A vegan side dish or two at your table this Thanksgiving is, like Audrey Hepburn once said about Paris, always a good idea. (Better, in fact, as it's much more doable.) Whether your centerpiece is turkey or plant-based, these sides will stitch your feast together to make a wonderful and very edible tapestry.
24 best vegan Thanksgiving side dishes
Don't let "grilled" put you off if you don't have a grill! You can use a grill pan or just sear on a hot cast iron skillet. Make extra of the vinaigrette, too, to keep on hand for future salads.
The winner of our Best Green Holiday Side contest, this dish comes together in one baking sheet. It has only five ingredients and you know three of them (the others you almost certainly have already).
This kale side was originally conceived as a step in a recipe, but it's so good just as is that a lot of cooks who've made it just abandon the other steps to eat it on its own.
We're so happy somebody roasted an endive, typically spotted in salads, and confirmed it is indeed very good, especially contrasted with a sweet walnut vinaigrette.
It's hard to resist a dish with a description like this: ingredients "walk into an oven together, and morph into a warm winter salad that virtually dresses itself."
Not the usual green you expect to see at the Thanksgiving table, but it won't disappoint (no slimy texture here).
This savory, spicy, dramatic dish has main course potential, but is just as good as part of a larger spread.
This dish comes together in a flash—perfect for making last minute if you have these staples in your cupboard.
While this recipe does require one special ingredient (sherry), if you have it or plan on getting it, there's no excuse not to make this with any onion of choice.
This dish is a celebration of MSG, but if you're skeptical, replace it in equal parts with nutritional yeast.
The rare find that's sophisticated enough for adults but simple (and soft) enough for babies, this is a good recipe to have going in the background as you prepare the other players of your feast.
Use a medley of any roast vegetables you like for this neat little concoction.
The star of this recipe is 100% the whipped hummus, the result of a kitchen "accident." Use it with any roasted roots or crudité, or on its own as a dip.
If you need a solid back pocket plant-based mashed potato recipe, this is it.
More colorful things!
The winner of our Best Vegetarian Holiday Side is vegan, and who doesn't love delicata, the least fussy squash of them all?
A sort of pared-back aloo gobi you can make in the oven, this is a dish you can keep on rotation well after Thanksgiving.
Think of this as a gratin without the cheese—rich but not food coma-inducing (on its own, anyway).
This recipe comes with a warning that you may need to have someone by the smoke alarm fanning away the fumes—and that's how you know it's worth it.
Bread masquerading as dressing? Sign us up.
It's not a bad idea to sub this in for a pumpkin pie recipe, either!
We love bread
A go-to for any vegan feast.
A mash-up of bread and potatoes that's then deep fried to perfection, this is a crowd-pleaser of a dish that's just as good at room temperature.
Vegan butter comes to the rescue in this festive showstopper you should probably repeat in December and beyond.
Ready in less than 30 minutes, this Genius recipe shape shifts between sweet and savory based on what you serve it with.
Like the muffins above, you can choose your own sweet or savory adventure here.