Our Favorite Thanksgiving Vegetable Side Dishes
As one of the most important cooking holidays of the year, planning out your Thanksgiving dinner menu takes time and thought. Sure, it’s a time for family and friends and being thankful for all we have, but we’re all secretly thinking about how thankful we are to be able to dig into all our favorite Thanksgiving side dishes when the time finally comes. From the corn pudding cooked to perfection to the classic green bean casserole, we've rounded up some of our favorite Thanksgiving vegetable recipes to help round out your meal.
With these Thanksgiving vegetable recipes, you'll see there’s more than one way to cook up a delicious holiday casserole. If you’re looking to save valuable oven space for that gorgeous Thanksgiving turkey, try one of our stovetop or slow-cooker recipes, like Southern Fried Corn or Slow-Cooker Sweet Potatoes with Bacon. You can’t go wrong with a classic Green Bean Casserole—Mama knows that your Thanksgiving table isn’t complete without this time-tested dish.
Whether it’s a steamy pot of collards or a tray full of brightly colored roasted veggies, Thanksgiving vegetable dishes are just as important as your heap of mashed potatoes or side of dressing. What more beautiful way to complete your Thanksgiving menu than to add bright, beautiful colors of Thanksgiving vegetable side dishes?
Bacon-Brussels Sprout-Green Bean Casserole
Recipe: Bacon-Brussels Sprout-Green Bean Casserole
Come one, come all and pack those veggies into this casserole. It’s bound to please any hungry audience.
Slow-Cooker Sweet Potatoes with Bacon
When we’re constructing our Thanksgiving menu, we try to incorporate a few slow-cooker dishes that we can leave to go low and slow all day long. It’s oh-so-easy and saves you so much time!
Skillet Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
Thought mac and cheese can’t be healthy? Think again! This Skillet Cauliflower Mac and Cheese absolutely melts in your mouth.
Recipe: Broccoli Cheese Casserole
Sure, we’ll have some broccoli, but we’ll take it with a whole lot of cheese. This Broccoli-Cheese Casserole is a must-have dish this season.
Recipe: Carrot-and-Fennel Salad
Elegant ribbons of shaved carrots and fennel barely need anything else to dress them up.
Savory Sweet Potato Casserole
Recipe: Savory Sweet Potato Casserole
We love sweet potatoes for their versatility, and if your family loves savory sides, swap the marshmallow-topped sweet potato casserole for this savory version.
Clementine-and-Collard Greens Salad
Clementine slices add a pop of juicy sweetness to this side-worthy salad.
Homemade Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Leeks
Recipe: Homemade Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Leeks
You can’t go wrong with a green bean casserole, but the crispy leek topping is the real star of the show in this dish.
Southern Fried Corn
Recipe: Southern Fried Corn
While we love creamed corn, we just can’t resist the pop and texture of this Southern Fried Corn.
Butternut Squash Gratin
Recipe: Butternut Squash Gratin
It doesn’t get any more seasonal than this. Not only is this bright orange gratin visually appealing, but it’s made with fresh fall produce.
Classic Sweet Potato Casserole
Recipe: Classic Sweet Potato Casserole
No Thanksgiving spread is complete without a classic Sweet Potato Casserole! Our version is topped with toasted marshmallows (of course), but we also add pecans and cornflakes for some nice crunch.
Roasted Baby Turnips with Turnip Green Pesto
The humble turnip gets all dressed up in this elegant recipe. Get double the turnip by tossing the roasted turnips in a turnip green pesto.
Sweet Potato Soufflé
Recipe: Sweet Potato Soufflé
A fluffy Sweet Potato Soufflé is the perfect pairing for your Thanksgiving turkey.
Sautéed Squash and Zucchini
Recipe: Sautéed Squash and Zucchini
When you’re coordinating an elaborate Thanksgiving dinner, there are some things you’ll just want to keep simple, like this Sautéed Squash and Zucchini.
Cheese Sauce over Cauliflower
Recipe: Cheese Sauce over Cauliflower
Draped in a robe of cheese sauce, this cauliflower is oh-so-indulgent.
Pan-Roasted Okra and Sweet Onions with Lemony Masala
No Southern Thanksgiving table is complete without a plate of okra! This easy recipe will be ready in a flash.
Roasted Carrots with Spiced Pecans and Sorghum
Salty, savory, and slightly sweet, these whole-roasted carrots are fit for any holiday.
Sweet Potato Fettuccine
Recipe: Sweet Potato Fettuccine
Sweet potato poses as pasta in this spectacularly simple side. Dress these noodles up however you choose!
Root Vegetable Fritters
Recipe: Root Vegetable Fritters
Supplement some veggies for all those potatoes. You’ll be pleasantly surprised when you taste these crispy, crunchy Root Vegetable Fritters.
Hasselback Sweet Potato Casserole
Make this casserole ahead of time and pop it in the oven on Thanksgiving morning to save you prep hassle and leave more time to spend with family.
Recipe: Butternut Mash
If your family is a fan of mashed potatoes, all the relatives will love this colorful, creative, and healthier version: Mashed Butternut Squash.
Martina McBride’s Green Beans with Goat Cheese and Warm Bacon Dressing
The classic green bean recipe gets a major upgrade with the addition of sharp, distinct, and tasty goat cheese.
Smashed Brussels Sprouts
Recipe: Smashed Brussels Sprouts
Boiled, then smashed and roasted, brussels sprouts get a serious makeover in this recipe. We just can’t resist these crispy, crunchy veggies.
Old-School Squash Casserole
Recipe: Old-School Squash Casserole
Creamy, cheesy, and full of thickly-cut squash, this casserole is an essential part of any holiday feast.
Grilled Asparagus with Bacon and Mushrooms
Bacon and mushrooms add new dimensions to a classic grilled asparagus dish.
Sweet Potato Cobbler
Recipe: Sweet Potato Cobbler
This casserole can be adapted as a savory side or a sweet dessert. No matter how you serve it, we can’t resist the biscuit dough topping.
Reunion Pea Casserole
Recipe: Reunion Pea Casserole
Packed with lots of veggies and with some surprising ingredients inside (like green chiles), this Reunion Pea Casserole has a little bit of everything.
Zucchini, Squash, and Corn Casserole
This easy casserole can go from summer to winter in a snap. It’s a great way to bring some bright veggies to your Thanksgiving meal.
Roasted Broccoli Salad
Recipe: Roasted Broccoli Salad
Your kids may just eat their vegetables if you’re serving this beautifully charred Roasted Broccoli Salad.
Zucchini Rice Gratin
Recipe: Zucchini Rice Gratin
Diced zucchini adds texture and earthy flavor to this fluffy rice dish. It’s a great way to get your starches and veggies all in one!
Savory Tomato Cobbler
Recipe: Savory Tomato Cobbler
If you think cobbler is only for dessert, it’s time to try out a savory cobbler recipe. This fresh tomato cobbler is the perfect place to start.
Field Peas, Corn, and Okra in Country-Ham Cream
This recipe makes the most of three classic Southern veggies—field peas, corn, and okra—in one stunning side.
Smoky Brussels Sprout Slaw
Recipe: Smoky Brussels Sprout Slaw
No need to free up some of that valuable oven space—there’s no cooking required for this recipe. With pops of fresh pomegranate and thinly sliced brussels sprouts, this raw slaw will add brightness to your Thanksgiving spread.
Recipe: Creamed Spinach
With butter, cream, and Parmesan cheese, this Creamed Spinach is anything but ordinary.
Pan-Fried Okra with Cornmeal
Recipe: Pan-Fried Okra with Cornmeal
Bite-sized, pan-fried okra coated with cornmeal will be a new family classic.
Oven-Fried Zucchini Sticks
Recipe: Oven-Fried Zucchini Sticks
These Baked Zucchini Fries are so indulgent, your guests will be raving about this healthy swap all night.
Recipe: Creamed Corn
Leave a few corn kernels whole to add pops of texture to this milky, smooth Creamed Corn.
Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Shallots
Recipe: Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Shallots
Brussels sprouts may get a bad rap, but they’re an essential veggie on our Thanksgiving tables. Bacon and shallots offer bursts of flavor to complement the simple vegetable.
Sweet Potato-and-Collard Green Gratin
Looking for a new casserole this Thanksgiving? Give this one a try.
Slow-Cooker Collard Greens with Ham Hocks
Give your Thanksgiving that home-style touch with these slow-cooker collards.
Root Vegetable Gratin
Recipe: Root Vegetable Gratin
You can make this layered dish a day in advance to allow more time for other dishes on Thanksgiving day.
Mashed Potatoes with Bacon and Crispy Scallions
Go ahead and throw some bacon on your mashed potatoes.
Savory Corn Pudding
Recipe: Savory Corn Pudding
Be sure you make enough of this corn pudding for everyone to have seconds.
Lemon-Almond Green Bean Casserole
Freshen up your classic green bean casserole with fresh lemon and almonds.
Three-Cheese Corn Pudding
Recipe: Three-Cheese Corn Pudding
We added three delicious cheeses to classic corn pudding.
Farro Salad with Toasted Pecans, Feta, and Dried Cherries
If you're looking for a fresh salad option for Thanksgiving, give this one a try.