Thanksgiving Vegetarian Side Dishes Everyone Will Love

Jess Richardson | Oct 23, 2019 Food & Party
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  • Cauliflower Gratin

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    Cauliflower Gratin
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    Cauliflower gratin, much like its more classic iteration, potato gratin, is a baked dish that's distinguished by its bubbly, baked cheese on top. This indulgent vegetarian dish has more protein than a classic potato gratin. 

  • Vegetable Casserole With Mashed Potato Topping

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    Vegetable Casserole with Mashed Potato Topping
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    This hearty vegetable casserole with mashed potato topping is a great wintertime dish on its own, but it's especially strong as a Thanksgiving side, given that it combines so many of our favorite Thanksgiving side dish flavors in one. 

  • Greek Yogurt Mashed Potatoes

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    Greek Yogurt Mashed Potatoes
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    Another way to add a bit of a protein power to a side dish, creating a vegetarian option that doesn't leave vegetarians feeling hungry and unsatisfied, are these Greek yogurt mashed potatoes. They taste a little tangier than regular mashed potatoes, too. 

  • Garlic and Leek Mashed Potatoes

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    Garlic and Leek Mashed Potatoes

    Create a different flavor profile than what's expected with these garlic and leek mashed potatoes, which add a new flavor than what guests may know, but one that isn't too unfamiliar -- it's Thanksgiving, after all. 

  • Cranberry Cornbread

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    Cranberry Cornbread
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    Cornbread is a classic Southern tradition to serve on Thanksgiving, but cranberry cornbread? That's an interesting mash-up that isn't quite a side dish and isn't quite dessert, and we genuinely can't get enough of it. 

  • Cranberry Relish

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    Cranberry Relish
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    Cranberry sauce is one thing -- and it's delicious -- but cranberry relish is a whole separate deal, and we're just as into it. This one is flavored with a lot of orange and other flavors, so it's less one-note than traditional cranberry sauce.

  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Grapes & Walnuts

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    Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Grapes and Walnuts
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    No kidding, we make this recipe about once a week in the winter, but it's still one of our favorite sides to serve at Thanksgiving. This roasted Brussels sprouts with grapes and walnuts can also get a little indulgent with just a splash of cream added, although it's vegan without the cream.

  • Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole

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    Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole
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    Most sweet potato casseroles are traditionally topped with marshmallows, which aren't actually vegetarian, since they contain gelatin. These healthy sweet potato casserole use a crunchy, flavorful topping we love a lot more -- and it's healthier, too!

  • 15-Minute Parmesan-Thyme Mushrooms

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    15-Minute Parmesan-Thyme Mushrooms
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    Not only are these 15-minute Parmesan-thyme mushrooms super delicious, but they really do only take 15 minutes and use ingredients that are probably around the kitchen on Thanksgiving, which means they're a great additional side to throw on the table if we find out a vegetarian relative is going to be in attendance last-minute. 

  • Sweet Roasted Rosemary Acorn Squash Wedges

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    Sweet Roasted Rosemary Acorn Squash Wedges
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    These sweet roasted rosemary acorn squash wedges are so good, so simple, and so aromatic, we make them all winter long. However, they're also the perfect vegetarian Thanksgiving side -- hearty, full of vitamins, and yummy. 

  • Vegan Green Bean Casserole

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    Vegan Green Bean Casserole
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    Green bean casserole is a Thanksgiving tradition, but the original version with canned ingredients is pretty yuck, in our opinion. Try this vegan green bean casserole with fresh beans, which isn't fully healthy, but it sure is delicious.

  • Cinnamon Pecan Roasted Butternut Squash

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    Cinnamon Pecan Roasted Butternut Squash
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    This recipe for cinnamon pecan roasted butternut squash is so sweet and delicious, it could practically be served as a dessert -- but it's really a great way to serve up a tasty vegetarian side that's hearty enough to be satisfying. 

  • Creamy Baked Macaroni & Cheese

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    Creamy Baked Macaroni and Cheese
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    Anyone who's from the South knows that creamy baked macaroni and cheese is a critical component of any Thanksgiving table. It's also one of the most filling dishes we can think of -- making it a great vegetarian side that can work as a main if there are no other vegetarian options available. 

  • Baked Pumpkin Puree

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    Baked Pumpkin Puree
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    This baked pumpkin puree is a perfectly seasonal side to include on a Thanksgiving table. What says autumn and fall flavors like pumpkin, after all? While we most associate them with Halloween, they're still totally in season by Thanksgiving. 

  • Roasted Brown Butter Honey Garlic Carrots

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    Roasted Brown Butter Honey Garlic Carrots
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    These roasted brown butter honey garlic carrots are basically addictive, and they're really pretty healthy for us, too -- while they are ideal for a Thanksgiving table, we don't see any reason not to serve them all year. 

  • Savory Vegetable Stuffing

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    Savory Vegetable Stuffing
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    While the family tradition may be a sausage or oyster stuffing, it's always a good idea to have a second vegetarian stuffing on hand, just in case. This savory vegetable stuffing is a delicious alternative that we can absolutely get behind. 

  • Original Parker House Rolls Recipe

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    Original Parker House Rolls Recipe
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    This original Parker House rolls recipe is a classic for a reason: they come out sweet, warm, and delicious. Spread with some softened butter for the ultimate Thanksgiving indulgence (and use them to mop up extra vegetarian gravy, too!).

  • Almond-Garlic Swiss Chard

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    Almond-Garlic Swiss Chard
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    We love a winter green, and this recipe for almond-garlic Swiss chard is one of our absolute favorites. For anyone who's a fan of kale or collard greens, this Swiss chard recipe is a delicious choice for the holiday table. 

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