27 Southern Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Whether you live in the south or just craving some good homemade southern cooking, I have you covered with delicious side dishes sure to please everyone at your holiday gathering.

There’s nothing more comforting than a southern meal. But, of course, everyone knows that the turkey isn’t the star of the Thanksgiving table; it’s the sides. So I’ve put together my top 27 Southern Thanksgiving Side Dishes to help bring some down-home southern cooking to your Thanksgiving table this year.

These wonderful homemade dishes are easy to prepare, and I’m sure there is something here to satisfy everyone, especially those picky eaters.

So whether you grew up eating southern sides or just craving something new this year, you can’t go wrong with any of these southern dishes.

Below you will find recipes for my tried and true Southern Thanksgiving Side Dishes. Enjoy!

Pictures of several Thanksgiving side dishes with text overlay.

Dressing or Stuffing:

Chicken and Dressing

Southern Style Chicken and Dressing
A delicious Cornbread Dressing that has been served in our home for the past 30 years. This dressing will feed a crowd and will have everyone coming back for seconds.
Check out this recipe

Cranberry Stuffing

Cranberry Stuffing
This Cranberry Stuffing is as classic as it gets with seasoned sausage, tart apples, and dried cranberries baked to make one delicious side dish for the holidays.
Check out this recipe
cranberry apple sausage stuffing in a bowl

Potato Side Dishes

Candied Sweet Potatoes

Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes in a cast iron skillet with text overlay.
Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes
Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes are a delicious holiday side dish. They are covered in a mixture of butter, sugar, syrup, and vanilla, then caramelized in the oven.
Check out this recipe
Cooked candied sweet potatoes.


Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole with Brown Sugar Pecan Topping
Sweet Potato Casserole is creamy, delicious, and melts in your mouth. It has a crunchy brown sugar pecan topping that completes this dish.
Check out this recipe
Sweet potato casserole on a plate with turkey


Potato Salad

Southern Creamy Potato Salad
A southern classic potato salad made with simple ingredients and ready in no time. It is full of potatoes, mayonnaise, boiled eggs, sweet pickles, and a little kick of heat.
Check out this recipe
Southern Creamy Potato Salad


Au Gratin Potatoes

Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes (with mushrooms)
Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes with Mushrooms is the perfect recipe that allows you to use your favorite mushrooms. Creamy cheese, fresh rosemary, and mushrooms make this a tasty and delightful side dish.
Check out this recipe
Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes picture


Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Garlic Mashed Potatoes make the perfect side dish to any meal. Potatoes, garlic, cream cheese, and butter. Creamy, fluffy, and totally yummy!
Check out this recipe
Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Let not forget about desserts! Be sure to try my No-Bake Pumpkin Pie, Sweet Potato Pie, or Chocolate Cobbler. They are all winners for the holiday table.

Salads and Slaw

Vinegar Coleslaw with text overlay.


Creamy Coleslaw

Creamy Coleslaw
This is The Best and Easiest Creamy Coleslaw for your next cookout, bbq, or get-together. It's deliciously creamy with the perfect balance of flavors.
Check out this recipe
Easy Creamy Coleslaw


Corn Salad

Mexican Corn Salad with Jalapenos
Mexican Corn Salad with Jalapenos is the perfect side dish for any night of the week, holiday, or summertime cookout. This recipe comes together super fast and will be chilling in your refrigerator in no time.
Check out this recipe
Mexican Corn Salad


Bacon and Broccoli Salad

Bacon and Broccoli Salad
It’s perfect served as a side dish for dinner, a cookout, or a holiday celebration. Bacon and Broccoli Salad is a quick summer salad that is sure to please your family and guest and make your taste buds dance.
Check out this recipe
Bacon and Broccoli Salad


Oriental Coleslaw

Easy Oriental Coleslaw with Ramen Noodles
Perfect for a weeknight side dish, cookout, reunion, or tailgating. Ramen noodles, olive oil, slaw mix, green onions, roasted sunflower seeds, sugar, and rice vinegar.
Check out this recipe
Easy Oriental Coleslaw with Ramen Noodles


Southern Cornbread Salad

Southern Cornbread Salad
A crowd pleasing layered salad with bacon, cheese, and cornbread that comes together easily for all of your gatherings. Perfect for any time of the year.
Check out this recipe
Southern Cornbread Salad


Tangy Vinegar Coleslaw

Tangy Vinegar Coleslaw
Crunchy cabbage coated in a slightly sweetened vinegar dressing. This slaw is packed with fresh flavors that will wake up your taste buds!
Check out this recipe


Carrot Apple Salad

Carrot Apple Salad
Crunchy carrots, sweet apples, pineapple, and raisins make this “easy” salad perfect for any day of the week.
Check out this recipe
Carrot Apple Salad


Macaroni Salad

Classic Macaroni Salad
Classic Macaroni Salad is a staple and perfect side dish for any potluck, tailgate, or barbecue. It's easy to make, and everyone will love it. It takes several ingredients which you probably already have on hand.
Check out this recipe
macaroni salad in a bowl

Vegetable Sides:

Honey butter skillet corn in a skillet with a spoon with text overlay.


Corn Casserole

Quick and Easy Corn Casserole
Quick and Easy Corn Casserole is comfort food in every bite. It's simple to make with only a few ingredients. Perfect for holidays, BBQ's, tailgating, and family dinners.
Check out this recipe
picture of corn casserole


Green Bean Casserole

Easy Green Bean Casserole with Bacon and Mushrooms
Green Bean Casserole with Bacon and Mushrooms is a holiday classic made with bacon, cheese, onions, green beans and covered in a nice creamy sauce. It's baked in the oven until bubbly and topped with crispy onions
Check out this recipe
Green Bean Casserole with Bacon & Mushrooms


Honey Butter Corn

Honey Butter Skillet Corn
Honey Butter Skillet Corn is a must-try recipe for any corn lover. It's perfect for a side dish to just about any meal. This recipe only takes minutes to prepare and comes together super fast.
Check out this recipe
Honey Butter Skillet Corn


Southern Collard Greens

Southern Style Collard Greens with Bacon
Southern Collard Greens are simmered with bacon and onion and cooked slow and low until tender. This comfort side dish is down-home southern and quite delicious. If you've never tried collard greens, now is the time.
Check out this recipe
Southern Style Collard Greens


Southern Fried Okra

Crispy Southern Fried Okra
Crispy Southern Fried Okra is served as a side dish or appetizer in the south. It's crispy, crunchy and fried till golden brown. Delicious!
Check out this recipe
Crispy Southern Fried Okra


Crock Pot Creamed Corn

Crock Pot Creamed Corn
Crock Pot Creamed Corn is a simple side dish for any night of the week or if you need to feed a crowd. This makes the creamiest creamed corn you have ever eaten. The cream cheese, butter, heavy cream, and sugar come together to make the most delicious cream for this corn.
Check out this recipe
Crock Pot Creamed Corn


Southern Fried Cabbage and Onions

Southern Fried Cabbage and Onion
Fried Cabbage and Onion is something you will find on many tables around the south. It’s just cabbage, and onion sauteed in a little fat and cooked down until tender. Easy and delicious!
Check out this recipe
Southern Fried Cabbage and Onion

Other Casseroles & Side Dishes:

Pineapple Casserole with text overlay.


Pineapple Casserole

The Best Pineapple Casserole
A savory and sweet southern casserole. Only 6 ingredients–Pineapple, butter, sugar, eggs, bread, and milk. Perfect for a side dish but could easily be a dessert. This is truly the Best Pineapple Casserole you will ever taste.
Check out this recipe
pineapple casserole with a spoon


Deviled Eggs

Southern Deviled Eggs
Southern Deviled Eggs are always a crowd pleaser and a classic for all types of gatherings. Perfect for Easter, Summer Cookouts, and Holidays.
Check out this recipe
Southern Deviled Eggs


Rice and Corn Casserole

Yellow Rice and Corn Casserole
Yellow rice and corn casserole is a simple and delicious side dish for any night of the week or holiday meal. Made with only 5 ingredients.
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Broccoli and Cheese Casserole

Creamy Broccoli and Rice Casserole
This Broccoli and Rice Casserole is delicious and makes enough for a crowd. This is an excellent recipe if you have a family gathering, church social, or just need a weeknight side dish.
Check out this recipe
Broccoli and Rice Casserole


Caprese Stacks

Caprese Stacks
Fresh ingredients go into this dish–thick slices of tomatoes, mozzarella, and fresh basil leaves are drizzled with olive oil, lightly dusted with salt and pepper, and finally topped with a balsamic glaze. So simple yet so incredibly perfect for serving your family, friends, or dinner party guest.
Check out this recipe
Fresh Caprese Stacks

Let’s not forget the Turkey or the Cranberry Sauce.

Several choices for Thanksgiving Side Dishes with text overlay.

Be sure to check out:

13 Southern Thanksgiving Side Dishes

23 Easy Side Dishes for Thanksgiving

9 Southern Desserts for Thanksgiving

22 Comments

  1. This is such an amazing list of side dishes and just what I was looking for since I wanted to add some new ones this year! Thanks for this!

  2. Those all look really good! I am most interested in the potato recipes. I try to do two different potato dishes for Thanksgiving and now I have the problem of deciding which one I want to try first!

  3. I love all of these ideas. I grew up in the north east but my mom has roots in Texas so a lot of these ideas are new to me. I love the idea of the cornbread salad and adding coleslaw to the meal for a bit of crunch!

  4. The side dishes are always the best part of Thanksgiving. And many of these dishes sound like ones I’d like to make after that specific day of November is over. I’m especially intrigued by the pineapple casserole. Yum!

  5. Thanksgiving sides are my favorite part of the entire holiday! 🙂 I can’t wait to try these recipes – the Sweet Potato Casserole with Brown Sugar Pecan Topping is calling my name!

  6. southern meals are so comforting. I really love the bold flavours. there are so many great options here. I’m so last minute but this will help!

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