100+ Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes That'll Take Center Stage at Your Dinner Table

Step a-side, turkey!

thanksgiving side dishes
Dana Gallagher

When it comes to your Thanksgiving dinner, the Thanksgiving side dishes are really just as important as your perfectly crafted turkey recipe. (In fact, some might say they're even more important!) There's always so much hype surrounding the annual feast, so you want to make sure the dinner you're hosting features the absolute best plates possible. Each one of these Thanksgiving side dishes will definitely impress your guests, since there are lots of crowd-pleasers ahead that have been upgraded with creative, delicious twists. Thanksgiving enthusiasts usually get pretty excited about their spuds, and there are plenty of savory, cheesy potato recipes here, including roasted garlic mashed potatoes and a potato and celery-root gratin.

For the veggie lovers, you'll enjoy a number of side dishes on this roundup, especially the Brussels sprouts with bacon, dates, and halloumi, the maple glazed carrots with goat cheese and pistachios, and the creamed spinach and mushrooms in white wine sauce. (How heavenly do all of those sound?) Once you start scrolling through this list, you're going to wish Thanksgiving came around more than once a year. It's just a good thing there are (almost) always tons of leftovers after Thanksgiving too—because you'll want to eat every one of these sides again and again.

thanksgiving sides dishes sweet potato casserole with homemade marshmallow
DANA GALLAGHER
Sweet Potato Casserole with Homemade Marshmallow

You and your guests will be in heaven after eating this sweet potato casserole. It's topped with—you guessed it—the most delicious homemade marshmallow.

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thanksgiving side dishes fresh herb stuffing
DANA GALLAGHER
Fresh Herb Stuffing

No Thanksgiving table is complete without stuffing. This recipe uses a whole loaf of bread and flavorful herbs—it doesn't get any better than that.

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thanksgiving side dishes corn salad bacon honey
Dana Gallagher
Corn Salad With Bacon and Honey

Is there a better combination than bacon and honey? We'd argue yes, because this salad includes sweet corn too.

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SHOP SALAD BOWLS

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thanksgiving side dishes parker house rolls
DANA GALLAGHER
Parker House Rolls

Pass the rolls, please! In particular, these soft Parker House ones topped with a pinch of sea salt.

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SHOP CAKE PANS

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thanksgiving side dishes composed waldorf salad
DANA GALLAGHER
Composed Waldorf Salad

We love when a traditional dish gets a fresh spin. That's the case for this Waldorf salad, which separates its ingredients into sections—it'll even work for picky eaters!

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SHOP SALAD BOWLS

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thanksgiving side dishes broccoli cauliflower gratin
Dana Gallagher
Broccoli and Cauliflower Gratin

As far as side dishes go, it will be hard to pass up this broccoli and cauliflower recipe. Even your children won't be able to resist vegetables covered in cheese.

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thanksgiving sides dishes scalloped oysters
DANA GALLAGHER
Scalloped Oysters

Just because it's cooler outside doesn't mean you can't bring a little bit of the ocean to your table. This dish is inspired by the sea and infuses oysters with leeks, vermouth, and saltines for an irresistible crunch.

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SHOP SKILLETS

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thanksgiving sides brussels sprouts salad
Brian Woodcock
Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

Chopped apple, Pecorino cheese, and hazelnuts provide texture in this flavorful fall salad. It's a hearty but healthful side, making it perfect for Thanksgiving dinner.

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sweet potatoes thanksgiving sides
Brian Woodcock
Roasted Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

Comforting and simple, we can't imagine anyone who wouldn't love this sweet potato dish. It's just as delicious on Thanksgiving as it is throughout the rest of the fall season.

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SHOP ROASTING PANS

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thanksgiving side dishes cauliflower
The Cookie Rookie
Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

Think of this recipe as a low-carb version of your favorite mashed potatoes. But don't worry, the addition of cream cheese ensures they're just as decadent.

Get the recipe at The Cookie Rookie.

SHOP FOOD PROCESSORS

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thanksgiving side dishes stuffing
The Recipe Critic
Roasted Autumn Vegetable Stuffing

Loaded with sweet potato, acorn squash, and bacon, this stuffing recipe is ultra hearty. You'll never consider making a boxed version again after trying this.

Get the recipe at The Recipe Critic.

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thanksgiving side dishes carrots
Ambitious Kitchen
Maple Glazed Carrots With Goat Cheese and Pistachios

How stunning is this vegetable side dish? This carrot recipe is almost too pretty to eat.

Get the recipe at Ambitious Kitchen.

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thanksgiving side dishes sweet potato casserole
Celebrating Sweets
Sweet Potato Casserole With Marshmallow and Pecan Streusel

The crunchy, creamy topping on this sweet potato casserole makes it downright decadent. You could even serve this version as Thanksgiving dessert.

Get the recipe at Celebrating Sweets.

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thanksgiving recipes green beans
Dinner at the Zoo
Bacon Green Bean Bundles

A surefire way to get everyone eating their green beans? Wrap 'em up in a thick strip of bacon!

Get the recipe at Dinner at the Zoo.

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thanksgiving side dishes salad
Recipe Runner
Fall Roasted Vegetable Panzanella Salad

You'll probably have to make a double batch of this Thanksgiving salad. It's so fresh and flavorful, everyone will be helping themselves to seconds.

Get the recipe at Recipe Runner.

SHOP SALAD BOWLS

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thanksgiving side dishes cranberry sauce
Natasha's Kitchen
Cranberry Sauce Recipe With Orange and Honey

This cranberry sauce takes just 12 minutes to prepare—and it's so much better than any store-bought version.

Get the recipe at Natasha's Kitchen.

SHOP SAUCEPANS

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thanksgiving side dishes green bean casserole
Modern Honey
Green Bean Casserole

The beautiful thing about this green bean casserole is that it can be adapted depending on what you have on hand. Fresh, frozen, or canned green beans will all work in this recipe.

Get the recipe at Modern Honey.

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thanksgiving side dishes sweet potatoes
Chelsea Simdorn
Roasted Garlic Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Give your sweet potatoes a savory spin with this healthy take. It's also gluten-free, paleo-friendly, and Whole30-approved.

Get the recipe at Do You Even Paleo?

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thanksgiving side dishes brussels sprouts
Half Baked Harvest
Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Bacon, Dates, and Halloumi

The combination of sweet and salty makes these Brussels sprouts irresistible. Everyone will be eating their vegetables when you serve this plate.

Get the recipe at Half Baked Harvest.

SHOP SKILLETS

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thanksgiving side dishes mashed potatoes
Cooking Classy
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Although this recipe calls for red potatoes, you could use russet potatoes if you prefer. Both will work well.

Get the recipe at Cooking Classy.

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thanksgiving side dishes creamed corn
The Blond Cook
Creamed Corn

It doesn't get much easier than this bowl. It's made with ingredients you likely already have on hand and can be prepared in about 10 minutes.

Get the recipe at The Blond Cook.

SHOP SAUCEPANS

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thanksgiving side dishes mac cheese
Mom on Timeout
Baked Mac and Cheese

Every inch of this casserole is filled with ooey, gooey goodness. It's loaded with sharp cheddar, Gruyére, and Parmesan cheese. Yum!

Get the recipe at Mom on Timeout.

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thanksgiving side dishes cornbread
The Chunky Chef
Homestyle Cornbread

Every Southerner knows it's simply not a complete feast without cornbread on the table. This version is a perfect balance of sweet and savory.

Get the recipe at The Chunky Chef.

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thanksgiving recipes creamed spinach
Will Cook for Smiles
Creamed Spinach and Mushrooms in White Wine Sauce

Instantly upgrade your creamed spinach recipe with mushrooms and an unforgettable sauce. They're simple additions that take this dish to the next level of delicious.

Get the recipe at Will Cook for Smiles.

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thanksgiving side dishes farro
Brian Woodcock
Farro-and-Acorn Squash Salad

Hazelnuts and pomegranate seeds give this hearty salad a nice crunch.

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thanksgiving side dishes salad
Brian Woodcock
Marinated Mushroom-and-Charred Broccolini Salad

A vegan dish that meat eaters will enjoy? We're sold.

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thanksgiving side dishes spinach
The Cookie Rookie
Spinach Gratin

This cheesy recipe will have everyone eating their greens!

Get the recipe at The Cookie Rookie.

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thanksgiving side dishes potatoes
Jo Cooks
Loaded Scalloped Potatoes

Upgrade your scalloped potatoes with chives, bacon, and cheddar cheese.

Get the recipe at Jo Cooks.

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thanksgiving side dishes brussels sprouts
Half Baked Harvest
Lemony Fried Brussels Sprouts

Goat cheese, Dijon mustard, and garlic makes these Brussels sprouts a crowd favorite.

Get the recipe at Half Baked Harvest.

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thanksgiving side dishes sweet potatoes
Cooking Classy
Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon and Honey Butter

It only takes five simple ingredients to make these show-stopping sweet potatoes.

Get the recipe at Cooking Classy.

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