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20+ Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

20+ Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes
Updated: December 5, 2020

Looking for easy and healthy Thanksgiving side dishes?

Welcome to your one-stop shop for all things sweet potato, roasted vegetables, fall salads, and of course the classics that will surely impress the dinner crowd.

Healthy Thanksgiving side dishes

Hello, Easy Thanksgiving Sides

While your Thanksgiving menu revolves around a perfectly roasted turkey, let’s be real. It’s all about the side dishes given that they make up the majority of your dinner plate. Which is why nailing down your mix of textures, flavors, and colors is important.

Mainstay classics such as buttery mashed potatoes or roasted Brussels sprouts are a must. But if you game plan ahead of time, you might even have room to experiment with new recipes – the Downshiftology way. Lighten up your hearty dinner spread by adding extra greens, refreshing salads, or even something on the sweeter side. With the list below, I’m sure you’ll have plenty of recipe inspiration!

Mashed Thanksgiving Side Dishes

When it comes to planning out textures across the table, a mashed side is a must. They’re rich, creamy, and add a delicious softness to your Thanksgiving plate. But don’t think you’re limited to just mashed potatoes. Transform seasonal vegetables into the best mashed sides.

Mashed potatoes in a bowl, topped with butter and herbs.


Best Mashed Potatoes

A quintessential side dish that’s a no brainer for the dinner table. But to make sure you get a perfectly fluffy and creamy consistency, follow this no-fail recipe. This one is irresistibly creamy and buttery.


Mashed sweet potatoes topped with butter.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

If you’re not a fan of white potatoes, sweet potatoes are your answer. This mashed side is just as creamy, loaded with nutrients, and the perfect balance between sweet and savory.



Mashed Cauliflower

Mashed cauliflower is an easy way to sneak in more veggies to your dinner spread. Not to mention, it’s a low-carb alternative that’s surprisingly loaded with delicious garlicky herb flavors.


Mashed butternut squash in a white bowl.

Mashed Butternut Squash

Because you can never have too many mashed side dishes right? This one is ultra creamy, light, and a great way to incorporate butternut squash into your menu.

The Best Casserole Side Dishes


A white dish with green bean casserole in it.

Healthy Green Bean Casserole


Mashed sweet potato topped with a pecan crumble in a white casserole dish.

Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole


Scalloped potatoes in a pan.

Scalloped Potatoes

Roasted Vegetables Thanksgiving Side Dishes


Honey glazed carrots in a white bowl on a table.

Honey Glazed Carrots


Roasted brussels sprouts in a large white bowl.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts


Roasted sweet potatoes on a sheet pan.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes


Garlic herb roasted potatoes in a white serving bowl.

Garlic Herb Roasted Potatoes


Spaghetti squash, Brussels sprouts, and crispy shallots side dish in a bowl.

Spaghetti Squash, Brussels Sprouts, And Crispy Shallots


Roasted butternut squash cubes fresh out of the oven.

Roasted Butternut Squash


Roasted broccoli on a white plate.

Roasted Broccoli


Za'atar roasted cauliflower with dates, pine nuts and thyme. |www.downshiftology.com

Za’atar Roasted Cauliflower

Essential Thanksgiving Side Dishes


Homemade cranberry sauce in a glass bowl.

Cranberry Sauce


Green beans garnished with shallots and lemon in a white bowl.

Green Beans With Shallots and Lemon


Baked sweet potato is a healthy side dish or main meal. Learn how to bake sweet potatoes in the oven perfectly.

Baked Sweet Potato


Fall Salad Recipes


A bowl of a shaved Brussels sprouts salad

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad With Cranberries And Apples


kale salad in a white bowl next to a bowl of shredded parmesan.

Massaged Kale Salad


Kale salad with chicken and apples on a white table

Kale Salad With Apples And Chicken



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