Thanksgiving Vegetables to Serve With Turkey

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Oven-Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Balsamic Vinegar

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Thanksgiving may be turkey time, but some love the holiday just as much for all the classic side dishes on the table. These easy and delicious Thanksgiving vegetables are the perfect accompaniment to a holiday bird.

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    Easy Roasted Carrots With Parsnips and Herbs

    Easy Roasted Carrots With Parsnips and Herbs

    James Ross/Getty Images

    Caramelized, fork-tender carrots and parsnips make a simple partner to roast turkey. This recipe seasons the fall vegetables by tossing them with chopped fresh sage, rosemary, and olive oil before they're roasted in a hot oven.

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    Moroccan Beetroot Salad With Yogurt Dressing

    Moroccan Beetroot Salad With Yogurt Dressing

    The Spruce / Eric Kleinberg

    This Moroccan beetroot salad recipe nestles cooked beets over a bed of spinach and tops it with a creamy garlic and cumin yogurt dressing; the fresh mint and cilantro give the dish a Moroccan flair.

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    Easy Garlic Green Beans

    Easy Garlic Green Beans in a pan

    The Spruce / Nyssa Tanner

    Green beans are a classic side dish and a crowd-pleaser. Toss in some garlic, and you've got a winning vegetable for any occasion.

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    Vegetarian Stuffed Acorn Squash With Cornbread Dressing

    Acorn squash recipe

    The Spruce / Victoria Heydt

    Vegetarian stuffed acorn squash makes a divinely delicious side dish—or vegetarian entree—for Thanksgiving dinner. It looks fabulous on the table and is easy to prepare. Squash halves are filled with a mixture of sauteed apple, celery, raisins, maple syrup, and seasonings, then baked until it's tender and yielding.

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  • 05 of 19

    Classic Green Bean Casserole Without Canned Soup

    Green bean casserole made without canned soup

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    If processed foods are taboo in your cooking, you can still enjoy the green bean casserole classic because this version is made with fresh beans, a homemade sauce, and homemade fried shallots or onions.

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    Broccoli Bacon Salad

    Broccoli Bacon Salad

    The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

    This popular broccoli salad is always a hit, and it's surprisingly easy to fix. All you need is some cooked bacon, fresh broccoli, and a few other ingredients.

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    Roasted Beet Salad with Crumbled Feta

    Roasted Beet Salad with Crumbled Feta

    Thomas Barwick-Getty Images

    An elegant beet salad makes a colorful statement on your holiday table. Sweet oven-roasted beets mingle with salty feta cheese and baby greens in this salad drizzled with an olive oil and lemon juice dressing.

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    Creamy Mashed Cauliflower

    mashed cauliflower topped with butter

    Leah Maroney 

    Mashed cauliflower makes a healthier alternative to mashed potatoes when you want to avoid starchy foods. It may just become your new favorite mash, thanks to its mildly nutty flavor and luscious texture.

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  • 09 of 19

    Balsamic Roasted Vegetables

    Balsamic Roasted Vegetables

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

    Aged balsamic vinegar adds depth of flavor and becomes a delightful glaze when roasted with vegetables. Red potatoes and red onion are the recipients of its goodness in this recipe. Garlic and chopped fresh herbs round out the deceptively simple side.

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    Brussels Sprouts Dill Salad

    Brussels Sprouts Dill Salad

    The Spruce/Stephanie Goldfinger

    Inspired by a restaurant salad, this shaved Brussels sprouts salad is a bit off the common path. It comes together nicely; a bowlful of sweet tender dill brightening up the sharp crunch of shaved Brussels sprouts, all topped with crunchy bits of finely chopped roasted almonds. 

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    Sweet Potato Casserole With Marshmallows

    Sweet Potato Casserole With Marshmallows in a baking dish

    The Spruce / Cara Cormack

    A fluffy, creamy sweet potato mash is topped with toasty marshmallows and served hot. Sweet potato casserole is an essential Thanksgiving dish since it tastes great with turkey, stuffing, and all of the classic holiday dishes. 

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    Cauliflower and Cheese Casserole

    Cauliflower and cheese casserole recipe

    The Spruce / Stephanie De Melo

    This easy, cheesy cauliflower bake with a crunchy, buttery breadcrumb topping is a delicious way to enjoy the healthy vegetable at your holiday dinner. For extra flavor, feel free to add half a teaspoon each of dried parsley, tarragon, and thyme to the breadcrumb mixture before baking.

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    Green Beans Supreme With Sour Cream

    Green Beans Supreme With Sour Cream

    The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

    This green bean casserole is made with sour cream, cheese, and a variety of herbs and seasonings. A nice change from the classic green bean casserole made with cream of mushroom soup, this dish can be made with fresh or frozen green beans. 

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    Creamed Kale

    Creamed Kale

    Laura Agra/Katie Workman/

    Creamed kale is a trendy alternative to the usual creamed spinach at Thanksgiving dinner. Heavy cream and Parmesan cheese give this dish an indulgent taste and texture that will make you glad that the kale is full of healthy vitamins.

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    Oven-Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Balsamic Vinegar

    Oven-Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Balsamic Vinegar

    The Spruce

    Brussels sprouts become deliciously tender and caramelized on the surface when roasted in a hot oven with only a little olive oil, balsamic vinegar, kosher salt, and pepper needed to flavor them.

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    Mashed Potatoes and Rutabagas

    Mashed Potatoes and Rutabagas

    Diana Rattray

    The sweet and savory flavor of cooked rutabagas amps up classic mashed potatoes in a recipe that deserves a place on your Thanksgiving table. If you crave a richer-tasting mash, swap the milk here for half-and-half cream.

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    Gluten-Free Green Bean Casserole

    Gluten-Free Green Bean Casserole

    The Spruce Eats / Abbey Littlejohn

    A creamy green bean casserole is an essential side dish for any holiday meal, especially Thanksgiving, and it can easily be made gluten-free. This version is made with gluten-free cream of mushroom soup and homemade crispy fried onions coated with buttermilk and a gluten-free flour blend.

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    Baked Acorn Squash

    Baked Acorn Squash

    The Spruce Eats / Morgan Baker

    Get those wonderfully nostalgic fall weather feelings with a roasted acorn squash that's been sweetened with honey and brown sugar. Simple and delicious, this dish is perfect for the holidays and for family dinners.

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    Bacon and Cheddar Green Bean Casserole

    green bean casserole with bacon

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    This green bean casserole might just be a game-changer on your holiday table. A twist on the classic version, this one adds cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon into the ingredients adding a smoky flavor and cheesy boost.