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50 Best Thanksgiving Vegetable Side Dishes (+ Easy Recipes)

Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and food.

These 50 Thanksgiving vegetable side dishes can help you make the most of all those things. 

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Are you looking for vegan options or something more indulgent? Either way, I have you covered.

And with 50 recipes to choose from, there’s something for everybody

Thanksgiving Stuffing: Green Beans and Bread Stuffing

The kids will love the oven-baked potato wedges and scalloped potatoes.

Everyone else will appreciate the numerous ways to cook sprouts and carrots. 

Honestly, everything here is delicious. So browse through these Thanksgiving vegetable side dishes and find a new favorite. 

1. Bourbon Glazed Carrots

Bourbon-glazed carrots are a slightly spicy, wonderfully rich side dish.

They taste incredible and look gorgeous on any table. 

They’re a sweet-n-spicy masterpiece with just a hint of tanginess from the pomegranate.

They’re sure to be a show-stopper for any formal occasion. 

2. Sauteed Carrots with Scallions and Thyme

Feel like “sweet and spicy” shouldn’t describe carrots?

Try these herb scallion- and thyme-covered carrots instead. 

They’re garlicky, earthy, and 110% delicious. Even the kiddos will love them. 

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3. Honey Garlic Butter Roasted Carrots

These carrots combine butter, garlic, and honey for an unforgettable flavor.

They feature a gorgeous glaze and smell as good as they taste. 

Plus, you can have them ready from scratch in less than half an hour.

They’re the perfect option for a quick and easy Thanksgiving side dish

4. Healthy Mashed Carrots

Want to experience carrots in a whole new way? Try mashing them like mashed potatoes!

They have the same creamy, fluffy texture and much prettier orange color. 

They’re a lower-carb alternative to mashed potatoes.

And you can even add garlic to make garlic mashed carrots if you prefer! 

5. Carrots Au Gratin

Trust me on this: anything you can do with potatoes, you can do with carrots.

Remember Samwise’s love of potatoes? Boil ’em, mash ’em, stick ’em in a stew! 

You can do all those things with carrots, too. Don’t believe me? Check out this recipe for carrots au gratin.

They’re cheesy, buttery, garlicky, and vegan-friendly! That’s a hard dish to beat. 

6. Cracker Barrel Baby Carrots

When it comes to glazed baby carrots, Cracker Barrel makes the best. With this recipe, you can, too!

It’s a quick and easy copycat recipe that comes together in just 15 minutes. 

And you’ll only need four ingredients to make them!

What are you waiting for? This one makes a great side dish for any occasion, not just Thanksgiving! 

7. Carrot Souffle

Mmmm. Carrot souffle! It’s so light and fluffy that it barely feels real! I adore this dish.

It takes a little time to get it right. But once you do, there’s nothing else like it on the whole table. 

8. Honey Balsamic Roasted Carrots

Put the words’ honey’ and ‘balsamic’ in a recipe, and I’m sure to love it.

These gorgeously glazed, juicy carrots are no exception. 

They have a sweet, tangy, and herb flavor that’s out of this world.

They’re also simple to make, using fewer than 10 ingredients.

Try this recipe if you need a carrot side dish for any meal.

9. Carrot Slaw with Cranberries, Toasted Walnuts & Citrus Vinaigrette

I’ve highlighted several ways you can use carrots already. But one way they often get overlooked is in a slaw.

When most people think of slaw, they picture cabbage. 

This carrot slaw is brighter, prettier, and, in my opinion, tastier.

It’s a sweet, zesty slaw packed with typical Thanksgiving ingredients. (Carrots, cranberries, walnuts, etc.) 

Give it a try the next time you’re not in the mood for typical cabbage slaw.

10. Rosemary Roasted Carrots

You’ll need 30 minutes and the barest ingredients to make these roasted carrots.

Carrots, oil, salt, pepper, and rosemary are all it takes. 

They’re simple, flavorful, and colorful. (Assuming you use the heirloom carrots, of course.)

11. Paula Deen’s Squash Casserole

Casseroles are always an excellent holiday idea because they’re easy to make.

You assemble them and let the oven do all the hard work. 

This squash casserole is even easier than most. It takes only 15 minutes of prep work and 10 ingredients.

It’s a creamy, cracker-covered casserole the whole family will love. 

12. Roasted Butternut Squash

Roasted butternut squash is a soft, sweet, caramelized delight.

The maple syrup, cinnamon, and rosemary go together flawlessly. Every bite is one you’ll want to savor. 

13. Hasselback Butternut Squash in Garlic Butter

No, that’s not a strange-looking roast on your screen.

It’s a garlic butter-infused Hasselback butternut squash, and it’s divine. 

It tastes great, looks fantastic, and will draw many compliments from guests.

Best of all, it’s naturally gluten-free and vegetarian-friendly. So just about anyone can enjoy it! 

14. Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Cinnamon Butternut Squash with Pecans and Cranberries

I made this colorful, flavorful dish last Thanksgiving, and it was a hit.

There wasn’t a single bit of it to bring home. Everyone from the youngest kid to the oldest great-aunt loved it. 

It has so much flavor, and the mixture of textures is delightful.

There are crunchy pecans, crisp sprouts, chewy cranberries, and soft squash. It’s incredible till the last bite. 

15. Maple Roasted Butternut Squash with Cranberries and Pecans

If Brussels sprouts aren’t your thing, try this recipe instead.

It’s still entirely festive with butternut squash, pecans, and cranberries. However, there’s not a single sprout in the mix. 

It’s sweet and tangy with plenty of cinnamon and brown sugar yumminess. 

16. Roasted Butternut Squash with Goat Cheese

Butternut squash has a natural, earthy sweetness. It tastes great, but by itself, some people find it bland.

Jazz it up with some tangy goat cheese and tart pomegranate arils.

It’s a colorful, festive side dish showcasing butternut squash in a new light. 

17. Roasted Pumpkin

Pumpkins are a Halloween staple. But they’re pretty important at Thanksgiving, too.

It might not be the time for carving one up, but you can certainly slice it and roast it! 

Add maple syrup, cinnamon, and brown sugar, and you’ll have a real hit on your hands. 

18. Mashed Pumpkin

Here’s another terrific replacement for mashed potatoes.

Don’t want to use carrots or cauliflower? No problem! Try pumpkin instead! 

This creamy, cheesy side dish is delightfully fluffy and full of garlic.

It doesn’t taste just like mashed potatoes, but it’s delicious in its own right. 

19. One-Pot Stove-Top Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

Add a little pumpkin flair to everything this year, including your mac and cheese! 

I know! I know! Pumpkin mac and cheese sounds like you’re taking things a step too far. Surprisingly, though, it’s good. 

It’s still as creamy and cheesy as ever. The pumpkin just adds another depth of warm flavor.

It enhances, not masks, the dish’s overall yumminess. 

20. Pumpkin Soup

Try pumpkin soup if you need a quick and easy side or starter.

It takes 15 minutes to make and is both savory and scrumptious. 

21. French’s Green Bean Casserole

Here’s another quick and easy casserole that any beginner cook can make.

You need four ingredients and about 30 minutes. It’s the perfect last-minute side dish for any occasion.

22. No-Fail Butter and Garlic Green Beans

Looking for something even easier than green bean casserole?

How about these no-fail butter and garlic green beans? 

All you’ll need are green beans, garlic, butter, salt, and pepper.

You can have them ready in 15 minutes, and they taste fantastic. 

23. Green Beans Almondine

Add a little crunch to your green beans with slivered almonds.

It also gives them a richer, nuttier taste, which you’ll brighten with lemon juice. 

Add some shallots and garlic, and you’re all set. It’s the green bean recipe you never knew you needed. 

24. Campbell’s Green Bean Casserole

This green bean casserole requires a few more ingredients than the one above.

Thankfully, it’s just as quick and straightforward to make. 

It’s a creamy, indulgent comfort food casserole. It’ll almost guarantee you don’t have to deal with any leftovers. 

25. Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms may not be a traditional Thanksgiving side dish, but they should be.

They’re delectable little mouthfuls of YUM. They’re relatively easy to make, too. 

This recipe is a must-try if you want something earthy, rich, and full of flavor. 

26. Last-Minute Mushrooms

Mushrooms don’t have to be stuffed to be delicious.

Check out this recipe if you need a last-minute side dish you can whip up in 15 minutes. 

You can make it with nothing more than mushrooms, butter, and salt.

It’s simple, comforting, and filling. (It makes a great topper for steak, too!)

27. Jalapeno Corn Muffins

No big family meal is complete without bread. And yes, I know this is a list of Thanksgiving vegetable side dishes.

That’s why these bread recipes contain veggies! 

Let’s start with these jalapeno corn muffins. They certainly add a bit of heat to your Thanksgiving dinner. 

They might not be the prettiest item on the table. But what they lack in appearance, they make up for in flavor. 

They’re spicy, zesty, and downright delicious. Plus, you can have them ready in less than 30 minutes. 

28. Harvest Vegetable Bread

This warm, filling bread loaf is overflowing with veggies.

You make it with mashed potatoes, onions, tomatoes, zucchini, and more! 

It’s a vegetable-packed bread that tastes and smells fantastic.

Serve it straight from the oven with a bit of butter. People might not even want anything else. 

29. Jim’s Cheddar Onion Soda Bread

These cheesy, oniony biscuits are another bread dish that’ll steal the show. 

Be sure to make an extra batch or two when making these. Otherwise, a fight may break out before you even serve dinner! 

30. Buttery Cornbread

This crumbly, buttery cornbread features actual corn kernels.

They add a phenomenal sweetness to the bread, making it a hit with everyone who tries it. 

Unlike some cornbread recipes, it’s pretty easy to make, too. It shouldn’t take more than 35 minutes to prepare and bake. 

31. Irish Mashed Potatoes (Colcannon)

Irish chefs have a lot of good stuff going for them. The myriad of potato recipes they have is definitely one of them. 

Try this colcannon recipe if you want the best mashed potatoes you’ve ever had.

They’re thick, buttery, garlicky, and melt-in-your-mouth incredible. 

Don’t be afraid to add bacon, cheese, and more to really knock them out of the park. 

32. Oven-Baked Potato Wedges

These are the most phenomenal potato wedges ever.

They have crisp skins and tender insides and are perfectly seasoned. 

There’s more than just salt and pepper on them, too!

You also add onion powder, garlic powder, and a little parmesan cheese

You haven’t had potato wedges until you’ve had these potato wedges.  

33. Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes

Ranch-flavored potatoes smothered in bacon and cheese.

Does this dish really need any more of a description than that? 

34. Potatoes au Gratin (Dauphinoise)

You’ll never want boxed au gratin potatoes again after trying this recipe.

It’s cheesy, buttery, and will melt in your mouth. 

I make two baking dishes full of these every year.

And every year, I bring home two scraped-clean baking dishes without a single leftover. 

Honestly, I’m a little salty about that.

I started making two helpings so I could enjoy them for a couple of days. *sigh* The best-laid plans…

35. Scalloped Potatoes

These scalloped potatoes are almost as good as the au gratin ones above.

The only real difference is that these are cheese-free.

Take your pick, really. You won’t have any leftovers of these, either. 

36. Savory Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Is it even Thanksgiving if you don’t have sweet potatoes on the table?

I don’t think so, so let’s check out a few of my favorite sweet potato recipes now. 

These savory mashed sweet potatoes are easy to make and even easier to devour. They’re fluffy, herby, and extra garlicky. 

They’re much healthier than the brown sugar- and marshmallow-packed casserole, too!  

37. Sweet Potato Casserole

Of course, I’m still going to mention the casserole mentioned above!

After all, it’s a holiday classic! This recipe forgoes marshmallows, but you can add them if you like. 

It’s sweet and creamy, with a crunchy pecan topping that everyone will love.

And thanks to the spices, your kitchen will smell fantastic while it’s cooking. 

38. Honey Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potato Cubes

Want a sweet sweet potato recipe that’s not too indulgent? Try these delicious sweet potato cubes.

They’re high in carbs but not too bad as far as the calorie count goes. 

All you’ll need to make them are sweet potatoes, honey, olive oil, and cinnamon.

You can also add a little salt and pepper to suit your tastes. 

They’re sweet and scrumptious but healthier than other sweet potato desserts. (Such as pie and casserole.)

39. Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

Here’s another ridiculously good savory sweet potato recipe.

These potatoes take some time to cook, but they’re well worth it. 

They have a striking appearance that’ll delight all who see them.

Even better, they smell and taste mouth-wateringly incredible. 

40.  Cheesy Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

This fun sweet potato recipe is a salty and cheesy treat. You’ll use parmesan and cheddar to cheese them up.

Plus, there’s bacon, Italian dressing, and chives. 

Every bite is a flavor explosion for your tastebuds.

I promise you’ve never had a Thanksgiving side dish quite like this one. 

41. Paula Deen’s Corn Casserole

I love the fluffy, compact texture of corn casserole. Unfortunately, sometimes it can be a bit dry.

That’s not the case with this corn casserole recipe. It’s sweet, cheesy, and perfectly moist. 

It’s a spectacular buttery casserole that everyone will love, especially the kids!

And it only takes about 10 minutes of prep work. It’s hard to argue with that. 

42. Holiday Roasted Vegetables

Why choose a single holiday staple when you can have many?

This roasted veggie dish combines onions, carrots, sprouts, cranberries, and more. 

It features a combination of flavors and textures to enjoy.

And all of them are drizzled in rich maple syrup and roasted till they’re nearly caramelized. 

It takes about an hour to make. But everyone who tries it will tell you it was well worth the time. 

43. Creamy Garlic Parmesan Brussels Sprouts & Bacon

This creamy Brussels sprouts dish is unlike any sprouts recipe I’ve ever tried. It’s full of cheese, garlic, bacon, and more.

It’s ridiculously flavorful and entirely comforting. 

You’ll barely even realize you’re eating Brussels sprouts. 

44. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar & Honey

On the other hand, these crispy, crunchy veggies are 100% Brussels sprouts.

You give them a sweet and tangy flavor, but they’re sprouts through and through. 

Even so, the honey and balsamic vinegar ensure they’re extremely tasty sprouts. 

45. Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

Want to make Brussels sprouts the quick and easy way? Toss them in the air fryer!

It’ll take about 5 minutes to prepare them and another 10 to cook them. 

It’s one of the easiest ways to make Brussels sprouts you’ll ever try.

And thanks to the mustard, mayo, and maple syrup, they still have a ton of flavor. 

46. Roasted Crispy Brussels Sprouts (Shredded) 

This recipe’s author claims, “Roasting and shredding Brussels sprouts is the only way to eat them.”

I don’t know about that, but it’s definitely in my top five favorite ways of cooking them.

The process is easy and convenient. And the resulting sprouts are unbelievably crunchy, more like chips than veggies.

Try this recipe to get your kids to eat more greens. 

47. Whole Roasted Cabbage

Whole roasted cabbage wasn’t something I thought I’d enjoy. Boy, I’ve never been so happy to be wrong about anything!

This vegan dish has it all! It’s crisp, crunchy, perfectly spiced, fragrant, and flavorful.

It’s also wonderfully filling, especially with the potatoes on the side. 

I would never have thought cabbage by itself could taste so good. 

48. Golden Pan Roasted Parsnips

Making these roasted parsnips is a quick and easy process.

It takes about 30 minutes and requires very little hands-on work. 

The result is a spiced, vegan-friendly side dish the whole family will enjoy. 

49. Fall Farro Salad with Carrots and Cranberries 

Need a filling side dish that combines several fall favorites? Try this farro salad recipe.

You make it with farro, celery, carrots, almonds, garlic, cranberries, and more. 

It’s colorful, fresh, and full of complementary flavors to delight your tastebuds.

It takes less than an hour to make and can serve up to eight people. 

Give it a try if you want something new this holiday season. 

50. Fresh Creamed Spinach

Creamed spinach is often overlooked, especially for more formal gatherings and occasions.

I hope to rectify that by sharing this recipe with you. 

It’s creamy, garlicky, cheesy, and too good to pass up. Forget the frozen stuff.

Make it fresh this year and see what a difference that makes. 

50 Best Thanksgiving Vegetable Side Dishes (+ Easy Recipes)

You can’t go wrong with these incredible Thanksgiving vegetable side dishes! From carrots to squash to green beans, this list has it all.


  • Bourbon Glazed Carrots

  • Sauteed Carrots with Scallions and Thyme

  • Honey Garlic Butter Roasted Carrots

  • Healthy Mashed Carrots

  • Carrots Au Gratin

  • Cracker Barrel Baby Carrots

  • Carrot Souffle

  • Honey Balsamic Roasted Carrots

  • Carrot Slaw with Cranberries, Toasted Walnuts & Citrus Vinaigrette

  • Rosemary Roasted Carrots

  • Paula Deen’s Squash Casserole

  • Roasted Butternut Squash

  • Hasselback Butternut Squash in Garlic Butter

  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Cinnamon Butternut Squash with Pecans and Cranberries

  • Maple Roasted Butternut Squash with Cranberries and Pecans

  • Roasted Butternut Squash with Goat Cheese

  • Roasted Pumpkin

  • Mashed Pumpkin

  • One One Pot Stove-Top Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

  • Pumpkin Soup

  • French’s Green Bean Casserole

  • No-fail Butter and Garlic Green Beans

  • Green Beans Almondine

  • Campbell’s Green Bean Casserole

  • Stuffed Mushrooms

  • Last Minute Mushrooms

  • Jalapeno Corn Muffins

  • Harvest Vegetable Bread

  • Jim’s Cheddar Onion Soda Bread

  • Buttery Cornbread

  • Irish Mashed Potatoes (Colcannon)

  • Oven-Baked Potato Wedges

  • Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes

  • Potatoes au Gratin (Dauphinoise)

  • Scalloped Potatoes

  • Savory Mashed Sweet Potatoes

  • Sweet Potato Casserole

  • Honey Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potato Cubes

  • Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

  • Cheesy Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

  • Paula Deen’s Corn Casserole

  • Holiday Roasted Vegetables

  • Creamy Garlic Parmesan Brussels Sprouts & Bacon

  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar & Honey

  • Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

  • Roasted Crispy Brussels Sprouts (Shredded)

  • Whole Roasted Cabbage

  • Golden Pan Roasted Parsnips

  • Fall Farro Salad with Carrots and Cranberries

  • Fresh Creamed Spinach


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Thanksgiving Vegetable Side Dishes

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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