Over 50 Dairy-Free Recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers


You didn’t think I would leave you hanging did you? All of these amazing Dairy-Free Thanksgiving Recipes, and no creative ways to enjoy the Thanksgiving leftovers? Not a chance. Waste not, want not is a saying that I truly live by. So below is a list of recipes to help prevent a single morsel of that holiday smorgasbord from heading to the trash.

50+ Dairy-Free Recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers! Includes vegan / plant-based options and many are gluten-free, too.

Many recipes for Thanksgiving leftovers use copious amounts of cheese or other dairy products to morph them into a casserole. But there are plenty of creative ways to use up those delicious remains without a drop of milk. This post includes a round-up of dairy-free recipes to help you enjoy that leftover turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, cornbread, and pumpkin for many meals to come.

I have broken the recipes into omnivorous (with meat) and vegetarian (without meat) categories. But vegans and vegetarians shouldn’t feel shy about checking out the leftover turkey recipes, too. Several will work equally well with Tofurky. Nonetheless, I do have some recipes that were tailor made for vegan faux turkey!

Just like my Thanksgiving post, these Thanksgiving leftovers recipes are already dairy-free (no milk, casein, lactose, whey, etc). So there is no need for alterations, unless you are feeling adventurous! And you thought you were done cooking …

A Visual Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipe Feast

Are you actually stuffing-ed out? Make Stuffing Croutons from Gluten-Free Easily.

Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Stuffing Croutons

Did that pumpkin pie call for just 1 cup of pumpkin, but you bought a big 29oz can (or two)? Make Pumpkin Pie Rice Pudding from Art and Lemons.

Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes: Pumpkin Pie Rice Pudding

Was the 25 lb turkey too big for your family, or was no one else willing to sample the Tofurky? Make Turkey or Tofurky Pot Pie from Gluten-Free Easily.

Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes: Leftover Turkey Pot Pie

Or your can enjoy our Upgraded Turkey Cranberry Sandwiches.

Turkey Cranberry Sandwich

Or whip up this Spicy ‘n Sweet Turkey Pinto Bean Chili from Simply Sugar & Gluten Free.

Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes: Spicy ‘n Sweet Turkey Pinto Bean Chili

Did the turkey steal the show, leaving that holiday ham barely touches? Make Ham Loaf from The Gluten-Free Homemaker

Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes: Gluten-Free Ham Loaf

Did the triple-batch of cranberry sauce equal overkill? Make my Cranberry-Sauced Muffins.

Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes: Leftover Cranberry Sauce - Ginger Muffins

Or blend those cranberries into this Dairy-Free Cranberry Ice Cream from Ricki Heller.

Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes - Dairy-Free Cranberry Ice Cream

And for a double duty recipe, make this Vegan Thanksgiving Quiche from Bittersweet.

Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes: Vegan Thanksgiving Quiche

Or roll your Thanksgiving leftovers into this Turkey & Cranberry Sushi from Closet Cooking.

Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes: Turkey & Cranberry Sushi

Or make it brunch with my Almost Martha’s Pumpkin Pancakes topped with Cranberry Sauce.

 Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes: Dairy-Free Pumpkin Pancakes

More Amazing Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes


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About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. I had plenty of leftovers from the holiday too!!. I put together a ‘turkey leftover casserole’
    jar turkey gravy
    2 1/2 c stuffing (bread cubes, dairy free butter, onions, celery)
    2 1/2 c m potatoes (rice milk, df butter, taters)
    2 1/2 c shredded/ cut up turkey
    cook stuffing, gravy and turkey on stove till warm
    m potatoes in baking dish fill turkey stuffing gravy mixture on top
    cover w foil 30 min on 350
    great for our df kiddos!! they ate this more than on thxgiving day separated
    4-5 servings always add more or less depending on family size, we have 7 kiddos so was perfect smaller portions

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