60 Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dishes

Let vegetables steal the show with these scrumptious, seasonal, and meat-free Thanksgiving dishes, from hearty sides like soy braised kabocha squash or a sweet potato and kale gratin, to savory main courses like spiced vegetable patties or a multilayered eggplant and goat cheese terrine.

Broccoli Rabe with White Beans and Preserved Lemon
Broccoli Rabe with White Beans and Preserved Lemon
The bitter bite of broccoli rabe is tempered by creamy cannellini beans and brightened by salty preserved lemon. A quick and pretty 1-pan side dish, this is easy to scale up for a crowd; unlike softer, more watery greens, rabe retains plenty of volume after cooking. Look for greens with healthy-looking stems and dark green florets. Get the recipe for Broccoli Rabe with White Beans and Preserved Lemon »Rachel Dolfi
Charred Carrots with Lovage Sauce and Hazelnuts
Charred Carrots with Lovage Sauce and Hazelnuts
A smoky, vegetarian alternative for grilled fish.Chris Tonnesen
Dominican Cream of Pumpkin Soup (Crema de Auyama)
Dominican Cream of Pumpkin Soup (Crema de Auyama)
This rosemary-accented crema de auyama—Dominican cream of pumpkin soup—is the perfect Thanksgiving treat. Get the recipe for Dominican Cream of Pumpkin Soup (Crema de Auyama) »Farideh Sadeghin
Soy-Braised Kabocha Squash
Soy-Braised Kabocha Squash
Braising—with a healthy dose of soy—is one of our favorite ways to bring out the texture and flavor of winter squash. Get the recipe for Soy-Braised Kabocha Squash »Maxime Iattoni
Old-Fashioned Scalloped Potatoes
Old-Fashioned Scalloped Potatoes
Thinly sliced potatoes and onions are baked in a rich cream sauce in this classic crowd-pleaser from Canada's Prince Edward Island. Get the recipe for Old-Fashioned Scalloped Potatoes »Gemma and Andrew Ingalls
Haricots Verts Casserole
Haricots Verts Casserole
Sherry vinegar balances the richness in the cream sauce for this Thanksgiving staple from Thomas Keller's Bouchon Bistro in Yountville, California. A riff on the American classic, this recipe swaps the green beans for slender French-style haricots verts and the canned mushroom soup for a from-scratch mushroom cream sauce. The whole thing then gets a topping of crispy shallots before baking. Get the recipe for Haricots Verts Casserole »Elion Paz
Sweet Noodle Kugel
Sweet Noodle Kugel
Kugel—the creamy egg noodle casserole that's a staple of Jewish holiday cooking&dmash;gets a Midwestern topping of cornflakes in this Thanksgiving side dish. Get the recipe for Sweet Noodle Kugel »Ariana Lindquist
Sage Mashed Potatoes
Sage Mashed Potatoes
This fragrant recipes involves a few ingenious methods for infusing the herb's brisk flavor into the mash. Get the recipe for Sage Mashed Potatoes »Todd Coleman
Layered Pumpkin and Cheese Gratin Squares (Boureki)
Layered Pumpkin and Cheese Gratin Squares (Boureki)
Boureki cut from a traditional Cretan gratin may be eaten at room temperature, but they are especially irresistible when the cheese is still warm. Get the recipe for Layered Pumpkin and Cheese Gratin Squares (Boureki) »Dimitris Alvanos
Cumin-Roasted Carrots and Parsnips
Cumin-roasted carrots and parnsips
Toasted cumin seeds, mint, and lime juice intensify the sweetness of simple baked root vegetables. Get the recipe for Cumin-Roasted Carrots and Parsnips »Helen Rosner
Pumpkin-Chickpea Curry
Pumpkin-Chickpea Curry
With warming notes of curry and cinnamon, this hearty vegetable curry is perfect for a cozy meal. Get the recipe for Pumpkin-Chickpea Curry »Helen Rosner
Fall Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash, Kale Chips, and Pomegranate Seeds
Fall Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash, Kale Chips, and Pomegranate Seeds
Crispy baked kale, sweet roasted squash, and peppery arugula and watercress are combined with pumpkin and pomegranate seeds in this colorful salad. Get the recipe for Fall Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash, Kale Chips, and Pomegranate Seeds »Ariana Lindquist
Mashed Yams with Lime and Honey
Mashed Yams with Lime and Honey
Creamy baked yams mashed with butter, lime juice, and honey make an easy, bright autumn side dish. Get the recipe for Mashed Yams with Lime and Honey »Helen Rosner
Green Beans with Sesame Sauce
Green Beans with Sesame Sauce
Ginger-spiced green beans make a light and simple side dish. Get the recipe for Green Beans with Sesame Sauce »Todd Coleman
Slow-Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Garlic Labneh
Slow-Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Garlic Labneh
Slow roasting enhances the potatoes natural sweetness, making this a standout side dish or vegetarian entrée. Garlicky labneh and quick trip under the broiler add tang and smokiness. Get the recipe for Slow-Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Garlic Labneh »Neal Santos
Sautéed Green Beans with Pickled Shallots
Sautéed Green Beans with Pickled Shallots
Shallots are quick-pickled and sautéed with green beans in this refreshing side. Get the recipe for Sautéed Green Beans with Pickled Shallots »Ariana Lindquist
Sautéed Brussels Sprouts
Sautéed Brussels Sprouts
This simple, satisfying side rounds out any Thanksgiving dinner. Sautéed Brussels Sprouts »Helen Rosner
Roasted Radishes
Roasted Radishes
This colorful side is unbelievably simple, requiring only radishes, olive oil, thyme, and salt and pepper. Roasted Radishes »André Baranowski
Salata Adas (Garlicky Lentil Salad)
Salata Adas (Garlicky Lentil Salad)
This light, Lebanese lentil salad is flavored with lemon juice, cumin, allspice, and parsley. Salata Adas (Garlicky Lentil Salad) »Todd Coleman
Raw Kale Salad with Lemon, Pecorino, and Currants
Raw Kale Salad with Lemon, Pecorino, and Currants
In this simple, elegant salad, the spicy flavor of thinly sliced raw kale is offset by creamy Pecorino cheese, bright lemon, and sweet-tart dried currants. Raw Kale Salad with Lemon, Pecorino, and Currants »Helen Rosner
Roasted Vidalia Onions with Herbed Bread Crumbs
Roasted Vidalia Onions with Herbed Bread Crumbs
Sweet Vidalia onions, grown in and around the namesake Georgia city, turn even sweeter when roasted with a savory herbed bread crumb topping. Roasted Vidalia Onions with Herbed Bread Crumbs »Todd Coleman
Sweet Potato Honey Fries with Curry-Honey Sauce
Sweet Potato Honey Fries with Curry-Honey Sauce
An aromatic combination of spices elevate the humble sweet potato oven fry to something truly special. Sweet Potato Honey Fries with Curry-Honey Sauce »Maxime Iattoni
Moroccan Carrots with Aleppo Pepper and Mint
Moroccan Carrots with Aleppo Pepper and Mint
The dressing for this cumin-spiced salad is made from the carrots' cooking liquid, which concentrates into a sweet syrup when reduced. Get the recipe for Moroccan Carrots with Aleppo Pepper and Mint »Neal Santos
Winter Squash and Apple Soup
Winter Squash and Apple Soup
A garnish of fried mushrooms and a drizzle of spiced mint butter adds elegance to a simple pureed vegetable soup. Winter Squash and Apple Soup »Todd Coleman
Brussels Sprout Chips with Sweet Chile Sauce
Brussels Sprout Chips with Sweet Chile Sauce
Tossing crisp-fried brussels sprout leaves in a spicy Thai-flavored dressing spiked with yuzu juice, sesame oil, and Sriracha enlivens the old standby vegetable. Brussels Sprout Chips with Sweet Chile Sauce »Helen Rosner
Shredded Brussels Sprouts and Kale Salad
Shredded Brussels Sprouts and Kale Salad
A simple salad of raw shredded kale and Brussels sprouts is a refreshing variation on cold weather's ubiquitous green vegetables. Shredded Brussels Sprouts and Kale Salad »Helen Rosner
Cranberry-Ginger Chutney
Cranberry-Ginger Chutney
This sophisticated take on cranberry sauce, laced with spices and plenty of fresh ginger, gets a boost from chopped celery and tart apples. Get the recipe for Cranberry-Ginger Chutney »Todd Coleman
Spicy Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini
Vegetarian Spicy Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini
Whole cauliflower is quartered and roasted with paprika, turmeric, and jalapeño in this wintry side dish. Get the recipe for Spicy Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini »Neal Santos
Maple Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Maple Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Maple syrup enhances the sweetness of this simple sweet potato mash. Get the recipe for Maple Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes »Maxime Iattoni
Potato and Rutabaga Gratin
Potato and Rutabaga Gratin
Earthy rutabagas and aged Gruyere add intrigue to a classic potato gratin. Get the recipe for Potato and Rutabaga Gratin »Todd Coleman
Spiced Wheat Berry Pilaf
Spiced Wheat Berry Pilaf
Eastern spices like cumin and cardamom bring bright notes to this earthy, pleasantly chewy pilaf. Get the recipe for Spiced Wheat Berry Pilaf »Todd Coleman
Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Crumble
Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Crumble
This sweet potato casserole is an especially festive, over-the-top take on the Thanksgiving classic, topped with a crisp pecan crumble and dotted with marshmallows. Get the recipe for Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Crumble »Todd Coleman
Fonio Pilaf with Dates, Carrots, and Peanuts
Fonio Pilaf
This gluten-free grain, a type of millet, provides a wonderfully nutty backbone to a salad of sweet dates and carrots, and crunchy roasted peanuts. Get the recipe for Fonio Pilaf with Dates, Carrots, and Peanuts »Ryan Liebe
Butter-Braised Kohlrabi
Butter-Braised Kohlrabi
Kohlrabi, with its turniplike flavor, takes well to a slow simmer on the stove with chicken stock, butter, and thyme. Get the recipe for Butter-Braised Kohlrabi »Todd Coleman
Red Cabbage Gratin
Red Cabbage Gratin
A lightly-spiced and creamy cabbage casserole is baked with a crunchy breadcrumb and Parmesan topping. Get the recipe for Red Cabbage Gratin »Todd Coleman
Piquant Corn Bread
Piquant Corn Bread
Jalapeños and cilantro punch up classic cornbread. Get the recipe for Piquant Corn Bread »Todd Coleman
Lentil Salad with Beets and Pomegranate
Lentil Salad with Beets and Pomegranate
Packed full of glowing winter produce—sweet roasted beets, tart pomegranate seeds—this lentil salad makes a colorful addition to the winter table. Get the recipe for Lentil Salad with Beets and Pomegranate »Farideh Sadeghin
Kashmiri Collard Greens (Haak)
Kashmiri Collard Greens (Haak)
Ginger, chile powder, fennel seed, and turmeric add complex flavor to these tender collards. Get the recipe for Kashmiri Collard Greens (Haak) »Todd Coleman
Curried Cauliflower with Tomatoes
Curried Cauliflower with Tomatoes
Frying whole spices to release their flavor--a technique known in many parts of India as baghar--is crucial to developing the flavors in this simple dish of cauliflower and tomato. Get the recipe for Curried Cauliflower with Tomatoes »James Oseland
Curried Cream Onions
Curried Cream Onions
Luscious pearl onions are rendered complex by curry powder and Tabasco. Get the recipe for Curried Creamed Onions »James Oseland
Creamed Brussels Sprouts
Creamed Brussels Sprouts
This creamy, savory preparation brings out Brussels sprouts' natural sweetness. Creamed Brussels Sprouts »Maxime Iattoni
Winter Salad with Buttermilk Dressing
Winter Salad with Buttermilk Dressing
Walnuts, apple, and sliced beet add crunch and flavor to this wintertime salad. Winter Salad with Buttermilk Dressing »André Baranowski
Kale and Sweet Potato Gratin
Kale and Sweet Potato Gratin
Don't limit traditional pie spices—clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg—to the dessert table. In this cheesy, rich gratin, the spices take a savory note alongside kale, sweet potatoes, and sharp white cheddar. Kale and Sweet Potato Gratin »Maxime Iattoni
Saag Paneer (Spinach with Fresh Indian Cheese)
Saag Paneer (Spinach with Fresh Indian Cheese)
It's not hard to love North Indian saag paneer—meltingly soft spinach strewn with chunks of mild fresh cheese—especially when scooped up with hot flatbread. Saag Paneer (Spinach with Fresh Indian Cheese) »Todd Coleman
Oaxacan Stuffing
Oaxacan Stuffing
This stuffing gets its sweet-spicy flavor from chiles, fennel, prunes, and cumin. Get the recipe for Oaxacan Stuffing »Landon Nordeman
Broiled Spaghetti Squash with Walnut-Miso Glaze
Broiled Spaghetti Squash with Walnut-Miso Glaze
It's rare that we encounter spaghetti squash not shredded into its eponymous noodle-like threads. But kept intact, it reveals a beautifully yielding texture and a savory, subtle flavor that's perfectly offset by a rich walnut-miso glaze. Broiled Spaghetti Squash with Walnut-Miso Glaze »Maxime Iattoni
Green Beans with Lemons and Capers
Green Beans with Lemons and Capers
Inspired by the briny flavors of veal piccata, this elegant side dish is simplicity itself: blanched green beans tossed in a vinaigrette of capers, bright lemon, and a beautiful olive oil. Green Beans with Lemons and Capers »Maxime Iattoni
Green Bean Salad with Feta and Mint
Green Bean Salad with Feta and Mint
Feta, red onion, and mint are a classic combination; tossed with snappy green beans they make a salad of surprising complexity. Green Bean Salad with Feta and Mint »Maxime Iattoni
Cranberry Salsa
Cranberry Salsa
Lime and jalapeño punch up this fresh, no-cook take on cranberry sauce. Get the Cranberry Salsa recipe »Todd Coleman
Brussels Sprouts Salad
Brussels Sprouts Salad
Shredded Brussels sprouts, tossed with pecorino, walnuts, and lemon, is a bright and fresh salad for any Thanksgiving spread. Get the recipe for Brussels Sprouts Salad »André Baranowski
Orange and Honey-Glazed Carrots
Orange and Honey-Glazed Carrots
Honey makes for a more flavorful glaze for carrots than sugar does. In this dish, orange zest keeps the sweetness from becoming cloying. Get the recipe for Orange and Honey-Glazed Carrots »Todd Coleman
Cime di Rapa Fritte (Slow-Cooked Broccoli Rabe)
Slow-Cooked Broccoli Rabe
Notoriously bitter and tough, broccoli rabe becomes mellow and supple when cooked slowly in a bath of water and olive oil. Get the recipe for Cime di Rapa Fritte (Slow-Cooked Broccoli Rabe) »Todd Coleman
Curried Brussels Sprouts
Curried Brussels Sprouts
These Brussels sprouts, inspired by classic South Indian curry dishes, retain a hint of bite in the center, while the garam masala and onion add a sweetness that offsets the sprouts' flavor nicely. Get the recipe for Curried Brussels Sprouts »Todd Coleman
Green Bean and Radish Salad
Green Bean and Radish Salad
In this salad, a chile-infused honey compliments the spicy radishes and gives the green beans some sweet heat. Get the recipe for Green Bean and Radish Salad »Maxime Iattoni
Polenta with Corn and Wild Rice
Polenta with Corn and Wild Rice
Wild rice adds a toasty nuttiness to polenta, its creamy sweetness heightened with freshly puréed corn. Serve as a side dish or vegetarian main course. Get the recipe for Polenta with Corn and Wild Rice »William Hereford
Whipped Potatoes with Celery Root
Whipped Potatoes with Celery Root
Celery root (along with a bit of grated grana padano cheese) adds a deep, earthy backbone to this potato recipe. It's a tweak even a diehard traditionalist can love. Get the recipe for Whipped Potatoes with Celery Root »André Baranowski
Carrot and Pistachio Salad
Carrot and Pistachio Salad
Carrots are roasted before being topped with crunchy pistachios and a sweet fig vinaigrette in a simple salad from Eli and Max Sussman's Classic Recipes for Modern People (Olive Press, 2015). Get the recipe for Carrot and Pistachio Salad »Matt Taylor-Gross
Orange and Radish Salad
Orange and Radish Salad
Fragrant orange flower water, called zhaar in Morocco and made from the blossoms of bergamot orange trees, perfumes this delicate salad, in which sweet citrus is offset by spicy radish.
Get the recipe for Orange and Radish Salad »
Christopher Hirsheimer
Spelt Risotto with Beets and Horseradish
Spelt Risotto with Beets and Horseradish
Switch up your classic risotto with nutty spelt, sweet beets, and horseradish for that extra kick. Get the recipe for Spelt Risotto with Beets and Horseradish »Todd Coleman
Rutabaga Caponata
Rutabaga Caponata
Rutabagas are the star in this autumnal twist on the well-known Sicilian eggplant relish. Get the recipe for Rutabaga Caponata »Larry Nighswander
Classic Stuffing
Classic Stuffing
Nutmeg and savory—two seasonings commonly found in 19th-century stuffing recipes—add subtly sweet and herbal notes to this dish. Get the recipe for Classic Stuffing »Vanessa Rees