Thanksgiving Vegetarian Recipes

Just because the turkey sits at the center of the table doesn’t mean a vegetarian can’t enjoy a satisfying Thanksgiving meal. In fact, between buttery mashed potatoes, flaky homemade dinner rolls, and an assortment of raw and roasted veggies, the vegetarian side dishes are often the star of the meal. Even the items that are typically only enjoyed by meat-eaters can be easily tweaked to accommodate vegetarians, from the gravy (our veggie-friendly version is flavored with umami-rich mushrooms, caramelized onions, and soy sauce) to the stuffing (packed with apples, celery, and lots of fresh herbs). Or, as an alternative to turkey, consider making a hearty Butternut Squash and Kale Lasagna, which can be prepped and assembled the day before. Other popular vegetarian dishes, such as fresh salads filled with in-season produce, sweet potatoes, corn bread, and more, naturally fit into any Thanksgiving meal. Even turkey-lovers will appreciate the assortment of produce-centric sides.

10 Fresh Fall Salads for the Thanksgiving Table

Sure, Thanksgiving might be mostly about the turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes. But that doesn’t mean that you should skip the greens: they’re a fresh counterpoint to all of the carb-heavy plates. And when you’ve got an exciting salad selection picked out, they won’t feel dutiful. You need something that’s light with interesting texture and color to stand up to all of the other healthy dishes. You also need something with a bit of structure that won’t wilt immediately, especially if you do Thanksgiving family style. Luckily, each of these ten options fits the bill. And, as an added bonus, each one is also make ahead. Take our Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Manchego and Almonds. You can assemble the entire dish the day ahead, and the Brussels won’t brown or turn soggy during the meal. Our Grilled Radicchio Salad with Goat Cheese, Thyme, and Grapes has a smoky component, a tangy component, a salty one, and a sweet one. It’s balanced and complex, and won’t be shoved to the far corner of the dinner table. Several of our other salads have sweet-tart components in them like apples, citrus segments, and pomegranate seeds. Think about it: these flavors are in cranberry sauce, too, and pair exceptionally well with roasted meat. You might just want to add some of these options to your regular weeknight dinner rotation.

31 Satisfying Vegetarian Recipes

In celebration of National Vegetarian Month, which begins October 1, we’ve compiled an entire month of dinners, so you won’t even have to think about what’s on the menu.   

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Juggling all the details on a Thanksgiving menu can be a logistical nightmare. Put everyone’s favorite time-saving appliance to work instead.

How to Make The World’s Best Vegetarian Gravy

This holiday staple doesn’t need to be full of meat to be packed with flavor.

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dishes

Multitasking dishes that serve as entree for some, side dishes for others.

4 Easy Butternut Squash Recipes

Make the most of this sweet vegetable with four simple recipe ideas.

8 Best Breads and Rolls

Serving the big meal without any warm bread would be crumby indeed. These eight supermarket loaves and buns* can hold their own at Thanksgiving or any big feast—and sandwich serious leftovers.

How to Make The World’s Best Vegetarian Stuffing

You don’t need sausage to make this Thanksgiving side dish shine.

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes Even Meat-Eaters Will Love

Your Thanksgiving dinner doesn’t need to be a plate full of mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts just because you’re a vegetarian. Follow this menu to create a vegetable-heavy holiday feast that’ll satisfy both the meatless and the meat-lovers at your table.