Gluten free Thanksgiving recipes

2020 update. From side dishes to appetizers to desserts, these gluten free Thanksgiving recipes will entice any eater, whether or not she or he can eat gluten. In fact, these are some of our very favorite holiday recipes, and, drum-roll please (!), most of them can be prepped ahead. But don’t wait until November to make them. These recipes are just as delicious on a weeknight table as they are on a holiday spread.

Gluten free Thanksgiving side dishes

Everybody knows that the sides are the most important part of the holiday meal (am I right?!), and these gluten free Thanksgiving side dishes will appeal to everybody at your table. They can also all be prepped ahead!

Easy Sweet Potato Souffle Casserole

Gluten free sweet potato souffle casserole with a serving spoon.

If there’s one dish that I absolutely cannot live without on Thanksgiving, it’s this seductively creamy sweet potato souffle. It’s also one of our favorite weeknight meals when paired with a salad. Best of all, it can be made ahead!

Foolproof Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Best homemade mashed potatoes in a bowl with a serving spoon.

Forget clumpy, stodgy potatoes! These ultra creamy homemade mashed potatoes are light and silky, yet rich and comforting. You’ve got to try this technique.

Swiss Chard Gratin (Vegan & Gluten Free!)

Close up of a spoon scooping up a serving of Swiss chard gratin.

If you’re looking for a dish to please all the eaters at your table, then stop here! This creamy Swiss chard gratin is made with coconut milk, garlic and ginger for a soul-satisfying side dish that just happens to be vegan and gluten-free.

The Best Easy Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce in a bowl with a spoon for a gluten free thanksgiving spread.

This is the one recipe I can’t live without on Thanksgiving, and in my opinion, it’s the BEST cranberry sauce! It has a balanced sweet-tart flavor and luscious texture thanks to a few secret ingredients (and it’s even lower in sugar than most recipes!).

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Mushrooms & Crispy Fried Shallots

Caramelized Brussels sprouts with mushrooms and fried shallots on platter

It’s time to ditch the green bean casserole for these roasted Brussels sprouts with balsamic roasted mushrooms and crispy shallots! It’s a beautiful side dish that’s packed with flavor and texture (you’re going to love those fried shallots!).

Quinoa & Apple Stuffed Honeynut Squash

Quinoa & Apple stuffed honeynut squash on a baking sheet.

These quinoa and apple stuffed honeynut squashes are one of my favorite dishes to make if there will be vegetarians at my Thanksgiving table, as they’re hardy enough to stand in as a main course.

Seasonal salads for Thanksgiving

Every Thanksgiving spread needs at least one salad to balance all of the rich flavors on the table. These gluten free seasonal bombshells are as beautiful as they are delicious.

Roasted Squash Salad with Pomegranates and Goat Cheese

Gluten Free Recipes Roasted Squash salad on serving plates.

This roasted squash salad is bright and lively, yet hardy enough to stand up to the turkey and fixings. All of the components can be prepped ahead!

Butternut Squash Salad with Apples and Goat Cheese

Gluten free butternut squash salad in a serving bowl with serving spoons.

This hardy butternut squash salad holds up beautifully, making it perfect for a Thanksgiving buffet. With roasted squash, chewy whole grains, creamy goat cheese, crisp apples and maple pecans, it’s everything I crave in a salad.

Pear Salad with Gorgonzola, Walnuts & Arugula

Pear and Gorgonzola salad piled on a plate with a fork alongside.

If texture is your thing, then you’re going to love this pear salad, which features salty gorgonzola (or blue cheese), crunchy fennel, peppery arugula, sweet dried cherries and toasted walnuts. Serve it as an elegant first course to the meal.

Easy gluten free appetizers for Thanksgiving

Let’s be honest, Thanksgiving is all about the main event (dinner!), but these easy apps are perfect for a pre-dinner cocktail and will help stave off those “when-the-heck-is-the-turkey-going-to-be-done?” hunger pains.

Whipped Ricotta Crostini

Assortment of whipped ricotta crostini on countertop

These customizable whipped ricotta crostini are easy to make and are always a crowd-pleaser. They take almost no thought and can even be made with the leftovers from your dinner last night (don’t worry, I won’t tell your guests!!). 

Warm Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Warm spinach and artichoke dip on a marble surface.

With creamy spinach and artichokes, and a melted cap of cheese, this warm spinach and artichoke dip is one of the best appetizers ever. Best of all, it can be entirely prepped the day before.

Fig & Walnut Jam

Fig chutney in a jar on a serving board with cheese alongside.

Dress up a simple cheese board with this homemade fig and walnut chutney. Fragrant with port, cinnamon, star anise, orange zest and maple syrup, it pairs perfectly with both hard and soft cheeses (and makes appetizers a breeze).

Quick & Easy Yogurt Feta Dip

Yogurt feta dip with potato chips and veggies

For an appetizer that will appeal to both kids and adults alike, try this creamy yogurt feta dip. It takes only minutes to make and has an incredible flavor from garlic, herbs and crumbled feta. Serve it with veggies, crackers and/or chips!

Make-Ahead Seasonal Soups

A warm autumnal soup is the perfect way to kick off Thanksgiving supper. These gluten free soups are rich in flavor but are nourishing and healthy, meaning they won’t compete with the rest of the meal.

Creamy Sweet Potato Soup (Vegan)

Overhead shot of bowls of healthy sweet potato soup on the countertop with a pot alongside.

This easy sweet potato soup is rich and savory with a naturally creamy texture. It’s a light but soul-satisfying and is a beautiful addition to a Thanksgiving feast.

Coconut Curried Squash Soup

Gluten Free Recipes for Thanksgiving : Curried squash soup

You’d never know this creamy squash soup is dairy free! With coconut milk, lime, ginger and spices, it’s a refreshing new take on an old classic. Serve it as a luxuriously light yet cozy first course.

Vegetable Potage

Vegetable potage soup in a bowl with a spoon.

Healthy, simple and utterly satisfying, this creamy vegetable potage (i.e. pureed soup) is comfort food at its finest. It’s the perfect way to use up all those extra veggies you bought!

Gluten free Thanksgiving desserts

Drumroll please! Dessert is the real star of Thanksgiving, and you’d never know that these gorgeous holiday treats are gluten free! Make one, or better yet, go for them all. 😉

Best Gluten Free Pie Crust

Gluten free pie on a marble surface.

Don’t let pie making intimidate you! This gluten free foolproof pie crust is perfectly buttery and flaky, and it’s easy to make. You can use it in any pie recipe (including the galette below!), and it can be made weeks ahead. Your pie game is going to be strong.

Cinnamon Vanilla Apple Galette

Easy apple galette on a marble surface with a slice taken out, topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Anybody can master this beautiful and easy apple galette! With a a cinnamon and vanilla spiced apple filling, it’s a stunning dessert that’s perfect for Thanksgiving. Ice cream is optional (but not in my house).

Crustless Pumpkin Pie Custards

Individual crustless pumpkin pies on a marble surface.

You won’t miss the crust in these luscious and creamy pumpkin pie custards. They’re a cinch to make and come together in under an hour. This is a perfect make-ahead dessert.

Gluten Free Pecan Tarts

Hand grabbing a gluten free pecan tart off of a marble surface.

These mini maple pecan tarts are a wonderful addition to a dessert spread (and they make for a great hostess gift)! They’re gluten-free and naturally sweetened, but you’d never know it.

Pumpkin Pound Cake with Bourbon Cream Cheese Glaze

Sliced pumpkin pound cake on a platter with plates to the side.

Mic drop. This gorgeous pumpkin pound cake is easy to make (you can even bake it ahead and freeze it before glazing!), and it’s the perfect finale to a holiday meal.

Pear & Ginger Crumble

Gluten free pear crumble on a plate topped with whipped cream.

If you’re looking for a crowd-pleasing but easy dessert that takes less than 20 minutes of prep, then this gluten free pear crumble recipe is for you. Warm cinnamon and ginger spiced pears are topped with a buttery oat and walnut topping.

Lightened Up Apple Crisp

Gluten free apple crisp with ice cream

Looking for something a bit lighter and easier to finish off the meal? You can’t go wrong with these gluten free apple crisps, which just happen to have about half the amount of butter and sugar of traditional recipes–but I swear nobody will know!!

I hope that you give these gluten free Thanksgiving recipes a try, and if you do, I’d love to see what you’re making – tag me at @fromscratchfast!! Wishing you a safe, healthy and delicious holiday.

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