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.

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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 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.

Fennel and Orange Salad

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

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.

Green Beans with Vinaigrette

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

Spiced Nuts

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

Glazed Pearl Onions

Rating: 3.5 stars 217
The longer those cook, the sweeter and more caramelized they will become. A little balsamic vinegar is a nice touch to add.

Brussels Sprout Salad with Avocado and Pumpkin Seeds

Rating: 3 stars 115
No roasting pan necessary for these adorable cabbage cousins: Tossed with avocado and coated in a bright lemon-Dijon dressing, the tender Brussels sprout leaves make a showstopping salad.

Warm Fennel-and-Parmesan Dip

Rating: 3.5 stars 168
A warm, golden dip always tempts guests to dig in. This one uses Parmesan cheese to season caramelized fennel and garlic.

Marinated Cauliflower Salad

Rating: 3 stars 183
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.

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.

Warm Spinach Salad with Shiitake Mushrooms and Red Onion

Spinach is served two ways in this salad: Sauteed with meaty shiitake mushrooms and raw. Red onions pickled in white balsamic vinegar lend brightness, while toasted sesame seeds make an unexpectedly delicious final flourish.
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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.
Roasted Mixed Cabbages
Rating: Unrated 58
You can use any assortment of firm vegetables, such as a mix of brussels sprouts, turnips, cabbages, and shallots, for this recipe.
Sauteed Radicchio with Honey and Balsamic Vinegar
Rating: 3 stars 101

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