23 Vegetarian and Vegan Thanksgiving Main Dish Recipes

Beet Galette with Feta Cheese and Za'atar

Anita Schecter

Just because you're vegetarian or vegan doesn't mean you can't have an amazing Thanksgiving meal. If you're looking for main dish ideas for your holiday feast, look no further! After you've picked a main attraction (or two), get some side dish and dessert inspiration.

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    Vegetarian Barley Stuffed Squash

    Vegetarian Barley Stuffed Squash

    National Barley Foods Council

    Nutritious whole-grain barley makes a flavorful filling for tender acorn squash. The stuffed dish makes for a pretty centerpiece and can easily be prepared vegan. Add a handful of dried fruit and toasted nuts if desired.

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    Vegan Pumpkin Risotto

    Vegan Pumpkin Risotto

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    Risotto is a luxurious dish perfect for a special occasion, and the addition of pumpkin makes it a festive holiday dish. Use vegan butter to make it totally vegan, and top with thin slices of fresh sage if you have it.

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    Torta Pascualina - Spinach and Ricotta Tart

    Torta Pascualina - Spinach and Ricotta Tart

    Marian Blazes 

    A tall, flaky tart reminiscent of spanakopita may not be a traditional holiday dish, but it's sure to be a hit. Full of spinach, mushroom, and cheeses and wrapped in puff pastry, it slices up like a dream.

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    Spicy Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad Bowl

    Spicy Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad Bowl

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    Packed with protein, low in carbs, and high in flavor, this quinoa bowl is vegan and gluten-free and only has a few key ingredients. Add fresh leafy greens to make it more salad-like, or serve it hot for a more stew-like dish.

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    Easy Vegan and Gluten-Free Lentil Loaf

    Easy Vegan and Gluten-Free Lentil Loaf

    The Spruce

    There's no better time to eat comfort food than on Thanksgiving, and a vegetarian meatloaf is all comfort. Lentils and rice create a satisfying texture that can be sliced. Serve with lots of ketchup and a side of mashed potatoes.

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    Vegetarian Tofu Chili

    Vegetarian Tofu Chili

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    Take your holiday meal to the Southwest with a protein-rich chili. With tender beans, tofu, mushrooms, veggies, and lots of spice, it's perfect served with homemade cornbread. Offer cheese or sour cream on the side for any non-vegans.

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    Pumpkin Alfredo Pasta

    Pumpkin Alfredo Pasta

    Molly Watson

    For this pasta dish, a creamy and rich sauce made with pumpkin puree is tossed with pappardelle pasta. Use the best pasta you can find (fresh is best, or even homemade), and finish by topping with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

  • 08 of 23

    Vegetarian Stuffed Acorn Squash with Cornbread Stuffing

    Vegetarian Stuffed Acorn Squash with Cornbread Stuffing

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    Instead of stuffing a turkey this Thanksgiving, stuff naturally sweet acorn squash. Use your favorite stuffing mix and jazz it up with veggies, herbs, and diced apple. Baked in the oven, the tops gets nice and crispy. Serve with vegetarian gravy.

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  • 09 of 23

    Vegan "Chicken" Pot Pie

    Vegan

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    Wow your Thanksgiving guests with a homemade pot pie, made easy with puff pastry and vegan chicken. Fresh herbs and veggies keep it fresh and flavorful.

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    Thai Pumpkin Curry With Citrus Notes

    Thai Pumpkin Curry With Citrus Notes

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    Mix things up this year by serving a delicious Thai-style curry with tender pumpkin, fresh veggies, and a creamy coconut curry sauce. It's vegan and gluten-free (if made with gluten-free soy sauce), too.

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    Vegetarian Wild Rice and Mushroom Pilaf

    Vegetarian Wild Rice and Mushroom Pilaf

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    For an extra flavorful pilaf, cook wild and brown rice in high-quality vegetable broth. Sliced mushrooms, onion, garlic, and herbs add depth. Toast your rice first to make it more, well, toasty.

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    Beet Galette with Feta Cheese and Za'atar

    Beet Galette with Feta Cheese and Za'atar

    Anita Schecter

    A homemade galette—basically an open-faced pie—looks fantastic as the center of a dinner spread. A simple homemade pastry is rolled out, filled with feta cheese and sliced beets with za'atar (a Middle Eastern spice mix), and folded over the filling.

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    Butternut Squash Ravioli with White Wine Sauce

    Butternut Squash Ravioli with White Wine Sauce

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    Pasta might be an unconventional choice for Thanksgiving, but this vegetarian dish is indulgent in all the right ways. A filling of butternut squash and a sauce of white wine, cream, and lemon are sure to please everyone.

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    Gourmet Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms with Sausage Substitute

    Gourmet Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms with Sausage Substitute

    Tova Teitelbaum / Getty Images

    Stuffed with veggie sausage, breadcrumbs, bell pepper, and garlic, these stuffed mushrooms are bursting with flavor. Even the meat lovers will dig into this hearty vegan recipe.

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    Easy Vegetarian Pumpkin Soup Recipe

    Easy Vegetarian Pumpkin Soup Recipe

    Sandra O'Claire / Getty Images

    Super quick and easy, this pumpkin soup can be made vegan if desired. By using unsweetened canned pumpkin, the whole dish comes together in no time at all and is a festive shade of orange.

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    Tomato Tart with Filo and Feta Cream

    Tomato Tart with Filo and Feta Cream

    Anita Schecter

    For a true centerpiece, make a homemade veggie tart with filo pastry. Fillo is super flaky, similar to puff pastry, and can be found in the frozen food aisle. If you can't find any decent tomatoes at your supermarket, top with thinly sliced zucchini or bell pepper.

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    Sweet Potato Gnocchi

    Sweet Potato Gnocchi

    Molly Watson

    Homemade pasta isn't as hard as it sounds, especially if you're making gnocchi. Sweet potatoes add sweetness, color, and make the dish Thanksgiving-appropriate. Coat in a sauce of your choice, such as brown butter and sage or vegan tomato.

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    Vegan Barley, Wild Rice and Cranberry Pilaf

    Vegan Barley, Wild Rice and Cranberry Pilaf
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    Pearl barley is a filling and fiber-rich grain, and has a nice nutty chew. Combine it with wild rice, dried cranberries, and nuts for a satisfying main dish. Add fresh arugula for color and peppery bite, and if you're not vegan add a sprinkle of crumbled feta cheese.

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    Vegan Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash

    Vegan Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash

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    For a vegan main dish that's nutritious and flavorful, use quinoa to stuff roasted acorn squash. Raisins and pecans add texture and a bit of sweetness and nuttiness.

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    Vegetarian Pumpkin Lasagna

    Vegetarian Pumpkin Lasagna

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    This super cheesy vegetarian lasagna replaces the typical tomato sauce with a creamy pumpkin puree. Using canned pumpkin means it comes together quickly and bakes while you finish preparing your meal. For a vegan lasagna, try this version with cashew cheese sauce.

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    Easy Homemade Vegetable Soup

    Easy Homemade Vegetable Soup

    The Spruce

    A wide variety of vegetables and high-quality vegetable stock are the secret to making great vegetable soup. It's a meal in a bowl, but will play nice with your festive side dishes. Don't forget the bread basket for soaking up broth.

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    Easy Vegetarian Pumpkin Dumplings

    Easy Vegetarian Pumpkin Dumplings

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    Vegetarian (and easily made vegan) dumplings make a unique and fun Thanksgiving dish. For a hands-on experience, have guests come early to stuff and fold their own dumplings. Serve with a sprinkling of cheese, a brown butter sauce, or a soy dipping sauce.

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    Savory Spinach and Cheese Bread Pudding

    Savory Spinach and Cheese Bread Pudding

    Molly Watson

    Bring the stuffing into the spotlight with gourmet bread pudding. Rustic cubes of bread are combined with spinach and cheese for a decadent dish that's fit for a special occasion and can feed a crowd.