9 Must Try Christmas Dinner Side Dishes

Planning a Christmas menu is always fun! With some delicious, quick, and easy, side dishes your holiday dinner can go from traditional to memorable with the right choices. With the hundreds of recipes out there it is hard to choose. Just stick to a flavor theme, décor theme and choose away!

Here are the top 9 on my list this year. A little more whittling down and I will have some awesome sides for Christmas dinner!

Christmas Salad

Every holiday table or buffet needs a salad offering! This salad will add beautiful, festive color to every table. It is also delish, easy to make and you can get it ready ahead of time and just throw it together when you need it.

Christmas Salad With Beets, Bacon, Swiss Chard, Feta; Photographer: Alison Miksch; Prop Stylist: Caroline Cunningham; Food Stylist: Erin Merhar
Image: Alison Miksch; Prop Stylist: Caroline Cunningham; Food Stylist: Erin Merhar


Get the recipe from Southern Living at My Recipes.


Brussels’s sprouts are always a crowd pleaser in my family. Every year there are 2 or 3 different recipes and varieties, never the same as last year, on the table. This year I am making this recipe, Brussels Sprouts with Vinegar-Glazed Red Onions, and I am adding bacon. The onions are sweet the bacon is salty, and everything is better with bacon.sprouts

Get the Brussels’s sprouts recipe at Martha Stewart.

Cornbread Stuffing

This not-so-traditional stuffing with wild mushrooms and pecans is amazing! You don’t need to stuff a turkey to include it in your Christmas dinner side dishes. It is moist, with some chewy bits and crunchy texture it is a must have to the table.stuffing

Get the recipe at Martha Stewart.

Creamed Spinach with Fried Cheese Curds

Try this fun twist on a classic, creamy side dish! The fried cheese curds add a delightfully charming treat on a traditional dish. Plus, they are freakin’ awesome paired with creamed spinach!spinach

Find this recipe at Food & Wine.

Roasted Root Mash

Don’t make the normal mashed potatoes this year! This is a flavorful, colorful and easy side dish that is sure to please all of your guests. Roasting the vegetables before mashing adds extra flavor and makes this a stand-out dish! You can even top the mash with roasted garlic for an even yummier treat!


Find a great recipe for mash root vegetables at knife, whisk & spoon or Delish.

Cheesy Green Bean Casserole

Give the traditional a cheesy twist! This dish has everything we love about the original, plus cheese! Need I say more?casserole

Find the recipe at Delish.

Roasted Winter Squash with Vanilla Butter

Christmas dinner should have loads of vegetable sides! Roasting your favorite seasonal vegetables and serving them with a flavored butter is always delicious. I always look forward to leftovers that are never there! This year I am going to use this unique recipe, with a variety of winter squash, and sage, people are sure to love it!squash

Find the recipe at Food & Wine.

Yorkshire Pudding

Forget the usual dinner rolls! Make these light and eggy Yorkshire puddings. Traditionally served along side roast beef, they can be served beside any main course you want! Make a large batch and cut it into squares or bake it in muffin tins for individual sized pieces and enjoy!yorkshire-pudding

Find the recipe at Steamy Kitchen.

Baked Kale Gratin

A great substitute for the original that will have your guests requesting the recipe! Don’t prefer kale? Use collards, turnip, or chard!


Find the recipe at Country Living.

I hope my side dish choices have inspired you! Planning and serving Christmas dinner can be fun, exciting and delicious with some new recipes! Don’t throw away the traditional, just mix it up a little and you are sure to impress your guests!

You turn! If you have any amazing side dishes for Christmas Dinner, let me know in the comments! I’d love to know what you’ve got (for next year)!

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Katelyn was inspired to create Dory Fitz when she realized she wanted to improve her life, and to help others improve their lives along the way. Taught by her grandmother that in all aspects of life, you need to embraced change, follow your passions, and live the life you want, no one will do it for you. Dory Fitz was created to help me, and you, do just that.

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