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Vegan Thanksgiving: Soups, Salads and Sides


Is Thanksgiving really about the main dish? Or is is about the sides? I think that Thanksgiving sides totally steal the show. These vegan Thanksgiving soups, salads and side dishes are sure to satisfy everyone at your holiday dinner table!

I love Thanksgiving side dishes. They complement the main dish and sometimes they can even be the main dish! This is a huge reason I absolutely love this vegan Thanksgiving recipe roundup. It features all vegan soups, salads and sides perfect for a Vegan Thanksgiving dinner.  

Growing up, I recall a restaurant – I think it was called Boston Market – they had a menu item, called ‘Just the Sides’. Well this post is giving plant based vegan side dishes their time in the spotlight because we have a recipe round-up featuring not just 1 or 2 sides – but 24 Vegan Soups, Sides and Salads that are perfect for your Thanksgiving table!

Be sure to check our list of 24 Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts and Drinks as well!  The holiday season is here and there will many tables filled with delicious food now until the end of the year. So, get ready to wow both your carnivore and plant based friends alike with these delicious creations from an awesome group of plant based bloggers!

The Best Vegan Thanksgiving Soups, Salads and Sides

Creamy Coconut Curried Butternut Squash Soup from our blog is full of sweet and savory tastes with a vegan cilantro sour cream swirl on top!

Apple Fig Walnut Rocket Salad (Vegan + GF) is an impressive salad from Rhian’s Recipes that is an explosion of taste and texture! Seasonal apples and figs add sweet while walnuts add crunch. Everyone is sure to love this touch of green on the table.

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup from Ahead of Thyme is a classic comfort to serve to guests that will warm them up for the rest of the meal! Sam at This roasted version of Butternut soup features the spice thyme!

Cranberry Pecan Brussels Sprout Salad from The Virtual Vegan is a perfect seasonal salad to serve for the holidays! This salad is paired with an orange cinnamon dressing that adds warmth to this shredded sprouts salad.  

Easy Pumpkin Soup with Millet in Pumpkin Bowls from Happy Kitchen Rocks is so festive when served in small pumpkins. This soup features not just one squash – but three different squash varieties that are roasted and then combined for an explosion of both taste and texture!       

Kale & Cranberry Quinoa Salad from Karissa’s Vegan Kitchen pairs kale with cranberries and protein packed quinoa. An apple sage dressing adds a seasonal flair.

Raw Brussel Sprouts and Apple Salad from Veggies Save the Day is raw which is perfect for saving some room in the oven! This simple salad with fresh flavors that will brighten up your holiday table.  

Vegan Mashed Potatoes: Buttery, Chive, Turmeric, Cheezy or Smoky from Happy, Healthy Life provides four dairy free options for your mashed spuds! The only hard choice will be which ‘flavor’ to make on Thanksgiving!

Maple Cinnamon Cranberry Pear Sauce from Veggie Inspired brings us this this sweet, tangy homemade sauce – no can opener required! Once you see how easy it is to go homemade you will never buy it from a can again.

Baked Vegan Pumpkin Mac and Cheese from V Nutrition has got your kid friendly dish covered! Creamy, delicious mac n cheese with pumpkin adds a Thanksgiving flair to this family favorite. 

Sweet Potato Salad with Pomegranate, Pecans and Barley from Quite Good Food is paired with a herb dressing that has a subtle spicy kick balancing nicely with the sweet pomegranate! Guests will be asking for seconds on this salad, so be sure to make enough for everyone!    

Wild Rice Salad with Walnuts, Lemon and Parsley from Avocado Pesto is perfect for your Thanksgiving table! Lemon adds a nice light touch while walnuts give us a crunch in this salad that is both vegan and gluten free.  

Healthy Green Bean Casserole from Hummusapian saves the green beans from that canned mushy sauce with this fresh, inspired casserole that is reminiscent of that unhealthy dish…Make an extra batch of the crispy onions as you will want to eat the first batch right out of the oven!

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes with Mushroom Gravy from Serving Realness is a low carb cauliflower mash that is creamy and topped with an out of this world mushroom gravy!

Festive Vegan Falafel with Cranberry Pear Dip from Vegan Heaven is both festive and tasty, it not only looks great on the table but it tastes amazing.

Balsamic Roasted New Potatoes with Asparagus from Wallflower Kitchen brings us this wonderful side that is perfect when you want to serve a potato side dish but don’t want something mashed! Balsamic adds a nice depth to the dish that pairs well with your other sides.

Vegan Stuffing from Veg Annie is oil free, gluten free, vegan and full of flavor!

Couscous Stuffed Acorn Squash from Elephantastic Vegan kitchen has flavor depth from smoky tofu and mushrooms.

Roasted Vegetables with Rosemary Sage White Bean Puree from Beautiful Ingredient takes your roasted vegetables from plain to amazing when paired with this white bean puree.

21. Maple Pecan Sweet Potato Pie from The Hungry Herbivores brings us this mouthwatering Sweet Potato Pie that adds Thanksgiving sweetness with maple and pecans.

Vegan Stuffed Acorn Squash with Wild Rice, Apples and Caramelized Onions from Abbey’s Kitchen delights the taste buds with this baked acorn squash that is stuffed with all types of Thanksgiving goodness!

Maple Balsamic Brussel Sprouts with Hazelnuts and Rosemary  from My Darling Vegan pairs maple and balsamic with roasted brussel sprouts for a delicious Thanksgiving side dish! Hazelnuts add a crunch and rosemary a seasonal spice perfect for celebrating harvest season.

Sweet Potato Pumpkin Fritters from Tasting Page are a great option for both little hands and grown ups! These would also would make a great dish to use your leftover sweet potato spuds.

Kale Cranberry Stuffed Sweet Potatoes from Green Evi stuffs sweet potatoes with Kale, Cranberry and Walnuts for a wonderful side dish that pairs well with all your Thanksgiving dishes!

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