50 Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes

By Alexandra Caspero on November 16, 2019
You'll find classic Thanksgiving recipes here like stuffing, green bean casserole, and all the potato recipes you could ask for!

Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes! Thanksgiving is all about the side dishes. Especially for us non-meat eaters, who gleefully load up our plates high with heaping piles of wild-rice stuffing, mashed potatoes, kale salad, green beans, sweet potatoes and so much more. ‘Tis the season of the veggie and whole foods!

These vegan thanksgiving side dishes are packed full of amazing Fall vegetables like squash, butternut, carrots, and sweet potato. Whether you’re looking for a simple side salad recipe or a substantial side dish to fill those plates, this round-up of 50 vegan Thanksgiving side dishes has you covered.

Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes

The whole family will enjoy these vegan Thanksgiving sides. Pair them with any main course, like my Thanksgiving meatballs or Roasted Thanksgiving Bowl, or your favorite holiday classics. 

Thanksgiving side dishes are perfect to make ahead of time whenever you are trying to spend less time in the kitchen. Not only can you make these recipes ahead of time, but most of these side dishes are freezer-friendly, too! 

This list is perfect for both vegetarians and vegans who are looking for some new and exciting Thanksgiving side dishes to try at home. Flavorful, comforting, seasonal, and nutrient-dense! 

These delicious oven-roasted herb potatoes are tender and full of flavor! Easy to make and perfect as a simple side dish.

Easy Herb Roasted Potatoes

best vegan stuffing

This vegan stuffing recipe is made with tempeh sausage, sourdough bread, veggies, and delicious spices and herbs! Perfectly moist and crispy at the same time, this stuffing is a must this year. 

The Best Vegan Stuffing Recipe

arugula, white bean and roasted potato salad

Tender potatoes are perfectly seasoned and tossed with fresh arugula and protein-rich white beans. The dressing is tangy and light!

Arugula, White Bean, and Roasted Potato Salad

vegan pumpkin cornbread muffins

This recipe for pumpkin cornbread muffins is moist, sweet, and so soft! Perfect with dairy-free butter, gravy, mashed potatoes, and soup! 

Pumpkin Vegan Cornbread Muffins

bowl of mashed potatoes with butter and chives

Serve a bowl of warm and creamy mashed potatoes that are filled with texture and flavor. Made in the Instant Pot with the skins on, these fluffy and delicious mashed potatoes are the ultimate side dish and taste yummy with gravy.

Creamy Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes (Skin On)

vegan mac and cheese

Creamy and cheesy dairy-free sweet potato mac and cheese is the perfect side dish! Comforting and a true classic, this vegan macaroni and cheese recipe has plenty of creaminess!

Vegan Sweet Potato Mac n Cheese

Jeweled Farro Salad! You've gotta try this salad for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Roasted butternut squash, pistachios, pomegranate seeds, farro, mint and parsley in a lemon dressing. SO good! | www.delishknowledge.com

This flavorful and colorful salad is made with butternut squash, garlic, pomegranate seeds, lemon, pistachios, and more which makes this one of the best salads out there. Fluffy farro is full of nutrients and a pantry staple that is perfect in soups and salads!

Jeweled Farro Salad

Swiss Chard Ancient Grains Salad

This easy side dish is made with roasted garlic, red pepper flakes, swiss chard, walnuts, spelt, and more for a textural and bold recipe!

Swiss Chard Ancient Grains Salad

Slow Cooker Garlic Herb Potatoes

Prepare these easy garlic slow cooker potatoes in the slow cooker to make dinner easy! This is the addition to your list of vegan Thanksgiving side dishes this year! Perfectly seasoned and so easy to bite into.

Garlic Herb Slow Cooker Potatoes

Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Creamy Chimichurri Sauce! You'll want to bring this to your next cookout or potluck! Vegan and Gluten-Free | www.delishknowledge.com

Crispy and soft, these easy smashed potatoes are made in the oven and drizzled with a creamy homemade chimichurri. Bold, fresh, and delicious!

Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Chimichurri

Vegan Fresh Green Bean Casserole!

This fresh green bean casserole is crunchy and savory and completely made from scratch! Easy to make in one dish and definitely a crowd-pleaser! 

Fresh Green Bean Casserole from Scratch

The best vegetable side dish or appetizer! Roasted Curry Broccoli Florets with a curry dipping sauce! Vegan & Gluten Free | www.delishknowledge.comRoasted broccoli is the ultimate side dish recipe! Serve perfectly cooked broccoli with a homemade curry dipping sauce for extra flavor. 

Roasted Broccoli with Curry Dipping Sauce

Get your bread baskets ready! These jam filled corn muffins are the perfect sweet & savory side to enjoy on it's own or with a full plate of Thanksgiving favorites. | www.delishknowledge.com

Soft and sweet cranberry corn muffins are easy to make and delicious with other Thanksgiving foods. Serve these muffins warm with dairy-free butter and dip them in soups and gravy. 

Vegan Cranberry Corn Muffins

Baked Vegan Mac and Cheese

Baked with a golden crunchy topping, this easy vegan baked macaroni and cheese recipe is a holiday staple! Creamy, cheesy, savory, and full of comfort! 

Baked Vegan Mac and Cheese

green asparagus spears

Cook this asparagus four different ways: roasted, steamed, blanched, and sautéed. Asparagus is crunchy and flavorful and accents so many different types of dishes!  

Asparagus | 4 Ways

twice baked sweet potatoes

Use dairy-free butter and milk for these sweet potatoes to make sure they are vegan! Sweet with a crunchy topping, these fluffy sweet potatoes taste just like candy and are so yummy! 

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

Healthy Rice Pilaf Recipe

Fruity, nutty, and savory, this rice pilaf recipe tastes good with so many different types of recipes and is easy to make, too! Made with prunes, almonds, onions, and different spices, this fragrant rice is a must! 

Prune and Nut Rice Pilaf Recipe

herb roasted potato stacks with cheese

Crispy and savory, these potato stacks are made with fresh herbs, salt, pepper, and topped with grated vegan parmesan cheese! Enjoy this simple side dish with different types of foods and holidays.

Herb Roasted Potato Stacks

vegan creamed spinach

Dairy-free and perfectly creamy, this vegan creamed spinach recipe is a healthy option for those who are wanting to keep things balanced! This recipe is made with silken tofu, cashews, nutmeg, shallots, and more to create an experience that is favorable and memorable! 

Healthy Vegan Creamed Spinach

instant pot pressure cooked with baked beans

Sweet, savory, spicy, and with depth, these Instant Pot baked beans are a great option for whenever you’re wanting lots of protein. With classic BBQ flavors, these beans are perfect with mashed potatoes, veggies, and other types of flavorful recipes! 

Instant Pot Baked Beans

Shaved Asparagus Spring Salad! Perfect for showers, brunch, Easter and more. Vegan. | delishknowledge.com

This fresh and crispy shaved asparagus salad is bright, tangy, and delicious. Crunchy asparagus and radishes are tossed with lemon juice, couscous, and olive oil to create a bright and bold salad that is a great option for a side dish.

Shaved Asparagus Salad

Lemon Pan-Fried Potatoes with Chive Pesto. The perfect side dish for the holidays. Vegan and gluten-free. | www.delishknowledge.com

Bright and zesty, these potatoes are pan-fried with citrus and topped with a nutty and fresh chive pesto that creates the perfect balance! 

Lemon Pan-Fried Potatoes with Chive Pesto


Roasted delicata squash is roasted with a pomegranate maple dressing that is sweet, rich, and filled with bold flavors. Tender, nutty, savory, and enjoyable! 

Roasted Delicata Squash

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad! This healthy, gluten-free salad is perfect for summer! Packed with vegetables, herbs and a lemon dressing. You've gotta try this! #vegan #glutenfree #healthy #salad | www.delishknowledge.com

Gluten-free and tossed with an herb dressing, this fresh and delicious tabbouleh salad is the best! Made with fluffy quinoa, tomatoes, fresh herbs, and cucumbers for a blend of fresh flavors. 

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

vegan mushroom gravy

Enjoy this creamy and savory vegan mushroom gravy over a bed of mashed potatoes, fluffy stuffing, and much more. Rich, smooth, and delicious all thanks to a mix of dried and fresh mushrooms.

Creamy Vegan Mushroom Gravy

slow cooker creamy vegan tomato soup in white bo wl

Robust, aromatic, savory, and creamy, this tomato soup made in the slow cooker is delicious served alongside your favorite meals. Made with cashew cream, garlic, basil, plump tomatoes, and more–you will fall in love with this vegan soup

Slow Cooker Tomato Soup

Dip your favorite vegetables, chips, crackers, or bread in this protein-rich bean dip. Creamy, bright, and easy to make! A great appetizer for before Thanksgiving. 

Bean Dip

how to make a great salad

This house salad is made with plenty of greens, nuts, dried fruits, avocado, garlic, and a mouthwatering homemade dressing that brings it all together. We eat this salad all the time alongside so many meals! 

House Salad

Blackened Tofu Caesar Salad

Blacked crispy tofu is mixed with a smooth and creamy Caesar dressing that coats fresh kale. Savory, crunchy, and fresh, this salad recipe is a great option for whenever you’re wanting some salad as a side dish. 

Blacked Tofu Caesar Salad

No Knead Instant Pot Bread

Serve this classic bread recipe whenever you’re in the mood for fresh and fragrant bread! Serve this bread warm with vegan butter and maple syrup for a touch of sweetness. 

Instant Pot Rosemary Bread Recipe (No-Knead)

lemon potato salad

This lemon potato salad is made with bright citrus, parsley, scallions, and olive oil for a bold fresh salad. 

Lemon Potato Salad

Meal Prep Lentil Salad

Tossed with fresh herbs and a citrus dressing to create a bright lentil salad. Lentils are rich in fiber and protein and great for this recipe! Delicious with tomatoes and radishes!

Marinated Lentil Salad

roasted vegetable thanksgiving bowl

Enjoy an array of roasted fresh veggies prepared with tofu and a zesty orange sauce that is made with sugar and cranberries. This bowl is sweet and savory at the same time and features squash, Brussels sprouts, herbs, and more. 

Roasted Vegetable Thanksgiving Bowl

vegan thanksgiving meatballs

This recipe is so good and perfectly tender! These easy meatballs are delicious with gravy and more. 

Thanksgiving Meatballs

vegan lentil meatloaf

Moist, tender, and filled with aromatic spices, this lentil loaf recipe is a great option for Thanksgiving! This recipe is full of protein and best served warm!

Lentil Loaf

vegetable pot pie

This creamy vegetable pot pie is made with a shallot-lined crust that is crispy and savory. Delicious and made with a variety of vegetables such as peas, carrots, broccoli, and more! 

Vegetable Pot Pie

herbed cashew cheese

Enjoy this creamy herbed cashew cheese with fresh veggies, crackers, chips, bread, and more! This dip is easy to make, dairy-free, and tastes so good, too!

Herbed Cashew Cheese

vegan cauliflower soup

This smooth, creamy, and rich cauliflower soup is so nourishing as a side with salad. This savory soup is a great addition to the Thanksgiving table! 

Vegan Cauliflower Soup

Let me know what’s on your Thanksgiving menu!

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    1. Verna Christy
      February 18, 2019 AT 6:53 am

      Just a mention that some recipes are using butter, therefore not actually vegan.

      1. Alex
        March 15, 2019 AT 8:22 am

        Hi Verna, I like Earth Balance vegan butter for any recipes calling for butter.

    2. Anthony Allen
      November 27, 2018 AT 7:21 pm

      So many delicious side dishes here – thanks for including mine! Thank you for sharing! can’t wait to try it all at home and report back with my results!

      1. Alex
        November 28, 2018 AT 8:09 am

        Thanks Anthony!

    3. Edwina
      November 19, 2018 AT 7:07 pm

      Wow, so many good ideas. I’m going to start with those garlic potatoes. I haven’t made garlic potatoes for years and yet they used to be my favorite! Can’t wait to try them. Thanks for all the good recipes.

    4. kalynskitchen
      November 22, 2016 AT 8:19 am

      Thanks for the shout-out for my Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Avocado and Pecans. That’s been a huge hit in my family!