10 Delicious Holiday Plant-Based Side Dishes

Sharon Palmer

Looking to whip up some delicious plant-based sides for your holiday table? Look no further! I’ve gathered together 10 of my favorite holiday side dishes, and I’m so excited to share them with you today.

The holidays are such a joyful time of the year, with a wonderful spirit in the air, and of course, the delicious meals we share with friends and family. Cooking up a plant-based feast for your loved ones can be so fun and easy, but it can be overwhelming to decide what to serve! These fabulous sides are perfect accompaniments to a plant-based entrée, like my Squash Filled with Herbed Quinoa and Cranberries or my Cauliflower Spinach Lasagna. Featuring seasonal winter fruits and vegetables like pomegranate, squash, brussels sprouts, and cranberries, these sides will add pops of color and bursts of flavor to your holiday table. These all have been tried and tested in my home kitchen and holiday table year after year. I hope you enjoy these wonderful recipes with those you love.

Eat and Live Well,

Sharon

10 Delicious Holiday Plant-Based Side Dishes

Pomegranate Avocado Quinoa Salad

This Pomegranate Avocado Quinoa Salad is the perfect addition to your holiday table, and thanks to the vibrant colors of pomegranates and avocado, it looks as good as it tastes. This 100% plant-based salad is packed with flavor, satisfying protein, slow-digesting carbs, and healthy fats, as well as vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant compounds. 

Butternut Squash Kale Barley Salad 

I love the cool weather combination of butternut squash, kale, barley and hazelnuts—all wrapped together in this comfort food one-dish meal. Make this Butternut Squash Kale Barley Salad for a beautiful accompaniment to your holiday table. Your guests are sure to devour it!

Maple and Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts 

This easy winter roasted recipe calls upon maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, cranberries, hazelnuts, red onions, and rosemary to really bring on the flavor. These Maple and Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts will be one of your favorite dishes to serve up during the holidays!

Roasted Winter Vegetables with Za’atar

Dive into the flavors of winter with this amazing recipe for Roasted Winter Vegetables with Za’atar. Full of flavor, bursting with color, and teeming with nutrients, this is one side dish that is perfect for your holiday table.  

Roasted Chicory with Pistachios and Pomegranates

Serve up a unique and beautiful side dish for the holidays this year with my recipe for Roasted Chicory with Pistachios and Pomegranates. Unusual greens, such as radicchio, escarole and chicory, add so much appeal to salads, and look beautiful when paired with the deep red of pomegranates.

Broccoli Au Gratin

If you’re looking for the perfect holiday side-dish, look no further than this yummy, easy Broccoli Walnut Au Gratin casserole. This completely 100% plant-based recipe is the quintessential comfort food that also boasts a few servings of cruciferous vegetables.

Oat Cranberry Pilaf with Pistachios 

This super simple plant-based side dish for Oat Cranberry Pilaf involves one skillet and a short list of ingredients, such as oats, cranberries, pistachios, and turmeric. Yet, it’s so simple, nutritious and flavorful! It’s the perfect holiday dish.

Heirloom Bean Cassoulet with Root Vegetables

This rustic, hearty recipe will make the most of any bean, and is sure to be a show-stopper on your holiday table. Plus, it’s teeming with fiber and plant-based protein, so you can feel good while enjoying your holiday meal!

Cranberry Apple Leek Whole Grain Stuffing

This Cranberry Apple Leek Whole Grain Stuffing is just the thing you need for your holiday table. Based on whole plants, including fresh cranberries, apples, leeks, pecans and a rustic whole grain bread, it’s easy to put together. The best news is that this stuffing is 100% plant-based (vegan)!

Mashed Potatoes and Heirloom Carrots with Basil, Garlic, and Olive Oil

Who says a side of mashed potatoes always has to taste the same? Mix it up a little! This completely plant-based (vegan), gluten-free recipe for Mashed Potatoes and Heirloom Carrots with Basil, Garlic, and Olive Oil is sure to win over everyone at your holiday table and have them coming back for seconds.

Try some of my other favorite sides here:

Beet and Pomegranate Salad
Balsamic Butternut Squash and Brussels with Faro
Instant Pot Vegan Mashed Potatoes

Written by Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RD, and Ally Mirin, Dietetic Intern

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