Gluten Free Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

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While turkey may be the star of the meal, Thanksgiving isn’t complete without the sides. And these Gluten Free Side Dishes will give you classic and new recipes. You’ll find everything from mashed potatoes to stuffing, vegetables to sauces, and more! By the way, they are great for Christmas too!

collage of thanksgiving side dishes, including green beans and mushrooms, cranberry sauce, and more

Make a Gluten Free Thanksgiving

We know it isn’t Thanksgiving without a perfect Roast Turkey. But throughout my whole life, what I have most looked forward to are the side dishes! A gluten free turkey is pretty much a no-brainer, but the sides can be a gluten minefield.

Sure, the mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce are naturally gluten free. However, gravy is usually thickened with flour, stuffing is a big pile of bread, and even the sweet potatoes might be covered with streusel. The veggies don’t escape, either. Whether it’s green bean casserole made with canned cream of mushroom soup or broccoli topped with cracker crumbs, gluten seems to lurk everywhere.

With food being the centerpiece of the holiday, it can feel scary, isolating, or frustrating for those who are gluten free. So it’s time to take the sides into your own hands. Make some gluten free Thanksgiving side dishes to share with family and friends!

Thanksgiving Side Dishes Made Gluten Free

Before we get into the collection of gluten free side dish recipes, let’s talk about some of your options.

  • Salads: Veggie-based salads are a great gluten free option, as long as you avoid things like croutons. Also, read the labels on any bottled dressings. In fact, making your own is easy. Something like Creamy Maple Dijon Dressing or Gluten Free Hot Bacon Dressing are great with seasonal ingredients.
  • Potatoes: Most mashed potato recipes are gluten free. And sticking with mashed or roasted sweet potatoes is also usually a safe option, even when they are topped with marshmallows.
  • Stuffing: You can buy a gluten free stuffing mix or bread to use in your recipe. Or make your own gluten free bread or cornbread. For a new idea, try a grain stuffing made with quinoa, rice, or even something like millet.
  • Vegetables: From roasting to steaming to sauteeing, there are many gluten free vegetable side dishes. While you’ll have to avoid traditional cheese or cream sauces, there are options such as using gluten free flours or starches. Or make creamy sauces with ingredients like Greek yogurt, sour cream, or cream cheese.
  • Gravy and Sauces: Gravy can be made with alternative thickeners like rice flour or cornstarch. And cranberry sauce is typically thickened naturally just by cooking it down or adding gelatin.
  • Breads: This requires a but more time and some baking skills, but there are so many recipes out there now, and even great gluten free mixes you can find in the grocery store.

Gluten Free Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Thanksgiving Appetizers

While not technically side dishes, you might want to snack before the main meal. You can certainly just set out a tray of veggies, fruit, cheese, and gluten free crackers, or up your hors d'oeuvres game with these gluten free appetizers.

More appetizers:

Turkey Fruit Platter from The First Year
Pumpkin Cheese Ball from Plating Pixels
Holiday Bacon-Wrapped Dates from Self-Proclaimed Foodie

Soups and Salads

If you are looking for something light to start or accompany your meal, look no further than these classic soup and salad recipes

More Soups and Salads

Autumn Harvest Salad from Tasty Yummies
Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad
from The Kitchen is My Playground
Potato Soup from Wheat By the Wayside

Gravy and Sauces

Gravy for the turkey and taters, and cranberry sauce on the side are absolutely essential. Yes, you can make gluten free gravy. And there are even other sauces to enjoy besides just cranberry.

More Gravy and Sauce Recipes

Cranberry and Pear Sauce from NeighborFood
Applesauce from The Stay at Home Chef

Gluten Free Mushroom Gravy from The Bojon Gourmet

Mashed Potatoes

Thanksgiving isn't complete until s bowl of fluffy mashed potatoes hits the table. Whether you like them super creamy, homestyle, basic, or flavored, there is a version for everyone. You can even find a sneaky low carb alternative.

More Mashed Potato Recipes:

Make-Ahead Garlic Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes from Baked By Rachel
Mashed Potato Casserole from A Mind "Full" Mom
Crockpot Mashed Potatoes from Spend With Pennies

Sweet Potatoes 

From glazed to scalloped to mashed to casseroles, this tasty veggie always finds a place on the Thanksgiving menu.

More Sweet Potato Recipes:

Gluten Free Breads and Stuffings

It's always nice to have some sort of bread, biscuit, or roll to slather with butter or soak up the gravy. You can also crumble up that bread and turn it into stuffing or try a grain stuffing too for a gluten free option.

More Bread and Stuffing Recipes:

Green Beans

That traditional green bean casserole is a gluten minefield with the canned cream of mushroom soup and fried onions. But there are so many other options that might even be more delicious.

More Green Bean Recipes:

Side Dishes with Other Vegetables

If you like to add more veggies to the menu, then you find lots of fall favorites right here. From squash to Brussels sprouts, carrots to cauliflower, and more.

More Vegetable Side Dishes:

Side Dish Casseroles

Casseroles are so comforting, and always deserve a place on the Thanksgiving table. But many of the classics aren't gluten free. With these recipes, you can enjoy delicious baked sides again.

More Side Dish Casserole Recipes

Cinnamon Maple Squash Casserole from Recipe Runner

Fall Roasted Vegetable Casserole from From My Bowl
Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole
from Mama Gourmand

And whether you choose apple pie, pumpkin pie, or something else, don’t forget the Gluten Free Thanksgiving Desserts!

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