11 Perfect Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Sometimes side dishes are so perfect and delicious, they outshine the main dish. That’s how we feel about these 11 Thanksgiving side dishes.  Who needs turkey when you have pumpkin mac and cheese, mushroom risotto, and orange zest green beans?
Roasted Delicata Squash & Tortellini Salad With Spinach, Cranberries & Pepitas by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2011

1. Roasted Delicata Squash & Tortellini Salad

Winter squash is a standard at every Thanksgiving dinner. Show it off in this creative and colorful dish with tortellini, cranberries and pepitas! (Click on the title for the recipe!)

For more beautiful winter squash recipes, try this sage & nut-stuffed delicata squash.

2. Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

Mac and Cheese is delicious all on its own, but add some pumpkin to it, and it’s on a whole new level of tastiness.

Quinoa Spinach Gratin

3. Quinoa Spinach Gratin

You can’t go wrong with this warm, hearty dish complete with Gruyère cheese, quinoa and spinach! Yum!

Roasted Vegetable Tart

4. Roasted Vegetable Tart

Vegetable tarts are the best of all food worlds: a flaky, buttery delicious crust + nutritious and savory filling. It’s essentially a healthy dessert!

If you want to add more green in the mix, you can try its leafy green cousin: Chard and Feta tart.

5. World’s Best Mushroom Risotto

Risotto is a perfect make-ahead dish, since it soaks up flavors and tastes delicious the next day. And this risotto recipe is claimed to be the “World’s Best.” Need you look any further? 

Spicy Curry Kale Salad

 

6.  Spicy Curry Kale Salad

This dish has many positives: It’s easy, healthy and delicious! All good things around this time of the year!

Is Kale not your vegetable? Try this sauteed spinach with pine nuts & golden raisins.

7. Roasted Pumpkin Salad with Warm Gorgonzola Dressing

Here’s one way to make everyone finish their salad.

Orange Zest Green Beans with Almonds

8. Orange Zest Green Beans with Almonds

A great way to dress up that standard green bean dish! 

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Hazelnut Brown Butter

9. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Hazelnut Brown Butter

It’s hard to understand how people could not like Brussels Sprouts. But for those who truly are averse, this recipe is sure to make you a convert! 

Butternut Squash Pilaf

10. Butternut Squash Pilaf

Grated butternut squash adds color and nutrients to this brown rice pilaf. Feel free to swap out the butternut squash for pumpkin (the cooking kind)!


Yukon Gold and Sweet Potato Mash

11. Yukon Gold and Sweet Potato Mash

We’ll end this post with a semi-traditional dish. Mashed potatoes are a definite at the Thanksgiving table, but this recipe adds a twist and combines both the sweet potato with the standard one: a delicious idea!

Here’s where we ask about YOUR favorite side dish around the holidays. What food are you looking forward to most this year?

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Click on the next page to see a complete list of all the recipes mentioned in this post!

 

1. Roasted Delicata Squash & Tortellini Salad

Sage & Nut-Stuffed Delicata Squash

2.  Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

3. Quinoa Spinach Gratin

4. Roasted Vegetable Tart

Chard and Feta tart

5. World’s Best Mushroom Risotto

6.  Spicy Curry Kale Salad

Sauteed Spinach with Pine Nuts & Golden Raisins

7. Roasted Pumpkin Salad with Warm Gorgonzola Dressing

8. Orange Zest Green Beans with Almonds

9. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Hazelnut Brown Butter

10. Butternut Squash Pilaf

11. Yukon Gold and Sweet Potato Mash

88 comments

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson3 years ago

yum. all of them

Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Alberta Gentleman

I will try these. Thank you.

Harshiita Sharma
Harshita Sharma3 years ago

Great!! thanks

Marie Therese Hanulak

great recipes, great new ideas.

Susan Cole
Susan C.3 years ago

Oh, yum, yum, yum!

Sheri P.
Sheri P.3 years ago

interesting recipes, thanks! the mushroom risotto sounds and looks the best...YUM!

Aranza R.
Aranza R.3 years ago

Thanks c:

Anne R.
Anne R.3 years ago

Wow, most those recipes sound really good.
They are all really fancy too.
I hope my family aren't disappointed at my
house.My veggie dishes aren't so fancy.But
I grew them all in my garden. This year was
my first year,I had entire holiday's meal's
worth of veggies. I grew myself. :)
The only one of the those recipes I wouldn't
try was the one where you mash the sweet
potato with the yukon potatos. That would
just ruin the sweet potato.

Yulan Lawson
Yulan Lawson3 years ago

Awesome thank you.