Thanksgiving Side Dish Ideas

It’s a-comin’. That big day, that big meal. But if you plan ahead, you will rule the world on the third Thursday of this month. Here are the recipes that I am 100 percent sure will be on our table, and it would thrill me to no end if some of them were on yours as well.

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

Great Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

Bread and Stuffing Side Dish Recipes

Bacon, Fresh Corn and Oregano Cornbread

Who wants bacon in their cornbread? I do, I do!
Bread Stuffing with Turkey Sausage / Sarah Crowder / Katie Workman /

Bread Stuffing with Turkey Sausage

Full flavored, moist (but not soggy!). As seen on The Today Show!

Cornbread Dressing

This is the dressing (or stuffing!) we all want on the holiday table: satisfying, flavorful, moist, and filled with texture and color.

Easy Cornbread

This takes all of 10 minutes to get into the oven, and it makes any meal just that much better.

Molasses Cornbread

Earthy and slightly sweet.

Pepper Jack and Green Chili Corn Muffins

There's a nice bit of heat in these moist corn muffins.

Spinach Parsley Pesto Garlic Bread

This amazing garlic bread is an easy and satisfying way to use up leftover pesto. In just a few minutes, dinner feels super special.

Corn Pudding

Fluffy and comforting, studded with corn kernels, this is the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving or another holiday feast.

Sweet Potato Spoon Bread

A soft and comforting sweet potato casserole, perfect for holiday meals.

Brussels Sprouts Side Dish Recipes

Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

Super crispy on the outside, tender but not mushy on the inside, they are like roasted Brussels sprouts at their best.

Brussels Sprouts, Apple, and Pomegranate Slaw Salad

So much going on, in terms of taste, texture and color – this is a fully engaging salad.

Cheesy Baked Brussels Sprouts

Kind of like Brussels sprouts au gratin.

Crispy Brussels Sprouts Salad

Alex Guarnascelli’s sophisticated but not at all complicated brussels are pretty close to divine.

Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Chorizo and Toasted Bread Crumbs

Brussels sprouts get extra texture and flavor from a fabulous chorizo-spiked bread crumb topping.

Best Parmesan Brussels Sprouts

The dish is amazingly complex for being so simple—and that is the true beauty of Parmesan.

Sauteed Kale and Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Two of my favorite vegetables, bound together in love and bacon.

Shredded Sauteed Brussels Sprouts

An easy-elegant Brussels sprouts side.

Pasta Side Dish Recipes

Four Cheese Pasta

Can there ever be too many mac and cheeses?

Wild Rice and Broccolini Salad

Delicious, make-ahead, portable, room temperature – there is a lot to love about this grain salad.

Potato Side Dish Recipes

Bulgur Wheat, Sweet Potato and Black Bean Gratin

This casserole can be served as a vegetarian main course or a substantial side.

Cheesy Mashed Potatoes

A comfort food gets even more comforting.

Creamy Scalloped Potatoes

The perfect way to round out any holiday meal.

Dutch Oven Idaho Potatoes

Kind of like a rough and ready scalloped potato dish in a cast iron pot.

Herb Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

The perfect partner to most anything.

How to Make Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Possibly the most perfect comfort-food side dish in the world.

Garlic Mashed Sweet Potatoes

The addition of roasted garlic (which is so freaking easy to make) gives sweet potatoes a very savory twist.
Mashed Yukon and Sweet Potatoes with Sauteed Leeks / Katie Workman

Mashed Yukon and Sweet Potatoes with Sauteed Leeks

Because there will never be enough recipes for mashed potatoes. This has a nice combo of buttery yukons and sweet potatoes, plus a toussle of sliced sauteed leeks.

Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

Classic mashed potatoes get a little more personality and flavor with the addition of a little Parmesan cheese. This is the ultimate comfort food.

The Best Parmesan Roasted Potatoes

When roasted potatoes meet nutty Parmesan only good things can happen.

Scalloped Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes deserve many shining moments, and also to be scalloped.

Simple Butter Roasted Sweet Potatoes

A perfect three ingredient recipe (including the salt!). Because sweet potatoes+butter+salt+heat are a winning combination.

Smashed Roasted Baby Potatoes

What’s best about roasted potatoes, with even more crunchy bits
Thyme and Yukon Gold Potato Gratin

Thyme and Yukon Gold Potato Gratin

Any time a gratin is on the table, dinner is kind of a holiday.

Salad Side Dish Recipes

Autumn Salad with Cranberries and Goat Cheese

The addition of dried fruit is a pretty and flavorful way to make a green salad much more special.

Baby Romaine, Chickpea, and Root Vegetable Salad with Slightly Spicy Dressing

Different colored radishes and carrots make this salad a riot of color and texture.

Endive, Arugula and Orange Salad

A little burst of citrus in a salad is beautiful on many levels.

Endive, Radicchio and Citrus Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette

Dinner feeling a little drab? Add this burst of color and flavor.

Endive Salad with Pear and Creamy Herb Dressing

A bracing salad, with a bit of sweetness from the pear – a perfect companion to a rich meal.

Green Salad with Pears, Parmesan and Pomegranate Seeds and Puff Pastry Croutons

If you are looking for a salad that shouts “Holidays!” then you have come to the right place.

Romaine and Slivered Kale Salad with Lemon Dressing

This is one of my favorite simple salads.

Romaine, Pear and Goat Cheese Salad

This is a perfect autumn salad, and comes together in 10 minutes.

Vegetable Side Dish Recipes

Baby Pattypan Squash Gratin / Katie Workman / / Photo by Cheyenne Cohen

Baby Pattypan Squash Gratin

Squash is nestled in a beautiful green sauce made with chard, cream, and gruyere cheese for a flavorful and unusual side dish.

Baked Squash with Chili and Maple Syrup

The ruffle-y green exterior contrasts with the orange interior, and there is a lovely blend of heat and sweetness.

Black Lentil and Butternut Squash with Provencal Vinaigrette

Black lentils and bright orange squash provide dramatic color contrast.

Braised Cipollini Onions with Dried Cherries

Cipollini in Agrodolce, a wonderful sweet and sour preparation for these charming little onions.

Butternut Squash and White Bean Ragout

Healthy and satisfying, plus a serious dose of good-lookingness (which is now officially a word).

Creamed Pearl Onions

This belongs on any holiday table, and then some.

Fresh Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole From Scratch! An updated version of a favorite holiday side dish.

Green Bean Salad with Clementine Oranges and Feta

A great mix of colors, texture, and flavors.

Green Beans and Mushrooms with Shallots

Sautéed green beans and mushrooms belong on pretty much any holiday table.

Green Beans with Tarragon Vinaigrette

The dressing is bright and bracing and adds an extra layer of flavor to this simple green bean side dish.

Harissa-Spiked Parsnip Puree

A little bit of heat, a nice earthy flavor, a pretty alternative to mashed potatoes.

Honey Mustard Green Beans

A simple (5-Minute!) honey mustard dressing transforms green beans into a flavorful side dish.

Lentils and Carrots with Dried Apricots

Just the thing to make your vegetarian peeps happy. This can be a main or a side dish, as you like.

Roasted Broccolini with Lemon

This is a simple side, but a real powerhouse of nutrition and flavor. Just a few ingredients, and the oven does all the work.

Roasted Butternut Squash

Caramelized and beautiful – the perfect addition to any fall or holiday table.

Roasted Butternut Squash with Creamy Sauce

This is a terrific autumnal or holiday side dish.

Roasted Carrots with Tapenade Dressing

These roasted carrots have a tangy dressing and are a gorgeous and colorful side side to all sorts of meals from holiday feasts to weeknight dinners. Serve warm or room temp!

Roasted Cauliflower with Chimichurri Sauce

Chimichurri sauce turns roasted cauliflower into something special.

Roasted Squash with Salsa Verde and Whipped Feta and Ricotta

A little fussy, but it is worth all the effort.

Roasted Winter Vegetables with Blue Cheese

Just when you thought roasted vegetables couldn’t get any better.

Roasted Winter Vegetables with Sriracha Honey Glaze

A bit of heat perks up these earthy vegetables in such a great way (and livens up those rich holiday meals, too).

Rutabaga and Parsnip Puree

Earthy, with a touch of sweetness, and very simple to make.

Sautéed Green Beans with Thyme Butter

When green beans are at their freshest, you only need to cook them lightly with simple seasonings to make them perfect.

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