Christmas dinner side dishes to fill out your holiday meal. Complete your holiday dinner with these festive vegan sides, soups, and salads – including mashed potatoes & chestnut gravy, roasted delicata squash, red wine mushrooms, and melted snowman soup.
At the holidays, you could easily make a meal out of vegetable side dishes.
There are so many classics that I look forward to revisiting year after year. And it’s a treat to enjoy some seasonal things that only come around once a year – like chestnuts and cranberries.
Here’s a round-up of 20 side dishes, soups, and salads for your vegan Christmas dinner.
Don’t celebrate Christmas? They’re great for winter dinner parties or even just a random weeknight as well.
Cashew gravy with chestnuts
What could be more timely than this chestnut-filled cashew gravy?
This velvety gluten-free gravy is seasoned with rosemary and thyme. Perfect for pouring generously over a mound of mashed potatoes.
Air fryer baked potato
Speaking of spuds, baked potatoes are welcome at any meal – from a humble Tuesday night to a fancy holiday dinner.
Even better, when cooked in an air fryer a baked potato takes only about 35 minutes to make. You won’t believe how crispy the air fryer gets the peel!
Load it up with non-dairy butter, chives, and/or crispy seitan bacon.
Roasted delicata squash with rosemary
Roasted delicata squash with rosemary
This time of year, squash reigns supreme. And the best squash of them all? Delicata! (Sorry, pumpkin.)
Roasted delicata squash is dotted with flavorful rosemary. It’s a gluten-free dish that’s perfect for the holidays or anytime!
Broccolini with garlic & kale
Broccolini recipe with garlic & kale
Broccolini with garlic & kale is an easy side dish that goes with almost any main course.
Plus, it comes together in only minutes!
Roasted Brussels sprouts
Roasted Brussels sprouts with apples
Brussels sprouts are at their nutty best when roasted in the oven. Add caramelized onions & apples for sweetness. Then finish it off with a smattering of toasted pistachios.
Even ardent sprout haters are going to love this gluten-free Christmas side dish.
These mouthwatering collard greens melt in your mouth. They are cooked with loads of garlic and softened by cooking low & slow in vegetable broth.
This is my go-to collard greens recipe.
Red wine mushrooms
Red wine mushrooms with garlic
It’s amazing what a splash of red wine can do! It turns simple mushrooms into a show-stopping side dish.
Mushrooms are sautéed with garlic. Then the pan is deglazed with dry red wine. (I like to use Tempranillo or Malbec.)
Plus, this dish comes together in only 25 minutes.
Stuffing with chestnuts
It just isn’t the holidays without a heaping helping of stuffing. Dotted with carrots, celery, onions, and chestnuts, this savory dish completes any holiday meal.
(No chestnuts? No problem! Use browned seitan sausage or walnuts instead.)
Reimagine traditional stuffing with these stuffing muffins.
They are packed with all of the usual ingredients like celery, carrots, and onions. But they are cooked in muffin pans for a fun take on this holiday favorite.
Roasted cauliflower – in the air fryer or oven
This cauliflower side dish is ridiculously easy to make. It’s a hands-off dish that can be made in the oven or air fryer.
Roasted cauliflower is finished with a squeeze of lemon juice and pinch of salt. This simple preparation allows the toasty flavor of cauliflower to really shine.
(Looking for more air fryer recipes? Check out this round-up of 25+ vegan air fryer recipes.)
Mashed potatoes with seitan bacon gravy
Mashed potatoes & seitan bacon vegan gravy
Fluffy mashed potatoes are a regular holiday favorite for a reason. Smother them with creamy seitan bacon gravy.
Orange cranberry sauce
Cranberries are only available for a short while. Make them count with this orange cranberry sauce.
It’s sweetened with orange juice for a delightful balance of tart & sweet.
Cranberry salsa with orange zest
Wake up that plate of comfort food with vibrant cranberry salsa. It is packed with cilantro, red bell pepper, onions, garlic, lime juice, orange zest, and orange juice.
This vegan & gluten-free topping is also great on sweet potato tacos.
This easy recipe features squares of cabbage that are roasted until they’re buttery soft and crispy around the edges.
It’s also a great way to use any excess cabbage that you have, because the vegetable shrinks in the process.
Soups for the holidays
Soup is a wonderful starter, because it’s easy to make ahead of time. Then just reheat it on the stove and serve.
Plus, this time of year, we could all use whatever help we can get at keeping warm!
Melted snowman soup
Vegan baked potato soup got a festive holiday makeover. This fun & kid-friendly dish is made with potatoes, onions, garlic, and warming spices.
Get the whole family involved to decorate their snowmen – with a carrot for a nose, black olive eyes, and sun-dried tomato mouths.
African peanut stew
African peanut stew is a one pot meal that can be a starter or main course. It’s packed with chickpeas for an extra punch of protein, peanuts, tomatoes, and sweet potatoes.
This soup is a good make ahead meal, because the flavors only improve with time.
Creamy vegan mushroom soup with lentils
Now here’s a soup that knows how to bring the cozy! This creamy mushroom soup is filled with lentils and brown rice. The flavor is reminiscent of a mushroom stroganoff without the noodles or vegan risotto without the babying.
With the fragrant addition of rosemary, thyme, garlic, and onions, this soup packs a punch of homey deliciousness.
Holiday meals can often become a sea of beige. These Christmas salads add some freshness & color to your plate.
Fall salad with apples & candied pecans
Fall salad with apples
This fall salad with apples ticks the boxes for tangy, salty, sour, and sweet. With candied pecans, green onions, and a cider vinaigrette, there’s a reason it’s a household holiday favorite.
Delicata squash salad
Delicata squash salad is the perfect Christmas side dish for your holiday dinner. With caramelized onions, pistachios, roasted squash, persimmons, and pistachios, this salad really leans into the season.
For a simple Christmas side dish, look no further than this spinach salad. It’s topped with candied pecans, bell pepper, celery, carrots, and dried cranberries. Finish with a drizzling of balsamic vinaigrette.