5 Easy Delicious Thanksgiving Side Dishes

5 Easy Delicious Thanksgiving Side Dishes- I'm Not the Nanny

I’m tired of the turkey receiving all the attention at Thanksgiving.

While my husband loves roasting the turkey each year, my favorite part of the holiday dinner is making the side dishes. I put a call out to my fellow bloggers and gathered a list of easy delicious Thanksgiving side dishes, plus some of my personal favorites.

These easy delicious Thanksgiving side dishes will make a great addition to your menu:

Kale salad with cranberies and almonds

A fresh salad breaks up all the heavy proteins and carbs that’s usually served at Thanksgiving dinner. For the past 3 years we’ve served a version of my tangy kale salad with cranberries and almonds. Make extra because kale doesn’t get soggy like most lettuces so it’s great for leftovers. It’s also a hearty salad if you have vegetarians coming for dinner.

Fabulous Thanksgiving Stuffing by How I Pinch a Penny

Thanksgiving dinner is not complete without stuffing. While I’m a fan of cornbread dressing (that’s what we call stuffing in the south), I love how you can customize this fabulous bread stuffing recipe from How I Pinch A Penny with different add-ins like cranberries or sausage.

Spinach Orzo by Raising Dick and Jane

This simple but flavorful spinach orzo from Raising Dick and Jane will compliment your Thanksgiving turkey perfectly.  Toss in some leftover turkey the day after Thanksgiving to turn it into an entree.

Beet Salad with Goat Cheese Basil

You can never go wrong with another salad as a Thanksgiving side dish. My beet salad with basil and goat cheese can be made up to two days ahead (just hold the cheese and basil until serving). The more dishes I can make ahead, the less juggling in the kitchen I need to do Thanksgiving day.


Need an alternative to the usual mashed potatoes?  This hash brown casserole from When Is Dinner is easy to make and screams comfort food. I love hash browns for breakfast and can’t believe I’ve never considered making them for dinner. I’ll have to change that!

If you haven’t even begin to plan your menu yet, check out decadent Thanksgiving menu from Justice Fergie. I mean, bourbon brined turkey and pancetta stuffing muffins?

What easy delicious Thanksgiving side dishes are on your menu this year?


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