The best part of Thanksgiving dinner? The sides, of course. Sweet, savory, creamy or crunchy, these additions to the turkey (or tofurkey) are really what make it the most indulgent feast of the year. And you don’t need expert kitchen skills to whip up a compliment-worthy dish everyone will still be talking about next year. With recipes ranging from inventive potato dishes to savory vegetable gratins to classic stuffing ideas, you're sure to find something to satisfy the whole family. Here, 30 Thanksgiving side dishes to put on your menu.
30 Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes That Will Impress Everyone at the Table
2. Spiralized Winter Vegetable Gratin
All you need is a spiralizer (or, you know, a container of pre-spiralized veggies from the grocery store) to make this fancy holiday side. Mix the seasonal spirals with the creamy sauce and get ready to be served compliments.
17. Butternut Squash Risotto With Crispy Leeks
Two in-season vegetables comes together in this decedent side dish.
18. Cauliflower Stuffing With Pomegranate Seeds And Almonds
It has all the flavors you associate with traditional Thanksgiving stuffing (or dressing, if that’s more your style), like fresh rosemary, thyme, sage and parsley, plus jewel-like pomegranate seeds and crunchy almonds. It just happens to be gluten-free and made with our favorite veggie of all time.
19. Savory Monkey Bread
Making this dish is as easy as slicing bread (literally), and the taste is infinitely adaptable (mozzarella today, Swiss tomorrow).
20. Radicchio, Lentil And Apple Salad With Vegan Cashew Dressing
Trust us: No one will miss the dairy when they taste this vegan cashew dressing. It’s creamy and slightly sweet—just what the crisp, slightly bitter radicchio needs.
21. 3-ingredient Fresh Cranberry Sauce
There are two kinds of Thanksgiving people: Those who serve cranberries from a can—and those who don’t. While we love the nostalgia-factor of a tubular cranberry sauce, we’re more likely to serve the fresh version at our own Turkey Day feast. And why not? This fresh cranberry sauce requires only three ingredients and is ready in all of 20 minutes.
22. Roasted Squash And Farro Salad With Avocado Dressing
If you want a side dish that isn’t too overwhelming but packs a lot of punch, look no further. This hearty salad marries together the flavors of squash, kale, apples, radishes and farro.
23. Kale Salad With Crispy Chickpeas
We know Thanksgiving dinner takes hours to put together, so put this quick side salad on the menu to help make things easier.
24. Delicata Squash Rings With Garlic-lemon Sauce
Forget onion rings: These crispy oven-baked delicata squash rings with garlic-lemon sauce are destined to become your new favorite Thanksgiving appetizer.
25. Butternut Squash Fritters
An addictively delicious side dish to serve with an extra dollop of sour cream.
26. Crispy Parmesan Brussels Sprout Bites
These oven-baked Parmesan Brussels sprout bites are practically perfection. Dish them up with tangy dipping sauce and cute toothpicks and then watch them disappear like magic.
27. Creamy Oven Polenta
Ah, polenta. It’s creamy and comforting, but so often misunderstood. Stand over the pot, stirring, for hours on end? No thank you. Enter this hands-off method for creamy oven polenta from Sheela Prakash’s cookbook, Mediterranean Every Day. Suddenly, the cheesy dish is a an easy side.
29. Roasted Sweet Potatoes With Sriracha And Lime
A Thanksgiving meal isn't complete without roasted sweet potatoes, especially these from Amanda Frederickson’s cookbook Simple Beautiful Food.
30. Cauliflower, Pomegranate And Apple Salad
Hey there, autumn. Crisp, tart apples and juicy pomegranate seeds add brightness to spiced cauliflower and nutty tahini dressing.