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10 Essential Vegan Sides for Thanksgiving

10 Essential Vegan Sides for Thanksgiving

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Sheela Prakash
Nov 4, 2018
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If you're vegan or expecting guests at your Thanksgiving table who are, you know how important it is to make sure that there are plenty of options for them to choose from. Luckily, classic side dishes are often vegetable-forward anyway, so it's actually not that difficult at all to make it happen. Here are 10 recipes — that all just to happen to be vegan — that'll make everyone at the table happy.

1. Thanksgiving Lentil Salad

This colorful lentil salad is packed with flavor, thanks to a few cloves of garlic that are roasted until soft and nutty alongside the veggies. Then they're mashed into the vinaigrette.

(Image credit: Lauren Volo)

2. How To Roast Brussels Sprouts

These simple Brussels sprouts can be played around with to make them your own. Try tossing them with different spice blends or drizzling balsamic vinegar on them at the end.

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3. 3-Ingredient Roasted Dijon Potatoes

Tossing the potatoes in whole-grain Dijon mustard not only adds a pop of tang, but also makes them even crispier and crunchier.

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4. Roasted Carrots with Orange

Roasting thin slices of oranges along with the carrots adds just a bit of bitterness to this side dish that makes it much more complex and interesting than most.

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5. Thanksgiving Slaw

A slaw probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind when you think Thanksgiving side dish, but having something so crunchy and refreshing on the table is a nice contrast to everything else.

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6. Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

Opt for olive oil instead of brown butter to keep these extra-savory roasted sweet potatoes vegan.

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7. Roasted Cabbage with Mustard Vinaigrette

These thick wedges of roasted cabbage are not only a great vegan side dish, but they're also hearty enough to be a main dish at the Thanksgiving table.

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8. Lemony Green Beans with Almond Breadcrumbs

This recipe is a brighter, fresher, and vegan-friendly version of classic green bean casserole. Feel free to make the breadcrumb mixture a couple of days before to get ahead.

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9. Gingery Roasted Butternut Squash & Sweet Potatoes

The spicy bite of fresh ginger is a great complement to naturally sweet butternut squash and sweet potatoes.

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10. Cauliflower Steaks with Ginger, Turmeric, and Cumin

Here's another side dish that can definitely act as a vegan main dish — especially if served over quinoa or another whole grain like farro or brown rice.

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