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50 Best Vegan Sides for Thanksgiving

Top-50 Vegan Sides to serve at your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner table! Veganized classic and non-traditional side dishes, as well as stuffing, potato dishes, bread and muffins and condiments. Everything you need for your foolproof vegan Thanksgiving menu!

Pinterest Collage of Vegan Thanksgiving Sides

Planning your vegan Thanksgiving menu can be so overwhelming! How do you replace the turkey? What about the stuffing? How to avoid dairy in your mashed potatoes and green bean casserole? How to veganize familiar dishes in THE BEST way? How to make meat eaters ask for an extra portion?

If you follow my blog, you probably know that I’ve recently published 10 best vegan main dishes, as well as appetizers, salads, soups and desserts. Today is the turn of vegan Thanksgiving sides!

So here is my ultimate list of vegan Thanksgiving sides, from macaroni and cheese to sweet potato casserole, delicious stuffing recipes, mashed potatoes, bread and rolls, condiments and so much more!

These recipes are carefully selected to make your Thanksgiving preparation FOOLPROOF and your menu gorgeous! Choose from 10 best recipes in each category: sides, stuffing, potato dishes, breads and muffins and condiments.

A huge thanks to my fellow blogger friends who have kindly submitted these amazing recipes! I can’t wait to try some of them for Thanksgiving this year!

These recipes go beyond classics. I made sure to include veganized all-time favorites but if you are looking for something a little more special, I got you covered.

How about serving Georgian plum sauce instead of traditional cranberry sauce? Or potato croquettes instead of mashed potatoes? Sometimes WE are in charge of creating our family traditions, so why not make your vegan Thanksgiving a thing?

Now let me introduce you to the 50 best vegan Thanksgiving sides (perfect for Christmas as well!). You can scroll through a quick slideshow in this vegan Thanksgiving sides web story.

Let me know which recipes you plan to include to your Thanksgiving vegan menu this year in the comments down below 🙂


Vegan Thanksgiving Sides

1. Pan Seared Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts by Happy Kitchen.Rocks

These quick balsamic glazed brussels sprouts are crispy, lightly sweet and utterly delicious. Perfect healthy and easy vegan side dish for your holiday menu ready in 20 minutes!

Vegan Holiday Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate Arils With a Serving Spoon.

2. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Butternut Squash by Happy Kitchen.Rocks

The best balsamic-maple roasted Brussels sprouts with butternut squash, pecans, cranberries and avocado roasted garlic dressing. Ultimate healthy vegan Thanksgiving side dish ready in just 40 minutes!

Balsamic-maple roasted Brussels sprouts with butternut squash garnished with pecans, cranberries and avocado roasted garlic dressing.

3. Vegan Green Bean Casserole by Food Faith Fitness

You’ll never believe this rich, creamy dairy free vegan green bean casserole is  gluten free, paleo friendly and whole30 compliant! Perfect for a healthy Thanksgiving!

vegan green bean casserole in a square baking dish with a spoon.

4. Silky Vegan Mac and Cheese by Happy Kitchen.Rocks

Silky and cheesy Vegan Mac and Cheese: Delicious vegan take on an ultimate comfort food classic. Packed with veggies and plant-based protein, this easy 30-minute vegan mac ’n’ cheese recipe will become your family favorite!

Vegan Mac and Cheese in a Skillet.

5. Maple cinnamon butternut squash by Rhubarbarians

Vegan roasted maple cinnamon butternut squash! Loaded with cranberries and pecans. The perfect holiday side dish for your Thanksgiving table!

Roasted maple cinnamon butternut squash with cranberries and pecans.

More Vegan Thanksgiving Sides

6. Chilli Garlic Green Beans by Oh My Veggies

7. Maple Butternut Puree with Crispy Sage by Garlic & Zest

8. Healthy Low Carb Sweet Potato Casserole by Wholesome Yum

9. Easy Vegan Creamed Corn by Living Vegan

10. Cranberry Stuffed Sweet Potatoes by Thyme & Love

Vegan Thanksgiving Stuffing

11. The Best Gluten-Free Vegan Stuffing by Strength & Sunshine

Thanksgiving is never complete without some of The Best Gluten-Free Vegan Stuffing! Impress your guests with this essential side dish recipe that’s safe for all food allergies, loved by all, and may just become the new star of the show!

 Gluten-Free Vegan Stuffing

12. Low Carb Paleo Cauliflower Stuffing by Wholesome Yum

Need an easy low carb paleo stuffing for Thanksgiving? Try this cauliflower stuffing recipe! It has all the same flavors, plus it’s healthy & delicious.

Cauliflower stuffing.

13. Wild Rice & Mushroom Stuffing by Detoxinista

A naturally gluten-free stuffing made with wild rice and meaty mushrooms.

Mushroom and wild rice stuffing.

14. Farro with Leeks, Mushrooms, and Chestnuts by Umami Girl

This festive make-ahead farro with leeks, mushrooms and chestnuts makes for a satisfying vegan stuffing that your guests would love!

Farro with leeks, mushrooms and chestnuts.

15. Cranberry Apple Freekeh Stuffing by The Mediterranean Dish

Wholesome cranberry apple freekeh stuffing makes for a hearty vegan dish that anyone will enjoy.

Cranberry apple freekeh stuffing.

More Vegan Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipes

16. Vegan Southern-Style Cornbread Dressing by Fat-free Vegan Kitchen

17. Vegan Sourdough Bread Stuffing by Vegan Huggs

18. Apple Cranberry Stuffing by Veggie Primer

19. Vegan Stuffing with Mushrooms by Veggie Inspired

20. Stuffing-Muffins with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy by The Colorful Kitchen

Vegan Thanksgiving Potato Dishes

21. Easy Baked Potato Wedges by Happy Kitchen.Rocks

Easy and perfectly crispy oven Baked Potato Wedges will become your go-to side dish or appetizer. Much healthier than french fries and the tastiest potatoes you’ll ever taste!

Baked Potato Wedges on the baking tray.

22. Vegan Mashed Potatoes by Nora Cooks

Vegan Mashed Potatoes made in the Instant Pot (with a stovetop option)! These potatoes are SO creamy and fluffy without any butter, milk or even vegan butter. 25 minutes from start to finish!

Vegan Mashed Potatoes in a white bowl garnished with chives.

23. Vegan Potato Dauphinoise Gratin by Rhian’s Recipes

This Vegan Potato Dauphinoise Gratin is the perfect rich and indulgent yet surprisingly healthy side dish.

Potato Dauphinoise Gratin in a white baking dish.

24. Authentic German Potato Salad by Masala Herb

Warm authentic German potato salad from Bavaria. The recipe is fairly simple and comes together really quickly too. Enjoy this simple but delicious salad as a salad side dish with various meals.

German potato salad garnished with chives.

25. Vegan Potato Croquettes by Elephantastic Vegan

Recipe for vegan Potato Croquettes – the perfect side dish for festive Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners! Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside – just like they should be!

Potato Croquettes in a white bowl.

More Vegan Thanksgiving Potato Recipes

26. The Best Dairy Free Mashed Potatoes by The Pretty Bee

27. Easy Roasted Potato Gratin by Living Vegan

28. Creamy Garlic Dairy Free Mashed Potatoes by Brooklyn Farm Girl

29. Avocado Mashed Potatoes with Porcini Gravy by Very Vegan Val

30. Vegan Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes by Veganosity

Vegan Thanksgiving Breads and Muffins

31. Healthy Pumpkin Bread with Walnuts by Happy Kitchen.Rocks

Easy and Healthy Pumpkin Bread recipe, made with whole grain flour, chia seeds, maple syrup, walnuts, beer and malt. Delicious, vegan and packed with nutrients!

Sliced Pumpkin Bread with Walnuts in a Bread Basket.

32. Soft Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls by The Curious Chickpea

These soft whole wheat dinner rolls are made with 100% whole wheat flour and bake up so pillowy and tender. They are perfect for serving alongside soup, salad, light meals or your holiday meals!

Soft whole wheat dinner rolls in a metal basket.

33. Easy No-Knead Beer Bread by Happy Kitchen.Rocks

Easy and crusty no-knead 5-ingredient beer bread recipe. Sweet, delicious, healthy and nutritious bread with a little prickliness.

A loaf of Beer Bread dusted with flour.

34. The Best Vegan Cornbread by The Pretty Bee

Light and fluffy vegan cornbread is perfect when smeared with vegan buttery spread. Serve this alongside your favorite chili recipe!

Vegan cornbread stalked on a blue plate.

35. Garlic & Chive Dinner Muffins by The Vegan 8

These garlic and chive dinner muffins have an incredible texture that is really light, soft and fluffy. They are delicious on their own or great served with soup or stews. These would even be delicious served with a lentil loaf!

Garlic and chive dinner muffins stalked on a black board.

More Vegan Thanksgiving Bread Recipes

36. 3 Ingredient Semi-Homemade Pumpkin Bread by Vegan Guide To The Galaxy

37. Cornbread with Roasted Tomato and Sunflower Seeds by Very Vegan Val

38. Pumpkin Maple Vegan Cornbread by Veggie Inspired

39. Easy One Hour Pull-Apart Garlic Rolls by Ruchis Kitchen

40. Vegan Sweet Potato Buns by Vegan Richa

Vegan Thanksgiving Condiments

41. Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce by She Wears Many Hats

When it comes to preparing the traditional holiday meal, Homemade Cranberry Sauce has got to be the easiest, if not most colorful, dish to prepare.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce in a bowl with a spoon.

42. Tkemali – Georgian Plum Sauce by Happy Kitchen.Rocks

Why not try something a little different this year and make this  flavorful and nutrient-dense Georgian plum sauce (tkemali) that is a great healthier alternative to ketchup or cranberry sauce. Use this sweet-sour vibrant condiment for almost about everything: grilled food, roasted veggies, burgers, potato wedges, any kind of protein, in salad dressings, as a bread spread and so much more!

Georgian tkemali sauce in jars and small plate surrounded with plums and pomegranate seeds.

43. Super Simple Vegan Gravy by Connoisseurus Veg

Pour it on your mashed potatoes. Pour it on everything! This vegan gravy is super simple, super delicious, and requires only seven ingredients to make.

Vegan gravy over mashed potatoes.

44. Ginger Orange Cranberry Sauce by Three Olives Branch

A quick and simple way to upgrade your holiday meal, this Ginger Orange Cranberry Sauce is packed full of flavor. Ready in just 10 minutes, this sauce will become a staple at Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and your other holiday dinners.

Ginger Orange Cranberry Sauce garnished with sage surrounded by oranges, cranberries and sage leaves.

45. Cranberry and Dried Cherry Sauce by Taste and See

Cranberry and Dried Cherry Sauce is my all time favorite way to eat cranberries! It’s the perfect balance of sweet and tart with Dried Tart Cherries, fresh cranberries, allspice, a cinnamon stick, and cranberry concentrate.

Cranberry and Dried Cherry Sauce in a white bowl with a spoon.

More Vegan Thanksgiving Condiment Recipes

46. Maple Cinnamon Cranberry Pear Sauce by Veggie Inspired

47. Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce by Beyond The Chicken Coop

48. Instant Pot Maple Cranberry Sauce by Imagelicious

49. Vegan Porcini Mushroom Gravy by Veganosity

50. Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Apples by Culinary Hill

Make sure to check my other posts for your Thanksgiving menu: vegan appetizers, salads and soups,  main courses and desserts (see links above).

What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving sides? Which recipes do you plan to include in your Thanksgiving menu this year? Please leave a comment below and share your menu!

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Thursday 15th of November 2018

Love the addition of bread and roll recipes, especially because they are vegan. So many amazing dishes to try! :)

Elena Szeliga

Thursday 15th of November 2018

Thank you so much Helene!

Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry

Tuesday 13th of November 2018

So many delicious side dishes here - thanks for including mine!

Elena Szeliga

Wednesday 14th of November 2018

Thank you for your submission Bintu! These green beans look so good! ;)


Tuesday 13th of November 2018

There's so many delicious recipes here! That gravy has me drooling all over myself!

Elena Szeliga

Tuesday 13th of November 2018

Haha and I'm not judging you :) Thank you Holly!


Tuesday 13th of November 2018

To me, the sides are the best part! These all look so delicious! Where to start? Thank you for including several of mine! Sharing!

Elena Szeliga

Tuesday 13th of November 2018

Thank you so much for your fantastic recipes Jenn! Sides are indeed the best part!

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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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