Every year, my plate is always jam packed with all the yummy sides. There are so many delicious options to choose from, so why only pick a few? I love to load them all on my plate and dig in. I mean, that’s the best part about Thanksgiving, right? :)
You’ll find all of your favorites in this amazing round up. Whether it’s easy, healthy, slow cooker or traditional Thanksgiving sides, you’re bound to find it here! And although these may be the best Thanksgiving sides, that certainly doesn’t mean you can only make them in November. These dishes are delicious year-round!
Traditional Thanksgiving sides
Sometimes the best course of action is to keep it classic. These traditional dishes will be familiar to everyone, old and young alike. For most people, these are the classics—recipes like macaroni and cheese and stuffing will likely be the first dish to disappear. Yum!
Sweet Potato Casserole
Mashed sweet potatoes topped with toasted pecans and a delicious brown sugar crumble. Add in marshmallows to make this sweet potato casserole the ultimate holiday side dish.
Making a full dinner is a lot of work. Why not give yourself a break by choosing simple sides? These Thanksgiving side dishes are easy to create and come together quickly. Don’t confuse “easy” with “lack of flavor”, however. I always round out our table with at least a couple of these.
My favorite recipe for cheesy potatoes - aka funeral potatoes or cheesy potato casserole. This dish is so comforting, always a crowd pleaser and perfect for any holiday dinner!
This easy make-ahead cornbread stuffing will easily become the star of any festive meal. Slightly sweet cornbread, sage sausage, veggies, and herbs result in unforgettable mouthwatering flavors and textures that cannot be found in a box!
Perfectly creamy and fluffy mashed red potatoes bursting with garlic flavor. Made with just 5 ingredients in 30 minutes. These are the perfect easy side dish to serve at your next holiday gathering or Sunday dinner!
Save your calories for the important stuff—like pumpkin pie with fresh whipped cream! :) These are some of my favorites—all the flavor and none of the guilt. Plus, these are a good option to accommodate various diets like gluten-free or vegetarian.
Perfectly tender, flavorful and fresh green beans that make an amazing side dish recipe. Learn how to cook them 2 ways - sautéed or roasted in the oven.
This easy fall salad is filled with chopped greens, apples, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds and roasted butternut squash. Then topped with a maple balsamic dressing that brings out the delicious fall flavors!
Fresh pear salad filled with mixed greens, juicy sliced pears, pomegranate seeds, candied pecans, feta cheese and topped with a balsamic dressing. This is the perfect salad to serve at your holiday dinner this year!
These sides will help complete your meal and add a dose of healthy to your table. You can make virtually any veggie you like with one of these clever ideas, whether you prefer them roasted, in a casserole, or covered in cheese—there’s an option for you.
Delicious baked vegetables coated in olive oil, balsamic vinegar and flavorful spices. Perfectly crispy and roasted to perfection. These oven roasted veggies are always on repeat!
Deliciously roasted asparagus wrapped in crispy bacon slices. This bacon wrapped asparagus is one of my favorite side dish recipes that pairs perfectly with tons of dishes. And cooked in only 20 minutes, too!
This butternut squash risotto recipe is a savory, good-for-you dinner that's loaded with veggies and bits of sausage, all cooked together in the slow cooker. This dinner practically prepares itself and everyone will clamor for seconds.
These lion house rolls are hands-down my very favorite homemade roll recipe! Soft, fluffy and have a nice buttery taste. Perfect for the holidays or anytime you want an amazingly, delicious roll with dinner!
Jamielyn Nye is the creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. She is also the author of the I Heart Naptime Cookbook. When she’s not creating in the kitchen, Jamielyn loves to chase her four little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.