A Vegan Thanksgiving - Part I ~ Aperitifs, Soups, Salads, Small Bites & Desserts

Whether you're cooking up your first vegan Thanksgiving or joining someone else's, you will find an array of crowd-pleasing options here from which to choose. From appetizer's to cocktails, I've gotchya covered!

When a special meal is not centered around a large meat dish, I find there are more options on how the meal can be served. You might enjoy buffet style, plated courses, or many small portions served tapas-style. The selections below can easily fit into any service style you choose. Click on the links or the photos to be taken directly to the recipe.


~ Vegan Pumpkin Spice Martini - "It's like sipping on a pumpkin pie" created by the mother-daughter dynamic duo at Veganosity.

~ Roasted Apple Tom Collins - "a glassful of fall and winter flavor" created by Becky at Glue & Glitter.

~ Roasted Pear Not Buttered Rum - this cocktail features sweet, rich roasted pear puree, also created by Becky at Glue & Glitter.


~ Easy Pumpkin Soup with Millet in Pumpkin Bowls - Nourishing, comforting and gluten-free... no blender required! Created by Elena at Happy Kitchen Rocks.

​​~ Silky Vegan Cauliflower Soup - "Rich, creamy, healthy and comforting winter soup packed with nutrients." Also created by Elena at Happy Kitchen Rocks.

~ Butternut Squash Coconut Milk Soup - Delicious and simple with an excellent contrast of textures. Created by Emma at Craving Nature.


~ Autumn Salad with Grilled Figs and Walnuts - A fantastic blend of fall flavors: smoky tempeh, grilled onion and roasted butternut squash combine with massaged kale, grilled figs and toasted walnuts. Created by Chef Catherine Brown (Me!) at A Seat at My Table.

​​~ Autumnal Delicata Squash Salad with Persimmons - "...perfect seasonal addition to your Thanksgiving spread." Created by Cadry at Cadry's Kitchen - A Vegan Adventure.

~Pupkin Salad - A heady salad of greens, roasted beets, pumpkin (and the seeds!), purple onions and herbs. Created by Nina Olsson and lightly adapted by Alexandra at Occasionally Eggs.

~ Homemade Cranberry Vinaigrette Salad Dressing - Each of these salads includes a dressing recipe too, but this one is such a beautiful tangy option that will go with any of your autumn salads, I wanted to include it too. Created by Anne at Craving Something Healthy (not pictured).


~ Smoky Tempeh Apple Bites - the delicious flavors of fall skewered in a single bite. Created by Chef Catherine Brown (Me!) at A Seat at My Table.​

~ Sweet Potato Avocado Toasts - creamy, crunchy, salty and sweet - a perfect gluten-free appetizer. Created by Anjoli at Vegetarian Gastronomy.

~Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Borek - "Flaky filo pastry borek baked with creamy spinach, artichoke and cashew filling - an easy yet impressive course." Created by Amber at Quite Good Food.

​​~ Crispy Potatoes with Pumpkin Hummus - bright pumpkin, crispy potatoes and fried sage crumbles will delight your taste buds in this hand-held appetizer. Created by Chef Catherine Brown (Me!) at A Seat at My Table.


~ Gluten-free Vegan Apple Pie - juicy, sweet apples, lightly spiced and tucked into a flaky crust! Created by Rhian at Rhian's Recipes.

~ Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake with Candied Pecans -melt-in-your-mouth creamy, spicy and just sweet enough! Created by Vicky at Avocado Pesto.

~ Maple Pecan Pie - sweet, creamy and full of crunchy pecans... just like the original! Created by Audrey at the Unconventional Baker.

​​~ Vegan Pumpkin Doughnut Holes - soft, fluffy and full of flavor - the perfect way to celebrate autumn! Created by Kushi at Cook with Kushi.

Let me know what you think of this collection! Be sure to take photos of what you make and tag me #chefcatherinebrown. I love seeing what you make!

DISCLOSURES: None. This post was not created in affiliation with any product or brand. The opinions expressed are my own. I have not yet tested each of these recipes for accuracy, only my own.

Wix has been a bit difficult to work with today. I apologize for the formatting issues. Each of the recipe titles as well as the photo links are working and will direct you to the recipes that interest you. With all these delicious options, I decided it would be better to just get them to you than worry about perfect formatting!

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