Best Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

We all know that Thanksgiving side dishes are the best part of the meal! Every year, we look forward to serving our tried-and-true Thanksgiving side dish recipes, as well as a few new ones to add to the mix. When you’re on the search for fresh, healthy, and (most-of-all) delicious recipes to add to your Thanksgiving menu, look no further than these top-rated holiday side dishes from The Real Food Dietitians.

Healthy Thanksgiving side dishes You’ll Love

Every Thanksgiving table needs something fresh, something roasted, something sweet, and something savory. Here we’ve assembled our best healthy Thanksgiving side dish recipes, including fresh salads, roasted veggies, and lots of potato dishes. Want to skip the decision making, then check out our Done-For-You Thanksgiving Menu featuring everything you need: recipes, grocery list, prep timeline, and even printable menu cards. Prefer to select your Thanksgiving side dish recipes a la carte? Then just scroll on down through the drool-worthy choices.

Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Salads

Dairy-Free | Paleo | Vegan | Whole30

Hearty winter veggies, harvest fruits, and crunchy seeds pack a flavorful punch in this Thanksgiving salad recipe. The kale can be massaged up to three days in advance and refrigerated until you’re ready to toss it with the remaining ingredients and serve. The colors and textures in each bite will have you and your guests coming back for seconds. Total time: 15 minutes.

Massaged Kale Salad

Gluten Free | Nut Free | Vegetarian

Here’s a perfect Thanksgiving salad recipe inspired by the popular store-bought sweet kale salad kit. It comes together with kale, shredded Brussels sprouts, broccoli slaw, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, goat cheese, and a delicious poppy seed-yogurt dressing. Total time: 25 minutes.

DIY Sweet Kale Salad Kit

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Dairy Free | Gluten Free | Paleo | Whole30

This flavorful and fresh salad makes the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table. It’s made with florets of broccoli and cauliflower, grapes, red onion, sunflower seeds, and an easy dairy-free dressing. Total time: 20 minutes.

Broccoli Cauliflower Salad with Bacon

Egg Free | Gluten Free | Nut Free

This fresh remake of an old family favorite salad is one that everyone will love to see on your Thanksgiving table. Made with an easy yogurt dressing, fresh broccoli florets, raisins, sunflower seeds, and bacon, it’s even better than you remember. Total time: 25 minutes.

Creamy Mayo-Free Broccoli Salad

Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Veggies & Stuffing

Egg-Free. | Gluten 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. Here, crusted thin slices of squash get crusted with herbs and cheese for an unexpectedly delicious Thanksgiving side dish that everyone is going to love. Total time: 35 minutes.

herb-crusted parmesan acorn squash slices baked to golden brown served on a white platter

Herb-Roasted Parmesan Acorn Squash

Dairy Free | Gluten Free | Paleo

These perfectly roasted Brussels with bacon will be the talk of your Thanksgiving table. They’re that good! It’s a simple side-dish that’s made with just seven ingredients. The combination of perfectly roasted garlic Brussels sprouts, balsamic vinegar, crisp bacon, tart cranberries, toasted pecans, and melty feta cheese is heavenly. Total time: 40 minutes.

Roasted Brussels sprouts with Bacon and Balsamic

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Done-For-You Thanksgiving Menu

Dairy-Free | Gluten Free | Grain Free | Paleo | Vegan | Whole30

Thanksgiving often brings together people with different diet requirements, allergies, preferences, and sensitivities. It can be hard to find a Thanksgiving side dish recipes to please them all – until now. This grain-free, plant-based, veggie-packed stuffing has all the flavor of traditional bread stuffing that everyone can enjoy. Total time: 1 hour, 10 minutes.

Healthy Cauliflower Rice Stuffing

Dairy Free | Gluten Free | Paleo | Vegetarian | Whole30

Your won’t get any of the “stuffed” feeling, but you will get all of the flavor when you add this delicious sweet potato-based “unstuffing” to your table. Perfect for guests who love the flavor of stuffing, but need to avoid gluten or grains. It’s loaded with a variety of veggies, plus dried cherries, apples, pecans, and fresh herbs. Total time: 1 hour, 20 minutes.

Sweet Potato Unstuffing – Grain-Free Stuffing

Dairy Free | Gluten Free | Paleo | Vegan

Made with just six ingredients, this savory-sweet side dish features cinnamon- and maple-flavored sweet potatoes, apples, and pecans. It’s so simple, but always a side dish to love on your Thanksgiving table. Total time: 55 minutes.

Cinnamon Apple Sweet Potato Bake

Cinnamon Sweet Potato Apple Bake

Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Potatoes

Dairy Free, Gluten Free | Paleo, Whole30

When it comes to sweet potato casserole, ditch the overly sweet marshmallow topping in favor of this crunchy maple-cranberry-pecan topping with crispy bacon, too! It’s creamy, crunchy, savory, and sweet. Total time: 1 hour, 45 minutes.

Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole in square white baking dish covered in pecans with a scoop being taken out with a wooden spoon. Part of the 12 Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes.

Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole

Dairy-Free | Egg Free | Gluten Free | Paleo | Vegan

Think mashed potatoes, only better. In these soft and creamy mashed sweet potatoes, maple syrup adds a touch of sweetness. A perfect complement to turkey, pork, chicken, and more. Total time: 50 minutes.


Maple Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Dairy-Free | Egg Free | Gluten Free | Paleo | Nut-Free

Sweet potatoes, red onions, and bacon get perfectly caramelized when they roast together on a sheet pan. Then add the flavor addition from a simple maple vinaigrette, and even your veggie-snubbing uncle will be asking for more. The next day, pair any leftovers with a fried egg. Delish! Total time: 40 minutes.


Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Maple and Bacon

Dairy Free | Gluten Free | Nut Free | Paleo | Vegetarian | Whole30

Serve the creamy and crispy sweet pan smashed potatoes as an appetizer or side dish at your Thanksgiving feast. With a crunchy, crackled surface, these flattened potatoes pair perfectly with a bright herb-garlic oil. Total time: 1 hour, 5 minutes.

Crispy Smashed Potatoes

Gluten Free | Nut Free | Paleo

Cook perfectly fluffy mashed potatoes in your slow cooker, keeping your stovetop free and filling your home with amazing smells. These mashers are truly loaded (with garlic, bacon, chives, Cheddar, and ranch) for a classic Thanksgiving side dish with an elevated feel. Total time: 4 hours, 20 minutes.

Slow Cooker Loaded Mashed Potatoes with Ranch

Egg Free | Gluten Free | Nut Free | Paleo | Vegetarian | Whole30

For a show-stopping Thanksgiving potato side dish, try these crispy, buttery halved and roasted potatoes seasoned with herbs, onion and garlic. Serve them with a side of ranch dressing for dipping or drizzling. Total time: 45 minutes.

Crispy Garlic Ranch Roasted Potatoes on baking sheet with a small glass dish of ranch on the side. Part of the 12 Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes.

Crispy Garlic Ranch Roasted Potatoes

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