5 Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Classic and Easy

Although it is evident that the turkey upstages and takes center stage during Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving is not the same without the side dish. here we have 5 classic side dishes for Thanksgiving which help build excitement towards the main event. Calories don’t count on Thanksgiving so don’t shy away from stuffing your plate with a mountain of delicious Thanksgiving side dishes.

5 Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Classic and Easy

5 Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Classic and Easy

The first two dishes come from Chef Dave from ChefXChange. They make for a brilliant side dish plater that is light on calories but bursting with flavor. All these meals nonetheless are perfect for sharing with friends and family.

1. Crazy Caprese

Some combinations go perfectly well together, and the Crazy Caprese salad merely is just one of them. Consisting of Heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, Maytag Blue cheese, Cherrywood bacon and Thai basil vinaigrette, it makes for the perfect side dish that is bursting with flavors. By using high-quality ingredients, you can turn this simple salad into a top-notch tasting plater. Not to mention, its bright colors will make your turkey look more elegant than ever.

classic side dishes for Thanksgiving

2. Fingerling Potato salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

This is a delicious side dish that compliments any meal so imagine how great it would be amongst your Thanksgiving meal. Everyone loves a classic potato salad, but most times they tend to be too heavy on the mayonnaise side. If you are looking for a lighter version with crispy fingerlings, using a simple vinaigrette is the perfect option. Add a drizzle of lemon and microgreens then you have a side dish that will have your guest returning for more.

classic side dishes for Thanksgiving

3. Sweet Potato Casserole

There couldn’t be a more natural way to make an elegant sweet potato side dish. Canned sweet potatoes are a huge time-saver, and when they’re mixed and baked with a few fresh ingredients and topped with pecans, you get a super Thanksgiving meal side that’s sweet and savory.Sweet potato casserole

4. Creamy Corn

If you are looking for an easy crowd pleaser that requires minimal effort, this is the side this for you! Using a bag of frozen whole kernel corn, salt, sugar, butter, and packaged cream cheese, just add this mix to a slow cooker and cook on low setting for 4 hours. What you will be left with is an easy to blend, soft and creamy cheese corn that still retains it block shape after 4 hours. If you want to take it up a notch, garnish with bacon bits to produce an unforgettable holiday dish.

Creamed corn

5. Cranberry Pecan Roasted Vegetables

Cranberry is a Thanksgiving staple a much as the Turkey is itself. After all, it is widely believed that the pilgrims were first introduced to cranberry and use by native Americans and it was used in the first Thanksgiving meal. Therefore, it is only right we included a cranberry side dish for your Thanksgiving menu. This cranberry pecan roasted vegetable dish is an easy to make, beautiful platter of roasted vegetables. To add an extra dimension of sweet and savory taste, cook the plater in a delicious maple cinnamon butter. Top it off with cranberries and pecans for extra texture and an excellent Thanksgiving side dish.



For more Thanksgiving ideas read our Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Ideas: 5 Best Dinner Menus To Gobble Up. Get inspired by our Private Chefs and see what they can cook for you in this holiday season.