There’s no arguing that turkey and ham are the center of Thanksgiving, but the side dishes are really what everyone is looking forward to eating! These Thanksgiving side dishes are just what you are looking for!
From mashed potatoes to air fryer recipes, this post has a little bit of everything! All the side dishes in this post are dairy free recipes which is amazing for your friends and family that are dairy intolerant.
For many people that eat non dairy recipes, the holidays can be a source of stress simply because they are concerned about what they are going to eat at parties. Having dairy free recipes will make them feel welcome and allow them to relax and have an amazing Thanksgiving!
If you haven’t started defrosting your turkey yet, or if you are just going to have a small gathering, consider Roasted Turkey Legs to go along with these side dishes!
Soup as a Starter
Do you enjoy a good Thanksgiving soup? If you are having a sit down Thanksgiving dinner or just enjoy serving soup, this section is for you! Here are some delicious dairy free soup recipes to get your feast started!
Beautifully bright, sweet and delicious, this kabocha squash soup makes a perfect cold weather dinner. Serve it with a side of grilled chicken or delicious crusty bread and you’ll have a light, healthy dinner on the table in no time.
When it comes to potato side dishes, these crispy smashed potatoes are my family's favorite! Crispy edges, tender middles and a light salt and garlic flavor, this side dish is gone in minutes making it the perfect addition to a weeknight meal or a Thanksgiving feast!
An easy and delicious dinner side dish recipe for Rustic Rosemary Thyme Mashed Potatoes! They're gluten-free, vegan, paleo, and top allergy-free; perfect for the holidays or as a simple healthy take on some good ole' comfort food!
This Instant Pot mashed potato recipe is an easier take on a classic and still just as delicious! With a recipe that can get dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes, these creamy mashed potatoes will become a family favorite.
These perfectly roasted sliced potatoes are the best side dish. Thick sliced sweet and russet potatoes are doused in olive oil and fresh herbs and roasted in the oven. These tasty potatoes are both vegan and gluten free and the best side dish!
Green bean recipes are always a favorite and these dairy free green bean recipes are no exception! Which one will you try?
It's time to give that classic holiday side dish recipe a healthy makeover! This homemade Gluten-Free & Vegan Green Bean Casserole is top allergy-free, has a crunchy baked onion topping, and creamy coconut milk and mushroom base!
Sauteed Green Beans with Mushrooms is a delicious and healthy side dish. This easy vegan and gluten-free recipe is perfect for both weeknights and holidays. If you're looking for an alternative to the traditional green bean casserole, this fresh string bean recipe is for you.
A made-from-scratch Vegan Green Bean Casserole with tender green beans baked up in a deliciously creamy mushroom sauce, and topped with crispy, golden, buttery breadcrumbs and tangles of caramelized onions. This really is the ultimate way to eat green beans!
The Southern twist on classic Thanksgiving stuffing (or dressing)! This super easy Gluten-Free Cornbread Stuffing recipe is vegan, allergy-free, and perfect for a holiday crowd! A traditional old-fashioned favorite with minimal ingredients, homemade cornbread, and grandma's touch of Southern hospitality!
Thanksgiving is never complete without some of The Best Gluten-Free Vegan Stuffing! Impress your guests with this essential side dish recipe that's safe for all food allergies, loved by all, and may just become the new star of the show!
This wild rice stuffing recipe is the perfect side dish for holidays. Flavored with apples, dried cranberries, sage, and pecans, it can be served as a true stuffing, a dressing, or baked as a casserole. Made with wild rice blend, it is the perfect gluten-free rice dressing for turkey (or chicken).
This super easy Vegan Corn Casserole is just 5 ingredients and a homemade gluten-free copycat of the classic Jiffy recipe! Just stir the ingredients together and bake in the oven for a simple comforting side dish everyone in the family will love! This dairy-free old-fashioned Southern casserole is like a moist and eggless cornbread soufflé! Perfect for the holidays and feeding a crowd!
Duxelles, made with mushrooms and shallots, are served on top of butternut squash slices to make a delicious side dish. Perfect for gatherings and Thanksgiving celebrations. Allergy friendly and suitable for numerous dietary requirements.
This dairy-free cornbread is soft, sweet and easy to make. This recipe yields a 9″x13″ pan, perfect for Thanksgiving, but can easily be halved for an 8″x8″ pan or made as muffins. With vegan and gluten-free options.
Pan Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with bacon, pecans, garlic and maple syrup for the best fall side dish. Easy to make and ready in under 30 minutes, these crispy, caramelized sprouts are perfect for Thanksgiving or a busy weeknight.
Bursting with sweet and savory flavors, Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Grapes is a unique vegan side dish perfect for the holidays. And it's easy to make with a handful of ingredients in only 30 minutes.
Vegetable Side Dishes
With all the fancy Thanksgiving side dishes, it's always a great idea to have some vegetable side dishes. These are usually safe for all diets and allergies and make a beautiful addition to the table!
The warm and comforting flavors of red cabbage and sweet apple in this easy vegan side dish are perfect served with all kinds of dinners. With minimal prep and lots of delicious flavors, it's simple enough to make on weeknights and impressive enough for holiday feasting
If you want to know how to make best Sautéed Swiss Chard ever, look no further. My Swiss Chard recipe is simple yet unique. It's ready in minutes and is loaded with nutrients. This chard side dish makes a wonderful and delicious addition to any recipe.
This is a refreshing and colorful fruit salad to add to your Thanksgiving feast. Made with seasonal fresh fruit and tossed in a light citrus honey dressing, it’s the perfect side dish or dessert to clean your palate after a savory Thanksgiving meal.
This roasted vegan beet salad is prepared by cooking the beets and then marinating them in a few flavorful ingredients. This simple beet recipe is incredibly delicious, healthy and perfect for any time of the year.
This wild rice pilaf is packed with veggies like carrots, celery, garlic, mushroom, onion, and fresh chopped parsley. To say this recipe is flavorful is an understatement! It’s the perfect vegan and gluten-free side dish for all your holiday gatherings.
Vegan hash made with a range of vegetables, sprouted lentils and activated walnuts is a quick and easy nutrient dense dish, made in 25 minutes. It’s a great side dish, especially for gatherings and Thanksgiving celebrations. Gluten free, dairy free, soy free, egg free, oil free.
Frequently Asked Questions About Thanksgiving Side Dishes
What are the two most popular Thanksgiving side dishes?
I did an unofficial poll from a bunch of foodies on what their favorite side dishes were and the top two were mashed potatoes (by a long shot) and stuffing. No surprise there!
How many side dishes should you have for Thanksgiving?
I like to have at least 3 side dishes (mashed potatoes, stuffing, etc.) and two vegetable dishes. We usually have more than that but that would be the minimum for a crowd. Don’t forget dessert too.
What can I do with Thanksgiving leftovers?
There is so much you can do with the leftovers! First, be sure to send your guests home with a big plate. Then use the rest to make sandwiches the next few days, or have Thanksgiving dinner for several nights. I like to put most of it in to smaller serving sizes and freeze them. One night when you don’t want to cook, just pull it out, defrost it and dinner is ready!