15 Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes

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Today I’m sharing my 15 Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes. From mashed potatoes to Brussels sprouts to salads, I’ve got tons of ideas for the biggest meal of the year!

A roundup of side dishes for Thanksgiving dinner.

Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Let’s make this Thanksgiving the tastiest EVER. I suggest getting your family to pitch in to make some side dishes for the best meal of the year.

Thanksgiving Categories:

MAIN DISH – Besides a spiral ham, we love making a Smoked Spatchcock Turkey. Other mains include Smoked Pork Butt Recipe or Smoked Spatchcock Chicken.

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POTATOES – You must have both regular mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes. Our favorites are listed below!

VEGGIES – We love a simple green bean dish or something with Brussels sprouts.

SALAD – Making a big salad is a priority for me. I think it’s important to balance out all the buttery, cheesy dishes. Three ideas below!

OTHER – For kids or picky eaters, I usually do Mac and Cheese. We also love corn casserole or something with butternut squash.

TRADITIONAL DISHES (that I don’t always make) – Mom’s stuffing, cranberries, and gravy.

BREAD – Make the bread ahead of time. My suggestions are 1) Chewy French Bread, 2) Homemade Brioche Rolls, 3) Mom’s Dinner Rolls, or 4) something sourdough. I also suggest making the best cornbread recipe or some buttermilk biscuits.

DESSERT – While I’m not a big pie person (on the blog), we enjoy French Silk Pie or my Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie. I also recommend a bundt cake, like Apple Pie Banana Bundt Cake or Pumpkin Streusel Cake. Also, you can NEVER go wrong with homemade ice cream of any kind.

Also, I’m sharing lots of pie recipes from my blogger friends in this post –> 19 Delicious Holiday Pie Recipes!

Looking for ways to use your Thanksgiving leftovers in all the delicious ways? Head to this roundup –> 9 Delicious Ways to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers.

1) Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans

Special occasion dinners call for Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans! This slightly indulgent side dish is a family favorite and goes great with turkey or any protein.

A spoon pulling up a portion of sweet potato casserole.

2) Holiday Mashed Potatoes

Holiday Mashed Potatoes are the perfect Holiday side dish. Ultra indulgent, sooo creamy, and delicious. I recommend planning ahead and make it a day in advance. You’ll be happy you did!

Side view of a scoop of creamy mashed potatoes over a casserole dish.

3) Candied Pecan Salad with Apples

Candied Pecan Salad with Apples is perfect for serving a big group of people. Baby spinach, red onion, feta cheese, Craisins, honey crisp apples, and candied pecans – topped with an apple cider vinaigrette! So good!

Overview of a plate of salad.

4) Cheesy Cauliflower Steaks

Cheesy Cauliflower Steaks use a steam and roast process that guarantees the most tender cauliflower steaks with crispy edges. Add a spice rub and a combo of parmesan and white cheddar cheese for the most delicious cauliflower topping!

A white plate of two large cauliflower steaks with cheese.

5) Fall Harvest Salad

Fall Harvest Salad combines lettuce greens with bacon, candied walnuts, goat cheese, red onion, and honey crisp apple slices with a delicious balsamic dressing. The perfect fall salad with bursts of flavor in every single bite!

A wooden bowl of the fall harvest salad with apple slices, bacon, candied walnuts, and goat cheese.

6) Instant Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Instant Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes are simple, buttery, and a perfect holiday side dish. Using an instant pot to cook these frees up your oven for all the other sides!

Overhead shot of an Instant Pot full of garlic mashed potatoes.

7) Spinach Salad with Honey Dijon Dressing

Spinach Salad with Honey Dijon Dressing is the perfect salad for entertaining or for any weeknight meal. Easy to prepare, hearty enough for the biggest appetite, and the tangy dressing adds an extra punch of flavor. I’ve been making this for several years and it never gets old!

The bowl of spinach salad by ingredient with the jar of dressing.

8) Rice Dressing

Rice Dressing combines long-grain brown rice with sausage and mushrooms and is super tasty. This healthier dressing makes a perfect side dish for your holiday table but also makes a nice weeknight meal!

Overhead shot of a round bowl of rice dressing with mushrooms.

9) Roasted Asparagus with Prosciutto and Parmesan

Roasted Asparagus with Prosciutto and Parmesan is a go-to side dish in my kitchen. Adding some salty prosciutto and parmesan makes this vegetable dish extra tasty, and your family will be asking for seconds!

Closeup on a plate of roasted asparagus.

10) Green Bean Almondine with Bacon

Green Bean Almondine with Bacon elevates fresh green beans with the addition of crunchy almonds and crispy bacon. A simple side dish that is both elegant and delicious!

Overhead view of a skillet of green bean almandine with bacon.

11) Raspberry Pretzel Salad

Raspberry Pretzel Salad is a long-time family favorite, combining a pretzel crust with cream cheese and jello layers. This universal recipe is the perfect addition to any meal, as a side or dessert!

Side shot of two pieces of raspberry jello salad with pretzels.

12) Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes

Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes are perfect for both entertaining or for any weeknight dinner. This colorful side dish combines roasted Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes, crispy bacon, and a delicious Balsamic drizzle. 

An overhead view of a shallow bowl of brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes with crispy bacon.

13) Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce

Fall is the perfect season for Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce. My simple recipe combines apples, some fresh lemon juice, a bit of sugar, and cinnamon. We love this applesauce warm, but it’s great cold out of the refrigerator too!

A bowl of cinnamon applesauce, with a wooden spoon.

14) Creamy Corn Casserole

Creamy Corn Casserole is an old family recipe consisting of just six ingredients. Simple and indulgent, this one is usually on a special occasion menu at our home.

Side view of a dish of corn casserole with a wooden spoon scooping.

15) Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad

Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad combines roasted butternut squash, tri-color quinoa, green onions, shaved almonds, Craisins, and a simple Honey Dijon Dressing. This is a healthy fall recipe that can be served warm or cold, and makes a perfect special occasion side dish!

A bowl of the quinoa salad with salad tongs.

Wishing you the happiest of times this Thanksgiving. Make it a day of family, fellowship, food, and many blessings. 😀

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