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26 of the Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Loosen those belts and pop those top buttons; these are the best Thanksgiving side dishes! Worthy of seconds (or thirds, or fourths…) these 26 ideas will transform your Thanksgiving table into a festive array of all things cozy and delicious.

Be sure to check out our Thanksgiving appetizer ideas and stay tuned for turkey recipes and desserts!

spooning out green bean casserole from a white baking dish.

The Best Green Bean Casserole

This isn’t your typical green bean casserole! Green beans are tossed with brussels sprouts, bacon, and homemade Parmesan-shallot cream sauce, then topped with even more crispy bacon. Is your mouth watering yet?

Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows

Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows is a classic Thanksgiving side! This spiced sweet potato casserole is topped with gooey toasted marshmallows. Is it a side dish or dessert? Why not both? This sweet side dish is a little bit of everything delicious all baked into one perfectly soft and decadent portion that’s nestled onto your Thanksgiving spread.

a spoon scooping cornbread stuffing

Best Ever Cornbread Sausage Stuffing Recipe

Prepare to fall in love with this delightful and aromatic Thanksgiving stuffing made with savory cornbread, spiced sausage, cooked vegetables, and loaded with sweet dried cranberries and fresh herbs. The perfect healthy side dish and the best ever recipe for easy stuffing!

Pouring gravy over slices of turkey.

Turkey Gravy Recipe with Pan Drippings

No substitute compares to the liquid gold that is homemade turkey gravy at Thanksgiving. A classic recipe that takes all those browned, flavor-packed drippings from your cooked holiday turkey and transforms them into the tastiest old fashioned gravy in minutes!

Cranberry Orange Relish: the best homemade fresh cranberry relish for your Thanksgiving dinner is made with orange zest and Cointreau in just 20 minutes!

Cranberry Relish

There’s cranberry sauce, and then there’s cranberry sauce; this is a levelled-up recipe for cranberry relish like you’ve never seen the condiment before. 20 minutes and a hefty hit of orange zest and Cointreau is the secret to this citrusy twist on a classic Thanksgiving side.

a piece of butternut squash tart on a plate

Butternut Squash Tart with Caramelized Onion

A creamy, savory tart perfect for sharing! The flavors of sweet butternut squash, caramelized onions and fresh herbs mingle with three different cheeses in this exceptionally easy side dish.

Corn Casserole

Another classic side dish that pretty much has to be on your Thanksgiving table. This super easy corn casserole is buttery, sweet, and soft with each perfect fluffy bite. There’s only one question that must be asked – will you be having a center or corner slice?

closeup of roasted potatoes in a bowl

Crispy Lemon Potatoes

A perfect potato side dish with a burst of lemon flavor, deliciously crispy roasted potato wedges are so easy as a side. Prepared in a skillet, these easy potatoes are loaded with garlic, lemon and fresh herbs, and topped with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

closeup of a baking dish filled with sautéed green beans

Sweet and Spicy Green Beans

A flavorful combination of crushed red pepper sautéed with garlic and soy sauce gives this easy green beans side dish a spicy kick. The perfect veggie recipe to put a pep in your Thanksgiving day step!

Sour Cream mashed potatoes in a bowl with melted butter and chives on top.

Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes


Silky and buttery mashed potatoes ready to be paired with turkey and soaked in gravy! Nothing says Thanksgiving more than a simple, creamy mashed potato side dish.

A perfect vegetarian side dish for the fall, Roasted Acorn Squash topped with a fresh Arugula Salad that's mixed with dried cherries and goat cheese balls coated with salty pistachios. De-lish! | joyfulhealthyeats.com #recipes #glutenfree #vegetarian

Roasted Acorn Squash with Arugula Salad

Slices of perfectly oven roasted autumn squash topped with a fresh green salad is a great vegetarian side dish that’s full of flavor and super easy to make. Arugula leaves are tossed with tangy goat cheese, savory pistachios, and sweet dried cherries in this simple and delicious Thanksgiving salad recipe.

Pumpkin Beer Bread is a sweet pumpkin bread recipe

Pumpkin Beer Bread

The softest and easiest beer bread recipe warmed up with the flavors of pumpkin and honey. The sweet quality makes these bread slices delicious when enjoyed as a Thanksgiving side, or with a cup of coffee the following morning!

overhead shot of roasted vegetables on a baking sheet

Easy Oven Roasted Vegetables

Roasted veggies are a Thanksgiving staple, and nothing beats this easy recipe for vegetables tossed in a flavorful balsamic vinaigrette and then roasted on a sheet pan. The best nutritious, light, and healthy side dish to serve at Thanksgiving dinner!

Vegan garlic parmesan dinner rolls in metal baking pan

Vegan Garlic Parmesan Dinner Rolls


These fluffy pull apart garlic rolls are made completely from scratch and are the perfect bread side dish! Serve them warm out of the oven.

Pecan, Fig and Pear Vegetarian Stuffing | Must Try Thanksgiving Recipe

Pecan, Fig and Pear Stuffing

An incredible savory-sweet combination of seasonal ingredients make this one of the best vegetarian stuffing recipes to try this Thanksgiving! Bless your table with the cozy flavors of cooked figs and pears and the satisfying crunch of pecans, tossed between broth-soaked cubes of brioche bread.

Pumpkin Pie Spice Melting Sweet Potatoes Pumpkin Spice Melting Sweet Potato Recipe with Maple Pecans Thanksgiving Side Dish

Pumpkin Pie Spice Melting Sweet Potatoes

Tender, melt-in-your-mouth melting sweet potatoes are a dish that lives up to its name like no other! Crispy and buttery sweet potato slices are coated and roasted with flavorful pumpkin spice butter, then topped with a delicious maple pecan glaze.

A cut open popover with melting butter and jam

Easy Mile High Popovers


Beautiful, airy, golden baked popovers are a classic bread roll for any occasion, especially Thanksgiving! This incredibly easy popover recipe is an entertainer’s dream – the batter is ready in minutes and these popovers rise perfectly every time.

Scooping roasted Brussels sprouts and bacon out of a serving bowl with a wooden serving fork.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon

Even the staunchest Brussels sprouts critic will reconsider after trying this ridiculously delicious and simple recipe. A perfect roasted Brussels sprouts side dish loaded with bacon, that’s so full of flavor, your Thanksgiving guests will be scraping the plate for more!

glazed carrots

Honey Glazed Carrots

Thanksgiving veggies don’t get easier or more classic than this recipe for baby carrots glazed with honey and sautéed to caramelized perfection. A simple, delicious vegetarian side dish ideal for feeding a crowd.

scooping out zucchini squash casserole from baking dish

Cheesy Zucchini and Squash Casserole

Two gorgeous winter vegetables come together beneath a crunchy breadcrumb topping in this cheesy, creamy side dish that is sure to disappear from the baking dish in no time! This easy squash casserole is fit to feed a houseful, making it the perfect indulgent Thanksgiving side.

Grandma's Best Stuffed Artichokes are a side dish stuffed with sausage, cheese and pine nuts

Grandma’s Stuffed Artichokes

An Italian Thanksgiving recipe for the ages, wow guests with these oven-roasted whole artichokes stuffed with sausage, parmesan cheese, and crunchy pine nuts. No need to be intimidated by this fresh artichoke recipe; it’s super easy, and sure to be repeated!

Crock Pot Cornbread is the best corn bread recipe ever!

Crock Pot Corn Bread

Space saving and ultra satisfying, this easy cornbread recipe made in a crockpot is sure to be a Thanksgiving game changer! This is a moist, crumbly, classic cornbread that’s perfect for ripping, dipping and soaking up all the turkey gravy and fixings.

Sweet Potato and Cranberry Stuffing in a skillet.

Sweet Potato and Cranberry Stuffing

While the bird is in the oven, it’s time to whip up this simple and delicious Thanksgiving dressing recipe! All the classic hearty and seasoned elements of a holiday stuffing with the added flavors of tart fresh cranberries and rich, tender sweet potato.

A simple KALE SALAD filled with mandarin oranges, tart cranberries and candied pecans for the perfect bite! I guarantee this salad will win over any kale hater and become a staple at your house! | joyfulhealthyeats.com #glutenfree

Mandarin Orange Cranberry Kale Salad with Candied Pecans

This salad is a feast for the eyes, as well as the forks – the beautiful and seasonal colours of mandarins and cranberries compliment a healthy and hearty kale salad topped with sweet sugared pecans. Festive, tasty, and perfect to serve at Thanksgiving!

A bowl of roasted garlic cauliflower mash topped with chopped chives

Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Mash

A side dish that’s just as kind to the waistline as it is to the tastebuds! This is an absolutely savory, creamy and garlicky cauli mash that’s just as decadent as mashed potatoes thanks to a special secret ingredient. Try it for yourself and be amazed at how delicious and light this healthy mashed potato alternative is.

A baking pan of gluten free stuffing garnished with sprigs of fresh rosemary

Gluten Free Stuffing

This is the best Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Stuffing made with homemade gf cubed sandwich bread. It has a soft texture from eggs and broth on the inside, plus perfectly crispy edges and plenty of fresh flavor from mixed herbs.

Check out the recipe finder for more easy and delicious holiday recipes! From Thanksgiving to Christmas, and well into the New Year, we’ve got you covered from side dishes and beyond.

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