Hi friends! I hope your Thanksgiving prep is going well. This year we are celebrating Thanksgiving in a friend’s house, but I am in full prep mode. I am responsible for the side dishes, which makes me so happy as my favorite thing about Thanksgiving is the sides.
Below are some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes, some new some not so new. Though they are all SO good. I hope this list will provide you with some inspiration as you are getting ready for the biggest cooking day of the year.
Feel free to scroll through and let me know if I can answer any questions.
Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving ❤️
HEALTHY THANKSGIVING SALADS
Make some room on your holiday table for some healthy yet flavor-packed salads. Below are my favorite colorful and festive salad recipes that I make over and over again.
A kale based autumn salad flavored with figs, apples, goat cheese, and drizzled with a homemade balsamic vinaigrette.
Shredded brussels sprouts mixed in with maple roasted pecans, blue cheese, pomegranate arils in this simple kale based salad.
If you are not using apples in your salads you are missing so much out of life. Okay, maybe I am a little exaggerating. However, sliced apples mixed in with salad greens (in this case baby spinach), walnuts, raisins, and cheddar make a delicious salad. Drizzled with yogurt-based homemade salad dressing, this apple salad is ready in less than 20 minutes.
This Barefoot Contessa recipe is a classic that shows up on our holiday table every year. Drizzled with tahini dressing, this roasted butternut squash salad is perfect if you have guests who are vegan.
Roasted acorn squash flavored with arugula, pepitas, and cranberries and topped off with goat cheese and pomegranate seeds. This recipe has everything you want in a Thanksgiving salad.
If you have never made a raw Brussel sprouts salad, you are in for a treat. My version here is vegetarian and flavored with apples, hazelnuts, and creamy goat cheese.
This vegan Wild Rice Salad recipe is made by tossing wild rice mixed with pecans, cranberries, and grapes in an orange vinaigrette. It’s a perfect salad for any of your holiday entertaining and can be made ahead of time for a fast and easy side dish that is packed with fall and winter flavors.
HEALTHY SOUPS FOR YOUR THANKSGIVING MENU
Serve up something warm, creamy, and delicious before the turkey. Here are my favorite fall soup recipes perfect for your Thanksgiving meal.
Topped off with a dollop of creme fraiche, this vegetarian butternut squash soup is lusciously delicious. It is ready in less than an hour and can be made a day in advance.
If you want to try your hand in roasting kabocha squash, this is a great recipe. Enriched with miso and ginger, this is a great vegan and gluten-free soup recipe.
If you are more of a pumpkin lover or have some leftover pumpkin, made this pumpkin ginger soup. It comes together rather quickly, in around 30 minutes, and it is a delicious soup that warms your insides.
Topped off with roasted shiitake mushrooms, this vegan and gluten-free cauliflower and celery soup is packed with superfoods.
HEALTHY THANKSGIVING SIDE DISHES
From mashed sweet potatoes to cornbread stuffing, these side dishes are just as good as the main meal.
Savory, flavorful and veggie-packed vegetarian cornbread stuffing made with a day old jalapeno cheddar cornbread and green beans. A healthy homemade stuffing for your Thanksgiving meal.
Roasted Acorn Squash filled with hearty and gluten-free quinoa stuffing flavored with cranberries and pecans. Add this Vegan Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe to your Thanksgiving dinner menu to serve your vegetarian or vegan guests.
Roasted delicata squash is one of my favorite fall snacks. I usually slice it up, roast it in the oven and eat it just like that. However, in the version below I drizzled it with agrodolce sauce, which made it a great side dish.
This easy Mashed Sweet Potatoes Recipe is my favorite Thanksgiving side dish that I have been making over 10 years. It is made with only a few ingredients, cooked on the stove-top and ready in 30 minutes.
This Double Layered Mashed Potato Casserole is made by layering mashed sweet potatoes with mashed russet potatoes and baking them in the oven. To add some crunch, a leek is sliced thinly into rings and fried in oil.
Though I am not big on frying food, I made an exception for this recipe as crispy leeks took this simple potato casserole to a whole new level. Still, if you want, you can easily swap leeks with a cup of your favorite cheese.
Somewhere between a side dish and a dessert, this sweet potato souffle was the most popular recipe on the blog in 2018. So much so that it broke my site on Thanksgiving day.
It is a creamy souffle-like dish made with mashed sweet potatoes and a crumbly topping made with butter, coconut sugar, and pecans.
A vegan and gluten-free side dish made with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes and flavored with quinoa, pomegranate arils, and pumpkin seeds.
MY FAVORITE THANKSGIVING DESSERTS
Don’t get me wrong, I love Thanksgiving pies. I know many of you have your own recipes that you make every year so I am not going to show you more pie recipes. Below are a few desserts that I make every year during the holiday season. I am sharing them with you just in case you want to try something different.
I usually make this pumpkin bread in the morning to serve with coffee and leave it out for my guests to munch on while we are making the Thanksgiving dinner. It is a minimally sweetened quick bread that keeps people full until the big meal.
This maple-sweetened and vegan cranberry almond tart recipe is proof that you can make delicious tarts using healthier ingredients without compromising the taste or flavor. It can be made a day ahead and will keep its freshness as long as it is covered tightly with stretch film and kept in the fridge.
Mildly ripened pears poached in cranberry and orange-flavored liquid and served over mascarpone cheese. If you would rather make a simple dessert, it doesn’t get easier than this one.
It is no secret that I love using almond flour in my baking. As I am writing this I have over 10 recipes made with almond flour on my blog. This almond flour chocolate cake was the very first recipe I shared. It is one of the most made, shared and loved recipes on the blog.
This is a Food 52 recipe that I shared many years ago. Back in those days, I used to share recipes made with refined sugars. I no longer do that. However, this crumble is so SO good that I had to make an exception.