Sides, starters, and appetizers are arguably the most important part of a Thanksgiving feast. After all, stuffing and mashed potatoes are the two most popular dishes on the holiday table. This year, we took all your favorites – including classic stuffing and potatoes – and made them vegan with simple dairy-free swaps and plant-based proteins that take the place of meat. Here, you'll find the traditional dishes your grandma makes as well as unique dishes like pumpkin curry and "Thanksgiving wraps" to introduce new flavors and create fresh memories.

Traditions remain the same: We're not taking away anything you love or altering the best part of the feast, we're just adding healthier, more sustainable, animal-free ingredients to these recipes. You'll still enjoy rich gravy flavored with umami tones of earthy mushrooms among other easy-to-create swaps that leave in all the taste and make it even better!

Our plant-based stuffing still has the same warm, spice-filled taste, and strikes the sweet and savory note everyone loves. Tell your family that the sweet potato casserole is part of the dinner lineup, but this time, the dish contains marshmallows without gelatin, that taste just like the other ones they're used to.

Surprise your loved ones with a homemade dairy-free cheeseboard with cashew cheese made with a crunchy nut outer crust and rich, creamy filling. Present this starter on a festive platter or cutting board surrounded by crackers, grapes, jam, almonds, sliced vegetables and fruit, and everything you love to eat with cheese. This year is looking deliciously vegan!

Cashew dairy-free cheese

1. Cashew-Crusted Herb & Garlic Cheeseball

Begin your celebration on a high note with this homemade dairy-free cheese board featuring cashew-crusted herb and garlic recipe that's easy to make and tastes just like the real thing.

Recipe: Cashew-Crusted Herb & Garlic Cheeseball

Brushetta toast

2. Bruschetta Toast

The perfect finger food appetizer that's fresh and always vegan is this two-ingredient Bruschetta Toast with sweet tomato and earthy basil flavors.

Recipe: Bruschetta Toast


3. Autumn Pear Salad with Homemade Maple Mustard Vinaigrette

Begin your feast with a healthy, seasonal salad with a homemade mustard vinaigrette that has a sweet taste with hints of spice.

Recipe: Autumn Pear Salad with Maple Mustard Vinaigrette

vegan curry soup

4. Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup

This festive, seasonal soup is an ultra-cozy soup recipe It's rich, velvety, and full of curry flavor.

Recipe: Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup


5. Vegan Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Everyone loves warm, comforting, cheesy mac and cheese with hints of fresh butternut squash, even more so when it's dairy-free and healthier than the traditional recipe.

Recipe: Vegan Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese


6. Pumpkin and Crispy Kale and Pasta with Vegan Parm

You can always please a crowd with a seasonal, dairy-free pasta dish that caters to everyone's allergies and dietary restrictions. This recipe features pumpkin and kale, two immune-boosting ingredients.

Recipe: Pumpkin and Crispy Kale Pasta with Vegan Parmesan

Vegan Thanksgiving Wraps

7. Vegan Butternut Squash & Chickpea Wraps

Enjoy all your favorite autumnal ingredients in a pita or tortilla wrap for a healthy starter that feeds the whole family for under $10.

Recipe: Vegan Butternut Squash & Chickpea Wraps

Easy Vegan Pumpkin Curry

8. Easy Vegan Pumpkin Curry

Surprise your taste buds with this quick and easy Dairy-Free Pumpkin Curry made with Thai-inspired ingredients that's ready in just 15 minutes.

Recipe: Easy Vegan Pumpkin Curry

Butternut Squash Orzo Salad

9. Butternut Squash Orzo Salad

Make this Easy Vegan Butternut Squash Orzo Salad, a creamy protein-rich meal that requires just 8 ingredients (like onion and vegan feta cheese) and only 10 minutes of prep time.

Recipe: Easy Butternut Squash Orzo Salad with Dairy-Free Feta

Green Beans

10. Green Bean Casserole

Green bean casserole is a must-have at your Thanksgiving feast. This creamy yet creamless side dish calls for a homemade mushroom sauce.

Recipe: Green Bean Casserole

Vegan Stuffing

11. Easy Vegan Stuffing

This meatless stuffing recipe is light, moist, flavourful, and easy to make. Enjoy this side dish with your vegan entree.

Recipe: Easy Vegan Stuffing

vegan mac and cheese

12. Vegan Mac 'n Cheese

This mac and cheese recipe is made with dairy-free milk and vegan butter as well as two types of vegan cheese, but you would have no idea that it's completely dairy-free and vegan and neither will your guests.

Recipe: Mac 'n Cheese

vegan mashed potatoes with gravy

13. Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Mushroom Gravy

Thanksgiving feasts are incomplete without creamy mashed potatoes and a rich gravy. Better yet, this recipe has all that and is made completely vegan by swapping out regular butter and milk for dairy-free alternatives.

Recipe: Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Mushroom Gravy

easy vegan cornbread

14. Vegan Cornbread

This unique cornbread has a buttery flavor and a fluffy texture, even though it's completely dairy-free and egg-free.

Recipe: Cornbread

vegan sweet potato casserole

15. Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole

Every bite of this festive casserole is bursting with a combination of savory and sweet flavors. The sweet potatoes add a rich, cinnamon flavor paired with the marshmallows which deliver a toasted, sugar-filled bite.

Recipe: Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole 

vegan stuffed roasted potatoes with vegan goat cheese

16. Loaded Sweet Potato Rounds With Vegan Goat Cheese and Cranberries

Enjoy these Loaded Sweet Potato Rounds baked into caramelized perfection and topped with vegan goat cheese and cranberry mash for the perfect sweet and savory bite.

Recipe: Loaded Sweet Potato Rounds with Vegan Goat Cheese and Cranberries 

Vegan Cheddar Biscuits

17. Vegan Cheddar Biscuits

These vegan, dairy-free biscuits are soft, tender, cheesy, savory, and moist. They are the perfect starter to serve for a dinner party or before your Thanksgiving feast this year. They're also delicious to keep in a basket in your kitchen and nibble on for a tasty snack.

Recipe: Vegan Cheddar Biscuits

Vegan Roasted Potatoes

18. Roasted and Seasoned Potatoes

Crispy on the outside, yet tender and fluffy on the inside, make these roasted and seasoned potatoes to enjoy as a side at your holiday meal.

Recipe: Roasted and Seasoned Potatoes

Tangy Brussels Sprouts
Christopher Testani for The New York Times. Food Stylist: Barrett Washburne

19. Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Almonds and Chiles by Alexa Weibel

"Tossing sprouts with a simple honeyed vinaigrette brings out their natural sweetness while roasting them helps develop their deep savory notes." – Alexa Weibel for NYTCooking.

Recipe: Caramelized Brussels Sprouts With Almonds and Chiles 

vegan butternut squash with dairy-free butter

20. Vegan Mashed Butternut Squash

Satisfy your cravings for both sweet and savory with Mashed Butternut Squash topped with dairy-free butter. This is a must-have dish that's easy to make and serve.

Recipe: Vegan Mashed Butternut Squash

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