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Christmas will be here before we know it. Time to start planning your big Christmas dinner! We all know turkey will be on the menu but what about the side dishes for Christmas dinner? They are extremely important after all. If you are like me, you are always wanting to find the next best recipe that will be a showstopper at dinner but also ensuring you have something for everyone.
I’ve gathered many different options to help you get inspired this Christmas season. Check out these side dishes for Christmas dinner below and get cooking!
Selecting Perfect Side Dishes
Meat, salads, maybe some potatoes. The options are endless! How do you know what sides will work best this holiday season for you? I start off by thinking who is going to be there. Do I have any vegetarians coming, those who have allergies, and will there be kids (we all know kids can be super picky!). Having the right-side dishes based on who is coming will make everyone feel more welcomed at dinner time.
That’s why I tried to include every type of side dish you would need in this list of recipes. From roasted sweet potatoes to amazing vegetarian options and some fun creative ones even kids will be excited to try. Find the perfect side dishes for your Christmas dinner today! Happy cooking!
An easy no-fail recipe for the best Oven Roasted Carrots! These perfect roasted carrots are naturally sweet with a touch of savory from fresh herbs and spices! They'll be your go-to side dish for every Christmas dinner.
An easy and delicious dinner side dish recipe for Rustic Rosemary Thyme Mashed Potatoes! They're gluten-free, vegan, paleo, and top-8 allergy-free; perfect for the holidays or as a simple healthy take on some good ole' comfort food!
The easiest Vegan Mashed Sweet Potatoes recipe is also the best! Just 3 ingredients for these healthy, creamy, dairy-free mashed sweet potatoes! Gluten-free, paleo, and allergy-free, you can make this side dish savory or sweet! Kid-friendly and perfect for a simple weeknight meal or a holiday dinner!
These Southern style green beans and potatoes are a hearty side dish. Tender, hearty, and full of flavor. This recipe is simple and straight forward not to mention its Whole30, Paleo, grain free, gluten free, sugar free, and easily made dairy free.
This stuffing recipe has a mix of tartness, savory and sweetness! Cranberries and sourdough bring the tart flavor, while fresh rosemary brings savory flavors and lastly apple brings some sweetness to it. Mix it up with a few more ingredients and you have a winning dish for Christmas.
This white asparagus recipe features fresh ingredients like pine nuts, capers and dill as well as the savory flavor of olive oil. It’s the perfect natural, woodland dish that’s accentuated by the vibrant hue of the white asparagus.
These honey roasted vegetables with rosemary have a lovely light sweetness that works perfectly with the aroma of herbs. It's very simple to make, pairs well with meat, fish or vegetarian options, and is a gluten free and low histamine side dish.
These ginger Brussels sprouts are a fun appetizer or side, and full of flavor from a zingy ginger marinade. Perfect for any holiday meal, these easy to make vegan smashed sprouts are a world away from the dull boiled sprouts we all used to avoid!
This potato cauliflower mash is a creamy, smooth and healthy side dish that goes perfectly with so many main dishes. A slightly lower carb mash, it definitely isn't lacking in taste with delicious hints of sage and garlic.
This cranberry sauce is a really simple recipe, and perfect for your Christmas celebrations. It combines cranberries, sugar, cherries and a touch of optional cinnamon for a sweet but slightly tart side-dish. Perfect as an alcohol-free and citrus-free cranberry sauce that is vegan, gluten-free and low histamine.
Cranberry Jello Salad is a new staple for your holiday feast! Whether you serve this cranberry salad for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, it is sure to be hit with Jello lovers. Featuring canned whole cranberries, crushed pineapples and sliced grapes, this is a colorful and refreshing holiday side dish.
Pan sautéed brussels sprouts with bacon, pecans, garlic and maple syrup for the best side dish. Easy to make and ready in under 30 minutes, these crispy, caramelized sprouts are perfect for any Christmas dinner.
Healthy sweet potato casserolewith crunchy pecan sugar topping is melt in your mouth, delicious and comforting casserole for your Holiday table without the guilt. Bonus – you can make it ahead and even freeze.
This recipe for sautéed Brussels sprouts and chestnuts uses the sweet taste of roasted chestnuts, which together with the natural bitterness of the seared Brussels sprouts is the perfect combination to go with your turkey.
Take your stuffing to the next level with this Brioche Stuffing with Rosemary and Sausage. The pillowy soft and sweet brioche is tossed in garlic herb butter then combined with ground sausage, mushrooms, and rosemary, this stuffing recipe is disappear quickly! It’s so crispy and golden on the outside and soft on the inside.
This simple and easy method of twice cooking the mushrooms is the best way to cook mushrooms because it guarantees that they're not soggy, but rather have a delicious meaty texture and a savory, concentrated umami flavor.
Sour cream mashed potatoes are creamy, buttery, and the perfect side for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any family meal. They're made with sour cream, chives, and Yukon gold potatoes for a rich and creamy flavor!
For a truly no-fuss recipe for fluffy, buttery Brioche Dinner Rolls, look no further. With 7 simple ingredients and 10 minutes of your time, you can make this no-knead dough. Let it rise slowly in the refrigerator overnight rise or in a warm place to bake the same day. Either way, you'll be rewarded with delectably delicious rolls.
This Roasted Acorn Squash is a beautiful and delicious side dish. Sliced acorn squash is oven roasted in a sweet and spicy buttery sauce, then topped with toasted pumpkin seeds, pomegranate arils, and orange zest for a holiday table showstopper!
This delicious Sourdough Stuffing is a must for your next dinner party. This sourdough stuffing will make your mouth water as it is tossed with garlic herb butter before being toasted then combined with sausage, mushroom, and sage. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, this easy sourdough bread stuffing is going to be your new favorite.
This Boursin Mashed Potatoes Recipe is really creamy and so delicious. It's an easy recipe that has only five simple ingredients and can be ready in less than 30 minutes! It's the perfect make-aheadside dish for a lovely family dinner.
Did you find a side dish that screamed perfect for your Christmas dinner? Honestly, reading these recipes made me hungry! I’m going to be cooking up a storm this Christmas trying out a bunch of these and I can’t wait to see everyone’s reaction to them. Please leave a comment below to let us know what side dishes you ended up selecting and how they turned out this Christmas season. Happy Holidays!