Ooh la la, how about some simple vegan side dishes, bursting with flavor, for a plant-based Thanksgiving? Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday to cook for and I love vegan sides with healthy ingredients. From crispy, Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts to herby Vegan Croissant Stuffing and dairy-free Vegan Scalloped Potatoes, this amazing collection of vegan sides are quick and easy and perfect for maintaining a plant-based diet during the holidays.
Today, I’ve put together an amazing compilation of plant-based recipes to complete your vegan Thanksgiving dinner. These vegan side dish recipes are the perfect comfort food for Thanksgiving, and pair well with any vegan main dish like these 12 Vegan Main Dishes, which include my Vegan Mushroom Wellington and this savory Vegan Lentil Loaf. These vegan side dishes for Thanksgiving are brought to you by yours truly and some of my favorite food bloggers!
All dairy-free and meatless, these delicious vegan side dishes are perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any time of year. For more information about switching to a plant-based diet, visit my favorite plant-based health coach, Vanessa Sturman.
40 Vegan Side Dishes
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Crispy Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts (Fresh Or Frozen)
This easy Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts recipe requires only 8 ingredients, is quick to make and super healthy. Tossed with garlic, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup and a blend of seasonings, air-fried to crispy perfection, then topped with beads of pomegranate and a sprinkle of coconut, this is a low calorie, low fat vegan side dish that pairs well with just about anything.
Dairy-Free Mashed Potatoes
These vegan-friendly and dairy free mashed potatoes are creamy and buttery, and oh-so-easy to make! Whip them up (literally) in just 30 minutes for your next weeknight meal or holiday celebration!
Vegan Onion & Red Wine Gravy
Everyone knows that gravy is essential for a roast dinner, and this vegan Onion & Red Wine Gravy is everything you need for a proper roast, but vegan style. It’s rich, savoury and delicious, so it’s perfect for pouring over all your roast potatoes!
Vegan Sausage Stuffing Balls
These Vegan Sausage Stuffing Balls are made with tempeh and so perfect to share. Full of sage, chestnuts and other festive flavors, these vegan stuffing balls make a great Thanksgiving side.
Vegan Green Bean Casserole
Delicious, homemade green bean casserole made dairy-free and with an herbed panko topping instead of fried onions. An amazing classic with a twist!
Roasted Brussel Sprouts & Sweet Potato
This roasted brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes recipe is a perfect addition to your holiday table. A simple and delicious side dish, its easy enough for a weeknight dinner and pretty enough for fancy holiday meals.
Cranberry Sauce With Brown Sugar & Cinnamon
No thanksgiving or holiday table is complete without some delicious homemade cranberry sauce. So quick and easy to make, this cranberry sauce with brown sugar and cinnamon is wonderfully rich and just the right balance of sweet and tart. Ready to serve in less than 15 minutes!
Herby Vegan Croissant Stuffing
Made with hints of sage and thyme, vegan croissants, juicy mushrooms, caramelized onions and gooey vegan cheese, take your stuffing from boring to bodacious in a matter of minutes with this super easy vegan croissant stuffing recipe.
Roasted “Butterkin” Squash
A mix between butternut squash and pumpkin, butterkin squash is a delicious fall vegetable that you need on your plate! It’s orange flesh is tender and sweet when roasted and it’s so easy to make. Seasoned with garlic, this roasted butterkin squash recipe won’t be out of place on your Thanksgiving table.
Grilled Delicata Squash
Delicata squash is fall’s prettiest vegetable. This simple grilled squash recipe is full of roasted smoky flavor, and will quickly elevate this squash to your fall favorite.
Vegan Pumpkin Risotto
This creamy and cozy one-pot Vegan Pumpkin Risotto is the ultimate comfort meal, but still healthy and family friendly. This 20 minute dish is sure to be a favorite entree, but also makes a fabulous side. Bonus points: it’s great for a holiday meal or just a quick weeknight favorite.
Vegan Mashed Sweet Potatoes
These creamy plant based mashed potatoes are one of my favorite vegan sides and are the perfect balance of sweet and savory.
Easy Vegan Rice Stuffing With Jackfruit
This rice stuffing with jackfruit is truly THE BEST stuffing ever! It’s both vegan and gluten-free, making it perfect for the holidays. Choc-full of brown rice, vegetables, cranberries, nuts, and jackfruit confit, there’s so much flavor in this stuffing you won’t be missing the meat!
Crispy Air Fryer Smashed Potatoes With Garlic Aioli (No Boil)
Sink your teeth into these crispy Air Fryer Smashed Potatoes with wild rosemary and garlic aioli. The perfect, ultra crispy snack or side dish that requires no boil, no mess and minimal cleanup. Vegan, gluten-free, 9 ingredients, 40 minutes.
Roasted White Asparagus With Capers & Dill
This white asparagus recipe features fresh ingredients like pine nuts, capers and dill as well as the savory flavor of olive oil. It’s the perfect natural, woodland dish that’s accentuated by the vibrant hue of the white asparagus.
Vegan Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese
This vegan butternut mac and cheese is so creamy and delicious with absolutely no dairy or oil! It’s perfect fall comfort food the whole family will love!
Ejotes a la Mexicana (Mexican-Style Green Beans)
Ejotes a la Mexicana is a guilt-free and easy side dish to dress up any meal. These Mexican green beans are ready in minutes and packed with flavor.
Wild Rice Pilaf With Cranberries & Pecans
This Holiday Wild Rice Pilaf is a perfect side dish for your holiday feast. The wild rice blend, studded with chopped pecans and dried cranberries, is an oil free, easy, one pot dish. It will be a hit at your next dinner party!
6-Ingredient Vegan Dinner Rolls
These easy dinner rolls are the perfect addition to any holiday meal! They are vegan as written and have a rich, buttery flavor and a tender crumb that just melts in your mouth!
Din Tai Fung Green Beans Smothered In Garlic
These delicious smothered garlic green beans are inspired by Din Tai Fung’s green beans. Vegan, gluten-free and made with just four ingredients, this dish is a family favorite!
Roasted Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes Recipe
These vegan cauliflower mashed potatoes put a new spin on a traditional favorite. Loaded with roasted heirloom garlic and fresh herbs, this dish is gluten-free and only 120 calories per serving.
Vegan Onion Gravy
Vegan Onion Gravy is easy to make from scratch with only 6 ingredients in 30 minutes. Perfect for Thanksgiving and holiday dinners.
Vegan Cornbread Dressing
Celebrate Thanksgiving with this savory Vegan Cornbread Dressing. Store-bought or homemade cornbread is baked with cranberries, pine nuts and flavorful herbs. So easy to make and really delicious!
Cranberry Pecan Thanksgiving Rice
This Cranberry Pecan Thanksgiving Rice is hearty and full of plant-based protein, yet lighter than most holiday sides. It’s vegan, gluten free, and so tasty!
Roasted Baby Turnips With Garlic & Za’atar
Savory, oven-roasted baby turnips (also known as Tokyo turnips) tossed with za’atar spice, garlic, lemon zest and olive oil! This healthy side dish is a cinch to make and oh so delicious!
Best Vegan Garlic Bread
This vegan garlic bread recipe is bursting with savory, garlicky, and cheesy flavors. Each bite is crispy, crunchy, and so delicious you’d never guess it’s completely dairy-free! It’s the perfect side dish for pasta, soup, and more
Vegan Scalloped Potatoes
Thin and tender potatoes in a rich creamy, garlicky, sour cream-based white sauce is what you will get if you try this Vegan Scalloped Potatoes recipe. No cashews and no flour is needed to make this dairy-free, nut-free, and gluten-free comfort food.
Buckwheat With Fried Onions
If you like savory flavors, you’ll love this buckwheat with onions recipe—it’s a perfect side dish that pairs well with any meat or poultry entrée. It also makes an excellent vegetarian meal on its own, and it’s very easy to make!
My Sister’s Sweet Potato Casserole Made Vegan
A vegan sweet potato casserole that’s lusciously rich and topped with a buttery, brown sugar pecan crumble. This vegan sweet potato casserole recipe is also gluten-free, requires only 10 ingredients and takes less than an hour to prepare.
Oven-Roasted Vegetable Medley
This gorgeous, colorful mixture of Oven Roasted Vegetables has plenty of choices to satisfy everyone at the table. So simple to make, but bursting with flavor. The perfect side dish for practically any meal, any time of year!
Sweet Potato Crunch Casserole
This gluten-free sweet potato casserole is a Holiday dish filled with Autumn flavors and finished with a delicious crunchy pecan topping. A fantastic, unique Thanksgiving side dish.
Braised Green Cabbage & Apples
This Braised Green Cabbage and Apples dish transforms cabbage into a sweet and savory tender vegetable side dish perfect to accompany all your seasonal mains. It’s easy to make and ready in less than 45 minutes!
Best Vegan Dinner Rolls
Soft and Fluffy Vegan Dinner Rolls. This is by far the best dinner roll recipe you’ll ever make. Trust me and make extras….you’re going to want leftovers because they’re perfect to use as sandwich buns too! Bonus: Homemade Rolls can be made with gluten-free flour with incredible results.
Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms
A healthy stuffed mushrooms recipe that’s also super tasty? Oh, sign me up…STAT! This easy recipe for gluten-free stuffed mushrooms will quickly become your go-to…because who doesn’t like a delicious appetizer that’s low in calories, low in carbs, vegan, Paleo and Whole30-Compliant?
Spiced Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Make your own healthier spiced cranberry sauce with fresh or frozen berries at home within minutes. The seasonal spices round up the fruity flavor in this vegan side dish.
Roasted Acorn Squash With Maple Almond Butter
It’s the perfect combination of sweet and savory! This Roasted Acorn Squash recipe with Maple Almond Butter drizzled on top is an absolutely lovely addition to any holiday dinner, and it’s simple enough to add some fun to any weeknight meal, too.
Need an ultra-easy vegetable side dish that goes with practically any dinner? This Oven Roasted Carrots recipe is for you! Just 1 main ingredient and 2 minutes of hands-on time … plus a surprisingly delicious technique!
Roasted Brussel Sprouts & Carrots
This easy side dish for roasted brussels sprouts and carrots is flavored with a tangy and sweet glaze made from balsamic vinegar and maple syrup. You can make this delicious vegetable side dish with only 8 basic ingredients and in about 35 minutes!
Vegan Stuffing Recipe
This vegan stuffing recipe is perfect for your holiday feast, whether it’s Thanksgiving or Christmas! It’s made with healthy, wholesome ingredients and tastes delicious!
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