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100 Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes (2021)

Here are our 100 Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes! All of your favorite, classic holiday recipes, plus a few extra for good measure.

When thanksgiving rolls around, you can always rely on the classics: stuffing, mashed potatoes, and of course, creamy green bean casserole. But what if you’re looking to switch up your side dish recipes this year – even keep it healthy, perhaps?

If you’re getting sick of cooking the same recipes over and over this year and you’re looking for some healthy and fancy recipes that can elevate your thanksgiving table, you’ve come to the right place. That said, you’ll find loads of classic recipes too in this list and some unorthodox side ideas too.

If you need even more ideas for thanksgiving recipes then check out our list of 50 Keto/Low Carb Thanksgiving recipes.

From potato and sweet potato sides, to squash and pumpkin, green beans and brussels sprouts, to stuffing, salads and soup, I have got you covered.

1| Creamy Cauliflower Gratin – Get Full Recipe

Creamy Cauliflower Gratin

Healthy, low carb thanksgiving side recipe which is easy and quick to make.

2| Creamed Spinach With Caramelized OnionsGet Full Recipe

Creamed Spinach with Caramelized Onion (Keto, Low Carb)

This holiday try this beautiful creamy spinach savory recipe and you might win over a few people to spinach. This creamed spinach recipe is an easy, tasty side dish for any meal. Perfect for holiday dinners or serving with steak (or try my Balsamic Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Olive Tapenade). Simple ingredients make this spinach creamy, cheesy and so scrumptious!

3| Baked Brie with Cranberries and Walnuts – Get Full Recipe

Baked Brie with Cranberries and Walnuts

This Baked Brie with cranberries and walnuts is the perfect, easy and classy side dish/appetizer. Gooey, warm brie topped with sweet and tart cranberries, crunchy walnuts and topped with earthy rosemary definitely a crowd pleasing and delicious appetizer.

4| Parsnip Soup with Thyme and Pancetta – Get Full Recipe

Parsnip Soup With Thyme and Pancetta

A simple dairy free and gluten free warm and soul soothing soup for the Thanksgiving dinner table.

5| Instant Pot Broccoli and Cheese Soup – Get Full Recipe

Instant Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup

Cheesy and healthy soup recipe goes well with Thanksgiving main meals.

6| Mayo Free Broccoli, Bacon Salad with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds – Get Full Recipe

Mayo Free Broccoli Bacon Salad with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

This lightly dressed, chilled broccoli salad is great for thanksgiving dinner spread. The mayonnaise-free dressing adds a boost of bright flavors thanks to the fresh lemon juice and zest, while the crisp-tender broccoli and pumpkin seeds add a satisfying crunch.

7| Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Bacon – Get Full Recipe

Pan-Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Bacon

This delicious side dish is full of caramelized flavor punctuated by tasty bits of bacon and crispy goodness. Pair this dish with pork chops or roasted chicken for a wonderful, holiday meal.

8| Spiralized Greek Cucumber Noodle Salad – Get Full Recipe

Spiralized Greek Cucumber Noodle Salad (Keto, Low Carb)

This spiralized greek cucumber salad is light, delicious, and healthy. You will want to make this tasty, unique salad again and again!

9| Easy Baked Zucchini Fries – Get Full Recipe

Easy Baked Zucchini Fries

Crispy and flavorful, these zucchini fries are baked and SO easy to make!

10| Crisp and Crunchy Broccoli Slaw – Get Full Recipe

Super Easy Crisp & Crunchy Broccoli Slaw (Low Carb)

This super quick recipe is perfect for those nights you want a light and tasty side dish without pulling out another pot or pan.

11| Green Beans and Tofu Stir Fry With Roasted Peanuts – Get Full Recipe

Green Beans and Tofu Stir-fry With Roasted Peanuts (Vegan-Low Carb)

If you have vegan guests over to your thanksgiving dinner party then this recipe will suit them perfectly. It’s super simple to make and the combination works so well together.

12| Keto Cauliflower Mash – Get Full Recipe


We all serve mashed potatoes as a side for our Thanksgiving dinner, this time try this cauliflower mash. It’s creamy, smooth and extra delicious without the carbs. Perfect for everyone looking to keep off the holiday weight.

13| Creamy Avocado and Cilantro Hummus – Get Full Recipe

Smooth And Creamy Keto Avocado-Cilantro Hummus

Put everything in a grinder and voila, a tasty dip is ready in minutes.

14| Easy Keto Pumpkin Soup – Get Full Recipe

15| Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans – Get Full Recipe

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Sweet potato casserole with pecans packed with tender sweet potatoes and a buttery crunchy pecan topping is the best fall side dish for Thanksgiving dinner.

16| Hassel Back Potatoes with Garlic Herb Butter – Get Full Recipe

Hasselback potatoes with garlic herb butter are perfectly crispy on the outside and tender and buttery on the inside, infused with garlic and rosemary.

17| Savory Mashed Sweet Potatoes – Get Full Recipe

Velvety, smooth, and creamy, this savory mashed sweet potatoes dish os quick and easy and can be made ahead of time – it is the perfect side for your holiday meal.

18| Dirty Rice – Get Full Recipe

This flavorful “dirty” rice is a great side dish for any dinner, especially during the holidays, alongside roast pork or fried chicken. It also makes a terrific stuffing for chicken, quail, or turkey.

19| Herby Rhodes Rolls – Get Full Recipe

Perfect dinner rolls, which is easy to make perfect for busy holiday dinners.

20| Potato Leek Au Gratin – Get Full Recipe

POTATOES. Leeks sauteéd in butter, three kinds of cheese. Whole milk and heavy cream. It’s a fool-proof recipe for happy faces at the dinner table.

21| Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits – Get Full Recipe

These buttermilk biscuits are flaky on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside. Grandma’s flaky buttermilk biscuits makes the perfect side to any meal.

22| Broccoli Cheese Casserole – Get Full Recipe

Love this recipe, it does not have canned soup, mayo, bland rice or frozen broccoli to muck it up. The simplicity of this recipe makes it a superb holiday side.

23| Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Squash with Dried Cranberries and Dijon Vinaigrette – Get Full Recipe

Easy and delicious Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Squash with Dried cranberries and Dijon Vinaigrette. This is a popular and well-loved Thanksgiving side dish recipe! 

24| Roasted Cabbage Wedges with-Onion Dijon Sauce – Get Full Recipe

A revelation in flavor and texture, these roasted cabbage wedges are simple and quick to make and are perfectly complimented with a delicious onion-dijon sauce. You won’t believe how good cabbage can be!

25| Vegan Zucchini Gratin – Get Full Recipe

26| Gluten Free Corn Bread – Get Full Recipe

27| Sweet and Spicy Roasted Squash and Pecan Salad – Get Full Recipe

28| Roasted Autumn Harvest Salad – Get Full Recipe

roasted autumn harvest salad

Roasting is the name of the game when it comes to cooking Thanksgiving dinner—especially when you need to whip up a lot of different dishes at once. This roasted autumn harvest salad is the perfect mixture of warm, sweet, and savory to start off your Thanksgiving meal.

29| Smashed Potatoes – Get Full Recipe

Vegan smashed potatoes

Sick of mashed potatoes? Ditch the classic Thanksgiving side dish and whip up these easy smashed potatoes instead!

30| Honey Roasted Carrots – Get Full Recipe

Vegetarian honey roasted carrots

These roasted carrots add the perfect sweet touch to your Thanksgiving meal.

31| Butternut Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter – Get Full Recipe

Vegetarian butternut ravioli with sage and brown butter

Switch up the starchy side this year with some homemade butternut squash ravioli!

32| Green Bean Casserole – Get Full Recipe

Vegetarian green bean casserole

Can’t get rid of the classics? Why not make healthier versions of them! This popular Thanksgiving side dish can be made a lot healthier thanks to added vegetables and a lighter dusting of bread crumbs.

33| Sweet Potato Fries – Get Full Recipe

Vegan sweet potato fries

Who wouldn’t want fries on their Thanksgiving table? Skip roasting your sweet potatoes and make crispy baked fries instead!

34| Roasted Brussels Sprouts 5 Ways – Get Full Recipe

lemon pomegranate brussels sprouts on a sheet pan

Roasted Brussels sprouts certainly are an easy Thanksgiving side dish, but why not take it up a notch? Elevate your Brussels sprouts with one of our five favorite combos: lemon pomegranate, maple pecan, bacon feta, crunchy parmesan, or even everything bagel seasoning!

35| Warm Kale-Quinoa Salad – Get Full Recipe

kale quinoa salad with apples and walnuts in two white bowls

You can easily turn this lunch salad into a side for your Thanksgiving table by skipping the cooked chicken and simply serving this vegetarian style with a homemade dijon vinaigrette.

36| Air Fryer Sweet and Sour Cauliflower – Get Full Recipe

sweet and sour crispy cauliflower bites

Sure, these bites could work as an appetizer—but why not also as a Thanksgiving side dish? Plus, cooking them in the air fryer gives you one less thing that needs to roast in your oven.

Get our recipe for Air Fryer Sweet and Sour Cauliflower

37| Roasted Squash – Get Full Recipe

Vegetarian roasted squash

Not really feeling potatoes this year? Dice up a butternut squash and roast it as a starchy side instead!

38| Mixed Green Salad and Pumpkin Vinaigrette – Get Full Recipe

mixed greens salad with pears and pumpkin vinaigrette

Use up the leftover canned pumpkin from that pie you baked and whip up this simple mixed green salad with a pumpkin vinaigrette!

39| Pumpkin-Potato Mash – Get Full Recipe

Pumpkin potato mash in a large bowl with chives, oil, and salt.

Or use that pumpkin to make a pumpkin potato mash to boost the fiber and the vitamin A on your plate.

40| Stuffed Tomatoes – Get Full Recipe

Vegetarian stuffed tomatoes

These stuffed tomatoes not only make for an excellent Thanksgiving side dish, but they also work as a vegetarian entree option for anyone who needs it!

41| Spicy Macaroni and Cheese – Get Full Recipe

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This spicy macaroni and cheese can be baked in individual cups, or in a larger casserole dish for easy sharing.

42| Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes – Get Full Recipe

Vegan roasted garlic mashed potatoes

We get it—sometimes having a bowl of mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving is comforting. So this roasted garlic mash will satisfy that nostalgic craving you have.

43| Healthy Spinach & Goat Cheese Salad with Apples & Warm Bacon Dressing – Get Full Recipe

Healthy spinach & goat cheese salad with apples & warm bacon dressing

This salad could either work as a Thanksgiving side dish or the perfect appetizer before digging into the main meal!

44| Apple-Sausage Stuffing – Get Full Recipe

Healthy apple-sausage stuffing

This apple sausage stuffing keeps it light with turkey sausage, good vegetables and fruit, and cubes of your favorite crusty loaf.

45| Yukon Gold & Sweet Potato Gratin – Get Full Recipe

Vegetarian yukon gold & sweet potato gratin

Impress your guests with this elevated potato side dish!

46| Orange Cranberry Relish – Get Full Recipe

healthy orange cranberry relish

Not a fan of the canned stuff? Make your own cranberry sauce with our deliciously sweet orange cranberry recipe.

47| Butternut Squash Pasta Salad – Get Full Recipe

Butternut squash pasta salad

Why not mix the veggies and the starchy Thanksgiving side dish recipes with this easy-to-make butternut squash pasta salad?

48| 15-Minute Parmesan-Roasted Broccoli – Get Full Recipe

Vegetarian parmesan roasted broccoli

An easy green to add to your table that isn’t a salad, this roasted broccoli recipe will be in and out of the oven in just 15 minutes’ time.

49| Twice-Baked Potatoes – Get Full Recipe

Healthy twice-baked potatoes
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

With cheesy, crispy toppings, who wouldn’t love a twice baked potato on their Thanksgiving plate?

50| Gnocchi with Peas and Prosciutto – Get Full Recipe

Healthy gnocchi with peas and prosciutto
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

For an elegant Thanksgiving side dish, this gnocchi recipe is served with fresh green vegetables and savory prosciutto.

51| Low-Carb Mashed Cauliflower – Get Full Recipe

Ricotta roasted garlic mashed cauliflower

Looking for low-carb sides? This mashed cauliflower recipe will keep your carb count low on your Thanksgiving plate.

52| Roasted Cabbage Recipe – Get Full Recipe

cooked cabbage wedges on a baking sheet
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

Roasting up big wedges of cabbage makes for an easy green side with your Thanksgiving meal.

53| Air Fryer Hasselback Potatoes – Get Full Recipe

baby hasselback potatoes
Carlene Thomas/Eat This, Not That!

Put your air fryer to work and make this original hasselback potato recipe that will certainly surprise—and delight—your Thanksgiving dinner guests.

54| Plant-Based Lentil and Kale Tots Casserole – Get Full Recipe

plant based lentil kale tots casserole in skillet
Carlene Thomas

Sure, this lentil and kale tater tot casserole could work for a plant-based brunch, but we also think it could be a deliciously easy side to serve at Thanksgiving as well!

55| Arugula and Grapefruit Salad With Dill Ranch Dressing and Pumpkin Seeds – Get Full Recipe

keto arugula grapefruit salad
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

This flavorful, fresh salad makes for the perfect side to add to your plate—or a salad to start off the meal!

56| Pumpkin Ravioli and Pesto – Get Full Recipe

pumpkin ravioli with pestp sauce
Blaine Moats

These crispy pumpkin raviolis can be served with your turkey, or even served as a little bit to eat as you’re cooking away in the kitchen,

57| Sweet Potato Toasts – Get Full Recipe

sweet potato toasts on blue plate with butter

Looking for something a little different to do with your potatoes this Thanksgiving? Slice up your sweet potato into thin “toasts” and top them with all kinds of savory or sweet toppings. Cranberry sauce on a sweet potato toast? We’re so game.

58| Crispy Crumb-Topped Mac and Cheese Cups – Get Full Recipe

Crispy crumb topped mac and cheese cups
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

Muffin tins make portion control at Thanksgiving a lot easier—so why not go all out with these cheesy crumb-topped mac and cheese cups?

59| Warm Brussels Sprouts Salad with Eggs and Pickled Red Onions – Get Full Recipe

Warm brussel sprouts salad with eggs and pickled red onions
Waterbury Publications Inc.

A fun take on your usual Brussels sprouts recipe at Thanksgiving, this salad is served with egg for protein and pickled red onions for a tangy twist.

60| Quinoa Pilaf – Get Full Recipe

quinoa pilaf

Get your grains in! This quinoa pilaf recipe is a great complex carb to add to your Thanksgiving spread,

61| Butternut Squash Hash – Get Full Recipe

bowl of butternut squash hash with celery
Posie Brien/Eat This, Not That!

Don’t feel like making stuffing this year? This butternut squash hash is a great alternative. It lightens up your meal by skipping the bread and focusing only on protein and veggies.

62| Potato Salad – Get Full Recipe

Potato salad

We’re pretty sure you can’t go wrong with a cold potato salad for any event—especially a Thanksgiving extravaganza.

63| Pan-Roasted Mushrooms – Get Full Recipe

pan roasted mushrooms onions

Don’t have room in the oven to cook more food? These mushrooms are pan roasted to perfection and don’t take a ton of time to make.

64| Balsamic Zucchini – Get Full Recipe

cooked zucchini

Not ready to give up on your favorite summer squash recipes? This balsamic zucchini is the perfect light side dish to add to your spread.

65| Simmered Lentils – Get Full Recipe

Lentils in bowl

This simple lentil recipe can become an iconic side dish thanks to its versatility! Mix in some other vegetables—like butternut squash—with some of your favorite fall spices to give it a Thanksgiving twist.

66| Spicy Mashed Sweet Potatoes – Get Full Recipe

mashed sweet potatoes

If you’re more of a sweet potato person but don’t want to bother with a sweet potato casserole this year, this simple mashed sweet potato recipe is the perfect trade-off.

67| Roasted Parmesan Asparagus – Get Full Recipe

Asparagus with cheese and lemon and pine nuts

You can’t go wrong with a sheet pan of roasted asparagus—especially when it’s topped with fresh cheese!

68| Garlic Lemon Spinach – Get Full Recipe

Vegan garlic lemon spinach in a bowl
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Another easy stovetop side dish—this garlic lemon shrimp only requires six ingredients and will be ready to eat in less than 10 minutes.

69| Succotash – Get Full Recipe

Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Looking for something a little different? Succotash is the perfect mix of hearty beans, corn, and salty bacon that will pair well with a succulent slice of turkey.

70| Zucchini Carbonara – Get Full Recipe

healthy zucchini carbonara
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Lighten up your usual pasta side dish with this healthy carbonara recipe, made with zucchini ribbons and a light cream sauce.

71| Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing – Get Full Recipe

Healthy spinach salad with warm bacon dressing
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Pump up the protein in your salad by throwing in some shrimp for a filling side—or a perfect lunch as you’re getting dinner ready to serve!

72| Pesto Gnocchi with Green Beans and Tomatoes – Get Full Recipe

Vegetarian pesto gnocchi with green beans and tomatoes
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Gnocchi makes for an easy side dish with any meal—especially when it’s paired with pesto, cheese, and other fresh vegetables.

73| Rosemary Butternut Squash Soup – Get Full Recipe

whole 30 rosemary butternut squash soup

Whether you want a cup served with dinner or a bowl before your meal, this rosemary butternut squash soup is a classic way to celebrate the best of the healthy vegetables that the season has to offer!

74| Hasselback Butternut Squash With Maple Brown Butter – Get Full Recipe

If this doesn’t steal the show, we don’t know what will.

hasselback butternut squash

75| Spicy Acorn Squash with Feta Get Full Recipe

Add a kick to simple roasted squash with our recipe that uses smoked paprika and ground cayenne pepper.

76| Mushroom and Chile-Garlic Green Beans – Get Full Recipe

Not into the typical green bean casserole? This fresh version with chile-garlic butter will spice-up the Thanksgiving table.

77| Lemony Brussels Sprout Salad Get Full Recipe

Add a fresh, crunchy side salad for your fall table. There’s no heating involved and only seven ingredients needed.

78| Roasted Pears Get Full Recipe

This festive holiday side dish pairs well with turkey.

79| Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy Get Full Recipe

Make this up to two months in advance and store it in the freezer.

80| Fig and Rosemary Cranberry Sauce Get Full Recipe

Dried figs add extra sweetness and great texture to this unique cranberry sauce.

81| Northwest Fruit Stuffing Recipe Get Full Recipe

This sweet-and-savory Northwest fruit stuffing brings in the best of both worlds.

82| Turkey Stuffing Get Full Recipe

This classic side comes together in just 3 steps: sauté your vegetables, toss with bread cubes and broth and bake in a casserole dish. Done!

83| Molded Cranberry Sauce – Get Full Recipe

Skip the canned stuff and wow your guests with this more flavorful, prettier (and pretty easy) version made with fresh cranberries!

84| Kale Salad with Pickled Cranberries and Crispy Quinoa – Get Full Recipe

We packed all the best flavors of fall into this feast-worthy crunch-fest.

85| Horseradish–Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes – Get the recipe

Second only to turkey, mashed potatoes are a Thanksgiving must-have. These can be made ahead, and get an extra little kick from fresh horseradish.

86| Nana’s Famous Corn Pudding – Get Full Recipe

I think we can agree that Nana would not be pleased if you left this off the table.

87| Parker House Rolls – Get Full Recipe

Pass the rolls, please! In particular, these soft Parker House ones topped with a pinch of sea salt.

88| Bourbon Yams – Get Full Recipe

Forget the marshmallow topping: Whip your sweet potatoes thoroughly with a good helping of bourbon, and top them with toasted walnuts instead. You can thank us later.

89| Cranberry-Grape Sauce – Get Full Recipe

For those who find the time-honored Thanksgiving condiment a little too mouth-puckering, we offer this sweeter edition.

90| Fresh Herb Stuffing – Get Full Recipe

No Thanksgiving table is complete without stuffing. This recipe uses a whole loaf of bread and flavorful herbs—it doesn’t get any better than that.

91| Thanksgiving Crab Cakes – Get Full Recipe

These decadent cakes are a Southern costal tradition — one that’s worth spreading to the rest of the country.

92| Lima Bean and Corn Succotash – Get Full Recipe

Simple, succulent, and an absolute Southern must-have, this buttery dish will complete your Thanksgiving plate.

93| Sweet Potato Casserole with Homemade Marshmallow – Get Full Recipe

You and your guests will be in heaven after eating this sweet potato casserole. It’s topped with—you guessed it—the most delicious homemade marshmallow.

94| Scallion Cornbread – Get Full Recipe

While you don’t have to bake this cheesy cornbread in a cast iron pan, it’s even more tasty if you do. And here’s an even better idea: For a fun look, cook ’em in corn-shaped cast iron molds.

95| Skillet Cornbread with Honey Butter – Get Full Recipe

No good Southern Thanksgiving is complete without a slice of good country cornbread.

96| Composed Waldorf Salad – Get Full Recipe

We love when a traditional dish gets a fresh spin. That’s the case for this Waldorf salad, which separates its ingredients into sections—it’ll even work for picky eaters!

97| Roasted Squash with Goat Cheese and Poached Cranberries – Get Full Recipe

Goat cheese is delicious on so many things, but especially on these butternut squash medallions with cranberry sauce drizzled on top.

98| Marinated Mushroom-and-Charred Broccolini Salad – Get Full Recipe

A vegan dish that meat eaters will enjoy? We’re sold.

99| Sweet Potato-and-Cauliflower Salad – Get Full Recipe

Pump up a side salad with warm, roasted vegetables.

100| Fresh Herb Spoon Rolls – Get Full Recipe

These homemade rolls will blow store-bought versions out of the water.


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