The Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes Ever
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
Bibb Salad with Peppered Pears and Candied Walnuts
Ripe pears and blue cheese are a delightful combination atop fresh bibb lettuce leaves.
- Recipe: Bibb Salad with Peppered Pears and Candied Walnuts
- Recipe: Pear Vinaigrette
Apple, Pear, and Cheddar Salad with Pecans
Serve this seasonal side to liven your holiday table.
Arugula Salad with Spicy Roasted Chickpeas
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.)
Country Apple Slaw
Sweet, sour, and salty flavors come together in this festive, crowd-pleasing dish.
- Recipe: Country Apple Slaw
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.
Embrace fall's delicious bounty of apples with this classic side dish.
- Recipe: Waldorf Salad
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 Sautéed Spinach
Wild mushrooms, crushed red pepper, white wine, and shaved Parmesan make this veggie dish a crowd-pleaser.
Butternut Squash with Cranberries
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.
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.
- Recipe: Jeweled Green Beans
Marinated Grilled Vegetables
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
Roasted Carrots and Fennel
Ready in less than an hour, tender, carmaelized carrots and fennel add fresh flavor to your holiday meal. Reserved fronds create a natural garnish.
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
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
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.
- Recipe: Garden Fresh Green Beans
Honey Mead-Brined Canada Goose with Cabbage, Currants, and Brûléed Pears
Wow holiday guests with a hearty side filled with fall vegetables and tender goose. The seasonal flavors complement our Slow-Roasted Patuxent Mallard and fresh haricots verts—simply sautéed with a little olive oil, garlic, and salter and pepper.
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
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
Bacon drippings, onions, and hazelnuts add tons of flavor and texture to make this one tasty dish.
Caramelized Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts
The only thing better than sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts is when they're served together and caramelized to perfection. The perfect holiday side!
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
Rustic Smashed Red Potatoes
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
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
Coconut-Curry Jasmine Rice
Add some Indian flavor to your holiday. Cool coconut balances the bold flavor of curry.
- Recipe: Coconut-Curry Jasmine Rice
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.
Bring Cajun flair to the menu with this rice dish.
- Recipe: Dirty Rice
Wild Rice Salad with Dried Cherries and Parsley
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.
Sweet Potato-Jalapeño Casserole
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
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.
- 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
Italian Sausage Stuffing
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
Hawaiian Sweet Roll Citrus Stuffing
- Recipe: Oyster Stuffing
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.
- 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
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.
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