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These 37 Satisfying Holiday Side Dishes Pair Perfectly With Any Main

Move over, mains – when you put these standout clean side dishes on your holiday table, they just might steal the whole show.

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Holiday mains like turkey, beef roasts and even chicken tend to get all of the attention when it comes to mealtime and menu planning. But there’s so much more to creating a memorable dinner than just one great main dish – no matter how amazing it might be. A main is nothing without an array of side dishes. After all, what would roast turkey be without gravy drizzled over top? Or a slice of roast beef without mashed potatoes? Pair your meaty main or plant-based dinner dish with great sides, and you’ll have one well-rounded holiday celebration. From cheesy gratins to salads full of leafy greens to warming soups, we’ve created clean sides that are both traditional and new.

We’ve rounded up some of our best and most satisfying holiday side dishes so you can plan out a complete menu all season long. No matter how or what you’re celebrating, these sides offer up both delicious seasonal flavors and plenty of good-for-you nutrients (and most include a heaping serving of veggies!).

Holiday salads

Harvest Salad with Roasted Grapes & Pistachios

Mixed Citrus & Arugula Salad with Ricotta & Pumpkin Seeds

Watercress, Radicchio & Apple Salad with Mustard Seed Vinaigrette

This Jalapeño Corn Bread Panzanella Combines Stuffing and Salad into One Delicious, Buttery Dish

This Caesar-ish Kale Salad Has a Surprising Gut-Boosting Ingredient

Roasted Harvest Salad

Shaved Asparagus & White Bean Salad

Kale Salad with Sweet Potato & Sausage

Holiday Coleslaw with Orange Vinaigrette

Vegetable holiday side dishes

This Show-Stopping Hot Honey Hasselback Squash Will Impress Your Guests

Sweet Potato Casserole with Coconut & Pecans

Butternut Squash Lasagna with Cashew Cauliflower Béchamel

Skillet Sweet Potato Latke with Ricotta & Dill

Hasselback Red Potatoes with Shallot Herb Butter

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts

Vanilla-Glazed Sweet Potato Wedges with Candied Pecans

Buttermilk-Drizzled Greens with Crispy Shallots

Sour Cream & Chive Mashed Potatoes

Creamed Spinach-Stuffed Potato

Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Pomegranate Tahini Sauce, Raisins & Hazelnuts

Fennel-Scented Potato Gratin

Roasted Cauliflower with Brown Butter Sage Vinaigrette

Maple-Glazed Carrots

Sweet Potato Dressing with Gruyere & Thyme

Potato, Leek & Artichoke Sideways Gratin

Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Sunchokes, Pecorino & Olives

Potato Gratin 
with Lemon Rosemary Topping

Sourdough Dressing with Turkey Sausage, Walnuts & Pomegranate

Souffléed Sweet Potatoes with Garlic & Rosemary

Roasted Root Veggies

Spicy Scalloped Sweet Potatoes

Roasted Radishes & Greens with Tahini Sauce

Herbed New Potatoes

Warm and cozy holiday soups

Parsnip Soup with Shaved Parmesan

Curry Butternut Squash Soup with Spiced Pepitas

Pumpkin & Pear Soup

Roasted Parsnip & Navy Bean Soup

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