55 Best Christmas Side Dish Recipes

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Becky Luigart-Stayner

We know the pains of planning the perfect Christmas menu, which is why we rounded up dozens of easy Christmas side dishes to feed your family on December 25. Here, you can choose anything from healthy sides to ones that have taken Pinterest by storm. Which means you can spend less time planning and more time decorating and making the best crafty Christmas presents this year.

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Kale Salad with Pickled Cranberries and Crispy Quinoa

This super festive salad looks like a Christmas wreath in the bowl and tastes like a celebration.

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Nana’s Famous Corn Pudding

Don’t forget to put this on the table, or Nana will be upset.

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Bourbon Yams

Some folks spice their yams up with cinnamon. Others go with allspice or even cloves. We think heaps of butter and a good glug of bourbon does the trick just fine.

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Lima Bean and Corn Succotash

This simple—and simply delicious—anytime side should be a staple at all your holiday meals.

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Oyster Pie

Saltine crackers, lightly toasted, turn this salty, creamy dish into an absolute comfort food classic.

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Roasted Butternut Squash with Cider Vinaigrette

A homemade vinaigrette made with apple cider, whole-grain mustard, and red wine vinegar adds some tang to this dish.

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Horseradish–Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a Christmas must-have. These can be made ahead, and get an extra little kick from fresh horseradish.

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Roasted Squash with Goat Cheese and Poached Cranberries

Cranberries simmered in orange juice and maple syrup sweetens up this colorful goat cheese-topped butternut squash.

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Crispy Brussels Sprouts Salad with Citrus-Maple Vinaigrette

Crisping the sprouts in a skillet adds an irresistible flavor to this otherwise crunchy salad.

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Skillet Cornbread with Honey Butter

No good country meal is complete without a slice of cornbread.

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Cast-Iron Hasselback Potatoes

These perfectly spiced, heavily buttered, evenly cut potatoes are elegant, delicious, and easy to make. What more could you want?

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Composed Waldorf Salad

This classic salad gets a twist with pomegranate seeds and is topped with a creamy mustard-based dressing.

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Farro-and-Tomato Salad With Crispy Capers

Use a mix of grape and cherry tomatoes to make this bright and beautiful bowl. With veggies that look this good, no one will be able to resist.

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Scalloped Oysters

Shake up your array of side dishes with these scalloped oysters, which even your pickiest eaters will enjoy.

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Sweet Potato Casserole with Homemade Marshmallow

The one holiday rule is to never forget the sweet potato casserole. This one has a homemade marshmallow topping for an extra-special touch.

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Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

Chopped apple, Pecorino cheese, and hazelnuts provide texture in this flavorful salad. It’s a hearty, but healthy side—something guests will appreciate during the holiday season.

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Corn Salad with Bacon and Honey

Bring some Southern cooking to your Christmas feast with this fabulous corn salad packed with bacon and honey.

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Wild Rice-and-Cider-Cranberry Pilaf

Scallions and dried cranberries add some festive colors—and delicious flavor—to this pilaf.

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Fresh Herb Stuffing

A classic recipe like this one never goes out of style. What Christmas meal would be complete without stuffing—especially one with fresh parsley and thyme?

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Parker House Rolls

You can’t go wrong with fresh dinner rolls, especially these Parker House ones—which are sure to be fluffy and buttery.

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Broccoli and Cauliflower Gratin

Why eat plain vegetables when you can cover them in this Gruyère sauce? The recipe calls for a dash of nutmeg for a seasonal kick.

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Honey-Drizzled Citrus Salad with Pistachio-Poppy Seed Granola

Citrus + honey + granola = the best salad ever. Don’t forget the pomegranates!

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Hasselback Potato Gratin

This classic potato recipe calls for cheese on top of cheese and then, oh yeah—some more cheese. We’ll take thirds, thanks.

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Brussels Sprouts with Pickled Shallots and Hazelnuts

Add some flair to your Brussels sprouts with this dish, which tosses toasted almonds and pickled shallots into the mix.

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Roasted Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

Just imagine how beautiful the rich color of these thyme-scented sweet potatoes will look on a plate next to a slice of your Christmas ham. We can practically see (and smell) it already!

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Coriander-Roasted Carrots

Coriander, mint, and vinegar turn basic carrots into a complex side dish.

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Mini Carrot Pot Pies

If you’re having a smaller Christmas dinner and want it to feel more personal, make your guests these individual mini pot pies.

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Zucchini-and-Pecorino Fritters

If you’re hosting a more laid-back Christmas dinner, these zucchini fritters say “classy” and “casual” at the same time.

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Marinated Mushroom-and-Charred Broccolini Salad

This light salad will leave plenty of room for the other indulgent dishes.

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Farro-and-Acorn Squash Salad

Pomegranate seeds and hazelnuts give this side a nice crunch.

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