10 Vegan Side Dishes for the Holiday Table

Are holidays all about the appetizers and sides for you? Deck the table with these crowd-pleasing vegan side dishes!

When I first went vegetarian almost 25 years ago, navigating my first holiday definitely weighed heavily on my mind. My family is very food-oriented, and I wanted to enjoy the dishes that my dad cooked up for our holiday table. Obviously, dad’s turkey was off the menu, but my parents and I worked together to come up with some vegetarian and vegan side dishes that everyone would love.

The recipes below aren’t the exact vegan side dishes that dad and I made for that first Thanksgiving, but a few are so close, I can almost taste it. Others are new vegan holiday favorites that my family and I love. I hope that you will love them, too!

Vegan Side Dishes for the Holidays

This is a festive spin on a holiday favorite. Toasted sesame oil and zesty lime transform basic roasted butternut squash into something extra special.

1. Sesame-Lime Butternut Squash

Winter squash screams holiday to me, but who says you have to stick to traditional flavors? Toasted sesame oil and plenty of fresh lime are a delicious spin on classic roasted butternut squash.

Massaged kale is delicious, but you can massage other dark, leafy greens, too! Massaged collard greens are the stars of this fall salad with sliced apples, pecans, and Ginger-Apple dressing.

2. Massaged Collard Greens Salad

I think it’s a law that you have to start eating kale salad when you go vegan, but they’re not the only dark, leafy greens that taste great raw. Try this festive massaged collard salad that’s packed with seasonal flavor.

Stuffed Mushrooms from Glue & Glitter

3. Stuffed Mushrooms

There are so many fun ways to stuff a mushroom. The hardest part will be choosing which stuffed mushroom recipe to choose! Peruse these 10 delicious stuffed mushroom recipes, and see which one speaks to you.

Vegan Roasted Vegetables are a crowd-pleasing plant-based entree or side dish. Smother with plenty of Lemon-Ginger Tahini Sauce for a simple, filling dish.

4. Roasted Vegetables

I make my vegetable roast for every holiday gathering. Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas….even my extended omnivore family dives into this tray of goodness!

Flavorful, creamy Curried Pumpkin Coconut Soup is perfect to warm you up on a cool fall evening, and it couldn't be simpler to make.

5. Curried Pumpkin Coconut Soup

If you love soup, you’re going to love this easy-and-delicious curried pumpkin coconut soup. It makes a great appetizer or vegan side dish during the chilly months and is perfect accompaniment to your holiday meal.

Pressure Cooker Mashed Potatoes

6. Fluffy Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Bust out your pressure cooker to make the easiest, fluffiest mashed potatoes of your life! What I love about this recipe is that you don’t need any vegan milk to make it. All you need are potatoes, water, and olive oil or vegan butter. If you don’t have an Instant Pot or other pressure cooker, follow KD’s recipe for vegan mashed potatoes—they’re just as delicious!

Whole Roasted Okra is simple to prepare and requires very little active cooking time. Roasting turns okra into a tender, tasty side dish without the stringiness that you associate with boiled okra.

7. Roasted Okra

Okra is such a divisive veggie: people seem to love it or hate it. If you love it, you have got to try this easy roasted okra recipe on your holiday menu this year. I like it even better than the deep fried version!

Vegan macaroni and cheese with broccoli is a rich and creamy bowl of comfort food. My family calls it Mac and Trees!

8. Macaroni and Trees

If mac and cheese is a holiday staple for you, hold onto your hat. This vegan mac recipe is super easy to make and a total crowd-pleaser. If you prefer a baked mac and cheese casserole, just spread this recipe into a pan, top with vegan breadcrumbs and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

Creamy Instant Pot Potato Soup

9. Pressure Cooker Potato Soup

Another chance to get your pressure cooker involved in the holiday cooking! This creamy, dreamy potato soup is one of my family’s favorites. If you don’t have a pressure cooker, try my friend Cadry’s baked potato soup recipe. It is fabulous!

Roasting butternut pumpkin, for a warming soup.  Top view on oven tray.

10. Butternut Squash with Wild Rice & Onion Stuffing

You can serve this recipe as the whole shebang for a holiday entree or just make the wild rice stuffing as a vegan side dish. Either way, you are in for some deliciousness!

Do you have a favorite vegan side dish that you make around the holidays?

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Deck the table with these crowd-pleasing vegan side dishes!

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Stephanie s
Stephanie s24 days ago

Yummy. thank you

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Stephanie s
Stephanie s24 days ago

Yummy. thank you

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Christina C
Christina C26 days ago

Thank you for the recipes!

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Clare O
Clare O'Beara27 days ago

Colourful and tasty

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Clare O
Clare O'Beara27 days ago

They look lovely

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Clare O
Clare O'Beara27 days ago

Thanks

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ERIKA S
ERIKA SOMLAI27 days ago

super-thank you

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Jan S
Jan S27 days ago

thanks

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Glennis W
Glennis W27 days ago

Very informative All looks so yummy Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis W27 days ago

Great information and advice Thank you for caring and sharing

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