Thanksgiving vegetable side dishes mashed potatoes. acorn squash, leeks with cabbage, and sesame sweet potatoes

18 Favorite Vegan, Healthy Thanksgiving Vegetable Side Dishes

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These Thanksgiving vegetable side dishes will give you lots of great choices for your table. The recipes are all vegan, and are healthy options with little, if any, saturated fat or added sugars. This is a great way to balance out more energy-dense foods you may be enjoying, like my favorite – desserts – or appetizers, rolls, soup, drinks, and more. Most of these recipes, but not all, are by registered dietitian nutritionists.

These recipes are organized are separated by the type of vegetable, although some may contain more than one type. For planning, think about what is in season and fresh in your area. Consider your space on the stove or oven. You can add even more vegetables with a fresh green salad or a soup kept warm in a slow cooker too.

Winter Squash

Whole Acorn Squash: green and orange
Whole acorn squash

This is a wonderful time of year to enjoy winter squash. So many varieties are fresh and available. They are good sources of beta-carotene, a precursor to vitamin A, and fiber. According to this article from the Smithsonian Magazine, winter squash was probably part of the first harvest celebration with Wampanoag people and Pilgrims in Plymouth, 1621.

Try one of these Thanksgiving vegetable side dishes for a great way to enjoy these. In many recipes, you can substitute for other types of winter squash. Use extra winter squashes for a centerpiece with mini gourds and pumpkins!

Honeynut Squash Stuffed with Cranberry Wild Rice Pilaf – Being Nutritious
These little honeynut squash are so cute, perfectly portioned, and practically begging to be stuffed with amazing Cranberry Wild Rice Pilaf.
Check out this recipe
Honeynut Squash Stuffed with Cranberry Wild Rice Pilaf - Being Nutritious
Simple Orange Cinnamon Acorn Squash Rings
A tasty and easy side dish for everyday healthy eating or special occasions
Check out this recipe
3 rings of acorn squash on blue plate
Butternut Squash with Pomegranate Vinaigrette
Looking for a delicious butternut squash side dish? One of the best vegetarian squash recipes out there, this baked side comes with a naturally sweet pomegranate vinaigrette.
Check out this recipe
Butternut Squash with Pomegranate Vinaigrette
Air Fryer Delicata Squash
Air fryer delicata squash is simple, easy, and perfect for fall! It’s crisp, just like roasted squash, and is a healthy 20-minute side dish!
Check out this recipe
Air Fryer Delicata Squash
Garlicky Sauteed Butternut Squash & Arugula
Sauteed butternut squash is an easy recipe to make if you’re looking for a quick veggie recipe. The sweet flavor pairs well with arugula
Check out this recipe
Garlicky Sauteed Butternut Squash & Arugula

Cruciferous Vegetables

These veggies like cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, bok choy, broccoli, romanesco, and cauliflower contain phytonutrients called glucosinolates. These are associated with a lower risk of some types of cancers and reduce “bad” LDL cholesterol levels, too.

Learn cooking tips from this Beginner’s Guide to Cruciferous Vegetables

Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini Sauce – Cooking Journey Blog
Whole roasted cauliflower with tahini sauce is great for serving as main vegan dinner. Such an easy gluten-free recipe, but full of flavor.
Check out this recipe
Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini Sauce - Cooking Journey Blog
Sticky Chilli Broccoli: Quick and Easy – Tin and Thyme
Sticky chilli broccoli is a quick and easy side dish. So tasty you might want to eat it all by itself. Spicy, umami-rich & almost addictive.
Check out this recipe
Sticky Chilli Broccoli: Quick and Easy - Tin and Thyme
Indian spiced sauteed cabbage and green beans
I’m always looking for tasty ways to season veggies since it’s the one food group my family doesn’t seem to “seek out”. Fruit? No problem. We’ll burn through 5 b…
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Indian spiced sauteed cabbage and green beans
Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes with Maple Glaze – Heather Mangieri Nutrition
This sweet & savory sweet potatoes & Brussels sprouts side dish is topped with maple glaze, cranberries and pecans, making them perfect for Thanksgiving.
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Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes with Maple Glaze - Heather Mangieri Nutrition
Vegan Cauliflower Gratin | Baked Casserole Recipe
This easy vegan cauliflower gratin creates a deliciously cheesy baked cauliflower casserole. No need to pre-cook the sauce or cauliflower!
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Vegan Cauliflower Gratin | Baked Casserole Recipe
Ultimate Leeks And Cabbage Recipe In 25 Minutes!
This indulgent leeks and cabbage recipe takes just 25 minutes to make, and needs just 3 ingrdients! Perfect for any Sunday roast.
Check out this recipe
Ultimate Leeks And Cabbage Recipe In 25 Minutes!
Thanksgiving vegetable side dishes mashed potatoes. acorn squash, leeks with cabbage, and sesame sweet potatoes

Other Thanksgiving Vegetable Side Dishes

Stuffed pumpkin – Baked vegetables – Cooking Journey Blog
Stuffed pumpkin with baked vegetables is beautiful and healthy meal. You can serve this pumpkin as a side dish or main dish for vegan dinner!
Check out this recipe
Stuffed pumpkin – Baked vegetables - Cooking Journey Blog
Stuffed Peppers with Butternut Squash and Quinoa
Italian-style vegan stuffed peppers with butternut squash, Great Northern beans, quinoa, and herbs. A great meal for holidays and entertaining. Or, make a batch for a family meal or meal prep. This recipe freezes well too.
Check out this recipe
stuffed-peppers-with-butternut-squash-and-quinoa in a white baking dish topped with chopped parsley and basil leaves
Balsamic Roasted Carrots and Brussel Sprouts | Bucket List Tummy
These roasted brussels sprouts and carrots come together in under 30 minutes. Here’s how to make them this holiday season…
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Balsamic Roasted Carrots and Brussel Sprouts | Bucket List Tummy
Crispy Baked Eggplant (Vegan)
Crispy breaded eggplant slices: a healthy vegan eggplant parmesan style appetizer or side dish
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crispy baked eggplant with fork on flowered plate

Lighter Versions of Family Favorites

Don’t forget potatoes or sweet potatoes!

Easy Vegan Mashed Potatoes
This easy Vegan Mashed Potatoes recipe is the best dairy-free comfort food side dish. It’s delcious and made with simple ingredients.
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Easy Vegan Mashed Potatoes
Pecan Topped, Slightly-Sweet Sweet Potato Casserole
When I think of sweet potato casserole, images of brown sugar, butter, and mini marshmallows come to mind. It’s one of those traditional side dish recipes most families gobble up at Thanksgiving, but the sugar, fat,
Check out this recipe
Pecan Topped, Slightly-Sweet Sweet Potato Casserole
Sesame Sweet Potatoes with Green Onions
Sesame sweet potatoes are an easy side dish with an Asian flair. A different flavor profile than the typical Thanksgiving ones: vegan and gluten-free.
Check out this recipe
sesame sweet potatoes on white plate

I like to make extra to be able to enjoy leftover veggie side dishes after Thanksgiving.

See How to Plan the Best Plant-Based Thanksgiving Dinner for more recipe ideas.

15 Best Vegan Side Dishes for Grilled or Baked Tofu

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