Being vegan can be extra tough around the holiday season, especially one that revolves so heavily around turkey. But this collection of vegan Thanksgiving recipes, ranging from main dishes and sides to salads and desserts, can help even the most unfamiliar cook whip out some vegan dishes with confidence. Free of meat, dairy, and eggs, these recipes draw on seasonal produce, plus hearty grains and legumes, to make a meal so good that guests won't even hesitate to embrace the vegan menu.
Kale, Jicama, and Orange Salad
Kale, sweet potatoes, winter squashes, fennel, and cranberries are just a few of the in-season foods that contribute to this collection of vegan recipes. With rich main dishes, satisfying sides, refreshing salads, and sweet desserts, you won't be missing out on anything by serving up a plant-based meal.
This salad pops with color and texture from juicy citrus, creamy avocado, and crisp jicama. Dark, bumpy kale fits the mood, but you can substitute any lettuce you like. We love the pink hue of Cara Cara oranges in the salad, but regular navel or even blood oranges (in keeping with the spooky theme) would also work. Sturdy lacinato kale will become perfectly tender when dressed and left to stand at room temperature. Coating the avocado in the dressing first will keep it from browning while you're out having fun.