about which is better, the taste or the presentation.

 

20. Chive & Garlic Duchess Potatoes

Chive & Garlic Duchess Potatoes
Photo: I Love Vegan

Get ready for gasps of wonder when you present a tray of these chive and garlic duchess potatoes. Using a piping bag is the key to making these beauties look so elegant and it’s easier than you may think.

 

21. Fall Panzanella

vegan Thanksgiving recipes
Photo: Well Vegan

All of the colors, textures and flavors of this seasonal bread salad will delight the palate while being a feast for the eyes. Enjoy it as a lunch or a light dinner.

 

22. Potato Croquettes

Potato Croquettes
Photo: Elephantastic Vegan

Here’s a promise — if you put a basket of these potato croquettes on your Thanksgiving table, you will indeed be celebrated. Golden and crispy, they look so inviting and will make a perfect addition to an already crowded plate.

 

23. Creamed Corn

Creamed Corn
Photo: Making Thyme for Health

Creamed corn is a Thanksgiving must but it doesn’t have to be that stuff from a can. It’s easy to make your own and — newsflash — it can be dairy-free. With just five ingredients, it’s a side dish everyone at the table will adore.

 

24. Autumn Crunch Pasta Salad

Autumn Crunch Pasta Salad
Photo: Chelsea’s Messy Apron

It’s crunch time for salad lovers. Think tart Granny Smith apples, crisp celery and coarsely chopped pecans all tossed with spinach and citrus and al dente pasta. This autumn salad bursts with fresh, seasonal flavors.

 

25. Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins

Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins
Photo: My Quiet Kitchen

They’re a side dish. No, they’re a breakfast. No way, they’re a side dish! Calm down everyone. They’re jalapeño cornbread muffins and they can be a side dish and a quick grab-and-go leftover breakfast.

 

26. Garlic Roasted Green Beans

Garlic Roasted Green Beans
Photo: Greedy Gourmet

Need a last minute, easy peasy side for the holiday table? Roasted green beans with garlic can be prepped in only five minutes and will cook in 15 minutes. Fresh and delicious! Don’t forget a sprinkle of finishing salt.

 

27. Fall Quinoa Salad

Fall Quinoa Salad
Photo: The Plant Philosophy

In this pretty Autumn dish, the orange balsamic glaze provides the vim while the quinoa adds the vigor. The two together make a hearty side dish or a light lunch meal.

 

28. Dinner Rolls

Dinner Rolls
Photo: Loving It Vegan

“Don’t fill up on bread!” Whoever said that probably never tried this fabulous recipe. Thank goodness, it only makes a small batch of six pillowy-soft vegan dinner rolls — just enough for the Thanksgiving table.

 

29. Cornbread Stuffing (gluten-free)

Cornbread Stuffing (gluten-free)
Photo: The Pretty Bee

Y’all, what would Thanksgiving be without a heaping helping of cornbread stuffing? It just wouldn’t be right. So here’s a recipe that has all the textures and flavors without any of the gluten or the guilt.

 

30. Mashed Potatoes with Mushroom Gravy

Mashed Potatoes with Mushroom Gravy
Photo: Vegan Huggs

No Thanksgiving meal would be complete without offering your guests a piping-hot bowl of fluffy mashed potatoes. The mushroom gravy ups the ante and turns this standard into a vegan-friendly must.

 

31. The Best Vegan Cornbread

The Best Vegan Cornbread
Photo: The Pretty Bee

Hey, someone pass me the cornbread. Oh, you mean that light and fluffy, dairy-free, egg-free and vegan cornbread? That’s right. It’s got just a hint of sweetness and all of the cornbread flavor that everyone adores.

 

32. Sugar-free Cranberry Sauce (Low Carb, Paleo, Gluten-free)

Sugar-free Cranberry Sauce (Low Carb, Paleo, Gluten-free)
Photo: Wholesome Yum

Fact — no Thanksgiving would be complete without cranberry sauce. This version is a super easy four-ingredient recipe that tastes sensational and has no sugar. It’s also low in carbs and paleo friendly, so don’t hold back.

 

Desserts

33. Pumpkin Pie with Candied Pecans

Pumpkin Pie with Candied Pecans
Photo: Lavender and Macarons

Decisions, decisions. Should it be pecan pie or a pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving? Here’s an easy solution — put both in the same pie! This vegan pecan-topped pumpkin pie solves that age old dilemma and satisfies every Thanksgiving dessert desire.

 

34. Chai Spice Pear Pie

Chai Spice Pear Pie
Photo: The Almond Eater

Looking for something a little different for the Thanksgiving dessert table? Chai spices are so warm and inviting and when paired with pear, it’s a dream come true. The flavor combination is unbeatable especially when it’s served in a buttery, vegan crust.

 

35. Easy Apple Crumble

Easy Apple Crumble
Photo: Shane and Simple

Give yourself a break this Thanksgiving and throw together this vegan apple crumble. Made with simple ingredients, you can assemble it ahead of time and then bake it on the big day. It doesn’t get much easier than that.

 

36. Pumpkin Roll

Pumpkin Roll
Photo: Carlo Cao

Let’s be honest — some people are just fed up with pumpkin pie. But believe me when I tell you that no one ever turns down a well executed pumpkin roll. Yummy pumpkin cake stuffed with light, aquafaba cream? Too darn delightful to pass up.

 

37. Pear and Cranberry Crumble

Pear and Cranberry Crumble
Photo: This Vibrant World

At Thanksgiving, remember that cranberries aren’t just for the sauce. They have a legit place on the dessert table as well! This cranberry pear crumble is a prime example. It’s fantastic by itself but when served alongside custard, it’ll become the talk of the feast.

 

38. Apple Cider Cake with Maple Glaze

Apple Cider Cake with Maple Glaze
Photo: Well Vegan

Apple cider and autumn go together, so why not make a cake that celebrates both? It is bursting with those flavors of cinnamon and maple that everyone craves when the leaves start to turn and the wind gets crisp.

 

39. Pumpkin Pie Bites

Pumpkin Pie Bites
Photo: Chefani

If you’re like me, it’s hard to resist any bite-sized dessert. I mean, the calories don’t count if you can pop it in your mouth in one go, right? It’s everything you like about pumpkin pie in a single, delicious bite.

 

40. Apple Upside Down Cake

Apple Upside Down Cake
Photo: Make It Dairy-free

Gather your guests around. They can smell the apple-cinnamon goodness as you present the hot pan. Get a plate and watch their anticipation. Flip that baby out and they’ll see the caramelized apple goodness on top. Dessert perfection achieved.

 

41. Pumpkin Bundt Cake

Pumpkin Bundt Cake
Photo: Make It Dairy-Free

This pumpkin bundt cake is so good that it doesn’t even need a glaze. Sure, if you want to gild the lily, by all means, go for it. You can also make it without a bundt pan! Three cheers for a flexible recipe!

 

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Cocktails

42. Thanksgiving Punch

Thanksgiving Punch
Photo: I Heart Naptime

Who wants some punch? Everyone, especially when it has the flavors of the season. This Thanksgiving Punch only has three ingredients — apple cider, caramel syrup and pumpkin pie spice. When they say it really packs a punch, this is what they were talking about.

 

43. Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Cider

Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Cider
Photo: Savory Nothings

Treat your guests to an intoxicating holiday aroma as soon as they walk in your door. This recipe adds orange to apple cider and when simmered gently in a slow cooker, it’s both fragrant and irresistible.

 

44. Apple Cider Rum Punch

Apple Cider Rum Punch
Photo: This Silly Girl’s Kitchen

Thirsty? How about some apple cider, orange juice, cinnamon sticks and rum all decked out in a glass with apples and oranges? I know I’m ready for a big holiday glass of that festive brew.

 

45. Mulled Pear Juice

Mulled Pear Juice
Photo: Recipes from a Pantry

Everybody’s had mulled cider but how many people have dared to mull pear juice? This drink is next level yummy. Clementine juice adds a citrus zing to the subtly sweet pear. A whole batch takes only 15 minutes to make.

 

46. Autumn Sangria

Autumn Sangria
Photo: Neighbor Food Blog

Pour you and your bestie a glass of autumn sangria, sit in front of a crackling fire and let the fun begin. Apples, plums and pears all get familiar in a crisp pinot grigio with a dash of bourbon and cider thrown in for good measure.

 

47. Apple Cinnamon Whiskey Smash

Apple Cinnamon Whiskey Smash
Photo: Hunger Thirst Play

Let the children sip on some cider — I got myself a tumbler of Apple Cinnamon Whiskey Smash. The flavors of fall and whiskey make a perfect match, and it’s amazing how something so cool can warm you right up.

 

48. Autumn Harvest Punch

Autumn Harvest Punch
Photo: Fivespot Green Living

For those occasions when, for whatever the reason, you can’t have a cocktail, there’s nothing wrong with indulging in a little mocktail. It’s a celebration in a glass but without any regret the next day.

 

Appetizers

49. Mushroom Sausage Rolls

Mushroom Sausage Rolls
Photo: Simply Ceecee

Looking for an extra nibble for your holiday guests? Blow their minds with these vegan sausage rolls that have all the flavor without any of the (wait for it) sausage! They don’t need it — the umami comes from mushrooms, cashews and soy sauce.

 

50. Stromboli

Stromboli
Photo: The Curious Chickpea

Stromboli is a party food classic and this vegan version makes a perfect holiday appetizer. Roll up some grainy mustard, veggies, vegan cheese and deli meat in pizza dough and bake. Slice and you’re ready to serve.

 

51. Garlic Olives in a Blanket

Garlic Olives in a Blanket
Photo: The Baking Fairy

While others are pigging out on pigs in a blanket, up the sophistication with a vegan take — I present garlicky olives neatly tucked in their own little blankets. These are so simple and impressive for vegans and non-vegans alike.

 

52. Mushroom Pate

Mushroom Pate
Photo: Vegan on Board

Need a savory pâté dipping solution that doesn’t involve meat? Of course it’s the mighty mushroom that comes to the appetizer rescue. All of that umami flavor in a scrumptious pâté that is perfect on crackers, French bread or as a veggie dip.

 

53. Chili Garlic Brussels Sprouts

Chili Garlic Brussels Sprouts
Photo: Get Set Vegan

Watch out, Buffalo sauce, chili garlic sauce is eyeing your crown. It has already cozied up to the Brussels sprouts and is making a name for itself. A little heat, a little soy, a little garlic and wow — an appetizer that wakes up your palate.

 

54. Holiday Cheese Ball Platter

Holiday Cheese Ball Platter
Photo: Brewing Happiness

Nothing says holiday spread like an old fashioned cheese ball platter. Too bad you can’t have a vegan cheese ball…or can you? Yes, you can and it’s delicious. Vegan cheeses, nuts, leeks and chives are all it takes to be the star of your platter.

 

55. Italian Stuffed Mushrooms

Italian Stuffed Mushrooms
Photo: Neurotic Mommy

You will never go wrong serving stuffed mushrooms at a party. Italian bread crumbs tossed with all kinds of herbs and seasonings in a roasted mushroom make for a perfect, savory bite. Vegans, call dibs because the non-vegans will descend and seize them.

 

What else to serve for Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner:

 

Vegan Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

 

Healthy Vegan Fall Recipes for Dinner

 

vegan pumpkin recipes

 

vegan butternut squash recipes

 

What are *your* favorite Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes?

Share with me in the comments below!

 

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The 40+ Best Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes for 2020

These are the best Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes for your 2020 Fall holiday menu! Delicious main dishes, sides, desserts, cocktails & more.
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword dinner, main dish, recipes, sides, Thanksgiving, vegan
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 650kcal
Author Kate @ The Green Loot

Ingredients

  • chickpea meatloaf
  • roasted green beans
  • mushroom gravy
  • cornbread stuffing
  • glazed carrots
  • mashed potatoes
  • butternut squash

Instructions

  • Choose your favorite Thanksgiving meal from the list and click on the link to get the recipe.

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