23 Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Thanksgiving is coming so quickly! Are you ready? Now you don’t have to make all of them, but hopefully, this will give you some ideas of Thanksgiving side dishes to make. Turkey may be the star of the Thanksgiving meal, but the side dishes can be even more delicious.

Here are some best Thanksgiving side dishes ideas for preparing some of the holiday favorites: Pair your favorite Thanksgiving dishes with one or two or all of these unique and twisted side dishes. Each one of these different, yet delicious recipes will complement your Thanksgiving feast.

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#23. Pistachio Salad

Pistachio Salad is a family favorite, classic dessert recipe that will take you back to your childhood. Also known as Watergate Salad, pistachio fluff salad is filled with pineapple, marshmallows, cool whip, and walnuts.

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#22. Dinner Rolls (From Scratch!)

These one-hour dinner rolls are soft and fluffy, and really do take only about an hour from start to finish, including rising time. They are the perfect complement to any meal.

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#21. One Pan Buttered Noodles

One Pan Buttered Noodles is a fast and easy side dish, and it’s totally cozy comfort food. It cooks all in one pan and creates a luscious, buttery sauce as it simmers.

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#20. Honey Glazed baby Carrots

Honey brings in such a pleasant sweetness to these baby carrots in this easy 15-minute side dish!

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#19. Roasted Fall Vegetables

This easy-to-make Roasted Fall Vegetable recipe is a delicious blend of savory butternut squash, Brussels sprouts, and shallot with bursts of cranberry sweetness in every bite. Maple walnuts add texture and crunch, while optional creamy goat cheese brings a hint of tanginess.

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#18. Thanksgiving Salad

Thanksgiving Salad is a gorgeous, vibrant addition to any menu, bursting with pomegranate, pears, pecans, & brie and dressed with a homemade balsamic vinaigrette!

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#17. Potato Leek Au Gratin

Say hello to your new favorite show-stopping holiday side dish, Potato Leek Au Gratin.

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#16. Creamy Garlic Mushrooms

This Creamy Garlic Mushroom is an incredible and by far one of the easiest mushroom side dishes I have ever made.

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#15. Twice Baked Potatoes Recipe

This is the BEST TWICE BAKED POTATOES RECIPE and I’m going to tell you exactly how to make it. This creamy, cheesy, crispy Twice Baked Potato recipe is just too good and I can’t get enough of it. These potatoes are the perfect side dish for any meal. They are filled with all the best ingredients and they’re absolutely filled with flavor too!

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#14. Mushroom Rice Pilaf

Easy Mushroom Rice Pilaf is a side dish that you will find on my table for every holiday! So easy to make with fresh cremini mushrooms, onions, orzo pasta, and white rice. It’s sure to become one of your favorite special occasions or everyday side dishes too!

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#13. Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Strawberry Pretzel Salad is an absolute must-make during the holidays, especially when you can make it SUGAR-FREE but just as delicious as the traditional version! This Sugar-Free Strawberry Pretzel Salad recipe is made with layers of salty and buttery pretzels, low-fat cream cheese/whipped cream, and of course and tangy strawberry jello topping. It’s a delicious side dish or even dessert for Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, and beyond!

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#12. Baked Parmesan Zucchini

This cheesy Baked Parmesan Zucchini is quick, easy, and has an incredibly satisfying veggie side.

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#11. Apple, Pear and Cranberry Coleslaw Recipe

If you are looking for a delicious fall twist on your coleslaw, you’ll love this Apple, Pear, and Cranberry version! Crunchy, sweet, and tangy- it’s the perfect side dish for so many occasions.

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#10. Loaded Cauliflower Bites

Loaded Cauliflower Bites, covered in cheese and bacon, are a low-carb alternative to loaded potato skins or french fries, yet equally as delicious. This tasty appetizer has only 4 grams of net carbs per serving making it a great option for those following a keto diet, as well.

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#09. Easy Broccoli Bacon Salad

Everyone needs a recipe for the best Broccoli Salad! This one is stuffed with bacon, cranberry, cheese, sunflower seeds, and tangy homemade dressing. It is easy to make and is a huge crowd-pleaser. The perfect side dish to bring to your summer barbecue, or even to serve at Thanksgiving!

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#08. Roasted Carrots with Candied Pecan and Goat Cheese

These Roasted Carrots with Candied Pecan and Goat Cheese are a delicious and flavorful side dish for the fall and holiday season.

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#07. Cheesy Root Vegetable Gratin

This beautiful Cheesy Root Vegetable Gratin is as beautiful as it is tasty. Sweet Potatoes, beets, and parsnips with cream and garlic baked to perfection. We love this side dish for special occasions like Thanksgiving.

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#06. Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows

This Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows is a family favorite at our Thanksgiving or holiday table. I hope it becomes a favorite for your family too.

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#05. Paula Deen’s Corn Casserole

This easy corn casserole recipe from Paula Deen requires a box of Jiffy mix and 5 other simple ingredients! Make it up to two days ahead of time before baking in the oven!

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#04. Honey Butter Skillet Corn

Honey Butter Skillet Corn is an easy 15-minute side dish with frozen corn, honey, butter, and cream cheese! So creamy, sweet, and delicious.

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#03. Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Cinnamon Butternut Squash with Pecans and Cranberries

If you want a healthy side dish for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s Eve, try Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Cinnamon Butternut Squash with Pecans and Cranberries. It is one of the best holiday side dishes you’ll ever try! This recipe is packed with vegetables and nuts. It’s healthy, gluten-free, vegetarian, and rich in fiber!

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#02. Baked Mac and Cheese

The BEST Homemade Mac and Cheese of your LIFE. Outrageously cheesy, ultra-creamy, and topped with a crunchy Panko-Parmesan topping, this mac and cheese recipe is most definitely a keeper. I used three different kinds of cheese and a homemade cheese sauce to take this macaroni and cheese recipe over the top.

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#01. Brown Sugar Pecan Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Only 4 ingredients! This Brown Sugar Pecan Roasted Sweet Potatoes recipe is delicious and easy to make! Perfect side for the holidays or any day!

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