If you’ve ever hosted Thanksgiving dinner, you know it can be hard to please everybody. It’s almost impossible to replicate a dish so that it’s “just like Mom used to make.” What’s even harder is catering to a crowd that has a wide variety of dietary restrictions. You want your loved ones to be happy and full, even if they’re gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, or have food allergies. Though it’s tough to find side dishes that will satisfy all of these requirements at the same time, you can make thoughtful choices that ensure all your guests will have something yummy to delight their taste buds and fill their bellies. Here are a few of our favorite Thanksgiving side dishes that cater to specific diets.


If you’re looking for side dish recipes that cater to those who are gluten-intolerant or just trying to limit their gluten intake, these hit it out of the park:

  • Green Beans with Creamy Mushroom Sauce – This delectable recipe from Eating Well magazine might actually replace your grandma’s recipe made with canned fried onions and Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup. This one substitutes fresh mushrooms and sizzled shallots.
  • Gluten-Free Gravy – Your guests who can’t have gluten will thank you for making this gravy that is thickened with sweet rice flour.


Being dairy-free can be a real drag on Thanksgiving because so many traditional recipes rely on cheese, cream, and butter to make them so good. But these recipes are made in such a way that you don’t miss the dairy at all:

  • Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes – This recipe from the New York Times proves that you don’t need butter and cream to make the perfect mashed potatoes. Bonus points – it’s also vegan!
  • Focaccia Stuffing with Sausage and Chestnuts – Instead of using butter, this stuffing recipe from Williams Sonoma uses sausage and chestnuts to add savory flavor.


Thanksgiving is not the most vegan-friendly holiday, but you can make some delicious dishes that your vegan friends will love:

  • Sweet Potato Casserole – You’ll never know this sweet potato casserole from The Spruce is vegan. It uses coconut milk, soy margarine, and soy yogurt to achieve that sweet-and-savory flavor that the dish is famous for.
  • Thanksgiving Skillet Rolls – Some of the most popular Thanksgiving bread you can buy at the store contains dairy or eggs. Solve your bread problem with these easy and delicious skillet rolls that are made with non-dairy milk and vegan butter.


If any of your guests have allergies, you definitely need to ask what exactly they are allergic to. Here are a couple of fantastic recipes that are free from some of the most common food allergens:

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