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10 (More) Simple and Delicious Holiday Side Dish Recipes

Planning a holiday dinner? These 10 Simple and Delicious Holiday Side Dish Recipes are all winners that are sure to be enjoyed by everyone!

Whether you plan to make just one or two side dishes or a whole lot of them, any of these recipes would be a delicious addition to your menu…and they’re all easy to make!

So, when it comes to celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas and other holidays, picking the main dish is usually a no-brainer. Turkey, ham, prime rib, and lamb are probably the most popular choices (or perhaps it’s tofu turkey if you don’t eat meat).

It’s all the yummy side dishes, though, that really stand out and make the meal special and memorable. Don’t you agree?

Many are traditions that we love and look forward to every single year. But I also like to try a new recipe or two each year to keep things interesting.

A few years back, I put together a list of 10 of my favorite holiday side dish recipes from right here on the blog. Since then, I’ve added a bunch more recipes, so I thought it was high time to do another round-up of 10 more of my favorites to share with you.

Most of these new recipes are veggie-based sides, but believe me, any of them will make you want to eat your vegetables! I’ve also got some easy dinner rolls and even a risotto (this one would even be a great main dish for our vegetarian friends).

And, if you stay to the end, I’ve also included 2 bonus recipes that I just couldn’t leave out because it wouldn’t be a holiday in our family without them!

On to the list we go! I hope you find a recipe (or a few) that you’d like to try!

close up of a spoonful of sweet potato casserole being lifted out of the baking dish

Sweet Potato Casserole With Pecan Streusel Topping

A classic Thanksgiving and holiday side dish, this sweet potato casserole is made super easy by using canned sweet potatoes (bet you won’t know the difference)!

a bowl of mashed potatoes with a spoonful being lifted out

The Best Stove-Top Mashed Potatoes

Creamy, smooth, fluffy, and flavorful, these mashed potatoes are the perfect side dish for everything from a simple weeknight meal to a big holiday feast!

maple glazed carrots with ginger and pecans in a white bowl

Maple Glazed Carrots With Ginger and Pecans

Take tender glazed carrots to the next level by using maple syrup, adding ginger for a hint of warm spice, and sprinkling in some chopped pecans for crunch!

sautéed peas and pearl onions in a pan with a spoonful being lifted out

Sautéed Peas and Pearl Onions

Peas and pearl onions are a winning combination, and this delicious side dish is super quick and easy to make yet so much more impressive than serving peas alone!

green beans amandine on a white plate

Green Beans Amandine

Fancy up green beans by tossing them with buttery toasted sliced almonds and a splash of fresh lemon juice for this classic French side dish!

close-up of a spoonful of oven-roasted candied sweet potatoes being lifted out of the baking dish

Oven-Roasted Candied Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a must-have side dish for the holiday season, and these easy roasted sweet potatoes are tender with a sweet, buttery maple syrup and brown sugar glaze!

cauliflower au gratin in a white baking dish with a spoonful being taken out

Easy Cheesy Cauliflower Au Gratin

Fresh cauliflower florets are steamed and then baked in a rich, creamy cheese sauce and topped with buttery, golden brown, crispy panko breadcrumbs. It’s irresistibly delicious!

horseradish carrots in a white baking dish with a serving spoon

Baked Horseradish Carrots

Tender carrots are baked in a creamy horseradish sauce and topped with buttery, crunchy cracker crumbs to make this easy side dish. It’s surprisingly different yet delightfully zesty and delicious combination of flavors!

butternut squash risotto in a white bowl garnished with parmesan cheese and fresh sage and a spoon on the side

Instant Pot Butternut Squash Risotto

This risotto is creamy, flavorful and super easy because there’s no constant stirring. With hints of thyme, sage and nutmeg, it’s a perfect side dish, first course or meatless main dish for fall!

90-minute dinner rolls in a baking pan with a napkin on the side

90-Minute Dinner Rolls

These rolls are soft, fluffy, buttery, and so easy to make that you don’t even need to bring out the mixer. The perfect complement to any meal, they’re completely irresistible when served still slightly warm from the oven!

Bonus Recipes!

Cherry Applesauce Jello Salad is a great alternative to cranberry sauce (even the kids will love it). And Pear and Lime Jello Salad is light, fluffy, creamy, and refreshing. They’re retro, super yummy, and always on our holiday table!

Don’t forget to check out my first round-up of 10 Simple and Delicious Holiday Side Dishes for 10 different recipes that you might enjoy!

Want even more ideas? Go to my Side Dishes, Salads and Breads pages. There’s lots to choose from!

I hope you find some new favorites…and I wish you a very happy holiday!

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