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Healthy Vegan and Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Dishes

Posted by Lisa Consiglio Ryan on

Thanksgiving is the most solid side dish game in town! AND when you add the greens, well, you will be so thankful!

I’m a sides girl. I’ve been known to make a whole meal out of side dishes when I go out to eat (asparagus, spinach and mashed potatoes please!) so for Thanksgiving dinner, I LOVE to make as many sides as I can.

If you are cooking, I made you this special Holiday Recipe Round Up of clean meals to make including desserts (the most important part of the meal!). Using real ingredients with whole foods always taste better, and we all know anti-inflammatory foods keep you glowing inside and out.

Let’s start with the yummiest green side there is- Oh So Good Spinach Salad! This recipe is from my best-selling cookbook, Go Clean, Sexy You: A seasonal guide to detox. - and you can get the eBook FREE when you get your Black Friday deal! 

Oh So Good Spinach Salad


  • 1 bunch spinach (1 cup)
  • 1 pear, cored, quartered and sliced
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries


  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. minced onion
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Spiced Pecans:

  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper


Pecans: Preheat oven to 350° F. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, and toss until well coated. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet, and bake for 3-4 minutes, or until toasted, stirring occasionally. Let cool.


Vinaigrette: Whisk together all ingredients and season with salt and pepper.


Salad: Place spinach, pear, and cranberries in a bowl. Add vinaigrette and toss. Transfer to serving bowl and top with pecans. Serve.

Serves 1-2

 *The cayenne pepper gives this salad a little kick and the cranberries a sweetness!

*It took me literally about 6 minutes to whip up this meal.  I also listened to MCYogi on Spotify to keep things light and happy.  Something about zen and hip hop …

 If you need more ideas, I gotchu! 

Here are some clean holiday recipes for you and your guests (all recipes are gluten-free, soy-free and vegan):


Spicy Winter Sweet Potato Soup

Italian Stuffed Portobellos

Festive Avocado Bruchetta

My Favorite Side Dish:

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Carrots (nature's candy- I can't eat these all the live long day!)

vegan and gluten-free roasted Brussels sprouts and carrot recipe for Thanksgiving


Ooey Gooey Vegan and Gluten-Free Brownies

Vegan Egg Nog

Vegan and gluten-free egg nog recipe


Chocolate Cacao Truffles

Vegan and gluten-free chocolate truffle dessert recipe

I’m always looking for more “plantsgiving”  ideas…got one? List yours below in the comments so I can steal it, please. 

So grateful for our RASA community! Happy Thanksgiving!



lisa (founder of RASA juice shop and best-selling author of Go Clean, Sexy You


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