25 Essential Vegetarian Side Dishes for Thanksgiving

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Here’s a thing I’m certain we can all agree on: Typically the best sides on the Thanksgiving table are meatless. Whether you’re planning on eating the turkey or not, you’ll definitely need some killer side dish recipes. Here are 25 vegetarian salads, stuffings, mashes, and casseroles for your Thanksgiving spread.

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The benefit of serving slaw instead of salad at Thanksgiving is that it can be made ahead of time and you don’t have to worry about it wilting. This fall version combines crunchy green cabbage with sweet cranberries and toasted almonds in a maple-Dijon vinaigrette.

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This raw Brussels sprouts salad has incredible depth of flavor, thanks to the brown butter that’s whisked into the dressing, which lends nutty richness further complemented by the buttery hazelnuts.

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This herb-flecked pilaf will bring a pop of color to your side dish spread, and it’s hearty enough to step in as a main for any vegetarians at the table.

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These pretty rolls are surprisingly simple to make, thanks to a forgiving yeasted dough that’s enhanced with olive oil and yogurt.

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Relying on instant mashed potatoes makes these incredibly tender rolls a snap to put together. Since they’ll be such a hit with vegetarians and omnivores alike, it wouldn’t hurt to make a double batch.

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This is a stuffing for everyone at the table. It’s gluten-free and vegetarian yet incredibly rich and savory, thanks to a mix of sautéed mushrooms.

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Everything bagels are too tasty and too packed with flavor to be limited to breakfast. Here they are used as the base in this quirky stuffing that’s flecked with scallions and enriched with a touch of cream.

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This is bread stuffing in its simplest form, and that’s exactly why it’s so great. The lack of fancy additions to the mix makes it one that will always find a welcome place at the Thanksgiving table.

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Swap out the traditional scalloped potatoes at your table this year with something a bit more colorful. This sweet potato version is made fragrant with fresh thyme and ground nutmeg, and decadent with heavy cream and Gruyère cheese.

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This casserole is hearty enough to be a main dish for vegetarians, but it also makes a great side dish. Slicing a tube of cooked polenta into thick rounds instead of cooking it from scratch also means it’s easy to assemble.

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This isn’t one of those heavy, extra-creamy gratins that usually graces the Thanksgiving table. Instead, it’s hearty and wholesome, thanks to the beans and greens, and it’s hit with only a splash of whole milk.

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While most mashed potato recipes need to be made soon before serving, this casserole actually taste better when made in advance. You can assemble it up to two days ahead of time and bake it when you’re ready.

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This stunning, orange-hued risotto is guaranteed to be a hit at the Thanksgiving table. Just be sure to make it right before eating, as it’s not a dish that sits well.

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The best part about this side dish is that you most likely have the ingredients for the sauce in your pantry already. Whole-grain mustard, apple cider vinegar, honey, and soy sauce is all it takes.

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This is one of those classic recipes that you may find yourself bringing to the table every year after you make it once. It’s tart yet sweet, and spiced with a mix of cinnamon, cardamon, cloves, nutmeg, and ginger.

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These light, bright green beans are made texturally interesting, thanks to a healthy sprinkle of nutty, crunchy breadcrumbs just before serving.

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The rich sweetness of dried figs is a wonderful contrast to the cranberries, while a splash of whiskey really makes it feel like a cranberry sauce that’s dressed up for the holidays.

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The surprise ingredient in this side dish is rutabaga, which lends a golden hue and a full, rich flavor to your usual mashed potatoes.

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This creamy side dish is nutty and rich, thanks to coconut milk, and just sweet enough due to a bit of brown sugar and vanilla bean paste.

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Cauliflower mashes up into a wonderfully creamy side dish. Want to give it a little extra oomph this Thanksgiving? Stir in a spoonful of crème fraîche just before serving.

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Red-skinned potatoes make for a garlic-packed mash that you can make pretty quickly on the stovetop.

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These green beans are sautéed to give them some caramelization then hit with a little broth so that they steam and become perfectly tender.

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Here’s a vegetarian showstopper that’s perfect for the Thanksgiving table. The hearty filling is made with parsnips, celery root, potatoes, and chestnuts and then topped with a buttery puffed pastry crust. It’s packed with tips to even make it vegan.

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Bring pie to the table before dessert in the form of this savory ricotta and sage tart. The press-in olive oil crust makes it a snap to assemble.

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Fashioned after Yorkshire pudding, this puffed egg bake is filled with an earthy blend of mushrooms, red onion, and thyme.

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