25+ Thanksgiving Vegan Recipe Ideas

25 Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipes for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we’ve rounded up all the yummy Thanksgiving vegan recipe ideas from San Diego’s finest food bloggers. Scroll on down and start meal planning!


Are you ready to dazzle your table with some of these unique twists on traditional Thanksgiving recipes? Surprise your family and friends this year and try some of these delicious and creative Thanksgiving vegan recipe ideas and gluten-free desserts!

Thanksgiving Vegan, Gluten-Free Appetizers

Thai Red Curry Pumpkin Hummus 

When it is Fall there are pumpkins! But have you ever thought about spicing up your traditional pumpkin with some Thai curry? Well that is what this food blogger did with her delicious Thai curry pumpkin hummus!

Barbara Cooks

Crunchy Spiced Chickpea Snack

Wanting an easy to please snack for your Thanksgiving appetizer spread? This sweet and crunchy dish is bound to shine beyond those regular chips this season! 

Migraine Relief Recipes

Nacho “Cheese” Romanesco Broccoli Leaf Chips

These crispy, crunchy and oh-so-cheesy broccoli leaf chips make the perfect nutrient dense snack to satisfy all your salty munchies. Made with nutritional yeast and red pepper for the nacho cheese resemblance, this delightful snack can be a perfect addition to your Thanksgiving meal. 

 Vivacious Dish

Sweet Potato Fries with Spicy Cashew Sauce 

The ultimate substitution to the regular french fry, this baked sweet potato fry adds a supercharge of antioxidants, beta carotene, magnesium, and vitamin C. To top it all off, these delicious fries come with a spicy cashew sauce for all of your mouth-watering cravings!

Chef Bai


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Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Autumn Salad

Are you looking for a Fall-inspired salad recipe? This wholesome grain, greens and roasted vegetable salad is loaded with butternut squash, arugula, kale, crisp apples, maple candied walnuts, pomegranates, cranberries and served with homemade balsamic maple vinaigrette.

Naturally Zuzu

Roasted Spicy Garlic Brussels Sprouts on the Stalk

This quick prep and easy to make brussel sprout dish is brushed with a spicy garlic oil and roasted directly on the stalk for a fun presentation. Pick up your brussel sprout stock at your local Trader Joes and give this recipe a try!

Kirbie Cravings

Green Beans with Cranberry, Pistachio + Coconut 

Ready to spice up your traditional green bean dish with a sweet and crunchy delight? Made with fresh cranberries and topped with shredded coconut, pistachios, and ghee, this dish can make your friends and family smile at every bite!

Food, A Love Story

Wild Rice Stuffing

A delicious gluten-free alternative to the traditional stuffing. This recipe is made with pecans, apples, currants and mushrooms, giving off a wonderfully sweet and umami taste. 

Migraine Relief Recipes

Cranberry Skillet Stuffing

With a bite from the onion and shallot, the sweetness from the pear, the saltiness from the broth, and the freshness from the herbs, this dish is a flavor explosion for your taste buds. Perfect for the holiday dinner table and can be made gluten free!

Chef Bai


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Cranberry Chutney with Indian Spices

This delicious fresh cranberry base chutney is made with rich Indian spices which creates a complex, sweet-and-sour taste. You can use this in place of cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving, or with other Indian inspired dishes.

Migraine Relief Recipes

Curried Cauliflower Soup with Creamy Pumpkin

Looking for something sweet and warm that will fill your belly with ease and comfort? This curried cauliflower soup is bound to satisfy your holiday needs! Set this dish as a side with one of your favorite main dishes.

Migraine Relief

Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Raisins + Pecans

This accordion-cut Hasselback sweet potato is topped with caramelized onions, pecans and raisins which creates a smokey sweet flavor that can be mistaken as a dessert. This recipe also includes a variety of different ways to stuff this potato. 

Family Spice 

Twice-Baked Butternut Squash

This mildly sweet and full of flavor squash is an easy to make side dish for your Thanksgiving feast. Sprinkle some salt and rosemary and you’ll have a delicious treat with a savory twist.

Family Spice

Butternut Squash Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Poblano peppers stuffed with some creamy butternut squash and topped with an optional scoop sour cream creates a balanced flavor between spicy and sweet. If you’re looking for something with a smooth bite of heat, this recipe might be for you!

Whitney Bond


Photo Credit: Chef Bai

Thanksgiving Vegan Recipe Ideas for Main Dishes

Tuscan-Inspired Sheet Pan Dinner

Check out this easy Tuscan-inspired sheet pan dinner for a simple mix of seasonal veggies and vegan sausage. This dish is vibrant in color and deliciously nutritious. Throw in the spices you love or use the ones recommended. 

Naturally Zuzu 

Butternut Squash + Sage Pizza

This pizza has a smokey vegan white sauce for the base and is topped with roasted butternut, caramelized onions, and sage. This is not only a delight to all the senses but is also nourishing. 

Migraine Relief Recipes

Butternut Squash + Mushroom Tamales

This recipe is great for a family cooking night, parties, or for a date night! Mix it up and fill them with whatever veggies and vegan cheese you desire. This butternut squash and mushroom is easy prep and a perfect match to the Fall vibe.

Chef Bai


Photo Credit: Eat Clean with Sarah

Vegan, Gluten-Free Desserts

Pumpkin Coconut Cream Chia Pudding

This pumpkin coconut cream chia pudding is wonderfully delightful and makes for a great healthy add to the end of a nourishing meal. This pudding truly does have that Fall pumpkin taste and thanksgiving feel to it!

Eat Clean With Sarah

Chocolate Chipotle Pumpkin Pie

This recipe gives a unique twist to the traditional pumpkin pie by adding spices, chocolate and chipotle. Surprise your guests this year with this special treat! 

Migraine Relief Recipes

Easy, No-Bake Pear Tart

You’ll love this easy, no-bake pear tart recipe made from nourishing whole food ingredients. The no-bake crust with chai spices, and cashew coconut cream is easy to make ahead of time. Just top it with sweet, juicy pear slices and you will have a healthy treat for dessert or breakfast!

E.A. Stewart

Butternut Squash Cookie Bars

These butternut squash cookie bars are a crowd pleaser! With its unique twist from the traditional pumpkin, these cookies are made with almond butter, vegan dark chocolate, and cinnamon.

Chef Bai

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