16 Holiday Side Dishes to Complete Your Traditional Christmas Dinner
Orange- and Balsamic-Glazed Tricolor Carrots
Goes Best with: Beef Brisket
Showcase the beauty of tricolor carrots. A balsamic glaze flavors the golden root vegetable, which proves a hearty companion for tender beef brisket.
Rustic Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Roasted Root Vegetable and Wilted Romaine Salad
Goes Best with: Duck
The key to getting everyone to eat their veggies? Roast them! This cooking method caramelizes the natural sugars in vegetables such as the carrots, beets, and parsnips in this winter salad. The deep, rich flavors pair well with duck meat.
Classic Bread Stuffing
Mushroom Fricassee with Fresh Herbs
Goes Best with: Roasted Chicken
Fricassee is a cooking method in which meat or, in this case, fresh mushrooms are sliced, sauteed, and served with a white wine sauce. The seasonal side dish proves a worthy topping to rich roasted chicken, but can also be paired with polenta or tempeh for a vegetarian Christmas recipe.
Broccolini with Peas and Seared Lemons
Easy Focaccia Casserole Bread
Beet, Fennel, and Apple Slaw
Goes Best with: Roast Turkey
Use simple, fresh ingredients like apples and oranges to add a pop of color to your holiday buffet and contrast succulent golden turkey. Beets and jicama join the fruit in a white balsamic vinaigrette for this citrusy Christmas side dish.
Roasted Green Beans with Beets, Feta, and Walnuts
Goes Best with: Lamb Chops
Root vegetables, such as beets, are particularly good candidates for roasting because they can stand the high heat without losing their shape. Cook them with green beans, then add your choice of toasted nuts and crumbled cheese. The red-and-green Christmas vegetable side makes an elegant starter for tender lamb chops.
Wild Rice Dressing
Goes Best with: Baked Salmon
The grainy nuttiness of wild rice fuses with flaky baked salmon for holiday perfection. Fresh mushrooms stud the dressing with earthy, meaty dimension.
Easy Parmesan-Fennel Rolls
Goes Best with: Beef Tenderloin
Fennel seeds add signature Italian flavor to beef tenderloin when used as a rub, and also add variety to your breadbasket. These simple dinner rolls get their start as frozen dough and can be prepared up to 3 days in advance of your Christmas dinner.
Goes Best with: Roasted Pork Loin
Roasted pistachios contribute color, crunch, and delicate flavor to this faux-grain salad. Balance the mild taste of roast pork loin with crumbly cauliflower and two types of tart dried fruit. The holiday side salad is ready in under an hour, plus it's gluten-free!
Meringue-Topped Sweet Potato Casserole
Skillet Scalloped Corn
Brussels Sprouts Casserole
Goes Best with: Beef Rib Roast
Say hello to your new favorite holiday side dish. Buttery Brussels sprouts get a gourmet update with a sprinkle of shredded Asiago cheese and crisp pancetta. Pile the creamy casserole high next to a steaming slice of beef rib roast—you won't regret it.