The best part of Thanksgiving dinner is definitely the side dishes, am I right? These paleo and Whole30-compatible Thanksgiving side dishes will satisfy everyone at your dinner table and no one will will notice that they’re naturally grain-free and gluten-free!
Although I love a perfectly cooked Spatchcocked Turkey smothered in Umami Gravy and accompanied with a fab Paleo Cran-Cherry Sauce, I always find myself piling my plate high with multicolored vegetable side dishes. If you’re in the same boat as me, here are some of my favorite healthy Thanksgiving side dishes!
Potato Thanksgiving Side Dishes
Perked up with a dash of cayenne pepper, lime juice, and fresh cilantro, this vegan, Whole30, and paleo sweet potato mash will be the new favorite at your Thanksgiving table!
Going low carb this Thanksgiving? This Whole30 and keto garlic cauliflower mashed potatoes recipe is nomtastic and super easy to make in the Instant Pot or on the stovetop. No one will suspect that you’re serving low carb mashed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes!
Looking for the best way to cook sweet potatoes or yams? This fool-proof method to make baked yams and sweet potatoes is a game changer!
This faux noodle dish made with crispy sweet potato noodles isn’t a traditional Thanksgiving side dish—but it should be. Save the leftovers and throw an egg on it for breakfast the next day!
Brussels Sprouts Thanksgiving Side Dishes
Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Bacon is the best Whole30- and keto-friendly holiday vegetable side dish that you can make in the oven or air fryer!
Shaved Brussels sprouts with bacon is one of the fastest ways to make a deliciously smoky Whole30-friendly vegetable side dish—and it will knock your socks off, too!
This warm Brussels sprouts salad with Asian Citrus dressing is a crowd-pleaser because you can make it ahead and everyone loves it!
Other Vegetable Thanksgiving Side Dishes
This beautiful vegetable mash made with roasted garlic, parsnips, carrots, and cauliflower is cooked even faster in an Instant Pot!
Tender kale and carrots are quickly cooked in an Instant Pot for a simple and delicious side dish that won’t take up room on the stove!
Thanksgiving dinner just wouldn’t be complete without a generous serving of mashed root vegetables. Want to make my Autumn Mash but don’t have an Instant Pot? This is the OG stovetop version!
Tired of soft, limp, and bland boiled green beans? Roasted green beans tossed in a zesty garlic and lemon marinade will be your new favorite way to cook them!
When roasted, this Japanese pumpkin has the taste and texture of roasted chestnuts. Roasted kabocha pairs perfectly with turkey, too!
The mere thought of a warm plate of tender chard cooked with sizzling garlic and tossed with pine nuts and raisins makes me weak in the knees, but crumble some crispy Porkitos on top, and pretty much all my stresses and worries disappear. Same? Make this dish!
Whole roasted cauliflower is a show stopping Whole30-friendly, keto, and vegan side dish. Plus, this recipe only uses 3 ingredients!
Thanksgiving Soup Recipes
Craving a creamy vegetable soup at the Thanksgiving table? My Whole30-friendly Carrot Cardamom soup can be made ahead on the stovetop or in the Instant Pot!
If you’re an umami evangelist like me, you’ll love this recipe for Instant Pot Cream of Mushroom Soup!
Thanksgiving Salad Recipes
Sometimes you want a salad with your turkey and this one hits all the right notes!
This Whole30-friendly kale salad with sweet persimmons, toasted almonds, and a zippy lemon vinaigrette will hit the spot without much effort!
This colorful and tangy Whole30-friendly red cabbage slaw is a refreshing spin on a traditional cole slaw. The acidity of this salad perfectly balances the hearty turkey and gravy!
Need more Paleo and Whole30-compatible Thanksgiving recipes? Check out my epic Paleo Thanksgiving recipe roundup!
Looking for more recipe ideas? Head on over to my Recipe Index. You’ll also find exclusive recipes on my iPhone and iPad app, and in my cookbooks, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2013), Ready or Not! (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2017), and Nom Nom Paleo: Let’s Go! (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2021).