25 Vegan Thanksgiving Sides to Complete Your Holiday Dinner

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When it comes to Thanksgiving, it’s easy to think of Tofurky (or vegan meatloaf) as the main event. But in reality, we all know the festivities actually revolve around the side dishes. After all, without classic dishes like vegan stuffing and mashed potatoes, a Thanksgiving spread wouldn’t feel complete.

If your stomach is grumbling in agreement, check out these 25 vegan Thanksgiving sides for your holiday menu. Happy cooking!

Creamy Vegan Scalloped Potato Casserole

Vegan, Gluten-free (option), Nut-free | Total time: 55 minutes

Vegan Potato Casserole
Photo: Kirsten Nunez

If you think vegan food can’t be deliciously comforting and awesomely creamy, you’ve never tried this easy creamy scalloped potato casserole. The gravy sauce packs a huge punch with tons of spices while vegan cheese, nutritional yeast, and crunchy breadcrumbs elevate this potato casserole to make it a standout at any Thanksgiving feast.

Creamy Avocado Mac & Cheese

Vegan, Gluten-free (option) | Total time: 30 minutes

Avocado Mac and Cheese
Photo: Kirsten Nunez

Healthy macaroni and cheese that tastes just as indulgent as the real thing? That’s exactly what you get with this creamy avocado mac and cheese. Mashed avocado, nutritional yeast, and cashews bring the umami cream flavor while paprika and turmeric add some great visual appeal.

Fall Harvest Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

Vegan, Gluten-free, Nut-free | Total time: 4 hours

Fall Harvest Salad with Maple Vinaigrette
Photo: Kirsten Nunez

This absolutely beautiful and delicious fall harvest salad is the perfect dish to make ahead of the big holiday meal. It is a snap to put together once you have the tofu feta crumbles made and needs to chill before serving, so make sure to mark this one off your to-do list early on.

Creamy Pumpkin Soup

Vegan, Gluten-free, Nut-free | Total time: 30 minutes

Creamy Pumpkin Soup
Photo: Kirsten Nunez

Get all the flavors of the season in one bowl of creamy pumpkin soup. With canned pumpkin, coconut milk, and a smattering of herbs and spices, this soup is as easy to make as it is delicious. Want to take it up a notch? Try roasting fresh pumpkin to replace the canned puree.

Vegan Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins

Vegan, Nut-free | Total time: 35 minutes

Photo: Delish Knowledge

Why settle for regular-old cornbread with Thanksgiving dinner when you can have these vegan pumpkin cornbread muffins bursting with autumn flavor. These easy-to-make muffins from Delish Knowledge are slightly sweet, incredibly moist, and made with just enough pumpkin spice flavor to elevate your meal.

Creamed Spinach

Vegan, Gluten-free, Gluten-free | Total time: 15 minutes

Photo: Love and Lemons

This super-easy creamed spinach side can be made in two ways: with coconut milk for all your vegan friends and with heavy cream for everyone else. Either way, the real star of this dish is the full pound of fresh spinach beautifully flavored with shallot, garlic, and dijon.

Cranberry Sauce

Vegan, Gluten-free, Nut-free, Oil-free | Total time: 20 minutes

Vegan Cranberry Sauce
Photo: Kirsten Nunez

In the time it takes to get that blob of canned cranberry sauce out of the tin, you can make this vibrant, fresh vegan cranberry sauce from scratch. With just five ingredients and one pan, this Thanksgiving favorite is sure to be one of the easiest sides you’ll throw together this holiday season.

Butternut Pecan Sweet Potato Mash

Vegan, Gluten-free | Total time: 50 minutes

butternut pecan sweet potato mash
Photo: Minimalist Baker

Why wait until dessert to enjoy a little sweetness this Thanksgiving. This easy butternut pecan sweet potato mash is filled with healthy seasonal favorites and just the right amount of natural sweetener and sweet spice to feel like you’re breaking the rules a little.

Oat Cranberry Pilaf with Pistachios

Vegan, Gluten-free | Total time: 40 minutes

oat cranberry pilaf wtih pistachios
Photo: Sharon Palmer

In a world of potatoes and green beans, this oat cranberry pilaf wtih pistachios sure does shine. It’s not only nutritious and simple, but requires just one skillet and 40 minutes of your time. Bonus: You can eat the leftovers for breakfast.

Maple Glazed Carrots

Vegan, Gluten-free | Total time: 45 minutes

Maple Glazed Carrots
Photo: Kirsten Nunez

For a simple, classic recipe with a comforting sweet flavor, you can’t beat these Maple Glazed Carrots. They can be prepped in just ten minutes and take up very little vertical space in the oven, leaving plenty of room for more sides. Try adding rainbow carrots for a beautiful burst of color on your Thanksgiving table.

Cheesy Vegan Roasted Cauliflower

Vegan, Gluten-free | Total time: 30 minutes

cheesy vegan roasted cauliflower
Photo: Kirsten Nunez

For a no-nonsense side dish, make this cheesy vegan roasted cauliflower recipe. It calls for just six ingredients, many of which you probably already have on hand. Serve it a tasty sauce like this vegan Ranch dressing.

Easy Vegan Stuffing

Vegan | Total time: 45 minutes

Homemade vegan stuffing
Photo: Kirsten Nunez

Homemade vegan stuffing is one of those dishes that’s simple yet impressive. It also doubles as a chance to feature your favorite holiday herb combinations, like rosemary and thyme.

Miso Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Vegan | Total time: 30 minutes

miso maple roasted Brussels sprouts
Photo: Hey Nutrition Lady

If you’re looking for a flavorful vegan side dish, this is it. From the tangy apple cider dressing to the sweet pomegranate seeds, miso maple roasted Brussels sprouts will treat your taste buds. You can even make it advance and re-heat just before serving.

Instant Pot Roasted Potatoes

Vegan, Gluten-free | Total time: 30 minutes

Instant Pot roasted potatoes seasoned with garlic and Italian herbs
Photo: The Belly Rules The Mind

Looking for a reason to break out your Instant Pot this Thanksgiving? Us too. That’s why we’ve drooling over these Instant Pot roasted potatoes seasoned with garlic and Italian herbs. It also doesn’t hurt that the recipe takes just 5 minutes to prep.

Vegan Green Bean Casserole

Vegan, Dairy-free | Total time: 1 hour

Vegan Green Bean Casserole
Photo: Kirsten Nunez

Green bean casserole may be a Thanksgiving staple, but traditional recipes call for dairy and processed ingredients. This year, try making a vegan green bean casserole from scratch. The “fried” onions are baked, while the creamy sauce is free of dairy.

Roasted Stuffed Acorn Squash with Quinoa and Kale

Vegan, Gluten-free | Total time: 1 hour 20 minutes

roasted acorn squash with quinoa and kale
Photo: Veganosity

There’s something so charming about serving food in, well, food. Take this roasted acorn squash with quinoa and kale, for example. The dish features a quinoa filling served in perfectly caramelized acorn squash, complete with a drizzle of balsamic glaze. Yum.

Vegan Sausage & Tempeh Cornbread Stuffing

Vegan | Total time: 50 minutes

vegan sausage and tempeh cornbread stuffing
Photo: Vegan Travel Eats

If you’ve never tried cornbread stuffing, here’s your chance. Thanks to this vegan sausage and tempeh cornbread stuffing recipe, you can switch up the classic side dish while keeping it vegan-friendly. It also calls for chunks of apple, which adds a tasty dose of sweetness.

Easy Cauliflower Stuffing

Vegan, Gluten-free | Total time: 20 minutes

Vegan cauliflower stuffing
Photo: The Hidden Veggies

With all this talk of stuffing, we couldn’t help but highlight this brilliant cauliflower stuffing recipe. It’s unconventional, healthy, and appropriate for all types of dietary needs. Besides, why should bread get all the fun?

Vegan Green Beans in a Blanket

Vegan | Total time: 15 minutes

Vegan green beans in a blanket
Photo: Vegan Dollhouse

If you’re not a fan of green bean casserole, try these green beans in a blanket. The recipe can be easily doubled or tripled, which is useful if you’re planning to feed a crowd.

Roasted Sugar Snap Peas

Vegan, Gluten-free | Total time: 15 minutes

close-up of sugar snap peas

To brighten up your Thanksgiving spread, whip up a batch of roasted sugar snap peas. All you need is 15 minutes and six ingredients, so it’s perfect when you’re in a pinch.

Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms

Vegan, Gluten-free | Total time: 25 minutes

vegan stuffed mushrooms

Whether you serve them as a side dish or appetizer, these vegan stuffed mushrooms are wonderfully tasty and fancy. Make them with thyme, rosemary, or oregano for a seasonal touch.

Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Crumble

Vegan | Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole
Photo: Kirsten Nunez

Much like stuffing and green beans, sweet potato casserole is a must for Thanksgiving dinner. Luckily, with ingredients like non-dairy milk and vegan butter, you can make a vegan sweet potato casserole that everyone will love.

Roasted Pear, Walnut, and Cranberry Salad

Vegan, Gluten-free | Total time: 30 minutes

roasted pear, walnut, and cranberry salad
Photo: Tasting Page

During the holidays, you can’t go wrong with simple tossed sides like this roasted pear, walnut, and cranberry salad. It features cooked pear, which complements the bitterness of kale in the sweetest way.

24. Crispy Baked Asparagus Fries

Vegan | Total time: 20 minutes

baked asparagus fries
Photo: Kirsten Nunez

For another healthy side dish, make crispy baked asparagus fries. Since they’re baked instead of fried, these vegan bites are an ideal alternative to conventional French fries. Serve ’em with your favorite vegan dip or ketchup.

Vegan Mashed Potatoes & Mushroom Gravy

Vegan | Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Vegan Mashed Potatoes & Mushroom Gravy
Photo: Kirsten Nunez

Finally, Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without mashed potatoes and gravy. This particular version is not only made from scratch, but features a mushroom gravy that’s full of flavor. It definitely beats the processed stuff from the jar.

Happy Thanksgiving!

We’ll leave you with what is arguably the most popular, classic Thanksgiving side dish: Green Bean Casserole. Jump right into the recipe below or try one of the other great options listed above. Enjoy!

Vegan Green Bean Casserole for a great Thanksgiving Side

Best Vegan Thanksgiving Sides: Green Bean Casserole

This vegan green bean casserole is an all-time classic Thanksgiving side dish. It's dairy-free and features oven-baked "fried" onions, crispy green beans, and creamy mushroom sauce. One of our favorite holiday sides!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: vegan thanksgiving side dishes, vegan thanksgiving sides
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients

Oven-Baked "Fried" Onions

  • 1 medium yellow onion thinly sliced
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk plain
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Cooking spray

Green Bean Filling

  • 1 pound green beans trimmed and halved
  • 6 tablespoons vegan butter
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion diced
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups non-dairy milk including drained milk
  • 8 ounces mushrooms sliced
  • 1 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  • To make the "fried" onions, preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Soak the sliced onions in milk for 10 to 15 minutes, tossing occassionaly. Drain and set aside the milk.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the flour and spices. Toss a handful of onions in the flour until coated. Transfer to a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat with the remaining onions.
  • Coat generously with cooking spray. Bake for 25 to 27 minutes or until crispy, stirring once halfway.
  • To make the green bean filling, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the green beans and boil until crispy, about 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  • In a saucepan over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons of vegan butter. Cook the onions and mushrooms until soft, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic and soy sauce and cook for 1 minute. Add to the green beans.
  • In the same saucepain, melt the rest of the vegan butter over medium-low heat. Add the flour and whisk until golden brown. Slowly add the milk. Simmer until thick, about 10 minutes, mixing continously.
  • Add to green beans and mushrooms. Toss well and transfer to greased casserole dish. Bake for 15 minutes, add fried onions, and bake for another 5 minutes. Serve immediately.
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