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 upcoming holiday.
Vegetarian, 30 minutes or less, traditional and non traditional recipes – 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 recipes. Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy and fresh cranberry sauce are all must-haves at my dinner table. But, from time to time, we change it up a bit to keep things interesting. Especially with two holidays to celebrate a month apart.
I will be making a succulent sous vide turkey breast as the center piece 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.
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 potatoes or yams, gravy, green beans, 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 relish below – game changer! Other least favorites were green bean casserole and sweet potato casserole. Surprising.
Here are our best 44 Thanksgiving side dish recipes. Judge for yourself.
How to Make Homemade Stuffing
Follow our step-by-step instructions for how to make this tried and true classic homemade stuffing and you'll be sure to have a hit at your next Thanksgiving or holiday dinner.
You won't miss the bread in this delicious, super healthy, Vegetable Stuffing with quinoa. It's a great alternative to a traditional stuffing, dressing or any side dish. And takes only 30 minutes to make.
If you're looking for a vibrant, colorful, make-ahead side dish with classic flavors and some good crunch, try our best green bean recipe with lemon garlic panko crumbs. Serve hot or at room temperature.
This oven roasted vegetables recipe is simple comfort food. Sweet potatoes, peppers, eggplant, apples and rosemary create a delicious side dish. Not to mention healthy and colorful. And never mind that an apple is not a vegetable. It works perfectly.
You have to try this new baby cauliflower. It's sweet, delicate, tender and delicious – kind of a cross between cauliflower and broccoli. We're roasting it in this recipe, but you can cook it so many different ways. It's slowly coming into mainstream stores so grab some if you can find it.
The instant pot is a dream when it comes to risotto. This lemon asparagus risotto – perfect for spring and summer – is no exception. Creamy, tender, lemony rice loaded with fresh asparagus. No constant stirring required.
This knish recipe is filled with a delicious root vegetable mash, wrapped in a golden flaky puff pastry (store-bought – shh). Melt in your mouth and really easy. A great make ahead side dish or appetizer.
This recipe is my go-to for how to roast zucchini. It's simple. It's light. And it honors this lovely summer squash by transforming it from tasteless to delicious in 20 minutes. A great way to use up those summer garden zucchinis.
A delicious main or side dish, these vegetarian stuffed portobello mushrooms, filled with fresh veggies, herbs and cheese, are a wonderful change of pace. When I talk about 'stuffed' in this recipe, I mean STUFFED!
This vegetable strudel recipe wraps a savory medley of sweet potatoes, onion, peppers, apple, spinach & goat cheese in a flaky buttery puff pastry. It's a wonderful make-ahead main or side dish for a special occasion. And easy with a great shortcut.
This rich, creamy, flavor-packed Instant Pot Pumpkin Risotto recipe is pure comfort food that tastes amazing. It's a knockout vegetarian dinner for Fall or Winter. Substitute butternut squash if you can't find pumpkin.
Mac and cheese might be old school, but face it, as the ultimate comfort food, it's hard not to get the occasional craving. Give in. This spinach mac and cheese is creamy, cheesy and delicious. With some added nutrition.
Sweet oranges and tangy grapefruit tossed in vinaigrette over salad greens make this delicious citrus salad a lovely all-season salad. Refreshing and pretty! We use a simple citrus vinaigrette for zip, nuts for crunch and creamy avocado for a contrasting texture. Quick, easy and beautiful.
I love this winter salad recipe. It's holiday-ish, the flavors are addictive, it's got lots of texture and a fabulous citrus sweet and tangy dressing. Ready in 15 minute start-to-finish. Or, with shortcuts, only 5 minutes!
Butternut Squash Salad with Warm Cinnamon Dressing
Beautiful, delicious and satisfying as a vegetarian main or side, butternut squash salad with caramelized onions, toasted pecans and warm cinnamon dressing will get rave reviews at your next holiday or dinner event.
Grilled cabbage is turned into our version of a super flavorful, no mayo coleslaw. The vibrant colors of the red cabbage, julienne carrots, green onion and sesame seeds make a stunning vegetarian side dish.
This homemade chunky applesauce recipe is a yummy, no-fuss, healthy comfort food. Just 3 main ingredients and easy to make as you like it – semi smooth, with or without peels, sweet, tart, even low or no sugar.