Check out this list of amazing Thanksgiving sides! Whether you’re looking for traditional Thanksgiving sides, or something different and non-traditional, we’ve got delicious recipes for you!
I am SO excited for Thanksgiving this year. I’ll be hosting some of my family from out of town and I have grown to LOVE hosting Thanksgiving over the past few years.
When I was a kid, I thought Thanksgiving was fine, nothing that special. I liked the Mashed Potatoes and the parade but really I could take it or leave it. Now, I love it so much, maybe because I don’t get to see family as often so it feels extra special when we do.
That, and I really love hosting because I get to geek out over choosing the Thanksgiving Menu and setting the table. Check out all of my tips for hosting Thanksgiving too, I promise they will make your life easier!
This Marinated Cheese is incredibly delicious, looks fancy but is actually SO easy to make. Throw it on a gorgeous grazing board for guests to snack on before the big meal!
These Cranberry Feta Pinwheels are so easy but look fancy and taste AMAZING!
Sounds like the best Veggie Dip ever – and it’s definitely the most beautiful platter! From All Things Thrifty.
This Turkey Cheese Platter is so cute and fun! The kids will go crazy for it!
Thanksgiving Side Salads
Sometimes you need something light and crunchy to balance out all the heavy sweet Thanksgiving food. These salads look so refreshing and a great counterbalance if you want to lighten things up a bit.
My light and refreshing Pomegranate Apple Salad is a MUST. It’s the perfect Thanksgiving fruit salad recipe!
It might seem different to do a Greek Salad for Thanksgiving, but they’re so tasty how can you not?
This Harvest Broccoli Salad from Little Bits Of looks like it will pair so well with all the warm comforting flavors of Thanksgiving dinner. The addition of roasted sweet potatoes will make you forget you’re even eating salad.
How does this strike you – Pumpkin Goddess Dressing?! I can’t wait to try it. This Fall Harvest Salad from the Seasoned Mom looks amazing.
This Chicken Ramen Salad from Over The Big Moon is one of my favorites ever. It’s a little bit sweet and just so amazing.
Okay, I don’t love cranberry sauce but this Cranberry Fluff Salad from Tastes Better From Scratch looks RIGHT up my alley!
The essential Thanksgiving side: Potatoes
Potatoes will always be the forever Thanksgiving side staple. Whether they’re sweet, savory, or simple, you really can’t go wrong with a good potato side dish.
Our Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes (pictured above) are really great for busy Thanksgiving days. I love slow cooker recipes at Thanksgiving, because I can shove it all in the crockpot and f0cus on other dishes until dinner time!
Classic Funeral Potatoes or Cheesy Potato Casserole, is literally the one thing I look forward to eating most each Thanksgiving! Delicious, comforting, and so easy to put together! It would make a great addition to any menu.
Ok but if you do want to go the sweet route, you should definitely try this Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallow and Pecan Streusel from Celebrating Sweets. It looks divine.
If you really want some “WOW” responses on Thanksgiving, you’ve got to check out these Twice Baked Sweet Potato Puffs from Tastes of Lizzy T.
Wanna know a secret? Brown Butter makes everything better. If you don’t already know that, try it with these Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes from Self Proclaimed Foodie.
Another twist on a classic, these Garlic Parmesan Mini Hasselback Potatoes look so easy! I love using mini potatoes because they cook so much faster than the larger ones.
Savory Sweet Potato Casserole with Sage Breadcrumbs is a great way to change up the classic sweet potatoes and marshmallow recipe.
If a sweet potato casserole sounds tasty, but like too much work, you have got to take a look at these Sweet Potato Casserole Bites from Basil and Bubbly. They look insanely easy! and adorable too.
Maple Meringue Sweet Potato Casserole looks so fancy! Country Living has made this meringue look effortless if you’re willing to put in a bit of extra time.
These Bacon Wrapped Potatoes with Dill Sauce are actual heaven.
Cheesy mashed potato casserole with bacon from Baking Beauty – looks absolutely heavenly!
I love when I can use the slow cooker for sides because the oven is doing a lot of other work for Thanksgiving! This slow cooker sweet potato casserole from Baking Beauty is perfection.
Loving the idea of savory sweet potatoes! These from baked parmesan sweet potatoes from Lil Luna look AMAZING!
This is the best Stuffing recipe ever. I can say that, because I’ve tried a lot of recipes, but this is the one my family and I have landed on as our favorite. It’s so good, and did I mention it has Italian sausage!
I love cornbread stuffing, and this cornbread and sausage stuffing from Delicious meets Healthy is calling my name!
Mac and Cheese Recipes
This Best Ever Homemade Mac & Cheese from Foodie Crush is making my mouth water!
And the best Truffle Mac & Cheese…. with hand grated white cheddar. This sounds AMAZING! From Meg O. on the Go
Vegetable Thanksgiving Sides
As we saw with the salads, you’ve really gotta have some veggies to round out your Thanksgiving menu. These side dishes are packed with veggies, and are simple enough to let the ingredients stand on their own.
These Pomegranate Roasted Carrots with Brown Butter and Feta from How Sweet Eats (pictured above) look so amazing. I have them on my menu for this year!
Oh my gosh. Cheesy Cauliflower Au Gratin from I Wash You Dry looks incredible!
This quick & easy Green Bean Casserole is a staple!!
These Citrus and Honey Roasted Beets from Eat your Beets look like little gems on the dinner table! Beets can be a little polarizing, but if your guests are a fan, they’ll love this side dish.
I have to be honest, before I saw this recipe for Roasted Kobacha with Tahini Dressing, I had no idea what Kobacha was. It’s just a different species of squash, and now that I know about it I can’t wait to try it! And I owe it all to Chez Us.
This Spinach and Zucchini Vegetable bake from Just a Pinch looks so deliciously healthy. Cant wait to add it to my Thanksgiving table!
If you want a simple veggie – steam some broccoli with the Best Broccoli Seasoning Ever.
Roasted carrots might seem like a boring Thanksgiving dish, but this Ginger Cardamom Spiced Carrot side dish from Savory Spin is anything but boring!
Am I the only one who thinks Onion Gratin seems super intriguing? I cant wait to try this one from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Sometimes all you need for a good roasted veggie is a bit of lemon and a bit of cheese. This Roasted Lemon Parmesan Asparagus from Pumpkin N Spice looks super easy and delicious.
Brown Sugar and Balsamic Glazed Carrots. 1000 times yes, you guys.
Last gratin recipe I promise. This Rosemary Parmesan Butternut Squash Gratin from Abra’s Kitchen looks like everything good about Thanksgiving in one warm and guilt free dish.
Spinach and White Beans sounds like a recipe that has been in the family for years doesn’t it? Who knows, maybe they served something like it at the first Thanksgiving!! The Live-In Kitchen has brought us a real classic.
Fresh rolls are a MUST as far as Thanksgiving sides go.
A crowd favorite – my Grandma’s Famous Dinner Rolls. Make these and everyone will be begging for more!
Whether its rice, quinoa, or risotto, a good grain can be the perfect Thanksgiving side.
We’ll start with a simple classic, this Easy Lemon Brown Rice won’t try and compete too much with the other dishes on the table, but if you’ve got a bit of citrus in your turkey recipe it will pair so well!
You have got to jump over to this Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad from Well Plated (pictured above) to see how colorful it is. It would look so beautiful on the Thanksgiving table.
I have to admit I’ve never tried Farro, but after seeing this recipe for Farro with Dried Cherries and Pistachios from Cravings of a Lunatic, I’m kinda dying to.
Listen to these ingredients: orange, cranberry, almond, rice, cinnamon and parsley. If that’s not Thanksgiving in a bowl, I don’t know what is. This Orange Cranberry Almond Rice Pilaf from Oh Sweet Basil will fit right in on the table-scape.
Thanksgiving or not, we love this Pumpkin Risotto from Platings and Pairings at our house. The dried cranberries and goat cheese (I could eat goat cheese all day every day if I had to) just make this risotto so perfect during the fall season.
If you’re a wild rice fan, take a peek at this Cranberry Pecan Wild Rice from What a Girl Eats. Cranberries are the rubies of the food world and they turn into gold at Thanksgiving. I’m sure they take this wild rice to the next level.
Will you have a Vegan friend or family member at your house this year? Quinoa is your friend! So filling and delicious, it’s basically a blank canvas for all of your favorite flavors. This Lemony Quinoa with Butternut Squash from Fat Free Vegan Kitchen is not only Vegan, but looks so delicious!
We love this Homemade Sparkling Cider (just like Martinelli’s!)
This Cranberry Lime Spritzer tastes sooo good with turkey and stuffing!