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22 Side Dishes for a Vegan Thanksgiving

November 17, 2018 Mallory 6Comment

We are so close to Thanksgiving! I can’t believe how fast October flew by. Snow is already being expected this week in Kansas City. I have always loved Thanksgiving because we go up to see my moms side of the family and stop at my dads on the way home. It is nice to see a little bit of everyone in one day. With several places to go, I like to make sure there is a little something I can eat at each place. Vegans around the world have become accustomed to going to family holiday parties where there is nothing there they can eat. The past couple of years I have volunteered to make my favorite side dish (green bean casserole) so I know that it will be made just how I like it. Sometimes the smallest tweak can turn a non-vegan dish into a vegan one. Over the course of the past few years I have found and tested some of the better plant-based side dishes out there. Whether you are making a side dish for a party or having your own vegan Thanksgiving, use this list as you please.

I tried to hit all of the Thanksgiving favorites when it comes to side dishes. I could live off of side dishes if I had to. One time I went to a restaurant and one of their meals was to pick four side dishes. I obviously chose that and enjoyed every beautiful minute of that meal. Which gives a little insight as to why I want to focus a little more on the side dishes of Thanksgiving.

I also included some desserts because….ya know…desserts.

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1. Stuffing

Even if I didn’t eat a plant-based diet I would make this stuffing. With tempeh sausage, your guests will be wowed that you were able to make a vegan dish that everyone can still enjoy.

2. Green Bean Casserole

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Okay, green bean casserole is where it’s at for me. I could live off green bean casserole all day everyday. This is the dish I always sign up to make because I love it and I get nervous it won’t be at the holiday festivities if I don’t make it myself. This recipe is easy to make and tastes just about perfect.

3. Creamed Corn

Can’t forget the classic creamed corn. This dish is really easy to make. Swapping out real milk for some coconut milk and you will have yourself a plant-based side dish.

4. Mashed Potatoes

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5. Gravy

6. Soup

I love soup more than just about anything, especially this time of year. I love to use fall squashes such as pumpkin, or butternut squash in any way that I can. This recipe is phenomenal and really easy to make (if you buy the pre-cut butternut squash (shout out to Sprouts for selling an affordable fresh and pre-cut butternut squash)).

7. Go with Pre-made Soup

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8. Sweet Potato Casserole

9. Cranberry Sauce

10. Loaded Baked Potato

This loaded baked potato recipe has combined everything I love. Potatoes….broccoli…….sauerkraut, the best! This is easier to make that your typical loaded baked potato and just as delightful.

11. Cornbread

12. Dinner Rolls

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13. Mac and Cheese

I have said before. I LOVE butternut squash. Have you ever made a cheese sauce using it? Its Amaaaaazing. I would recommend trying it. If you are a first timer, this would be a great recipe to start with.

14. Wildrice Butternut Squash Salad

15. Potato Casserole

I think I might be making this side dish this year just because it looks so good. I may even make it as a side dish just for my everyday meals. I like this recipe because it uses a pumpkin base for the “cheese” sauce but she also gives you variations in case you wanted to try something like a carrot or sweet potato base.

16. Roasted Brussel Sprouts

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17. String Beans

18. Maple Roasted Yams

19. Creamed Spinach

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Creamed spinach might not be everyones favorite but I LOVE it. I feel like it is a Thanksgiving staple. I like this recipe because it puts a little healthier spin on the traditional dish.

20. Pumpkin Pie

The epitome of a Thanksgiving staple.

21. Apple Pie

22. Pecan Pie



I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family, great food, and enjoyment. If you have a favorite plant-based side dish not listed, leave a comment down below!

6 thoughts on “22 Side Dishes for a Vegan Thanksgiving

  1. I love all these yummy side dish ideas. It just goes to show that you don’t miss out on anything by being vegan. You can still enjoy all your traditional Thanksgiving favorites.

  2. These all look INCREDIBLE! And I just heard about Splendid Spoon for the first time the other day. Their soups sound delicious. I can’t wait to try them out 🙂

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