50 Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Whether you're seeking classic Thanksgiving recipes or something totally new, you're sure to love one (or more!) of these 50 Thanksgiving side dishes.

Best Thanksgiving side dishes

Roasted turkey, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie may have permanent spots on your Thanksgiving menu, but if you’re anything like me, you like to throw new Thanksgiving side dishes into the mix every now and again. If you’re looking for new Thanksgiving recipes, read on to find over 50 of my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes. With ideas ranging from classics like mashed potatoes and green bean casserole to inventive stuffings and soups, you’re sure to find a dish (or two!) you’ll love.

Potato Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

I make these creamy mashed potatoes without any sour cream or butter! They get their luscious texture and rich flavor from olive oil, roasted garlic, and a good splash of starchy potato cooking water.

Creamy mashed potatoes

Sweet Potato Casserole

You won’t miss the marshmallows in this savory sweet potato casserole. I top a creamy, gingery layer of sweet potatoes with a crisp, toasty pecan crumble and plenty of fresh herbs.

Sweet potato casserole

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

If you’re a fan of super creamy mashed potatoes, you’ll love this recipe! You can’t taste the cauliflower, but it makes these mashed potatoes extra fluffy, smooth, and light.

Cauliflower mashed potatoes

Kale & Olive Oil Vegan Mashed Potatoes

Flecked with kale and rosemary, these rustic mashed potatoes aren’t conventional, but they’re delicious nonetheless.

Mashed potato Thanksgiving recipes

Cauliflower Parsnip Mash with Roasted Garlic

I love this mash’s creamy, luscious texture, but my favorite part of it is its flavor.  Thanks to the parsnips, roasted garlic, and olive oil, it’s complex, rich, and nutty.

Thanksgiving side dishes

Traditional Baked Sweet Potato

Good Thanksgiving recipes don’t have to be complicated! With crispy skins and smooth, sweet flesh, these easy baked sweet potatoes would be a delicious addition to your Thanksgiving menu.

Baked sweet potatoes on a plate

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Broccoli

The ultimate twice baked potato recipe! These guys are filled with a bright, lemony broccoli salad and a sprinkle of cheddar cheese, but it’s the sweet potato rosemary cashew cream sauce that takes them over the top.

Sweet potato Thanksgiving recipes

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes, Many Ways

These stuffed sweet potatoes are one of my all-time favorite Thanksgiving side dishes! They’re fun, flavorful, and easy to put together. I especially like the Fall Harvest variation for a Thanksgiving feast.

Sweet potato Thanksgiving side dishes

Stuffing Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving Stuffing

Inspired by my mom’s stuffing recipe, this hearty stuffing is made with crusty bread, fresh herbs, celery, onions, and mushrooms for an umami kick. Deliciously savory, it’s always my favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner.

Thanksgiving Stuffing recipe

Butternut Squash & Leek Stuffing

If you want to make a stuffing recipe that’s as pretty as it is delicious, this is the one for you! It’s a vibrant, flavorful mix of roasted squash, purple onions, fresh herbs, cranberries, and bread. Yum!

Thanksgiving side dishes

Cornbread Stuffing

If having cornbread stuffing on your Thanksgiving table is a must, try this recipe for a fun twist! Mixed with poblanos and dried currants, it’s delectably spicy and sweet.

Cornbread stuffing

Vegetable Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Crispy roasted Brussels sprouts are delicious on their own, but this zingy lemon Parmesan dressing makes them absolutely irresistible.

Roasted Brussels sprouts

Green Bean Casserole

A fresher version of the Thanksgiving classic, this green bean casserole recipe includes lots of fresh green beans, crispy baked onions, and a rich, creamy homemade mushroom sauce. It’s one of our new Thanksgiving favorites!

Green bean casserole

Creamed Spinach

This recipe is the perfect last-minute Thanksgiving side dish. You can make it in 15 minutes, and it’s fresh, bright, and delicious. Use coconut milk to make it dairy-free!

Creamed spinach

Simple Roasted Beets with Citrus

The ultimate make-ahead Thanksgiving side dish! You can roast and marinate the beets up to 3 days before the big meal. Then, toss them with herbs, orange segments, and an extra squeeze of lemon when you’re ready to eat.

Thanksgiving side dishes

Brussels Sprouts, 4 Simple Variations

If you want to make a surprising, creative Thanksgiving side dish, look no further than these roasted Brussels sprouts! These 4 variations all pack a punch of flavor, and they’re all easy to put together. Just prep your sauce and toppings ahead of time, and toss them with the roasted sprouts at the last minute.

Brussels sprouts Thanksgiving side dishes

Simple Lemon Green Beans

Sometimes the simplest Thanksgiving side dishes are the best ones, and these easy, lemony green beans are here to prove it.

Green beans Thanksgiving recipes

Roasted Cauliflower

Dress up simple roasted cauliflower with lemon zest and fresh herbs, and it becomes a delectable Thanksgiving side dish! The cauliflower is good warm or at room temperature, so feel free to roast it up to a few hours in advance.

Roasted Cauliflower

Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

A classic flavor combination! I like to toss my balsamic Brussels sprouts with nuts, grains, and cranberries to make a hearty salad, but they’re also great on their own.

Balsamic roasted Brussels sprouts

Squash Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Butternut Squash Hummus with Feta & Pomegranates

This Thanksgiving appetizer is always a hit! It’s full of spiced butternut squash flavor, and pomegranates and feta make it a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach.

Thanksgiving recipes

Roasted Delicata Squash with Apples & Sage

This recipe falls into my favorite category of Thanksgiving side dishes: those that showcase fall produce at its finest. It’s a delicious, sweet and savory mix of squash, apples, kale, and cozy fresh herbs.

Best Thanksgiving side dishes

Maple Roasted Acorn Squash

Roasted with maple syrup, olive oil, herbs, and salt and pepper, this acorn squash is a simple, elegant Thanksgiving side dish.

Maple Roasted Acorn Squash

Acorn Squash with Chickpeas & Chimichurri

Loaded with warm-spiced chickpeas, zingy chimichurri, and a tangy yogurt sauce, this hearty stuffed acorn squash could double as a main or side dish.

Squash Thanksgiving recipes

Quinoa Salad Stuffed Acorn Squash

This bright stuffed squash is piled high with a super fresh spinach and quinoa salad. Try serving it with tahini sauce for a creamy, nutty finishing touch!

Stuffed acorn squash

Vegetarian Stuffed Acorn Squash

A fun Tex-Mex spin on stuffed acorn squash! The spiced quinoa, avocado, and black bean filling contrasts perfectly with the sweet roasted squash.

Squash Thanksgiving side dishes

Roasted Delicata Squash with Creamy Blue Cheese

If you love making Thanksgiving recipes ahead of time, this roasted delicata salad is for you. The sweet, caramelized squash is mixed with tangy marinated cabbage, sweet currants, and a rich, creamy blue cheese dressing. Prep the components ahead of time, and plate them together at the last minute.

Thanksgiving side dishes with squash

Roasted Butternut Squash

An easy, last-minute side dish that doesn’t skimp on flavor! You only need olive oil, salt, pepper, and a sprinkle of herbs to make simple roasted butternut squash a Thanksgiving-worthy side dish.

Roasted butternut squash

Salad Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Kale Salad with Carrot Ginger Dressing

Add some color to your Thanksgiving table with this rainbow kale salad! You can toss the whole thing together up to two days in advance – just save the avocado for the last minute.

Salad Thanksgiving side dishes

Shredded Brussels Sprout Salad

 I bring this salad to my family’s Thanksgiving dinner every year. It has 8 ingredients, it’s lemony and bright, and it keeps well if you make it ahead of time. What’s not to love?

Shredded Brussels sprout salad

Spiced Butternut Squash Salad

The star of this spiced squash salad is the dressing. It’s a creamy blend of cumin, lemon, apple cider vinegar, and a sweet Medjool date!

Salad Thanksgiving recipes

Roasted Delicata Squash Kale Salad

A nutty, hearty mix of farro, roasted chickpeas, squash, kale, and apples, this salad is fall in a bowl!

Salad Thanksgiving side dishes

Best Broccoli Salad

This recipe only gets better if you make it ahead of time. Toss the broccoli, onion, and cranberries in the lightly creamy, tangy dressing, and add the smoky roasted nuts right before you eat.

Make-ahead Thanksgiving side dishes

Roasted Cauliflower Salad

Packed with dried apricots, pickled onions, olives, and arugula, this salad is the perfect mix of sweet, briny, and tangy flavors.

Thanksgiving salad recipes

Arugula Fennel Salad

Creamy avocado, crunchy walnuts, and crisp shaved veggies elevate this simple, bright arugula salad.

Salad Thanksgiving side dishes

Harvest Haven Green Salad

If you love serving a green salad at Thanksgiving dinner, make this recipe! It’s fresh, flavorful, and simple to toss together.

Best Thanksgiving recipes

Napa Cabbage Salad

This salad is a delicious jumble of crispy, creamy, nutty, sweet, and tangy components. Tossed in a miso citrus dressing, it holds up well if you make it ahead of time. Just save the avocado until you’re ready to eat!

Thanksgiving side dishes

Kale Avocado Salad

A luscious lemon avocado dressing and fresh basil pack this hearty salad with amazing bright flavor.

Thanksgiving salad recipes

Soup Thanksgiving Recipes

Butternut Squash Soup

Ginger, rosemary, and sage infuse this creamy butternut squash soup with autumn flavor. But most importantly, it will make your kitchen smell amazing!

Butternut squash soup

Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Soup

This yummy savory soup comes together in two easy steps: just roast and blend! Totally dairy-free, this soup gets its creamy texture from the cauliflower itself.

Creamy cauliflower soup

Carrot Ginger Soup

You only need 7 ingredients to make this refreshing, light autumn soup! Top it with a swirl of pesto for extra herbaceous flavor.

Soup Thanksgiving recipes

Cream of Mushroom Soup

This cream of mushroom soup is too good to hide in a green bean casserole! Savory, tangy, and rich, it’s a recipe that deserves to be enjoyed on its own.

Soup Thanksgiving side dishes

Wild Rice Soup

Wild rice is a Thanksgiving staple, and it shines in this lightly creamy soup. Along with the nutty rice, aromatic veggies, herbs, miso, and lemon round out its tangy, crave-worthy flavor.

Pot of wild rice soup

Red Curry Squash Soup

This rich squash soup is bursting with warm curry flavor. It’s definitely one of those Thanksgiving side dishes that’s better on the second (or even third) day, so do yourself a favor and make it in advance!

Soup Thanksgiving side dishes

Grain Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Herbed Farro

Nutty, lemony, and fresh, this super simple side dish packs a punch of flavor. Plus, it’s a great one to make ahead of time!

Grain Thanksgiving side dishes

Farmhouse Farro Salad

Curls of carrots, crisp apples, toasty roasted sweet potatoes, and fresh greens accent the hearty farro in this delicious grain salad.

Vegetable Thanksgiving side dishes

Buckwheat Cranberry Avocado Salad

A grain salad that’s gluten-free! Filled with diced apples and dried cranberries, it’s perfect for Thanksgiving Day.

Grain Thanksgiving recipes

Bread Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Maple Rosemary Cornbread Muffins

Seasoned with rosemary, these muffins are at home alongside classic Thanksgiving side dishes like mashed potatoes and stuffing.

Bread Thanksgiving recipes

Spicy Chipotle Cornbread

Chopped scallions and whole corn kernels give this smoky, spicy cornbread a yummy crunch.

Focaccia

Focaccia with Rosemary

Skip the dinner rolls this year and make homemade focaccia instead!

Pumpkin Spiced Corn Muffins

Leftover pumpkin puree from making pie? Use it in these spiced corn muffins!

Thanksgiving side dishes


50 Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Easy Mashed Potatoes

 
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Recipe type: side dish
Serves: 4 to 6
Ingredients
  • 1 bulb roasted garlic (from this recipe)
  • 2 pounds Yukon gold or butterball potatoes, peeled
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt, divided
  • ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Butter, optional for serving
  • Chopped chives and/or rosemary, optional for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. Use the back of a chef’s knife or a small masher to mash the roasted garlic into a paste before incorporating into the mashed potatoes. Set aside.
  2. Place the potatoes and 1 teaspoon of salt in a large pot and fill with enough water to cover the potatoes by 1 inch. Bring to a boil and cook until fork tender, about 20 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid.
  3. Use a ricer or a potato masher to mash the potatoes into a large bowl. Use a rubber spatula to fold in the roasted garlic, olive oil, ½ cup of the reserved cooking liquid, 1 teaspoon salt, and several pinches of pepper. Continue folding until creamy, adding up to ½ cup more cooking liquid if desired for creamier potatoes. Serve hot with butter, rosemary, and chives, if desired.

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  1. Susan
    11.17.2019

    I definitely found several recipes that I would want to make. I really appreciate that you have many good choices for those of us who are trying to eat a lower carb diet.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      11.18.2019

      I hope you enjoy the recipes!

  2. Ang
    11.20.2019

    quinoa and avocado are my all-time favorite – healthy and fresh! Thanks for the inspiring recipes. Now I know what to make for side dishes:)

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