Vegetarian and Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

Planning your vegetarian or vegan Thanksgiving dinner menu? Scroll through this huge collection of vegetarian and vegan Thanksgiving recipes, with links to main dish dinner ideas, Thanksgiving vegetable dishes, vegan Thanksgiving desserts, Tofurky help and more for the perfect holiday dinner.

Be sure to click through to the second page for even more help, including a raw vegan Thanksgiving menu, what to do with your vegetarian leftovers and even some etiquette tips for vegetarians guests and...MORE hosts. 

  • 01 of 17
    Vegetarian stuffing with cranberries is perfect for Thanksgiving. Photo by James Baigrie / Getty Images

    Who needs to wait for special occasions like Christmas or Thanksgiving to cook stuffing? Stuffing (or dressing) is a vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner dish which can be enjoyed year round. Don't you just love the way all the fresh herbs smell while cooking? Try a classic cornbread stuffing or a colorful vegetarian stuffing with cranberries (pictured). Get creative with this pumpkin bread stuffing or try one of these: 

  • 02 of 17
    Stuffed squash is a healthy meatless main dish for Thanksgiving. David Mardsen / Getty Images

    Some vegetarians like to have a centerpiece at the table similar to a turkey, such as a Tofurky, another mock turkey, or a homemade tofu turkey or loaf. Others are happy with a non-traditional entree, and you'll find plenty of ideas here. A wild rice and cranberry pilaf or a stuffed acorn squash (pictured) makes a flavorful fall-themed entree.​ See more meat-free Thanksgiving main dish and entree ideas here.

  • 03 of 17
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    Tofurky's not the only player in town anymore! Several brands of vegetarian and vegan meatless turkey substitutes have hit the market over the past few holiday seasons, and this guide will introduce you to the best of them. Can't decide which to try? Have one for Thanksgiving, one for Christmas and try a third for Easter! Learn more here. 

  • 04 of 17
    Vegan green bean casserole for Thanksgiving with French-fried onion topping
    Vegan green bean casserole for Thanksgiving with French-fried onion topping.

    Round out your dinner menu (and your plate!) with some creative vegetarian and vegan Thanksgiving side dishes. Scroll through dozens of recipes for vegan mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, butternut squash and apple casserole, vegan green bean casserole and more classic Thanksgiving vegetable and side dish recipes.
    Pictured: Vegan green bean casserole

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  • 05 of 17
    Vegan sweet potato pie for Thanksgiving
    Photo by flickr user Hana

    Sure everyone expects pumpkin pie or apple pie at Thanksgiving, but you could also serve up vegan pumpkin cheesecake, a chocolate pumpkin pie, or a vegan pumpkin spice cake! If you're just looking for a vegan apple pie or a vegan pumpkin pie recipe, you'll find that here too, though. All of these Thanksgiving dessert recipes are vegetarian, and most are vegan and low-fat as well.
    Pictured: Vegan Sweet Potato Pie

  • 06 of 17
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    As a light alternative or accompaniment to a Tofurky or another vegetarian turkey, try one of these Thanksgiving soup ideas for dinner. Eating soup as a Thanksgiving entree means you have plenty of room left for stuffing, potatoes, and pumpkin pie! Or, if you're new to cooking vegetarian food, soup is an easy and stress-free choice. Try some of these colorful and easy vegetarian Thanksgiving soup ideas.
    Pictured: Butternut Squash Soup

  • 07 of 17
    Spinach salad with blue cheese and cranberries
    Spinach salad with blue cheese and cranberries.

    What to do when so many traditional American Thanksgiving salad recipes use gelatin or marshmallows, and most vegetarians won't eat them? In some recipes, the marshmallows can just be omitted, but, instead of a gelatinous or loaf salad, try some of these healthier fall-inspired Thanksgiving salad ideas for vegetarians and vegans. Browse through cranberry salad recipes, vegan broccoli salads, green salads and more.
    Pictured: Spinach salad with cranberries

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    Glam up your Thanksgiving Tofurky with some of these recipes for Tofurky glazes, marinades, homemade tofu turkey recipes, and of course, a trendy recipe for deep-fried Tofurky. Also, scroll through some recipe ideas for what to do with any leftover Tofurky.

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  • 09 of 17
    Pumpkin pasta by Tania Mattiello / Getty Images

    Put some pumpkin on your table this Thanksgiving! If you're not cooking a Tofurky or other mock roast, a vegetarian pumpkin dish can be a great entree. Or, serve some vegetarian pumpkin soup, cook up a side of vegan pumpkin bread, or make a batch of pumpkin muffins for a Thanksgiving or day after (Black Friday!) breakfast.
    Pictured: Vegan Pumpkin Pasta

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    Vegetarian Gravy Recipes

    Mushroom gravy.

    Making a meatless vegetarian gravy is more of an art than an exact science, as timing, stirring and heat are everything, so you'll want to add more or less liquid as needed. Just like with regular gravy, however, your vegetarian gravy will thicken slightly as it cools. Most vegetarian gravy recipes are made from a vegetable broth base instead of pan drippings or animal fat, and many recipes add extra flavor by using mushrooms, fresh herbs, or other flavor enhancers such as miso or nutritional...MORE yeast.

  • 11 of 17
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    Cornbreads, vegan muffins, breakfast bread and plenty of biscuits and dinner rolls to accent your Thanksgiving meal. Choose at least one for a small gathering and two or three for a larger crowd. Try these blueberry corn muffins (pictured), or browse through the entire collection of gluten-free bread, vegan bread and more.

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    Unfortunately, many traditional Thanksgiving dishes contain gluten, so if you're on a gluten-free, wheat-free vegetarian diet, you may need to prepare in advance to make sure you have plenty of foods for your Thanksgiving dinner. Gluten-free vegetarians can still enjoy plenty of delicious meatless fall foods. Scroll through my collection of gluten-free vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner recipes for menu ideas. Many of these recipes are vegan as well.
    Pictured: Maple-Glazed Roasted Root Vegetables

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  • 13 of 17
    Vegan maple rum cheesecake

    Browse through this recipe collection of vegetarian and vegan salads, starters, sides, entrees and of course, Thanksgiving desserts that really kick it up a notch. If you've got plans to really knock the sock off your guests, this gourmet Thanksgiving recipe collection will help you out. Pictured: Gourmet vegan maple rum cheesecake

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    Raw cranberry and pear pie recipe - Raw food desserts

    The raw vegan trend may not be for everyone, but if you've got a guest on a strict raw food diet or if you'd just like to add some lighter foods to your meat-free Thanksgiving menu, you'll find plenty of ideas to choose from here, including a raw vegan appetizers, fall soups, main dish suggestions, and even a raw vegan food pumpkin pie for dessert.
    Pictured: Raw vegan cranberry pie

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    Ryan McVay / Getty Images

    If you're a well-meaning host expecting vegetarians or even vegans at your Thanksgiving celebration but you aren't too sure how to accommodate them, read on for some tested advice. Also, if you're a vegetarian who wants to be a polite and well-fed guest, check out my tips, accumulated over 25 years of eating a turkey-less Thanksgiving! Vegetarians, vegans and omnivores alike can share a peaceful and abundant Thanksgiving table. After all, what table isn't big enough for both a...MORE turkey and a Tofurky?

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    Whole grain barley pilaf with wild rice - Vegetarian and vegan recipe

    Got a hankering for something cranberry, but not sure what? Browse through this collection of everything cranberry: from stuffing to cookies, and of course, with plenty of cranberry sauce ideas too. Pictured: Barley and wild rice pilaf with cranberries

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  • 17 of 17
    Got leftover sweet potatoes? Make these vegan sweet potato biscuits!.

    Vegetarian or vegan Thanksgiving leftovers aren't much different than regular leftovers. Extra Tofurky makes for great next-day sandwiches, just like regular turkey, for example. But, if you're looking for some more tips and ways to reuse and disguise mountains of mashed potatoes or other leftovers, here's plenty of Thanksgiving leftover ideas, just for vegetarians and vegans, whether you've got mashed, boiled, baked or sweet potatoes leftover, gravy or even Tofurky. You'll...MORE also find 11 leftover tofurky recipes here. Tofurky fried rice, anyone?