15 Last-Minute Thanksgiving Sides Anyone Can Pull Off

Shaina Olmanson | Food for My Family

Procrastinated on the Thanksgiving plan too long? Not interested in spending all day in the kitchen? These side dishes are easy and straightforward, and they will taste great on the Thanksgiving table, too.


There are plenty of reasons to be heading into Thursday's meal without a clear plan. Maybe you are a procrastinator by nature, perhaps you are only hosting reluctantly after you drew the short straw, the kitchen may not be a place you frequent, you might be pulling off an impromptu Friendsgiving and now need to fill the table with food, or you have a few empty spaces in your carefully laid plan. Whatever the reason, if you have turkey and pie, we have all the sides covered.


I love the plethora of sides at Thanksgiving more than any other part of the meal. From salads to carbs and back again, here are a few table additions that won't take up all your time or leave you feeling frazzled. They are simple and uncomplicated to pull off, but they still shine on the table. 

1. Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Keep your hands and stovetop free with these slow cooker style mashed potatoes.

2. Apple Rose Tart Recipe

Get the most bang for your dessert buck with this apple tart. Thinly sliced apples do all the heavy lifting here, and everyone will ooh and ahh at your handiwork.

3. Maple Tahini Grilled Sweet Potatoes Recipe

These grilled sweet potatoes cook up in minutes with a spiced maple glaze and a creamy tahini dip alongside.

4. Quick Easy Red Cabbage Salad Recipe

Don't forget something crunchy and fresh on your Thanksgiving table. This vibrant red cabbage salad provides plenty of crunch in minutes.

5. Roasted Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad Recipe

Pro tip: Purchase pre-cooked squash in the freezer section or steam before roasting to reduce time in the oven. You can also roast the day before and store in the refrigerator until it's time to toss the salad ingredients.

6. Maple Bourbon Glazed Carrots Recipe

Glazing anything in bourbon and maple syrup is a sure way to get glowing reviews from dinner guests.

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