15 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

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    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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    Sautéed Mushroom, Broccoli Rabe and Freekeh Salad

    Sautéed Mushroom, Broccoli Rabe and Freekeh Salad

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    Freekeh is a firm wheat grain that adds a nice, chewy texture and nutty flavor to dishes. Here, it's combined with pan-sauteed mushrooms, broccoli rabe, and red pepper flakes for a healthful holiday salad that's high in protein and fiber.

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    Swiss Chard With Bacon

    Swiss Chard With Bacon

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    Swiss chard is a leafy green that becomes soft and flavorful when sauteed. It gets a kick of spice in this dish with the addition of bacon and Creole seasoning and becomes a quick and easy side dish that makes a great accompaniment to roasted poultry or pork.

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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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    Corn Gratin With Cracker Crumb Topping

    Corn Gratin With Cracker Crumb Topping

    Diana Rattray

    Enjoy this cheesy corn casserole with a crunchy, buttery cracker crumb topping as a side dish for Thanksgiving turkey or chicken. The ingredients come together quickly and bake up in about an hour. Make it up to two days ahead and keep tightly covered in the fridge before heating through.

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    Roasted Beet Salad with Crumbled Feta

    Roasted Beet Salad with Crumbled Feta

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    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

    Creamy Mashed Cauliflower

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    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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    Balsamic Roasted Vegetables

    Balsamic Roasted Vegetables

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    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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    Southern-Style Collard Greens

    Southern-Style Collard Greens

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    Collard greens are a hearty, leafy vegetable that make a tasty addition to your holiday table. This recipe prepares them in the traditional Southern way, cooking them down with smoked ham hock and onion to infuse the greens with plenty of savory flavor.

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    Skillet Candied Sweet Potatoes With Apple Cider Glaze

    Skillet Candied Sweet Potatoes With Apple Cider Glaze

    Diana Rattray

    Sweet potatoes with a buttery brown sugar and cider glaze make a fabulous side dish for roast turkey, ham, or pork. For extra texture, feel free to toss some toasted pecans or walnuts into the pan.

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    Cauliflower and Cheese Casserole

    Cauliflower and Cheese Casserole

    Diana Rattray

    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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    Roasted Carrot and Red Cabbage Salad

    Roasted Carrot and Red Cabbage Salad

    Laurel Randolph

    Start your Thanksgiving meal with a seasonal salad featuring caramelized autumn vegetables. Roasting carrots and cabbage in a hot oven brings out their natural sweetness and the creamy, lemony, roasted garlic and tahini dressing is the perfect finishing touch.

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    Creamed Kale

    Creamed Kale

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    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.