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The 38 Best Vegetarian Thanksgiving and Holiday Recipes from the VT Archive

The best mains, sides, pies, and more for all your holiday gatherings

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The end-of-year ‘cooking season’ has arrived, when suddenly everyone is scrambling to pull together the best vegan or vegetarian Thanksgiving and holiday dinner menus. And while plant-based holiday celebrations are new or trendy for some, here at Vegetarian Times, we’ve been putting out plant-based holiday spreads for nearly 50 years. To get started with our holiday preparations, we’ve taken a deep dive into years of recipes, and pulled together an all-star squad of recipes that will make sure you win every holiday meal. From a casual Friendsgiving to a formal Thanksgiving to winter holiday celebrations to come, we’ve got you covered.


Vegan and Vegetarian Thanksgiving Mains

Seitan Roast Is the Holiday Feast Centerpiece of Vegan Dreams

Fill Your Fall Table with This Stuffed Acorn Squash

Thanksgiving Pot Pie

This Oyster Mushroom and Kabocha Squash Pasta Is a Perfect Swirl of Fall Flavors

Fork-and-Knife Roasted Vegetables

Tofu and Spinach Stuffed Shells

Mushroom Lovers’ Pie

White Bean, Brussels Sprouts, and Pomegranate Tart


Vegan and Vegetarian Holiday Soups

Curried Coconut Squash Soup

Cauliflower Soup with Caramelized Apples and Hazelnuts

This Cashew-Based Cream of Mushroom Soup Is a Multi-Tasking Meal-Starter

Puréed Cranberry Soup


Vegan and Vegetarian Festive Salads 

Tricolor Salad with Rustic Croutons

Spinach Salad with Cherries and Candied Cashews

Crunch This Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Apple When You Want Fall Flavors in a Fresh Package

Harvest Apple Salad with Yellow Indian Woman Beans

Farro and Dinosaur Kale Salad with Coconut Milk Shallot Dressing


Vegan and Vegetarian Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Fruit and Toasted Almond Stuffing

Maple-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pear

Nutty Vegan Cheeseball

Lemony Glazed Carrots

Wild Rice–and-Sage Stuffing with Crunchy Croutons

Porcini Gravy

Holiday Vegetable Latkes

Heritage Lane Cranberry Sauce

Green Beans Amandine

Essence-of-Thanksgiving Gravy

This Holiday Stuffing with Tempeh Is Smoky and Sweet

Vegan Mashed Cauliflower and Potatoes


Vegan and Vegetarian Thanksgiving Desserts

This Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake Might Be the Perfect Holiday Dessert

Triple Dark Chocolate Tart

Chocolate-Crusted Pumpkin Pie

Cornmeal Bundt Cake with Pecan Pie Swirl

Gingersnap-Pear Pumpkin Pie

Frozen Cranberry-Cream Pie

Rustic Armagnac-Apple Pie

Cranberry-Pecan Pie

Eggnog Pear Pie


 More Holiday Recipes and Ideas from Vegetarian Times


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