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35+ Thanksgiving Side Dishes for 2021

The best Thanksgiving side dishes for your holiday meal, all in one place! Recipes include casseroles, sweet potato recipes, green beans, mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, salads and more.

Collage of photos of healthy Thanksgiving side dishes.

Out of all of the Thanksgiving dishes, the side dishes often make the meal. Whether you are looking for more traditional side dish recipes or want to try something new, you’ll find plenty of easy options below.

I’ve done the work for you to round up this list of Thanksgiving side dishes, so now all you have to do is choose which ones to try first!  I hope this list will be a resource for you as you plan your Thanksgiving meal and Christmas menu. You’ll find everything from a healthier Green Bean Casserole, to Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Potato Casserole and flavor-packed salads in the list below. My Broccoli Casserole is a reader favorite and personal favorite. It’s part of our Thanksgiving dinner every year and along with pumpkin pie for dessert. 

Many of these Thanksgiving side dishes can be made ahead to save you time on the big day, and all are perfect for serving with your turkey dinner.

Best Thanksgiving Sides

Sweet Potato Casserole

spoonful of sweet potato casserole held over baking dish

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

roasted brussels sprouts on baking sheet

Balsamic Brussels SproutsRoasted balsamic brussels sprouts with cranberries and pecans on a baking sheet.

Broccoli Casserole from Scratch

Broccoli casserole from scratch in a white casserole dish.

Green Bean Casserole

green bean casserole in a baking dish with a serving spoon

Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe

homemade stuffing with fresh herbs in a white baking dish

Roasted Green Beans

Oven roasted green beans in a serving bowl with two forks.

Butternut Squash Salad

kale and butternut squash salad, candied walnuts and goat cheese in a white bowl.

The Best Mashed Potatoes

mashed potatoes in a bowl with a serving spoon

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Perfect creamy mashed potatoes in an Instant Pot.

Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes

Creamy slow cooker mashed potatoes in a bowl with butter and chives.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Oven roasted sweet potatoes in a bowl.

Spinach Salad with Bacon

Spinach salad with bacon and eggs in a bowl.

Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash

Cinnamon roasted butternut squash in a white serving bowl.

Wild Rice Salad

Wild rice salad with butternut squash, apple and pecans.


Homemade biscuits stacked after baking.

Mashed Butternut Squash with Goat Cheese and Rosemary

Mashed butternut squash.

Cornbread Recipe

Sweet Honey Cornbread! Whole grain and SO EASY to make! | www.kristineskitchenblog.com


Massaged Kale Salad

kale salad with cranberries, pumpkin seeds and goat cheese in white bowl with fork

Roasted Potatoes

garlic rosemary roasted potatoes in white serving bowl

Roasted Delicata Squash

roasted delicata squash with thyme on a baking sheet


Broccoli Kale Salad

Broccoli kale salad with chickpeas, pomegranate seeds, apple, pecans and feta cheese.

Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut squash soup in a ladle spoon over an Instant Pot full of soup.

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole


Kale and Wild Rice Casserole

Kale and wild rice casserole

Spinach Salad with Quinoa and Apple

Spinach Salad with Apple and Pecans.

Roasted Cauliflower

close up of roasted cauliflower on pan


Cranberry Pear Salad with Fresh Pear Vinaigrette

Cranberry pear salad

Twice Baked Potato Casserole

twice baked potato casserole with bacon in casserole dish with a serving spoon

Roasted Butternut Squash

Easy Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash Recipe. This recipe is so simple that you can make it on a weeknight or quickly prepare it for your holiday dinner. My family loves this healthy oven baked butternut squash!


Cranberry Sauce

stirring cranberry sauce cooking in pot on the stove


Sweet Potato Apple Casserole

sweet potato and apple casserole

Cranberry Apple Pecan Wild Rice Pilaf

Apple cranberry wild rice pilaf

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

mac and cheese on a serving spoon held over an instant pot


Creamy Broccoli Cheddar Rice

broccoli rice


Easy Oven Roasted Carrots

Easy roasted carrots served on a sheet pan.

Loaded Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

Loaded twice baked sweet potatoes

Roasted Mushrooms and Quinoa

Balsamic Garlic Roasted Mushrooms and Quinoa. An easy holiday side dish recipe, plus ideas for make ahead lunch bowls! | www.kristineskitchenblog.com


Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Mashed sweet potatoes in Instant Pot with butter and maple syrup.



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