Christmas Vegetable Side Dishes

Best-ever veggie sides for Christmas

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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.

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



  • Our veggie sides use Christmas ingredients such as orange peel, cinnamon and more to add a festive touch

Brussels sprouts recipes

The Christmas side dish that everyone loves to hate. We've given some love to this versatile veg in our Brussels sprouts recipe collection here...

Brussels sprouts recipe with 'nduja

Jazz up your sprouts this Christmas with punchy 'nduja. ’Nduja adds a touch of fiery spice in this easy brussels sprouts recipe, ready in 30 minutes.

Brussels Sprouts Recipe with ’Nduja

Brussels sprouts recipe with shallots

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

Brussels sprouts recipe 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. Try making these to ramp up your Christmas Day dinner.

Brussels Sprouts Recipe With Ginger And Orange

Brussels sprouts with sesame and soy

This Asian soy and sesame twist on brussels sprouts makes a great alternative way to serve this unloved veg for Christmas dinner. Check out more of our Chrsitmas dinner ideas here.

Brussels Sprouts Recipe with Sesame

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.

Baby Roasted Carrots Recipe With Citrus

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.

11 Red Cabbage Recipes served in a bowl with a silver spoon on a white table cloth surrounded by decorative pine cones

Braised red cabbage with apples

Want an easy vegetable side dish for your Christmas Day feast? 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 Recipe 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, a simple side for your Christmas dinner.

Slow Cooked Red Cabbage Recipe

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 Recipe

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 Salad Recipe With Golden Raisins

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 Recipe 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.

Greens With Shallot, Pancetta And Chestnut Butter Recipe

Kale with parsnips and cream 

Want an easy veggie dish for your festive dinner? Check out this kale recipe with parsnips. Kale has a robust texture and flavour and 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 Recipe

Vegetable gratin recipes for Christmas

Winter vegetable tian

Impress friends and family over the Christmas season with our stunning vegetable tian recipe. We love the look of golden and candy beetroots but if you can’t find them, simply replace with extra purple beetroots, celeriac and swede. Check out our best beetroot recipes here.

Vegetable Tian Recipe

Finocchio al forno (fennel baked in cream and Grana Padano)

Put fennel at the heart of this easy Italian bake, it's the ideal indulgent side to serve with a Sunday roast.

Fennel Baked in Cream Recipe with Cheese

Creamy squash and sage gratin

Try our indulgent creamy butternut squash gratin recipe with sage. This veggie side dish is an easy alternative to potato gratin to serve this Christmas. Plenty more butternut squash recipes here.

Butternut Squash Gratin Recipe with Sage

Best-ever cauliflower cheese

Cauli cheese. Arguably one of the heroes of British food. Is it really a roast dinner if there’s no super cheesy, crispy-topped, piping hot cauliflower cheese on the table? Easy to make, you may argue, but follow these handy hints and tips to make it unreal.

Cauliflower Cheese Bake Recipe

Charred cauliflower with beer butter sauce

Try cooking with beer this weekend. Wheat beers are fresher tasting, usually with citrus notes and a creamy finish – great in cream or butter sauces. Serve this charred cauliflower recipe with roast chicken, grilled fish or braised lentils.

Cauliflower Recipe with Beer Butter Sauce

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. Discover more sweet potato recipes here.

Swede, Kale And Sweet Potato Gratin Recipe

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. Check out our best cauliflower recipes here.

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 Recipe

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.

Baked, Spiced Sweet Potato Mash Recipe

Roasted roots recipes for Christmas

Pomegranate-glazed roasted vegetables with grapes

Give your roasted veggies an impressive sticky glaze with pomegranate molasses, honey and blackberry jelly.

Roasted Vegetables Recipe with Pomegranate

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 recipe 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 Recipe With Pomegranate Molasses