Thanksgiving is always such a huge holiday in my family. We spend days cooking and preparing such a huge dinner and it’s always so much fun. Many of the recipes that we use have been handed down for generations but I’ve noticed that as we’ve grown older and added new members to our family, some of those recipes just don’t work any longer. We have a few people in the family now who can’t tolerate gluten, which means that we have had to redo some of our recipes to make them gluten free.
Whether you are gluten intolerant or you’re just watching your intake, there are so many wonderful recipes that you can try. I know because I was looking for a new stuffing recipe for this year and ended up with 40 different Thanksgiving side dish recipes that are all completely gluten free. I was amazed that there are so many recipes that don’t contain gluten! Like I said, Thanksgiving is a huge deal in my family, from the food to the decorations and we want everyone to be able to enjoy the wonderful meal that we prepare. Oh, and speaking of Thanksgiving decorations, you really do need to check out these 25 Thanksgiving decorating DIYs.
I’ve got such a list of favorite recipes. I seriously have run out of room in my dining room for all of the recipe books, but I’ve never found any until now that are gluten free. If you need to prepare a gluten free side or several for your Thanksgiving dinner, you’re going to be really pleased with this recipe collection. There’s everything in here from gluten free green bean casserole to scones and everything in between. And, while you’re preparing your Thanksgiving goodies, be sure to take a look at these 40 holiday fudge recipes for your Christmas candy making.
1. Almond And Goat Cheese Scones
These delicious scones use almond flour instead of wheat flour to make them gluten free. They also have a cup of cubed goat cheese (although you could substitute that if you wanted) and honey that give them a wonderful flavor. They’re perfect for pairing with all of your Thanksgiving dishes and there is a wonderful red wine cranberry sauce that accompanies them.
2. Apple, Bacon and Cheddar Cheese Stuffing
Who says you can’t have stuffing on a gluten free diet? This apple, bacon and cheddar cheese stuffing uses gluten free stuffing mix and combines the deliciousness of bacon with apples and cheddar cheese. What more could you possibly want from a stuffing?
3. Quinoa Salad With Asparagus And Feta
Feta cheese is one of my all-time favorites, which is why this recipe caught my eye. It’s a colorful side dish with tomatoes, asparagus and red onion and has so many wonderful flavors. The dressing is made with olive oil, Dijon mustard and balsamic vinegar and the flavors meld so well together. This is definitely going to become your go to gluten free salad recipe.
4. Asparagus With Lemon Mint And Red Peppers
I just love asparagus and am always looking for new ways to prepare it. This gluten free version combines asparagus with red peppers and lemon mint to give it a wonderful flavor. It’s also a really pretty dish with the dark green of the asparagus and is the perfect accompaniment to your turkey.
5. Autumn Harvest Salad
This lovely salad has all of the wonderful colors of fall and is topped off with a delicious maple and Dijon vinaigrette. The salad itself has butternut squash, kale, apples, shallots and seasonings. It’s a gorgeously colored dish and has so many wonderful fall flavors. It’s also really easy to make and won’t take up much of your time.
6. Avocado Bacon Deviled Eggs
Bacon and eggs simply go together…even in this deviled egg recipe. These tasty eggs are a great alternative to traditional deviled eggs and are super easy to put together. You prepare these just as you would traditional recipes, but add avocado in when you’re mixing up the yolks and then top them with crumbled bacon. They’re completely free of gluten and are sure to be a hit at your Thanksgiving dinner table.
7. Acorn Squash With Maple Glaze
Do you serve squash at Thanksgiving? It’s sort of a tradition here in the south and this baked acorn squash with maple glaze may just be my newest tradition. This one is filled with flavor from the tasty squash to the wonderful glaze that you make with maple syrup and butter. It’s a really easy recipe too and won’t take long at all to prep.
8. Balsamic Garlic Roasted Cauliflower
I love roasted cauliflower! And, this balsamic garlic roasted cauliflower looks absolutely delicious. You just toss the cauliflower in with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic, rosemary and salt and pepper and then bake. It only takes about 25 minutes total to cook and it’s a really easy dish to prep. It’s also perfect for joining those other sides in the dinner table.
9. Balsamic Glazed Carrots
Glazed carrots are a must in my house for the holidays but I must say, I have never done them with a balsamic glaze. This one is super easy and has so many wonderful flavors including balsamic vinegar, honey, and fresh thyme. It’s also a really colorful dish so you can add a host of colors to your Thanksgiving dinner table.
10. Beet Salad
This is no ordinary beet salad. This one has beets, jicama, avocado and arugula to give you a colorful and delicious salad that is sure to be a hit at the dinner table. It’s completely vegan and so easy to make. You make the balsamic dressing yourself and it has vinegar, olive oil and a number of seasonings. The flavor of this one is perfect for fall and will beautifully complement that turkey.
11. Broccoli Cheese Casserole
Broccoli cheese casserole is one of my favorite dishes and it’s a great way to add some veggies to your meal. This particular recipe is completely gluten free which means that it doesn’t have the traditional crackers on top, but you’ll never know it. It’s cheesy and delicious and filled with wonderful flavor.
12. Whipped Butternut Squash
Butternut squash is really tasty – I bake several every year just because I love the flavor. This whipped butternut squash looks like mashed sweet potatoes and has butter and sage for a really great flavor. This one is really easy and could be a wonderful substitute for mashed potatoes if you’re also watching your carbs this Thanksgiving.
13. Brussel Sprout Slaw With Tahini Dressing
Slaw from Brussel sprouts? Yes! I love cole slaw but I’ve never dreamed of making it from anything other than cabbage. This Brussel sprouts slaw is made from shredded Brussel sprouts and contains pine nuts, cherries and so many other wonderful flavors. It’s a great slaw for fall and a wonderful way to get your little ones to eat their Brussel sprouts.
14. Caramelized Brussel Sprouts
Here’s another great way to get your family to eat Brussel sprouts. There are so many flavors in these caramelized Brussel sprouts that they won’t even know they’re eating them. This is such a tasty dish, with a dark cherry sauce and hazelnuts and the colors are fabulous for decorating your Thanksgiving dinner table.
15. Cauliflower Rice
This cauliflower rice is not only gluten free, it’s a great dish for those of you on the paleo diet. There are so many creative ways to prepare cauliflower and this is one of them. This one is really simple, too. You just chop the cauliflower until it looks like rice and then cook. You can serve this plain or add any of your favorite toppings…or substitute it for recipes that use rice. It’s really versatile!
16. Broccoli Salad
This broccoli salad has a healthy serving of veggies as well as fruit. That’s right – it has diced apples and with a dressing made from yogurt, mayonnaise and apple cider vinegar, it’s simply filled with flavor. This is a wonderful side dish for Thanksgiving or anytime you need something gluten free and tasty. The cheddar cheese and raisins make it delicious and the apples and broccoli give it just the right crunch.
17. Citrus Brown Rice With Butternut Squash
Butternut squash should definitely be part of your Thanksgiving menu. Not only because it’s the perfect fall vegetable, but because it tastes so good. This dish uses butternut squash to flavor brown rice and it has cinnamon, walnuts, goat cheese and pomegranate that all work together to make it a flavorful dish that everyone at your table is sure to love.
18. Creamed Onions
I’ve eaten creamed potatoes and creamed corn, but never creamed onions. This recipe caught my eye not only because it’s gluten free but because it looks so tasty. You need four or five large onions as well as butter, gluten free flour and milk. This also has a tasty bread crumb topping – made from gluten free bread crumbs and has the wonderful consistency of mashed potatoes…but with a kick.
19. Eggplant Tomato Bake
If you have never tried eggplant you are seriously missing out on a delicious food. You can make this eggplant tomato bake for Thanksgiving and get your first taste, and this is a great recipe for that. It’s pretty simple to make and filled with flavor. It’s very cheesy and delicious and has a great crumb topping made from coconut flour, parmesan cheese and several tasty seasonings.
20. Garlic Scalloped Potatoes
Potatoes are always on my Thanksgiving dinner table, sometimes in more than one form. I love these garlic scalloped potatoes that by the way, have four different cheeses. Throw out those boxed scalloped potatoes and make these instead. They’re pretty easy to make and taste so much better than anything you can buy in a box. Plus, there’s no gluten so they’re much better for you.