It's not easy being a vegetarian on Thanksgiving. You've already eaten three dinner rolls, politely passed on the turkey and the gravy, and asked, "Does this have meat in it?" multiple times. Everyone is talking about how full they are, and you're still starving.
Vegetarians, it's time to take back the food-centric holiday. This vegetarian Thanksgiving menu is made just for you! With all the flavor you crave and none of the meat you're steering clear from, these dishes will make you want to celebrate.
After all, you'll have a whole meatless Thanksgiving menu to be thankful for!
Appetizer: Toasted Walnuts with Tart Cherries and Rosemary
You only need six ingredients to get this vegetarian party started. Coat walnuts in butter; mix with salt, pepper, and rosemary; then toast until lightly browned. For a hint of sweetness, mix with dried tart cherries, and you'll have a fun and festive combination.
Set these out for guests to snack on (maybe with a few different cheeses and crackers) so that they don't get antsy for dinner to start.
Tip: If you're not a fan of walnuts, switch it up and use Marcona almonds or pecans instead.
Get the recipe: Toasted Walnuts with Tart Cherries and Rosemary
Salad: Chopped Green Bean Salad with Manchego
Prove all your relatives wrong who say you can't get enough protein in a vegetarian dish. With 16 grams of protein, this side makes sure everyone has the energy they need for the holiday.
The protein powerhouses:
- Manchego cheese (7 grams per ounce)
- Almonds (20 grams per cup)
- Farro (8 grams per cooked cup)
But don't "chop" this dish from your vegetarian Thanksgiving menu if you're not a Manchego fan—just switch it out for Asiago or Parmesan if you prefer!
Get the recipe: Chopped Green Bean Salad with Manchego
Potato Side Dish: Hasselback Potatoes with Seasoned Bread Crumbs
These potatoes are anything but boring. With a showy appearance and the flavor to back it up, these are proof that you don't need meat to make a meal memorable. Salted buttery potatoes are enhanced with a crumb mixture that includes bread, cheese, chives, and thyme.
Make-Ahead Tip: These potatoes can be sliced and soaked for up to 24 hours in advance of of your vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner.
Get the recipe: Hasselback Potatoes with Seasoned Bread Crumbs
Fruit and Vegetable Side Dish: Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apples, Cherries, and Pecans
You know that roasting veggies makes them taste amazing, but did you also know you can roast fruits and nuts beside them for a simple sheet-pan side? It's simple!
Step 1: Give your seasoned sprouts a head-start in the oven.
Step 2: After 15 minutes of roasting, add in apples, dried cherries, and pecans, then roast 10 minutes more.
Step 3: Drizzle with a tasty vinaigrette and toss to coat.
The best news of all? This delicious vegetarian dish can be made in just 30 minutes.
Get the recipe: Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apples, Cherries, and Pecans
Entree: Pumpkin Mac and Cheese
Mac and cheese is a dish vegetarians and meat-eaters alike can agree on. No one can resist gooey, cheesy pasta that is reminiscent of childhood.
This mac and cheese is all grown up now and infused with sophisticated fall flavors like sage and pumpkin. Stir in whipping cream, milk, butter, and plenty of cheese (of course), and this mac and cheese has all the essentials.
Walnuts—which are also perfect for fall—add a little crunch. Don't forget to sprinkle with sage leaves tor the final decorative touch!
How to make soft bread crumbs for the topping:
- Slice fresh bread into cubes. (Note: One slice yields about 3/4 cup crumbs.)
- Pulse in a food processor fitted with the blade attachment until crumbs are the desired consistency.
Get the recipe: Pumpkin Mac and Cheese
Dessert: Pumpkin Spice Latte Pie
It's time for a new hashtag. Because we love our pumpkin spice lattes (#PSL for life), it's time to introduce #PSLP—pumpkin spice latte pie. It has all the elements of classic pumpkin pie, like a flaky crust, sweet brown sugar, and whipped cream topping. But this pie gets an update any barista would approve of, with espresso added into the pumpkin filling. A drizzle of caramel sauce and a sprinkle of spice on the whipped cream topper finish the pie just like your favorite latte.
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Get the recipe: Pumpkin Spice Latte Pie
More Vegetarian Recipes You'll Love
Looking for more vegetable-focused recipes? You're in luck! We have plenty of ways to skip the meat and keep lots of flavor (and even protein!).
Now you know what to make for Thanksgiving, so here are more meals to make throughout the week: