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Here’s a wonderful, satisfying vegan Thanksgiving menu that ticks all the boxes for seasonal joy. Use the whole menu or pick your favorites.

vegan stuffing and mashed potatoes on a plate with vegan gravy
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The game plan

Whether you’re hosting a completely plant-based Thanksgiving or incorporating vegan abundance into a meal for omnivores, these much-loved recipes will help you get through the day in style. I’ve created an entire vegan Thanksgiving menu that you can make as-is or select from to suit your needs. All of these recipes complement traditional flavors of the harvest season.

Signature cocktail

To kick things off with a signature cocktail, here are two festive choices. These drinks are vegan as long as all the bottles you choose come from vegan-friendly producers. You should have plenty of options for all ingredients.

Fall Cocktail Apple Cider Moscow Mule | Umami Girl


Even though the Thanksgiving meal itself is substantial to say the least, it’s always a good idea to provide a few appetizers. Here are my favorite vegan choices for autumn.

Butternut Squash Bruschetta with Sage and Pomegranate | Umami Girl

Main dish

I’m easily convinced that Thanksgiving is all about the sides. But if you’d like to serve a vegan main dish, here are some favorites.

farro with mushrooms, leeks, and chestnuts in a bowl with a spoon

Stuffing, mashed potatoes & gravy

For me, these are the absolute non-negotiable centerpieces of the Thanksgiving table.

the best vegetarian gravy poured over mashed potatoes and stuffing on a plate with a fork and cloth napkin

Sweet touches

I like to serve either cranberry sauce or applesauce at Thanksgiving — sometimes both. These are two best-in-class recipes. They both freeze well, so feel free to make them well in advance.

cranberry sauce instant pot

Vegetable side dishes

Choose as many veggie sides as you like to round out the feast.

harvest kale salad


For dessert, you’ll love this perfect old-fashioned apple crisp. All you need to do to make it vegan is swap in coconut oil or plant-based butter for the butter in the topping. It’s great on its own or à la mode with your favorite vegan ice cream. If you like, top it with bourbon caramel sauce. Use coconut cream instead of heavy cream and omit the sour cream.

Best Old Fashioned Apple Crisp Recipe

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