Vegetarian Side Dishes

Perfect Mashed Potatoes
These standout vegetarian sides might just steal the show. We've got creative recipes for all the classics, like mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and stuffing. Plus, get new ideas for fresh salads, sweet cranberry sauce, and roasted veggies. These simple, easy recipes will truly make the meal.

Autumn Potato Gratin

Take your holiday gratin to new heights with layers of butternut squash, leeks, and cheese sauce. This fuss-free side couldn't be easier -- slice veggies in advance and toss together on Thankgiving Day.

Creamy Green Beans with Crispy Shallots

Our go-to holiday side? Creamy green bean casserole. This decadent version starts with a luscious mushroom cream sauce and ends with a pile of crispy fried shallots.

Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Lemon

Bring out Brussels sprouts' big flavor by cooking them to caramelized perfection. Finish the sweet sprouts with a drizzle of lemon juice and a sprinkle of salt.

Double Cranberry Sauce

Double the cranberries equals twice the flavor. We like this tasty sauce served warm and topped with spicy watercress.

Cream Cheese Mashers with Kale Pesto

These creamy potatoes get triple the decadence thanks to butter, cream, and cream cheese. Cut through the richness with a tangy swirl of fresh kale pesto.

Sweet Potato Cauliflower Fritters

The best way to enjoy sweet potaotes? In fritter form! These crispy bites are loaded with flavor thanks to fresh sage, rosemary, and a pinch of cayenne pepper.

Roasted Root Vegetable and Wilted Romaine Salad

Who says side salads have to be boring? For maximum flavor and texture, we're tossing warm roasted veggies with cool, crisp romaine lettuce. You'll never think of salad the same again.

Tart Cherry-Cranberry Relish

It wouldn't be Thanksgivng without our favorite sweet-tart side. This ruby-hue dish gets double the flavor thanks to sweet dried cherries and orange zest.

Lemon-Rosemary Potato Rolls

These rich potato rolls can be made and frozen up to a month ahead. Simply defrost and devour!

Test Kitchen Tip: Echo the rolls' zesty flavor with a slathering of butter mixed with lemon peel and fresh rosemary.

Goat Cheese Mashed Sweet Potatoes

For ultracreamy mashed sweet potatoes, stir in tangy goat cheese. It's the perfect balance of savory and sweet. Add crunch and nutty flavor with a sprinkling of roasted pistachios.

Winter Slaw with Kale and Cabbage

This winter slaw adds mega crunch and flavor to your Thanksgiving table. Simply toss together and serve. It couldn't be any easier!

Sweet Potatoes with Toasted Pecans

Reimagine sweet potato casserole into an airy side dish. We've topped whipped sweet potatoes with rich pecans and sticky-sweet toasted marshmallows.

Wheat Berry, Sugar Snap Pea, Radish, and Goat Cheese Salad

This creative and hearty salad is not only satisfying, it's healthy, too! We love the contrast between chewy wheat berries, crisp snap peas, and creamy goat cheese.

Heart-Healthy Cheesy Potatoes

All the flavor but none of the fat. We've kept all the delicious cheesiness but swapped in good-for-you ingredients like fat-free milk and light sour cream.

Fresh Citrus and Cranberry Salad

Add a fresh moment to your holiday spread. Your guests will welcome this refreshing salad in a sea of rich dishes.

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

Dive into this decadent homemade mac and cheese. With big flavor like this, it's easy to ditch the blue box.

Glazed Carrots with Pistachios

Give carrots a sweet glaze and top with pistachios for a holiday side dish that's almost too pretty to eat. Almost.

Garlicky Crumb-Coated Broccolini

Broccolini -- baby broccoli -- pairs perfectly with our zesty garlic topping. We like ours served with fresh lemon wedges to bring out the citrusy flavor.

Candied Orange Sweet Potatoes

Layer upon layer of fresh oranges and sweet potatoes make the ultimate sweet potato casserole. Bring it to the table and prepare for oohs and aahs.

Parmesan-Roasted Cauliflower

We love the simplicity of roasted cauliflower. Make it even better with salty aged Parmesan.

Wild Mushroom-Herb Bread Pudding

Think bread pudding's only for dessert? This savory version will make a believer out of you with cream-soaked bread, rich mushrooms, and fresh herbs.

Butternut Squash Bake

Bake up this cheesy casserole and prepare to be impressed. Sweet mascarpone cheese adds creaminess, while lemon juice and shallot keep it savory.

Carrot-Mushroom Stuffing

You don't have to skip the stuffing. This Asian-inspired version gets loads of flavor from hits of soy sauce and rosemary.

Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potaotes, perfected. We've found the ideal balance of creamy, savory, and rich.

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