We update this post every year with several new recipes to help you plan a wonderful Thanksgiving menu or help out the host with a potluck dish.
We’re sharing our much-loved Thanksgiving side dishes for the big day.
Traditional and non traditional recipes, vegetarian, 30 minutes or less, – lots to choose from. All make ahead (at least partially), many healthy-ish and all delish!
In our home, we celebrate two Thanksgivings – Canadian and American. Thankfully, it’s one of our favorite holidays.
I’ve been hosting Thanksgiving dinner for family and friends for over 30 years. A turkey dinner is a must. We tend to keep things fairly traditional with tried-and-true old favorites. Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy and fresh cranberry sauce are all pretty classic dishes and must-haves at my dinner table.
But, from time to time, we change it up a bit to keep things interesting.
I will be making a succulent sous vide turkey breast as the center piece for this year’s holiday season. Not traditional, but guaranteed zero stress, tender and juicy. With all the sides of course. Stuffing is my absolute fave and probably the most popular side dish at our table.
If you have a smaller group and no sous vide equipment, try our bone-in turkey breast with pear chutney. I digress…back to Thanksgiving side dish recipes.
Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate!
America’s least favorite and most popular side dishes
This, of course, depends on where you live and your own traditions. You can probably guess the most popular Thanksgiving sides: mashed potatoes (#1), stuffing or dressing, bread or rolls, sweet potato casserole or yams, gravy, green beans, brussels sprouts, mac and cheese (not where I come from!), corn and glazed carrots.
According to an online Instacart survey by The Harris Poll which surveyed over 2000 adult Americans, the least favorite side dish is canned cranberry sauce. Almost half of Americans find it “disgusting”.
I urge you to try our fresh cranberry-orange relish – a 5 minute game changer! Other least favorites were green bean casserole and sweet potato casserole. Surprising.
Here are our best Thanksgiving side dish recipes. Judge for yourself.
Traditional Thanksgiving sides
Best Make Ahead Stuffing
Vegetable Stuffing with Quinoa
Stovetop Stuffing (Quick, Easy, Homemade)
The Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe (No Peeling Needed)
Turkey Gravy Without Drippings (Make Ahead From Scratch)
Simple Candied Sweet Potatoes with Pecans (30 Minutes)
Best Healthy Creamed Spinach
Best Green Bean Recipe with Panko Crumbs
Maple Glazed Carrots With Thyme and Orange Zest
Nontraditional Thanksgiving sides
Oven Roasted Vegetable Recipe
Baby Cauliflower Recipe (roasted)
Best Instant Pot Potatoes and Carrots
Green Beans and Potatoes With Bacon (35 Minutes)
Chicken Gravy Without Drippings (8 Minutes)
Better Than Bouillon Gravy (5 Minutes)
Root Vegetable Mash
Honey Roasted Parsnips
Simple Parsley Potatoes With Zest
Knish Recipe with Root Vegetable Mash
How To Roast Zucchini
Cheddar Biscuits With Bisquick
Sautéed Peppers with Caper Vinaigrette
Vegetarian sides (that could also be a main course)
Veggie Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
Vegetable Strudel in Puff Pastry
Pumpkin Risotto (Instant Pot Method)
Old Fashioned Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Spinach
Best Citrus Salad With Greens
Roast Pumpkin Salad With Couscous
Quinoa Avocado Salad with Roasted Carrots and Beets
Roasted Head of Cauliflower with Grape Relish
Beetroot Salad With Oranges
Fig Salad With Pomegranate Seeds & Balsamic Dressing
Festive Recipe for Winter Salad (15 Minutes)
Tomato and Onion Salad
Butternut Squash Salad with Warm Cinnamon Dressing
Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad with Avocado Dressing
5-Minute Cranberry Relish Recipe With Fresh Orange
Chunky Apple Sauce (No Peeling Needed!)
Peach Chutney (30 minutes)
If you are hosting this year, here are a few handy tips for keeping foods warm as they hit the Thanksgiving table. Top tip – think outside the box and use the tools you have available.
Making a Thanksgiving spread can be exhausting. Some common mistakes hosts make are: not assigning dishes for guests to bring (yes, we all need help!), making too many dishes that all require the oven (a mix of hot, cold and other appliances is best), underestimating thawing time (think turkey) and leaving too much to the last day (make as much as possible ahead). Bottom line is that planning goes a long way to success.
Pumpkin pie is at the top of the list according to an instacart survey. But top choices vary with where you live. Pecan pie and apple pie are very popular too. So is cranberry pie.
According to Consumer Reports, (based on Calorie Control Council) the average is a whopping 3000-4500 calories! This includes breakfast, snacks, the big dinner, wine, dessert etc. They figure the Thanksgiving meal alone is about 2500 calories. Er.. do what you need to do.
Definitely. Turkey soup is a perfect way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers. Here is a recipe for leftover turkey soup with stuffing croutons.