Thanksgiving side dishes present a unique chance to introduce healthy, vibrant, and nutrient-rich options to a celebratory table—a fitting tribute to the harvest season and the year’s blessings.
Embrace an array of fresh, whole foods and craft dishes with complex, satisfying flavors that appeal to everyone, even the choosiest diners.
Our curated list of 19 healthy Thanksgiving side dishes emphasizes gluten-free and lectin-free choices, centering on plant-based ingredients. Many are vegan or can be effortlessly adapted to vegan preferences.
Gluten-Free Millet Stuffing (Lectin-Free)
Classic stuffing is made with bread and has little nutritional value while being a carb and lectin bomb. This is a more nutritious side dish for your holiday meal and Thanksgiving table, made with millet, lots of vegetables, and fresh herbs.
Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce, Easy Recipe
A healthy version
Cranberry sauce is a must-have for Thanksgiving dinner, but did you know only one serving has about 20 grams of sugar? This sugar-free, orange-flavored cranberry sauce is festive and vibrant and will help you stay healthy even during the holidays.
Creamy Mushroom Sauce (Gluten-Free, Vegan)
This mushroom sauce is so tasty and versatile. It goes well with meat, pork, chicken, or turkey, and it’s perfect as a topper for root vegetables or cauliflower puree or as a gluten-free pasta sauce. This creamy mushroom sauce is a healthy alternative to any store-bought brown sauce and can successfully replace gravy.
Baked Fonio with Pomegranate and Walnut Salsa
Perfectly cooked fonio with mint, topped with creamy goat cheese, and a tangy, sweet, and nutty salsa make this dish a vibrant, nutritious, and delicious addition to any meal. It’s so easy; you can make it for a weeknight dinner and sophisticated enough to make it the star of a festive meal. This baked fonio with pomegranate and walnut salsa is perfect as a vegetarian main dish or can be a side dish for any type of meat. Since it can be served warm or cold, it’s perfect for sharing meals, garden parties, and potlucks.
Butter Bean Hummus with Fennel and Leeks
So creamy and flavorful
This creamy and flavorful dip or spread, made with butter beans, fennel, and leeks, is a delicious alternative to the traditional hummus made with chickpeas. We all love chickpea hummus, but sometimes, we need some variety in our menus. Make this butter bean hummus when you want a creamy and nutritious mash of beans that can be served warm or cold.
Creamy Celeriac Puree (Dairy-Free, Vegan)
Creamy and fragrant
This celeriac puree offers a creamy and sophisticated alternative to traditional mashed potatoes. Not only is it easy to prepare, but it’s also a nutritious, low-carb option. Moreover, this recipe is dairy-free and vegan, making it an excellent choice for various dietary preferences.
Cauliflower Gratin with Pecans and Caramelized Leeks
Your low-carb festive side-dish
Cauliflower is perfect in this combination with cheese, caramelized leeks, and pecans. As this recipe was a request from my sister for her holiday preparations, it was made to be a delicious side dish for a festive meal.
Smashed Broccoli with Parmesan and Garlic-Infused Olive Oil
Your new favorite way to serve broccoli
If you’re searching for innovative methods to cook and present vegetables, look no further than this tempting smashed broccoli recipe. This dish turns each broccoli floret into a crispy, cheesy delight, ensuring every forkful is a gourmet experience. Suitable for any dining occasion, from a casual dinner to a festive holiday gathering, this dish can seamlessly fit in as an appetizer, side dish, or the star attraction that leaves a lasting impression on your guests.
Thyme-Roasted Mushrooms with Millet Polenta
A feast for mushroom lovers
A fairly simple meal with Mediterranean vibes, these thyme-roasted mushrooms with millet polenta will hit the spot for mushroom lovers. Millet polenta is creamy and as good as its corn counterpart.
Flax Seed Crackers with Zaatar Spices
For all your holiday dips
Flax seed crackers and almond crackers met in this recipe and gave the best gluten-free, lectin-free, keto, and vegan crackers I’ve ever had. These crunchy flax seed crackers with almond flour and zaatar spices are super easy to make and tasty.
Nigella’s New Orleans Coleslaw Made Lectin-Free
Full of nutrients
Inspired by one of Nigella Lawson’s slaw recipes and converted to a lectin-free version, this slaw is easy to make, delicious, and healthy.
Mini Bella Mushrooms Stuffed with Almond Ricotta and Oregano
Pretty, delicious, vegan
This is a very easy recipe, plant-centered and plant paradox friendly. The stuffing is made with almond ricotta and fresh oregano.
Millet Bread with Walnuts (Lectin-Free)
Cornbread without the corn
You can serve it warm, out of the oven, with a cube of grass-fed butter or nut butter and a drizzle of raw honey or yacon syrup. My favorite way!!
Creamy Casserole with Asparagus, Cauliflower Rice, and Broccoli Slaw
Move over green bean casserole
This plant-based casserole with asparagus, cauliflower rice, and broccoli slaw is an easy-to-make, nutritious and tasty side dish.
Mashed Cauliflower, Celeriac, and Parsnip
Better than mashed potatoes
Creamy, flavorful, and festive, this mashed cauliflower, celeriac, and parsnip can be both an everyday nutritious staple and a festive side dish for your holiday menu. This recipe is dairy-free, lectin-free, and a low-carb and more nutritious alternative to mashed potatoes.
Bistro Salad with Crispy Prosciutto and Pistachios
Trust me, it’s delicious and so healthy
This bistro salad with bitter greens, crispy prosciutto, and pistachios, dressed with a creamy vinaigrette, is refreshing, tasty, and packed with prebiotic fiber, polyphenols, and healthy fats.
Root Vegetable Puree with Cauliflower and Turmeric
A creamy and healthy delight
Not only is this mash nutritious, delicious, and creamy, but it’s super easy to make in a manual pressure cooker or Instant Pot. Try this root vegetable puree, it will brighten up your festive table.
Sweet and Sour Braised Red Cabbage (Scandinavian Style)
A sweet and sour colorful touch
A Danish holiday staple, this simple dish is such a wonderful addition to any festive meal. Red cabbage, cinnamon, and cloves; it doesn’t get healthier and more festive than this.