29 Easy Healthy Side Dish Recipes to Make for Christmas Dinner
Lemon-Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Who knew mashed potatoes could be a show-stopping holiday side dish, absolutely delicious, and healthy to boot? Now you do, thanks to our flavor add-ins such as lemon, capers, and garlic. Each serving of the classic holiday recipe rings in at just 98 calories!
Savory Collard Greens
Add a hint of Southern flavor to your holiday dinner with our scrumptious collard greens. Cubed pancetta, a sprinkle of red pepper, and balsamic vinegar amp up the healthy holiday side without adding excess calories.
Lemon-Rosemary Potato Rolls
Give each of these low-cal potato rolls a swipe of homemade lemon-rosemary butter for an extra hit of luscious flavor. Bonus: The rich rolls can be made up to a month in advance, keeping your holidays stress-free.
Roasted Cauliflower with Cranberries
Tart Cherry-Cranberry Relish
Caramelized Veggie Lentil Salad
Make a salad full of hearty, nutrient-rich lentils and mixed vegetables as a beautiful starter at your holiday dinner. The roasted carrot-and-fennel dish is best served at room temperature, saving time on your big day.
Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Green Onion Vinaigrette
Delicate and delicious Brussels sprouts find their ideal flavor pairing alongside bright oranges and fresh coriander. If you don't have fresh oranges on hand, any form of citrus fruit will taste delicious in the dish.
Roasted Root Vegetable and Wilted Romaine Salad
Acorn Squash with Rustic Raisin Sauce
This sweet and savory side-dish squash recipe goes well with any roasted meat. Each wedge is slow-roasted with a raisin and apple pie spice sauce, then topped with a honey-vanilla mixture. A sprinkle of pistachios completes the dish.
Broccolini with Peas and Seared Lemons
Eat your greens and enjoy them, too, with this healthy holiday trifecta. Seared lemons add citrus to a trio of Swiss chard, Broccolini, and peas for a simple side dish that's ready in about 30 minutes.
Buttermilk-Sage Dinner Rolls
This holiday season, fill your bread basket with warm, fluffy buttermilk rolls seasoned with fresh sage. The recipe calls for simple ingredients, so there's no need for an extra trip to the grocery store.
Herbed Bread and Cherry-Cranberry Stuffing
Spicy Green Beans with Herb Salad
A pile of fresh herbs (parsley, mint, dill, and cilantro) cools down these spicy garlic green beans. The heat comes from a generous pinch of crushed red pepper. This healthy Christmas side dish is best served warm right from the pan.
Cranberry-Pear Chutney-Topped Sweet Potatoes
Simple to prepare and delicious to eat, asparagus can be enjoyed with the lightest of flavorful toppings. It's also full of vitamin B6, which may help lower the risk of heart disease.
Fresh Citrus and Cranberry Salad
Green Beans with Shallots, Thyme, and Shiitake Mushrooms
Forget your usual green bean casserole—make this healthier option instead! Sauteed mushrooms and seasoned shallots add robust flavor to our green bean side dish that's perfect for your holiday dinner.
Pair your holiday roast with these classic mashed potatoes. Warm melted butter and creamy milk keep them light and fluffy.
Acorn Squash with Bacon-Chive Crumbs
Succulent slices of squash soak up a brown sugar-apple cider broth as they simmer in the slow cooker. Crisp bacon and toasted panko form a crunchy crust atop the low-calorie side dish.
Mediterranean Three-Bean Salad
This fresh Christmas side dish clocks in at just 58 calories per serving. Fresh mint and salty feta cheese ensure the vegetable side dish is full of flavor. Preparing this beautiful vegetable has never been easier thanks to our simple step-by-step instructions.
Fennel and Parsley Salad
No need to smother this fragrant fennel salad with dressing. Just a squeeze of lemon juice and a parsley-and-Parmesan garnish complement the licoricelike flavor of fresh fennel.
These rolls incorporate dried cranberries and sage for bread that both looks and tastes like the holidays. Brush with egg whites and press with fresh sage leaves to finish.
Streusel-Topped Sweet Potatoes
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apple and Pancetta
Brussels sprouts are a great source of vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants. Try them with apples, red onion, and pancetta for a healthy but appetizing helping of vegetables that's full of flavor.
Roasted Holiday Vegetables
Try our roasted vegetables for a lower-calorie take on classic holiday potatoes. Fresh rosemary sprigs and toasted fennel seeds season hearty chunks of Yukon gold potatoes, yellow onion, and fennel.
Heart-Healthy Cheesy Potatoes
Thanks to reduced-fat versions of milk, cream, and cheese, plus crushed cornflakes, a familiar potato recipe stays on the menu.
Sweet and Savory Twist Bread
This low-calorie bread has a crowd-pleasing twist of both white and wheat doughs. A sprinkle of kosher salt balances the sweetness of the cinnamon, raisins, and pecans that flavor the bread.
Roasted Asparagus-Orange Salad
Upgrade roasted asparagus spears with juicy orange slices and an orange-fennel dressing. A hint of Dijon mustard gives the dish an added kick of flavor.