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Best Holiday Side Dish Recipes

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The Best Holiday Side Dish Recipes to shake up your menu! Get out of your rut with a delicious new dish!

Find delicious Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving Sides to round out your holiday meals!

Best Holiday Side Dishes | Fabulous, festive side dishes perfect for company or holidays!

Best Holiday Side Dish Recipes

There are a few times a year when it’s perfectly kosher to indulge. Thanksgiving, for example. What other day of the year would you have SO many carbs on the menu??? Stuffing, potatoes, corn casserole, dinner rolls, desserts? So it’s the perfect time to try new recipes, and that’s why I’m bringing you the best holiday side dish recipes from my blog and from some blogger friends. I also have some terrific Thanksgiving dessert recipes that would work for other holidays, too.

Fruit Salads

Let’s start with my favorite, Fruit Salads. Most are more like desserts with whipped cream and marshmallows. My oldest has been known to eat a huge bowl of leftovers for breakfast. You know that fruit =healthy, right? Well, maybe not.

The Best Ambrosia Salad {No Cool Whip} | A dreamy fruit and coconut salad with marshmallows and pecans.

The Best Ambrosia Salad

Holiday Fruit Salad with Marshmallows | A salad that's been in our family for 4 generations!

Holiday Fruit Salad (this recipe has been in my family for 5 generations!)

Cranberry Fluff Salad | A simple version of this Thanksgiving classic!

Cranberry Fluff Salad (A classic that both my mom and mother-in-law loved to serve)

Green Salads

Green salads aren’t always on our holiday menu, but they do make you feel a little more virtuous when you go for seconds of this versus mashed potatoes and gravy!

Spinach, Strawberry, Pomegranate, Feta Salad with the BEST balsamic vinaigrette

Strawberry Spinach Pomegranate Feta Salad with my most favorite Balsamic Vinaigrette

Holiday Lettuce Salad | Easy enough for any time of the year!

Holiday Salad

Arugula Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash | Jewel toned salad with squash, dried cherries and arugula!

Arugula Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash

Hot Holiday Side Dishes

Praline Topped Sweet Potato Casserole | Perfect Thanksgiving side dish--even sweet potato nay sayers will love it!

Praline Topped Sweet Potato Casserole

Spinach Souffle | An easy, cheesy side dish!

Spinach Souffle (a MUST have dish for Katie)Bourbon Maple Glazed Carrots | An easy way to transform carrots into a restaurant worthy side dish!

Bourbon Maple Glazed Carrots

Easy Sautéed Brussels Sprouts | A simple autumnal side dish that's tasty enough for the holidays!

Easy Sauteed Brussels Sprouts (My dad asked for leftovers for breakfast and he’s not even a fan of Brussels sprouts!)

Asian Green Beans | An easy, irresistibe side dish

Easy Asian Green Beans (My mom has been making these yummy beans since the ’70’s!)

Mustardy Haricots Vert | Green beans tossed in a mustard vinaigrette and topped with Kalamata olivesMustardy Haricots Vert

Roasted Autumn Vegetables | Squash, Brussels sprouts and dried cranberry party together for a magnificent side dish!

Roasted Autumn Vegetables

Green Beans and Bacon Bundles

Green Bean and Bacon Bundles

Holiday Breads and Potatoes

Buttery Homemade Crescent Rolls | Tender, flaky yeast rolls!

Buttery Homemade Crescent Rolls

Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

Moomie's Buns | Yeast Knot Rolls for any occasion!

Moomies Buns {Yeast Knot Rolls}

Perfect Popovers Recipe | Dorie Greenspan's picture perfect recipe!

Picture Perfect Popovers

Hasselback Potatoes | Seasoned Fanned Potatoes that will delight your palate!

Hasselback Potato Casserole

French Potato Gratin | A exquisite creamy potato casserole kissed with garlic, thyme and topped with Gruyere cheese!

French Potato Gratin (an exquisite version of scalloped potatoes!)

Easy Puffed Potatoes Casserole | Simple enough for a weeknight, but impressive enough for company!

Easy Puffed Potato Casserole

More Holiday Side Dishes You’ll Love:




Stuffings and Starches:

Cranberries and More:


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18 comments on “Best Holiday Side Dish Recipes”

  1. I’ll have a hearty helping of every potato dish please:@) Everything sounds great-Happy Thanksgiving Liz-enjoy:@)

  2. I need two plates please everything looks great I need to taste them all! 🙂 xo HTG!

  3. Thank you Liz for a wonderful collection of all the must have Thanksgiving Dishes!!! And for including my mashed potatoes recipe 🙂

  4. Great roundup of holiday inspiration! That spinach soufflé is calling my name 🙂

  5. Wow, you know I love the sides more than anything else in a holiday meal, I’m in heaven!

  6. This is such a wonderful collection of sides. I enjoy my sides, skip the main and go directly to desserts.
    So good.

  7. What a great round-up of sides. Love those retro “fluff” salads! 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving, Liz!

  8. Wow, you did a beautiful job on this! So many good ideas, thanks for including me!

  9. Scrolling through this post made me so hungry!! What a great line-up of sides. Sometimes I think the sides actually make the meal, don’t you? Great job Liz!

  10. So many gorgeous holiday dishes in this post, Liz! All varieties of those homemade rolls made me drool!! Thanks for such a wonderful post!

  11. Dear Lizzy, All delicious!
    Wishing you a very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving ! xoxo Catherine

  12. These all look so good! This is my third thanksgiving in America – it’s quickly shaping up to be my fave holiday !

  13. Such a huge list and most of these are my favorite recipes anytime!

  14. You’ve thought of everything dear friend and those fruit salads would satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth.

  15. I’m all about the sides! And I do love ambrosia!

  16. these are some great side dishes i’ve ever seen. i usually have appetizers and all for holidays but now i’m looking forward to make these side dishes in future for holidays.

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