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47 Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes You Need To Make

Not sure what to serve with your turkey this year? This list will help!

When Thanksgiving rolls around, you know you can always rely on the classics: stuffing, mashed potatoes, and of course, creamy green bean casserole. But what if you're looking to switch up your side dish recipes this year—even keep it healthy, perhaps?

If you're getting sick of cooking the same recipes over-and-over this year and you're looking for some healthier recipes that can elevate your Thanksgiving table, you've come to the right place. From pumpkin mash and butternut squash pasta to smashed potatoes and fresh harvest salads, here are some of our favorite healthy Thanksgiving side dish recipes you can whip up for your festivities this year.

Then, if you're looking for even more recipes to cook up this month, be sure to check out our list of 100 Easiest Recipes You Can Make.

1

Roasted Autumn Harvest Salad

roasted autumn harvest salad
Courtesy of Danielle Walker

Roasting is the name of the game when it comes to cooking Thanksgiving dinner—especially when you need to whip up a lot of different dishes at once. This roasted autumn harvest salad is the perfect mixture of warm, sweet, and savory to start off your Thanksgiving meal.

Get our recipe for Roasted Autumn Harvest Salad.

2

Smashed Potatoes

Vegan smashed potatoes
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Sick of mashed potatoes? Ditch the classic Thanksgiving side dish and whip up these easy smashed potatoes instead!

Get our recipe for Smashed Potatoes.

3

Honey Roasted Carrots

Vegetarian honey roasted carrots
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

These roasted carrots add the perfect sweet touch to your Thanksgiving meal.

Get our recipe for Honey Roasted Carrots.

4

Butternut Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter

Vegetarian butternut ravioli with sage and brown butter
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Switch up the starchy side this year with some homemade butternut squash ravioli!

Get our recipe for Butternut Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter.

5

Green Bean Casserole

Vegetarian green bean casserole
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Can't get rid of the classics? Why not make healthier versions of them! This popular Thanksgiving side dish can be made a lot healthier thanks to added vegetables and a lighter dusting of bread crumbs.

Get our recipe for Green Bean Casserole.

6

Sweet Potato Fries

Vegan sweet potato fries
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Who wouldn't want fries on their Thanksgiving table? Skip roasting your sweet potatoes and make crispy baked fries instead!

Get our recipe for Sweet Potato Fries.

7

Roasted Brussels Sprouts 5 Ways

lemon pomegranate brussels sprouts on a sheet pan
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

Roasted Brussels sprouts certainly are an easy Thanksgiving side dish, but why not take it up a notch? Elevate your Brussels sprouts with one of our five favorite combos: lemon pomegranate, maple pecan, bacon feta, crunchy parmesan, or even everything bagel seasoning!

Get our recipe for Roasted Brussels Sprouts 5 Ways.

8

Warm Kale-Quinoa Salad

kale quinoa salad with apples and walnuts in two white bowls
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

You can easily turn this lunch salad into a side for your Thanksgiving table by skipping the cooked chicken and simply serving this vegetarian style with a homemade dijon vinaigrette.

Get our recipe for Warm Kale-Quinoa Salad.

9

Air Fryer Sweet and Sour Cauliflower

sweet and sour crispy cauliflower bites
Carlene Thomas/Eat This, Not That!

Sure, these bites could work as an appetizer—but why not also as a Thanksgiving side dish? Plus, cooking them in the air fryer gives you one less thing that needs to roast in your oven.

Get our recipe for Air Fryer Sweet and Sour Cauliflower.

10

Roasted Squash

Vegetarian roasted squash
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Not really feeling potatoes this year? Dice up a butternut squash and roast it as a starchy side instead!

Get our recipe for Roasted Squash.

11

Flaky Southern Biscuits

Low-calorie flaky southern biscuits
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

These flaky southern biscuits make for the perfect side dish for any meal, especially if it's paired with a soup for dipping!

Get our recipe for Flaky Southern Biscuits.

12

Mixed Green Salad and Pumpkin Vinaigrette

mixed greens salad with pears and pumpkin vinaigrette
Blaine Moats/Eat This, Not That!

Use up the leftover canned pumpkin from that pie you baked and whip up this simple mixed green salad with a pumpkin vinaigrette!

Get our recipe for Mixed Green Salad and Pumpkin Vinaigrette.

13

Pumpkin-Potato Mash

Pumpkin potato mash in a large bowl with chives, oil, and salt.
Blaine Moats

Or use that pumpkin to make a pumpkin potato mash to boost the fiber and the vitamin A on your plate.

Get our recipe for Pumpkin-Potato Mash.

14

Stuffed Tomatoes

Vegetarian stuffed tomatoes
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

These stuffed tomatoes not only make for an excellent Thanksgiving side dish, but they also work as a vegetarian entree option for anyone who needs it!

Get our recipe for Stuffed Tomatoes.

15

Spicy Macaroni and Cheese

Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

This spicy macaroni and cheese can be baked in individual cups, or in a larger casserole dish for easy sharing.

Get our recipe for Spicy Macaroni and Cheese.

16

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Vegan roasted garlic mashed potatoes
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

We get it—sometimes having a bowl of mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving is comforting. So this roasted garlic mash will satisfy that nostalgic craving you have.

Get our recipe for Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes.

17

Healthy Spinach & Goat Cheese Salad with Apples & Warm Bacon Dressing

Healthy spinach & goat cheese salad with apples & warm bacon dressing
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

This salad could either work as a Thanksgiving side dish or the perfect appetizer before digging into the main meal!

Get our recipe for Healthy Spinach & Goat Cheese Salad with Apples & Warm Bacon Dressing.

18

Apple-Sausage Stuffing

Healthy apple-sausage stuffing
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

This apple sausage stuffing keeps it light with turkey sausage, good vegetables and fruit, and cubes of your favorite crusty loaf.

Get our recipe for Apple-Sausage Stuffing.

19

Yukon Gold & Sweet Potato Gratin

Vegetarian yukon gold & sweet potato gratin
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Impress your guests with this elevated potato side dish!

Get our recipe for Yukon Gold & Sweet Potato Gratin.

20

Orange Cranberry Relish

healthy orange cranberry relish
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Not a fan of the canned stuff? Make your own cranberry sauce with our deliciously sweet orange cranberry recipe.

Get our recipe for Orange Cranberry Relish.

21

Butternut Squash Pasta Salad

Butternut squash pasta salad
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

Why not mix the veggies and the starchy Thanksgiving side dish recipes with this easy-to-make butternut squash pasta salad?

Get our recipe for Butternut Squash Pasta Salad.

22

15-Minute Parmesan-Roasted Broccoli

Vegetarian parmesan roasted broccoli
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

An easy green to add to your table that isn't a salad, this roasted broccoli recipe will be in and out of the oven in just 15 minutes' time.

Get our recipe for 15-Minute Parmesan-Roasted Broccoli.

23

Twice-Baked Potatoes

Healthy twice-baked potatoes
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

With cheesy, crispy toppings, who wouldn't love a twice baked potato on their Thanksgiving plate?

Get our recipe for Twice-Baked Potatoes.

24

Gnocchi with Peas and Prosciutto

Healthy gnocchi with peas and prosciutto
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

For an elegant Thanksgiving side dish, this gnocchi recipe is served with fresh green vegetables and savory prosciutto.

Get our recipe for Gnocchi with Peas and Prosciutto.

25

Low-Carb Mashed Cauliflower

Ricotta roasted garlic mashed cauliflower
Shutterstock

Looking for low-carb sides? This mashed cauliflower recipe will keep your carb count low on your Thanksgiving plate.

Get our recipe for Low-Carb Mashed Cauliflower.

26

Roasted Cabbage Recipe

cooked cabbage wedges on a baking sheet
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

Roasting up big wedges of cabbage makes for an easy green side with your Thanksgiving meal.

Get our recipe for Roasted Cabbage Recipe.

27

Air Fryer Hasselback Potatoes

baby hasselback potatoes
Carlene Thomas/Eat This, Not That!

Put your air fryer to work and make this original hasselback potato recipe that will certainly surprise—and delight—your Thanksgiving dinner guests.

Get our recipe for Air Fryer Hasselback Potatoes.

28

Plant-Based Lentil and Kale Tots Casserole

plant based lentil kale tots casserole in skillet
Carlene Thomas

Sure, this lentil and kale tater tot casserole could work for a plant-based brunch, but we also think it could be a deliciously easy side to serve at Thanksgiving as well!

Get our recipe for Plant-Based Lentil and Kale Tots Casserole.

29

Arugula and Grapefruit Salad With Dill Ranch Dressing and Pumpkin Seeds

keto arugula grapefruit salad
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

This flavorful, fresh salad makes for the perfect side to add to your plate—or a salad to start off the meal!

Get our recipe for Arugula and Grapefruit Salad With Dill Ranch Dressing and Pumpkin Seeds.

30

Pumpkin Ravioli and Pesto

pumpkin ravioli with pestp sauce
Blaine Moats

These crispy pumpkin raviolis can be served with your turkey, or even served as a little bit to eat as you're cooking away in the kitchen,

Get our recipe for Pumpkin Ravioli and Pesto.

31

Sweet Potato Toasts

sweet potato toasts on blue plate with butter
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

Looking for something a little different to do with your potatoes this Thanksgiving? Slice up your sweet potato into thin "toasts" and top them with all kinds of savory or sweet toppings. Cranberry sauce on a sweet potato toast? We're so game.

Get our recipe for Sweet Potato Toasts.

32

Crispy Crumb-Topped Mac and Cheese Cups

Crispy crumb topped mac and cheese cups
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

Muffin tins make portion control at Thanksgiving a lot easier—so why not go all out with these cheesy crumb-topped mac and cheese cups?

Get our recipe for Crispy Crumb-Topped Mac and Cheese Cups.

33

Warm Brussels Sprouts Salad with Eggs and Pickled Red Onions

Warm brussel sprouts salad with eggs and pickled red onions
Waterbury Publications Inc.

A fun take on your usual Brussels sprouts recipe at Thanksgiving, this salad is served with egg for protein and pickled red onions for a tangy twist.

Get our recipe for Warm Brussels Sprouts Salad with Eggs and Pickled Red Onions.

34

Quinoa Pilaf

quinoa pilaf
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Get your grains in! This quinoa pilaf recipe is a great complex carb to add to your Thanksgiving spread,

Get our recipe for Quinoa Pilaf.

35

Butternut Squash Hash

bowl of butternut squash hash with celery
Posie Brien/Eat This, Not That!

Don't feel like making stuffing this year? This butternut squash hash is a great alternative. It lightens up your meal by skipping the bread and focusing only on protein and veggies.

Get our recipe for Butternut Squash Hash.

36

Potato Salad

Potato salad
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We're pretty sure you can't go wrong with a cold potato salad for any event—especially a Thanksgiving extravaganza.

Get our recipe for Potato Salad.

37

Pan-Roasted Mushrooms

pan roasted mushrooms onions
Shutterstock

Don't have room in the oven to cook more food? These mushrooms are pan roasted to perfection and don't take a ton of time to make.

Get our recipe for Pan-Roasted Mushrooms.

38

Balsamic Zucchini

cooked zucchini
Shutterstock

Not ready to give up on your favorite summer squash recipes? This balsamic zucchini is the perfect light side dish to add to your spread.

Get our recipe for Balsamic Zucchini.

39

Simmered Lentils

Lentils in bowl
Shutterstock

This simple lentil recipe can become an iconic side dish thanks to its versatility! Mix in some other vegetables—like butternut squash—with some of your favorite fall spices to give it a Thanksgiving twist.

Get our recipe for Simmered Lentils.

40

Spicy Mashed Sweet Potatoes

mashed sweet potatoes
Shutterstock

If you're more of a sweet potato person but don't want to bother with a sweet potato casserole this year, this simple mashed sweet potato recipe is the perfect trade-off.

Get our recipe for Spicy Mashed Sweet Potatoes.

41

Roasted Parmesan Asparagus

Asparagus with cheese and lemon and pine nuts
Shutterstock

You can't go wrong with a sheet pan of roasted asparagus—especially when it's topped with fresh cheese!

Get our recipe for Roasted Parmesan Asparagus.

42

Garlic Lemon Spinach

Vegan garlic lemon spinach in a bowl
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Another easy stovetop side dish—this garlic lemon shrimp only requires six ingredients and will be ready to eat in less than 10 minutes.

Get our recipe for Garlic Lemon Spinach.

43

Succotash

Succotash
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Looking for something a little different? Succotash is the perfect mix of hearty beans, corn, and salty bacon that will pair well with a succulent slice of turkey.

Get our recipe for Succotash.

44

Zucchini Carbonara

healthy zucchini carbonara
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Lighten up your usual pasta side dish with this healthy carbonara recipe, made with zucchini ribbons and a light cream sauce.

Get our recipe for Zucchini Carbonara.

45

Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

Healthy spinach salad with warm bacon dressing
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Pump up the protein in your salad by throwing in some shrimp for a filling side—or a perfect lunch as you're getting dinner ready to serve!

Get our recipe for Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing.

46

Pesto Gnocchi with Green Beans and Tomatoes

Vegetarian pesto gnocchi with green beans and tomatoes
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Gnocchi makes for an easy side dish with any meal—especially when it's paired with pesto, cheese, and other fresh vegetables.

Get our recipe for Pesto Gnocchi with Green Beans and Tomatoes.

47

Rosemary Butternut Squash Soup

whole 30 rosemary butternut squash soup
Posie Brien/Eat This, Not That!

Whether you want a cup served with dinner or a bowl before your meal, this rosemary butternut squash soup is a classic way to celebrate the best of the healthy vegetables that the season has to offer!

Get our recipe for Rosemary Butternut Squash Soup.

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