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Simple vegetarian healthy post thanksgiving dish


33 vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes

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“What can vegetarians eat on Thanksgiving?” Speaking as a vegetarian, I don’t need or expect a designated entrée. I’m happy enjoying hearty side dishes, like salads made with wild rice or chickpeas. Pass the mashed potatoes, please!

That said, you’ll find plenty of colorful main dishes in the list below. From veggie lasagna to stuffed acorn squash, these recipes will appeal to everyone. Meat-like substitutes are typically underwhelming, so you won’t find any here.

I know this year’s festivities may look different. If you’re interested in less conventional options this year or wondering what to serve the vegetarian (or vegan) at your Thanksgiving table, this roundup is for you. The recipes are organized by category. You’ll find easy main dishes, filling salads, creamy soups and mostly savory side dishes. The recipes that are also gluten free and/or vegan are labeled accordingly.

At the end of the post, you’ll find links to recipes that will round out Thanksgiving Day, including breakfast options, appetizers, cocktails and desserts. For more ideas, check out my full Thanksgiving archives or use the search bar if you’re looking for something in particular. Hope you’re having a great weekend!

Vegetarian Main Dishes

This roasted butternut risotto tastes heavenly and hardly requires any stirring!

Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto

Gluten free and easily vegan

“This is the best recipe I have tried this year. It was scrumptious. I am going to incorporate this as a new side dish for my Thanksgiving meal.” – Rita

roasted carrots recipe with farro, chickpeas recipe

Roasted Carrots with Farro, Chickpeas & Herbed Crème Fraiche

Easily gluten free and easily vegan

“I made this with Christmas dinner and wow this was certainly my signature dish! It was scrumptious and so pretty. I was so intrigued by it, I had to make it and so glad I did!” – Leslie

Broccoli casserole, made better with roasted broccoli, cheddar cheese, quinoa and whole grain breadcrumbs. -

Broccoli, Cheddar & Quinoa Gratin

Easily gluten free

“I made this for dinner last night, and my very non-vegetarian “meat and potatoes” boyfriend loved it (and so did I)! He even asked to have the leftovers for lunch today. 🙂 Thanks for all the delicious and healthy recipes!” – Rach

Seriously the best vegetable lasagna recipe! This vegetarian lasagna is packed with fresh veggies and spinach. #vegetarian #lasagna #veggies

Best Vegetable Lasagna

Potentially gluten free

“I just made this for a special family dinner. We ALL voted it by far the best lasagna ever! Everyone went back for seconds. 🙂 Thank you so much for this delicious recipe! I followed your directions exactly and even doubled it for extras this week. I’m so glad I did! I will definitely be making this often for friends and family.” – Lee Anne and the Laskey Crew

Easy Brown Rice Risotto with Mushrooms and Fresh Oregano

Easy Brown Rice Risotto with Mushrooms and Fresh Oregano

Gluten free and easily vegan

“This is among the best risotto I have ever eaten. Even my risotto-phobic daughter was sneaking seconds. I’ve made it according to the recipe’s directions, and enjoyed it thoroughly. I have also switched it around and given it a fresh thyme and Sherry flavouring, which was just as delightful. Thank you for such a fabulous recipe. I love when they’re both nutritious and delicious – a common combination on C and K. Thank you again.” – Chelsea

Creamy Brussels sprout quinoa gratin recipe

Creamy Roasted Brussels Sprout and Quinoa Gratin

Easily gluten free

“We made this for Thanksgiving and it was the big hit of the meal! We’re definitely adding it to our rotation.” – Deb

vegetarian stuffed acorn squash recipe

Vegetarian Stuffed Acorn Squash

Gluten free and easily vegan “A big 5 star plus for this recipe! I served this for a fall dinner and it looked so beautiful on the table. It’s beauty was matched by great flavour and texture. So enjoyable and artistic.” – Frances

vegetable baked ziti recipe

Baked Ziti with Roasted Vegetables

Easily gluten free “Omg, this turned out so well, and even my non-vegetarian friends were raving. I was looking for what was seasonal and cheap at the market, so ended up with red bell pepper, cauliflower and sweet potato. A keeper!” – Kate

Hearty Salads

pomegranate pear arugula salad recipe

Pomegranate & Pear Green Salad with Ginger Dressing

Gluten free and easily vegan

“This. Salad. Is. Everything.

Seriously, this is so good. I will be making it forever. Thank you.” – Debbi

easy brussels sprout salad recipe

Honey Mustard Brussels Sprout Slaw

Gluten free and easily vegan

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“I had to work this Thanksgiving – it’s the first time I haven’t been home in Virginia, and a good friend of mine invited me to join her at her family’s celebration this year. I brought this dish along, and it was such a huge hit that her family applauded me at the dinner table! I just wanted to say thanks for sharing this one – loved it.” – Devon

hearty sweet potato, arugula, wild rice salad with ginger dressing recipe

Hearty Sweet Potato, Arugula & Wild Rice Salad with Ginger Dressing

Gluten free and easily vegan

“My husband first said “this is one of the best salads you’ve ever eaten, right?” followed definitively by “this is the best salad I’ve ever had.” Thank you for this phenomenal recipe, Kate!!! “Meal in a bowl” is right!” – Jill

Winter panzanella recipe

Balsamic Butternut, Kale and Cranberry Panzanella

Easily vegan

“Made this tonight for the fam- this recipe is booming with flavor! Filling. Tasty. Everyone loved it! Can’t wait to make it again :)” – Sara

arugula wild rice salad recipe

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

Gluten free and easily vegan

“I have made this salad so many times – everyone loves it – kids, adults, veggie and meat lovers alike. Thank you!!” – Eija

This fresh, herbed quinoa and chickpea salad makes a satisfying lunch and a great holiday side dish.

Herbed Quinoa & Chickpea Salad with Lemon-Tahini Dressing

Gluten free and easily vegan

“I made this salad tonight and it was delicious. All of the ingredients are perfect together. We have enjoyed all of your recipes that we have tried so far!” – Nancy

Roasted butternut squash, apple and wheat berry salad recipe

Hearty Roasted Butternut Squash & Apple Salad

Easily gluten free and vegan

“I have made this salad so many times; it’s become a go-to recipe for me. Thank you! I’ve never even roasted apples before! I love that trick.” – Josie

Fennel, apple and kale salad

Autumn Kale Salad with Fennel, Honeycrisp and Goat Cheese

Gluten free

“I don’t want to sound dramatic, but this salad could possibly be life changing. No, ya know what, I’m going to say it….. this is the best salad I have ever had in my entire life, and I have had A LOT of salad. Thank you so much!” – Lindsay

farro and kale salad with goat cheese almonds and dried cherries

Farro and Kale Salad with Goat Cheese

Gluten free and vegan options available

“I made this tonight and it was really good! I like kale in theory more than actuality, but fixed this way it was so tender and flavorful. I will be making this again.” – Elizabeth

best green salad recipe

Favorite Green Salad with Apples, Cranberries and Pepitas

Gluten free and easily vegan

“A favorite in our house, we eat this salad at least once a week!” – Sherie

brussels sprout arugula salad recipe

Shredded Brussels Sprouts & Arugula Salad with Sunshine Dressing

Gluten free

“Want you to know I love this recipe! I’ve never toasted my own pecans before and the aroma is glorious. Chopped brussels go so well in a salad and this will be a regular in my weekly dinner recipes!” – Jessie

Fall Soups

best butternut squash soup recipe

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Gluten free and easily vegan

“I just made this soup for my family. I think it is the best soup I have ever made. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe.” – Christa

best cauliflower soup recipe

Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Gluten free and easily vegan

“Omg this is the best cauliflower soup recipe I have ever made and I have made a lot. This will definitely go into my soup rotation. Thank you Cookies and Kate for providing such great tasting recipes.” – Angie

The best pumpkin soup recipe! It

Creamy Roasted Pumpkin Soup

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Gluten free and vegan

“Oh my gosh!! Best soup I’ve made in a long time! I live in Reno, NV and it’s finally Fall like weather. I figured it was a good time to make a comfort soup, and this Roasted Pumpkin Soup hit the spot! Thank you for the recipe! I will definitely be sharing with my family and friends” – Julie

More Vegetarian Side Dishes

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Lucille’s Mashed Potatoes

Gluten free

This is my family’s go-to mashed potatoes recipe! I hope it makes an appearance on your holiday table.

savory mashed sweet potatoes recipe

Savory Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Gluten free and potentially vegan

“Wow! I was really skeptical about this recipe, but asked my three children if they wanted this recipe or a sweeter sweet potato recipe, and they picked this one! So I had to give it a try. This will definitely be our go-to for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners! Absolutely wonderful. Thank you!” – Kimberly

kale colcannon recipe

Kale Colcannon

Gluten free and potentially vegan

“The family loved this version of Colcannon…it had a nice tang and was a good addition to our potluck dinner. Next time I will half the recipe for just my husband and I.” – Mary

best green beans recipe

Best Ever Green Beans

Gluten free & easily vegan

“I made this last night and it was terrific! You can’t go wrong with shallots, butter, and lemon. Will definitely make this again – thank you for the recipe!” – Valerie

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Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole

Gluten free and easily vegan

“Once you sent this recipe, I knew I had to make it for Thanksgiving—roasted sweet potatoes (which I did the day before), maple syrup, pecans—yum! It was a delicious recipe that went directly into my Thanksgiving file. Thanks for helping to make our small gathering meal memorable! Hope you had a nice day as well.” – Bea

roasted brussels sprouts side dish recipe

Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries & Pecans

Gluten free and easily vegan

“Made these the other night with some stuffed chicken and rice. It was delicious. Even the boyfriend enjoyed them. We enjoy roasted Brussels sprouts, but the addition of the walnuts, cranberries and balsamic vinegar was a nice change. Thank you for sharing!” – Robin

honey butter roasted carrots recipe

Honey Butter Roasted Carrots

Gluten free (see other flavor variations provided in post for vegan options)

“Just made the roasted carrots, wow! These were fantastic.” – Michael

skillet cornbread recipe

Honey Butter Cornbread

“Ok!! This recipe is replacing every other cornbread recipe i have!! It is SO GOOD! We made this recipe with gluten free flour, almond milk and a non-dairy substitute for the butter – since 3 people at our house can’t eat dairy products, and it turned out AMAZING! We ate it fresh from the oven! Absolutely incredible!! Definitely recommending this one!” – Kate

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Almost Homemade Green Bean Casserole

Easily gluten free

“I made this last night for our ‘Friendsgiving’ dinner, and it was the hit! Everyone absolutely loved it. 🙂 It’s what the classic recipe has been asking for—fresh green beans and lots of flavor. Thank you for such a fantastic recipe!” – Leah

You won

Vegan Mac and Cheese

Easily gluten free; vegan

“I made this at my daughters request and have to admit I was skeptical as we are neither vegan or vegetarian. It was awesome, all three of my children and my wife raved about it, we will definitely be making this again.” – Patrick

naturally sweetened cranberry sauce recipe

Naturally Sweetened Cranberry Sauce

Gluten free and easily vegan

“This is my second year making this. DELICIOUS! I eat most of it. I make it a few days in advance. My whole family enjoys it. Thank you!” – Bev

More Thanksgiving Day Recipes

Appetizers & Snacks

  • Baked Jalapeño Poppers
  • Cranberry Sauce and Goat Cheese Crostini
  • Dukkah (Egyptian nut, seed and spice blend for dipping bread)
  • Naturally Sweetened Candied Pecans
  • Pimento Cheese
  • Stovetop Popcorn
  • Sweet & Spicy Roasted Party Nuts
  • Torn Olives with Almonds, Celery & Parmesan
  • Ultra Creamy Hummus

Breakfast & Brunch

  • Apple Steel-Cut Oatmeal
  • Apple & Carrot “Superhero” Muffins
  • Cinnamon Toast Breakfast Quinoa
  • Cranberry Orange Muffins
  • Cranberry Orange Steel Cut Oats
  • Frittatas (Stovetop or Baked)
  • Gluten-Free Pumpkin Oat Pancakes
  • Healthy Breakfast Casserole
  • Pumpkin Bread
  • Pumpkin Chai Lattes
  • Pumpkin Muffins
  • Pumpkin Oat Waffles
  • Pumpkin Pecan Scones with Maple Glaze
  • Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes
  • Brunch cocktail: Best Mimosa (Plus Tips & Variations!)
  • Brunch cocktail: Homemade Bloody Marys

Cookies & Desserts

  • Easy Pumpkin Cheesecake Cups
  • Gluten-Free Apple Crisp
  • Gluten-Free Apple Tart
  • Lemon, Rosemary and Olive Oil Shortbread
  • Naturally Sweetened Pecan Pie
  • Pear Cranberry Crisp
  • Peanut Butter Oat Cookies
  • Pumpkin Pecan Polvorones
  • Spiced Oatmeal Cookies
  • Whipped Cream

Thanksgiving Cocktails

  • Cinnamon Maple Whiskey Sour
  • Classic Hot Toddy
  • Cranberry Margaritas
  • Irish Coffee with Homemade Whipped Cream
  • Maple New York Sour
  • Moscow Mule
  • Mulled Wine
  • Pear Nectar with Reposado Tequila
  • Red Sangria
  • Spiced Apple Margaritas
  • Vegan White Russian
  • Wassail (warm spiced and spiked apple cider)

Happy Thanksgiving from Cookie and Kate!

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