8 Traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas Sides Made Vegan

EPIC POST! Yes, this is super epic, my friend. Thanksgiving might have already passed in Canada, but it’s still on the horizon in the US. So, no matter where you are, I want to make sure you’re armed with all the fabulous vegan recipes for those traditional holiday sides. Don’t worry, I’ll be sharing some awesome mains too, but let’s start with the classics. Whether you’re hosting a big gathering, going to a potluck, or just chilling at home, these dishes will please everyone, not just the vegans. Well, maybe someone will complain when it’s all gone, but that’s just a testament to how delicious they are!

If you have any traditional sides that I didn’t include and you’d like to veganize them, leave a comment at the bottom of the page, and I’ll gladly give you some pointers to make your holiday season vegan and joyous.


To make things easier for you, I’ve included some prep ahead tips below. Whether you’re making all of these dishes or just a few, these tips will help you get most of the work done ahead of time, so you can be smooth and cool on the celebratory day. I’ve also made sure these recipes are printer-friendly, so you can print, share, bookmark, pin, tweet, or save them however you like.

Prep Ahead Tips

1 or more days ahead:

  • Print, save, share, or bookmark these recipes.
  • Make a list, check it twice, and get all your grocery shopping done!
  • Make the Classic Cranberry Sauce.
  • Make the Quick Onion Gravy. It might turn into a solid jelly-like blob in the fridge, but don’t worry, it’s still yummy. When you’re ready to reheat, warm it over medium-low heat until it returns to liquid. Add more broth to thin it out if necessary.
  • Slice bread for stuffing and let it get stale.

Day before:

  • If you haven’t sliced your bread for stuffing yet, make sure you do it today. Trust me, it’s a must.
  • Chop up any veggies you want to get out of the way: onions, garlic, celery, mushrooms, Brussels sprouts, and green beans. You can cook the green beans according to the directions, so that’s all done as well.
  • Peel potatoes for mashed potatoes and store them in a bowl or pot covered with water in the fridge. Drain off the water and add fresh water when you’re ready to prepare the recipe.

Morning Of:

  • Make the French Fried Onions and set them aside on a plate covered with a paper towel.
  • Make biscuits and wrap them in a cloth napkin to keep them fresh. Warning: make a double batch because you’re going to want to eat them all!
  • Make the Classic Vegan Stuffing up to the point where you cover the dish with foil. Set it aside until you’re ready to bake.

Now for the vegan Thanksgiving and Christmas side dishes:

  1. Vegan Green Bean Casserole
  2. Agave Glazed Carrots
  3. Vegan Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  4. Classic Cranberry Sauce
  5. Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts
  6. Vegan Biscuits
  7. Quick Vegan Onion Gravy
  8. Classic Vegan Stuffing

That’s it, my friend! Get ready to wow your guests with these mouthwatering vegan sides. And remember, if you have any other traditional sides you’d like to veganize, leave a comment, and I’ll be here to help. Stay tuned for more scrumptious vegan recipes to make your Thanksgiving and Christmas even more delightful.

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