35 Healthy Holiday Side Dishes

healthy holiday side dishes

Whether you’re vegan, low carb, keto, or just want to keep your holiday pounds at bay with fresh, and super tasty, healthy side dishes, this round up will help. Plenty of recipes for all of the holiday side dishes you love to serve your family. Enjoy!

Healthy Side Salads

healthy side salads

Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Bacon, Cranberries, and PecansWholesome Yum! You’ll love this healthy, low carb kale and brussels sprout salad recipe! See how to make kale brussels sprout salad with bacon and cranberries, in just 15 minutes.

Asparagus Salad with Grape Tomatoes, Feta, Walnuts, and Sweet Balsamic DressingRadical Strength Crisp, crunchy asparagus tossed in a sweet-tart balsamic vinaigrette with tangy feta cheese, grape tomatoes, and toasted walnuts.

Butternut Squash, Apple, and Kale Salad with Honey Dijon VinaigretteThe Short Order Cook This beautiful salad showcases seasonal produce like butternut squash and apples. It is healthy, easy to make and so delicious.

Berry Spinach Salad with Feta and Spiced PecansFood Love This festive berry salad with spinach, feta and spiced pecans is the perfect Christmas side dish. The combination of sweet, crunchy, salty, tangy, creamy and earthy flavors in this salad make it a winner with everyone

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Sweet Corn and Chickpea SaladAmanda’s Cookin’ In need of a quick side dish that will make your family actually want to eat their vegetables? This Sweet Corn and Chickpea Salad recipe is quick to whip up and so delicious!

Roasted Asparagus Salad with Cranberries and Feta CheeseA Food Lover’s Kitchen This roasted asparagus salad is a vibrant, tangy, and beautiful way to serve asparagus. It’s topped with pine nuts, feta crumbles, and a homemade vinaigrette that make it irresistible.

Caprese Christmas WreathIt’s Not Complicated Recipes Enjoy the festive colours of this delicious Caprese Christmas Wreath. Simple to prepare, and stunning to look at.

Broccoli Kale Salad with CranberriesSula and Spice This Broccoli Kale Salad is superfood in bowl! Prep is so easy! Kale, broccoli slaw, cranberries, apple, pepitas and a sweet citrus dressing. 

Healthy Potato and Cauliflower "Potato" Side Dishes

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Garlic Mashed CauliflowerSon Shine Kitchen As a healthier alternative to mashed potatoes, try making Garlic Mashed Cauliflower. It has all the flavor with fewer carbs and less guilt!

Healthier Cinnamon Maple Slow Cooker Mashed Sweet PotatoesRecipes from a Pantry Your whole family will love this super cozy and easy to prepare Slow Cooker Mashed Sweet Potatoes!!! It is a great comfort food side dish for everyday family dinners, fall gatherings, Thanksgiving, Christmas and even breakfast.

Healthy Sweet Potato SouffléMae’s Menu Discover a healthier take on sweet potato casserole with this healthy sweet potato soufflé. flavored with coconut milk, maple syrup, orange zest, and vanilla, it’s a rich and satisfying Thanksgiving or Christmas side dish the whole family will love.

Vegan Scalloped PotatoesRhian’s Recipes These Vegan Scalloped Potatoes are super rich and creamy, soft and tender and super comforting! It’s the best indulgent yet secretly healthy side dish!

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Healthy Instant Pot Mashed Sweet PotatoesTasty Oven Mashed sweet potatoes are mixed with yogurt, maple syrup, cinnamon, salt, and a dash of nutmeg. Made in only 20 minutes with a combination of warming ingredients that create a mouth-watering taste and an extra creamy texture.

Vegan Mashed Sweet PotatoesAny Reason Vegans Plant based mashed sweet potatoes are healthy and delicious. They’re packed with vitamin A and other important nutrients.

Paleo Sweet Potato CasseroleKim and Kalee Delicious, holiday comfort food, the famous sweet potato casserole made paleo friendly.

Garlic Mashed Cauliflower PotatoesYour Home Made Healthy Garlic mashed cauliflower potatoes are the perfect quick and easy healthy side dish for any occasion. They whip up fast into a thick and creamy mashed potato with no added cream! Simple, healthy, and the best take on a classic

Healthy Holiday Carrot Dishes

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Carrot and Parsnip PureeCulinary Ginger A healthy side dish of roasted carrot and parsnip will meet the needs of any dietary restrictions that your Christmas diners may have. 

Miso Glazed Roasted CarrotsA Food Lover’s Kitchen Miso-glazed carrots are a tasty side dish for your dinner that is impressive enough for guests, yet deceptively simple to make.

Roasted CarrotsPink Fortitude These Roasted Carrots are easy to make, and they are Paleo, Whole30 compliant, gluten-free, and vegan. The taste is amazing as-is or you can top them with crushed pistachios. They are fancy enough to make for any holiday dinner and easy enough to take to a potluck. 

Thyme Carrots & CauliflowerBitz n’ Giggles Thyme Carrots & Cauliflower – Carrots and cauliflower tossed with thyme and roasted to perfection!

Brussel Sprout Side Dishes

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Balsamic Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Butternut SquashHappy Kitchen Rocks The best balsamic-maple roasted Brussels sprouts with butternut squash, pecans, cranberries and avocado roasted garlic dressing.

Sous Vide Brussels SproutsGreedy Gourmet Sous Vide Brussels Sprouts is a different way to prepare brussels sprouts, with minimal use of fats, while keeping the vegetables intact with plenty of flavour. No soggy sprouts here!

Bacon Pecan Sauteed Brussel SproutsSweet Peas Kitchen Bacon Pecan Sautéed Brussel Sprouts are mind-blowing delicious. A perfect side dish to finish off your holiday table.

Pan Fried Brussels SproutsDelightfully Low Carb These Pan Fried Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Glaze are not only super easy to make, they are incredibly delicious and make a great side dish for any main.

Vegan Caramelized Maple Brussels SproutsNo Sweat Vegan These Maple Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts are crispy, beautifully caramelized, and full of rich flavors. A healthy but delicious holiday side dish.

Squash, Turnip, and Corn Healthy Side Dishes

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Gluten-Free Corn SuccotashFood Meanderings This Gluten-free Corn Succotash is made with frozen lima beans and fresh tomatoes, red pepper, thyme, oregano and parsley. It’s also Weight Watchers friendly at only 1 WW point per serving on the blue plan! 

 Turnip and Apple CasseroleFood Meanderings This Turnip & Apple Casserole is a delicious mixture of apples, turnips, brown sugar and butter. It’s also been lightened to 3 WW points on blue per serving. It makes a fabulous side dish for holiday dinners. I serve it at Thanksgiving, Easter and Christmas!

Roasted Butternut Squash with Apples and KaleYour Home Made Healthy Roasted butternut squash with apples and kale is a great seasonal, healthy side dish that’s also deliciously festive. With the colors of the holiday season, it’s sure to fill you up with nutritious ingredients and help you celebrate in style!

Green Vegetable Healthy Side Dishes

Vegan Cream of Spinach SoupMy Plantiful Cooking This hearty cream of spinach soup happens to be high protein & vegan, kudos to the white beans! The best part is, everything is ready under 30 mins.

Southern Green Beans and PotatoesOnty’s Plate A satisfying vegetarian version of Southern Green Beans and Potatoes. It is the perfect side dish for a country fish-fry or a traditional holiday supper.

Parmesan Roasted BroccoliSweet Peas Kitchen Parmesan Roasted Broccoli is going to please your crowd. It’s easy to make, healthy, and goes well with your other holiday dishes.

Green Beans with MushroomsFood Meanderings This super easy Green Beans with Mushrooms recipe, with buttery garlic and onion flavors, is a traditional holiday side dish for my family. It’s healthy, quick and adds a burst of color to your dinner plate! 

Bonus Recipes: Instant Pot Broccoli with Garlic SauceRadical Strength

Instant Pot Broccoli Cheese SoupRadical Strength

Healthy Holiday Breads, Rolls, and Stuffing

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Mini Yorkshire Puddings with Goat CheeseA Mummy Too A lovely Yorkshire pud with a festive stuffing of vegetarian sausage, goat’s cheese, chestnuts and cranberry chutney that’s as quick as it is delicious.

Keto CornbreadWholesome Family Living Cornbread is a great side to go with any meat dish you are serving! As an added bonus, enjoy this comfort food without any guilt as it is keto and paleo friendly! 

Keto Mac and CheeseSorey Fitness This low carb recipe uses shirataki noodles instead of cauliflower as the pasta! Love your cauliflower? You can still use just the keto mac and cheese sauce from this recipe!

Herbed Farro DressingBeyond Mere Sustenance Healthy, fiber-rich, and delicious, Herbed Farro Dressing with Butternut Squash, Dried Cherries, and Pecans has all the flavors of fall in a holiday side dish that can be made ahead and makes great leftovers! Are you ready to try a less traditional dressing? This one is a winner!

Honey Roasted Butternut Squash BruschettaImportant Enough A mouthwatering simple and charming dish packed with goodness and seasonal flavor.

Honey Whole Wheat Dinner RollsCoffee Fit Kitchen These Honey Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls are the perfect side dish to any holiday dinner! They’re a healthier and heartier alternative to plain white rolls, and taste way better than store-bought!

Also check out this MASTER LIST for making any vegetable in the Instant Pot! If you want to streamline your healthy holiday side dishes while leaving your oven and stove free, this list is your new best friend.

How to Make Instant Pot Veggies (for Meal Prep or Side Dish)

How to Make Instant Pot Veggies (for Meal Prep or Side Dish)

How to meal prep anything in the instant pot: veggies edition. Use your Instant Pot Pressure Cooker to make vegetable meal prep fast and easy. Bulk cook your veggies and season them to go with a wide variety of prepped meals! Lots of meal ideas, seasonings, tips, tricks and recipes. #mealprep #instantpot #veggies #pressurecooker #healthyeating #cleaneating

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So many great side dish ideas here! Thanks for including me in this delicious roundup 🙂

Britt K

There are some great suggestions here. I am IN LOVE with the berry spinach salad. A local restaurant here has a salad like that and I order it almost every time that we visit. I’m going to have to try making it at home now!


Love all these health options! Will definitely be back to try some of these.

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