45 Vegan Thanksgiving Sides That Even Meat-Eaters Will Love

They’ll never believe that sweet potato casserole is butter-free.

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It’s zero secret that Thanksgiving is classically a carnivore’s dream. After all, the day pretty much revolves around digging into a huge turkey.

So, yeah, it’s kind of a tricky holiday to navigate if you’re a vegan. You'd think maybe Thanksgiving side dishes would be a safer bet, but that's a nope, too. So many of the classics (think stuffing, mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole) are usually packed with animal-based ingredients like butter, cream, and meat. Not exactly an ideal situation for plant-based eaters.

Vegan dishes tend to get slack from carnivores because people assume they lack flavor, but that couldn't be farther from the truth. Not only are they a way to make Thanksgiving dinner that much more tasty, but they can also add a healthy boost to the main meal, says Jana Wolff, RD, and director of nutrition at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

"You can have [everything from] beautiful side salads with quinoa, cranberries, almonds, olive oil, lemon and fresh sage, to a tray of roasted root vegetables with garlic and rosemary, to a roasted acorn squash stuffed with mushrooms, wild rice, and chestnuts," says Wolff. "The options are colorful, healthful and rich with vitamins and minerals."

So if you're ready to add more plant-based options to your Thanksgiving table, look no further. With ingredients like vegan butter, vegetable gravy, and coconut bacon (yes, bacon!), these recipes imitate ALL of the yummy tastes and textures that make Thanksgiving dinner the biggest feast of the year. Trust, these vegan Thanksgiving side dishes will take your Tofurkey Day to a whole new level.

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Marisa Moore
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Vegan Pumpkin Lentil Curry with Spinach

Pumpkin puree, dried lentils, and coconut milk make this savory, creamy dish a great way to mix up your T-giving offering. Sprinkle some spinach and cashews on top for a pretty presentation.

Not that you need any help with this on Thanksgiving, but lentils can also help you feel fuller faster, thanks to all their fiber, says Jenna Appel, RD, and owner of Appel Nutrition.

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Per serving: 293 calories, 8 g fat (1 g saturated), 558 mg sodium, 42 g carbs, 17 g fiber, 10 g sugar, 14 g protein

mushroom soup
Marisa Moore
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Mushroom Ginger Miso Soup

Cleanse your palate before the big feast with this yummy, ginger-packed miso soup. It features mushrooms, carrots, and chives for bursts of flavor. Ginger, particularly, aids digestion, says Appel, which seems like a good thing to keep in mind after several trips to the Thanksgiving buffet.

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Per serving: 138 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated), 25 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 12 g sugar, 10 g protein

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Marisa Moore
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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Serve this soup up as a starter or side. It's so creamy, no one will have any idea there’s no dairy in this vegan-friendly recipe. Add a drizzle of olive oil for an elevated look (and flavor).

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Per serving: 202 calories, 11 g fat (2 g saturated), 12 g carbs , 4 g fiber, 7 g sugar, 2 g protein

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Marisa Moore
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Vegan Wild Rice Stuffing with Cranberries

This yummy dish has all the usual ingredients of stuffing—celery, onion, sage, and thyme—but swaps in wild rice for the bread for a more wholesome feel. Dried cranberries also add a nice sweet-tart bite.

P.S. cranberries are superfoods thanks to their disease-fighting antioxidants, says Appel. Tasty and good for you? Call that a win win.

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Per serving: 138 calories, 3 g fat, 24 g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein

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Marisa Moore
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Roasted Butternut Squash and Apples

Whether you chop up your own butternut squash or snag the pre-cut version (no judgment!), this easy-to-make dish is slightly sweet—and a total crowd-pleaser.

Though you can technically serve this up as a side, it can totally pass for a dessert, too. (Promise, your guests won't mind!)

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Per serving: 152 calories, 7 g fat (1 g saturated), 24 g carbohydrates, 4 g fiber, 10 g sugar

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Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasting Brussels sprouts gives them a nice, nutty taste—and adding balsamic vinegar to the mix makes them next-level awesome.

There's a reason why moms everywhere recommend them. Brussels sprouts are full of nutrients and fiber that support digestive health, Appel says.

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Per serving: 195 calories, 6 g fat (4 g saturated), 791 mg sodium, 28 g carbs, 5 g sugar, 3 g fiber, 6 g protein

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Agave-Glazed Carrots

A little vegan butter and a touch of sweetness (courtesy of agave and brown sugar), make this a buttery side dish you can dig into.

And as a plus, carrots have a variety of vitamins and minerals that improve eye and skin health, Appel says. So yep go ahead and grab several servings.

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Per serving: 195 calories, 6 g fat (4 g saturated), 791 mg sodium, 28 g carbs, 5 g sugar, 3 g fiber, 6 g protein

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Classic Cranberry Sauce

This dish uses just four ingredients and only takes 15 minutes to create, making it a super easy way to add a sweet vegan-friendly side (and some color, you know, for the IG pics) to your table.

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Per serving: 120 calories, 1 g fat (1 g saturated), 3 mg sodium, 31 g carbs, 27 g sugar, 2 g fiber, 1 g protein

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Orchids + Sweet Tea
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Vegan Mango Habanero Cauliflower Bites

Kinda like boneless chicken wings but waaay better, these healthy bites have a perfectly spicy kick. And cauliflower isn't only a master in disguise, it also packs the vitamin C, perfect for the chilly season. "A cup of raw cauliflower provides almost 80 percent of your vitamin C needs for the day," Wolff says.

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Minimalist Baker
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Thyme And White Bean Pot Pies

You won't miss the chicken (or the butter) in these vegan pot pies. Also FYI, the beans in this dish are good for your gut health. "The fiber provides prebiotics that grow healthier bacteria in your gut (or microbiome)," Wolff says.

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Per serving: 456 calories, 24 g fat (7 g saturated), 46 g carbs, 5 g sugar, 804 mg sodium, 6 g fiber, 10 g protein

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Vegan Biscuits

Yup, it’s possible to have flaky, buttery biscuits on a vegan diet. Here’s proof.

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Per serving: 195 calories, 6 g fat (4 g saturated), 791 mg sodium, 28 g carbs, 5 g sugar, 3 g fiber, 6 g protein

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Orchids + Sweet Tea
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Spicy Jamaican Lentil and Quinoa Vegan Patties

I don't know what's more delicious: the curried lentil, quinoa, and veggie filling or the flaky, parsley-infused crust.

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Vegan Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash

These stuffed squash halves are as pretty as they are satisfying (and nutritious), and that vibrant color isn't a coincidence. "Acorn squash’s color is an indication of high antioxidants including carotenoids (the orange/yellow hue)," Wolff says. Carotenoids aid skin health by protecting it from UV light and aging.

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Per serving: 256 calories, 15 g fat (2 g saturated), 395 mg sodium, 27 g carbs, 19 g sugar, 5 g fiber, 6 g protein

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Grilled Zucchini

Need a simple veggie for your table? A little lemon, avocado oil, and oregano make this zucchini dish pop, and also ensure it's very flavorful. "When grilled, zucchini caramelizes, giving a more savory, almost sweet taste that everyone in the family will love," Wolff says.

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Easy Vegan Mushroom Gravy

The earthy, umami flavor of mushrooms make this gravy mouthwateringly good.

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Per serving: 66 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated), 33 mg sodium, 8 g carbs, 1 g sugar, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein

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Easy Garlic And Herb Butternut Squash

Butternut squash is a Thanksgiving classic and this recipe packs loads of flavor.

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Per serving: 98 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated), 179 mg sodium, 16 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 2 g protein

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Orchids + Sweet Tea
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Chickpea and Broccoli Mashed Potato Bowl

Creamy mashed potatoes just got a funky makeover with this dish, thanks to BBQ sriracha chickpeas and broccoli.

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What Great Grandma Ate
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Instant Pot Butternut Squash Risotto

Whip up this butternut squash risotto, which calls for cauliflower rice instead of regular, in the Instant Pot for a simple first course or side.

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Per serving: 272 calories, 15 g fat (11 g saturated), 378 mg sodium, 29 g carbs, 7 g sugar, 7 g fiber, 10 g protein

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Easy Vegan Stovetop Stuffing

Toasted bread, a bunch of veggies, and dried cranberries make this stuffing a conversation starter.

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Per serving: 77 calories, 3 g fat, 415 mg sodium, 12 g carbs, 6 g sugar, 1 g fiber

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Low-Carb Cauliflower 'Stuffing'

This cauli-based stuffing is infinitely lighter than the traditional stuff, and totally vegan.

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Per serving: 95 calories, 7 g fat, 7 g carbs, 3 g sugar, 3 g fiber, 2 g protein

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What Great Grandma Ate
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Lemon Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower

Cauliflower feels at-home on Thanksgiving, and this recipe shakes it up a bit.

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Per serving: 107 calories, 10 g fat (1 g saturated), 300 mg sodium, 3 g carbs, 0 g protein

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Orchids + Sweet Tea
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Loaded Vegan Veggie Soup

Use your slow cooker to create this delicious, first course-worthy soup, which is made with kale, onions, corn, carrots, and red beans.

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Jessica in the Kitchen
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Gluten-Free, Vegan Cornbread

Cornbread is a Thanksgiving must, and this one is great on its own or in stuffing.

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Per serving: 201 calories, 7 g fat (1 g saturated), 469 mg sodium, 20 g carbs, 8 g sugar, 0 g fiber, 1 g protein

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Skinnytaste
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Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole

No one should be deprived of sweet potato casserole—and this dairy-free recipe has vegans covered.

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Per serving: 133 calories, 2 g fat (0 g saturated), 16 mg sodium, 20 g carbs, 11 g sugar, 3 g fiber, 2 g protein

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Vegan Italian Seitan Meatballs


“Vegan” and “meatballs” don’t exactly seem like they go together, but this version uses lentils as a base, along with flavor-elevating ingredients like walnuts, soy sauce, and sun-dried tomatoes.

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Per serving: 343 calories, 39 g fat (11 g saturated), 540 mg sodium, 26 g carbs, 5 g sugar, 8 g fiber, 39 g protein

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Vegan Green Bean Casserole

This casserole recipe ditches the cream and is honestly so much better than the original.

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Per serving: 400 calories, 22 g fat (4 g saturated), 48 g carbs, 10 g sugar, 40 mg sodium, 7 g fiber, 14 g protein

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Minimalist Baker
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Vegan Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

This dairy-free mac is perfect on Thanksgiving thanks to its pumpkin-y vibes.

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Per serving: 297 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated), 306 mg sodium, 54 g carbs, 4 g sugar, 4 g fiber, 11 g protein

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Vegan Nacho Stuffed Portobellos

Who needs chips when you’ve got portobellos? Sun-dried tomatoes, guacamole, and olives make these a side everyone will want to try.

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Per serving: 218 calories, 12 g fat (1 g saturated), 739 mg sodium, 22 g carbs, 3 g sugar, 7 g fiber, 7 g protein

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Buffalo Chickpea Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

It’s pretty much a guarantee that you’ve never had spicy, crunchy sweet potatoes like these.

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Per serving: 226 calories

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Crispy Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas

Crunchy on the outside, tender on the inside, these roasted chickpeas have a salty and spicy kick that will have you coming back for more.

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Per serving: 334 calories, 11 g fat (1 g saturated), 605 mg sodium, 46 g carbs, 8 g sugar, 13 g fiber, 15 g protein

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