15 Dairy-Free Thanksgiving Sides
Gather all your loved ones (and their dietary restrictions) together around the Thanksgiving table. Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, green beans, and stuffing all make an appearance in this batch of recipes that will keep your favorite dairy-free guest happy. And while these recipes don't call for butter, you can always add a dairy-free alternative to achieve that rich, satisfying flavor. But we'll bet you won't need it.
Really Easy Bread Stuffing
"I love this recipe," says Vicky C. "It's perfectly moist and very tasty. And it's so versatile you can add anything to it and it's still fantastic!"
Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows
Dairy-free diners, rejoice: You can enjoy this simple sweet potato casserole, as marshmallows don't contain the allergen.
Southern-Style Thanksgiving Green Beans
Home cook Jennifer95 has declared this worthy of a repeat Thanksgiving appearance: "Definitely a great recipe! I would make this again next year for Thanksgiving." And check out this great tip for Thanksgiving day ease: "I put all of the ingredients in my crockpot in the morning, let it cook on low for about seven hours, and it was delicious!"
Butternut Squash with Grapes
"The squash caramelizes when roasted, but oh my, those grapes were an incredible partner in this dish. I forgot to put the pine nuts on for the photo but added them later. The recipe author says they're 'optional,' but if you have them, by all means, include them because they are the absolute perfect garnish," reviewer lutzflcat says. "This would be a good addition to the Thanksgiving dinner table."
Quick Brussels and Bacon
The "quick" in this recipe is thanks to the cooking method: "I love sprouts in general," says home cook Piques. "But stir-fry is a favorite in our house. This was a tasty recipe. Rather than cook the sprouts beforehand, I added them raw to the bacon and added a little chicken stock. Turned out great."
Minnesota Wild Rice Dressing
Celery, onion, fresh mushrooms, and water chestnuts give this wild rice dressing a satisfying texture. Ground pork sausage provides enough fat (and flavor) to eliminate the need for butter.
Rice Stuffing with Apples, Herbs, and Bacon
If you prefer sweet stuffing, here's a recipe that includes currants, dried cherries, dried cranberries, and dried apricots. Best of all, it balances out the fruit with bacon.
Unbelievable Vegan Mashed Potatoes
"As I recently became vegan, I remembered the creaminess of dairy mashed potatoes. I was not satisfied with other vegan mashed potato recipes, so I created my own. These are as good, if not better than, the mashed potatoes I used to make. No one would ever believe they are vegan." — Inbloom2316
Dairy-Free Green Bean Casserole
"Using the golden mushroom soup instead of the traditional cream of mushroom soup was so much better. Not only in appearance but also in flavor. This was excellent and ridiculously easy to make too." — Soup Loving Nicole
Kickin' Collard Greens
Replace creamed spinach with Kickin' Collard Greens, and your guests won't even miss it. Cooked with bacon, chicken broth, garlic, and onions, these greens pack a punch of flavor.
Baked Sweet Potatoes
This recipe has a surprise ingredient that's a hit with reviewers like home cook tomato-tomata: "I love oregano and was surprised to have it on sweet potatoes, but it was fantastic. I shuffled the potatoes around three times during baking so that they wouldn't be hard on the bottoms."
Roasted Beets 'n' Sweets
For a sweeter take, enhance the natural sugars of sweet potatoes and beets with a teaspoon of sugar. Olive oil helps them crisp up in the oven.
Orzo with Mushrooms and Walnuts
"Very good recipe," says home cook jkr7977. "Easy and impressive to make. The texture and flavor turned out a lot like risotto without a lot of stirring."
Amazing Oven Roasted Potatoes
"Big hit with the family," Kelly Gates Frank says. "They were so easy to make and so tasty. I added minced garlic and onion."
Asparagus with Cranberries and Pine Nuts
"This is a quick, easy way to saute asparagus. The dish has a light flavor," recipe creator JenM says. "I make this year-round, but we especially enjoy it on Thanksgiving."