40+ Vegan Recipes for the Holidays

Celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas with over 40 vegan recipes that cater to everyone. From wholesome starters to decadent sides followed by hearty main dishes, these plant-based recipes will have everyone reaching for seconds!

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Celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas this year with over 40 vegan recipes! I have recipes for starters, decadent sides, and everything. Enjoy the holidays this year with plant-based cooking that everyone at your table will love.

As vegans and vegetarians everywhere can attest, our holiday plates can feel lonely when gathered with friends and family. For many years I have had a plain salad or potato; if you are reading this, I am betting you have felt the same way.

Fear not; I have over 40 vegan recipes covered this year! They are festive and have the warm flavors of holiday cooking but without any animal products!

Kick-off, the holiday dinner with pumpkin hummus, followed by a shaved brussel sprout salad. Enjoy the rich decadence of vegan scalloped potatoes and oven-roasted purple cauliflower. Savor a mushroom pot pie; top it off with mushroom gravy because it’s the holidays!

I have some of the best vegan holiday desserts if you are looking for desserts. I also have an entire post dedicated to vegan Christmas cookies!

Apps

A single vegan stuffed mushroom.

Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms

These festive vegan stuffed mushrooms are a perfect appetizer for the holiday season. Umami-packed mushrooms filled with cheesy vegan ricotta, spinach, and garlic and topped with vegan parmesan make a perfect vegan alternative to traditional stuffed mushrooms but are gluten- and dairy-free and delicious!

Christmas Wreath Charcuterie Board

This easy-to-assemble Christmas Wreath Charcuterie Board is the perfect holiday centerpiece! An edible wreath with a stunning assembly of briny olives, sweet fall and winter fruits, chewy cookies and dried fruits, crunchy nuts and crackers, fresh herbs, and jams.

Pumpkin Spice Hummus

This pumpkin spice hummus recipe takes 10 minutes to blend together. It’s smooth, creamy, and super easy to make! Perfect for using up leftover pumpkin puree.

Garnished hummus in a bowl.

Authentic Lebanese Hummus

This traditional Lebanese hummus recipe is smooth, creamy with a touch of lemon. One bite, and you will always prefer authentic hummus.

Apple Chutney

This apple chutney is an Indian-style sweet and tangy chutney with a gentle kick of warm spices. Serve it as a side dish or spread it on your crispy toast, paratha (Indian flatbread), or crackers; it tastes delicious. It is vegan and gluten-free.

Soups and Salads

Strawberry, Apricot, and Pistachio Salad

Sweet strawberries, smooth apricots, and warm earthy notes of pistachio, all followed by a refreshing mint pop, describe this spring mix salad recipe.

Smashed Brussel Sprouts Salad With Quinoa

Try our quinoa & brussels sprouts salad this festive season. Christmas’s most infamous vegetable has never tasted so good!

Chick-fil-A Kale Crunch Salad

Chick-fil-A’s Kale Crunch Salad is made of kale, cabbage, almonds, and dried cherries, Use this Chick-fil-A copycat recipe to make it at home.

Salad on a plate.

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

This Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad is made with delicious shredded Brussels sprouts, chopped kale, grated carrot, pomegranate arils, candied pecans, and creamy avocado, tossed together in a light lemon shallot vinaigrette. So easy to make, it’s a great salad for a holiday side dish.

Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup

This creamy, easy-to-make Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup is a vegan soup recipe perfect for any night of the week.

Carrot Pumpkin Soup

This Carrot Pumpkin Soup contains nutrient-dense carrots and pumpkin accompanied by aromatic spices, coming together in under an hour and in just one pot.

Breads

No-Knead Vegan Focaccia Bread: The Perfect Easy Bread Recipe

Vegan focaccia bread only needs 10 minutes of hands-on prep time, and no kneading is required; this Vegan Focaccia is very easy to make.

Vegan Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

Soft, fluffy, buttery vegan pumpkin dinner rolls that are easy to make and use only 6 key ingredients! These rolls are the perfect dinner side in fall and winter.

Easy Homemade Bread Recipe

This easy yeast bread recipe is perfect for beginners. It contains ingredients you probably already have in your house and can be ready in 3 hours (that’s pretty fast in the world of bread making).

Turkish pide bread up close.

Authentic Turkish Pide Bread Recipe

Turkish Pide Bread (Ramazan Pidesi) is a soft, fluffy flatbread that is flavorful and easy to make.

Easy No-Knead Dutch Oven Bread Recipe

Easy no knead dutch oven bread recipe is crusty on the outside and soft on the inside, making it the perfect bread!

Sides

Hassleback Potatoes in the Air Fryer

Hassleback potatoes in an air fryer make a crisper potato! Hasselback potatoes are thinly sliced, resulting in a crisper and golden potato.

Easy Air Fryer Frozen Brussels Sprouts

Ready for a quick side dish everyone will love? Make Brussels sprouts in the air fryer. All you need is olive oil, salt, and sprouts!

Oven Roasted Purple Cauliflower

Oven-roasted purple cauliflower is sweet and caramelized. Made with 5 basic ingredients, it’s ideal for dinner, holidays, and so much more!

Vegan Stuffing

The best vegan stuffing (GF optional) is moist inside and crispy on top, hearty, wholesome, satisfying, and flavorful – perfect for impressing the entire family over the holidays!

Sautéed String Beans and Cashews

Here’s a simple yet elegant side dish perfect for your holiday table.

Batata Harra – Lebanese Spicy Potatoes

Batata Harra, “spicy potatoes” in Arabic, are oven-roasted and then tossed in spicy cilantro garlic and crushed red pepper sauce. You can finish this flavor-packed sauce with a squeeze of fresh lemons for a fresh flavor.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic Glaze

No more bland, bitter, or mushy Brussels Sprouts! We’re making our simple yet extremely flavorsome Christmas sprouts side dish this festive period!

Sweet Potato Muffins

With a delicious blend of warming spices, these Savoury Sweet Potato Muffins are delicious and served with holiday dinners! Plus, they are full of nutrient-dense ingredients and free of oil, gluten, and added sugar.

Easy Vegan Mushroom Gravy

This Vegan Mushroom Gravy is perfect for slathering over holiday dinners! Plus, it’s free of soy, nuts, corn, and gluten, making it allergen friendly!

Lebanese Rice with Vermicelli

Lebanese vermicelli rice (riz b sha’riyeh) is a simple three-ingredient Middle Eastern staple made with rice and vermicelli pasta. This recipe is easy to make and is so versatile that you can enjoy it as the perfect side dish with all cuisines. 

Vegan Scalloped Potatoes

This gluten-free Vegan Scalloped Potatoes (Potatoes Au Gratin) is a French classic that no one can resist!

Easy Vegan Cheesy Cauliflower

Vegan Cauliflower cheese is the perfect addition to any holiday roast dinner. Perfectly comforting, easy to make, and great with loads of gravy.

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Cubes

These Air Fryer Sweet Potato Cubes are the perfect side dish for any holiday dinner! Made in just a few minutes in the air fryer, they can be seasoned in two ways, depending on your preference!

Herbed Wild Rice Quinoa Stuffing

Vegan and gluten-free stuffing that everyone will love! Wild rice and quinoa tossed with herbs, pecans, and cranberries. Perfect for winter holidays.

Easy Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Asparagus

This simple Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Asparagus recipe is a delicious side dish full of lightly sweet, deeply browned flavor.

Roasted Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

These roasted cauliflower mashed potatoes put a new spin on a traditional recipe favorite. Loaded with roasted heirloom garlic and fresh herbs, these easy mashed cauliflower potatoes are the best despite being non-dairy, gluten-free, vegan, low-fat, and low-calorie.

Vegan Hollandaise Sauce over Grilled Asparagus

Nothing screams sunshine more than Vegan Hollandaise Sauce drizzled over Grilled Asparagus. With bright citrus notes and crunchy in-season asparagus, this easy, completely plant-based recipe is made with no real butter or egg yolks and is ready in less than 30 minutes.

Cauliflower Creamed Corn

This easy cauliflower creamed corn uses a quick cauliflower puree for a swap! Vegan and dairy-free.

Vegan Green Bean Casserole

This easy green bean casserole is made from scratch with mushrooms and a quick cauliflower puree for a simple, lightened-up vegan side dish. No cream of mushroom soup is necessary!

Coleslaw on a plate.

Cranberry Apple Coleslaw

Cranberry Apple Coleslaw is a fun twist to a classic; also, it’s got a Christmas flair using red cabbage, cranberry juice, apples, and a topping of almonds.

Air Rryer Fingerling Potatoes

These crispy, light, creamy air fryer fingerling potatoes come together in 20 minutes for an easy, versatile side. Tossed in olive oil, lemon, garlic, and fresh herbs, they are a perfect addition to your holiday meal.

Air Fryer Portobello Mushrooms

These air fryer Portobello mushrooms are umami, juicy, and packed with flavors! An easy vegetable dish that is ready in 15 minutes.

Mains

Mushroom Pot Pie

A fantastic vegetarian main, this mushroom pot pie is made with store-bought puff pastry and a delicious savory mixed mushroom filling. It’s the perfect vegan holiday centerpiece.

Cashew Nut Roast

This isn’t your average nut roast! This nut roast will be the center of attention on any vegan holiday dinner, featuring a gooey hidden layer of vegan cheese and spinach.

Vegan Seitan Steak

These vegan steaks are juicy, flavorful, and have the perfect meat-like texture! Made with seitan, they are packed with protein and satisfying.

Slice of pot pie on a plate.

Vegan “Chicken” Pot Pie

This vegan “chicken” pot pie is the perfect comfort food for a chilly fall or winter. Instead of classic chicken, colorful broccoli, leek, mushrooms, and carrots are simmered in a smooth and nutty vegan béchamel sauce and enveloped in a flaky phyllo crust.

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