11 Vegan Side Dishes Everyone Will Love!

It’s the holiday season and besides cozy sweaters and pumpkin spiced everything, that means dinner parties galore! While gathering with friends and family is probably the best thing about the holidays, all of the snacking and extra calories can really add up! We all deserve to indulge a little, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to throw caution to the wind. With these 11 vegan side dishes everyone will love, you’ll have healthier but just as delicious vegan dish options. Plus, you can be sure you’re bringing something to the table everyone can enjoy! Bonus: not using meat or dairy cuts grocery costs WAY down. Delicious and cost-effective? Sounds like the perfect dinner party!

1. Vegan Turmeric Mac N’ Cheese

This mac n’ cheese is creamy, decadent, and packed with the anti-inflammatory superfood turmeric! Full of flavor and working to keep your gut healthy, this side dish is more than just a ode to childhood comfort food.

2. Chickpea & Rice Sliders

These sliders could steal the show- seriously. There’s a mouthful of flavor in every bite with just enough spice to liven up any dinner party. Just hope you have leftovers, because these make great lunches, too!

3. Butternut Squash Soup

What’s a holiday party without butternut squash something, right? This soup is rich and satisfying but isn’t loaded with bloating creams or sugars. The perfect side dish to keep you warm all night!

4. Stuffed Butternut Squash Boats

Another one! Butternut squash to the rescue because, well, it’s delicious. These stuffed boats can easily be sliced into side dish serving sizes. The whole party with thank you for this healthy and delicious option!

5. Stuffed Mushrooms

These make a great appetizer or side dish- plush mushrooms offer a different flavor and texture than flatbreads which can be too filling and cause bloating. Mushrooms are a fan favorite because they’re delicious (obviously) and they offer a meaty texture sans meat making them hearty and savory. Make sure you make enough- they don’t last long!

6. Mesquite Sweet Potato Fries

French fries are some of the most desired, loved, and best side dishes around. Ask anyone. Make those sweet potato fries and you’ve got yourself a healthier version of a classic to pass around the table! Plus, sweet potatoes are a holiday party essential!

7. Mesquite Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

You know all that trouble you went through scraping out the seeds and guts of your pumpkin before turning into a jack-o-lantern? Don’t let those go to waste! Use the seeds and make this great snack to keep out during cocktail hour. Or better yet- you can top your salads with them! Packed full of healthy fats and flavor, pumpkin seeds ought to be included in any holiday dinner plan!

8. Brussel Sprout Salad with Baobab Dressing

The beloved Brussel sprout has been reinvented! By shredding them down so they become fine ribbons you create a filling and delicious salad when paired with the citrusy baobab dressing. This is a surprise dish- everyone thinks “oh it’s just salad.” Then they take a bite and that turns into “Hey! Uncle Scott! You gotta try this salad!” P.S. Greens are important, even during the holiday season!

9. Red Beet Home Made Cranberry Sauce

Want the traditional cranberry sauce at the table that doesn’t come as jelly in a can? Then this homemade cranberry sauce recipe is for you! It takes no time to make and everyone will love the delightful combination of flavors.

10. Vegan Meatball Sliders

More meatless options never hurt anyone- literally! These cruelty-free sliders will have even your most beloved carnivore asking for more! Pair these with some sweet potato fries and you’ve got yourself a seriously amazing meal!

11. Sweet Potato Casserole

What would the holidays be without a casserole?! This twist on a classic is vegan and gluten-free, and it’s loaded with superfoods! The topping is so good no one will even miss the marshmallows- seriously!

Enjoy your dinner parties!


written by: Samantha Crosland