23 Better-for-You Side Dishes for Holiday Gatherings

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Planning a dinner party or holiday gathering? Complement the main entrée with a spread of healthy side dishes. Here are 23 side dish recipes for potato lovers, casserole fans, salad enthusiasts and more.


Most holiday menus include some form of potatoes. Spruce up your spread with one (or more!) of the following sides.

Rosemary Scalloped Sweet Potatoes in White Baking Dish | Vitacost Blog
Scalloped Sweet Potatoes with Rosemary

1. Buttery Lemon-Dill Potatoes (Vegan)
2. Spinach Mashed Potatoes
3. Scalloped Sweet Potatoes with Rosemary
4. One-Pan Candied Yams
5. Baked Lemon-Thyme Potato Wedges
6. Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes

Stuffings & casseroles

One-pan sides, such as stuffings and casseroles, mean easy prep and easy cleanup. Here are a few recipes that require minimal effort and maximum flavor.

Homemade Gluten-Free Ginger-Herb Stuffing | Vitacost.com/Blog
Ginger-Herb Stuffing

7. Ginger-Herb Stuffing
8. Green Bean Casserole with Caramelized Onion & Walnuts
9. Cornbread-Cranberry Stuffing
10. “Cheesy” Cauliflower & Hazelnut Casserole
11. Apple-Mesquite Stuffing

Fruits & veggies

Opt for in-season produce, such as cranberries, squash and carrots, when creating your side dish menu. These colorful sides will certainly pair well with any main course.

Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash | Vitacost.com/Blog
Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash

12. Superfood Cranberry Sauce
13. Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash
14. Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Pomegranate Salad
15. Easy Roasted Caramelized Carrots
16. Stuffed Artichokes
17. Roasted Broccoli & Almonds with Balsamic Reduction


Most of us can agree that rice is nice and grains are great. This season, give wild rice, chickpea “rice” and rice-stuffed mushrooms a try!

Mushrooms stuffed with wild rice #recipe | Vitacost.com/blog
Wild Rice-Stuffed Mushrooms with Fresh Rosemary

18. Cranberry, Orange & Pecan Wild Rice
19. Wild Rice-Stuffed Mushrooms with Fresh Rosemary
20. Mushroom & Turmeric Chickpea “Rice”


Freshen up your menu with a nutritious fusion of greens, lightly cooked vegetables and healthy homemade dressings.

Homemade Autumn Salad with Caramelized Squash & Maple Vinaigrette | Vitacost.com/Blog
Autumn Salad with Caramelized Squash & Maple Vinaigrette

21. Autumn Salad with Caramelized Squash & Maple Vinaigrette
22. Acorn Squash Quinoa Salad with Zesty Balsamic Glaze
23. Fall Pasta Salad with Butternut Squash and Creamy Lemon Dressing