Thanksgiving Side Dish Sampler 2016

thanksgiving-side-dish-sampler-2016-jpgMove over turkey and mashed potatoes.  It’s all about the side dishes, baby.  What else gives your plate the bright color, the memorable flavors, the vibrant nutritional value, the unique textures that make your Thanksgiving feast so unforgettable?   Scroll through the following fabulous side dishes I’ve shared right here on the blog over the last several years.  Let’s get started:

1)  Holiday Cranberry Salad – a Mangum family must-have.  My kids love this salad for both Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.

Holiday Cranberry Salad

Here’s a link to my demonstration on KSL’s Studio 5 program with host Brooke Walker featuring this beautiful salad and Roasted Butternut Squash, Brown Rice and Quinoa Arugula Salad or just click on the photo below.



2)  Roasted Brussels Sprout and Cauliflower with Toasted Pecans and Bacon – reserved for the true vegetable lovers in your life.  Bacon deserves a place at the Thanksgiving table without any guilt.



3)  Fresh Herb Couscous Stuffing – I’ve been making this dish for many years much to the delight of Thanksgiving guests and family.  The traditional herbs and seasonings are so classic.

Fresh Herb Couscous Stuffing


4)  Roasted Butternut Squash, Brown Rice and Quinoa Arugula Salad – natural, earthy, colorful and oh so nutritious.  The lemon oregano dressing pairs perfectly.

Roasted Butternut Squash and Quinoa Arugula Salad 2


5)  Twice Baked Potato Casserole – a great make-ahead dish that’s loaded with all the fixings a potato deserves. This one goes fast so make enough for your big appetites.

Twice Baked Potato Cassserole


6)  Citrus Green Beans with Almonds – rather than smothering green beans with rich and fatty cream, enjoy the simplicity of fresh orange juice, sauteed mushrooms, onions and sliced almonds.

Citrus Green Beans with Almonds


7)  Kale and Quinoa Salad with Lemon Oregano Dressing – the combination of flavors in this beautiful dish may upstage even the turkey.  One of my favorite salads on the planet.

Kale and Quinoa Salad with Lemon Oregano Dressing 4


8)  Winter Squash Mash – the gorgeous orange color and rich flavors of the sweet potato and butternut squash are far more interesting to me than traditional white potatoes.  You won’t even need the gravy they’re that fantastic.

Winter Squash Mash


9)  Broccolini Summer Salad – there is no reason this salad can’t appear during fall’s most prestigious holiday.  This salad is all-season in my book.

Broccolini Summer Salad


10)  Company Carrots – this dish has appeared at more Thanksgiving feasts than I can count.  It’s unique horseradish sauce is unforgettable.

Company Carrots


You might also enjoy:

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast






Cranberry-Apple Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Cherry Balsamic Glaze

Cranberry-Apple Stuffed Chicken Breasts 2






Chicken Cordon Bleu with Butter Lemon Sauce

Chicken Cordon Bleu with Butter Lemon Sauce 3


    • Karen says:

      Thanks Deb. I hope you get a chance to try a few. This year I’ll be making the Cranberry Salad, the Couscous Stuffing and the Winter Mash for a big family gathering. Let me know what you try!

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