What To Serve With The Bird: 20 Soups, Salads & Sides For Thanksgiving


Jazz up your Thanksgiving meal with some show-stopping soups, salads and sides. From Curried Cauliflower Soup to Broccoli with Chipotle-Honey Butter , these easy and elegant dishes will be the stars of your holiday spread.

Jazz up your Thanksgiving meal with some show-stopping soups, salads and sides. From Curried Cauliflower Soup to Broccoli with Chipotle-Honey Butter, these easy and elegant dishes will be the stars of your holiday spread.

1. Autumn Carrot & Sweet Potato Soup


Made with carrots, sweet potatoes, apples and honey, this savory soup with a hint of sweetness and spice is the essence of fall. The secret ingredient is curry powder, which doesn’t give the soup an Indian flavor like you might think, but instead lends a subtle hint of autumn spice. GET THE RECIPE

2. Mesclun Salad with Goat Cheese, Maple-Glazed Pecans & Maple Dijon Vinaigrette


This salad is perfect for entertaining — the glazed pecans and goat cheese dress it up, and the vinaigrette is one of those salty-sweet-tangy flavor combinations that everyone loves. GET THE RECIPE

3. Spicy Pumpkin Leek Soup


In this velvety soup, pumpkin is simmered with leeks, apples, maple syrup, and herbs. Instead of the typical autumn spices, cumin and cayenne pepper lend smoky, spicy flavor. GET THE RECIPE

4. Oranges, Caramelized Red Onions & Spinach in Balsamic Vinaigrette


Inspired by Patrick O’Connell’s Inn at Little Washington Cookbook, this salad of oranges, broiled red onions, and greens is dressed in a cinnamon- and nutmeg-laced vinaigrette. The flavors are surprisingly delicious and perfect for fall. GET THE RECIPE

5. Curried Cauliflower & Apple Soup


In this east recipe, the mild nuttiness of the cauliflower, tart sweetness of the apples, and aromatic heat of the curry blend together into a wonderfully creamy and seductive soup. GET THE RECIPE

6. Sweet Potato Biscuits with Honey Butter


These fluffy sweet potato biscuits, adapted from Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible, can be served for breakfast or dinner. They’re especially delicious slathered with homemade honey butter. GET THE RECIPE

7. Cranberry-Dijon Vinaigrette


Made with puréed fresh cranberries, the bright pink vinaigrette is full of tangy-sweet flavor and perfect for the holidays. I love it drizzled over a salad of mixed greens, sliced apples, toasted walnuts, and goat cheese. It also makes a fabulous turkey sandwich spread. GET THE RECIPE

8. Brussels Sprouts Gratin


This creamy gratin is perfect for the holidays because it can be made ahead of time. It’s easy too — unlike most vegetable gratins, which are made with a Béchamel sauce, this one is made more simply (and decadently) with heavy cream. GET THE RECIPE

9. Quinoa Pilaf with Shiitake Mushrooms, Carrots & Pecans


Whenever I’m hosting Thanksgiving dinner, I like to offer some vegetarian and gluten-free dishes. This one is both, plus it can be made ahead of time. GET THE RECIPE

10. Fresh Cranberry Orange Sauce


You can buy cranberry sauce in a can but homemade is so much better and a cinch to make. This version is flavored with orange juice and orange zest, which elevates it into an elegant holiday dish. GET THE RECIPE

11. Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Maple & Thyme


In this pretty side dish, sweet potatoes are mashed with butter, maple syrup, and thyme to bring out their sweet, earthy flavor. Unlike classic mashed potatoes, it can be made ahead. GET THE RECIPE

12. Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Walnuts, Parmesan and Lemon-Mustard Dressing


Made with toasted walnuts, chunks of Parmesan and a lemony Dijon dressing, this salad tastes like a healthful, crunchy Caesar. Even your meat and potato lovers will enjoy it! GET THE RECIPE

13. Challah, Wild Mushroom and Herb Stuffing


Bake your stuffing separate from the bird so that you can make it ahead and ensure it gets crispy on top. This version is made with challah and an earthy mix of vegetables and wild mushrooms. GET THE RECIPE

14. Carrot Slaw with Cranberries, Toasted Walnuts & Citrus Vinaigrette


Dried cranberries and toasted walnuts make this slaw perfect for fall and a colorful addition to your Thanksgiving table. Bonus: it’s delicious with turkey sandwiches the next day. GET THE RECIPE

15. Roasted Green Beans with Garlic, Pine Nuts, Lemon & Parmesan


Tender and caramelized roasted green beans, mellowed chunks of garlic, crunchy pine nuts and nutty Parmesan — this Italian-inspired dish is a true crowd-pleaser. GET THE RECIPE

16. Roasted Carrots with Thyme


Always a favorite, these carrots are roasted in a high temperature oven until caramelized and tender-crisp — a cooking method that intensifies their flavor and brings out their natural sweetness. GET THE RECIPE

17. Cauliflower Puree with Thyme


Everyone loves mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving but the downside is that they can’t be cooked ahead. Try this cauliflower purée instead — it happens to taste remarkably like mashed potatoes but is easier to make, healthier and perfect for making ahead of time. You won’t even need any oven space to reheat it — just put it in the microwave! GET THE RECIPE

18. Roasted Broccoli with Chipotle Honey Butter


Want to jazz up basic broccoli? Toss the florets in a sweet, spicy and smoky chipotle honey butter before roasting. GET THE RECIPE

19. Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins


Sweetened with honey and gently spiced, these earthy pumpkin cornbread muffins are a healthier alternative to typical cornbread — and a great way to use up leftover canned pumpkin. GET THE RECIPE

20. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar & Honey


These Brussels sprouts are roasted in a high temperature oven until golden brown and crisp, then tossed with a touch of balsamic vinegar and honey. Make extra — they’re as addictive as french fries! GET THE RECIPE

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