Our 15 Best Veggie Side Dishes for Thanksgiving Dinner

Fall-Infused Mashed Potatoes in a navy blue dish
Photo: Buckwheat Queen

We've already broken out the best Allrecipes' Thanksgiving stuffing and dressing recipes and the best Thanksgiving appetizer recipes. These then are the best of the rest, featuring vegetable side dishes, including Thanksgiving recipes for potatoes and sweet potatoes, recipes for Brussels sprouts and squash sides, Thanksgiving casseroles, green bean sides, and more.

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Shredded Brussels Sprouts

white bowl of Shredded Brussels Sprouts

"Not too often do you hear 'fantastic' and 'Brussels sprouts' in the same sentence," says MOMZRIGHT. "But this recipe is deserving of that. When I mentioned I was bringing Brussels sprouts to a holiday get together, my mom told me not to bother. After eating this dish, my family now requests I bring it to every get together!"

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Holiday ONLY Mashed Potatoes

white bowl of mashed potatoes on a table
Cynthia Ross

It's Thanksgiving. You're green-lighted to load up your mashed potatoes with cream and butter! "These mashed potatoes are too fattening to have on a regular basis," says Saltair4. "I only make these on holidays."

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Cream Corn Like No Other

Cream Corn Like No Other in a glass bowl
House of Aqua

"This was the best cream corn any of us ever tasted," says Joe. "Made it for Thanksgiving and it went fast. Didn't change a thing and wouldn't want to."

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Buttery Garlic Green Beans

Buttery Garlic Green Beans in a white bowl

Here's a quick, simple, and fresh green side for the Thanksgiving table. Fresh green beans are pan-fried in a little garlic butter. "Only fresh green beans and garlic will do for this easy, healthy, and flavorful side dish," says LookWhatsCooking.

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Garlic Potatoes Gratin

gratin potatoes in white dish on red placemat

Slices of red potatoes are layered with rich Gouda cheese and baked with butter and garlic. "An unbelievable rich twist on au gratin potatoes," says Lisa Ramos. "This casserole develops a caramelized, cheesy, roasted-garlic crust as it bakes."

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Chef John's Sweet Potato Casserole

Chef John's Sweet Potato Casserole in a white casserole dish

Maple syrup and crunchy pistachios top a subtly sweet potato casserole. "Unlike many sweet potato casseroles, this one is not too sweet," says Chef John. "A wonderful combination of taste and textures."

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Pear and Pomegranate Salad

salad with pear and pomegranate on a white plate

"I am always eager for pomegranates to come in season so I can make this again," says JPMJ. It's a standout on the Thanksgiving table with Bartlett pears and green leaf lettuce.

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Fall-Infused Mashed Potatoes

Fall-Infused Mashed Potatoes in a navy blue dish
Buckwheat Queen

It's not either acorn squash or mashers, it's acorn squash in the mashers! The squash gives them a beautiful golden hue and nutty sweetness, brightened with hints of mustard and dill. "The bounty of Autumn — soft and creamy acorn squash — is mixed in with mashed potatoes for a seasonal kick on an old favorite," says LenoreRockchild

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Corn and Porcini Mushroom Cornbread Dressing

white bowl filled with Corn and Porcini Mushroom Cornbread Dressing
Chef John

This recipe was created by delicious accident. "I was trying to do a simple, wild mushroom-studded sweet corn casserole to reinforce our holiday side dish repertoire," explains Chef John. "And before I knew it, I was eating the best, most flavorful cornbread dressing I'd ever tasted. Not only that, but we completely eliminated the step of having to make cornbread first!"

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Roasted Yam and Kale Salad

Roasted Yam and Kale Salad on a white dish

A terrific alternative (or addition to!) sweet potato casserole. "A bright contrast in flavors makes this salad a favorite among friends and family," says Matt D. "The yams have a subtle sweetness that pairs nicely with the caramelized onions and kale."

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Best Green Bean Casserole

We couldn't forget the green bean casserole! Here's a simple five-star variation on the classic, with French fried onions and a sprinkle of shredded Cheddar cheese. "No kidding, this was my favorite thing on the table this Thanksgiving," says TRARECAR. "Absolutely the best green bean casserole I've ever had."

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Cheesy Creamed Spinach

Cheesy Creamed Spinach in a white dish

And while we're on the subject of creamy sides, your Thanksgiving table wouldn't be complete without Cheesy Creamed Spinach. Right? "This was amazing! I used this as a new recipe for Thanksgiving and it was a huge success," AMPCOOKING says. "Everyone loved it, even the spinach haters."

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Candied Carrots

Candied Carrots on a white dish

Butter, brown sugar, salt, and pepper are all you need to turn carrots into a holiday-worthy side. "I have been making candied carrots similar to these for all of my 47 years as did my mother before me and my grandmother before her. These are a staple in my house, at the very least on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter," reviewer LROHNER says.

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Broccoli Casserole

Broccoli Casserole in a green oval-shaped dish
Allrecipes magazine

Butter, sharp Cheddar, mayonnaise, cream of mushroom, and eggs turn broccoli into a decadent side dish that even kids will devour. Crunchy, buttery crackers top it off.

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Simple Roasted Butternut Squash

closeup of deep orange cubes of seasoned roasted squash in a white dish
Marisa R.

Butternut squash can go sweet or savory. With nothing but garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper, this five-star recipe reminds us that sometimes less is more.

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