3 Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes You Can Make With a Juicer

Juicing and Thanksgiving is not a good fit?

Give these three easy vegan recipes a try

I love juicing and I love Thanksgiving. Things are cooling down towards the end of the year, it’s getting colder outside (at least here in Germany), people are generally looking forward to Christmas and I just like the city lit in beautiful colors. However, if you’re living a vegan lifestyle, Thanksgiving can sometimes be a challenge. From facing incredulous family members (“what you DON’T actually eat chicken?”), to keeping up with your own dietary goals during festivities.

For me this is a wonderful opportunity to kill two birds with one stone: I can use the juice pulp that is a byproduct of my daily juicing regimen and I can make some delicious Thanksgiving side dishes for my vegan guests. Note: I am not a vegan but many of my friends are, so I want to make sure everybody has plenty of options to choose from at my table.

Note: You do not need a juicer to create these recipes. Whenever I use the pulp you can just use finely minced vegetables. You’ll probably need less especially from the greens.

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Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipe Balls

Mhhh, these are delicious vegan balls

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Recipe 1: Vegan Balls with Home Made Spinach Basil Pesto

This vegan Thanksgiving side dish recipe is just awesome: it’s easy to make, you can use your carrot or sweet potato juice pulp and it just tastes delicious. On top of that we’ll create a nice green pesto (without parmesan) based on spinach and basil pulp and a generous splash of olive oil.


  • Vegan Balls
  • 4 carrots
  • 2 medium sized sweet potatoes
  • 2 stalks of celery, finely diced
  • 3 onions, finely diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 tbsp olive oil, or more
  • 1-2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup walnuts, graded
  • 2-3 parsley sprigs, chopped
  • 2 thyme sprigs
  • 2 rosemary sprigs
  • salt and pepper
  • pinch of sweet paprika
  • Pesto
  • 8oz fresh spinach (less if not juiced)
  • 3oz basil (less if not juiced)
  • 2oz pine nuts, graded
  • splash of veggie stock
  • 5 tbsp olive oil or more
  • 1 garlic clove
  • salt and pepper
  • 2oz parmesan cheese (optional, to keep it vegan)
  • This recipe is for 9 vegan balls
Red Quinoa Salad Vegan

Yummie red quinoa salad with kale

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Recipe 2: Red Quinoa Salad with Kale Pulp

This recipe is for all of you who sick of plain ol’ standard salads. I highly recommend you use red quinoa as it just as a much richer taste and it looks nicer. We’ll add some great veggies to the mix: corn, red pepper, scallions and kale. I love my kale juices because it’s just so healthy, so I’m even more pleased if I can make use of that kale pulp leftover. You can find the exact instructions in the video above.


  • Red Quinoa Salad
  • 9oz of red quinoa (black or white is fine, too)
  • 3 scallions, minced
  • 2-3 corn cobs
  • 1-2 garlic cloves
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • 1 red pepper
  • 2-3oz dried tomatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 5 kale leaves (pulp)
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 pinch of sweet paprika
  • This recipe is for 4 - 6 servings
Orange Glazed Sweet Potatoes

Glazed sweet potatoes with rosemary

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Recipe 3: Orange Glazed Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes can be considered a Thanksgiving classic. That’s why I needed to include them into my vegan recipe list. Also, they taste so delicious, especially in combination with cinnamon and orange juice. You have to try this. Obviously, no supermarket orange juice is allowed. But you don’t need an expensive juicer to get it. A standard citrus juicer will do just as well.

  • Orange Glazed Sweet Potatoes
  • 2 medium sized sweet potatoes
  • 4 oranges, juiced
  • 1/2 cup of (brown) sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • This recipe is for 4 - 6 servings
A little exhausted Thanksgiving

A little exhausted but happy

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