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

Roasted Pumpkin Soup

Rating: 3.5 stars 615
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.

Carrot Puree

Rating: 4 stars 48
All it takes is a sprinkling of salt and pepper to enhance the earthy flavors of the carrots in this simple side dish.

Roasted Vegetables with Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Rating: 3 stars 674
You can either extract your own pomegranate juice with a juicer or buy pomegranate juice at your local grocery store.

Creamy Leftover-Turkey-and-Rice Soup

Put a light, fresh spin on Thanksgiving leftovers with a speedy riff on avgolemono, the classic Greek chicken soup. Egg yolks add creaminess to turkey stock, while lemon juice brightens the flavor, and cooked rice and shredded meat fill out every spoonful.

Smoky Sweet-Potato Soup

Rating: 3.5 stars 41
A puree of sweet potatoes, apple, and leeks gets an earthy spiciness from a chipotle chile coated in adobo sauce—which can be omited for spice-free eaters. The silky Sweet-Potato Soup relies on its fresh ingredients, not heavy cream or butter, to achieve its rich flavor.

Spiced Nuts

Rating: 3 stars 594
A perfect spicy snack for the holidays.

Acorn Squash Stuffed with Mushrooms and Rice

Rating: 3.5 stars 151
These work as well on the Thanksgiving table as they do on a meatless Monday.

Green Beans with Vinaigrette

Rating: 3 stars 376
These fresh green beans help balance out the richness of the rest of the Thanksgiving meal.

Crisp Brussels Sprout Leaves

Rating: 3 stars 190
In this simple Thanksgiving side dish, roasting brussels sprouts brings out their nuttiness. Tangy Pecorino Romano cheese adds extra depth.

Fennel and Orange Salad

Rating: 3 stars 124
The classic flavor combination of fennel and orange makes a wonderful winter salad.

Roasted Squash, Apple, and Cipollini Onion Salad

This colorful salad is a cinch to make -- the oven does most of the work -- and is loaded with nutritious vegetables and fruit.

Butternut Squash Mash

Rating: 3 stars 615
This four-ingredient side dish comes together quickly and is ultra-rich and subtly sweet thanks to the addition of butternut squash. 

Inspiration and Ideas

Add These Vegetable-Based Sides, Mains, and Salads to Your Thanksgiving Menu
Yes, there will be turkey on our Thanksgiving tables, but there will also be plenty of plant-based dishes to choose from. Check out our colorful and delicious vegetable-centric mains, sides, and salads to add to your holiday feast.
Curried Red Lentil Soup with Dried Cherries and Cilantro
One of the world's oldest health foods, lentils are nutritional powerhouses. Their high protein and fiber content steadies blood sugar, staving off hunger. Create this Curried Red Lentil Soup with Dried Cherries and Cilantro for a tasty and nutritious meal. 
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.