25 Classic Southern Comfort Foods Made Vegan

The South is perhaps best known for a few distinctive items like fried chicken, grits, BBQ, cornbread, hush puppies, boiled peanuts, and fried green tomatoes. But in general, Southern fare is characterized by a lot of fried foods in general, fried meats in particular, and the use of animal fats for flavoring. Not sounding too healthy or vegan-friendly, right?

Worry not, many of the recipes below feature traditionally Southern elements or ingredients, but have been veganized (and some are even raw!) and concurrently made healthier through the use of wholesome plant-based ingredients.

So check out these 25 delicious, Southern-inspired recipes – vegan style!

1. Chicken-Less Pot Pie Soup

chicken less pot pie soup

2. Smokey Pumpkin Grits with Maple-Roasted

Recipe: Smokey Pumpkin Grits with Maple-Roasted Pepitas


3. Strawberry Shortcakes with a Coconut

Recipe: Strawberry Shortcakes with a Coconut Whipped Cream Topping

4. Grandma’s Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

Vegan Grandma's Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

5. “Chicken” and “Sausage” Gumbo

THE BEST Vegan Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

6. Vegan Gravy

Thanksgiving Gravy


7. Lentil Loaf

Lentil Loaf

8. Fried Green Beer Tomatoes

Fried Green Vegan Tomatoes

9. Cajun Corn and Kidney Bean Salad

Recipe: Cajun Corn and Kidney Bean Salad

10. Black-eyed Pea and Spinach Cakes

Black Eyed Pea Cakes

11. Chia Caramel Pecan Pie

Recipe: Chia Caramel Pecan Pie

12. Pineapple Jack BBQ Sandwiches

Recipe: Pineapple Jack BBQ Sandwiches

13. Fresh Green Tomato, Charred Corn and Basil Salsa

Recipe: Fresh Green Tomato, Charred Corn and Basil Salsa

14. Southern Savory Tarts

Recipe: Southern Savory Tarts with Butter Bean Puree, Fresh Figs, and Sweet Tea Drizzle

15. Veggie-Full Ground “Meat” Lasagna

health fake vegan meat lasagne

16.Recipe: Mashed Potatoes and Celery Root

Mashed Potatoes and Celery Root

17. Raw Carrot Cake with Cashew Cream Cheese

Recipe: Raw Carrot Cake with Cashew Cream Cheese Frosting

18. Harvest Cornbread

Harvest Cornbread

19. Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Sherry-Maple

Recipe: Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Sherry-Maple Vinaigrette

20. Sweet Potato Pancakes

vegan sweet potato pancakes

21. Iced Banana Pecan Cake

iced banana pecan cake

22. Recipe: Dark Chocolate-Pumpkin Pie

Dark Chocolate-Pumpkin Pie

23. Raw Caramel Apple Pie

Lisa Viger - Raw Caramel Apple Pie

24. “Meat”Loaf

Holiday Nut Load

25. Sweet Potato and Quinoa Chili

Recipe: Sweet Potato and Quinoa Chili

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Donna Ferguson
Donna F.2 years ago


Angela W.
Angela W.2 years ago

Awesome, thank you!!!

Bea Pujatti
Bea P.2 years ago

Thank you, more recipes for my list of things to try!

heather g.
heather g.2 years ago

I don't mean to complain, because it is my fault that my timing is out for reading this article.
It's late at night and you have shown me the most mouth-watering recipes.

I won't do them justice by reading them in detail at this late hour. It will have to be tomorrow.

OK ~ They really look good, thank you.

Lynn C.
Lynn C.2 years ago


Carole R.
Carole R.2 years ago

Thanks for the great ideas.

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you :)

Cheryl Mallon-Bond

Yum! Thanks for some new recipes to try out! Now you have my hungry darn it!

Charlene Rush
Charlene Rush2 years ago

Some of these recipes look mighty tasty.

Kim W.
Kim W.2 years ago

too bad that you couldn't just say it without the meat references. Veggies are after all veggies, and if you are a vegan why would you eat a dish named, chickenless chicken pot pie? Well what is? does it have chicken or not? why not veggie pot pie!