Side dishes are always an afterthought but they don’t have to be. This time of year, root vegetables, dried fruits, seeds and nuts really shine and it’s for good reason. Their texture, vibrant color and robust nutrient profiles add a lot of pizzazz to any dish! I am so in love with the flavors of this season that I rounded up a few delicious side dish recipes to inspire you and the nice thing is they are relevant long after the holidays.


Citrus Quinoa with Apricots, Pistachios, Almonds and Mint – Katie Cavuto, MS, RD, Chef of Nourish. Breathe. Thrive

Sweet Potato Sorghum Salad – Cara Harbstreet, RD of Street Smart Nutrition

Farro Salad with Butternut Squash – Erica Julson, RDN of Erica Julson Blog


Maple Roasted Delicata Squash – Katie Cavuto, MS, RD, Chef of Nourish. Breathe. Thrive

Simply Roasted Parsnips with Rosemary – Jenny Shea Rawn, RDN of My Cape Cod Kitchen

Roasted Maple Mustard Glazed Brussels Sprouts – Julie Harrington, RD of RDelicious Kitchen

Maple Mashed Sweet Potatoes – Kristy Hegner of Chocolate Slopes

Sweet Potato Polenta Bites with Marinated Mushrooms – Kara Lydon, RD of The Foodie Dietitian

Oven Roasted Maple Balsamic Winter Vegetables – Marie Dittmer, RD of Healthy Ideas Place


Fall Kale + Brussels Sprouts Salad – Katie Cavuto, MS, RD, Chef of Nourish.Breathe.Thrive

Fall Butternut Squash Salad – Kaleigh McCordie of The Lively Table

Fall Panzanella Salad – Dixya Bhattarai, RD of Food Pleasure Health

Stuffing + Sauce:

Lighter Stuffing Muffins – Amber Ketchum, RDN of Homemade Nutrition

Cranberry Orange Ginger Relish – Lauren Harris-Pincus of Nutrition Starring You

Fresh Cranberry Sauce – Lindsey Livingston, RD of The Lean Green Bean


Cinnamon Sweet Potato Apple Bake – Stacie Hassings, RDN of Real Food RDs

Spiced Cheesecake with Roasted Cranberries – Jenny Shea Rawn of My Cape Cod Kitchen

By: Katie Cavuto, RD

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