35 Dairy-Free Thanksgiving Sides That Everyone at the Table Will Love

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It may be called Turkey Day, but that doesn’t mean the bird has to be the only star of the show. We’d argue that side dishes are the best part of the feast, but for anyone not eating dairy, it can be tricky to navigate a menu that’s usually loaded with butter, cream and cheese. That’s where we come in: Here are 35 dairy-free Thanksgiving sides everyone at the table will love.

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1. Winter Vegetable Platter

If you ask us, it’s just not a holiday without a robust crudités spread.

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2. Vegan Mashed Potatoes

Fluffy, creamy, buttery, garlicky and satisfying? Check!

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3. Maple-Cranberry Sauce

There’s zero refined sugar—just maple syrup, tangerine and cinnamon.

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4. Smashed Potatoes with Garlic Pesto

This pesto gets its cheesiness from nutritional yeast.


5. Brussels Sprouts Latkes

Presenting the crispiest Brussels you’ll ever taste.


6. Turnip Fries

Why should potatoes get all the attention?

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7. Cauliflower, Pomegranate and Apple Salad

It’s as festive as it is delicious.

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8. Green Beans with Lemon Gremolata

Caution: You might start dipping everything in this spicy, lemony green sauce.

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9. Perfect Vegan Cornbread

We like drizzling thick slices of this soft, moist loaf with honey.

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10. Vegan Pumpkin Soup

The right balance of sweet, savory and spicy.

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11. Radicchio, Lentil and Apple Salad

A creamy dressing sans actual cream? You better believe it.

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12. Thanksgiving Salad

Delicious, seasonal, colorful and healthy.

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13. Vegan Gluten-Free Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Yes, you read that correctly—dairy-free mac and cheese.

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14. Salmon and Fennel Dinner Salad

Plant-based yogurt helps the dressing feel indulgent.

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15. Delicata Squash Rings with Garlic-Lemon Sauce

Transform store-bought mayonnaise into homemade aioli.

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16. Crispy Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts

Make a double batch—they’ll go fast.

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17. Dairy-Free Butternut Squash ‘Fondue’

This squash fondue is just as dippable as the real thing.

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18. Whole Roasted Carrots

Looking for a simple yet elegant side dish with a ton of flavor? Ta-da.

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19. Roasted Acorn Squash Wedges

Serve alongside a fancy cut of meat.

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20. No-Bean Chili

Skip the cheese and sour cream.

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21. Lentil and Roasted Vegetable Bake

The pine nut topping brings crunch to every bite.

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22. Vegan Arancini

They’re easy to whip up (and even easier to devour).

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23. Thai Butternut Squash Soup

This recipe is all about big flavor for little work.

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24. Roasted Vegetable Salad

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25. Vegan Creamed Kale

Healthy, creamy and a total crowdpleaser.

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26. Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Sriracha and Lime

Bring the heat (just don't forget to warn Aunt Sandy).

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27. Baby Vegetables with Orange and Thyme

The flavors are classic, but the preparation is not.

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28. Roasted Beet and Citrus Salad

A crisp salad is just the thing to brighten the table.


29. Carrot Pigs in a Blanket

This vegetarian version of the beloved finger food will blow your mind.


30. Roasted Pumpkin Hummus

The recipe calls for a whole sugar pumpkin *and* an entire head of roasted garlic.

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31. ‘Everything Bagel’ Cauliflower Rolls

They're gluten-free, dairy-free and low-carb.

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32. Malibu Farm’s Vegan Chop Salad

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33. Crispy Roasted Artichokes

The fresh garlic aioli takes them over the top.

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34. Tomato and Yellow Zucchini Risotto

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35. Pommes Anna