11 Holiday Side Dishes in a Dash

Hosting a holiday dinner? Planning the office potluck? Or traveling over the river and through the woods to Grandma’s house this year?

Whatever your holiday plans, it’s easy to bring something special to the table. In fact, today we’re putting side dishes in the spotlight, guaranteed to dazzle (even when you’re in a dash).

From bright salads to buttery breads, here are some of our favorite sides for the holidays!

11 Simple Holiday Side Dishes
  1. Caprese Candy Cane. Deck out your holiday table with slices of fresh mozzarella and tomatoes, arranged in the shape of a candy cane.

    11 Holiday Side Dishes in a Dash blog post | Tastefully Simple

    Sprinkle with fresh basil leaves, and serve Aged Balsamic Vinegar of Modena or Balsamic & Basil Dipping Oil on the side. Perfect for entertaining, it’s such a festive side dish or party appetizer!

  2. Cherry Bacon Brussels Sprouts. With smoky bacon and sweet-tart cherries, these savory sprouts are absolutely delicious for holiday dinners.

    Cherry Bacon Brussels Sprouts recipe | Tastefully Simple

  3. Mulled Cranberry Sauce. Stir up this gorgeous sauce on your stovetop, simmering with warm spices, fresh cranberries and a sprinkle of brown sugar. (That’s it – only three ingredients!)

    mulled cranberry sauce recipe | Tastefully Simple

  4. Creamy Wild Rice Stuffing. For a new twist on a classic side, stir up this savory five-star stuffing, perfect for the holidays. So comforting and delicious, everyone will think you made it completely from scratch!

    creamy wild rice stuffing recipe | Tastefully Simple

  5. Rustic Parmesan Twists. Fill your bread basket with these buttery and oh-so-flaky breadsticks, sprinkled with rustic herbs and shredded Parmesan. Easy and elegant, they pair perfectly with virtually any holiday dish.

    11 Holiday Side Dishes in a Dash blog post | Tastefully Simple

  6. Bayou Bourbon Green Beans. Crisp-tender green beans. Crunchy almonds. Smoky-sweet bourbon sauce. So quick and simple, these succulent green beans are ready in 15 minutes flat.

    Bayou Bourbon Green Beans

    Serve with your holiday ham, turkey, pasta, shrimp or even crab legs.

  7. Garlic Pepper Mashed Potatoes. Pass the potatoes! The whole family will love these creamy potatoes, loaded with garlic, butter and white Cheddar cheese.

    Garlic Cheddar Mashed Potatoes Recipe

  8. Bayou Sweet Potato Bake. Prefer a sweeter, Southern spin? Make this sweet potato casserole, topped with brown sugar and pecans. (To make it extra decadent, add mini marshmallows, and pop it under the broiler for a couple minutes!)

    11 Holiday Side Dishes in a Dash blog post | Tastefully Simple

  9. Cranberry Apple Wild Rice Pilaf. Looking for a lighter side to cut through all that comfort food? Try this pretty rice pilaf, bursting with nutty wild rice, dried cranberries, crunchy pecans and sweet-tart chopped apples.

    11 Holiday Side Dishes in a Dash blog post | Tastefully Simple
  10. Balsamic Cranberry Salad. For a fresh and festive salad, toss spinach, slivered almonds, cranberries and salty feta. Right before serving, add a splash of sweet balsamic.

    Balsamic Cranberry Salad

  11. Butter-Herb Rolls. And last but not least, fill your house with the cozy aroma of these warm, buttery pull-apart buns, delicious with any holiday dinner. You’ll get rave reviews!

    Butter Herb Rolls

Remember, even if you don’t have a lot time to deck the halls this year, decking out your table couldn’t be simpler.

Happy holidays, friends!     - Jen
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