Whether you’re looking for your favorite classic Thanksgiving recipes or something new and different, you’ll find everything you need for your Thanksgiving menu in this huge list of over 100 Thanksgiving side dishes.
Thanksgiving is the one day of the year when it’s ok to fill up your plate with mounds of delicious food. Calories don’t count on Thanksgiving, right? In that case, these beautiful Thanksgiving side dishes will make the perfect accompaniment to your Thanksgiving dinner. Who said TURKEY has to be the star?
If you think back to what you had on your own family table growning up, or what you’d usually see in Thanksgiving specials on TV, you already know the answer. Traditions have changed for some, but the top 10 have stayed the same:
Stuffing with celery and onions
Green Beans Casserole
Kristin’s Thanksgiving Menu Must-Haves
Ever wondered what I serve at my own family’s Thanksgiving? Here’s our menu this year! These are my TOP FAVORITES that I serve every single year for the holiday.
Veggie Tray – This is great for having out before the meal, but most people add some to their plate at dinner tmie, too.
Rhodes Rolls – Frozen dinner rolls get an upgrade with salty garlic butter and rosemary. So, so good!
What do you serve with Thanksgiving dinner?
You’ve got the roast turkey breast, you’ve got the turkey gravy, but it can get boring with the same old traditional mashed potatoes and green bean casserole every year. That’s why I’ve put together this incredible collection that showcases the MANY different options you have to help round out your Thanksgiving feast. I can wait to try them all! Wherever you start, you won’t be disappointed with these Thanksgiving recipes!
What is the most popular Side Dish at Thanksgiving?
Thanksgiving is THE food holiday of the year! Some think that the turkey is the star, but really, it’s the sides. The side dishes have always been my favorite part of Thanksgiving – from the sweet potatoes to the rolls to the stuffing to the green beans. Mashed Potatoes are my all-time favorite, and they’re one of the most popular Thanksgiving side dishes of all.
How many side dishes should you have at Thanksgiving?
Lots of them! Of course, it depends on how many people you will have at dinner, but the more options you can provide, the better. You want to have at least 2 of each type of side – 2 vegetable sides, 2 starches, 2 desserts. Make sure to include a variety of flavors and textures.
How far ahead can I make Thanksgiving sides?
Most of the dishes on your menu can probably be made ahead of the big day. Things like casseroles, desserts, and even gravy can be made in advance to save you time on Thanksgiving Day. Prepare the side and bake it or cook it through, then wrap it up and store in the fridge for up to 2 days. Reheat in a 300℉ oven for 5-10 minutes, depending on the dish.
Before deciding to prepare a recipe in advance, be sure to read the instructions and any tips that may have been included to make sure you’re doing it safely.
There are over 100 recipes on this list and I’ve broken it up into sections (stuffing, potatoes, veggies, etc.). Easily find what you’re looking for by scrolling to the side dish category you’re interested in. Have a favorite that I missed? Let me know about it in the comments. I’m always looking for new easy Thanksgiving side dishes to try and share!
Vegetables and Salads
Vegetables on Thanksgiving aren’t always the same kinds of veggies you’d have at your weeknight dinner table, but that sure does make them delicious! The veggie side dish is a great way to round out all the heavy foods at your Thanksgiving table. Plan to have at least 2 of them; I like to do one cold and one hot.
This Lemon Kale Caesar Salad is has a creamy, lemony Parmesan dressing coating crunchy Romaine and everyone’s favorite superfood, kale! Top with some grilled chicken and you’ve got a light and fresh good-for-you summer meal.
Need a new side dish that will be welcome year round? This Broccoli Slaw with Apples and Dried Cherries definitely fits the bill! It's creamy and crunchy and a little bit sweet, making it the best side dish for summertime barbecues to Thanksgiving dinner.
Mexican Street Corn Salad is super creamy with tons of flavor – it’s everything you love about the street corner classic roasted corn in a yummy salad. It’s a delicious side dish that just screams summer!
This refreshing Raspberry & Pear Salad is full of fruits, nuts and goat cheese, and topped with a tangy Homemade Raspberry Vinaigrette. It's an easy and delicious salad that is the perfect compliment to any holiday meal.
Creamed Spinach & Mushrooms – Fresh spinach and crimini mushrooms cooked in white wine sauce is a delicious and super easy side dish, perfect for any dinner table.
Nantucket Corn Pudding – Creamy baked corn pudding, topped with buttery, cheesy crumbs is a must-try side dish!
Potato, Sweet Potato, and Stuffing Recipes
Stuffing and potatoes are the staple sides for Thanksgiving, right?! If you’re tired of the same old sweet potato casserole or basic mashed potatoes then it’s time to break out and try one of these amazing dishes, like my grandma’s famous Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes, or how about a tasty Chorizo Stuffing?
Instant Pot Mushroom Risotto is a rich and delicious recipe made with your pressure cooker for an easy vegetarian dinner or decadent side dish! Fresh thyme, Parmesan and white wine take the flavors in this dish to the next level!
This Honey Oat Quick Bread is an easy, no-yeast/no-knead recipe that’s ready in under an hour! A fresh, slightly sweet loaf of wheat bread made with oats and sweetened with honey, then baked to tender, golden brown perfection.
Parker House Rolls are a soft and buttery, melt-in-your-mouth dinner roll. They are brushed with butter before and after baking making them even more irresistible. Your family is going to love these amazing homemade rolls.
Sweet Side Dishes
We always have a few staple sweets to go with all the savory food. Our family favorite is the Sour Cream Salad, but of course, traditional cranberry sauce is a must!
Jello Salad is a vintage recipe that's part side dish & part dessert. This Green Jello Salad is deliciously creamy and perfect for sharing with friends!
Got the sides, now you need the TURKEY! Try our recipe for theBest Thanksgiving Turkey (with video!). If you’re feeding a smaller group, try our Turkey Breast recipe in the Instant Pot, oven roasted, or air fryer. It’s got simple ingredients and a ton of flavor – and there are lots of tips to help you out!
Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.
SO MANY GREAT RECIPES. WHERE DO I START? THANK YOU, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING ALL OF THEM.
You are so welcome Rebecca! Thanks for stopping by.
You left out fried sauerkraut as one of the side dishes for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. My mother use to fix this dish for 60 years until her death 6 years ago coming up this Oct 31st. She got this from my grandmother who is full blooded German she even has the tattooed numbers on her arm from the Holocaust. She would tell us this was all she and her sister had to eat for those holidays. That’s why we have still to this day. I’m carrying on my mom’s and grandma’s tradition. Thought I’d share it with you.
Hi Ray – I appreciate you sharing your story. Those kinds of memories are precious.
Oh yum! With side dishes this yummy, I wouldn’t need a main dish. 😉
I do add sausage and fry it all up at once and eat it as a meal. Wife can’t stand it lol