A Mega List of 100+ Christmas Side Dishes {Potatoes, Vegetables, Sauces, Breads, Salads}

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Create Christmas 2018 is here, and today I’m sharing a mega list of 100+ Christmas Side Dishes, which include recipes for a variety of sides including potatoes, vegetables, sauces, breads, and salads.

So if you are stuck in a rut with the same side dishes every Christmas, why not take a look through this list of recipes and switch things up a bit!

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A mega list of 100+ Christmas Side Dishes, which include recipes for a variety of sides including potatoes, vegetables, sauces, breads, and salads. So if you are stuck in a rut with the same side dishes every Christmas, why not take a look through this list of recipes and switch things up a bit! #ChristmasSideDishes #Sides #ChristmasRecipes
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Christmas Side Dishes

I’ll put my hand up and say I am guilty of cooking pretty much the same meal for Christmas Day year-in-year-out. I guess because it’s pretty much the only time we eat roast turkey, that it just feels easy to stick with traditional sides.

However, there are so many great Christmas side dishes to be made – as I discovered when I rounded up this awesome list of recipes – which includes potato, and vegetables, as well as sauces, gravy, bread rolls, salads (great for cold cuts!), and several others that are a bit more unusual, but sounded so good I had to include them!

Create Christmas was born in 2012, and is now in its 7th year! I share as many festive ideas as I can – my vision for this blog is to think up the ideas so that you don’t have to!

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As with all of my roundups, there are ideas from my blog as well as from lots of fab blogs from around the world. I have made all of links to these Christmas side dishes open in a new window so that you don’t lose your place on the list. 

I have split the list into sections making it easy for you to look through the various recipes, the list corresponds with the photo above – so that you can get an idea what the finished dish should look like. Enjoy!

Christmas Side Dishes: Potatoes

Potato Side Dishes

Lots of great potato side dishes here with regular, and sweet potatoes that have been roasted, mashed, baked, stuffed, and casseroled. Cooked in a regular oven, instant pot, and slow cooker.

  1. Roast Potatoes with Garlic, Herbs and Parmesan – Slow The Cook Down 
  2. How to Make Perfect Crispy Roasted Potatoes – Went There 8 This
  3. Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes – Bubba Pie
  4. Garlic Smashed Potatoes in the Instant Pot – Raia’s Recipes
  5. Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes (stuffed with goat cheese, cranberries and herbs!) – Delicious On A Dime
  6. Easy Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes – Delicious On A Dime
  7. Rustic Rosemary Thyme Mashed Potatoes (Gluten-Free, Vegan, Paleo) – Strength & Sunshine
  8. Coconut Ginger Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe – Eating Richly
  9. Crispy Coated Roast Potatoes – Fab Food 4 All

Christmas Side Dishes - Potato Sides

Potato Side Dishes

  1. Pancetta Cheddar Mashed Potatoes – Wild & Free
  2. Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes – Life Made Simple
  3. Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes – Delightful Adventures
  4. Sweet Potato Casserole with Oatmeal Topping – Little Sprouts Learning
  5. Crispy Italian Oven Roasted Garlic Potatoes – She Loves Biscotti
  6. Hasselback Potatoes – Salt & Baker
  7. Best Ever Melting Potatoes – Curry Trail
  8. Crispy Maple Mustard Stuffed Potato Balls – Spabettie
  9. Whipped Sweet Potatoes – Moore or Less Cooking

Potato Side Dishes for Christmas

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Potato Side Dishes

  1. Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes {gluten-free, Dairy-free} – My Gluten-Free Kitchen
  2. Twice Baked Potatoes {Gluten-Free} – My Gluten-Free Kitchen
  3. Sweet Potato Casserole With Marshmallow & Pecan Streusel – Celebrating Sweets
  4. Orange and White Easy Potato Gratin – The Organic Kitchen
  5. Maple Sweet Potato Casserole – The Organic Kitchen
  6. Pumpkin Parmesan Twice Baked Potatoes – 4 Sons ‘R’ Us
  7. Bacon Wrapped Potato Bites – Frazzled & Frugal
  8. Loaded Jacket Potatoes {with Cheese & Bacon} – The Purple Pumpkin Blog
  9. Parsnip & Potato Gratin – The Purple Pumpkin Blog

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Vegetable Side Dishes for Christmas

Vegetable Side Dishes

There are 50 recipes in this section alone! Seasonal regulars like Brussels sprouts, carrots, and green beans are here, but there are also several stuffed squash recipes, and lots of other vegetables too. These could go into rotation all winter long!

  1. Acorn Squash with Cranberry Stuffing – Jolene’s Recipe Journal
  2. Roasted Parmesan Carrots – Jolene’s Recipe Journal
  3. Pan Fried Brussels Sprouts With Bacon and Cranberries – Low Carb Yum
  4. Mashed Turnips (Paleo, Low Carb, Keto) – Low Carb Yum
  5. Curry Roasted Winter Vegetables – Went There 8 This
  6. Cajun Smothered Green Beans With Sausage – A Sprinkling of Cayenne
  7. Baked Yellow Squash Noodles and Cheese – A Sprinkling of Cayenne
  8. Butternut Squash, Apple and Cranberry Gratin – Lydia’s Flexitarian Kitchen

Christmas Side Dishes - Vegetables

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Vegetable Side Dishes

  1. Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Lemon and Toasted Almonds :: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Paleo/Primal – Delicious Obsessions
  2. Baked Squash with Buttered and Spiced Fall Fruit :: Gluten-Free & Grain-Free – Delicious Obsessions
  3. Instant Pot Garlic & Herb Carrots – Piping Pot Curry
  4. Fennel Gratin – Lydia’s Flexitarian Kitchen
  5. Bacon Wrapped Brussel Sprouts – The Gay Globetrotter
  6. Root Vegetable Casserole – Delicious On A Dime
  7. Fruity Cauliflower Rice – Strength & Sunshine
  8. Oven Roasted Asparagus – Delicious On A Dime

Vegetable Side Dishes for Christmas

Vegetable Side Dishes

  1. Quinoa Stuffed Squash With Almonds and Apricots – Eating Richly
  2. Garlic Parmesan Roasted Broccoli – To Simply Inspire
  3. Roasted Cauliflower Steaks – To Simply Inspire
  4. Turnip Tart (Low-Carb, Keto) – Divalicious Recipes
  5. Honey Roasted Delicata Squash With Fresh Cranberries – Cooking With Carlee
  6. Garam Masala Roasted Squash {Dairy-Free} – VNutrition
  7. Maple Glazed Roasted Fall Vegetables with Chestnuts – Cooking With Carlee
  8. Green Bean Almondine – Beyond The Chicken Coop

Christmas Vegetable Side Dishes

Vegetable Side Dishes

  1. Garlicky Sauteed Broccolini – She Loves Biscotti
  2. Rødkål ~ Scandinavian Braised Red Cabbage – Adamant Kitchen
  3. Sauteed Green Beans With Garlic Lemon and Parmesan – Curry Trail
  4. Honey Glazed Hasselback Butternut Squash – Curry Trail
  5. Broccoli Cheese Bake – An Italian In My Kitchen
  6. Italian Roasted Vegetables – An Italian In My Kitchen
  7. Crockpot Orange, Honey and Herb Glazed Carrots – Culinary Ginger
  8. Roasted Baby Carrots With Grana Padano and Prosciutto Di San Daniele – Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary
  9. Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Apples – Cadry’s Kitchen

Vegetable Christmas Side Dishes

Vegetable Side Dishes

  1. Creamed Spinach – What A Girl Eats
  2. Air Fryer Roasted Butternut Squash – Glue & Glitter
  3. Christmas Spiced Braised Red Cabbage – Sprinkles & Sprouts
  4. Roasted Beets with Balsamic Glaze – Simply Recipes
  5. One-Pan Brussels Sprouts and Potato Gratin – Yay! For Food
  6. Dijon Mustard & Lemon Roasted Cauliflower – Divalicious Recipes
  7. Cream Braised Brussels Sprouts – 4 Sons ‘R’ Us
  8. Grandma’s Canned Green Beans – 4 Sons ‘R’ Us
  9. Vegan Creamed Kale – Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen

Veggie Sides

Vegetable Side Dishes

  1. Brussels Sprouts, Bacon & Chestnut Gratin – The Purple Pumpkin Blog
  2. Honeyed Red Cabbage – The Purple Pumpkin Blog
  3. Honey Mustard Roasted Roots – The Purple Pumpkin Blog
  4. Squash Stuffed with Leeks – The Purple Pumpkin Blog
  5. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Shallots – The Purple Pumpkin Blog
  6. Hasselback Butternut Squash – My Kitchen Love
  7. Maple Roasted Carrots, Apples and Onions – Frazzled & Frugal
  8. Roasted Parsnips with Salted Caramel – Sprinkles & Sprouts

Christmas Side Salads

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Side Salads

Maybe not something you would have with a plate of hot food, but these salads would go very well with cold cuts – a favourite in the days after Christmas Day!

  1. Warm Sorghum Salad With Kohlrabi, Apple, & Fennel – Strength & Sunshine
  2. Tahini Celeriac Potato Salad – Strength & Sunshine
  3. Christmas Salad With Champagne Vinaigrette – The Seasoned Mom
  4. Purple Sweet Potato (Ube) Salad With Coconut Dressing (Vegan) – Cinnamon & Corriander
  5. Sicilian Style Fennel, Celery and Orange Salad With Hazelnuts – Mangia Bedda
  6. Winter Pear, Pomegranate & Swiss Salad With Poppy Seed Dressing – House of Nash Eats

Christmas SaladsSide Salads

  1. Jewelled Rice Salad – The Purple Pumpkin Blog
  2. Cauliflower Cashew Confetti Salad – Spabettie
  3. Christmas Salad – Simply Stacie
  4. Cranberry Celebration Salad – Oh My Sugar High
  5. Crispy Roasted Potatoes and Arugula Salad – Yay! For Food
  6. Winter Slaw – The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Christmas Stuffings & Dressings

Stuffings & Dressings

Stuffing seems to be quite different in the UK and USA. As a Brit, I’ve always known stuffing to usually be made with sausage meat (or sage and onion stuffing out of a box!); but in the US, stuffing seems to have corn bread as a base. Stuffing and Dressing seems to be interchangeable in some ways – they might both be made of the same thing, but stuffing goes inside the bird, and dressing gets served on the side. I rarely stuff the turkey with actual stuffing, but still call it stuffing. Confused? Don’t be! These recipes below fall into the stuffing/dressing category!

  1. Mexican Chorizo Stuffing with Poblano Peppers – Went There 8 This
  2. Cornbread Stuffing – Coffee With Us 3
  3. Stuffing Muffins With Chestnuts (Vegan) – Cadry’s Kitchen
  4. Savoury Kale Bread Pudding (Panada) – My Kitchen Love
  5. Mom’s Turkey Stuffing – Simply Recipes
  6. Cherry, Chestnut & Walnut Pork Stuffing Loaf – The Purple Pumpkin Blog
  7. Paleo Cornbread Stuffing (Gluten Free, Grain Free) – Cook, Eat, Paleo
  8. Spicy Chorizo Sage Cornbread Dressing – Boulder Locavore
  9. Aunt Betty’s Famous Ham Dressing – Julia’s Simply Southern
  10. Apricot, Cranberry & Pecan Pork Stuffing – The Purple Pumpkin Blog (no photo)
  11. Cranberry & Chestnut Pork Stuffing, and Apricot & Hazelnut Pork Stuffing – The Purple Pumpkin Blog (no photos)

Christmas Sauces & GraviesSauces & Gravies

  1. Red Onion Gravy From Scratch – Slow The Cook Down
  2. Paleo Gravy (Keto, Whole30, Gluten-Free) – Cook, Eat, Paleo
  3. Cranberry Apple Sauce – The Purple Pumpkin Blog
  4. Copycat Cracker Barrel Cinnamon Apples – Moore or Less Cooking
  5. Maple Bacon Gravy – Boulder Locavore
  6. Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy – The Purple Pumpkin Blog
  7. Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce – Beyond The Chicken Coop
  8. Easy Paleo Cranberry Sauce – 24 Carrot Kitchen
  9. Spicy Jalapeño Cranberry Sauce – Boulder Locavore

Dinner Rolls for Christmas

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Bread Rolls

  1. Whole Grain Vegan Spelt Rolls – Delightful Adventures
  2. Homemade Crescent Dinner Rolls – Smell’s Like Home
  3. Keto Bread Rolls – Diet Doctor
  4. Honey Yeast Rolls With Maple Butter – Smell’s Like Home
  5. Make-Ahead Dinner Rolls – Simply Recipes
  6. Slow Cooker Dinner Rolls – Living Sweet Moments
  7. Homemade Drop Biscuits – Finding Zest
  8. Gluten-free Pull-apart Dinner Rolls {Dairy-Free Option} – My Gluten-Free Kitchen
  9. Brazilian Cheese Bread – Simply Recipes

Christmas Side Dishes

Misc. Side Dishes

  1. Spinach Rice Casserole – An Accidental Happy Baker
  2. Indian Christmas Rice – Strength & Sunshine
  3. Vegetarian Mexican Casserole with Rice & Beans – Piping Pot Curry
  4. Roasted Chickpeas and Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers – Ruchi’s Kitchen
  5. Quick Winter Cabbage Pickle – The Purple Pumpkin Blog

Fruit Salads/Ambrosia for ChristmasFruit Salads/Ambrosia

Okay, so as a Brit, fruit salads – or ambrosia as they appear to be called too – are lost on me! But they are listed as a festive side on American food blogs, and I wanted to include them.

I’m pretty sure they must be eaten as a dessert, rather that sitting on your plate next to a slice of turkey and some roasted potatoes…? If any of my American readers clue me in, that would be awesome!

I found this article about how ambrosia became a Southern Christmas tradition, which goes into the history of the dish – worth a read if you like food history! 

  1. Orange Dream Salad – Accidental Happy Baker
  2. Pomegranate Jell-O – Salt & Baker
  3. Ensalada Navideña – Mamá Maggie’s Kitchen
  4. Cherry Pineapple and Mandarin Orange Ambrosia – Coupon Clipping Cook
  5. Cranberry Fluff Salad – The Seasoned Mom

Want more Christmas Side Dishes? There are lots on my Christmas Recipes Board on Pinterest!

Christmas Recipes on Pinterest
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A mega list of 100+ Christmas Side Dishes, which include recipes for a variety of sides including potatoes, vegetables, sauces, breads, and salads. So if you are stuck in a rut with the same side dishes every Christmas, why not take a look through this list of recipes and switch things up a bit! #ChristmasSideDishes #Sides #ChristmasRecipes


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