Here's a wonderful, satisfying vegan Thanksgiving menu that ticks all the boxes for seasonal joy. Use the whole menu or pick your favorites.
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.
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.
- For a lighter option, start with Apple Cider Moscow Mules
- For a stronger option, I really love The Fifteen
- Or try The Corduroy — it doesn't get cozier
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.
- Roasted pumpkin seeds or spicy pepitas
- Butternut squash bruschetta (pictured) (use cashew ricotta and plant-based butter)
- Mushroom bruschetta (omit the cream and parmesan or use plant-based versions)
- Roasted red pepper hummus
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.
- Mushroom farotto with leeks and chestnuts (pictured)
- Jamie Oliver's vegan shepherds' pie
- Roast pumpkin risotto (use olive oil and vegan parmesan, omit cream)
Stuffing, mashed potatoes & gravy
For me, these are the absolute non-negotiable centerpieces of the Thanksgiving table.
- Vegan mushroom stuffing with chestnuts or the vegan adaptation of this classic stuffing
- Vegan mashed potatoes
- The best vegetarian gravy (use the easy vegan option)
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.
Vegetable side dishes
Choose as many veggie sides as you like to round out the feast.
- Harvest kale salad (pictured)
- Green beans with shallot vinaigrette
- Roasted rainbow carrots
- Crispy roasted broccolini
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.