If you’re looking for some delicious vegan Southern recipes, you’ve come to the right place! In this blog post, we’ll share some of our favorite plant-based Southern-style dishes that are perfect for any occasion.
There’s a reason Southern food is practically synonymous with comfort food—it’s full of those down-home dishes we all enjoy at family get-togethers and potlucks. If you’re vegan, you might think a lot of those Southern recipes are off-limits for you, but these vegan Southern recipes prove otherwise! From mouthwatering side dishes to classic desserts, we’ve got you covered, and there’s no butter, milk, meat, or eggs in sight. Just add some Southern sweet tea and enjoy!
What Is Traditional Southern Food?
Southern food is a style of cooking that originated in the Southern United States. It is known for its use of pork, seafood, rice, beans, and spices. Southern food was influenced by many different cultures over the years, including African, Native American, and European, melding all of these different influences into something unique.
Of course, “the South” encompasses a broad swath of the United States, so Southern food does vary a bit. Tidewater cuisine will be different from Creole, which is different from Caribbean-tinged Floridian cuisine, etc.
Some of the most popular Southern dishes include fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, grits, and sweet potatoes; in Louisiana, gumbo and jambalaya are popular, too. Southern food is often served with a side of cornbread or flaky buttermilk biscuits.
What Is the Difference Between Southern Food and Soul Food?
While both Southern food and soul food are similar, there are some key differences. Soul food is a type of Black cuisine that originated in the South. Like Cajun and Creole, soul food is a variety of Southern food. There’s overlap between Southern food and soul food, but they’re not the same.
Since the Great Migration in the 20th century, soul food is enjoyed by Black folks throughout the United States, not just in the South. Staples of soul food include beans, pork, cornmeal, and greens. These were among the food rations that were provided to enslaved persons.
What Are Some Southern Vegetables?
There are many different types of vegetables that are commonly used in Southern cooking. Some of the most popular include okra, collard greens, sweet potatoes, and black-eyed peas. Corn, tomatoes, green beans, and peppers are also frequently found in Southern recipes.
How Do You Make Southern Foods Vegan?
Making Southern foods vegan is actually quite simple since so many classic Southern dishes are heavy on vegetables!
You can replace the meat in most recipes with plant-based alternatives. Try using tofu, tempeh, seitan, or even a store-bought faux chicken or beef. You can also use vegan cheeses, milks, and butter in place of their dairy counterparts. For that signature smoky flavor in many Southern dishes, add liquid smoke or smoked paprika.
Best Vegan Southern Recipes
Comfort food classics made without meat, dairy, and eggs!
Vegan Pecan Pie
This vegan pecan pie is so delicious, no one will ever know it's dairy-free and egg-free. The perfect dessert for your next holiday party!
Homemade BBQ Sauce
Making your own barbecue sauce is easier than you think, and the results are so much better than anything you can buy in a store.
Southern Vegan Collard Greens
Packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, these greens are a nutritional powerhouse and the perfect side for any Southern dinner.
This vegan cornbread recipe is dairy-free, and easy to make gluten-free, making it the perfect option for anyone with food allergies or dietary restrictions.
Vegan Crab Cakes
These vegan crab cakes are made with hearts of palm, which give them a surprisingly realistic seafood flavor and texture.
Southern Black-Eyed Peas
This dish is said to bring good luck in the new year, so make sure to add it to your holiday menu!
Vegan Red Beans and Rice
Loaded with veggies and protein-rich red beans, this dish is great for a quick and easy weeknight meal.
BBQ Spice Rub
Try this delicious vegan BBQ spice rub for your next cookout. It'll add a smoky flavor to all your favorite plant-based dishes!
Baked Vegan Mac and Cheese
This vegan baked mac and cheese is perfect for a hearty, comforting meal. It's made with a creamy cashew sauce and nutritional yeast for that signature cheesy flavor!
This vegan jambalaya recipe is hearty, packed with flavor, and a complete meal in one bowl. We love that!
Vegan Sweet Potato Pie
Vegan sweet potato pie recipe is perfect for the holidays! It's easy to make, and it tastes just like the original recipe!
Vegan Hot Chicken Biscuits
These vegan hot chicken biscuits are perfect for a game day party! They're easy to make and everyone will love them.
Vegan Southern-Style Coleslaw
This vegan coleslaw recipe is perfect for picnics, potlucks and BBQs. It's easy to make, delightfully crunchy, and all-around delicious!
Vegan Sweet Potato Salad
This vegan sweet potato salad recipe is perfect for a summer potluck or BBQ, but equally good as a meal prep lunch!
Vegan Buttermilk Biscuits
These vegan buttermilk biscuits are perfect for a breakfast or brunch. Flaky and buttery, they're a delicious alternative to traditional biscuits!
Vegan Baked Candied Yams
These vegan candied yams will be the star of your holiday table! Rich, sweet, and fall-apart tender—so good!
Instant Pot Collard Greens
Collard greens are a delicious, healthy side dish that can be made in your Instant Pot in just minutes!
Vegan Pumpkin Pie
This vegan pumpkin pie recipe is perfect for Thanksgiving or any other autumn gathering. It's made with healthy, plant-based ingredients and tastes amazing!
BBQ Tofu (Southern Style)
This BBQ tofu is so delicious, you won't believe it's vegan! The perfect plant-based protein for your next barbecue.
Spicy Chicken Fried Cauliflower
Move over, chicken. There's a new fried food in town and it's cauliflower! This spicy dish is perfect for anyone who loves their comfort food with a kick.
How to Cook Black-eyed Peas in an Instant Pot
Looking for a delicious and easy New Year's dish? Try this recipe for black-eyed peas made in the Instant Pot!
Vegan Fried Chicken
This vegan fried chicken recipe is perfect for anyone looking for a hearty and delicious plant-based meal. It's so good, you'll never miss the meat!
Vegan Fish Sticks
Made with only plant-based ingredients, you won’t believe how closely these vegan fish sticks match the taste and texture of fish.
Vegan Skillet Cornbread
Made with simple ingredients, this cornbread is easy and delicious. Serve hot with a big bowl of soup or chili!