These Christmas side dishes are some incredible healthier options to fill out your holiday table. From traditional Christmas sides like green bean casserole to sides with a healthy spin like loaded cauliflower mash, you’re sure to find some options your family will love.

Christmas Dinner Sides are the Star of the Show

When planning for a holiday gathering like Christmas dinner, I always think more about the side dishes than the “main”.

Whether you do a traditional protein like ham or turkey or go all out with something like prime rib, what you serve on the side will make it feel like a Christmas dinner.

Don’t forget the appetizers! Check out this listing of 15+ Easy Appetizers.

What Goes Well With Christmas Dinner?

You really can’t go wrong with anything on this list! All of these sides go well with any protein.

You’ll find plenty of traditional sides like creamy mashed potatoes and savory stuffing, along with some unique ideas to round out your holiday meal like brown butter mushrooms and spicy honey carrots.

Maybe you’ll find something new to try this year that you’ll be making for years to come!

Don’t forget dessert! Here’s a listing of 50 Healthy Desserts to choose from.

How Many Side Dishes For Christmas Dinner?

Do you go all out or keep it simple? It’s really a matter of personal preference but we typically do 2-3 sides with our holiday dinner.

It’s nice to have a mix of sides including some vegetables, a starch and any kind of “traditional” side you only make for the holidays.

Just remember when planning your dinner that you’re doing a lot of cooking and prepping already. If possible, have your guests bring a favorite side dish to the gathering.

Feel free to send them a link to this post for recipe inspiration!

Need a drink? We have some Cheery Christmas Cocktails for you.

Enjoy These Healthier Christmas Sides

The Holidays can be a tough time to keep your food choices on the healthy side of things.

That’s exactly why we created this listing! Whether you’re dairy-free, gluten-free, keto, whole30 or paleo, you’ll find delicious options in this listing.

Even though these are on the healthier side, they still taste great and feel indulgent. They are the perfect mix of healthy and flavorful!

Christmas Vegetable Recipes

We love these recipes because they are a healthy twist for Christmas dinner, yet still feel like comforting side dishes. The loaded cauliflower mash has become a holiday dinner staple in our house!

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Creamy Dairy Free Green Bean Casserole

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This creamy, dairy free green bean casserole has only 7 ingredients and will have you feeling like you're missing out on nothing at your holiday celebrations. And nobody else will even notice it's a cleaned up version of this classic side dish.
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Loaded Mashed Cauliflower (Keto, Low Carb)

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This Keto + low carb loaded mashed cauliflower goes with all the proteins and with all the other veggies. Perfect for picky eaters and get togethers!
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Garlic and Sage Brown Butter Mushrooms (Paleo + Gluten-Free)

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Looking for an easy and delicious side dish!?! Check out these garlic and sage brown butter mushrooms! They are extra tasty and go great with any protein!
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Roasted Butternut Squash with Goat Cheese from Eat the Gains

Roasted Butternut Squash combined with goat cheese, pomegranates, and rosemary makes an absolutely delicious, simple, and flavorful dish. It makes a healthy holiday side dish or is perfect for weeknight meals for fall and winter.
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Garlic Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon from Paleo Running Momma

These crispy bacon, garlic and balsamic roasted brussels sprouts are packed with flavor and make the perfect side dish for anytime! Whole30 and paleo friendly, plus kid approved!
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Spicy Honey Roasted Carrots from The Endless Meal

Honey Roasted Carrots are sweet, a little spicy, and SO DELICIOUS! A simple side dish everyone will love.
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Herb-Roasted Parmesan Acorn Squash from The Real Food Dietitians

Going beyond the brown sugar with this Herb-Roasted Parmesan Acorn Squash recipe. The perfect side-dish that’s made with just 5 ingredients.
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Italian Roasted Mushrooms and Veggies from Jo Cooks

Italian Roasted Mushrooms and Veggies – absolutely the easiest way to roast mushrooms, cauliflower, tomatoes and garlic Italian style. Simple and delicious.
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Traditional Christmas Side Dishes

When I think of traditional sides for Christmas, I think of sausage stuffing and mashed potatoes. However, if you think of sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce we have that covered too. Enjoy!

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Gluten Free Stuffing from The Wooden Skillet

Gluten Free Stuffing – a flavorful, moist holiday stuffing recipe that is tried and true!! Made with gluten-free bread and so delicious!!
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Thanksgiving Yams

4.47 from 13 ratings
These Thanksgiving yams have a complex flavor that marries sweet, spicy and tangy. Give them a try for a healthier holiday tradition!
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Sour Cream and Onion Potato Bake from The Defined Dish

This Sour Cream and Onion Potato Bake recipe combines two of my favorite things: sour cream and onion flavor + mashed potatoes.
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Healthy Homemade Cranberry Sauce from Food by Mars

Skip the canned stuff (and the refined sugar) and grace your holiday table with heathy homemade cranberry sauce this season!
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Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans from The Real Food Dietitians

This Thanksgiving side is sure to please! Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole is made with no added sugar and topped with toasted pecans & crisp bacon.
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Creamy Dairy-Free Mashed Potatoes from Mary’s Whole Life

An easy, delicious, dairy-free mashed potatoes recipe! Creamy potatoes blended with vegan butter, garlic, & plant-based milk. The BEST holiday side dish!
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Christmas Salads

Christmas salads with colorful ingredients are a great way to add some healthy options to the holiday dinner table. Try one of these salads this year to brighten up the table!

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Apple Walnut Spinach Salad (GF, Dairy-Free + Refined Sugar-Free)

4.14 from 15 ratings
This apple walnut spinach salad is a great way to make lunches during the week a breeze by adding your favorite proteins to make it a complete meal!
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Waldorf Salad Recipe from This Healthy Table

This Waldorf salad is a lovely light lunch or side salad. It’s made with the classic mix of chopped apples, celery, grapes, and walnuts.
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Pomegranate & Pear Green Salad with Ginger Dressing from Cookie + Kate

This gorgeous green salad recipe is bursting with fresh pomegranate, Bartlett pear and Honeycrisp apple! This salad will brighten up your holiday table.
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Christmas Breads

A warm piece of bread is a great addition to any Christmas dinner. Of course rolls are great too, and they make the perfect mini sandwich for leftovers.

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Pull-Apart Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls from Good For You Gluten Free

These pull-apart gluten-free dinner rolls are light and doughy on the inside and buttery and crisp on the outside. Make them for the holidays or anytime!
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Paleo “Cornbread” (Gluten-Free, Grain-Free + Dairy-Free Options)

4.46 from 31 ratings
Soup and chili season just begs for cornbread, right?! This Paleo "cornbread" brings a little comfort food to your winter this year and it's easy to make!
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Gluten Free French Bread from Gluten Free on a Shoestring

This recipe for gluten free French bread rises fast and bakes even faster. It makes the perfect baguette for sandwiches, garlic bread, and bruschetta.
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20 Healthier Christmas Side Dishes: Dairy Free Green Bean Casserole

This creamy, dairy free green bean casserole has only 7 ingredients and will have you feeling like you're missing out on nothing at your holiday celebrations. And nobody else will even notice it's a cleaned up version of this classic side dish. Plus, we've rounded up 20 healthier Christmas and holiday side dish options for you!

Ingredients

  • 5 pieces bacon, chopped
  • 2 cups mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1.5 lbs fresh or frozen green beans, trimmed
  • 2 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot flour
  • 2 cups full fat coconut milk
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • Plantain chips, crunched up as a topping

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
  • In an oven safe skillet, cook chopped bacon until it just starts to crisp. Remove and place on a paper towel lined plate. Set aside. Reserve bacon grease in pan.
  • While the bacon is cooking, prep mushrooms and garlic as noted. Trim green beans if using fresh.
  • Add arrowroot flour and coconut milk to a jar or bowl and whisk. Set aside.
  • Heat the same pan you cooked the bacon in over medium heat. Once hot, add mushrooms and cook until they begin to soften, about 2 minutes. Add in minced garlic and mix well with the mushrooms, about 1-2 minutes, until fragrant.
  • Whisk up the coconut milk mixture again and add to pan, stirring constantly for 2 minutes. The sauce will bubble and thicken, keep stirring to prevent burning. After 2 minutes turn heat off and stir in salt and pepper. 
  • Add green beans to skillet and mix to combine with the sauce. Sprinkle bacon on top.
  • Transfer to the oven and bake for about 25 minutes, until green beans are tender. Remove, topped with crushed up plantain chips and serve.
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