With less than two weeks until the big event, I’m plotting and planning this year’s vegan Thanksgiving menu. Since David and I often go the potluck-route, it’s usually a matter of picking one or two things and going from there. The only problem is paring down what those few items will be. Luckily, there’s no reason that the classic favorites have to be limited to that one day of the year as tasty vegan Thanksgiving recipes abound.
Here’s a round-up of my personal favorite vegan Thanksgiving recipes, along with dishes from some of my blogging friends.
Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes
As people file in with casseroles to warm and coats to hang, it’s fun to have nibbles for noshing. Bring on the dips, finger foods, and cheese balls.
- Warmed Castelvetrano olives with lemon & garlic
- Jalapeño cashew cheese spread
- Spinach & Artichoke Dip
- Loaded Potato Slices with Cashew Cream and Bacony Bits
- Seitan Bacon Wrapped Dates
- Vegan 7 layer dip
- Cashew Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms – Glue & Glitter
- Holiday Cheddar Cheese Ball – Vedged Out
Thanksgiving foods are often shades of beige. It feels good to balance out the tan with pops of color.
- Roasted apple salad with candied pecans
- Delicata squash & persimmon salad
- Kale salad with cashew dressing
- Kale & wheat berry salad with lemon tahini dressing
- Crispy cabbage
- Roasted Brussels sprouts
- Sautéed broccolini and kale
- Smoky sweet collard greens
- Red wine infused mushrooms
- Mashed potatoes with seitan bacon gravy
- Israeli couscous salad with olives & artichokes
- Creamy vegan mushroom soup with lentils
- Butternut & kale sauté – Good Good Things
- Green bean casserole – Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen
- Green bean casserole with onion ring style topping – Keepin’ It Kind
- Potato stuffing balls with a cranberry center – Healthy Slow Cooking
- Fall quinoa stuffing – Veggies Don’t Bite
- Cornbread stuffing – Vegan Richa
- Sweet potato casserole – Healthy Slow Cooking
- Orange cranberry sauce
- Cranberry orange salsa
- Ginger cranberry sauce – Spabettie
- Cranberry raspberry relish – Fork & Beans
When it comes to the main course, some years I’ve gone the easy route with a pre-made frozen entrée. (The Hazelnut Cranberry Roast en croute from Field Roast is my personal favorite.) Other years I’ve made chickpea cutlets, chickpea tarts, pumpkin seed crusted tofu, or homemade seitan from Vegan Diner. Here are some mouthwatering possibilities:
- Polenta stacks with barbecue squash & cashew cream make for an eye-catching vegan main dish.
- If it’s warm where you live, these Thanksgiving kebabs are a fun & festive choice. There’s everything you need for a vegan meal – on a stick!
- Chickpea Cutlets from Veganomicon (The baking directions aren’t included in the link. I always bake them, and I use half the amount of oil listed with no adverse effects. To bake, line a baking sheet with parchment paper, lightly oil each side of the cutlets, and bake at 375 degrees. Bake for 20 minutes, flip the cutlets, and then bake for 8-10 more until golden brown.
- Mini vegetable pot pie
- Easy baked tofu with lemon & rosemary
- Festive Chickpea Tart from Dreena Burton’s Let Them Eat Vegan. I like to make two tarts and freeze one for the Christmas holidays. The tarts freeze and thaw beautifully.
- Pumpkin-seed crusted tofu with cranberry relish from Vegan with a Vengeance
- Stuffed squash – Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen
- Roasted Brussels sprouts & apple pizza
- Cinnamon-ginger seitan – JL Goes Vegan
- Southwest pumpkin risotto – Veggie Inspired
- Loaded holiday panini – Vegan Yack Attack
- Spinach & mushroom galette – Cupcakes & Kale
Thanksgiving desserts are all about the pies and pumpkins. I think any of these options would go over well with a crowd.
- Maple cream pumpkin pie with buttery gingersnap crust – Spabettie
- Pumpkin pudding – Good Good Things
- Surprise pilgrim hats – Fork & Beans
- No bake pumpkin pie with gluten-free crust – Vegan Richa
- No bake pumpkin swirl cheesecake – Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen
- Raw Coconut Banana Cream Pie – My Darling Vegan
Finally, I always say that with veganism, the food is the easy part. It’s navigating social situations that can be tricky. If this will be your first vegan Thanksgiving, here are some helpful resources as we move into the holiday season.
- 12 tips for surviving your first vegan Thanksgiving
- When people won’t eat your food because it’s vegan
- How to navigate the move to a vegetarian Thanksgiving
- Going vegan: What to do when the joke’s on you
- Going vegan: Making new food traditions
- My wish for the turkeys