Published on November 20, 2019

Turkeys may get all the attention on Thanksgiving, but talk to any vegan or vegetarian, and you’ll quickly be convinced that the side dishes are really what all the fuss is about. Serendipitously, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and more are incredibly effortless to make without meat, dairy, and eggs—so if you’re hosting or bringing a dish along to someone else’s place, you can whip something up pretty much anyone can enjoy.

With a table full of delicious, crave-worthy vegan veggies and starches, you might not even feel compelled to make the bird. We have an idea: Why not try a decadent roast cabbage instead? (Trust us: Don’t knock it till you try it.) All you have to do is swap in plant-based butter and hold the ricotta to make it vegan. And as for those sides…

Vegan Green Bean Casserole

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Courtesy of Minimalist Baker

Skip the cream of mushroom soup this time around. Here, Minimalist Baker shows that it’s just as easy to make a creamy, crunchy mushroom casserole from scratch. A full cup of mushrooms lends this recipe a heartier vibe.

Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Asparagus

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Courtesy of Joyful Healthy Eats


There’s no need to overcomplicate roasted brussels sprouts—as Joyful Healthy Eats demonstrates, a little bit of tangy balsamic vinegar goes a long way. A light sprinkle of pomegranate seeds brightens the whole thing up.

Kale and Olive Oil Vegan Mashed Potatoes

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Courtesy of Love and Lemons

It’s scientifically impossible for anyone to miss butter when mashed potatoes get a savory treatment of olive oil, garlic, and rosemary. Okay, maybe not exactly, but Love and Lemons’s recipe is pretty convincing.

Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms

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Courtesy of Connoisseurus Veg

Cashew cheese may be a little more complicated to whip up than the real deal, but it’s definitely worth the effort in this stuffed mushroom dish by Connoisseurus Veg. The addition of tempeh bacon gives it a smokiness that will win over the most ardent meat lovers.

Simple Roasted Beets With Citrus

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Courtesy of Love and Lemons

Love and Lemons dresses up beets with fresh orange juice (among other things) to make them a refreshing complement to all the other rich foods you’ll be eating.

Vegan Cornbread Stuffing

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Courtesy of Minimalist Baker

It’s safe to say it’s not officially Thanksgiving without stuffing, and this Minimalist Baker option could easily become your go-to. Just be sure to make the cornbread ahead of time for less day-of stress. 

No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Bars

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Courtesy of Eating Bird Food

There’s a good chance your oven is already packed, so go the no-bake route for dessert. Eating Bird Food‘s vegan, gluten-free pumpkin pie alternative takes just 15 minutes to make.

See more Thanksgiving ideas:
7 Thanksgiving Appetizers That Might Just Steal the Turkey’s Spotlight
Is Cabbage the Turkey of the Vegetable World?
Try These Twists on Classic Thanksgiving Recipes and Never Look Back

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