45 Healthy Holiday Side Dishes for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hanukkah!

It is time to start thinking about holiday meals! Add any of these healthy holiday side dishes to the menu for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, or any holiday! 

The holidays are HERE! Whether you are ready or not. I love the holidays (this is Linley:) because I love any reason to get my people around a table and to have the opportunity to feed them tasty and healthy food.

My family has always had tasty staple side dishes when it comes to the holidays, but as I’ve gotten older, it has been fun to add new dishes to the menu. I have also loved trying to do two or three courses to a holiday meal so that you can start with a tasty soup or salad. Whether you are looking for a spin on a classic side dishes or if you want to add something totally new to the menu, we’ve got something for you.

These are healthy side dishes for whatever holiday you celebrate! I don’t believe you have to sacrifice flavor for healthy options during the holiday season. Yes, you will still see some butter in our holiday recipes, but you will also see healthy substitutions for white sugar, fried foods, canned veggies, heavy cream, and more!

We have also pulled in some of our favorite recipes by other bloggers we love. So, get crackin’ and enjoy perusing these tasty Healthy Holiday Side Dishes!

Healthy Green Bean Casserole from Fit Foodie Finds

The World’s Best Parmesan Garlic Roasted Brussels Sprouts from Fit Foodie Finds

Make these Balsamic Sea Salt Roasted Brussels Sprouts this holiday season for the most delicious vegan and paleo side that everyone will gobble up!

Lightened- Up Herby Mashed Potatoes from Fit Foodie Finds

Add these lightened-up herby mashed potatoes to your Thanksgiving dinner. They’re made with russet potatoes, Greek yogurt, a little bit of butter, and tons of fresh herbs for a flavorful, healthy side dish.

Lightened-Up Broccoli Cheddar Twice Baked Potatoes from Fit Foodie Finds

 Be the hero of your holiday gathering and bring these Lightened Up Broccoli Cheddar Twice Baked Potatoes. Your friends and family will love them!

Baked Cheddar Sweet Potato Fritters from Fit Foodie Finds

I can’t wait for you to make your holiday guests these Baked Cheddar Sweet Potato Fritters made with a base of grated sweet potato and sharp cheddar cheese.

Super Simple Garlic Roasted Cauliflower from Fit Foodie Finds

This Super Simple Garlic Roasted Cauliflower is the perfect flavor-packed, healthy side dish for any meal. It even makes for a great snack!

30-Minute Spicy Butternut Squash Soup from Fit Foodie Finds

This 30-Minute Spicy Butternut Squash Soup is the perfect weeknight meal that the whole family will love! It is dairy-free, vegetarian, and absolutely delicious.

Holiday Kale Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash from Eating Bird Food

This vibrant kale salad with roasted butternut squash is absolutely perfect for the holidays (or an average weeknight). You can make it ahead of time and everyone loves it! Vegan and gluten-free.

Broccoli and Cheddar White Quinoa Mac and Cheese from Ambitious Kitchen

The best comfort food made a little more nutritious & gluten free! Try this quinoa mac and cheese with broccoli, a creamy white cheddar sauce & a cracker crust topping!

Parmesan Roasted Green Beans from Lemon Tree Dwelling

These Parmesan Roasted Green Beans are the most delicious way to enjoy fresh green beans! Perfect for holidays, dinners, or a healthy snack….and best of all, they’re made with just 5 ingredients!

Cheesy Zucchini Quinoa from Running to the Kitchen

This cheesy zucchini quinoa is a great way to sneak in vegetables to a cheesy comforting dish that everyone will love.

Scalloped Sweet Potatoes from Food Faith Fitness

These easy scalloped sweet potatoes are SO creamy and flavorful, you’ll have a hard time believing they’re secretly healthy and paleo and vegan friendly!

Perfectly Crispy Rosemary Baked Fries from Running to the Kitchen

These are perfectly crispy rosemary baked fries. Just a quick soak of 10 minutes leads to the best baked fry I’ve ever tasted.

Vegan Cornbread Stuffing from Minimalist Baker

Savory, flavorful, tender cornbread stuffing with roasted cranberries, sautéed leeks and onions, and pecans. A healthier plant-based side for any occasion.

Best Damn Vegan Biscuits from Minimalist Baker

Fluffy, buttery vegan biscuits that require just 30 minutes, 7 ingredients, and 1 bowl! Perfect for breakfast as is or smothered with jam!

Mini Greek Spinach Pies from Skinnytaste

These bite-sized spinach pies are a fun twist on one of my favorite Greek dishes, Spanakopita. These are great appetizers for the Holidays, football games, or anytime you get together with friends and family.

Chicken Sausage and Herb Stuffing from Skinnytaste

I don't know about you, but for me the ONE thing I crave most on Thanksgiving is the stuffing!

Maple Bacon Sweet Potato Sliders from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Creamy, flavorful, sweet potato topping piped onto a nice slider bottom and topped with bacon. Sign me up. I love that these can go from the appetizer table to the sides with your turkey!

Slow Cooker Stuffing from Cooking Classy

I’ve never dared share a recipe for stuffing yet because it’s one of those things that’s just, well, not very pretty. So what do you do? Toss in a carrot for color and sprinkle on the fresh herbs :). It’s still not pretty but it tastes amazing so who cares?

Maple Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash from Life Made Sweeter

Maple Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash makes an easy, healthy & delicious side dish perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas or any holiday gathering. The best part this is that it’s easy to customize for various diets. It’s gluten free, paleo friendly and refined sugar free.

Broccoli Gratin with Swiss and Parmesan from Kalyn’s Kitchen

This Broccoli Gratin with Swiss and Parmesan is a deliciously healthy option for a Thanksgiving side dish, and it’s low-carb, Keto, low-glycemic, gluten-free, meatless, and South Beach Diet friendly

Honey Maple Roasted Carrots from The Café Sucre Farine

Transform the everyday humble carrot into a spectacular side with this easy Honey Maple Roasted Carrots recipe! Be sure to make plenty as they will disappear quickly!

Stuffed Mushroom Casserole from Peas and Crayons

I love a good recipe shortcut, and this delicious Stuffed Mushroom Casserole transforms my family’s favorite appetizer into a super easy casserole!

Cranberry Apple Pecan Wild Rice Pilaf from Carl’s Bad Cravings

Easy one pot Cranberry Apple Pecan Wild Rice Pilaf simmered in herb seasoned chicken broth and apple juice and riddled with sweet dried cranberries, apples and roasted pecans for an unbelievable savory sweet side dish perfect for the holidays and easy enough for everyday!

Whipped Feta and Avocado Crostini with Pomegranate from Ambitious Kitchen

Whipped avocado and feta spread on garlic toasted bread and topped with pomegranate seeds. An easy, festive appetizer with simple, delicious ingredients.

Healthy Green Bean Casserole from Hummusapien

This ultra creamy whole foods version of the classic green bean casserole tastes so decadent that you'll never guess it's dairy and guilt-free! Vegan and gluten-free.

Roasted Beet Salad with Feta and Dill from The Life Jolie

Try this Roasted Beet Salad with Feta and Dill: it’s an easy side dish recipe and is a great alternative to the usual holiday sides. Served cold with citrus and olive oil as a dressing it is a healthy and fresh option for any season!

5 Ingredient Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce from Running to the Kitchen

This simple cranberry sauce is made with just 5 ingredients. Make it in the slow cooker and save the stove-top space for all the other Thanksgiving sides.

Herb-Roasted Tri-Colored Carrots from Averie Cooks

Whether it’s Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas my family always serves carrots but you don’t have to wait for a holiday to make these ridiculously easy, crisp-tender carrots that are lightly caramelized and flavored with rosemary, thyme, and parsley. They’re a great weeknight side dish. Since carrots have plenty of natural sugar, when you roast them at high heat they caramelize beautifully around the edges. I used tri-colored carrots but you can use traditional orange.

Honey Roasted Butternut Squash with Cranberries and Feta from Peas & Crayons

Honey Roasted Butternut Squash with Cranberries and Feta: This sweet and savory side dish is perfect for the holidays and loaded with Fall flavor!

Slow Cooker Wild Rice with Pecan from Vegan in the Freezer

Slow Cooker Wild Rice Blend Recipe with Pecans is simple to make in the crock pot. Grains, nuts and veggies are all combined for a special side dish.

Grandma’s Baked Artichoke Hearts The Life Jolie

Grandma’s Baked Artichoke Hearts is one of my favorite holiday side dishes. This is such an easy recipe and can even be made ahead of time. This is made with Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs and garlic powder and is a delicious addition to your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner!

Parmesan Roasted Garlic Mushrooms from My Kitchen Escapades

Roasted Mushrooms with garlic and parmesan cheese make the perfect side dish recipe. I love these over a grilled steak or chicken. It is an easy vegetable idea for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner that will make anyone a mushroom lover, even kids!

Pumpkin Swirled Mashed Potatoes Heart Beet Kitchen

These potatoes are naturally a little sweet, and lend themselves to a rustic, creamy texture rather than fluffy.

Pumpkin Dinner Rolls With Whipped Brown Sugar Cinnamon from Carl’s Bad Cravings

These soft and tender Pumpkin Dinner Rolls will be the talk of your Thanksgiving Table! Adorably delicious and easier than you might think with the option of Whipped Brown Sugar Cinnamon Butter!

Apple Cranberry Spinach Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette from Julia’s Album

Apple Cranberry Spinach Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette – healthy, delicious, easy-to-make salad! Perfect for the Thanksgiving menu, this is one looking holiday salad. With lots of good for you ingredients, this recipe is packed with fiber, and it’s gluten free!

Spinach Balls from Sweet As Honey

Those Cheesy Spinach balls are the best easy appetizer to impress your guest. It is made in few minutes using only 5 ingredients.

Cranberry and Pomegranate Bruschetta from The Café Sucre Farine

This bright, fresh healthy appetizer makes a delightful bruschetta but there are tons of other delicious ways to use it – check it out!

Crispy Loaded Hasselback Potato Bites from The Comfort Kitchen

Dig in to these cheesy, crispy loaded Hasselback potatoes made mini! They make perfect game day food, or a fun weeknight side!

Thanksgiving Slaw from The Kitchn

This easy, colorful slaw is the answer to this dilemma. It won't wilt like other green salads and can sit out for a while, making it a great addition to the Thanksgiving buffet.

Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Casserole from The Seasoned Mom

his Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Casserole pairs beautifully with a prepared Chicken Cordon Bleu from Barber Foods, creating an easy family-friendly dinner that comes together in minutes. Let the oven do the work while you put your feet up, take a deep breath, and focus on what’s really important!

Brown Butter and Sage Fluffy Mashed Cauliflower from Live Eat Learn

This Brown Butter and Sage Fluffy Mashed Cauliflower recipe turns healthy cauliflower into the best ever cauliflower mashed potatoes. Can you guess the secret?

Easy Spiced Hot Fruit Bake from Cotter Crunch

Spiced Hot Fruit Bake is a delicious and healthy holiday breakfast! This gluten free spiced hot fruit bake also makes for a great topping for waffles, pancakes, or simply by itself! A nutritious dish to add to your Christmas or New Year’s Brunch menu! Vegan friendly, too.

Asiago Bruschetta Roasted Asparagus from Flavor Mosaic

 Asiago Bruschetta Roasted Asparagus, with tomatoes, garlic, onions, and asiago cheese, makes a healthy gourmet side dish that can be on the table in 15 minutes and is perfect for brunch, or a weeknight or holiday dinner.

Roasted Vegetables with Rosemary Maple Balsamic from Foodness Gracious


Sweet Potato Casserole with Praline Pecan Topping from Meaningful Eats

Sweet potato casserole is a glorious thing! This sweet potato casserole is a classic, family favorite.
















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