Putting together the perfect Christmas dinner menu is no easy feat. Even once you settle on the main dish — a tried-and-true classic like Christmas ham or something more unconventional — you still have to come up with a balanced assortment of side dishes to round out the meal. While you can always snag a few favorites from your Thanksgiving spread (stuffing, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes, to name a few), consider these Christmas side dishes for a more festive table.
You’ll find crowd-pleasing recipes to fit every need, whether you’re eyeing Christmas salads full of the season’s best, traditional dishes to complement your main (FYI, roasted pears are delicious with prime rib) or healthier options that are packed with delicious flavor. With standout recipes for roasted butternut squash, buttery rolls, glazed carrots and other veggie-heavy trimmings, your menu is guaranteed to please every palette at your Christmas table, vegetarians and meat lovers alike. And since you already have a million other things to do on Christmas day, we made sure that all of these tried-and-tested recipes are super quick and easy to make, so you can spend your holiday cozying up with the people you love most — and not in the kitchen.