The Ultimate Traditional Thanksgiving Menu + Vegan Options

The Ultimate Traditional Thanksgiving Menu + Vegan Options – everything you need to make sure you have a delicious holiday. Recipes for the ultimate turkey recipe, comforting side dishes, salads, healthy desserts and epic cocktails!

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My go to Traditional Thanksgiving Menu

Are you a creature of habit or do you like to change things up when it comes to holiday meals? Me. I like to keep the same main entree, maybe 1 or 2 family staples that have major memories attached to them and then everything else is up for game.

The past couple of years we have hosted Thanksgiving and I absolutely love it. We’ll invite friends and family, warm up our pool, make two different two different turkeys (because now that we are in Texas my husband insists on frying out turkey) and then just hang out eating, watching football and watching the kids swim. It’s awesome! And so is this roundup of recipes, not only are they absolutely gorgeous and healthy the flavor is spot on!

Bon Appetit friends and Happy Thanksgiving!

Holiday Appetizers

If y’all don’t know by know, I’m an appetizer girl. I would hang out at the app table all night long with a glass of Cranberry Sangria in my hand all night and be perfectly content! When it comes to the holidays savory and festive is the way to go, here are my favorites to serve for Thanksgiving – the hit the spot and are all super easy to make!

Festive Antipasto Skewers Christmas Wreath

antipasto skewers in a wreath shape

How to Make an Epic Holiday Cheese Board (step-by-step photos)

step by step photos of cheese board

Best Cheesy Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

stuffed mushrooms on a plate

Bacon Wrapped Figs Stuffed with Herb Goat Cheese

bacon wrapped figs on a plate

Crock Pot Cranberry BBQ Meatballs

cranberry bbq meatballs in a bowl

Smoked Gouda Apple Crostini with Honey Drizzle

honey drizzled on cheese apple crostin

Thanksgiving Main Entree

Let’s go classic first. It’s not a Traditional Thanksgiving Menu without a perfectly roasted turkey, am I right!? Although, lately my husband has been loving fried turkey (so yes, we do turkey two ways at our house). Here is the Turkey Recipe I use every year, it’s tender moist and make without a brine!

Best Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe with no Brine

overhead photo of roasted turkey

Now, I know that there are a lot more vegetarians out there these days. So if you have a vegetarian or vegan attending your Thanksgiving this year these Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with a Cranberry Apple Chutney are sure to satisfy. (even the turkey eaters will want a bite of this one)

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Cranberry Apple Chutney

cauliflower steaks on a plate with cranberry chutney

Thanksgiving Side Dishes & Salads

Let’s be real. Side dishes are the star of the holiday table and I’ve got you covered on that front. In my opinion you can never have enough sides or salads, there’s an option for everyone. It’s the one time of year you can go all out! So make your list and assign out who’s bringing what!

Best Ever Cornbread Sausage Stuffing 

sausage cornbread stuffing

Roasted Butternut Squash Brussel Sprout Salad (Vegan)

roasted butternut squash with brussel sprouts

Best Turkey Gravy without Drippings

turkey gravy in a saucepan with a spoon

Homemade Maple Cranberry Sauce Recipe (Vegan)

homemade cranberry sauce in a pan

Sour Cream & Chive Mashed Potatoes

baking dish with a spoon scooping mashed potatoes

Spinach Salad with Apple, Pecans, Gorgonzola and Champagne Vinaigrette 

spinach salad with apple orange and pomegranates

Crispy Oven Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic Glaze (Vegan)

crispy balsamic brussel sprouts

Fall Farro Salad Recipe with Maple Dijon Dressing (Vegan)

fall farro salad with butternut squash in a bowl

Healthy Green Bean Skillet Casserole

green bean with bacon and onions on plates

Healthier Easy Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes  

scalloped potatoes in a baking dish

Apple Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash

sausage stuffed corn squash with pomegranates on top

Cranberry Apple Brussel Sprout Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

brussel sprout salad with cranberries on a plate

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Oatmeal Pecan Streusel

twice baked sweet potatoes with streusel

Creamy Bacon Cauliflower Au Gratin

cauliflower au gratin in a dish with bacon

Mandarin Orange Cranberry Kale Salad

kale salad with cranberry and orange in a bowl

Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

Gimme all the desserts. I make sure to eat just enough on Thanksgiving Dinner so I can try one of everything on the dessert table! haha! Anyone else? Or just me? Here are all my heavy hitters when it comes to a Traditional Thanksgiving Menu. P.S. you’re going to love them all! Just warning you!

Easy Vegan Pumpkin Pie Bars

pumpkin pie bars on a plate

Homemade Pecan Pie (no Corn Syrup)

pecan pie on a plate with a fork

Skinny Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

mini pumpkin cheesecakes on a baking sheet

Apple Cinnamon Cake Cake

slice of apple cinnamon coffee cake on a plate

Spiced Pear Upside Down Cake

pear upside down cake on a plates

Rustic Cardamom Apple Galette with Maple Mascarpone

apple galette cut into pieces

Festive Holiday Cocktails

For whatever reason cocktails during the holidays make me happy. They are always so festive, flavorful and delicious! One of my favorites is this White Christmas Margarita Recipe. Too early for Christmas Recipes? No worries, I got your back on all the fall holiday giggle juice below including a wine pairing guide!

Ultimate Food & Wine Pairing Guide for the Holidays

wine bottles with wine glasses

The Ultimate Holiday Sangria Recipe

glass filled with holiday sangria

Harvest Apple Bourbon Cocktail in a Pitcher

Hot Spiked Mulled Apple Cider

hot apple cider with star anise on top

Sparkling Pomegranate Mimosas

pomegranate mimosa in a flute

Apple Cider Moscow Mule

apple cider moscow mule in copper cup

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