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32 Healthy Thanksgiving Vegetable Side Dishes


32 Healthy Thanksgiving Vegetable Side Dishes


Turkey gets a lot of attention on Thanksgiving, but  it’s the side dishes that are the real show-stoppers.

Turkey is a relatively lean protein, but it’s the heavy, creamy, cheesy side dishes and buttery desserts that can add up to thousands of calories.

In fact, the average American eats 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving!

So give yourself and those you love the gift of lighter, healthier side dish options this Thanksgiving.

Here are 32 of our favorite Thanksgiving vegetable side dishes

Pro tip: Check out the cooking show FIXATE from 21 Day Fix creator Autumn Calabrese and her brother chef Bobby Calabrese. They put together an incredible menu of Fix-approved Thanksgiving recipes that are healthy versions of your favorites.

Thanksgiving Vegetable Side Dishes


Green Bean Casserole

We created a lighter version of the classic green bean casserole with mushrooms and crispy onions, and we think it tastes even better than the original!

Make the crispy onions part of your repertoire to serve on top of meats or other veggie dishes. Get the recipe.

Green Beans With Lemon and Thyme

A great way to lighten up your holiday feast  is to replace creamy, cheesy vegetable casseroles with sides like these green beans with lemon and thyme.

The good news? Each serving is only 42 calories!  Get the recipe.

Thanksiving Vegetable Side Dishes - Green Beans with Lemon and Thyme |

Roasted Veggies

These jewel-toned roasted veggies feature an irresistible caramelized flavor: moist and tender on the inside, with a delicious golden-brown exterior.

Oven-roasted veggies can turn even the pickiest eaters into big fans!

This roasted vegetable  recipe features a delicious combination of carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, fennel,  and onion.  Get the recipe.

Roasted Veggies

Honey-Roasted Carrots and Beets

These two root vegetables come together to make a sweet and simple side dish. This recipe was created by Autumn and Bobby Calabrese for FIXATE, so you know it’s going to be tasty and good for you! Get the recipe.

Honey-Roasted Carrots and Beets

Collard Greens Au Gratin

This simple preparation of collard greens in a creamy, cheese sauce, topped with breadcrumbs and baked until golden brown, is a perfect veggie addition to your Thanksgiving spread. Get the recipe.

Collard Greens Au Gratin

Roasted Cauliflower Mash

This twist on mashed potatoes is made with a non-starchy veggie, and no cream or  butter yet, it’s every bit as yummy as traditional mashed potatoes. Only 46 calories per serving.  Get the recipe.

Glazed Yams With Cinnamon and Nutmeg

By making a few substitutions to this classic dish, we’ve made it healthier without sacrificing the flavor.

It’s naturally sweetened with honey and orange juice and sprinkled with cinnamon and nutmeg.  Get the recipe.

Glazed Yams with Cinnamon and Nutmeg |

Brussels Sprouts With Roasted Grapes

These two ingredients are unexpectedly delicious together, and it’s a welcome way to add a little bit of fruit to your feast.

Brussels sprouts take on a nutty, sweet flavor when they caramelize, and the roasted grapes burst in your mouth.  Get the recipe.

Roasted Rainbow Carrots With Maple Glaze

These crisp-tender roasted rainbow carrots are topped with a sweet maple and balsamic glaze that will make you want to lick your plate clean!

This is a sweet and colorful dish that will pair perfectly with turkey. Get the recipe.

Roasted Rainbow Carrots with Maple Glaze

Rosemary Roasted Yams

With so many things to cook on Thanksgiving Day, this is one dish that will save you tons of time (and money!), and make a big impact on dinner guests.

Simply roasting yams or sweet potatoes with rosemary is an easy way to prepare them that will make your whole house smell delicious. Get the recipe.

Cauliflower Pumpkin Casserole

This combination of cauliflower and a cheesy  pumpkin sauce has all the comfort of a casserole without the fat! Sharp cheddar and Dijon mustard give the sauce tons of flavor.  Get the recipe.

Cauliflower Pumpkin Casserole |

Roasted Butternut Squash

Butternut squash is a simple and satisfying side dish, and all you need to enhance its already delightful flavor is some fresh thyme, salt, and pepper. Get the recipe.

Roasted Butternut Squash

Brussels Sprouts With Balsamic Glaze

It doesn’t take a lot of effort to bring out the wonderful  flavor of Brussels sprouts. This simple recipe uses only light seasonings and lets the sprouts shine.

A garlic-balsamic glaze makes a dramatically flavorful sauce to drizzle on top.  Get the   recipe.

Blistered Brussels Sprouts |

Sicilian-Style Cauliflower Casserole

This savory cauliflower casserole with bold Mediterranean flavors is hearty enough to be the centerpiece of any meal, but it can also make an excellent side for a Thanksgiving dinner. Get the recipe.

Sicilian-Style Cauliflower Casserole

Roasted Butternut Squash With Cranberries and Feta

Creamy feta cheese and tangy  cranberries, and an unexpected touch of cinnamon make this a wonderful side dish to complement any festive  meal. Get the recipe.

Roasted Butternut Squash with Cranberries and Feta |

Roasted Green Beans With Garlic

It only takes three ingredients to “wow” any crowd with a fresh, roasted green beans dish that’s full of flavor and light on calories. It’s so good, it might just become your go-to side dish for the whole year. Get the recipe.

Roast Sweet Potatoes With Figs and Goat Cheese

Roast up some sweet potatoes, toss them with juicy fall figs, sprinkle a touch of goat cheese on top, and you’ve got yourself a side dish that’s perfect for your Thanksgiving table.  Get the recipe.

Caramelized Carrots With Curry Spice

Plain carrots transform into an irresistible side dish with the help of cilantro and three simple spices. Get the recipe.

Caramelized Carrots with Curry Spice |

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks With Fresh Gremolata

Roasted thick slices of cauliflower taste sweet and hearty, and the addition of gremolata, a classic Italian garnish made from lemon, garlic, and parsley, makes this anything but an ordinary side dish. Get the recipe.

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Fresh Gremolata

Sweet Potato Bites

Short on time, and maybe even ingredients? These Sweet Potato Bites take just 30 minutes to make, and they only require five ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry! Get the recipe.


This is a simple side dish that can be adapted in many ways. For this version, we use corn, lima beans, onions, red bell pepper, garlic, and basil. But you can swap in your favorite vegetables (or add more veggies to the mix)! Get the recipe.


Braised Kale

Give kale (or chard!) a place in your Thanksgiving lineup with this recipe for veggie lovers.

Onion, garlic, and crushed red pepper imbue  braised kale with a ton of flavor.

This is a vegetarian dish that you’ll want to have in every bite you take!  Get the recipe.

Braised Kale |

Roasted Winter Vegetables

Why roast just one vegetable when you can make it a party with  winter squash,  parsnips,  sweet potato,  carrots,  beets, and sweet  onions?  Get the recipe.

Curried Cauliflower

Give cauliflower a little love this Thanksgiving with this simple, flavorful dish that’s spiced with a touch of curry. If curry powder seems like an exotic flavor in a more  traditional menu, you can substitute with cumin, paprika, or even garlic powder.  Get the recipe.

Side Salads

Roasted Pumpkin Salad With Lentils and Goat Cheese

Salad deserves a place on your Thanksgiving table, but it had better be delicious or it will get passed over like burnt dinner rolls! Surprise everyone with this pretty salad that will have  people reaching for  seconds.  Get the recipe.

Roasted Cauliflower Salad With Pomegranate and Hazelnuts

With juicy pomegranate seeds, sweet roasted cauliflower, hazelnuts, and a cinnamon-spiked dressing, this colorful salad is a real attention grabber.  Get the recipe.

Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Pomegranate and Hazelnuts |

Beet, Fennel, and Walnut Salad

For a quick salad side dish, whip up this 15-minute recipe. The bright hue of the beets will make any plate pop with color, complementing the rest of your Thanksgiving meal. Get the recipe.

Beet, Fennel, and Walnut Salad

Sweet Potato Salad

Crunchy apple, fresh herbs, and a lightly sweet homemade vinaigrette  give  this sweet potato and arugula salad a refreshing flavor that will be right at home next to turkey and stuffing.  Get the recipe.

Lentil and Feta Salad

Fresh herbs, creamy feta, and hearty lentils create a trifecta of perfection in this recipe. Lighten your to-do list on Thanksgiving Day by making this a few days in advance. Let it sit in the refrigerator until it’s ready to be served. Get the recipe.


Butternut Squash Soup With Ginger

Soup is a perfect appetizer to satisfy  a hungry Thanksgiving crowd while the turkey is still roasting. This silky  butternut squash recipe made with ginger will be a hit.  Get the recipe.

Pumpkin and Red Lentil Soup

Savory pumpkin soup is a wonderful way to start a holiday meal. This recipe gets extra protein and fiber from red lentils, but all you’ll care about is how good it tastes. Get the recipe.

Pumpkin and Red Lentil Soup |

Apple Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut squash is creamy and rich all on its own, but apples take this soup up a notch by adding a sweet flavor to the mix. Get the recipe.

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