21 Vegan Dishes to Serve to Your Thanksgiving Guests

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You can have a totally tasty Thanksgiving… even if you’re a vegan. We’ve rounded up 21 mouth-watering vegan dishes that will make any vegan (and non-vegan) want to dig in.


1. Candied Organic Spiced Nuts

If your Thanksgiving dinner goes anything like mine, you’re always waiting on at least one dish to brown. You’ll be thankful you have these nuts on hand.

Image adapted from Flickr, Jax House, CC BY-SA 2.0

Olive balls

2. Vegan Cheddar Olive Balls

This one’s a bit of a throwback. Enjoy a few before digging into the edible “main event.”

Image: Vegan Comfort

3. Vegan Black Bean Dip Recipe with Cumin and Citrus

This black bean dip makes a great starter when served alongside some raw organic veggies.


4. Warm Brussels Sprout Salad with Apple and Pomegranate

I call Brussels sprouts “little orbs of joy.” This salad also contains a few of my other favorite foods, too. It’s a beautiful addition to any table.

Vegan soup

5. Creamy Vegan Fennel Soup

Try not to fill up on this soup – it’ll be quite the task! It’s filled with awesome flavors that will complete the rest of your vegan Thanksgiving table.

Image: Elizaraxi

6. Oven roasted pumpkin salad

Just omit the honey and the feta from this salad and you’ll be in vegan heaven.

7. Protein-Packed Vegan Lentil Soup Recipe

This soup is hearty and filled with all those traditional Thanksgiving ingredients. (Think cloves, celery, and kale… well, that’s traditional for vegans at least.) Enjoy before all the other vegan dishes to warm your body and soul.


Roasted veggies

8. Roasted Fall Vegetables

Roasted vegetables make an incredibly hearty (and tasty) side dish. This recipe comes from Whole Foods. It’s vegan, gluten free, and will serve a table of guests.

Image: Stacy Spensley

9. Cornbread Stuffing with Bell Peppers

You don’t need meat or dairy to make a rockin’ stuffing. This Cornbread Stuffing is testament to that. Recipe from One Green Planet.

10. Vegan Sweet Potato Muffins

These hearty muffins are filled with nutmeg, cinnamon, and sweet potato. Serve warm and with some vegan butter.

Main dishes

Vegan roast

11. Vegan Seitan Roast with Chestnut Stuffing Recipe

You don’t need a turkey, or a Tofurky for that matter, when you make this vegan roast.


Vegan risotto

12. The Perfect Wintery Vegan Risotto Recipe

This vegan risotto recipe makes the perfect main course for anyone at the table.

13. Wild Rice Pilaf with Butternut Squash, Cranberries, and Pecans

The wild rice pilaf will go great with our previously mentioned sides. Via One Green Planet.

14. Slow Cooker Chili

Who says you can’t eat chili for Thanksgiving? This is actually one of my “go-to” ideas for what I bring for myself whenever I’m going to a friend or boyfriend’s turkey dinner.

Photo: wonderyort

15. Rustic Italian Pasta Recipe with Walnut-Pesto Pan Sauce

If you’re looking for a different type of main dish, look no further than this pasta recipe. It’s full of veggies and herbs, and will serve about four.

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16. ‘Tree Steak’ Cauliflower Recipe with Vegan Cauliflower Mash

This simple vegan recipe is so tasty and rich, and will serve as a great main dish.

Photo Credit: GlowKitchen

17. Vegan and Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Casserole

No one will miss the traditional mashed potatoes when you serve up this casserole. This potato recipe will pair great with all the other vegan dishes mentioned here.


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18. Vegan, Gluten-Free Brownie Recipe with Dates, Figs and Coconut Three Ways

These vegan brownies will standup to any creamy pumpkin pie.

Image: Sweetonveg

19. Vegan Chocolate Gelato Recipe with Coconut Dark Rum

This is great option for those who want a light, sweet end to their hearty meal.

Photography by Erin Kunkel. Copyright 2014 by Weldon Owen Inc. and Williams-Sonoma, Inc.

20. Pumpkin Spice Baked Pears

These sweet little delights are seasonal and tasty.

21. Velvety Vegan Chocolate Mousse Recipe

Avocado, non-dairy milk, and dates make this mousse‘s texture to die for.

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