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"
- 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.
- Vegan Mashed Potatoes and Gravy (remember these need to be made vegan too--see below)
- Most cranberry sauces are accidentally vegan, but try my vegan cranberry sauce with apples and orange--yum!
- Unique sides like vegan pumpkin risotto, vegan pumpkin cheese sauce (perfect on pasta), or a fresh fall-inspired 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!
What Vegan Hanukkah Food Can I Serve?
Well, now, this is my wheelhouse. I'm vegan, I'm Jewish, and I love food. Here's some awesome vegan Hanukkah food.
- Vegan Spinach Artichoke Latkes
- Tofu Sour Cream to enjoy with those latkes
- Chocolate Vegan Babka
- Spinach Noodle Kugel
- 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 reasearch!
A lot of people tell me that what they eat on Christmas is similar to what they ate on Thanksgivng! 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)
- 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!
- Cozy soups like vegan beef stew, vegan cream of mushroom 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 even Vegan Matcha Cookies!
- And speaking of cookies, you definitely need to use Christmas as an excuse to enjoy all your favorite cookies--but vegan, so try my double chocolate chip or soft chocolate chip 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 favorit 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 indispensible 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 with ease!
Anyway, let’s get into this list of recipes.
Vegan Holiday Mains
Need vegan holiday mains? You'll find them here. We've got everything from seitan to gluten-free to options that are more starch based, be still my starchivore heart.
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?!