55 Great Thanksgiving Side Dishes

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure policy.

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

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

Bread and Stuffing Side Dish Recipes

Bacon, Fresh Corn and Oregano Cornbread / Katie Workman / themom100.com / Photo by Cheyenne Cohen
5 from 4 votes

Bacon, Fresh Corn, and Oregano Cornbread

Fresh corn and rosemary – plus bacon! – adds a summery note to moist, tender cornbread made in a cast-iron skillet.
View Recipe
Bread Stuffing with Turkey Sausage / Sarah Crowder / Katie Workman / themom100.com
5 from 1 vote

Bread Stuffing with Turkey Sausage

Full flavored, moist (but not soggy!) a turkey sausage bread stuffing recipe…,as seen on The Today Show!
View Recipe
Spoon in a pan of Cornbread Dressing.
5 from 1 vote

Cornbread Dressing

This is the cornbread dressing (or stuffing!) we all want on the holiday table: satisfying, flavorful, moist, and filled with texture and color.
View Recipe
White cast iron pan of cornbread.
5 from 4 votes

Easy Cornbread

This simple cornbread takes all of 10 minutes to get into the oven, and it makes any meal just that much better.
View Recipe
Molasses Cornbread / Carrie Crow / Katie Workman / themom100.com
5 from 1 vote

Molasses Cornbread

This earthy and slightly sweet cornbread goes perfectly with soups, chilis, and stews.
View Recipe
Garlic bread with spinach-parsley pesto between slices.
5 from 3 votes

Spinach Parsley Pesto Garlic Bread

Get an amazing garlic bread recipe that is an easy and satisfying way to use parsley and leftover pesto. In just a few minutes, dinner feels super special.
View Recipe
Spoonbread Corn Pudding / Photo by Cheyenne Cohen / Katie Workman / themom100.com
5 from 8 votes

Corn Pudding

Fluffy and comforting, studded with corn kernels, this corn pudding is the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving or any other holiday feast.
View Recipe
Sweet Potato Spoon Bread
5 from 4 votes

Sweet Potato Spoon Bread

Spoon bread is a soft and comforting sweet potato casserole perfect for holiday meals.
View Recipe

Brussels Sprouts Side Dish Recipes

Bowl of Brussels sprouts.
5 from 2 votes

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. And they take just 15 minutes in the air fryer!
View Recipe
Brussels Sprouts, Apple, and Pomegranate Slaw Salad
5 from 3 votes

Brussels Sprouts, Apple, and Pomegranate Slaw Salad

So much going on, in terms of taste, texture and color – this is a fully engaging salad.
View Recipe
Cheesy Baked Brussels Sprouts
5 from 8 votes

Cheesy Baked Brussels Sprouts

Asolutely delicious, and kind of like Brussels sprouts au gratin. They make a tempting fall and winter side dish. and I would eat them as a vegetarian main dish any time.
View Recipe
Crispy Brussels Sprouts Salad
5 from 1 vote

Crispy Brussels Sprouts Salad

A medley of raw and roasted Brussels sprouts with a virbant dressing is the perfect autumn side, and a lovely addition to a holiday meal.
View Recipe
Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Chorizo and Toasted Bread Crumbs
5 from 1 vote

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.
View Recipe
Parmesan Roasted Brussels Sprouts
5 from 1 vote

Best Parmesan Brussels Sprouts

The Brussels sprouts dish is amazingly complex for being so simple — and that is the true beauty of Parmesan.
View Recipe
White plate of Shredded Brussel Sprouts on a yellow table.
5 from 1 vote

Shredded Sauteed Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts make an easy-elegant side.
View Recipe

Pasta Side Dish Recipes

Creamy Four-Cheese Pasta
5 from 2 votes

Four Cheese Pasta

Can there ever be too many mac and cheeses?
View Recipe

Potato Side Dish Recipes

Bulgur Wheat, Sweet Potato and Black Bean Gratin
5 from 5 votes

Bulgur Wheat, Sweet Potato, and Black Bean Casserole

This colorful, protein-packed bulgur wheat and sweet potoato vegetarian casserole can be served as a main course or a substantial side.
View Recipe
Cheesy Mashed Potatoes / Sarah Crowder / Katie Workman / themom100.com
5 from 2 votes

Cheesy Mashed Potatoes

What happens when you add melty cheeses to fluffy mashed potatoes? Comfort food gets even more comforting.
View Recipe
Creamy Scalloped Potatoes
5 from 2 votes

Creamy Scalloped Potatoes

An easy scalloped potato recipe is the perfect way to round out any holiday meal.
View Recipe
Spoon in a Dutch Oven of Idaho Potatoes.
5 from 4 votes

Dutch Oven Idaho Potatoes

Kind of like a rough and ready-scalloped potato dish in a cast iron pot.
View Recipe
Herb Roasted Fingerling Potatoes / Katie Workman / themom100.com / Photo by Mia
5 from 2 votes

Herb Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

These roasted fingerling potatoes are the perfect partner to most anything.
View Recipe
How to Make Perfect Mashed Potatoes
5 from 3 votes

How to Make Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Possibly the most perfect comfort-food side dish in the world.
View Recipe
Serving bowl of Garlic Mashed Sweet Potatoes with spoon.
5 from 4 votes

Garlic Mashed Sweet Potatoes

The addition of roasted garlic (which is so freaking easy to make) gives sweet potatoes a very savory twist.
View Recipe
Parmesan Roasted Potatoes
4.97 from 29 votes

The Best Parmesan Roasted Potatoes

When roasted potatoes meet nutty Parmesan, only good things can happen.
View Recipe
Scalloped Sweet Potatoes
4.86 from 7 votes

Scalloped Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes deserve many shining moments, and also to be scalloped.
View Recipe
Simple Butter Roasted Sweet Potatoes
5 from 5 votes

Simple Roasted Sweet Potatoes

A perfect three-ingredient recipe for cooking sweet potatoes. Because sweet potatoes+butter+salt+heat are a winning combination.
View Recipe
Smashed Roasted Baby Potatoes / Mia / Katie Workman / themom100.com
5 from 1 vote

Smashed Potatoes

What's best about roasted potatoes, tender on the inside, but with even more crunchy bits!
View Recipe

Salad Side Dish Recipes

White bowl of Autumn Salad.
5 from 3 votes

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.
View Recipe
Baby Romaine, Chickpea, and Root Vegetable Salad with Slightly Spicy Dressing / Carrie Crow / Katie Workman / themom100.com
5 from 1 vote

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.
View Recipe
Endive Arugula and Orange Salad
5 from 1 vote

Arugula in an Endive and Orange Salad

Everything you need to know about cooking with arugula, and a recipe for a colorful, peppery, citrusy salad (and more arugula recipes!).
View Recipe
Endive, Radicchio and Citrus Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette in white bowl.
5 from 1 vote

Endive, Radicchio, and Citrus Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette

Dinner feeling a little drab? Add this burst of color and flavor.
View Recipe
Endive Salad with Pear and Creamy Herb Dressing / Mia / Katie Workman / themom100.com
5 from 1 vote

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.
View Recipe
Green Salad with Pears, Parmesan and Pomegranate Seeds / Katie Workman / themom100.com / Photo by Cheyenne Cohen
5 from 1 vote

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.
View Recipe
Romaine and Slivered Kale Salad with Lemon Dressing in white serving bowl with forks.
5 from 2 votes

Romaine and Slivered Kale Salad with Lemon Dressing

This is one of my favorite simple salads.
View Recipe
Black plates with Romaine, Pear and Goat Cheese Salad on white wood table.
5 from 4 votes

Romaine, Pear, and Goat Cheese Salad

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

Vegetable Side Dish Recipes

Baby Pattypan Squash Gratin / Katie Workman / themom100.com / Photo by Cheyenne Cohen
5 from 3 votes

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.
View Recipe
Baked Squash with Chili and Maple Syrup / Luci Beni / Katie Workman / themom100.com
5 from 1 vote

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.
View Recipe
Black Lentil and Butternut Squash with Provencal Vinaigrette / Sarah Crowder / Katie Workman / themom100.com
5 from 1 vote

Black Lentil and Butternut Squash with Provencal Vinaigrette

Black lentils and bright orange squash provide dramatic color contrast.
View Recipe
Braised Cipollini Onions with Dried Cherries
5 from 4 votes

Braised Cipollini Onions with Dried Cherries

Cipollini in Agrodolce is a wonderful sweet and sour preparation for these charming little onions.
View Recipe
Butternut Squash and White Bean Ragout piled on a white dish.
5 from 2 votes

Butternut Squash and White Bean Ragout

A vegan ragout recipe that's healthy and satisfying, plus a serious dose of good-lookingness (which is now officially a word).
View Recipe
Creamed Pearl Onions
5 from 1 vote

Creamed Pearl Onions

These creamed pearl onions belongs on any holiday table, and then some.
View Recipe
Fresh Green Bean Casserole / Katie Workman / themom100.com / Photo by Cheyenne Cohen
5 from 1 vote

Fresh Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole from scratch! An updated version of a favorite holiday side dish.
View Recipe
Green Bean Salad with Clementine Oranges and Feta
5 from 2 votes

Green Bean Salad with Clementine Oranges and Feta

A great mix of colors, texture, and flavors in a fresh green bean and citrus salad.
View Recipe
Green Beans and Mushrooms with Shallots
5 from 1 vote

Green Beans and Mushrooms with Shallots

Sautéed green beans and mushrooms belong on pretty much any holiday table.
View Recipe
Green Beans with Tarragon Vinaigrette / Photo by Sarah Crowder / Katie Workman / themom100.com
5 from 1 vote

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.
View Recipe
Honey Mustard Green Beans
5 from 3 votes

Honey Mustard Green Beans

A simple (5-Minute!) honey mustard dressing transforms green beans into a flavorful side dish.
View Recipe
Lentils and Carrots with Dried Apricots / Photo by Cheyenne Cohen / Katie Workman / themom100.com
5 from 2 votes

Lentils and Carrots with Dried Apricots

Protein-packed lentils brightened with some spices and seasonings shine in this vegetarian or vegan recipe.
View Recipe
Roasted Broccolini with Lemon / Carrie Crow / Katie Workman / themom100.com
5 from 1 vote

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.
View Recipe
Roasted Butternut Squash
5 from 3 votes

Roasted Butternut Squash

Caramelized and beautiful – the perfect addition to any fall or holiday table.
View Recipe
Roasted Butternut Squash with Creamy Sauce
5 from 3 votes

Roasted Butternut Squash with Creamy Sauce

This is a terrific autumnal or holiday side dish and a fabulous way to show off roasted butternut squash.
View Recipe
White serving dish of Roasted Carrots with Tapenade Dressing.
5 from 1 vote

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!
View Recipe
Roasted Cauliflower with Chimichurri Sauce / Photo by Cheyenne Cohen / Katie Workman / themom100.com
5 from 1 vote

Roasted Cauliflower with Chimichurri Sauce

Chimichurri sauce turns roasted cauliflower into something special.
View Recipe
Roasted Squash with Salsa Verde and Whipped Feta and Ricotta / Photo by Lucy Beni / Katie Workman / themom100.com
5 from 1 vote

Roasted Squash with Salsa Verde and Whipped Feta and Ricotta

A little fussy, but it is worth all the effort.
View Recipe
Roasted Vegetables with Sriracha Honey Glaze
5 from 1 vote

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).
View Recipe
Sautéed Haricot Verts with Red Onions and Shallots topped with crumbled cheese.
5 from 1 vote

Sautéed Haricots Verts with Red Onions and Shallots

Sautéed haricots verts is a lovely simple side dish; terrific for holiday meals and weeknight dinners, both.
View Recipe

About Katie Workman

Katie Workman is a cook, a writer, a mother of two, an activist in hunger issues, and an enthusiastic advocate for family meals, which is the inspiration behind her two beloved cookbooks, Dinner Solved! and The Mom 100 Cookbook.

You May Also Like:

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *