Thanksgiving this year is Thursday, November 24th. If you’re hosting, now is the time to start finalizing your menu. According to a study by research firm Ipsos, there are over 9.7 million vegans in the United States. It is very likely that there will be a vegan or someone on a plant-based diet at your Thanksgiving dinner. While you don’t have to run out and buy a Tofurkey (though you can if you want to), it’s nice to have a selection of vegan Thanksgiving side dishes that everyone can enjoy. Here are 6 that will sure to be crowd pleasers for both the vegans and non-vegans alike.
Vegan Green Bean-Veggie Casserole (click here for recipe)
We’re all familiar with the infamous green bean casserole made with condensed canned soup. Dole shared this casserole recipe that not only has green beans, but is chock full of other autumn veggies as well, including carrots, Brussel sprouts and cauliflower. Plus, there’s no canned soup but it is topped with the crispy fried onions that we all love!
Curried Walnut and Apple Butternut Squash Soup (click here for recipe)
Soup is technically not a side dish. However, some people like to start their Thanksgiving dinner off with something on the lighter side. This Curried Walnut and Apple Butternut Squash soup has all the flavors of fall and won’t fill guests up for the main event.
6 vegan Thanksgiving side dishes that are sure to please!
Sweet Potato Casserole (click here for recipe)
My Thanksgiving dinner is not complete without both mashed potatoes and some type of sweet potato dish. This sweet potato casserole from Love & Lemons is topped with a nut crumb topping and garnish. It can be made ahead of time to help ease the day of cooking craziness.
Vegan Pumpkin Mac ‘n’ Cheese (click here for recipe)
Everyone loves mac ‘n’ cheese, even vegans! This Minimalist Baker recipe channels all the fall vibes by incorporating pumpkin into this man ‘n’ cheese recipe. It has a 4.67 rating out of 5 stars from 65 reviews.
Autumn Crunch Pasta Salad (click here for recipe)
This recipe from Chelsea’s Messy Apron is fairly simple but tasty with a homemade dressing. It’s easy to substitute the ingredients based on taste preferences. With the pasta, it’s a bit more filling than a regular lettuce based salad. The feta cheese is optional, so you can omit to keep this salad recipe vegan, or use a vegan feta cheese.
Vegan Jalapeño Cornbread Muffins (click here for recipe)
Thanksgiving dinner needs some type of bread. Biscuits, dinner rolls or cornbread are all acceptable options! These vegan jalapeño cornbread muffins from My Quiet Kitchen are a great addition to your dinner. The jalapeño gives the cornbread a little heat.
Which of these vegan Thanksgiving side dishes do you want to make?