Over 70 Vegan Holiday Recipes in one place! Whether it’s Hanukkah, Christmas, Thanksgiving, or whatever you celebrate, we’ve got some great festive recipes for you.
Do you need vegan Thanksgiving recipes? Or are you planning ahead and looking for vegan Christmas recipes?
Maybe you even need vegan Easter recipes? I don’t know what time of year you’re reading this, but I do know that the giant list below contains over 70 fantastic vegan holiday recipes for whatever you’re celebrating.
These recipes are great for entertaining—or if you’re not serving a lot of people, these recipes are a.) easily halved and b.) make great leftovers.
We always end up taking a bunch over to my husband’s family’s house and surprisingly a lot of things get eaten by his picky omni family!
What Do Vegans Eat for Thanksgiving Dinner?
Whether you're serving an entire meal or just a dish or two or three, here's the general idea of what a vegan can eat for Thanksgiving, all of which you can find in the list below:
- Seitan-Based "Turkey"
- Vegan Cordon Bleu (surprisingly easy and perfect for 1 or two servings, though you can double/triple the recipe as needed)
- Some kind of plant based meatloaf, whether that's lentil mushroom loaf or store-bought style like Beyond Meat Meatloaf
- A non-meat-style main like Baked Vegan Mac and Cheese or another noodle dish
- Veganized traditional sides like Green Bean Casserole, Sweet Potato Casserole (yes, there are vegan marshmallows!), etc.
- Veggie sides like Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts, Air Fryer Butternut Squash, Air Fryer Delicata Squash, or Roasted Apple Brussels Sprouts
- Vegan Mashed Potatoes (remember these need to be made vegan too!) and I have two gravy recipes: Vegan Mushroom Gravy (my fave) and Quick Vegan Gravy for those who don't like mushrooms!
- Most cranberry sauces are accidentally vegan, but try my Vegan Cranberry Sauce with apples and orange—yum!
- Unique sides like Vegan Pumpkin Risotto, Vegan Butternut Squash Risotto, Vegan Pumpkin Mac and Cheese, or a fresh fall-inspired salad like my Pomegranate Orange Pecan Salad
- Festive soups like Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup or Butternut Squash Carrot Ginger Soup
- Fun appetizers like Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms
- Traditional desserts like Vegan Pumpkin Pie—veganized, of course! Or a easier or healthier version like Pumpkin Pie Vegan Custard or Vegan Pumpkin Chia Pudding!
What Vegan Hanukkah Food Can I Serve?
Well, now, this is my wheelhouse. Here's some awesome vegan Hanukkah food.
- Traditional Vegan Latkes
- Vegan Spinach Artichoke Latkes (Baked!)
- Tofu Sour Cream to enjoy with those latkes
- Shockingly Easy Vegan Sufganiyot (Jelly Doughnuts, but these use a really easy hack instead of traditional dough)
- Chocolate Vegan Babka
- Vegan Spinach Noodle Kugel
- Vegan Potato Kugel
- Seitan Brisket
- Vegan Matzo Ball Soup
- In fact, I've got a whole e-book FULL of Plant Based Jewish Recipes—which incidentally makes the perfect gift and arrives immediately.
But Christmas—What do vegans eat for Christmas?
Whether you're making food for a Christmas eve dinner, brunch or lunch or even dinner on the day of—Christmas will have a lot of folks stumped on what to serve vegans.
While I didn't grow up celebrating Christmas in a traditional way, I have talked to a lot of people about their traditions--as research!
A lot of people tell me that what they eat on Christmas is similar to what they ate on Thanksgiving! And some folks change up the main and eat the same sides.
So while this list might look similar to the Thanksgiving one above—you can really mix and match as you please.
Try some of the below options.
- Vegan Ham (Seitan Style)
- Vegan Cordon Bleu
- Seitan Turkey
- Vegan Shepherd's Pie
- Lentil Mushroom Loaf or Beyond Meat-Style Meatloaf
- Baked Vegan Mac and Cheese
- Delish appetizers like Vegan Brie, Vegan Camembert, or even a Vegan Cheese Ball! A great non-cheesy option is my Vegan Mushroom Pâté that tastes very close to the vegan chopped liver I grew up eating!
- I also went and tried making Vegan Baked Brie wrapped in puff pastry and it is AMAZING!
- Cozy soups like Vegan Beef Stew, Vegan Cream of Mushroom soup, Vegan Chicken and Dumplings, Vegan Gnocchi Soup, Vegan Cream of Chicken Soup, Vegan Dumpling Stew, Vegan Potato and Leek Soup, etc.
- Maybe a fun dessert like Vegan Pineapple Upside Down Cake or a festive green Vegan Matcha Pound Cake or Vegan Monkey Bread!
- And speaking of cookies, you definitely need to use Christmas as an excuse to enjoy all your favorite cookies—but vegan, so try my Vegan Ginger Cookies, Vegan Matcha Cookies (remove the matcha and they're just sugar cookies!), and Coconut Almond Butter Cookies.
- Oh and for Christmas morning, definitely give these Vegan Cranberry Chocolate Chip Muffins a try!
Great Christmas Gifts for Vegans
Oh, and this might be a great place to list a few of my favorite Hanukkah or Christmas gifts for vegans, too.
All of these items are items I've given or received as a gift and love them (or the person I gave it to loved it)!
- My favorite tofu press
- My go-to: All-Clad nonstick cookware
- Silicone baking mat for easy cooking and cleanup!
- Vegan cookbook like my (shameless self promotion) new book: Second Helpings: Classic Vegan Comfort Food
- Glass food storage containers
- This is the air fryer I use daily
- And the Instant Pot I use at least twice a week for meal prep, which is also indispensable to my seitan recipes
- My favorite nutritional yeast
- An everyday staple, a John Boos Cutting Board is a luxury for someone who preps a lot of food
- My favorite rolling pin
- I've referred many people to this vegetable peeler and everyone is obsessed with it. This will change how you peel vegetables. It cuts through butternut squash skin with ease!
Anyway, let’s get into this list of vegan holiday recipes.
Vegan Side Dishes
If you ask me, the best thing about Thanksgiving dinner is the SIDES! Yes, potaotes, casseroles, and stuffing, that's what I want! So if you're looking for vegan sides, read on.
Vegan Gravies & Sauces
Whether you're specifically looking for vegan gravy or something else, I'm sure these sauces perfect for your holiday meal.
Vegan Holiday Soups
While few of these are actually themed by the holidays, any of these vegan soups would make a great addition to your table.
If you need delicious vegan Hors d'Oeuvres to serve your guests or yourself as a holdover until dinner, try some of these delicious options below.
Vegan Holiday Desserts
These desserts, varying in difficulty, are all festive and completely delicious--and, of course, completely vegan.
And who could forget the cookies?!