Last Updated on September 7, 2023 by Chef Mireille
Are you looking for Thanksgiving Side Dishes to Impress? Easter? Or just a weeknight dinner? These 20 Healthy Side Dishes to Impress are so versatile – there is something for everyone.
Although these healthy side dishes can be used for both simple dinners as well as holiday meals, let’s focus on the Thanksgiving table.
So many of the traditional Thanksgiving side dishes are loaded with not the healthiest of ingredients like candied yams, green bean casserole, macaroni and cheese and rich gravy.
Sure we all love the cream, butter and sugar, but balance is important. So how about introducing some new recipes to the dinner table this holiday season to balance out all the fat and sugar.
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Sure I have some more traditional Thanksgiving Recipes posted on this site like Cranberry Sauce, Cornbread Dressing and Pumpkin Pie, but with this collection of the Best Thanksgiving Side Dish recipes, I wanted to give give you some healthier options to balance out your Thanksgiving feast.
There is one thing these healthy side dish recipes don’t compromise on and that is flavor! So check out this collection of tasty recipes using fresh ingredients and they will soon become the favorite side dishes your family will love!
Many times vegans and vegetarians are an afterthought when preparing holiday meals in America, however, the rise of vegans, vegetarians and gluten free people means I can almost guarantee that there is someone that follows one of these diets at many of your Thanksgiving tables.
Many of the common veggie side dishes will still often have bacon, ham or other meat added to it. Although there are some of these below like the Brussel Sprouts with Bacon, there are many options here that are completely meat free, dairy free, gluten free, vegan or vegetarian. Whatever dietary restriction you need to accommodate, you will find in this collection of Best Thanksgiving Sides.
Since this site focuses on helping you Travel your Tastebuds, many of these recipes are globally inspired like Bolivian Cabbage Potatoes and Indian Chole Adraki. But don’t you get bored of the same traditional dishes with your Thanksgiving turkey year after year? After all, variety is the spice of life so lets keep this ideal going when you plan this year’s Thanksgiving Dinner Menu.
Before we get to the side dishes, do check out this collection of Alternative Thanksgiving Menu’s if you’d like to add even more global flavors to your Thanksgiving Menu.
Now let’s take a look at the delicious recipes!
- Moroccan Couscous Salad
- Soba Noodle Salad with Brussel Sprouts
- Wheatberry Kale Salad
- Tabbouleh Salad
- Fig and Mozzarella Salad
- Roasted Cauliflower Fattoush
- Beet Carrot Salad
- Senegalese Black Eyed Pea Salad
- Chole Adraki
- Sri Lankan Green Beans Curry
- Dandelion Quiche
- Mango Jicama Salad
- Balsamic Glazed Beets
- Overnight Herb Roasted Tomatoes
- Brazilian Chayote
- Harissa Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
- Ethiopian Gomen Wat
- Cabbage Foogath
- Bolivian Cabbage Potatoes
- Alu Chorchori
There is something for everything in this collection:
- Gluten Free
- Carb Free
- High Protein
- Low Fat
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