healthy thanksgiving side dishes

Here they are in all their glory — and we cannot believe we’ve never gathered them together before!

From Dapne Oz’s Baked Sweet Potatoes to Ottolenghi’s Cauliflower Salad and Michelin-starred Chef Josiah Citrin’s green beans, we’ve finally put all of our best healthy Thanksgiving side dishes together in one place — many of them from our own holiday cooking classes over the years.

30 Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes You’ll Actually Love

Bookmark, enjoy and let us know if there’s a recipe you’re still missing! Don’t miss Athena Caldrone’s delicata squash or Barrett Pendergrast’s butternut squash with balsamic!

Mashed Potatoes + Purees

Daphne Oz’s Baked Sweet Potatoes With Honeyed Tahini We’d eat these any time of year — festive and delicious.

Meet Root Veggie + White Bean Mash Skip mashed potatoes and go with this healthy dupe.

Vegan Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes With Rosemary + Broth If you’re committed to classic spuds, try this recipe.

Barrett Pendergast’s Cauliflower Puree (shown below) We’re in love with this modern classic.

mashed cauliflower recipe

3 Compound Butters For Sweet Potatoes Three compound butter flavors pair fat with the nutrients of sweet potatoes.

Healthy Stuffing Recipes

Mushroom Cornbread Stuffing A cozy classic filled with umami flavors.

Annie Campbell’sVegan Gluten-Free Cornbread Stuffing A gluten-free stuffing we just adore.

Multigrain Stuffing With Portobello Mushrooms + Roasted Fennel Butter-filled, but probably the best stuffing you’ve ever had.

Daphne Oz’s Sweet Potatoes with Honeyed Tahini (Shown below) Not stuffing — but one of the prettiest sides you can add to the table.

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Thanksgiving Salad Recipes

Ottolenghi’s Cauliflower, Pomegranate + Pistachio Salad We’ll eat anything Ottolenghi cooks, this salad is no exception.

Warm Spiced Lentils Salad With Baby Carrots + Feta Crumble Add carrots to the table with this beautiful, modern salad.

Daphne Oz’s Quinoa Salad With Lemon, Herbs And Feta Try quinoa for a protein-rich side that blends with all the fall flavors.

Saint’s Kale Salad With Ginger-Maple Vinaigrette (Shown below) Toss the best seasonal ingredients over well-marinated kale.

 healthy thanksgiving sides

Beet Salad From Full Moon Suppers At Salt Water Farm This farm-fresh recipe for beets might be the bright note your table needs.

The Culinistas Shaved Veggie Salad Add fiber and tang to your plate with this nutrient-dense salad from some of LA’s best caterers.

Cacio E Pepe Kale Salad Family need conjuring to eat more greens? Just cover those leaves in cheese.

Barrett Pendergast’s Arugula Salad With Persimmon, Pomegranate, And Sherry Vinaigrette A modern classic for the holiday table.

Brussels Sprouts + Green Beans Recipes

What We Want To Eat’s Brussels Sprout Caesar Salad Ever tried sprouts shaved and marinated? This recipe will convert you.

Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Walnuts Everything we’re craving in a fall side dish.

Roasted Brussels Sprout Salad With Sweet Potato + Goat Cheese Sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts combined into one festive dish.

Roasted Tuscan Brussels Sprouts Loaded With Garlic + Herbs Part of our Thanksgiving menu from last year’s Dummies Guide To Thanksgiving!

Barrett Pendergast’s Green Beans With Marcona Almonds, Shallots, And Parsley Keep it simple. This elegant side dish is just what your in-laws are looking for.

Healthy Squash Recipes

Athena Caldrone’s Roasted Delicata Squash Recipe Is there a more beautiful fall vegetable? We’ll wait.

delicata squash marinade

The Best Butternut Squash Soup We’ve Ever Had The soup recipe from Carmel Valley Ranch. Make it, enjoy it and never look back.

Green Apple + Butternut Squash Soup With Crème Fraîche Tart apple paired with elegant creme fraiche takes this fall soup to the next level.

Stuffed Roasted Squash with Quinoa, Mushrooms + Coconut Curry Sauce (Shown below) Stuffed acorn squash are the surprise treat of the fall season. From our cooking class with Jenni Kayne.

butternut squash recipes

Green Apple + Butternut Squash Soup With Crème Fraîche Tart apple paired with elegant creme fraiche takes this fall soup to the next level.

Vegan Mac And Cheese With Butternut Squash (Shown below) An unreal side dish for vegans looking for the ultimate cozy factor.

vegan mac and cheese

Gluten-Free Rolls

Easy Gluten-free Cheddar Cheese Puffs Gluten-free, but absolutely delicious — and surprisingly delicious. Your family will be hooked.

The Hemsley Sisters’ Flourless Flaxseed Bread Rolls An impressive bread roll made from flax seeds and little else.

Gingered Orange Cranberry Sauce A clean version of a holiday staple.

Cranberry Raspberry Relish Cranberry sauce with a twist. Spices and farm-fresh ingredients.

What did we miss? Tell us in the comments if there’s a recipe you’re after and find our more pies, cocktails and tablescape ideas across the site! 

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