5-Star Holiday Sides
These top-rated seasonal side dishes are easy to prepare and perfect for holiday entertaining.
Roasted Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
Tired of plain mashed potatoes? Cauliflower, milk, and butter are added here to create a rich, creamy side. Serve with gravy and a succulent cut of roast beef.
Roasted Cauliflower with Olive Vinaigrette
Mix up your dinner sides by coating roasted cauliflower with a lemony olive vinaigrette.
Cantonese Spinach with Garlic
White Beans with Prosciutto
Canned cannellini beans are seasoned with fresh garlic and rosemary and simmered with splashes of white wine and chicken broth. Using canned beans allow you to get a quick side like Whites Beans with Proscuitto to the table fast.
Gingersnap Sweet Potatoes
Swap out traditional sweet potato casserole toppings, like mini marshmallows and pecans, for a streusel made from gingersnap cookies, brown sugar, butter, and flour. The gingersnaps add a little bite to this top-rated side and perfectly complement the potatoes' sweetness.
Tee's Corn Pudding
This classic recipe has a rich, soufflé-like texture without the hassle. The result is an impressive holiday side dish the entire family will love. We like to add chopped fresh chives on top.
Christmas Ribbon Salad
Garlic Mashed-Potato Gratin
Make garlic mashed potatoes company-worthy by topping them with butter and chives and baking in a gratin dish until golden.
Roasted Cipollini Onions
Fresh Cranberry-Orange Relish
This sweet-tart cranberry orange relish is a simple and delicious addition to holiday menus. Marination is key here, so allow this to sit in the refrigerator for at least one day to marry the bright, fresh flavors. You can get a head start on Thanksgiving prep and make this relish up to three days ahead. Hungry for more holiday inspiration? Check out our 15 Favorite Cranberry Sauce Recipes next.
Sherried Green Beans and Mushrooms
Make your holiday green bean dish elegant by cooking the beans with an exotic mushroom blend and stirring in sherry and fresh herbs.
Our Best Holiday Sides
Holiday cooking is all about your family's favorite dishes. From classic to unique, these top-rated sides take advantage of the season's produce.
If traditional sweet potato casseroles are too, well, sweet for your tastes, try this savory gratin featuring parmesan cheese and black and cayenne pepper.
Recipe: Sweet-Potato Gratin
Garlicky Green Beans with Pine Nuts
Go beyond basic green beans and add flavor with fresh garlic and toasted pine nuts. The recipe is simple but the flavor is not.
Wild Rice Dressing with Roasted Chestnuts and Cranberries
The nutty, almost smoky flavor of wild rice pairs beautifully with game birds and other poultry.
Wild Mushroom and Rice Timbales
Make your rice extra-special for the holidays by pressing it into timbales—metal molds used to shape rice and custard mixtures. Ramekins, glass custard cups, or even dry measuring cups make a fine substitute.
Three-Cheese Baked Pasta
“Rich and creamy” does not begin to describe this decadent baked pasta dish featuring three types of cheese, Alfredo sauce, and sour cream. This is one side dish that just might steal the spotlight from the entrée.
Baked Sweet Potatoes with Apricots and Bourbon
If you’re not a fan of sweet potato casseroles that taste more like dessert, this recipe is for you. The mashed sweet potatoes are subtly sweetened with a little bit of brown sugar and mellow bourbon, and accented with dried apricots.
Brussels Sprouts with Crisp Prosciutto
This easy side dish will win raves at your holiday meal. Simply sauté steamed Brussels sprouts in a skillet with butter and lemon juice, then stir in chopped prosciutto to achieve a perfect flavor balance.
Roasted Potatoes with Tangy Watercress Sauce
Dress up basic roasted red potatoes with a yogurt-based sauce featuring watercress, green onions, and fresh herbs. To save time, you can even made the sauce up to 2 days ahead.
Sautéed Carrots with Sage
This recipe makes just two servings as written, but can easily be doubled, tripled, or quadrupled for holiday gatherings. Since these carrots are topped with fresh sage, this dish is also a great way to use up any sage left over from stuffing your turkey.
Recipe: Sautéed Carrots with Sage
Brussels Sprouts with Currants and Pine Nuts
This elegant and popular dish calls for just nine ingredients—and three of them are butter, salt, and pepper! The rich blend of pine nuts, shallots, butter, and thyme is sure to win over even the staunchest Brussels sprouts skeptics.
Grilled Zucchini with Sea Salt
For more tender zucchini, leave slices in the pan an extra 1 minute on each side. When the flesh starts to look translucent, the zucchini is done.
Grilled Panzanella with Arugula, Burrata, Summer Squash, and Olives
In this recipe, both the squash and the bread are slightly charred on the grill. This salad pairs well with any grilled meat.