In addition to Thanksgiving staples, we've rounded up the tastiest salads, sides, and desserts (plus some main-dish alternatives) for a gluten-free holiday menu.

What to do when gluten is literally off the table at Thanksgiving? This may sound like an odious restriction at a holiday built on carbs, but it doesn’t have to be. We’ve rounded up a bushel of gluten-free recipes that won’t leave you feeling like you’ve sacrificed taste or satiation.

An important thing to keep in mind when planning a gluten-free menu is that not all grains are off-limits. Wheat is troublesome, but cornmeal, buckwheat, and rice play a role in these recipes. Nuts, and legumes such as chickpeas and lentils are your friends, and potatoes are absolutely available to you. Turkey and green beans can stay on the table, and even good old cranberry sauce is still invited to the party. In short, a lot of holiday staples can stay in the picture, so your holiday can stay relatively traditional, if you want it to.

We’ve also got some ideas to consider if you’re ready to think outside of the Stouffer’s stuffing box. Squash is a nearly mandatory inclusion in a Thanksgiving dinner, and while the vegetable, of course, has no gluten, why not switch it up a little? Our coconut/cashew/squash curry is a little something different that still touches the same pleasure centers in the brain as the more usual suspects. Ditto lentils with caramelized onions, which have the same hearty chew and umami-rich flavor of many holiday dishes but don’t feel like the same-old, same old. And for dessert? Stay with the fruit theme that’s traditional at Thanksgiving. You won’t miss piecrust when you can have kumquat over meringue, or gingered fruit over sweet yogurt


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