50 Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes That Might Make You Forget About Turkey Altogether
When it comes to Thanksgiving, we’re used to over-indulging, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Our spread often includes a selection of at least 5 different sides, from potatoes to mac and cheese to delectable vegetable casseroles. And whether it’s roasted, smoked, or fried, the crowning glory of the Thanksgiving feast is, of course, the turkey. But when you’re feeding a crowd, there are guaranteed to be some guests with dietary restrictions. If you’ll be hosting vegetarian friends or family this Thanksgiving, it’s crucial to provide a selection of options to satisfy their Thanksgiving cravings and expectations. We’ve collected 50 recipes that prove that a vegetarian Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be boring or unindulgent. Even with a vegetarian menu, your favorite dishes can still feature all the butter— it’s a staple in our creamy Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes and our Homemade Green Bean Casserole. For those looking to lighten things up, we also have healthier twists on Thanksgiving classics, like our Skillet Cauliflower Mac and Cheese or Brussels Sprouts with Cornbread Croutons. But don’t worry—these healthier, veggie-based dishes are still utterly decadent. With these vegetarian Thanksgiving dishes, you’ll likely forget about the turkey altogether.
Best-Ever Macaroni and Cheese
Recipe: Best-Ever Macaroni and Cheese
This may be the first dish that the kids flock to out of the Thanksgiving spread, but the adults will all be scooping out portions of this creamy, cheesy mac.
Melting Sweet Potatoes
Recipe: Melting Sweet Potatoes
Forget about the marshmallow-topped casserole of your childhood, this sweet potato dish with toasted walnuts is full of flavor.
Mashed Potato Casserole
Recipe: Mashed Potato Casserole
Want to get ahead of your holiday cooking schedule? This updated take on mashed potatoes can be made up to 2 day in advance.
Classic Cranberry Salad
Recipe: Classic Cranberry Salad
Ditch the wobbly cranberry sauce for something with a bit more texture. This Cranberry Salad is still true to the classic fruity flavors, but it’s studded with pecans for added crunch.
Savory Corn Pudding
Recipe: Savory Corn Pudding
Onion, thyme, and salted butter help you lean on the savory side in this classic holiday dish.
Classic Candied Yams
Recipe: Classic Candied Yams
Just like Grandma used to make. Candied Yams may be traditional, but we don’t plan on leaving them out of the spread any time soon.
Rustic Mashed Red Potatoes with Parmesan
This year, go rustic with your mash and leave the skins on your potatoes. Top the mash with Parmesan for a salty, cheesy bite.
Old-School Green Bean Casserole
Recipe: Old-School Green Bean Casserole
Ditch the canned cream-of-mushroom soup and opt for fresh mushrooms in your Green Bean Casserole.
Hasselback Sweet Potato Casserole
If you’re looking to impress this Thanksgiving, this elegant Hasselback Sweet Potato Casserole is a sure-fire way to win over the in-laws.
Cranberry Brie Bites
Recipe: Cranberry Brie Bites
These cheesy bites just take 20 minutes from start to finish. You can prepare them minutes before your guests arrive with no problem.
Brussels Sprouts with Cornbread Croutons
Deeply caramelized brussels sprouts meet crispy nuggets of cornbread in this all-star Thanksgiving fusion.
Honey-Glazed Spiced Carrots
Recipe: Honey-Glazed Spiced Carrots
Honey lends a touch of sweetness to these holiday-spiced carrots.
Sweet Potato Soufflé
Recipe: Sweet Potato Soufflé
Looking for something sweet that’s still hardy enough to make it on the non-dessert menu? This classic soufflé is sure to delight.
Cranberry Fluff Salad
Recipe: Cranberry Fluff Salad
Liven up your Thanksgiving spread with this colorful, retro salad that's sure to go fast.
Creamy Whipped Potato Casserole
Recipe: Creamy Whipped Potato Casserole
Russet and Yukon Gold potatoes combine with butter, cream, and cheese in the fluffiest potato casserole we've ever tasted.
Herbed Wild Rice Dressing
Recipe: Herbed Wild Rice Dressing
Tired of bland cornbread dressing? Mix things up with this colorful Herbed Wild Rice Dressing, complete with red onion, apple, and fresh sage.
Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce
Recipe: Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce
Cranberry sauce that's ready in five minutes but doesn't involve a can? Sign us up.
Recipe: Yeast Rolls
A good yeast roll is a Thanksgiving meal staple, and these swirled breads surely won’t disappoint.
Root Vegetable Gratin
Recipe: Root Vegetable Gratin
Supplement some of the potatoes in that gratin for root vegetables like rutabaga and parsnips to form a slightly healthier, yet still indulgent dish.
Cranberry-Jalapeño Cream Cheese Dip
Meld spicy, tangy, sweet, and creamy all into one bite with this new holiday classic.
Recipe: Broccoli Cheese Casserole
Imagine your favorite broccoli-cheddar soup, distilled into a melty casserole. This weeknight hero will be a welcome addition to the Thanksgiving spread.
Skillet Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
Wait, there’s cauliflower hidden in this gooey mac and cheese? Your guests will never be able to tell the difference.
Oven-Baked Sweet Potatoes
Recipe: Oven-Baked Sweet Potatoes
Your holiday main may be complex, but that doesn't mean you can't balance things out with something simple. Elevate these easy baked potatoes with a few toppings, and you've added one more dish to the spread without breaking a sweat.
Ben Mims' Perfect Cornbread
Recipe: Ben Mims' Perfect Cornbread
If “perfect” is in the name, we’ll certainly have high hopes for a recipe. Luckily, this cornbread lives up to—and exceeds—our expectations.
Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Let the full flavors of your sweet potatoes shine in this quick dish that will leave your oven free for the main event.
Acorn Squash Soup
Recipe: Acorn Squash Soup
Want to take it up a notch? Top it off with fried scallions, chopped toasted hazelnuts, a dash of hot sauce, or a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
Recipe: Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
Sneak some extra veggies on the table with this buttery, cheesy side that kids just might mistake for classic potatoes.
Roasted Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese
Take a risk and sprinkle some vegetables into your Thanksgiving mac—we doubt anyone will complain about this crispy, roasted broccoli.
Sweet Potato-and-Collard Green Gratin
Reimagine your collard greens with this creative, colorful gratin. The layers of sweet potato and collards are simply irresistible.
Savory Sweet Potato Casserole
Recipe: Savory Sweet Potato Casserole
It’ll be hard for Grandma to part with that marshmallow topping, but this savory pecan crumble will immediately win over the crowd.