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10 Best Vegan Main Dishes for Thanksgiving

Top-10 fall-inspired Vegan Main Dishes are guaranteed to be the star of your holiday vegan table! Spectacular-looking festive vegan loaves and roasts made of familiar ingredients are perfect for your Thanksgiving or Christmas vegan menu!

Collage of Vegan Main Dishes for Pinterest.

I know that this post was highly expected by some of you because, let’s face it, vegan main dishes are not easy. You can easily throw together a quick vegan salad, even soup but how are you supposed to replace the turkey? I know, frustrating.

But I have some really great news for you, because I prepared a list of vegan Thanksgiving main dishes for you that are:

  • delicious;
  • spectacular-looking;
  • approved by non-vegans;
  • healthy;
  • satisfying;
  • nutritious;
  • festive;
  • unique;
  • created by my food blogger friends!

If you are looking for festive recipes that will certainly steal the show, check out these 10 best vegan main dishes for Thanksgiving. From vegan pot pie to vegan holiday roasts and loaves, choose the one that fits you best!

I’m always on the hunt for vegan comfort food recipes that are carnivore-approved, filling and delicious. Bonus points if they are easy to make and don’t require a ton of ingredients.

These vegan main dishes for Thanksgiving use simple seasonal produce and no fancy ingredients, just good old mushrooms, pumpkins, lentils, cauliflower and other fall veggies.

This post is part of my “10 Best Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes” series. Make sure to check my 10 best vegan appetizers, salads and soups for Thanksgiving and stay tuned for vegan sides including potato dishes, breads, condiments, and desserts.

Make sure to check my favorite vegan Christmas recipes including festive German mulled wine (Gluhwein) that is to die for!

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I hope you enjoy these vegan Thanksgiving main dishes and find a perfect recipe to serve at your Thanksgiving table! You can scroll through a quick slideshow in this vegan Thanksgiving main courses web story.

Let me know which one you like best in the comments down below!


Vegan Thanksgiving Pies

1. Vegan Pot Pie with Filo Crust by Happy Kitchen.Rocks

This vegan “chicken” pot pie is the perfect comfort food on a chilly fall or winter day. Instead of classic chicken, colorful broccoli, leek, mushrooms and carrots are simmered in a smooth and nutty vegan béchamel sauce and enveloped in a flaky phyllo crust. One of the most well-loved vegetarian Thanksgiving main dishes that is super easy to make!

A Slice of Phyllo Pot Pie with Vegetables and Mushrooms on a Grey Plate.

2. Vegan Holiday Pie with Hot Water Pastry by Occasionally Eggs

This vegan holiday pie with lentils, vegetables, and a vegan hot water pastry was inspired by traditional British pastries, and it’s a gorgeous centrepiece for a vegetarian or vegan table. Not just potatoes and cheese, it’ll please meat eaters and veggies alike during the holiday season.

vegan holiday lentil mushroom pie.

3. Gluten-free Vegan Eggplant Lasagna by Happy Kitchen.Rocks

Looking for a lighten-up version of a classic lasagna without any dairy, cheese or noodles? This delicious vegetarian lasagna with eggplant checks all the boxes! It is a hearty yet healthy gluten-free main dish full of flavor and nutrients and is just perfect for a family gathering.  Gluten-Free Eggplant Lasagna on a Plate.

Vegan Thanksgiving Loaves

4. Mushroom Lentil Loaf with Cranberries by A Virtual Vegan

A fresh take on a Vegan Lentil Loaf for you! It’s made with a delicious blend of lentils, mushrooms and walnuts and has a beautifully festive cranberry topping. Those pops of juicy cranberry in every bite are so good, plus they make it look pretty impressive. It would make a great centrepiece on your holiday table! 

Vegan Lentil Loaf with lentils, mushrooms, walnuts and cranberry topping.

5. Smoky Southern-Style Meatless Meatloaf by Veganosity

This Southern-Style Meatless Meatloaf has a wonderful smoky flavor and it’s made with whole foods that are good for you. This delicious meatloaf made of black beans and chickpeas with a tangy BBQ top  is one of those vegan dishes for Thanksgiving that meat eaters will love for sure!

Smoky Southern Meatless Meatloaf.

6. Vegan Cauliflower Lentil Loaf by Strength & Sunshine

A hearty plant-based dinner idea that will satisfy even meat-eaters! A Vegan Cauliflower Lentil Loaf that mimics the classic meatloaf with no meat, gluten-free, nut-free, and soy-free! Get all your protein and veggies in this healthy recipe!
Cauliflower Lentil Loaf.

Vegan Thanksgiving Roasts

7. Oven Roasted Whole Cauliflower by Watch What You Eat

Oven Roasted Whole Cauliflower with garlic and herb is the easiest and delicious way of preparing cauliflower for a meatless party or holiday dinner. Moreover, it is healthy without any added butter, cream or sugar and makes for one of the most impressive vegan main dishes for Thanksgiving!

Oven Roasted Whole Cauliflower with garlic and herb.

8. Vegan Holiday roast by Seven Roses

A 1-inexpensive-ingredient Vegan Holiday Roast that will please Vegans and meat-lovers. Just add a little magic blend of herbs and condiments… The smell of this Vegan Holiday Roast will make everybody rush to your holiday table!

Vegan Holiday Roast


Other Vegan Thanksgiving Main Dishes

9. Stuffed Pumpkins with Wild Rice Stuffing by Vegan Guide To The Galaxy

These stuffed pumpkins are super easy to make and are a guaranteed showstopper at any Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. The hearty wild rice stuffing is savory with a touch of sweetness from the cranberries, while the shiitake mushrooms add a nice meaty texture to the dish!

Stuffed pumpkins with wild rice stuffing

10. Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Garlic Sauce by Vegan Richa

Grilled or baked marinated Portabello mushrooms served with creamy garlic gravy come together quickly, and are super delicious. The deep caramelized flavor works wonderfully with the garlic sauce and makes for an impressive vegan recipe for Thanksgiving. Serve them with a fall harvest salad, and some biscuits/mashed potatoes.

marinated portobello mushrooms with garlic sauce.

I can’t wait to try some of these vegan main dishes for Thanksgiving this year! Which one is your favorite?

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Tuesday 24th of August 2021

This will be so helpful! This year will be my first Thanksgiving as a vegan so thank you!

Elena Szeliga

Wednesday 1st of September 2021

I hope you enjoy some of these recipes this year!


Monday 5th of November 2018

What a wonderful collection of recipes! I'm so glad to have been included ♥ thanks!

Elena Szeliga

Monday 5th of November 2018

Thank you for your lovely recipe Francesca! It looks absolutely delicious!

Linda from Veganosity

Monday 5th of November 2018

Great collection! Thank you for including our Smoky BBQ Meatloaf. :)

Elena Szeliga

Monday 5th of November 2018

Thank you for submitting your gorgeous recipe! I can't wait to try it! :)

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About Elena Szeliga


Elena Szeliga is the founder of Happy Kitchen.Rocks, where she shares delicious and healthy vegetarian and vegan food, from weeknight dinners to veganized classics and gourmet appetizers. Her recipes have been featured at Better Homes & Gardens, BuzzFeed, Country Living, The Kitchn and Reader’s Digest. Her mission is to help cook easy vegetarian and vegan meals with simple and fresh ingredients. Read more about Elena.

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