Your traditional roast will always be the star of the menu, but it’s the Christmas side dishes that help it shine, and make the night extra special!
23 Extraordinary Christmas Side Dishes!
Delightful Christmas Side Dishes
This Christmas season, let us enjoy every moment with our friends, family, and food we love very much. Take a look at this list, try as many recipes as you want, and enjoy!
1. Garlic & Rosemary Skillet Bread
These are flavored with garlic and perfectly scented with rosemary. Yummy!
2. Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Cinnamon Butternut Squash, Pecans, and Cranberries
This Brussels sprouts side dish features the best flavors of the winter/fall season. They’re roasted and mixed, creating a festive and super flavorful side dish for Christmas dinner. — Something inviting to bring to the table!
3. Saffron Rice with Golden Raisins and Pine Nuts
This simple rice dish is a gluten-free and vegan-friendly side dish flavored with saffron threads, golden raisins, and toasted pine nuts.
If you can’t live without rice, this recipe is something to consider for Christmas dinner.
4. Honey Roasted Butternut Squash with Cranberries and Feta
A simple side dish becomes extra special and fancy with a touch of cranberries and cheese on top. Take it from this honey roasted butternut squash with cranberries and feta.
It’s a side dish with the perfect blend of sweet and savory tastes that’s festive enough for Christmas.
5. Whole Wheat Lion House Rolls
This bread roll recipe is a guaranteed must-try this Christmas season. It’s a healthier choice since it uses whole wheat flour.
And though it’s healthy, it’s still delightful and doesn’t skimp on flavor.
6. Easy Creamed Corn
Creamed corn is one of the most famous side dishes during the holiday season, and this recipe is probably the creamiest and dreamiest creamed corn you’ll ever taste! It’s the easiest thing ever to make and guaranteed to make everyone go crazy on Christmas day.
7. Cranberry Millionaire Salad
Any main dish will become even more extraordinary with this delicious cranberry millionaire salad on the side. Thanks to a homemade cranberry sauce, this salad comes with the perfect mellow sweet taste you’ll truly love!
8. Cream Cheese and Parmesan Asparagus
These asparagus spears wrapped in a cream-cheese layered puff pastry and loaded with parmesan cheese are not only elegant enough to serve to adults, but they’re also a kid-friendly side packed with cheesy goodness. A delicious way to enjoy veggies on Christmas day.
9. Orange Cranberry Sauce
Cranberry sauce is tough to resist, especially when it’s this good and tasty; the zesty tang of orange complements the sweetness.
Imagine this sauce paired with your turkey, bread, and sandwiches.
10. Easy Ranch Baby Carrots
Looking for a Christmas side dish recipe? Why not try these baked baby carrots topped off with delicious ranch dressing?
It’s insanely easy to put together and will add some vibrant color to your Christmas table.
11. Corn and Bacon Casserole
Revamp a simple corn casserole by adding a cup of crispy bacon, and you’ll have a crowd-pleasing side dish for everyone! A dollop of this tasty sweet corn and bacon casserole alongside your favorite meal will make the evening more special.
12. Italian Green Beans
If you don’t find this side dish special, wait until you taste it! I’m sure you’ll be surprised and convinced by its fresh and savory taste.
A delicious way to eat your green beans on Christmas day.
13. Loaded Garlic Ranch Mashed Potatoes
Adding ranch seasoning, bacon, and cheese is a genius way to make your mashed potatoes amazing. You need to try this side dish recipe on Christmas day and experience the awesomeness!
14. Cranberry Apple Pecan Wild Rice Pilaf
What better way to serve rice during the holidays than by cooking it in herb-seasoned chicken broth? Add even more flavor to it with apple juice, cranberries, pecans, apples, and apple cider vinegar.
This is a classy yet super easy one-pot recipe.
15. Sweet Potato Casserole
This delicious and pleasing side dish is a crowd-pleaser. Make everyone, especially your kids, extremely happy with this recipe.
16. Parmesan Garlic Roasted Potatoes
Roasted potatoes can be fantastic and very easy at the same time. This is a straightforward recipe, yet so savory and appetizing!
Every mouthful is bursting with flavors you never thought possible with just potatoes, cheese, and seasonings. It’s simply incredible!
17. Browned Butter Mashed Parsnips with Coriander and Thyme
Browned butter, coriander, thyme, and pistachios make these mashed parsnips a perfect substitute for mashed potatoes. It looks pretty and perfect for a Christmas table.
18. Hawaiian Macaroni Salad
Few words to describe this macaroni salad recipe — sweet, savory, creamy, and chock-full of Hawaiian goodness! It’s a delicious summery side dish you can try this Christmas season.
19. Creamy Sweet Potato Risotto
Level-up your usual Italian dish with some diced sweet potatoes and pecans, enveloped in rich and creamy Parmesan cheese. For a perfect risotto dish, make use of arborio rice, only if the carnaroli rice is not available since either can be an excellent choice of rice for this recipe.
Parmesan cheese on your risotto makes the dish even more delicious.
20. Maple and Bacon Skillet Cornbread
Make this one of your cast iron skillet recipe hacks; bacon bits mixed in your usual cornbread and dribbled with sweet-tasting maple syrup. The meaty bacon adds flavor to your baked cornbread, plus the sweetness of maple syrup and butter complete this mouth-watering side dish.
If you happen to be absent of an iron cast skillet, then make use of a 9-inch square pan or round cake pan to bake your bacon with maple syrup cornbread. It will even taste more delicious, with its crust baked to a crisp.
21. Classic Leek and Potato Soup Recipe
Winter season is here, and the best way to enjoy the Christmas holiday is a large serving of this warm potato leek soup. This classic French (or British, since there are a lot of claims) recipe soup is best served warm during the winter season.
It’s a simple, delicious side dish, so creamy and very easy to make. You can have it ready in just a little more than 30 minutes. With less than five ingredients, you’ll also save money.
22. Sour Cream and Chives Mashed Potatoes
Mashed potatoes are a must in every holiday dinner event where it calls for a side dish. And what better way to spice up the traditional recipe than to cook up this sour cream and chives mashed potatoes?
So ready your ingredients of Yukon gold potatoes or pounds potatoes, cream cheese, sour cream, green onions, garlic, plus salt and pepper, and you’re all set to bake/cook. Perfect mashed potatoes are creamy, thick, and filled with garlic and chive flavor — excellent for the holiday season!
23. Cranberry Fluff Salad
If you need a side dish or dessert for your holiday dinner, then whip up this cranberry fluff salad to complete your dining ensemble. This recipe brings out the sweetness and creaminess of a side dish as you combine cranberry syrup with pineapple, marshmallow, cool whip, and oranges and pecans.
Best served chilled to create a dessert-like taste to the mouth.
Want more ideas for your Christmas side dishes? Here are more amazing recipes you can try from Alex:
Side dishes are just as important as your main dish! With these options, your Christmas dinner is one to look forward to. Take a few picks and enjoy your side dishes this Christmas!
What do you think of these Christmas side dishes? Which recipes are you planning to try? Let us know how it went and share your experience with us in the comments section below.
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Editor’s Note: This post has been updated for quality and relevancy.