Christmas Vegetable Side Dishes

Best ever veggie sides for Christmas

Every family has their favourite Christmas veggie side dishes - from citrussy carrots and braised red cabbage, to cauliflower cheese, roast parsnips, and infamous brussels sprouts, we have all the recipes you need for Christmas dinner

Try our best Christmas vegetable side dishes. Here are our top Christmas dinner side dishes, from Brussels sprouts to red cabbage and roast parsnips. Plus winter greens and some indulgent gratin recipes. We also have plenty of Christmas trimmings ideas here, from pigs in blankets to the perfect gravy.

We have made Christmas side dishes easy to make, and here’s our turkey guide to cook the perfect turkey.

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If you’re going all out vegetarian this Christmas, try our Christmas vegetarian recipes here.


Brussels sprouts recipes

Brussels sprouts and caramelised sprouts

Try our gluten free caramelised shallots and brussels sprouts for an easy but moreish side to go with your Christmas dinner. Caramelising the shallots and the sprouts gives this classic side a deeper flavour, and the calvados adds an extra zing.

Brussels Sprouts Recipe with Shallots

Sprouts with ginger and orange

Sprouts – the Christmas dinner side dish that everybody loves to hate. This is a great way to spruce up your sprouts to make sure everyone will be coming back for more. The orange and ginger adds a nice fiery sweetness and blanching them for just 3-4 minutes means they have just the right amount of bite. Try making these to jazz up your Christmas Day dinner.

sprouts with ginger and orange

Soy and sesame sprouts

This Asian soy and sesame twist on brussel sprouts makes a great alternative way to serve this unloved veg for Christmas dinner.

Soy and sesame sprouts

Carrots recipes for Christmas

Baby carrots with citrus 

A great way to jazz-up carrots for a snazzy Christmas side dish. Clementines add a festive touch, and lemon lifts the whole dish. Roasted whole baby carrots look beautiful, and feel that little bit more special than ‘carrot coins’. Try our other carrot recipes here.


Garam masala roast brussels sprouts

Liven up your Christmas dinner or winter meal with this amazing spicy Indian take on humble brussels sprouts! The homemade garam masala is delicious and can be used as a final sprinkle in any curry recipe if you’re making leftover turkey curry. 

Garam masala roast brussels sprouts

Red cabbage recipes for Christmas

Red cabbage with redcurrant jelly

A classic Christmas vegetable side dish. Adding redcurrant jelly and balsamic vinegar gives the cabbage a sweet and sour edge and a wonderfully glossy sauce. If you want to get ahead, this veggie side can be made up to two days before and reheated on Christmas Day to save time.

Tangy red Cabbage with redcurrant jelly

Braised red cabbage with apples

This classic recipe makes an easy vegetable side dish for Christmas. John Torode’s braised red cabbage side dish is spruced up with apples, smoked bacon, cinnamon and orange zest, and given a boozy red wine hit for a festive feast.

Braised red cabbage with apples

Slow cooked spiced red cabbage

This slow cooked red cabbage and apple dish spiced with cinnamon is so delicious it will outshine even the tastiest of roasts. Just 20 minutes of preparation is required from you to make this veggie side dish.

Slow cooked spiced red cabbage

Parsnips recipes for Christmas

Salt and pepper parsnips

A portion of roast parsnips is the unique Christmas vegetable side dish. Try our sweet parsnips with a hot, peppery edge. They’re super easy to make and require minimum effort. Make them this Christmas and leave everyone feeling full and satisfied after Christmas dinner.

Salt and pepper parsnips
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Parmesan crusted parsnips 

Another parsnip idea for a Christmas dinner side dish. This is a delightful and different way of cooking parsnips. The thin parsnip fries are tossed in Parmesan, polenta, English mustard powder and salt and fried until crisp.

Roast Parsnips Recipe With Parmesan Crust

Greens recipes for Christmas

Kale with raisins and pine nuts

This is a seasonal selection of veg if ever we did see one. Serve this bed of peppery kale, succulent raisins and sweet, garlicky shallots alongside your turkey on Christmas Day.

Kale with raisins and pine nuts

Creamed spinach with Nutmeg and gruyère

If you fancy an indulgent Christmas vegetable side dish, this is the one for you. Full of cheese and cream, it’s the perfect accompaniment to turkey and roast potatoes (here are our top recipes). It’ll go down well with even the fussy eaters!

Creamed spinach with Nutmeg and gruyère

Winter greens with pine nuts, chilli and garlic

Get some greens into your Christmas dinner side dish spread. An easy way to feed a crowd, this punchy dish of winter greens with pine nuts, chilli and garlic is ready in just 20 minutes.

Winter greens with pine nuts, chilli and garlic

Crisp greens with shallot, pancetta and chestnut butter

Try this new take on Brussels sprouts for your Christmas dinner. You can have the greens blanched and butter made for this in advance, then you just need to heat through to serve.

Crisp greens with shallot, pancetta and chestnut butter

Kale with parsnips and cream 

Kale is a really trendy ingredient at the moment. It has a robust texture and flavour can be used instead of cabbage or spinach in recipes. Cooked with parsnips, cream and nutmeg it makes an indulgent Christmas vegetable side dish.

Kale with parsnips and cream

Vegetable gratin recipes for Christmas

Swede, kale and sweet potato gratin

This recipe for swede, kale and sweet potato gratin is the perfect Christmas side dish or veggie main for the colder months. It takes a little time but is really easy.

Swede, kale and sweet potato gratin

Cauliflower and three-cheese gratin

Our cauliflower and three-cheese gratin is the ultimate comfort food and a must-have side dish for your Christmas feasting table.

Cauliflower Cheese Gratin Recipe

Cauliflower, broccoli and mature cheddar gratin

Cauliflower cheese is an absolute classic. Add broccoli into the mix and you get a bubbling, cheesy gratin that is pure comfort during the winter months. Why not make smaller portions and serve this as a side dish for Christmas dinner?

Cauliflower, broccoli and mature cheddar cheese gratin

Baked, spiced sweet potato mash

Don’t fancy potatoes this Christmas? Try our spicy baked sweet potato mash instead – it’s just as good as roasties. Prep your mash ahead then have it ready to finish off in the oven when people arrive.


Roasted roots recipes for Christmas

Ghee-roasted spiced roots

A Christmas side dish with a twist. Check out our vegetarian ghee-roasted spiced roots recipe. These roasted roots make for a great side for Christmas Day. Ghee can be used in place of butter or oil in any recipe. It has a high smoke point, which means it can be used for roasting, frying or even deep-fat frying.

Ghee Root Veg

Roast roots with pomegranate molasses 

Put these gorgeous vegetables in the oven while the turkey is resting. Pomegranate molasses and cumin seeds make such a difference to this Christmas side dish – it’s well worth buying the extra ingredients.

Roast roots with pomegranate molasses

Honey-roasted sweet potato with red onions 

This recipe for honey-roasted sweet potato with red onions is a great way to spice up your Christmas side dishes when entertaining over the festive period. It’s really easy to make but delivers big flavours.

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Honey-roasted sweet potato with red onions

olive magazine podcast ep78 – Christmas condiments, fancy brunches and our foodie guide to eating and drinking in central London

This week on the olive magazine podcast we talk Christmas condiments, the rise and rise of fancy brunches, and where to grab the best food and drink in central London while Christmas shopping.