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11 Christmas Side Dishes for People Who Need Things to Taste Good and Look Pretty

Written by Grace & Silas
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If we’re going to have Christmas side dishes, I think they should at least look pretty right? I mean, of course, make sure that they taste incredible, but in the end, with all the work spent on Christmas dinner, they should definitely be aesthetically pleasing.

Also, if you love having things look great for Instagram (same), then these Christmas side dishes will probably be a great go-to.

And on top of that, you’re probably a wonderful soul who grew up with parents that had (lovingly made) tasty but not-so-pretty dishes. And something in you went, “I want things to look nice.” And since then, that’s who you are. You like nice things.

So let’s give you that aesthetically pleasing Christmas feast where you can sit down and think, “Yes, this is just right”

Related: 34 Incredible Christmas Dinner Ideas for Your Main Dish

Warm Roasted Apple Spelt Salad with Toasted Sunflower & Sage 

With ingredients like spelt grains, sage, and Fuji apples, everything is right with this recipe. It looks and sounds so rich and creamy, and tangy, and the texture is probably incredible. Definitely a worthy side dish for your beautiful Christmas dinner.

You can find the recipe for this spelt salad recipe here.

Hasselback Butternut Squash with Bacon Brown Butter

Butternut squash, bacon, and butter. I don’t know how this isn’t the perfect side dish for Christmas. I can just imagine each bite being filled with crunchy bacon and soft buttery squash.

Find the recipe for this Hasselback butternut squash here.

Roasted Carrots with Za’Atar, Pomegranate Seeds, & Molasses

Christmas dinner can’t just be about meat and carbs, we HAVE to be healthy too. So let’s make it tasty and pretty. With za’atar, olive oil, and molasses, I think this might even be a favorite with the kids.

Get the recipe for this za’atar carrots recipe here.

Best Italian Focaccia Recipe

I remember the first time I had rosemary focaccia was in an incredible Italian restaurant in Mexico City. It was so soft and fluffy and flavorful and savory that I think this recipe is a great idea for your Christmas dinner.

Grab this focaccia recipe here.

The Ultimate Smoked Mac & Cheese

With perfectly cooked noodles swimming in creamy cheese, and the perfect amount of crumble on top, this is one of the most aesthetically pleasing mac and cheese recipes I’ve ever seen.

You can find this smoked mac and cheese recipe here.

Acorn Squash Salad with Maple Dressing

Healthy, delicious, and pretty. With parmesan, hazelnuts, and avocado oil, it really does make a tasty side dish for Christmas.

Get the acorn squash salad recipe here.

Ukrainian Pampushky

If you’re going to have bread on your table already, then why not traditional Ukrainian garlic buns? I mean, sure, also have the normal baked bread for butters and jam, but then make this and take at least 4 of these and put them on your plate before everyone else eats them.

Get the recipe for Ukrainian Pampushky here.

Fresh Cranberry Relish with Orange

For your cranberry lovers, this is a great recipe to add to the table. Also, I appreciate the addition of orange; it’s a great way to add color and zest to the dish.

Check out the cranberry relish recipe here.

Crispy Fried Goat Cheese

I love goat cheese and this crispy fried goat cheese recipe looks so good! It’s a great creamy, tangy, crunchy side to add to your Christmas dinner.

Get the crispy fried goat cheese recipe here.

Rosemary Mashed Potatoes

No table is complete without mashed potatoes and these ones look SO so good! With rosemary and butter and garlic, it looks nice, but will probably be gone in under five minutes.

Find the recipe for these rosemary mashed potatoes here.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Glaze

I love roasted veggies and brussels sprouts when cooked just right and with a good sauce or topping, can make such an incredible side dish. Also, with olive oil, brown sugar, and balsamic vinegar, these sound absolutely delicious!


I hope these side dishes make your Christmas dinner as pretty and delicious as you want it to be. 

Also, what’s your favorite Christmas side dish? I’d love to know! 

PS – This cafe gave me my yearly dose of estrogen & some Christmas main dish recipes to make planning a bit easier on you this year. ❤️ 

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