These easy vegan Thanksgiving recipes are all simple to make but so beautiful and delicious that no one will guess that you didn’t slave over the stove.
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Thanksgiving is coming. Can you believe it? Build yourself an amazing vegan thanksgiving menu with these deliciously easy vegan Thanksgiving recipes!
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: sides, sauces and stuffings, main dishes, desserts, and cocktails/mocktails. Enjoy!
Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes
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. Easy Vegan Cheeseball
This is one of my go-to party foods, and it’s the perfect Thanksgivingn appetizer to keep guests happy while you put the finishing touches on your meal.
Cremini mushrooms sauteed in red wine are a succulent, hearty side dish.
3. Spinach-Artichoke Dip
This vegan spin on my mom’s recipe is another one of my holiday go-tos. Serve it as a starter or a side.
4. Baked Macaroni and Cheese
This is my kid’s absolute favorite mac and cheese recipe, and it’s so simple to make. You can assemble it the night before, if you want, then throw it in the oven day-of.
Store-bought vegan tart shells are the secret to this super easy vegan Thanksgiving side dish.
6. Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts
The oven gets packed on Thanksgiving, so make some space by using your air fryer to roast your Brussels to perfection.
7. Air Fryer Roasted Butternut Squash
Butternut squash roasts up in a fraction of the time in your air fryer!
8. Holiday Kale Salad
This kale salad has it ALL, including festive ginger-cranberry dressing that you make in minutes in your blender.
9. Air Fryer Green Bean ‘Casserole’
If you want something closer to what you’re used to seeing, though, this recipe looks absolutely stellar!
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.
…and this is the other one. If you’re going to serve a salad, make it a kickass salad!
12. Tomato-Basil Tofu Ricotta Puffs
Sun dried tomatoes and fresh basil make these flaky puffs super delicious, and frozen puff pastry dough means they’re super easy to make!
13. Creamed Kale
Because creamed spinach is soooo 1972.
14. Vegan Potatoes au Gratin
There are collards in those creamy, dreamy potatoes!
Even diehard potato lovers will ask for seconds of these fluffy, creamy mashed potatoes with sneaky veggies in the mix.
Vegan Stuffing and Sauces
You don’t need a turkey to enjoy this beautiful sage stuffing!
Yall, this is like the turducken of vegan Thanksgiving sides. I am in awe.
18. No-Cook Miso Gravy
Got five minutes? Make some gravy! Pour it over those cauliflower mashed potatoes, why not?
19. Mandarin 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.
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 Shepherd’s Pie
A cozy, potato-y shepherd’s pie is a total crowd-pleaser, and you can make it a day ahead to save yourself some time!
Flavorful tempeh and gravy piled with stuffing and candied sweet potatoes all come together at once in your slow cooker.
If vegan meat’s not your thing, celebrate fall flavors on Thanksgiving.
25. Baked Tofu Chops
This recipe is based on the way my husband used to like to make porkchops, but with tofu instead. And it. is. STELLAR!
Generous mushroom caps full of herbed chickpeas.
27. Pineapple-Ginger Glazed Tofu Cutlets
This 50s-inspired vegan Thankstiving entree is sticky-sweet perfection.
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!
You can make this simple cheesecake up to a few days ahead, for less day-of cooking.
You make most of this pie in the blender, so you can imagine how easy it is.
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. Cranberry Mimosa
We made Cadry’s tart-sweet cranberry mimosas at Thanksgiving last year, and they were a HIT!
This is a more modern take on a classic English holiday drink.