36 Scrumptious Holiday Sides

The turkey may take center stage, but the side dishes truly make the meal. Kick it up a notch with our easy and crowd-pleasing recipes.

Cranberry Salsa

Photo: Laurie Black; Styling: Chelsea Fuss  

Cranberry Salsa

A fun twist on the traditional cranberry sauce, this Cranberry Salsa calls for sweet onion, jalapeño, and cilantro for a kicked up side.

Cranberry Sauce

Photographer: Luca Trovato

Cranberry Sauce

It just wouldn't be Thanksgiving without a bright, sweet, tangy cranberry sauce. For this recipe, feel free to use frozen or fresh berries.

Apricot-Cranberry Relish

Apricot-Cranberry Relish

Combine two sweet-and-tangy fall fruits—cranberries and apricots—and you'll end up with this deliciously addicting relish. Serve it with the meal alongside traditional cranberry sauce.

Bibb Salad with Peppered Pears and Candied Walnuts

Photo: Laurie Black; Styling: Chelsea Fuss  

Bibb Salad with Peppered Pears and Candied Walnuts

Ripe pears and blue cheese are a delightful combination atop fresh bibb lettuce leaves.

Apple, Pear, and Cheddar Salad with Pecans

Apple, Pear, and Cheddar Salad with Pecans

Serve this seasonal side to liven your holiday table.

Country Apple Slaw

Photographer: Jean Allsopp

Country Apple Slaw

Sweet, sour, and salty flavors come together in this festive, crowd-pleasing dish.

Mixed Greens with Walnut-Fig Vinaigrette

Photo: Jennifer Davick , Styling: Linda Hirst

Mixed Greens with Walnut-Fig 

This versatile dressing works great for special occasions and leftovers can be stored up to a week after for lunches-on-the-go.

Waldorf Salad

Photographer: Squire Fox

Waldorf Salad

Embrace fall's delicious bounty of apples with this classic side dish.

Mixed Greens with Goat Cheese, Cranberries, and Walnuts

Photographer: Sara Gray

Mixed Greens with Goat Cheese, Cranberries, and Walnuts

This simple salad features tart cranberries, tangy goat cheese, and crunchy walnuts for texture.

Spaghetti Squash with Sauteed Spinach

Photo: Laurie Black; Styling: Chelsea Fuss  

Spaghetti Squash with Sautéed Spinach

Wild mushrooms, crushed red pepper, white wine, and shaved Parmesan make this veggie dish a crowd-pleaser.

Jeweled Green Beans

Photo: Laurie Black; Styling: Chelsea Fuss  

Jeweled Green Beans

Trade in the old green bean casserole standby for this gorgeous platter of color, which features red and yellow bell peppers, red onion, and crispy bacon.

Marinated Grilled Vegetables

Photographer: Charles Walton IV

Marinated Grilled Vegetables

Brighten boring vegetables with this herb-packed marinade.

Clam -Stuffed Mushrooms

Photographer: Jean Allsopp

Clam-Stuffed Mushrooms

Tender, meaty, chopped clams mixed with breadcrumbs and herbs makes a delicious filling for fresh mushrooms.

Asian-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries

Photographer: Luca Trovato

Asian-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries

Brighten your table with this festive and healthful side dish. Asian-chili sauce and cranberries deliver a sweet-and-spicy flavor.

Sautéed Swiss Chard with Hazelnuts and Garlic

Photographer: Luca Trovato

Sautéed Swiss Chard with Hazelnuts and Garlic

Give leafy Swiss chard a flavorful kick with fragrant hazelnuts and garlic for a delicious side dish. Add kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste.

Sweet-and-Sour Onions

Sweet-and-Sour Onions

A tasty mixture of brown sugar, butter, and balsamic vinegar gives life to cocktail onions. Serve them on their own or as a garnish.

Moroccan Carrots

Photographer: Colleen Duffley

Moroccan Carrots

This colorful side is packed with flavor thanks to cinnamon, ginger, honey, vinegar, and cilantro.

Garden Fresh Green Beans

Photographer: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Garden Fresh Green Beans

Nothing complements your Thanksgiving turkey better than farm-fresh sides. Add a little extra flavor by dressing these beans with some butter and freshly ground black pepper.

Olive Oil-Braised Artichokes and Soffrito

Photographer: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Olive Oil-Braised Artichokes and Soffrito

Soffrito is an Italian word meaning a mixture of finely chopped vegetables and seasonings. Combined with tangy artichokes, this dish is unique and delicious.

Pureed Yams with Pears and Tangerine Juice

Photographer: David Tsay

Pureed Yams with Pears and Tangerine Juice

Tangy citrus juices from lemon and orange add a burst of fruit flavor to a classic side. It's so sweet and creamy you'll think you're already eating dessert!

Brussels Sprouts Hash with Bacon, Hazelnuts, and Mint

Photographer: David Tsay

Brussels Sprouts Hash with Bacon, Hazelnuts, and Mint

Bacon drippings, onions, and hazelnuts add tons of flavor and texture to make this one tasty dish.

Spicy Broccolini

Photo: Jennifer Davick , Styling: Linda Hirst

Spicy Broccolini

The night before, wash and trim broccolini, and then store in plastic bags before refrigerating. The day of, simply remove from bags and prepare.

Honey-Glazed Carrots

Photo: Jennifer Davick , Styling: Linda Hirst

Honey-Glazed Carrots

These carrots taste both sweet and spicy, adjust to your own personal preferences and heat tolerance.

Rustic Smashed Red Potatoes

Photo: Laurie Black; Styling: Chelsea Fuss  

Rustic Smashed Red Potatoes

Switch up traditional mashed potatoes with these delicious—and quick (They only take ten minutes to prep!)—smashed red potatoes.

Coconut-Curry Jasmine Rice

Photographer: Howard L. Puckett

Coconut-Curry Jasmine Rice

Add some Indian flavor to your holiday. Cool coconut balances the bold flavor of curry.

Whipped Potatoes with Roasted Garlic

Photographer: Luca Trovato

Whipped Potatoes with Roasted Garlic

Don’t be put off by the number of cloves—roasting garlic mellows its flavor and brings out a nutty sweetness, taking these potatoes from bland to brilliant.

Dirty Rice

Photographer: Tara Sgroi

Dirty Rice

Bring Cajun flair to the menu with this rice dish.

Sweet Potato-Jalapeño Casserole

Photographer: Blake Pearson

Sweet Potato-Jalapeño Casserole

Classic sweet potato casserole gets a fiery kick in this amped-up recipe.

Zesty Carrots

Photographer: Fran Gealer

Zesty Carrots

Horseradish, onion, and Worcestershire sauce add flavor to an otherwise simple carrot dish.

Sweet Potatoes Richard

Photographer: Howard L. Puckett

Sweet Potatoes Richard

Not your traditional sweet potato casserole, this treat gets crunch from nutty pecans and raisins. It's topped with fluffy caramelized marshmallows.

Potato-Leek Gratin

Photo: Jennifer Davick , Styling: Linda Hirst

Potato-Leek Gratin

The Gruyère helps to make this dish extra cheesy. Top with fresh rosemary leaves for an extra boost of flavor.

Italian Sausage Stuffing

Photo: Laurie Black; Styling: Chelsea Fuss  

Italian Sausage Stuffing

Incorporate your favorite flavored bread (black pepper-and-cheese bread, rosemary-black pepper focaccia, or French baguette) into this delicious stuffing.

Uncle Nick's Oyster Dressing

Photographer: Jean Allsopp

Uncle Nick's Oyster Dressing

Thanksgiving wouldn't be complete without a heaping helping of dressing. Put a coastal spin on the traditional with this recipe that uses fresh oysters.

Cornbread Dressing

Photographer: Howard L. Puckett

Cornbread Dressing

This rich cornbread dressing is sure to be a Thanksgiving hit! To save time, bake the cornbread one day ahead of time.

Sausage-and-Smoked Mussel Stuffing

Photographer: Luca Trovato

Sausage-and-Smoked Mussel Stuffing

Stuffing is probably already a regular guest at your Thanksgiving meal. This year, try inviting smoked mussels, along with some zesty sausage, for a tasty change.

Chestnut-and-Oyster Stuffing

Photo: Jennifer Davick , Styling: Linda Hirst

Chestnut-and-Oyster Stuffing

Stuffing can be made the day before to cut-down on actual cooking time, just let the dish come to room temperature before baking.

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