Christmas Side Dishes

Every Christmas dinner needs delicious sides to complete it. Salads, vegetables, potatoes, or breads—this collection of Christmas Side Dishes has it all!

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Collage of Christmas Side Dishes

Tips for Christmas dinner sides

How much to make: The perfect ending to Christmas day is around the dinner table with loved ones and delicious food. You do not want to run out. The following information can help guide you in how much to make.

  • Potato dish: plan 6 oz per person
  • Vegetable dish: plan 4 oz per person
  • Rolls:  1 ½  rolls per person 
  • Pasta: about 1/2 cup per person
  • Salad: ½-1 cup per person

Make ahead of time: After a busy day of gifts and fun you may not want to spend a lot of time cooking in the kitchen. Incorporating dishes that can be made ahead of time will make dinner prep run smoothly and quickly. The individual recipes have more information on how to make ahead of time and how to store leftovers. 

Keeping Sides Hot: Even if you’re able to make the Christmas side dishes ahead of time at some point some sides will need to get heated and kept hot until everything is all ready to serve. Here are a few options you can use to help keep your food hot:

  • A cooler: Not just for keeping food cold. Its insulation will also help retain heat. Cover the pots and pans with a lid or foil and stack them inside. (Be sure that they don’t smoosh the food underneath)
  • A crock pot set to low or warm. 
  • Use an insulated food carrier
  • Chafing Dishes 

Christmas salad recipes

Christmas Salad Recipes

Green salads or fruit salad both are a delicious addition to Christmas dinner. They balance out some of the heavier dishes and add color and flavor.

Spinach Tortellini Salad Recipe
This cold tortellini salad is the ultimate side dish for bbq and potlucks! With tortellini, spinach, tomatoes, olives, and parmesan tossed in Italian dressing, this Tortellini Spinach Salad is packed with all the best flavors!
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.88 from 8 votes
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Brussel Sprouts Salad Recipe
Full of shredded Brussel sprouts, pomegranate seeds, sliced almonds, and a little bit of shaved parmesan, this colorful salad has the perfect amount of crunch!
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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Tortellini Salad Recipe
Super YUMMY and easy Tortellini Salad filled with tortellini, salad, ranch, tomatoes and bacon bits - perfect for summer time!
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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Waldorf Salad Recipe
Everyone loves this Waldorf salad that is filled with grapes, apples, celery, walnuts, cheese and chicken. Toss it in a homemade poppyseed dressing and this salad is perfect for any lunch, dinner or appetizer.
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 17 votes
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Tomato Mozzarella Salad Recipe
Fresh, light, and healthy tomato mozzarella salad! Perfect for lunches with friends or a side salad to dinner!
Total Time: 8 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe
Delicious Homemade Caesar Salad dressing with crispy Homemade Croutons. This simple salad dressing will become your new go-to for salads!
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Pistachio Salad Recipe
Everyone loves this Pistachio Salad! With mini marshmallows and crushed pineapples, this cool side salad is perfect for summer or any holiday get together.
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Fruit Salad Recipe
A fresh fruit salad that makes the perfect side dish to any meal! Colorful, healthy, delicious, and filled with all your favorite fruits!
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe
This classic treat is always a crowd pleaser with a pretzel crust, cream cheese layer and strawberry jello topping! Strawberry Jello Pretzel Salad is the ultimate combination of sweet and salty!
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Ambrosia Salad Recipe
This ambrosia salad will take your straight back to your childhood. The best creamy fruit salad with mini marshmallows mixed in!
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Christmas vegetable side dishes - green bean bundles perfect as Christmas side dishes

Christmas Vegetable Side Dishes

No meal in complete without a side of vegetables. Thankfully I have an assortment of delicious veggie recipes that adults and kids will like.

Glazed Carrots Recipe
If you need a go-to side dish, these Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots are perfect for you! The tastiest candied carrots recipe!! Even better, it takes less than 10 minutes to make and only requires 4 ingredients!
Total Time: 10 minutes
4.97 from 28 votes
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Green Bean Bundles Recipe
These Green Bean Bundles make for the ultimate side dish. Bacon wrapped green beans drizzled in butter, brown sugar, and garlic salt - the flavor can't be beat!!
Total Time: 23 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Zucchini Fries recipe
This favorite side dish is packed with flavor! Zucchini sticks crusted and baked in panko, parmesan cheese, oregano, and basil. These baked zucchini sticks are healthy AND delicious!
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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Crock Pot Creamed Corn Recipe
A big holiday dinner wouldn't be complete without rich flavorful creamed corn! It's creamy, buttery, and cheesy. Everyone's favorite holiday side dish!
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Roasted Vegetables Recipe
Simple, flavorful, and healthy roasted vegetables that take less than 10 minutes of prep work! Nothing beats yummy veggies roasted in the oven!
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Grilled Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Recipe
This Recipe Is Inspired By One Of Our Favorite Disneyland Foods – Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Skewers From Bengal Barbecue! These Skewers Only Require 4 Ingredients And Take Less Than 10 Minutes On The Grill! 
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Brussel Sprouts Bacon Recipe
Brussel sprouts with bacon has a delicious flavor that will make you come back for second and third helpings! Adding bacon is the perfect addition to this side dish recipe that is simple and loved by all.
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Christmas potato recipes - roasted red potatoes on plate

christmas potato recipes

From Russet to Red, or even Sweet, potatoes make a filling and delicious side that will compliment any Main dish.

Baked Parmesan Potatoes Recipe
Simple and Delicious Baked Parmesan Potatoes recipe - the PERFECT side dish! Cubed potatoes seasoned with olive oil, parmesan cheese, ranch dry mix, garlic pepper, and salt.
Total Time: 30 minutes
4.5 from 2 votes
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Twice Baked Potato Recipe
After having these Twice Baked Potatoes, you'll never want regular baked potatoes again! These super easy potatoes are loaded with sour cream, cheese, bacon, and seasonings! For being such a delicious side, they are SO simple!
Total Time: 1 hour 26 minutes
5 from 4 votes
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Crockpot Mashed Potatoes Recipe
These cheesy garlic Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes are the perfect accompaniment to any meal, and so incredibly easy to make. They're creamy, smooth and savory, and the cheese adds so much delicious flavor.
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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Funeral Potatoes Recipe
Cheesy and delicious Funeral potatoes (aka Cheesy potatoes, Party Potatoes). This simple casserole is a potato lovers dream. With cheesy, sour cream, butter, cream of chicken and born, these potatoes are perfect for any meal or holiday.
Total Time: 50 minutes
4.95 from 84 votes
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Crockpot Scalloped Potatoes Recipe
Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes - these creamy potatoes are a perfect side dish to just about any meal! You only need a few simple ingredients, and your crock pot does all the work.
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
4.91 from 11 votes
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Roasted Red Potatoes Recipe
Oven roasted red potatoes are the perfect addition to any dinner! This crispy, seasoned side dish will add flavor and color to your meal.
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Sweet Potato Hash Recipe
A healthy and filling dish that can be served on the side or in a bowl with your favorite protein choice. Sweet, salty, and super tasty, this sweet potato hash will become a new favorite.
5 from 3 votes
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Candied Sweet Potatoes Recipe
Delicious Candied Sweet Potatoes - a simple and tasty side dish that will be a family favorite! Soft sweet potatoes mixed with butter, brown sugar, water, salt and pepper.
Total Time: 18 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Mashed Sweet Potato Recipe
Buttery smooth mashed sweet potatoes that elevate any meal you're making. With maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, butter and more, you will love the combination of sweet and savory these potatoes have to offer.
Total Time: 55 minutes
4 from 1 vote
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Baked Parmesan Sweet Potatoes Recipe
Baked Parmesan Sweet Potatoes- soft sweet potatoes coated with parmesan cheese and all kinds of spices!! It's a new favorite side dish that is quick and delicious.
Total Time: 25 minutes
4.92 from 36 votes
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Christmas Dinner Rolls

Christmas dinner rolls, Breads + more

Rolls, stuffing and cheesy pasta you’re craving for the delicious carb with certainly be satisfied. And who doesn’t include rolls as some of their Christmas side dishes?! Exactly what I thought – you need them!

Cornbread Stuffing Recipe
Savory cornbread stuffing is the perfect side dish, especially for holiday meals! The texture is perfect and the flavor is delicious!
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Dinner Rolls Recipe
These Are Our ALL-TIME FAVORITE Dinner Rolls! They Are Soft, Butter-Y And Always The Hit For Any Dinner Or Holiday Get Together. It’s So Hard To Eat Just One!
Total Time: 35 minutes
4.94 from 93 votes
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Easy French Bread Recipe
The BEST Homemade French Bread recipe - so soft and tasty!! Serve with butter or turn it into a delicious appetizer. Everyone loves this recipe!
Total Time: 35 minutes
4.97 from 32 votes
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Yeast Rolls Recipe
Homemade Dinner Rolls Recipe that are delicious and perfect for any meal. They're soft, delicious and a hit at every meal!
Total Time: 2 hours 12 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Buttery Bread Knots
Buttery Bread Knots Recipe
Delicious Buttery Bread Knots. So soft and the prefect side!! 
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Texas Roadhouse Rolls Recipe
Texas Roadhouse Copycat Rolls with Cinnamon Butter - so soft they melt in your mouth!! 
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Homemade Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
Homemade Macaroni and Cheese - noodles in heavy cream and 3 kinds of cheeses along with chunks of ham. It's a recipe everyone will love!
Total Time: 50 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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All of these Christmas Sides will be perfect for your Christmas Dinner. Enjoy!

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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