10 Best Side Dishes to Serve with a Holiday Roast

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Whether you're making lamb, prime rib, glazed ham, or turkey for your holiday roast, here are 10 side dishes that will go great alongside! Hasselback potatoes, roasted butternut squash, wilted greens, and more.

Photography Credit: Sally Vargas, Elise Bauer, Trent Lanz, Lisa Lin, and Megan Keno

You’ve got the main event covered—some kind of roasted meat, right?

But what to serve alongside? Well, here are our ten best suggestions to go with lamb, prime rib, glazed ham, or turkey!

Crispy Hasselback Potatoes

1 Crispy Hasselback Potatoes: Potatoes—is there anything they can’t do? Slice them just so, to expose the interiors, and you maximize the surface area, resulting in these Crispy Hasselback Potatoes.


Roasted Winter Squash with Cilantro Chimichurri

2 Roasted Winter Squash with Cilantro Chimichurri: The flavors in this dish feels like they’re made to accompany pork, but it would easily work with beef, too.


Roasted Broccolini with Creamy Mustard Sauce

3 Roasted Broccolini with Creamy Mustard Sauce: A roast takes such a chunk of time that it’s nice to be able to let it do its thing, and then suddenly, when it’s almost time for dinner, whip up a quick veggie side dish. Like this stunner! It also happens to be dairy free.


Sweet Potato Yukon Gold Bake

4 Sweet Potato and Yukon Gold Bake: This potato dish takes the idea of a hasselback potato and turns it into a dish you can pass around the table. It also adds sweet potatoes for additional color and variety, with a layer of caramelized onions snuck underneath. How can you go wrong?


Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate-Balsamic Glaze

5 Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate-Balsamic Glaze: This dish gives us a balance of acidity and bitterness, along with a hint of sweetness. Studded with pomegranate arils (you know, those seed-like things), it’s festive looking, too! Imagine it served with lamb.


Roasted Beets with Balsamic Glaze

6 Roasted Beets with Balsamic Glaze: Beets get a sweet glaze in this side dish, and a hit of orange zest brightens up the whole flavor profile.


Classic Green Bean Casserole

7 Classic Green Bean Casserole from Scratch: It’s a classic, and for a reason, but let’s skip the canned soup this holiday, ok? Prep everything ahead of time and store the crispy fried onions separately, then just assemble and bake before dinner.


Swiss Chard

8 Easy Swiss Chard: Greens are always a winner alongside every manner of roasted meat. These particular greens are assembled in a no-fuss manner, sautéed with olive oil and crushed red pepper flakes.


Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

9 Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes: More potatoes! There’s no such thing as too many potatoes when it comes to a holiday meal. Doing these mashed potatoes in the slow cooker means the oven is free for the main dish.


Roasted Butternut Squash Radicchio and Onion

10 Roasted Butternut Squash, Radicchio, and Onion: Root veggies do lovely things in the oven under high heat, but did you know that radicchio – normally so bitter – is also transformed? Try for yourself! This dish hits the notes—sweet, salty, sour, and umami.

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Carrie Havranek

Carrie Havranek is a former Associate Editor of Simply Recipes and the author of the cookbook Tasting Pennsylvania (2019). She lives in Easton, Pennsylvania and goes out of her way for farmers' markets, new ingredients, yoga, and walks in nature.

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  1. Wade

    They all look delicious. Cant wait to try them.

  2. Felicia walker

    Garlic mashed potatoes and gravy and cheddar biscuits and veggie salad

  3. Anna

    I love hasselback potatoes. They look impressive but are easy to make. And tasty of course.

  4. Alida @My Little Italian Kitchen

    All these recipes look perfect for Christmas. My favourite one is hasselback potatoes which I have made many times, they are so tasty. Thank you for the recipes.

  5. Missy

    oooo love the sound of that squash with chimmichurri! Adding to the list. It will be a great contrast for other sides like my harvest root vegetable au gratin. Happy Holidays!

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