Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes Recipes – Easy & Healthy


A collection of the best Thanksgiving side dishes for your holiday table! Easy, healthy and quick to make with simple ingredients! Clean eating approved! 

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The Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes for your healthy holiday feast! 

Thanksgiving is one of those holidays where it can be difficult to eat healthily. Lucky for you I’ve rounded up the best Thanksgiving side dishes! These are all quick and easy to make using fall’s best produce! All of the traditional Thanksgiving comfort foods that you crave for the holiday dinner, but made leaner so that we can indulge without the guilt!

From healthy sweet potato casserole to Roasted Brussels Sprouts salad, here are the best Thanksgiving side dishes. All easy and healthy using simple real food ingredients you might already have in your pantry! 

For main dish recipes, head over to my collection of Healthy Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas.

Happy Thanksgiving, fam! Enjoy the festive holiday time and do eat all the delicious treats!

Should the idea of the upcoming holidays stress you out, read up on my friend Danielle’s tips on how to stay sand and healthy during the holidays! 

Greens with Roasted Squash & Pomegranate Vinaigrette by The Organic Kitchen

overhead shot of a roasted butternut squash salad
Look at those gorgeous greens topped with roasted squash and pomegranate vinaigrette! A fabulous Thanksgiving side salad that is festive in both color and taste.

Instant Pot Potatoes by Little Sunny Kitchen 

overhead shot of Instant Pot Potatoes being stirred in a pressure cooker

Your guests will swoon over these buttery Instant Pot potatoes! They are cooked to perfection with just enough butter, herbs, and garlic. Serve these babies with grated parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast (if vegan) and chopped parsley. These are the ideal classic Thanksgiving side dish! Ready in just 20 minutes!

Cold Beet Salad with Arugula Pesto by Sun Kissed Kitchen

overhead shot of a cold beet salad in a rustic salad bowl

This simple vegetarian grain salad is features high protein quinoa and a zesty and bright arugula pesto vinaigrette! The perfect light side dish to complement your Turkey or Roast Beef!

Simple Sauteed Asparagus by Canadian Cooking Adventures

Simple Sauteed Asparagus on a white plate

The best Thanksgiving side dishes are often the most simple ones and this asparagus recipe proofs this point! Feel free to add crushed garlic to the asparagus during the last 2 minutes of sauteeing if desired. The perfect low carb Thanksgiving side dish to go with your roasted turkey! 

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Butternut Squash by Happy Kitchen Rocks

side view of a roasted butternut squash and Brussels sprouts salad

Why not dish up this impressive balsamic-maple roasted Brussels sprouts side with butternut squash, pecans, cranberries, and avocado dressing? Looks like the ultimate healthy vegan Thanksgiving side dish. Oh, and it’s ready in just 40 minutes but looks like hours spent in the kitchen!

Parmesan Roasted Carrots by Simply Stacie

roasted carrots in a white casserole dish

Carrots – such a classic Thanksgiving side! Why not take them up a notch with this yummy Parmesan Roasted Carrots recipe! Tender and perfectly roasted carrots topped with fresh thyme and melted Parmesan cheese. YUM!

Healthy Green Bean Casserole by Kristine’s Kitchen Blog

close-up of a healthy green bean casserole with breadcrumb topping

A green bean casserole made from scratch with fresh green beans. No one will know that this healthy casserole is made with real ingredients!  A tried and tested favorite side dish for Thanksgiving!

Lime Squash & Chickpea Salad by Blossom to Stem

side view of a bowl of roasted squash and chickpea salad with lime dressing

This Chilean salad feels both hearty and light. The sweetness of the roasted acorn squash balances the sharpness of the limes. Protein-packed chickpeas make it feel more substantial! A gorgeous colorful salad that is one of the best Thanksgiving side dishes you will ever try.

Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole by Kristine’s Kitchen

healthy sweet potato casserole topped with pecans

This healthy sweet potato casserole with pecan topping is a lightened up version of the classic southern Thanksgiving side recipe. Your guests will never know though! These creamy healthy mashed sweet potatoes come with crunchy pecans on top and are as irresistible as the original!

Cheddar Jalapeno Cornbread By Ministry of Curry 

freshly baked Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread in a small wicker basket

No festive Thanksgiving dinner without cornbread, right?! And what would be better for mopping up that delicious turkey gravy  than this buttery, cheesy cornbread? It is packed with the flavors and earthy aromas of fresh corn and peppers.

Fig Arugula Salad with Maple Vinaigrette by Profusion Curry

Arugula Salad with fresh figs, peaches and walnuts with a small dish of maple vinaigrette on the side

 Stunning colors and delicious flavors make this arugula salad perfect healthy Thanksgiving side dish! Who would not fall in love with this fresh, healthy and luscious salad?

Turkey Wild Rice Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms by A Farm Girl’s Dabbles

side view of stuffed portobello mushrooms stuffed with wild rice and pomegranate seeds

Want some more turkey with your turkey? Serve these giant portobello mushroom caps filled with a flavorful mixture of wild rice and ground turkey. A sprinkling of fresh herbs and shiny pomegranate seeds adds a final festive and delicious touch to this unique unusual Thanksgiving side! 

For healthy Thanksgiving mains, head over to my Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes. 

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