36 Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes That Everyone Will Love
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 36 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.
These Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes are Surprisingly Decadent
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.
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.
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.
Classic Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes
These mashed potatoes are done the only way we know how: swirled with plenty of buttermilk, crème fraiche, and butter.
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.
Brussels Sprouts with Cornbread Croutons
Recipe: 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.
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.
Recipe: Yeast Rolls
A good yeast roll is a Thanksgiving meal staple, and these swirled breads surely won’t disappoint.
Farro Salad with Toasted Pecans, Feta, and Dried Cherries
Bring a rustic grain to the Thanksgiving feast with this creative combination of farro, pecans, feta, and dried cherries.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Homemade Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Leeks
Decadently creamy on the inside and topped with a crown of crispy leeks, this Green Bean Casserole has achieved a blissful balance of textures and flavors.
Butternut Squash Gratin
Recipe: Butternut Squash Gratin
Who needs turkey? Butternut squash is packed full of vitamin A, vitamin C, and fiber, making it a great healthy, substantial option for vegetarians.
Parmesan-Herb Angel Biscuits
Recipe: Parmesan-Herb Angel Biscuits
Ramp up the flavors of Mama’s favorite homemade biscuits with Parmesan and fresh herbs.
Classic Sweet Potato Casserole
Recipe: Classic Sweet Potato Casserole
Cornflakes, marshmallows, and pecans crown this family-favorite sweet potato casserole.
Cheese Sauce over Cauliflower
Recipe: Cheese Sauce over Cauliflower
Bring some serious excitement to that bland cauliflower with a golden blanket of cheese sauce.
Pan-Roasted Okra and Sweet Onions with Lemony Masala
No Southern feast is complete without a big bowl of okra. Instead of frying this Southern-favorite vegetable, we roast it with warm Indian spices to create an unforgettable side.
Root Vegetable Fritters
Recipe: Root Vegetable Fritters
Shred potatoes and root vegetables and fry them up into these crave-worthy fritters for an all-star appetizer.
Roasted Carrots with Spiced Pecans and Sorghum
We love to use colorful rainbow carrots for this stunning side. The sorghum-apple cider vinegar vinaigrette adds lovely moisture to the vegetables.
Herbed Potato Stacks
Recipe: Herbed Potato Stacks
With only 10 minutes of active time, these elegant potato stacks—seasoned with fresh thyme and rosemary—are easier to execute than you may expect.
Balsamic Green Beans with Pearl Onions
Balsamic brings an acidic tang to these snappy green beans, brought together by the slightly-sweet bite of the pearl onions.
Recipe: Butternut Mash
The creamy texture of mashed potatoes meets the slightly-sweet flavor of butternut squash in this healthier fusion dish.
Sautéed Mustard Greens with Garlic and Lemon
Recipe: Sautéed Mustard Greens with Garlic and Lemon
A simple vegetable sautée is never out of place on our Thanksgiving table, and these mustard greens couldn’t be easier to prepare.
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.
Sweet Potato Cobbler
Recipe: Sweet Potato Cobbler
Topped with fresh biscuits, this creative Sweet Potato Cobbler combines sweet and savory in the loveliest ways.
Vegetarian Slow-Cooker Collard Greens
Who said collard greens needed a heavy dose of ham hocks? Fire-roasted diced tomatoes and paprika add plenty of flavor to this Southern specialty.
Lemon-Almond Green Bean Casserole
Lemon and almonds infuse a bit of brightness into the traditional green bean casserole.
Recipe: Creamed Spinach
Woven with thick whipping cream, Parmesan cheese, and studs of toasted pine nuts, this is not the mushy creamed spinach of your childhood.