45 Thanksgiving Side Dishes Your Guests Will Love in 2022

When Thanksgiving rolls around, you know you can always rely on the classics: stuffing, mashed potatoes, and of course, creamy green bean casserole. But what if you’re looking to switch up your side dish recipes this year—even keep it healthy, perhaps?

If you’re getting sick of cooking the same recipes over and over and are looking for some healthier recipes that can elevate your Thanksgiving table, you’ve come to the right place. From pumpkin mash and butternut squash pasta to smashed potatoes and fresh harvest salads, here are some of our favorite healthy Thanksgiving side dish recipes you can whip up for your festivities this year.

Then, if you’re looking for even more ways to make your turkey day the best one yet, be sure to check out our list of 12 Time-Saving Tips for Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner, Chefs Say.

Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

These crispy rosemary potatoes are a great Thanksgiving side option, and the fact that they’re gluten-free makes it a safe dish for anyone at the dinner party.

Get our recipe for Crispy Rosemary Potatoes.

lemon pomegranate brussels sprouts on a sheet pan
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

Roasted Brussels sprouts certainly are an easy Thanksgiving side dish, but why not take it up a notch? Elevate your Brussels sprouts with one of our five favorite combos: lemon pomegranate, maple pecan, bacon feta, crunchy parmesan, or even everything bagel seasoning!

Get our recipe for Roasted Brussels Sprouts 5 Ways.

Vegetarian honey roasted carrots
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

These roasted carrots add the perfect sweet touch to your Thanksgiving meal.

Get our recipe for Honey Roasted Carrots.

Vegetarian roasted squash
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Not really feeling potatoes this year? Dice up a butternut squash and roast it as a starchy side instead!

Get our recipe for Roasted Squash.

Ricotta roasted garlic mashed cauliflower

Looking for low-carb sides? This mashed cauliflower recipe will keep your carb count low on your Thanksgiving plate.

Get our recipe for Low-Carb Mashed Cauliflower.

Warm brussel sprouts salad with eggs and pickled red onions
Waterbury Publications Inc.

A fun take on your usual Brussels sprouts recipe at Thanksgiving, this salad is served with egg for protein and pickled red onions for a tangy twist.

Get our recipe for Warm Brussels Sprouts Salad with Eggs and Pickled Red Onions.

bowl of butternut squash hash with celery
Posie Brien/Eat This, Not That!

Don’t feel like making stuffing this year? This butternut squash hash is a great alternative. It lightens up your meal by skipping the bread and focusing only on protein and veggies.

Get our recipe for Butternut Squash Hash.

roasted autumn harvest salad
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Roasting is the name of the game when it comes to cooking Thanksgiving dinner—especially when you need to whip up a lot of different dishes at once. This roasted autumn harvest salad is the perfect mixture of warm, sweet, and savory to start off your Thanksgiving meal.

Get our recipe for Roasted Autumn Harvest Salad.

Vegan smashed potatoes
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Sick of mashed potatoes? Ditch the classic Thanksgiving side dish and whip up these easy smashed potatoes instead!

Get our recipe for Smashed Potatoes.

Asparagus with cheese and lemon and pine nuts

You can’t go wrong with a sheet pan of roasted asparagus—especially when it’s topped with fresh cheese!

Get our recipe for Roasted Parmesan Asparagus.

whole 30 rosemary butternut squash soup
Posie Brien/Eat This, Not That!

Whether you want a cup served with dinner or a bowl before your meal, this rosemary butternut squash soup is a classic way to celebrate the best of the healthy vegetables that the season has to offer!

Get our recipe for Rosemary Butternut Squash Soup.

Vegetarian butternut ravioli with sage and brown butter
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Switch up the starchy side this year with some homemade butternut squash ravioli!

Get our recipe for Butternut Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter.

Vegetarian green bean casserole
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Can’t get rid of the classics? Why not make healthier versions of them! This popular Thanksgiving side dish can be made a lot healthier thanks to added vegetables and a lighter dusting of bread crumbs.

Get our recipe for Green Bean Casserole.

Vegan sweet potato fries
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Who wouldn’t want fries on their Thanksgiving table? Skip roasting your sweet potatoes and make crispy baked fries instead!

Get our recipe for Sweet Potato Fries.

kale quinoa salad with apples and walnuts in two white bowls
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

You can easily turn this lunch salad into a side for your Thanksgiving table by skipping the cooked chicken and simply serving this vegetarian style with a homemade dijon vinaigrette.

Get our recipe for Warm Kale-Quinoa Salad.

Vegan crispy oven-baked fries
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

These oven-baked fries are perfect for a Thanksgiving dinner appetizer because the rosemary and garlic combination make for a delicious warm-weather flavor combination. These fries are also fully vegan, which is great for entertaining guests with different dietary restrictions.

Get our recipe for Oven-Baked French Fries.

Low-calorie flaky southern biscuits
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

These flaky southern biscuits make for the perfect side dish for any meal, especially if it’s paired with a soup for dipping!

Get our recipe for Flaky Southern Biscuits.

mixed greens salad with pears and pumpkin vinaigrette
Blaine Moats/Eat This, Not That!

Use up the leftover canned pumpkin from that pie you baked and whip up this simple mixed green salad with a pumpkin vinaigrette!

Get our recipe for Mixed Green Salad and Pumpkin Vinaigrette.

Pumpkin potato mash in a large bowl with chives, oil, and salt.
Blaine Moats

Or use that pumpkin to make a pumpkin potato mash to boost the fiber and the vitamin A on your plate.

Get our recipe for Pumpkin-Potato Mash.

Vegetarian stuffed tomatoes
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

These stuffed tomatoes not only make for an excellent Thanksgiving side dish, but they also work as a vegetarian entree option for anyone who needs it!

Get our recipe for Stuffed Tomatoes.

Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

This spicy macaroni and cheese can be baked in individual cups, or in a larger casserole dish for easy sharing.

Get our recipe for Spicy Macaroni and Cheese.

Vegan roasted garlic mashed potatoes
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

We get it—sometimes having a bowl of mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving is comforting. So this roasted garlic mash will satisfy that nostalgic craving you have.

Get our recipe for Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes.

Healthy spinach & goat cheese salad with apples & warm bacon dressing
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

This salad could either work as a Thanksgiving side dish or the perfect appetizer before digging into the main meal!


Get our recipe for Healthy Spinach & Goat Cheese Salad with Apples & Warm Bacon Dressing.

Healthy apple-sausage stuffing
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

This apple sausage stuffing keeps it light with turkey sausage, good vegetables and fruit, and cubes of your favorite crusty loaf.

Get our recipe for Apple-Sausage Stuffing.

Vegetarian yukon gold & sweet potato gratin
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Impress your guests with this elevated potato side dish!

Get our recipe for Yukon Gold & Sweet Potato Gratin.

healthy orange cranberry relish
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Not a fan of the canned stuff? Make your own cranberry sauce with our deliciously sweet orange cranberry recipe.

Get our recipe for Orange Cranberry Relish.

Butternut squash pasta salad
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

Why not mix the veggies and the starchy Thanksgiving side dish recipes with this easy-to-make butternut squash pasta salad?

Get our recipe for Butternut Squash Pasta Salad.

Vegetarian parmesan roasted broccoli
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

An easy green to add to your table that isn’t a salad, this roasted broccoli recipe will be in and out of the oven in just 15 minutes’ time.

Get our recipe for 15-Minute Parmesan-Roasted Broccoli.

Healthy twice-baked potatoes
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

With cheesy, crispy toppings, who wouldn’t love a twice baked potato on their Thanksgiving plate?

Get our recipe for Twice-Baked Potatoes.

Healthy gnocchi with peas and prosciutto
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

For an elegant Thanksgiving side dish, this gnocchi recipe is served with fresh green vegetables and savory prosciutto.

Get our recipe for Gnocchi with Peas and Prosciutto.

cooked cabbage wedges on a baking sheet
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

Roasting up big wedges of cabbage makes for an easy green side with your Thanksgiving meal.

Get our recipe for Roasted Cabbage Recipe.

baby hasselback potatoes
Carlene Thomas/Eat This, Not That!

Put your air fryer to work and make this original hasselback potato recipe that will certainly surprise—and delight—your Thanksgiving dinner guests.

Get our recipe for Air Fryer Hasselback Potatoes.

plant based lentil kale tots casserole in skillet
Carlene Thomas

Sure, this lentil and kale tater tot casserole could work for a plant-based brunch, but we also think it could be a deliciously easy side to serve at Thanksgiving as well!

Get our recipe for Plant-Based Lentil and Kale Tots Casserole.

keto arugula grapefruit salad
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

This flavorful, fresh salad makes for the perfect side to add to your plate—or a salad to start off the meal!

Get our recipe for Arugula and Grapefruit Salad With Dill Ranch Dressing and Pumpkin Seeds.

pumpkin ravioli with pestp sauce
Blaine Moats

These crispy pumpkin raviolis can be served with your turkey, or even served as a little bit to eat as you’re cooking away in the kitchen,

Get our recipe for Pumpkin Ravioli and Pesto.

sweet potato toasts on blue plate with butter
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

Looking for something a little different to do with your potatoes this Thanksgiving? Slice up your sweet potato into thin “toasts” and top them with all kinds of savory or sweet toppings. Cranberry sauce on a sweet potato toast? We’re so game.

Get our recipe for Sweet Potato Toasts.

Crispy crumb topped mac and cheese cups
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

Muffin tins make portion control at Thanksgiving a lot easier—so why not go all out with these cheesy crumb-topped mac and cheese cups?

Get our recipe for Crispy Crumb-Topped Mac and Cheese Cups.

quinoa pilaf

Get your grains in! This quinoa pilaf recipe is a great complex carb to add to your Thanksgiving spread,

Get our recipe for Quinoa Pilaf.

Potato salad

We’re pretty sure you can’t go wrong with a cold potato salad for any event—especially a Thanksgiving extravaganza.

Get our recipe for Potato Salad.

pan roasted mushrooms onions

Don’t have room in the oven to cook more food? These mushrooms are pan roasted to perfection and don’t take a ton of time to make.

Get our recipe for Pan-Roasted Mushrooms.

mashed sweet potatoes

If you’re more of a sweet potato person but don’t want to bother with a sweet potato casserole this year, this simple mashed sweet potato recipe is the perfect trade-off.

Get our recipe for Spicy Mashed Sweet Potatoes.

Vegan garlic lemon spinach in a bowl
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Another easy stovetop side dish—this garlic lemon shrimp only requires six ingredients and will be ready to eat in less than 10 minutes.

Get our recipe for Garlic Lemon Spinach.

Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Looking for something a little different? Succotash is the perfect mix of hearty beans, corn, and salty bacon that will pair well with a succulent slice of turkey.

Get our recipe for Succotash.

healthy zucchini carbonara
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Lighten up your usual pasta side dish with this healthy carbonara recipe, made with zucchini ribbons and a light cream sauce.

Get our recipe for Zucchini Carbonara.

Healthy spinach salad with warm bacon dressing
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Pump up the protein in your salad by throwing in some shrimp for a filling side—or a perfect lunch as you’re getting dinner ready to serve!

Get our recipe for Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing.

With these 45 healthy Thanksgiving side dishes to choose from, you’re bound to find the sides that fit your budget, dietary restrictions, and taste preferences. Whether you’re hosting and need to make multiple sides, or are just in charge of bringing one to a friend’s gathering, these recipes will make your Thanksgiving a whole lot easier.

A previous version of this story was published in November 2021. It has been updated with additional entries.

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