Last-minute vegan Thanksgiving recipes that are simple to make but so beautiful and delicious that no one will guess that they were quick and easy.
Guys, there is one weekend left before Thanksgiving. Can you believe it? If you’re planning to cook, there is still time to put together an amazing vegan thanksgiving menu! These last-minute vegan Thanksgiving recipes are all easy to make but so beautiful and delicious that no one will guess that they were easy.
I’ve been writing vegan Thanksgiving menus for clients’ blogs for years, so for my own I wanted to take things in a bit of a different direction. Instead of a menu, I have tons of ideas for each course. That way, you can pick and choose based on what your family likes to eat.
I’ve got everything broken down by course for you: appetizers and sides, sauces, main dishes, desserts, and cocktails/mocktails. Enjoy!
Appetizers and Sides
This is, by far, the largest category. There are just so many amazing vegan Thanksgiving appetizers and side dishes! Really, you could assemble a whole meal from this category alone and skip the main dishes and sauces.
1. Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms – You can make the pesto up to a day ahead, then just stuff and bake day-of. If you’re stretched for oven space, you can even make these a day ahead and serve them cold.
2. Red Wine-Infused Mushrooms – Cremini mushrooms sauteed in red wine are a succulent, hearty side dish.
3. Crispy Cabbage – Not only is this dish delicious and simple, it’s affordable! Cabbage is one of the cheapest veggies at the store.
4. Tahini Mac – If you like a decadent, starchy side dish, this is the one for you!
5. Garlic-Pistachio Cranberry Tarts – Store-bought vegan tart shells are the secret to this super easy vegan Thanksgiving side dish.
6. Ginger-Lime Brussels Sprouts – This is a lovely, fresh spin on a Thanksgiving veggie staple.
7. Butternut Squash Pilaf – This deeply-seasoned pilaf is perfect alongside your favorite vegan main dish.
8. Potato Stuffing Balls with a Cranberry Center – Guys, this is like the turducken of vegan Thanksgiving sides. I am in awe.
9. Roasted Green Bean Salad with Citrus Balsamic Reduction – This is a wonderful, light alternative to the traditional green bean casserole.
10. Green Bean Casserole – If you want something closer to what you’re used to seeing, though, this recipe looks absolutely stellar!
11. Harvest Salad with Pumpkin Vinaigrette – I’m big on proving that vegans don’t just eat salad all day, so this is one of two salads that made my list of last-minute vegan Thanksgiving recipes.
12. Delicata Squash and Persimmon Salad – …and this is the other one. If you’re going to serve a salad, make it a kickass salad!
13. Pan-Seared Brussels Sprouts with Caramelized Shallots and Toasted Pistachios – This recipe will seriously change the way you thnik about Brussels sprouts!
14. Creamed Kale – Because creamed spinach is soooo 1972.
15. Fast, Easy Dinner Rolls – If making bread intimidates you, make this bread!
16. Best Thanksgiving Stuffing Anywhere – You don’t need a turkey to enjoy this beautiful sage stuffing!
17. Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes – The secret to making cauliflower mashed potatoes taste good is using some potatoes in the recipe, too.
18. No-Cook Miso Gravy – Got five minutes? Make some gravy!
19. Orange Cranberry Sauce – This is the sauce that my father-in-law requests I make at every holiday meal, and if you can operate a can opener and stir things together, you can make it too.
20. Ginger Cranberry Sauce – If you want something a little less conventional, this warming, tart cranberry sauce is your pal.
21. Cranberry-Date Quick Jam – This holiday spread comes together in just a few minutes on the stovetop.
22. Vegan Thanksgiving Shepherd’s Pie – All of the best things about Thanksgiving baked into a vegan shepherd’s pie. With gravy!
23. All-in-One Thanksgiving Dinner – Flavorful tempeh and gravy piled with stuffing and candied sweet potatoes all come together at once in your slow cooker.
24. Roasted Winter Squash with Caramelized Onions and Olives – If vegan meat’s not your thing, celebrate fall flavors on Thanksgiving.
25. Vegan Tortiere – If vegan meats are your thing, this recipe made with homemade vegan meat is for you!
26. Chickpea-Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms – Generous mushroom caps full of herbed chickpeas.
27. Vegan Holiday Roast with Mashed Veggies – This is another all-in-one situation. It comes together in a flash in the pressure cooker.
28. Cheezy Cabbage Rolls – Cabbage rolls were a holiday tradition when I was growing up, and this vegan version looks ah-mazing.
29. Pumpkin Fudge – No candy thermometer required to make this decadent vegan dessert.
30. Tahini Bon Bons – Dates stuffed with tahini and covered in chocolate? Don’t mind if I do!
31. No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake – You can make this simple cheesecake up to a few days ahead, for less day-of cooking.
32. Chocolate Pecan Pie – You make most of this pie in the blender, so you can imagine how easy it is.
33. Pumpkin Spice Affogato – No one needs to know how easy it was to make this sophisticated vegan dessert.
Cocktails and Mocktails
34. Mulled Apple Cider – Serve this up with or without booze. Bonus: it makes the house smell amazing, so no one will know that you didn’t scoop the cat box this morning.
35. Grapefruit-Cranberry White Wine Spritzer – I like to make this mix a day ahead, then set out directions, so my guests can mix their own festive holiday cocktail on the fly.
36. Roasted Orange Whiskey Cocktail – This is another great one for the buffet. Set out the ingredients with instructions, so your guests can mix their own.
37. New World Wassail – This is a more modern take on a classic English holiday drink.