43 Delicious 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.
A fun twist on the traditional cranberry sauce, this Cranberry Salsa calls for sweet onion, jalapeño, and cilantro for a kicked up side.
- Recipe: Cranberry Salsa
It just wouldn't be Thanksgiving without a bright, sweet, tangy cranberry sauce. For this recipe, feel free to use frozen or fresh berries.
- Recipe: Cranberry Sauce
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.
- Recipe: Apricot Cranberry Relish
I grew up skating on the bogs of southeastern Massachusetts, and my father endearingly called me a "bog-trotting swamp Yankee." Here's another essential cranberry dish.
- Recipe: Cranberry-Orange Relish
Ripe pears and blue cheese are a delightful combination atop fresh bibb lettuce leaves.
Serve this seasonal side to liven your holiday table.
The thing I love most about this salad: using fresh, organic, local greens. (Conditions are particularly good for farming in nearby Westport, Massachusetts, keeping local farmers' markets stocked.)
Sweet, sour, and salty flavors come together in this festive, crowd-pleasing dish.
- Recipe: Country Apple Slaw
This versatile dressing works great for special occasions and leftovers can be stored up to a week after for lunches-on-the-go.
Embrace fall's delicious bounty of apples with this classic side dish.
- Recipe: Waldorf Salad
This simple salad features tart cranberries, tangy goat cheese, and crunchy walnuts for texture.
Wild mushrooms, crushed red pepper, white wine, and shaved Parmesan make this veggie dish a crowd-pleaser.
Our cottage is a stone's throw from local working bogs, which still cover more than 14,000 acres in the region. I can't imagine a Thanksgiving without cranberries. In this dish, they add luster and color, like a jewel.
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.
- Recipe: Jeweled Green Beans
Brighten boring vegetables with this herb-packed marinade.
- Recipe: Marinated Grilled Vegetables
Tender, meaty, chopped clams mixed with breadcrumbs and herbs makes a delicious filling for fresh mushrooms.
- Recipe: Clam-Stuffed Mushrooms
Ready in less than an hour, tender, carmaelized carrots and fennel add fresh flavor to your holiday meal. Reserved fronds create a natural garnish.
Brighten your table with this festive and healthful side dish. Asian-chili sauce and cranberries deliver a sweet-and-spicy flavor.
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.
A tasty mixture of brown sugar, butter, and balsamic vinegar gives life to cocktail onions. Serve them on their own or as a garnish.
- Recipe: Sweet-and-Sour Onions
This colorful side is packed with flavor thanks to cinnamon, ginger, honey, vinegar, and cilantro.
- Recipe: Moroccan Carrots
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.
- Recipe: Garden Fresh Green Beans
Soffrito is an Italian word meaning a mixture of finely chopped vegetables and seasonings. Combined with tangy artichokes, this dish is unique and delicious.
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!
Bacon drippings, onions, and hazelnuts add tons of flavor and texture to make this one tasty dish.
The night before, wash and trim broccolini, and then store in plastic bags before refrigerating. The day of, simply remove from bags and prepare.
- Recipe: Spicy Broccolini
These carrots taste both sweet and spicy, adjust to your own personal preferences and heat tolerance.
- Recipe: Honey-Glazed Carrots
Switch up traditional mashed potatoes with these delicious—and quick (They only take ten minutes to prep!)—smashed red potatoes.
- Recipe: Rustic Smashed Red Potatoes
Garlic mashed potatoes and turkey are a perfect union. For seasoning, I like to experiment with different flavors of sea salt—dulse seaweed sea salt from Maine, or Nantucket's smoked black lava sea salt. Artisanal salt makers have revived this colonial craft, and it tastes so good.
- Recipe: Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Add some Indian flavor to your holiday. Cool coconut balances the bold flavor of curry.
- Recipe: Coconut-Curry Jasmine Rice
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.
Bring Cajun flair to the menu with this rice dish.
- Recipe: Dirty Rice
This grain salad tastes equally delicious when served warm or at room temperature. If serving at room temperature, let rice cool completely before adding the parsley and cherries.
Classic sweet potato casserole gets a fiery kick in this amped-up recipe.
- Recipe: Sweet Potato-Jalapeño Casserole
Horseradish, onion, and Worcestershire sauce add flavor to an otherwise simple carrot dish.
- Recipe: Zesty Carrots
Not your traditional sweet potato casserole, this treat gets crunch from nutty pecans and raisins. It's topped with fluffy caramelized marshmallows.
- Recipe: Sweet Potatoes Richard
The Gruyère helps to make this dish extra cheesy. Top with fresh rosemary leaves for an extra boost of flavor.
- Recipe: Potato-Leek Gratin
Incorporate your favorite flavored bread (black pepper-and-cheese bread, rosemary-black pepper focaccia, or French baguette) into this delicious stuffing.
- Recipe: Italian Sausage Stuffing
- Recipe: Oyster Stuffing
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.
- Recipe: Uncle Nick's Oyster Dressing
This rich cornbread dressing is sure to be a Thanksgiving hit! To save time, bake the cornbread one day ahead of time.
- Recipe: Cornbread Dressing
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.
Stuffing can be made the day before to cut-down on actual cooking time, just let the dish come to room temperature before baking.
- Recipe: Chestnut-and-Oyster Stuffing