Once you’re done buying your turkey, it’s time to start thinking side dishes. From salad to cornbread to sweet potatoes, there’s a huge variety of side dish recipes out there to choose from! We’ve chosen our top 25 easy Thanksgiving side dishes for you, so pick out the recipes your family will enjoy and get ready for a delicious holiday treat!
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1. Roquefort Pear Salad
Add a little sweet to your salad with juicy pears. Avocado and Roquefort cheese will help balance out the sweetness, leaving every guest satisfied.
2. Harvest Salad
This harvest salad is autumn-inspired with cranberries and walnuts throughout. Pour the raspberry vinaigrette over it and serve!
3. Candied Walnut & Gorgonzola Salad
Who could resist the delicious combination of candied walnuts and gorgonzola cheese?
4. Bread & Celery Stuffing
This easy stuffing recipe starts out with that white bread hiding in your pantry and transforms it into a Thanksgiving classic.
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5. Grandmother’s Buttermilk Cornbread
There’s something about cornbread that brings about feelings of a classic country meal. This recipe for buttermilk cornbread would make any grandmother proud!
6. Great Garlic Knots
You can use frozen bread sticks to make these delicious garlic knots. How’s that for a simple Thanksgiving side solution?
7. Thanksgiving Stuffing
Boost that boxed stuffing mix with this easy-to-make mixture of celery and onions. Bonus! You can make this recipe on your stove top, meaning your oven is free to roast that turkey.
8. Fabulous Mashed Potatoes
These creamy mashed potatoes will be a hit at your table. Use an electric mixer to whip them until they’re light and fluffy.
9. Homemade Gravy
Nothing says Thanksgiving like homemade gravy, and this recipe is so easy it doesn’t even require your turkey to be finished roasting!
10. Four Cheese Macaroni
Everyone loves hearty macaroni and cheese, and this recipe takes things up a notch with a combination of muenster, cheddar, sharp cheddar, and monterey jack cheeses.
11. Bacon-Braised Green Beans
Bacon lovers will adore this savory green bean dish, and you’ll love the fact that it takes only about 30 minutes to prepare and cook.
12. Broccoli Cheese Bake
Who said you couldn’t get a healthy dose of veggies this Thanksgiving? Broccoli and cheese together will warm you up on a chilly fall day.
13. Broccoli Rice Casserole
Broccoli, rice, and cream of chicken and mushroom soups blend together perfectly in this hearty dish that’s sure to fill you right up.
14. Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
Did we mention we love bacon? This savory meat enhances the flavors of your oh-so-healthy Brussels sprouts, making this a dish even the kiddos can’t refuse.
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15. Collard Greens
With 11 grams of dietary fiber, you’re sure to get your veggie’s worth in this dish. Layer in bacon, onions, garlic, and spices for the full flavor effect.
16. Garlic-Sauteed Spinach
Speaking of healthy greens, you’ll love the zest fresh garlic gives to this tender sauteed spinach. Best of all, this healthy side dish is ready in just 10 minutes!
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17. Grandma’s Green Bean Casserole
Doesn’t this green bean casserole recipe just remind you of Thanksgiving at Grandma’s house? This classic take is topped with cracker crumbs and cheese for a crunchy kick.
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18. Hazelnut-Mushroom Pilaf
This mouthwatering Hazelnut-Mushroom Pilaf will have all your guests begging you for the recipe. The flavors of mushrooms, onions, and celery are enhanced with a combo of hazelnut, parsley, marjoram, and black pepper.
19. Herbed Mushrooms with White Wine
If you love mushrooms, you’ll love this recipe. White wine and garlic balance the earthiness of the mushrooms perfectly, making this hearty side perfect for fall.
20. Oven-Roasted Cauliflower with Garlic, Olive Oil & Lemon Juice
Cauliflower is a great way to get those healthy veggie nutrients in a dish. This oven-roasted recipe will have guests refusing to believe there’s a healthy vegetable hidden in there.
21. Roasted Root Vegetables
If you have picky eaters at your holiday table, give this roasted veggie recipe a try. Garlic and herbs will help enhance those healthy flavors, and your guests will be asking for seconds!
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22. Slow Cooker Creamed Corn
This creamed corn recipe gets our vote! Whip up this creamy concoction in your slow cooker, leaving your oven and stovetop free for more sides and your turkey.
23. Sweet Potato Souffle
Enhance the sweetness of your sweet potatoes with a brown sugar and pecan topping. What a wonderful dish to share during the holidays!
24. Cinnamon-Apple Cranberry Sauce
If you love your holiday cranberry sauce, you’ll love this cinnamon-apple version. Made with whole cranberries, this delicious recipe takes less than 30 minutes to make!
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25. Pear-Honey Cranberry Sauce
For another flavorful take on the traditional cranberry sauce recipe, try this pear-honey version. Two whole pears and honey — plus those cranberries — make this a dish you’ll want to make again and again!