Start a new tradition with one (or all) of these 12 Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes! Each one is a uniquely delicious and fun departure from the traditional mashed potatoes and green bean casserole. Many of them can be prepped ahead to make preparing the feast on the big day easier.
All hail, the mighty Thanksgiving side dish
…and the power it has to divide a family. We recognize the importance that side dishes have at family gatherings and sometimes it’s hard to break tradition and try new dishes but we’ve got 12 Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes that we think are worth ruffling feathers over. Here you’ll find some of our favorite dishes that are either a healthy makeover of a traditional dish (like stuffing, sweet potatoes, or Brussels sprouts) or something fresh and new that we think are worthy of becoming a new tradition.
12 Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes that deserve to be part of your holiday feast this year
Dairy-Free, Paleo, Whole30, Vegan
This salad featuring hearty winter veggies, fruits, and nuts packs a flavorful punch and the variety of flavors and textures in each bite will have you and your guests coming back for seconds. The kale can be massaged up to three days in advance and refrigerated until you’re ready to add the rest of ingredients when it’s time to serve.
Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Paleo, Whole30
The word ‘slaw’ may have you thinking of summer barbecues but don’t let that stop you from serving this one up alongside the turkey. The smoky bacon, the sweet dates, and the hearty shredded Brussels sprouts are a match made in side-dish heaven.
Dairy-Free, Paleo, Whole30
This dish is just like you remember…only better thanks to the addition of bacon. We’ve also swapped out those overly sweet marshmallows for a few naturally sweet dates and crunchy, toasted pecans for a sweet potato casserole that everyone will love.
Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Paleo, Vegan
Like mashed potatoes, only better. Maple syrup adds a touch of sweetness to this fiber- and vitamin A-rich dish that’s delicious with any protein from turkey to beef to pork.
Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Paleo, Nut-Free
Even the sweet potato haters will love these Maple-Bacon Roasted Sweet Potatoes thanks to the addition of bacon and maple syrup to make the sweet and smoky. And those red onions that caramelize when you bake it might be the best part if you ask us!
Dairy-Free, Paleo, Whole30, Vegetarian
Your Thanksgiving table is about to get even more delicious with this gluten-free, paleo & vegan-friendly Sweet Potato Unstuffing that’s guaranteed not to leave you feeling stuffed.
Dairy-Free, Paleo, Whole30, Vegan, Nut-Free Option
With all the diets, allergies, preferences, and sensitivities that guests can bring to the table, it can be hard to find a dish that can please them all – until now. This grain-free, plant-based, veggie-packed dish has all the flavor of traditional bread stuffing that everyone can enjoy.
Egg-Free, Nut-Free, Vegetarian
If you thought that acorn squash could only be made with butter and brown sugar, we’re here to tell you otherwise. We’ve crusted thin slices of squash with herbs and cheese for an unexpectedly delicious dish that you’re going to love.
Whole30, Paleo, Nut-Free, Vegetarian
Mashed potatoes may be traditional but they’re, well, boring. There, we said it. Try these show-stopping-can’t-stop-eating crispy, buttery potatoes instead.
Whole30, Paleo, Vegetarian, Nut-Free
These are also far from boring with their crispy, crackled surface and bright herbed-garlic oil for drizzling or dipping.
Egg-Free, Grain-Free, Nut-Free Option
Forget the steamed Brussels sprouts, we’ve got something way more interesting. Smoky bacon and salty feta, combined with perfectly roasted Brussels and tart dried cranberries make this dish indescribably delicious.
Even those who swear they don’t like Brussels sprouts will want to give these a try thanks to two powerfully enticing ingredients: bacon and cheese!
We hope that of these 12 Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes you’ve found a few new dishes for your holiday table this year.
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