30 Christmas Lunch Ideas That Won’t Ruin Your Appetite for Dinner
Ham and Noodle Casserole
Recipe: Ham and Noodle Casserole
Have this classic casserole waiting in your freezer for Christmas lunch so you won’t skip a beat in your dinner prep.
Recipe: Christmas Salad
This colorful salad will add plenty of Christmas cheer to the lunch spread.
Spicy Sausage-and-Cheddar Kolaches
Our savory twist on the classic Czech pastry is the perfect lunch bite with a simple green or fruit salad.
Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread
Recipe: Christmas Tree Pull-Apart Bread
Make Christmas lunch a festive snack lunch that everyone can pick on before the main dinner event with this cheeky pull-apart bread recipe.
Shrimp and Grits Casserole
Recipe: Shrimp and Grits Casserole
Whether your crew wakes up in time for breakfast, brunch, or late lunch, this shrimp and grits casserole will satisfy them.
Recipe: Ham Biscuits
Ham biscuits are a timeless, any-time-of-day party food.
Homemade Baked Lasagna
Recipe: Homemade Baked Lasagna
Lasagna is a popular dish to serve around the holidays, and what better time to serve a comforting, easy lasagna than at Christmas lunch?
Orange-Basil Baked Brie
Recipe: Orange-Basil Baked Brie
Seasonal baked brie is invited to every holiday gathering at our house.
Roasted Beet-and-Citrus Salad with Honey-Orange Vinaigrette
Light, fresh, and beautiful enough for your Christmas lunch Instagram.
Christmas Morning Strata
Recipe: Christmas Morning Strata
When in doubt, a hearty breakfast casserole with a handful of ingredients is a surefire way to have a happy crowd.
Chicken Biscuit Sandwiches
Recipe: Chicken Biscuit Sandwiches
Prep these easy slow-cooker sandwiches the day before so you can throw them together for lunch and not miss a second of Christmas Day with your family.
Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup with Bacon
A cup of warm soup is comforting for a cold Christmas Day but won’t fill the family up too much before dinner.
Fresh Fruit Salad
Recipe: Fresh Fruit Salad
This is our go-to fruit salad recipe, but for a festive spin, use only green and red fruit.
Cheese Puffs with Ham Salad
Recipe: Cheese Puffs with Ham Salad
Have the cheese puffs ready in the freezer to put together this presentable but easy old-school luncheon recipe.
Christmas Tree Spinach Dip Breadsticks
Start Christmas lunch with a festive twist on classic spinach dip.
Salmon Bagel Sandwiches
Recipe: Salmon Bagel Sandwiches
This isn’t your average lox bagel. Made with savory slow-cooked salmon and a fresh herbed cream cheese, your family will love these pretty bagel sandwiches.
Apple, Celery, and Romaine Salad with Pancetta and Blue Cheese
Every holiday meal could use a pretty seasonal salad to start.
Recipe: Italian Casserole
This cozy casserole is the ideal make-ahead dish to have on hands throughout the holidays.
Turkey, Apple, and Brie Sandwich
Recipe: Turkey, Apple, and Brie Sandwich
These quick, flavorful sandwiches are easy to put together while you work on dinner dishes.
Roasted Fennel-and-Prosciutto Flatbread
This beautiful flatbread starts with store-bought pizza dough, but the fresh toppings keep it light.
Recipe: Biscuits-and-Gravy Skillet
We’d enjoy this comforting one-dish meal any time of day.
Clementine-and-Collard Greens Salad
This winter salad showcases the best of the season and is the perfect blend of light but filling.
Black Pepper-Goat Cheese Log
Recipe: Black Pepper-Goat Cheese Log
Set out a timeless cheese log and a simple salad or additional appetizer, and everyone can snack until dinner time.
Chicken Salad Swiss Cheese Puffs
Recipe: Chicken Salad Swiss Cheese Puffs
It’s not a list of lunch recipes without at least one twist on old-school chicken salad, and these mini swiss puffs are festive enough for a holiday.
Winter Vegetables and Gnocchi
Recipe: Winter Vegetables and Gnocchi
This quick, seasonal pasta recipe is on the table in 30 minutes and will satisfy everyone at the table.
Recipe: Beef Stew
You’re going to be way too exhausted to cook the day after Christmas, so make a big batch of beef stew the day before and eat it for lunch Christmas Day and have leftovers the next night for dinner.
Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwiches
Recipe: Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwiches
This Southern favorite open-faced sandwich is a crowd-pleaser for even the crankiest Christmas crowd.
Citrus Salad with Spiced Honey
Recipe: Citrus Salad with Spiced Honey
Use whatever citrus fruit you grab at the grocery store in this colorful, fresh salad.
Croissant Breakfast Casserole
Recipe: Croissant Breakfast Casserole
This is our Test Kitchen’s new favorite way to make brunch ahead for a crowd.
French Onion Puff Pastry Bites
Recipe: French Onion Puff Pastry Bites
These fluffy bites are filled with dreamy caramelized onions.