Vegetarian and Vegan Thanksgiving Dishes

Acorn squash

The Spruce / Victoria Heydt

Planning your vegetarian or vegan Thanksgiving dinner menu? Scroll through this huge collection of vegetarian and vegan Thanksgiving recipes, with links to main dish dinner ideas, Thanksgiving vegetable dishes, vegan Thanksgiving desserts, Tofurky help and more for the perfect holiday dinner.

  • 01 of 10

    Vegetarian and Vegan Stuffing

    Vegetarian Quinoa Stuffing

    Who needs to wait for special occasions like Christmas or Thanksgiving to cook stuffing? Stuffing (or dressing) is a vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner dish that can be enjoyed year-round. Don't you just love the way all the fresh herbs smell while cooking? Try a classic cornbread stuffing or a flavorful gluten-free stuffing. Get creative with vegetarian quinoa stuffing.

  • 02 of 10

    Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dinner Mains

    Acorn squash

    The Spruce / Victoria Heydt

    Some vegetarians like to have a centerpiece at the table similar to a turkey, such as a Tofurky, another mock turkey, or a homemade tofu turkey or loaf. Others are happy with a non-traditional entree. A wild rice and cranberry pilaf or a stuffed acorn squash makes a flavorful fall-themed entree.​ 

  • 03 of 10

    Guide to Vegetarian Turkey Substitutes

    Homemade Vegetarian Tofu Turkey With Stuffing

    The Spruce 

    Tofurky's not the only player in town anymore! Several brands of vegetarian and vegan meatless turkey substitutes have hit the market over the past few holiday seasons, and this guide will introduce you to the best of them. Can't decide which to try? Have one for Thanksgiving, one for Christmas and try a third for Easter!

  • 04 of 10

    Vegetable Side Dishes and Vegetable Dishes

    Brussel sprouts with balsamic vinegar

    The Spruce

    Round out your dinner menu with some creative vegetarian and vegan Thanksgiving side dishes. Browse dozens of recipes for vegan mashed potatoes, gluten-free green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, butternut squash and apple casserole, vegan green bean casserole, and more classic Thanksgiving vegetable and side dish recipes, such as oven-roasted brussels sprouts and baked acorn squash.

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  • 05 of 10

    Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

    Gluten free vegan pumpkin pie

    The Spruce / Ulyana Verbytska

    Sure everyone expects pumpkin pie or apple pie at Thanksgiving, but you could also serve up vegan pumpkin cheesecake or a gluten-free vegan pumpkin pie! If you're just looking for a vegan apple pie you'll find that here too, though. All of these Thanksgiving dessert recipes are vegetarian, and most are vegan and low-fat as well. A good example might be gluten-free vegan pumpkin pie.

  • 06 of 10

    Vegetarian Thanksgiving Soups

    Savory Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup (Vegetarian and Vegan)

    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

    As a light alternative or accompaniment to a Tofurky or another vegetarian turkey, try one of these Thanksgiving soup ideas for dinner. Eating soup as a Thanksgiving entree means you have plenty of room left for stuffing, potatoes, and pumpkin pie! Or, if you're new to cooking vegetarian food, soup is an easy and stress-free choice. Try some of these colorful and easy vegetarian Thanksgiving soup ideas, such as butternut squash soup.

  • 07 of 10

    Pumpkin Recipes

    Pumpkin Scones
    The Spruce

    Put some pumpkin on your table this Thanksgiving! If you're not cooking a Tofurky or other mock roast, a vegetarian pumpkin dish can be a great entree. Or, serve some vegetarian pumpkin soup, cook up a side of vegan pumpkin bread, or make a batch of pumpkin muffins for a Thanksgiving or day after breakfast. Consider a vegan pumpkin pasta.

  • 08 of 10

    Vegetarian Gravy Recipes

    Vegetarian Mushroom Gravy in a pan with a wooden spoon

    The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

    Making a meatless vegetarian gravy is more of an art than an exact science, as timing, stirring and heat are everything. Most vegetarian gravy recipes are made from a vegetable broth base instead of pan drippings or animal fat, and many recipes add extra flavor by using mushrooms, fresh herbs, or other flavor enhancers such as miso or nutritional yeast.

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  • 09 of 10

    Raw Vegan Thanksgiving Menu

    Tart, pie, cake with jellied fresh cranberries, bilberries
    AnnaPustynnikova / Getty Images

    The raw vegan trend may not be for everyone, but if you've got a guest on a strict raw food diet or if you'd just like to add some lighter foods to your meat-free Thanksgiving menu, you'll find plenty of ideas to choose from here, including a raw vegan appetizers, fall soups, main dish suggestions, and even a raw vegan food pumpkin pie for dessert.

  • 10 of 10

    Got Thanksgiving leftovers?

    Turkey and mashed potato croquettes

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Chistruga

    Vegetarian or vegan Thanksgiving leftovers aren't much different than regular leftovers. Extra Tofurky makes for great next-day sandwiches, just like regular turkey, for example. But, if you're looking for some more tips and ways to reuse and disguise mountains of mashed potatoes, here's plenty of Thanksgiving leftover ideas, just for vegetarians and vegans.