Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

Check out our healthy versions for Thanksgiving sides, appetizers, desserts, and more. Try our healthy versions of Thanksgiving stuffing, mashed potatoes, or green bean casserole, and even our gluten-free or paleo versions all made without tons of butter or oil. We also have complete menu ideas for a vegetarian Thanksgiving feast.

Staff Picks

Carrot Puree

All it takes is a sprinkling of salt and pepper to enhance the earthy flavors of the carrots in this simple side dish.

Fennel and Orange Salad

Rating: 2.88 stars
The classic flavor combination of fennel and orange makes a wonderful winter salad.

Roasted Pumpkin Soup

Rating: 3.57 stars
Instead of sugar pumpkins, you can use other winter squash in our Roasted Pumpkin Soup recipe. Kabocha, calabaza, and Hubbard are the best alternatives. Choose a squash that feels heavy for its size and is free of soft spots. The soup can be garnished with toasted pepitas or a dollop of sour cream—or both.

Green Beans with Vinaigrette

Rating: 3.22 stars
These fresh green beans help balance out the richness of the rest of the Thanksgiving meal.

Crisp Brussels Sprout Leaves

Rating: 3.08 stars
In this simple Thanksgiving side dish, roasting brussels sprouts brings out their nuttiness. Tangy Pecorino Romano cheese adds extra depth.

Spiced Nuts

Rating: 3.1 stars
A perfect spicy snack for the holidays.

Marinated Cauliflower Salad

Rating: 3.08 stars
This tasty salad can marinate for up to a day, which lets the cauliflower soak up the dressing. It's delicious chilled or at room temperature.

Glazed Pearl Onions

Rating: 3.44 stars
The longer those cook, the sweeter and more caramelized they will become. A little balsamic vinegar is a nice touch to add.

Roasted Mixed Cabbages

You can use any assortment of firm vegetables, such as a mix of brussels sprouts, turnips, cabbages, and shallots, for this recipe.

Roasted Carrots and Potatoes with Dill

Roast a combination of carrots and potatoes for a simple holiday side dish. The high heat concentrates the sweetness of the carrots and makes the potatoes crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside. A flourish of brightly flavored fresh dill lifts the finished dish.

Sauteed Radicchio with Honey and Balsamic Vinegar

Rating: 2.81 stars
Serve this simple side of sauteed radicchio with grilled steak, chicken, or Italian sausages.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Grapes with Walnuts

The red grapes' sweetness brings out the nutty notes in the sprouts. Walnuts can be swapped for almonds or pecans.

Inspiration and Ideas

15 Healthy (and Festive!) Recipes for the Holidays

Family gatherings often seem to be code for tossing out resolutions for healthy eating, but that needn’t be the case. Take full advantage of the spectrum of flavors and colors found in the bounty of the season for dishes that will impress, satisfy, and be celebratory.

Yellow Squash Casserole

Rating: Unrated
This simple cracker-crumb squash dish comes from reader Joanne Dotson of Dallas.

Tarragon Green Beans

Rating: 3.05 stars

In this simple Thanksgiving side dish, green beans are sauteed with butter, shallots, and white wine. A finishing touch of aromatic fresh tarragon sets it apart.