Ensure even the pickiest of eaters have a merry Christmas dinner with these vegetarian side dishes.
'Tis the season for holiday entertaining. Preparing for all types of hungry guests can be tricky, especially when taking food preferences and allergies into account. Serving a few vegetarian side dishes for Christmas dinner is great way to ensure you've covered your bases. With our list of Christmas vegetarian side dish recipes, you're sure to serve delicious and meatless side dishes all of your guests will enjoy. Meat-lovers at the table will also appreciate these vegetarian side dishes, since they will complement your holiday ham or dry-rubbed turkey quite nicely. From Gnocchi Macaroni and Cheese to Brussels Sprouts with Parmesan Cream, we have put together a few of our favorite Christmas side dishes that are free of meat, but full of flavor. For recipes calling for chicken broth, simply substitute vegetable broth.
Gnocchi Mac and Cheese
Recipe: Gnocchi Mac and Cheese
Try this grown-up twist on a kid-friendly, savory dish. Kids and adults alike will be begging for seconds.
Brussels Sprouts with Parmesan Cream
Add a tinge of comfort to these Brussels sprouts with the Parmesan cream, made from cream, cheese, rosemary and garlic.
Recipe: Browned-Butter Farro
Add this ancient grain to your holiday spread this year. Toasting the cooked grain as well as adding butter and seasoning makes this dish flavorful and filling, simultaneously.
This vegetarian side packs quite a flavorful punch, while still being a low-calorie option.
Spinach-Apple Salad With Maple-Cider Vinaigrette
Nothing compliments a gigantic holiday meal like a unique salad. Serving a salad full of flavor like our Spinach-Apple Salad with Maple-Cider Vinaigrette is an easy and delicious way to complement Christmas dinner with a vegetarian-friendly option.
Tee's Corn Pudding
Recipe: Tee's Corn Pudding
A delicious twist on creamed corn, this corn pudding recipe will add charisma and bursts of flavor to any Christmas dinner.
Mashed Potatoes with Greens
Recipe: Mashed Potatoes with Greens
Mashed potatoes make any dinner cozy and delicious. You might think there is only so much you can say about spuds, but this recipe for Mashed Potatoes with Greens will have you reaching for your dictionary with a twist on the classic Southern staple.
Recipe: Stuffing-Stuffed Onions
When you take a bite of one of these onions, you just might think you're eating two Christmas sides at once. An onion stuffed with stuffing? What could be better. The mixture of onions and stuffing is delightful, and putting the two together is an easy single-serving solution for your Christmas dinner.
Green Bean Salad with Hearts of Palm
Green beans with a touch of flavor, coming right up! This twist on plain green beans will add charm to your holiday table.
Recipe: Cranberry-Orange Relish
You're sure to relish in the flavors our Cranberry-Orange Relish if you serve this vegetarian side dish this holiday. It uses jus six ingredients, but it packs in the flavor, crunch, and color your Christmas dinner craves.
Classic Sweet Potato Casserole
Recipe: Squash Casserole
You can easily make our Squash Casserole in advance of your Christmas dinner. Just remember leave toppings off when making and freezing. Then, simply add them to the frozen dish before you reheat.
Wild Rice with Mushrooms
Recipe: Wild Rice with Mushrooms
Sure, there's always rice straight from the package, but consider dressing up your long-grain and wild rice to create a standout Christmas dinner side dish. With sautéed a sweet onion and fresh mushrooms, you'll have a richer version of your packaged rice.
Recipe: New Ambrosia
A fresh take on our classic Ambrosia, this dish uses fresh citrus, celery, cucumber, and avocados, then adds a seeded and minced jalapeño pepper for a hint of spice. Though this side dish is light, it's packed with fresh flavor and lots of nutrients.
Perfect Mashed Potatoes
Recipe: Perfect Mashed Potatoes
Mashed potatoes should have a place on every Christmas dinner table. This Southern staple is a pure delight, but making perfect mashed potatoes can sometimes be tricky. This recipe was created to get you spuds from whole to whipped in a jiffy, without sacrificing flavor.
Fresh Pear-and-Green Bean Salad with Sorghum Vinaigrette
Fresh and full of seasonal green colors, this green bean salad will exceed your expectations.
Green Bean-Goat Cheese Gratin
Recipe: Green Bean-Goat Cheese Gratin
Fill tiny ramekins with this noteworthy take on plain and simple green beans. It might even make a mark on the kids’ table.
Recipe: Carrot Orzo
A light, yet filling side, orzo complements any master recipe with its versatile flavor. This take on orzo is light and slightly sweet, a perfect addition to a holiday meal.
Hurry-Up Homemade Crescent Rolls
Recipe: Hurry-Up Homemade Crescent Rolls
Even though these rolls are a made-from-scratch recipe, this recipe is suited for any level of cook—even first timers. Once made, they won't last long. We're positive these flaky, delicious rolls will be eaten up the second they hit the table.
Charred Ambrosia with Toasted Coconut and Marshmallow Crème
This modern take on Grandma’s classic ambrosia will appeal to all of your guests. The toasted coconut and marshmallow crème add a sweet complex to a typically tart side dish.