14 Easy Thanksgiving Side Dish Ideas

Easy Thanksgiving Side Dish

With Thanksgiving just a few weeks away, it’s time to start planning your menu! Even though the turkey likes to steal the show, we all know the side dishes are the real MVPs! Who doesn’t love a heaping pile of creamy mashed potatoes or tender green beans on their Thanksgiving plate? With the craziness that comes with Thanksgiving planning, it’s nice to have some easy recipes to reference that’ll feed a crowd while still saving you time. I had a lot of fun compiling this list of Easy Thanksgiving Side Dish Ideas and I hope it’ll give you some inspiration for the big day!


1. TWICE BAKED POTATOES

Easy Thanksgiving Side Dish

These twice baked potatoes make a filling, loaded Thanksgiving side dish that everyone will love! You’ll get tender baked potatoes filled with bacon, green onions and sour cream. One of the best and easiest twice baked potatoes recipes you’ll find.

2. BACON BRUSSELS SPROUTS

Easy Thanksgiving Side Dish

This side dish is great any time of the year but it’s also an amazing addition to every Thanksgiving table! Irresistible bacon and perfectly tender Brussels sprouts come together for one of the most mouthwatering side dishes you will ever have!

3. CHEESY CORN CASSEROLE

Easy Thanksgiving Side Dish

This Cheesy Corn Casserole will give you all the comfort-food feels and will brighten up any Thanksgiving table! A unique combination of cornbread and a creamy corn casserole.

4. PARSLEY & GARLIC MASHED POTATOES

One of the signature side dishes served at Thanksgiving is mashed potatoes! There are so many different and delicious ways you can make mashed potatoes. But if you’re looking for a flavorful recipe that’s simple and quick, these Parsley and Garlic Mashed Potatoes are here to save the day. Full of garlic, parsley and spices for a unique taste that stands out among the rest.


5. BROCCOLI SALAD WITH BACON

Easy Thanksgiving Side Dish

Creamy broccoli salad filled with bacon, red onions, cheddar cheese, dried cranberries, and sunflower seeds. The perfect Thanksgiving side dish DOES exist! 😉

6. BREADED PARMESAN CAULIFLOWER

This Breaded Parmesan Cauliflower is an awesome Thanksgiving side dish idea with a satisfying texture and tasty flavor. It’s easy to make and ready in just 30 minutes! A great way to get more veggies on your Thanksgiving table!

7. TWICE BAKED POTATO CASSEROLE

Easy Thanksgiving Side Dish

Remember those twice baked potatoes from earlier? Well, this recipe is pretty much the same but in casserole form! This side dish is a MUST in my opinion. Full of cheese, bacon and tender, double baked potatoes. Aesthetically pleasing to the eye and VERY pleasing to the taste buds. 😉

8. ZESTY DEVILED EGGS

This one’s more of an appetizer but it’s still a major crowd-pleaser at every Thanksgiving party! This recipe includes easy tips on the best way to boil and peel an egg for perfect deviled eggs every time!

9. CREAMY DILL PICKLE PASTA SALAD

Easy Thanksgiving Side Dish

Pasta salad is a popular side dish at a lot of Thanksgiving parties. Why not get creative this Thanksgiving and try this unique pasta salad recipe filled with PICKLES! It truly is a pickle lovers dream come true and is a great compliment to all your favorite Thanksgiving dishes.

10. PIEROGIES WITH GARLIC GREEN BEANS

Easy Thanksgiving Side Dish

Here’s a side dish that gives you a non-traditional way to get potatoes on your Thanksgiving table! The pierogies are filled with cheesy potatoes and surrounded with tender, garlic filled green beans for a delicious Thanksgiving side dish!

11. RAMEN NOODLE SALAD

This one’s a little unconventional. But it’s a refreshing change from your usual Thanksgiving side dishes! Not only does it have the tastiest dressing, but it’s also incredibly fast to make. You can whip up a big batch of this salad in under 10 minutes!

12. JALAPENO POPPER MAC & CHEESE

If you’re planning on making mac and cheese for Thanksgiving this year, I URGE you to make this your go-to recipe! It’s not too spicy so everyone can enjoy it, but it’s got the perfect amount of kick for that extra flavor. I can’t even begin to describe how tasty it is. I’ve received numerous compliments on this recipe with many people claiming it’s the best mac & cheese they’ve ever had. This dish is always a party pleaser!

13. REFRESHING POTATO SALAD

There’s that magic word again: potato! If you’re looking for a cold potato side dish for Thanksgiving, give this Potato Salad a try! Creamy dressing coats a mixture of tender potatoes, celery, onions, pickles, and eggs to create a refreshing potato salad with the perfect amount of crunch!

14. STUFFED ROASTED TOMATOES

Easy Thanksgiving Side Dish

These Stuffed Roasted Tomatoes are yet another must-have Thanksgiving side dish that you never knew you needed! The tomatoes are stuffed with the most flavorful filling made of seasoned bread crumbs, parmesan, garlic, onions, lemon juice and spices. They’ll add a burst of flavor to any Thanksgiving menu!


There you have it! 14 of the easiest Thanksgiving side dish ideas around! Hope you’re all as excited (and as hungry) as I am for Thanksgiving to make an appearance. I wish you all a fun and safe holiday season this year. Happy eating!

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