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Plant Based Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I started rounding up an assortment of Recipes to plan my Thanksgiving Feast…

And in doing so, I not only started getting really excited, because everything looks so amazing, but I also had the inspiration to share... 

So here it goes.

I figure this is a perfect opportunity to introduce you to some inspired food bloggers too!

Whether you choose to have an entirely plant-based menu, have a vegetarian on your guest list and aren't sure what to make, or want to try mixing in a couple of new plant based recipes for sides this year ... This is a great place to begin!

Thanksgiving's really all about the beautiful assortment of side dishes in my opinion anyway.  

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Thanksgiving Appetizers!

There are many wonderful options when it comes to veggie appetizers, as many appetizers are naturally plant based! You could keep it simple with a veggie tray and hummus, a pickle and olive plate (my favorite), and some mixed nuts and vegan crackers... Or try out some of these amazing recipes: 

Veggie Platter with Raw Ranch Dressing

Veggie Platter with Raw Ranch Dressing

Fresh veggies are such a wonderful pre-Feast appetizer... Make your veggie plate extra special with this easy Raw Ranch Dip. For an extra fun twist check out this guide for how to transform your veggie plate to look like a turkey.

Raw Flax Seed Crackers and Hummus

Raw Flax Seed Crackers and Hummus

Hummus is a tried and true appetizer that's wonderful with fresh veggies, or step it up a notch and serve with Raw Flax Crackers... Delicious, healthy, and  easy to make in advance!

Kale and White Bean Artichoke Dip

Kale and White Bean Artichoke Dip

This creamy, warm, and delicious all vegan spin on Spinach Artichoke dip from Dana at will be sure to wow your guests! This is easy to make ahead of time and then just warm and serve when its appetizer time. 

Cannellini Bean Dip on Cucumber Chips

Cannellini Bean Dip on Cucumber Chips

Thanksgiving feasts tend to be quite heavy ... So if a fresh, light and healthy appetizer is on your Thanksgiving wish-list, you'll love knowing about this yummy bean dip on cucumbers recipe.

Easy Garlic and Herb Vegan Cheese

This makes for a perfect Thanksgiving appetizer in my opinion. Its delicious, easy to make, and needs to be made ahead so you can have it chilling in your fridge ready to pull out when its go time!

Raw Cultured Vegan Cheese Recipe

Raw Cultured Vegan Cheese Spread

If you've ever wondered how vegans survive without cheese... You clearly haven't tried this amazing cashew cheese spread from my friend Brigdet ... Did I mention it's fully raw and cultured?
The perfect Thanksgiving appetizer!

Plant Based Thanksgiving Main Course Ideas

The traditional main course for thanksgiving is, of course, Turkey. But if you have some vegetarians attending your feast, or want to try out something new you can make one of these plant-based main course alternatives:

Vegan Butternut Squash Wellington

If you're looking for a Thanksgiving main to wow your guests, this is it! Squash stuffed with vegan sausage, almonds, cranberries and kale. Yum!
Is it Thanksgiving yet?

Mushroom Pot Pie with Sweet
Potato Crust

If Sweet Potatoes and Mushrooms don't say "Plant Based Thanksgiving" I don't know what does! But really, how incredible does this look? Delicious, beautiful and healthy too!

Whole Roasted Cauliflower - Perfect for a Vegan Thanksgiving

Whole Roasted Cauliflower

If you haven't tried roasted cauliflower before you're seriously missing out... This Whole Roasted Cauliflower is easy to make, presents beautifully... And you even get to carve it up like Turkey if you're sentimental like that. 

Vegan Lentil Loaf with Cashew Gravy

Vegan Lentil Loaf with Cashew Gravy

Warm and hearty, this Lentil Loaf is the ultimate healthy comfort food. Plus its easy to make and pairs perfectly with Thanksgiving sides. Not sure how this would reheat, but it only takes 45 minutes to bake, so you may as well eat it hot out of the oven. 


Stuffed Squash with Curried Lentils

Stuffed Squash is one of those recipes that makes for a show-stopping centerpiece. This Curried Lentil stuffing from brings the naturally delicious flavor of the squash to the next level. 

Vegan Falafel with Cranberry Pear Dip

If you're looking for a festive entree to wow your guests, this recipe from Sina at is it!  

Plus, the falafel is Pan-fried so it won't take up any precious oven space on Thanksgiving day! 

Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Yes... Bring on the all Vegan sides! For me, the side dishes are really what makes a Thanksgiving feast shine. And the great thing is there are so many amazing and all vegan side dishes to choose from!

Whether you're looking for a vegan twist on an old family favorite, or something new, fresh and healthy to mix in... Take a look at some of the amazing looking Thanksgiving side dishes I rounded up here:

Vegan Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

A Thanksgiving favorite, Mashed Potatoes and gravy are typically loaded with butter and cream... But just make a couple small tweaks by following this recipe and you'll have a delicious all vegan version that's probably even better than the recipe you're used to thanks to one secret ingredient 🙂 .

Pumpkin Salad from Bowls of Goodness

Pumpkin Salad

Pumpkin is delicious... And no... Not only in pie format! This beautiful pumpkin salad from Nina Olsson’s book, Bowls of Goodness features pumpkin, roasted beets, and a lemon tahini dressing. Seriously delicious... What's not to love? A perfect, fresh and beautiful addition to any Thanksgiving table. 

Raw Cranberry Relish

Skip the overly processed and sugared stuff out of the can and try this delicious, raw, healthy and beautiful relish. This stuff is seriously delicious! 

Delicata Squash Bake with Tahini Sauce

I love this recipe from and make it regularly... Will make a beautiful and delicious Thanksgiving side dish too. 

Raw Thanksgiving Stuffing

Raw Thanksgiving Stuffing

Want to mix in some raw-vegan recipes this year? Don't miss this Raw Walnut, Date and Celery Stuffing from The Rawtarian. The perfect fresh and healthy addition to your Thanksgiving meal.

Vegan Green Bean Casserole

Did you grow up with Green Bean Casserole at Thanksgiving like I did? This green bean casserole recipe is a delicious, healthy and all vegan-twist on the traditional dish. 

Balsamic Roasted Carrots

Addictive Balsamic Roasted Carrots

These Balsamic Roasted Carrots from are not only beautiful, colorful, and crispy... But as Liv puts it, they're also so good they're practically addictive! 

Wild Rice and Mushroom Stuffing

This vegan and gluten-free stuffing from Megan at will be a crowd pleaser, especially for those with special dietary preferences.. But seriously, everyone else will love this stuffing too. 

Arugula, Dried Cherry and Wild Rice Salad with a Zippy Lemon Dressing

This fresh and beautiful salad from will be a welcome addition to any Thanksgiving table.

One Bowl Vegan Pumpkin Cornbread

Pumpkin cornbread? Oh yes. Just be sure to buy Organic Corn-Meal when you make this gluten-free Thanksgiving treat from 

Delectable Thanksgiving Dessert

What's Thanksgiving without desert!? While vegan pumpkin pie is Thanksgiving essential for me… I'm really excited to try out some raw vegan dessert options this year too for a healthy, beautiful and delicious ending to a wonderful Thanksgiving feast! 

Vegan Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie

When you serve this Vegan, Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie from your guests will have no idea its not the original egg and cream loaded version... Unless of course you tell them!  

Fresh Berries and Coconut Cream

This amazingly beautiful, delicious and healthy dessert is also super easy! Whip up the easy Coconut Cream from and serve with fresh berries... Such a wonderful treat!

Raw Spiced Pear Cobbler

I'm all about desserts that feature fresh, healthy, delicious and in season fruit! This Raw Spiced Pear Cobbler from is all of these things and more. Juicy sweet pears topped with a zesty spiced crumble, enjoy! 

Pecan Pie Bliss Balls

Pecan Pie Bliss Balls

These Pecan Pie Bliss Balls are super easy to make... And yet so incredibly delicious. I don't even feel like they need the chocolate drizzle, but hey it's Thanksgiving, so why not!? 😉 

Raw Cranberry Apple Pie

Cranberries are so underrated in my opinion... And while most of the year finding them fresh is tough... Around Thanksgiving they're abundantly available. Take advantage with this Raw Cranberry Apple Pie from The Rawtarian.

Raw Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Raw Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Seriously, these Raw Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars are the perfect fusion between cheesecake and pumpkin pie... And yet somehow they still manage to be healthy! Yes please. 

However you choose to celebrate this Thanksgiving...

May you be blessed with joy, health, happiness and abundance!

With love and blessings, 

Melanie Beckler

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