Our easy Thanksgiving side dishes are sure to become the star of the show. We've rounded up 40 of our favorite side dishes that will make your holiday dinner a success!

Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

We've rounded up our best Thanksgiving side dishes. From classic holiday recipes to unique twists on favorite dishes, we have them all here.

You'll find everything you need to make your Thanksgiving dinner a breeze to prepare and a treat to enjoy. Mashed potatoes and stuffing, sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts, gravy, cranberry sauce, salads, and so much more.

If you're busy planning and preparing for your Thanksgiving feast weeks ahead of time (like us!) then we understand the need for beautiful recipes that don't take hours of complicated time in the kitchen. To help make your Thanksgiving stress-free, we've created many recipes that are easy to make, look gorgeous, and taste amazing. We hope that you find all the side dishes you need to make your meal a delicious success!

Our favorite holiday sides:

Cream cheese mashed potatoes in a white serving bowl with a spoon.

Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Cream cheese mashed potatoes are the softest, most delicious mashed potatoes ever. If you want a real treat, this is the mashed potatoes recipe you want to make! 
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For a lighter, low-carb option, try these cauliflower mashed potatoes with Boursin cheese.

Or for a gorgeous pop of color on your table, make these mashed purple yams with sesame brown butter.

And while they are more work, you can make duchess potatoes ahead of time and they are the prettiest Thanksgiving side dish around.

A serving bowl filled with roasted brussels sprouts with bacon.

Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted brussels sprouts with bacon are as good as it gets. The brussels are roasted until deliciously dark in spots and the bacon is perfectly crisp. Bonus: they can be assembled ahead of time for a stress-free Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner!
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Crispy parmsan brussels are baked on a layer of parmesan cheese which becomes crispy and sticks to the bottom of the brussels. It makes a pretty and cheesy Thanksgiving side.

Whole roasted brussels with garlic and lemon are a great way to get your favorite Thanksgiving vegetable on the table with minimal fuss.

A close up of this pretty sweet potato casserole recipe.

Prettiest Sweet Potato Casserole with Peppery Pecan Topping

Pretty sweet potato casserole is an impressive, easy, and healthy side dish recipe that's ideal for your Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday dinners. The sweet potatoes are shingled (sliced thin) then stacked in a casserole dish with a little maple syrup poured over the top. Once they're soft and a little crispy at their edges, you sprinkle some peppery pecans over top and it's ready to serve.
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No Thanksgiving table is complete without a casserole! Try our vegan green bean casserole topped with crispy onions.

Our maple bourbon sweet potato casserole is made with store-bought sweet potato ribbons and topped with a crispy pecan topping.

Cranberry sauce with whole mini mandarin oranges in a blue bowl.

Cranberry Sauce with Mandarin Oranges

Impress your guests with this cranberry sauce with mandarin oranges. It's the prettiest (and tastiest) cranberry sauce around!
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Our ginger orange cranberry sauce is one we've been making for years. The strong gingery flavor goes amazingly well with turkey.

Wild rice stuffing with pecans, sweet potatoes, and cranberries in a glass bowl with a wooden spoon.

Wild Rice Stuffing with Cranberries, Pecans, and Sweet Potatoes

Our favorite wild rice stuffing is made with a wild rice blend cooked in a flavorful broth then mixed with cranberries, pecans, and sweet potatoes.
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Instead of serving traditional stuffing as a Thanksgiving side, go rogue and serve this garlic butter rice. No one will complain!

This arugula and wild rice salad is another great option that takes care of the salad AND carb all in one dish.

A serving bowl of roasted garlic mashed potatoes with a wooden spoon in it.

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Roasted garlic mashed potatoes are the absolute best mashed potatoes you'll ever eat. Totally creamy and filled with dreamy roasted garlic flavor. It doesn't get better than this!
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Roasted garlic can be a much-welcomed side dish on your Thanksgiving table. A few cloves can transform nearly every delicious bite on your plate.

These stunning mini hasselback potatoes with roasted garlic do take more time to prep but can be made ahead of time and cooked after your turkey comes out of the oven.

Green beans and bacon in a frying pan.

Bacon Boursin Green Beans

These green beans with bacon are the best ever! They're cooked until crisp-tender then tossed with crispy bacon and boursin cheese, which melt onto the beans to make them extra delicious. It's a quick and easy side dish everyone loves!
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Another one to try is our simple sauteed green beans with garlic. They're a reader favorite!

Or go big and make our green beans with brown butter panko. A tahini maple dressing and a little mint finishes them off perfectly.

Hot honey roasted sweet potatoes and pecans on a serving plate.

Hot Honey Sweet Potatoes

Hot honey sweet potatoes are AMAZING! Sweet potatoes are cut into circles then roasted to caramelized perfection. Then they're topped with toasted pecans, a little thyme, and lots of spicy hot honey.
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Another great idea is to make a batch of our hot honey. While it's not traditional, it is delicious on absolutely everything and might just become the go-to Thanksgiving side dish for years to come.

And our roasted sweet potatoes with maple tahini butter are another delicious and beautiful Thanksgiving side.

This delicious Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad has all of your favorite autumn flavors. The Brussels are first roasted and then tossed in an orange lemon vinaigrette. You'll find sweet potatoes, toasted walnuts, mandarin oranges, and pomegranate all hiding in this healthy and delicious side dish. It would be perfect on your Thanksgiving or Christmas table and delicious all winter long. Whole30 + paleo + easily made vegan.  | theendlessmeal.com

Late Autumn Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

This delicious Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad has all of your favorite autumn flavors. The Brussels are first roasted and then tossed in an orange lemon vinaigrette. You'll find sweet potatoes, toasted walnuts, mandarin oranges, and pomegranate all hiding in this healthy and delicious side dish. It would be perfect on your Thanksgiving or Christmas table and delicious all winter long.
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We call this a Christmas salad, but it's just a festive served at Thanksgiving. Lots of fresh herbs, pomegranate seeds, and walnuts tossed in lemon and oil.

Our roasted winter greens salad makes a great Thanksgiving side salad. You'll find roasted brussels and broccoli, almonds, grapes, and kale all wrapped up in a lemon tahini dressing.

Roasted acorn squash on a serving plate.

Roasted Acorn Squash

Roasted acorn squash is a popular fall side dish. It's very easy to make and you can add variety by using one of our favorite spice blends. 
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Roasted veggies are the quintessential Thanksgiving side dish. For something a little different, try these roasted root vegetables with pears and maple vanilla butter.

A skillet full honey glazed carrots (candied carrots!) with some minced chives sprinkled over the top.

Spicy Honey Roasted Carrots

Honey Roasted Carrots (or candied carrots, as we like to call them) are a sweet, delicious, and healthy vegetable side dish. The easy to make carrots are coated in a honey glaze then roasted until tender and caramelized. They are totally addictive!
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Try these bourbon maple glazed carrots with pistachios. They are another Thanksgiving favorite!

Or for an extra easy side, these quick garlic roasted carrots are delicious.

And honey roasted carrots and brussels combines both our favorite Thanksgiving veggies into one easy side.

These easy to make Herb and Garlic Smashed Sweet Potatoes are insanely delicious. They make the perfect sweet and savory healthy side dish for a weekend supper or Easter dinner. They're also naturally 100% gluten-free, paleo, Whole30 and can easily be made vegan. Win! | theendlessmeal.com

Herb and Garlic Butter Smashed Sweet Potatoes Smoky Pecans

These easy to make Herb and Garlic Smashed Sweet Potatoes are insanely delicious. They make the perfect sweet and savory healthy side dish for a weekend supper or Easter dinner. They're also naturally 100% gluten-free, paleo, Whole30 and can easily be made vegan. Win!
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These stuffed sweet potatoes with walnuts and pomegranates look very festive on your holiday table.

Or for something a little different, try serving these baked sweet potato latkes.

Looking down at The Best Stuffing Recipe Ever on a black table with a glass of red wine and a plate of Thanksgiving dinner beside it.

The Best Stuffing Recipe Ever

This really is The Best Stuffing Recipe Ever. It's full sweet cranberries and apricots, crunchy walnuts, mushrooms, onion, and celery. The veggies keep this stuffing perfect moist without ever becoming soggy. It's our family's go-to Thanksgiving and Christmas stuffing recipe!
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This recipe for sausage stuffing baked into hollowed out onions is delicious. While they're a little bit more work, but the presentation is stunning.

Or try making this delicious cornbread stuffing with sausage and apples!


A few more tasty Thanksgiving side dishes from our friends

Thanksgiving is all about friends, family, and good food. That's why we've rounded up a few more of our favorite easy Thanksgiving side dish recipes from our friends!

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