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13 Best Christmas Sides

Dec 19, 2022 | 0 comments

What’s a Christmas spread without the sides?! These 13 Christmas side recipe ideas are guaranteed to support your showstopping mains. From SUPER crispy time-saving roast potatoes and potato salads to prep-ahead fresh salads, delicious bread and colourful, festive vegetable-packed plates, there are so many delicious ideas you’ll love.

Crispy golden potatoes on a white oven plate with large gold spoon on a wooden background.

Crispy Skin-On Roast Potatoes

A Christmas table isn’t complete without roast potatoes, and they don’t get easier than these.

You CAN get super crispy roast potatoes without peeling them. Just chop, parboil, roast and you’re done!

Large white and blue serving bowl with colourful butternut squash salad inside and pomegranate seeds on the side.

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Feta & Pomegranate

This festive roasted butternut squash salad is PACKED with colours and flavour.

Creamy feta, juicy pomegranate seeds, a punchy miso dressing and crunchy candied pumpkin seeds make it a serious winner.

Peach and halloumi salad on a white serving plate with a small gold spoon with a jar of chilli jam in the background.

Peach & Halloumi Salad with Chilli Jam

5 ingredients, 10 minutes, one gorgeous peach and halloumi salad.

Salty, halloumi + sweet, juicy peaches pair incredibly well, and finishing with a drizzle of chilli jam just takes it to another level. This is a lovely option to freshen up a Christmas spread.

Cranberry pecan stuffing balls piled on a large white plate with more stuffing balls in the background.

Stuffing Balls with Cranberries & Pecans

These juicy stuffing balls are the perfect side. They’re loaded with dried cranberries and pecans for a fun, festive twist, super easy to prep ahead of time (up to 3 days!) then just throw them in the oven when you’re ready to serve.

Garlic butter potatoes in a small blue oven dish.

Garlic Butter Potatoes

You can never go wrong with potatoes, but these garlic butter potatoes really take deliciousness to another level.

With just a handful of ingredients, you’ll be on your way to the best side for SO many dishes. They’re easy and perfect for feeding a crowd.

Miso roasted sweet potatoes on labneh, with chilli lime salsa on top on a white plate.

Miso Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Labneh

Tossing sweet potato wedges with a punchy miso glaze and roasting them until golden is a pretty unbeatable combination.

These miso roasted sweet potatoes are easy, addictive and can be enjoyed hot or cold. Pile them onto creamy labneh, drizzle with a fresh salsa and you’ve got a star of a dish.

Crispy dukkah potatoes on a bed of aioli with thyme and pink tahini scattered on top.

Crispy Dukkah Potatoes with Aioli & Pink Tahini

If you think roast potatoes are good, you’re going to LOVE these crispy dukkah potatoes.

Piled on top of creamy garlic aioli and drizzled with a super gorgeous pink tahini sauce, they’re fragrant, delicious and seriously addictive.

Green goddess salad on a white serving plate with a gold spoon, with green goddess dressing in a small bowl on the side.

Green Goddess Salad

This DELICIOUS chopped green goddess salad is an explosion of flavour in every spoonful. It’s simple to make, uses only a few ingredients and keeps really well.

Chopped cabbage, cucumber and spring onion are coated in a quick, vegan, creamy green dressing you’re going to love.

Pesto potatoes with crispy prosciutto and burrata in a blue and white bowl with a gold spoon on a grey marble background.

Pesto Potatoes with Crispy Prosciutto & Burrata

These DELICIOUS pesto potatoes are the ultimate fresh side.

Perfectly cooked baby potatoes are tossed with basil pesto, and creamy burrata then finished with addictive crispy prosciutto shards. Say hello to a new favourite!

Raw courgette and peach salad on a white serving plate on a grey marble background with a small bowl of dukkah on the side.

Courgette & Peach Salad with Lime Salsa

This gorgeous raw courgette and peach salad might just be my new favourite.

Courgette ribbons are tossed with juicy ripe peaches and a SUPER punchy dressing, laced with lots of lime juice and chilli. It hits all the best flavour notes – sweet, salty, sour and spicy – and it’s seriously addictive.

Orange gochujang potatoes in a white and blue bowl with small bowl of gochujang aioli on the side.

Spicy Gochujang Potato Salad

This spicy gochujang potato salad is perfect for summer BBQs and is an easy prep-ahead side that everyone loves. Bonus: No potato peeling is required.

Smacked cucumber salad on a white plate with chopsticks on the side, with a small bowl of chilli oil.

Smacked Cucumber Salad

This zingy, smacked cucumber salad is a lovely refreshing side.

Ready in just 5 minutes, it’s as easy as whacking some cucumbers with a rolling pin, chopping them up and tossing them with a salty, spicy dressing.

8 small rolls topped with garlic butter on a baking paper lined wooden board with bowl of garlic butter in the background.

Quick Garlic Butter Dinner Rolls (No Yeast)

These addictive garlic butter dinner rolls take garlic bread to a whole new level and take just 35 minutes.

Mix flour and yogurt, form into balls, pop in the oven and brush with a divine garlic herb butter while hot. No yeast, no kneading and no stress.

Pesto orzo salad in a large teal and white bowl on an outdoor wooden table.

Pesto Orzo Salad

This super easy pesto orzo salad will become your go-to pasta salad.

It’s as simple as mixing cooked pasta with pesto, tomatoes, cheese and olives, is fab for feeding a crowd, keeps really well and is full of Mediterranean flavours everyone will love.

7 pieces of focaccia on a wire rack with a small bowl of chilli oil on the side.

Easy No Knead Chilli Cheese Focaccia

If you’re new to bread making, this super easy no-knead focaccia is the best place to start. Just mix your ingredients, then let it rest and do its thing. No fancy ingredients, no special equipment and you’ll be enjoying the most deliciously soft and airy focaccia in no time.

I’m topping it with chilli oil and cheese to make it extra special.

Whole roasted cauliflower with a slice cut out of it, with a fork piercing a piece of cauliflower.

Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Miso & Tomato Pesto

This whole roasted cauliflower makes a seriously spectacular vegetarian centrepiece. While I love it as a main, it’s equally wonderful as a supporting act as part of a spread.

It’s loaded with a punchy Asian-style marinade and served on top of an addictive tomato pesto you’re going to love. It also uses a clever time-saving hack for pre-cooking the cauliflower to give you the best result, every time.

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I’m Kate, the creator behind Dished. I love creating flavour packed, simple (ish) recipes for you, designed for every day and special occasions.





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