50+ Best Side Dishes for Thanksgiving

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One of the great things about Thanksgiving is the traditions, and many of these traditions revolve around food. But it is also fun to make new traditions and to serve something different and exciting.

I think every Thanksgiving table should include tried and true favorites, like roast turkey and your grandma’s secret stuffing recipe. But make one or two new things too – who knows, it could become a new family tradition!

This list of Thanksgiving side dish recipe ideas includes traditional favorites, from mashed potatoes to green bean casserole. But there are also less common side dish ideas, like honeynut squash, purple sweet potatoes or roast fennel.

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Browse through the list and pick out some to make this year! The list is broken down into the categories potatoes, stuffing, squash, vegetables, salads and bread.

Thanksgiving Side Dishes

When it comes to Thanksgiving dinner turkey is a given for us. Everything else can change depending on what we feel like cooking!

There are so many options, and I like to try new things while still incorporating old favorites. Here is a collection of side dishes that would be perfect for the holiday. Try something new this year!

Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes

Some kind of potatoes are a must haves on our Thanksgiving table.

Dressing or Stuffing

I call it stuffing even though I never actually stuff it in the turkey. But no matter what you call it it is a Thanksgiving tradition.


Squash is a quintessential fall vegetable and is always on my Thanksgiving table in some form.


Any of these vegetables sides would be a nice complement to a traditional Thanksgiving meal.


There are so many delicious but calorie laden dishes at Thanksgiving that it is good to have a healthy salad on the table!


Thanksgiving casseroles, from traditional green bean casserole to more unique options like mushrooms.

Bread and Rolls

No Thandinner is complete without some bread.


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