Planning a vegan Thanksgiving feast and need a little inspiration to help round out your menu? We've got you covered! We've gathered our best vegan Thanksgiving recipes to take you from appetizers to desserts—and to deliver big on the party-worthy promise from start to finish.
Easy Vegan Appetizers
This trio of appetizers can be mostly prepped the day before so you can focus on the main dish on Thanksgiving day. Hold off on chopping veggies for the garlic bread until Thanksgiving morning (it won't take long!), but definitely stir together dip ingredients and stuff the mushrooms in advance so all that's left to do is pop both in the oven the day-of.
"This is a great recipe exactly as written, though I do always salt my eggplant first to make sure it's not bitter," says CARIST. She also finds the recipe to be very versatile: "I vary the amount of each vegetable based on what I have on hand, and it comes out great every time."
Homemade cashew cream, dairy-free shredded cheese, and nutritional yeast come together with garlic, cayenne, and onion powder to create a delicious, savory filling for baked mushrooms.
Non-vegans won't even miss the dairy because cashew cream and dairy-free cheese bring the creaminess to this vegan version of a party dip favorite.
Vegan Main Dishes
Depending on how many guests you have, you may choose to make one or all of these vegan Thanksgiving main dishes. All can be prepared on Thanksgiving day.
"So yummy!" says AMMYBUG. "My family, who usually notices when I cook without meat, were over the moon about this recipe!" And if you'd like to try something a little different, several reviewers suggested substituting curry for the turmeric.
Allrecipes home cooks who've made this feast-worthy loaf recommend that you give the tofu plenty of time to get the excess moisture pressed out for best results.
jnoller shares these great tips: "I personally have had fabulous results every time I have made a Tofu Turkey. I press the tofu overnight the night so it really firms up. Then I hollow it out and add the stuffing. Once stuffed I then refrigerate it again for a few hours so it firms nicely and can be turned out into the cooking vessel. It's important to keep it covered with foil and keep marinating it often but COOK at low heat- I do it at 300 for about 2 hours so it won't burn."
This savory loaf takes just 15 minutes of prep, then the oven does the rest of the work. Many recipe reviewers found it baked better in a shallow dish: luvmysigns says, "Instead of using the loaf pan, we put it in a round 9-inch cake pan. It ended up tasting like Turkey Stuffing from my pre-vegetarian days. This was a huge hit in our home (even with my super picky son)!"
Vegan Thanksgiving Sides
You probably won't need all of these, so pick a few favorite sides from this mini-roundup of our best vegan Thanksgiving recipes to fill out your holiday spread. Each one only takes about an hour!
This low-calorie, low-carb alternative to potatoes is still very satisfying. One pro tip from Chef V: "I always like cooking it in a skillet with some oil so it gets crispy brown."
Christine Barton says she and her fiancé were blown away by how delicious this recipe was. "We couldn't tell the difference between this and traditional gravy. Super delicious; I highly recommend it!"
Put a little twist on the usual mashed potatoes with this recipe that calls for celery root—"an awesome discovery for flavor," says dlwings, the recipe's creator. Serve with gravy or without!
Beets, carrots, potatoes, and onions are roasted with thyme and garlic for a dish that's not only filling, but also looks beautiful on the table. Many reviewers added a splash of balsamic vinegar to intensify the flavors, and said this dish made beet-lovers out of the pickiest eaters.
Several recipe reviewers suggest slicing the Brussels sprouts in half for extra-crispy results on this top-rated classic recipe. It only takes 15 extra minutes of prep, and is well worth the effort!
Top off your feast with all this sweet deliciousness without a trace of dairy or eggs!
With its crunchy pecan crust, this creamy pumpkin tart brings a little something extra to the table. Stephanie S says, "The pie firmed up beautifully (unlike a lot of other vegan recipes I've tried) and the crust was rich and delicious. I'm not even vegan, but I'll be making this pie from now on!"
You might like to top off your pie with a dollop of homemade vegan whipped coconut cream.
"These are very gooey, which is a good thing in my book," says recipe creator, SANDYWIFEY31S. "However, if you want your brownies a little more solid, cook them longer than the recommended time. Great for people with egg or dairy allergies!"
Melinda Christilaw says she loved this with the orange zest amount doubled. "I also substituted 2/3 cup GF flour (next time I will try all gluten-free flour)," she says. "I loved the orange zest and fresh cranberry combination. Not too sweet."
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