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.
If you’re going all out vegetarian this Christmas, try our Christmas vegetarian recipes here.
Brussels sprouts recipes
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.
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.
This Asian soy and sesame twist on brussel sprouts makes a great alternative way to serve this unloved veg for Christmas dinner.
Carrots recipes for Christmas
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.
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.
Red cabbage recipes for Christmas
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.
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.
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.
Parsnips recipes for Christmas
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.
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.
Greens recipes for Christmas
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Vegetable gratin recipes for Christmas
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.
Our cauliflower and three-cheese gratin is the ultimate comfort food and a must-have side dish for your Christmas feasting table.
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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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.