40 Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes That Are Easy And Delicious

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.

I promise, though: You don’t have to nibble on raw carrot sticks while everyone else dives into a huge, decadent meal this Turkey Day. Plenty of plant-forward foodies feel your struggle–and, as a result, there are tons of recipes for delicious vegan Thanksgiving sides out there just waiting to add some flavor to your day.

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 the biggest feast of the year. From agave-glazed carrots to stuffed portobellos, and so much more, these sides are so darn good that even meat-eaters will love them. (Seriously, don’t sleep on that vegan buffalo mac, guys…)

Whether you’re a tried-and-true vegan or just want to add more plant-based options to your table, these vegan Thanksgiving sides recipes will take your Tofurkey Day to a whole new level.

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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.

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), makes this a buttery side dish you can dig into.

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 to your table.

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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Vegan Mango Habanero Cauliflower Bites

Kinda like boneless chicken wings but waaay better, these healthy bites have a perfectly spicy kick.

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Thyme And White Bean Pot Pies

You won’t miss the chicken (or the butter) in these vegan pot pies.

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.

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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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).

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.

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Easy Vegan Mushroom Gravy

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

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.

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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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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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.

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 starter.

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 stuff, and totally vegan.

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

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Lemon Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower

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

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

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Loaded Vegan Veggie Soup

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

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Gluten-Free, Vegan Cornbread

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

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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Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole

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

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.

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.

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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Vegan Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

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

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.

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.

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 back for more.

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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Wild Rice Stuffing with Sweet Cherries

Wild rice, veggies, dried fruit, and herbs make for a flavorful side with lots of texture.

Per serving: 249 calories, 5 g fat (4 g saturated), 48 g carbs, 8 g sugar, 673 mg sodium, 6 g fiber, 7 g protein

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Smoky Vegan Beans on Toast

This side offers a nice smoky flavor without any meat.

Per serving: 290 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated), 789 mg sodium, 51 g carbs, 11 g sugar, 2 g fiber, 9 g protein

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Creamy Lemon Pepper Chickpeas

Serve these as-is, or spoon them up over rice or pasta for a creamy, tangy side dish.

Per serving: 229 calories, 9.5 g fat (3.5 g saturated), 516 mg sodium, 30 g carbs, 5.5 g sugar, 8 g fiber, 8.5 g protein

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Roasted Root Vegetables

Add a pop of color to your spread with these roasted root veggies.

Per serving (using coconut oil): 184 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated), 28 g carbs, 9 g sugar, 462 mg sodium, 2 g protein

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Vegan Mushroom Tofu Lettuce Wraps

Start with some lettuce cups, add in tangy tofu and mushrooms, and you’ve got a memorable (but light!) side people will be fighting over.

Per serving: 227 calories, 11 g fat (2 g saturated), 992 mg sodium, 20 g carbs, 8 g sugar, 6 g fiber, 14 g protein

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