12 Top-Rated Thanksgiving Sides That Just Happen to Be Vegan
If you or your Thanksgiving guests are following a meat-free, dairy-free, plant-based vegan diet, finding Thanksgiving dishes to suit your lifestyle isn't a stretch. After all, you have the pick of the autumn harvest for deeply flavored roasted vegetables, hearty casseroles, and an array of savory dressings — which just happen to be plant-based from the get-go. We've rounded up some of our best Thanksgiving side dishes that are already vegan-friendly, with recipes so tempting and flavorful, even non-vegans will love them.
Note: Strict vegans will want to use vegan-approved sweeteners in place of honey or commercially processed sugar in any recipe.
Simple Roasted Butternut Squash
Just five ingredients go into this quick and easy Thanksgiving side dish. "This is a winner," says reviewer naples34102. "Easy to prepare, quick to roast, easy to serve and eat, pretty on the plate, and delicious. I simply added a little fresh chopped parsley to pretty it up."
Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole
Plant-based butter and almond milk make this usually dairy-laden casserole completely vegan. Enjoy a layer of sweet potatoes contrasted by a crunchy topping of maple pecans.
Roasted Beets 'n' Sweets
Kaylee Maree says, "Great dish! I made this for both the Thanksgiving dinners we went to this year. My mom and grandmom don't like sweet potatoes but raved over this recipe. My aunt quickly called dibs on the small amount of leftovers we had."
This recipe just happens to be vegan and gluten-free! "I made this for a party where there were some who eat gluten-free, and it was a big hit even among those who are gluten lovers," says Rachel Bank. "I had many recipe requests!"
Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Onions
This recipe has a lot of flavor and texture going for it. "The sweet potatoes and onions were carmelized and delicious, and the almonds were a surprising crunch," says reviewer Jacui. "And the sweetness of the amaretto was just right."
Easy Vegan Sheet Pan Roasted Cauliflower, Tomatoes, and Garbanzo Beans
Keep clean up a breeze with this dish made entirely on a single sheet pan. "My vegan guests loved it...and as for a non-vegan I found it pretty good also," says Bente Brenna.
Holiday Cranberry Sauce
You'll never reach for a can of cranberry sauce again after tasting this fresh version. Cloves, allspice, and cinnamon give it a flavorful kick that's perfect for the holidays.
Root Vegetable Bake
"My husband and I both liked this," says reviewer holly. "It has a Thanksgiving type of flavor. I followed the recipe exactly except I didn't use jicama because I couldn't find it at the store. You can kind of mix it up depending on what you like (add more sweet potatoes, less turnips, etc.)."
Unbelievable Vegan Mashed Potatoes
"These are as good, if not better, than the mashed potatoes I used to make," says recipe creator inbloom2316. "No one would ever believe they are vegan."
Balsamic Butternut Squash with Kale
This vegan wonder is a great dish for a large group: "I doubled the recipe to take to a potluck dinner party," says Horseshoe Creek Farm. "It was a hit. I will definitely make it again."
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Soft on the inside and perfectly crispy on the outside, these roasted Brussels sprouts will convert over any veggie hater.
Stuffed Butternut Squash
If you need a wow-worthy dish, this recipe creates an impressive looking side. A whole butternut squash is stuffed with basmati rice, chickpeas, carrots, and Brussels sprouts.