15 Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes That Everyone Will Love

15 Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes That Everyone Will Love

Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and we could not be more excited. It’s a special day where we gather together with the people we love most, share gratitudes, and, most importantly, eat delicious food! But traditional Thanksgiving foods are typically full of heavy ingredients, saturated fats, loads of sugar, and let’s not forget — animal products. After all, it is alternatively titled “Turkey Day.”

Luckily, vegan cooks and food bloggers have nailed it when it comes to vegan Thanksgiving sides that are as tasty as their animal-based counterparts. If you’re participating in a vegan Thanksgiving, you can still get in on all the delicious fun with beautiful, mouth-watering side dishes!

These vegan Thanksgiving sides are healthy and nutritious, yet comforting, cozy, and full of classic fall flavors! Spare a turkey this Thanksgiving and get in on this meat-free fun.

Get vegan meal plans and a personalized nutrition tracker with Openfit’s One Minute Meal Plan. Get started here!

 

1. Vegan Butternut Squash Soup

bowl of butternut squash soup | vegan thanksgiving sides

With cozy fall flavors like cinnamon, pumpkin seeds, and butternut squash, this vegan Thanksgiving side is the perfect creamy and savory dish to elevate your holiday meal.

Get the recipe.

 

2. Vegan Pumpkin Risotto

bowl of vegan pumpkin risotto | vegan thanksgiving sides

With only 200 calories per serving and virtually no fat, this one-pot dish of pumpkin puree and arborio rice is a comfort classic with a Thanksgiving twist. Plus, it only takes 20 minutes to make!

For a healthy holiday, make this dish more fiber-rich by swapping the arborio rice with whole grains such as barley.

Get the recipe at Zardy Plants.

 

3. Rustic Rosemary Thyme Mashed Potatoes

rosemary thyme mashed potatoes | vegan thanksgiving sides

Gluten-free, vegan, and paleo, this rustic rosemary mashed potato recipe uses lite coconut milk for flavor and fullness without the added fat and dairy. It’s super simple to make with just some herbs and olive oil, and of course, potatoes!

Get the recipe at Strength and Sunshine.

 

4. Vegan Stuffing

vegan stuffing | vegan thanksgiving sides

No Thanksgiving meal is complete without stuffing! For a healthier, vegan take, try this whole wheat version that’s only got 3 grams of sugar, 3 grams of fat, and 108 calories per serving!

Get the recipe.

 

5. Healthy Vegan Creamed Spinach

creamed spinach | vegan thanksgiving sides

Using just a few simple ingredients like cashew milk, whole wheat pastry flour, nutritional yeast, nutmeg, and baby spinach, this creamy vegan Thanksgiving side is as delicious as it is healthy with only 66 calories per serving!

Get the recipe at Veggie Society.

 

6. Vegan Pumpkin Pie

pumpkin pie | vegan thanksgiving sides

Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie is something we don’t want to imagine, and, fortunately, we don’t have to! This pumpkin pie contains just 5 grams of sugar and is made with rolled oats and vegan butter for a healthier spin.

Get the recipe.

 

7. Classic Vegan Cranberry Sauce

cranberry sauce | vegan thanksgiving sides

This vegan cranberry sauce is a Thanksgiving classic but without any added sugar. It’s sweetened with fresh orange juice and stevia instead of corn syrup and is excellent as a side or on your favorite Thanksgiving dessert!

Get the recipe.

 

8. Sweet Potatoes

sweet potatoes | vegan thanksgiving sides

We’ve got four different ways for you to enjoy a Thanksgiving classic — sweet potatoes! Whether you’re roasting them in the oven, baking them in foil, sautéing them on the stove, or saving time by popping them in the microwave, these preparations will be a hit with your guests. Plus, sweet potatoes contain potassium and fiber!

Get the recipe.

 

9. No-Bake Vegan Gingerbread Cookie Balls

gingerbread cookie balls | vegan thanksgiving sides

With about 100 calories per cookie serving, these ginger, cinnamon, coconut, and pecan gingerbread balls are full of fall flavors that will get you in the holiday spirit. Ready in just 15 minutes, and no baking required!

Get the recipe.

 

10. Mini Pecan Pies

mini pecan pies | vegan thanksgiving sides

Skip the sugar hangover this Thanksgiving with these whole wheat mini pecan pies with chia seeds and vegan butter. Each serving has just 4 grams of sugar and 61 calories!

Get the recipe.

 

11. Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese

sweet potato mac and cheese | vegan thanksgiving sides

Made with sweet potatoes, nutritional yeast, macaroni, and unsweetened dairy-free milk, this vegan mac and cheese side has less than 5 grams of fat, 11 grams of fiber, and 23 grams of plant-based protein in each serving!

Get the recipe at Shivani Loves Food.

 

12. Roasted Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate

roasted butternut squash and brussels sprouts with pomegranate | vegan thanksgiving sides

This colorful, festive holiday side dish is infused with delicious flavors like maple, lemon, and tarragon, as well as sweet pomegranate arils for the perfect amount of crunch and sweetness.

Get the recipe at Watch Learn Eat.

 

13. Vegan Cranberry Quinoa Salad

cranberry quinoa salad | vegan thanksgiving sides

Dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and ultra-festive, this Thanksgiving side dish only takes 20 minutes to make! Spruce up your bland old quinoa with some cranberries and pecans to get in the holiday spirit.

Get the recipe at Fannetastic Food.

 

14. Savory Sweet Potato Hash

sweet potato hash | vegan thanksgiving sides

With only 153 calories, 7 grams of fat, and 3 grams of fiber per one-cup serving, this sweet potato hash is a one-pot dish that’s earthy, yummy, and easy to make! It’s also great to mix in with those Thanksgiving leftovers for breakfasts all week long.

Get the recipe at Profusion Curry.

 

15. Oven Roasted Turmeric & Cumin Carrots

roasted cumin and turmeric carrots | vegan thanksgiving sides

These oven-roasted turmeric and cumin carrots are warm, spicy, and perfect to add to any holiday table. It’s also gluten-free and ready in under 30 minutes! The recipe says to substitute the honey with maple syrup to make it 100% vegan.

Get the recipe at Mae’s Menu.

Chelsea Frank

About

Chelsea Frank was born and bullied in Los Angeles, CA. When she's not performing stand up comedy or crying while doing squats, Chelsea writes about all things health, beauty, and travel. Her work has been featured in Shape, Uproxx, TripSavvy, The Daily Beast, Thrillist, and Reductress, among others. Fun fact: she's traveled to over 50 countries and has gotten sick in pretty much all of them! Follow her on Twitter.

shares