30 Dairy-Free Side Dishes for the Holidays
Ombre Citrus Salad
Recipe: Ombré Citrus Salad Recipe
Not only is this citrus salad visually striking, but it’s also completely dairy and gluten free.
Southern-Style Collard Greens
Recipe: Southern-Style Collard Greens
No holiday table would be complete without a big pot of collard greens.
Pan-Roasted Okra and Sweet Onions with Lemony Masala
If you’re looking to change up your flavors this holiday season, try adding some perfectly wintery okra to your menu.
Classic Cranberry Salad
Recipe: Classic Cranberry Salad
Slightly sweet, slightly tangy cranberry salad is a Southern staple from Thanksgiving to Christmas.
Sauteed Collard Greens
Recipe: Sauteed Collard Greens
Simple sauteed greens are a side worth saving room for on your holiday table.
Mama Mae's Ambrosia Salad
Recipe: Mama Mae's Ambrosia Salad Recipe
While we love a classic ambrosia salad, sometimes we just can’t resist throwing a few marshmallows into this holiday staple.
Charred Potato-Okra Salad
Recipe: Charred Potato-Okra Salad
Potato salad doesn’t need to feature generous scoops of mayonnaise. In this rustic dish, lightly charred okra and potatoes barely require any accents.
Jellied Chicken Salad
Recipe: Jellied Chicken Salad
Molded salads are a tradition worth keeping around—they’re wiggly, wobbly, and oh-so-good.
Shaved Carrot, Asparagus, and Apple Salad
A raw vegetable salad is the perfect complement to those heavy holiday mains.
Slow-Cooker Green Beans
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Green Beans Recipe
Over the holidays, slow-cookers help us save precious oven space. These Slow-Cooker Green Beans are an easy way to get more veggies on the table.
Festive Cranberry-Walnut Salad
Recipe: Festive Cranberry-Walnut Salad
Cranberry is the flavor of the season, and crunchy walnuts add just enough bite to this sweet molded salad.
Turnip Green Salad
Recipe: Turnip Green Salad
This bright green salad uses slightly-bitter turnip greens as an alternative to kale or spring mix.
Recipe: Carrot-and-Fennel Salad
Shaved carrots and fennel are a stunning, yet utterly simple way to impress your guests.
Sautéed Squash and Zucchini
Recipe: Sautéed Squash and Zucchini
If you’re running out of oven space, this simple stovetop dish will be your Hail Mary.
Smashed Brussels Sprouts
Recipe: Smashed Brussels Sprouts
After a quick boil, smashing the brussels sprouts and then roasting them helps them become extra-crispy.
Fresh Fruit Salad
Recipe: Fresh Fruit Salad
A scoop of fresh fruit is a great way to lighten up your holiday plate.
Grilled Asparagus with Bacon and Mushrooms
Fire up the grill this Thanksgiving! This asparagus with bacon and mushrooms isn’t too heavy, but has just enough warmth to grace your holiday table.
Spicy Cornbread Dressing with Chorizo
Start with a base of dairy-free cornbread and you’ll have a scrumptious Thanksgiving dressing in no time.
Roasted Broccoli Salad
Recipe: Roasted Broccoli Salad
Who knew mayonnaise was dairy free? It adds a bit of creaminess to this Roasted Broccoli Salad.
Pan-Fried Okra with Cornmeal
Recipe: Pan-Fried Okra with Cornmeal
Fried okra doesn’t need much dressing up—a little cornmeal goes a long way.
Beet, Fennel, and Apple Salad
Recipe: Beet, Fennel, and Apple Salad
Colorful beets add a touch of brightness to this light, creative salad.
Roasted Beet-and-Citrus Salad with Honey-Orange Vinaigrette
Draw out the slight sweetness of beets by combining them with citrus and tossing it all in a honey-orange vinaigrette.
Slow-Cooker Collard Greens with Ham Hocks
Collard greens and ham hocks just go together like peanut butter and jelly.
Tangy Potato-Green Bean Salad
Recipe: Tangy Potato-Green Bean Salad
No need for mayo—these baby red potatoes, tossed in mustard and mixed up with green beans, stand on their own.
Collard Greens with Garlic and Sippets
Sourdough bread—made with flour, salt, and water—torn up and toasted is the dairy-free crouton of our dreams, bringing a nice crunch to this veggie side.
Crispy Sweet Potato-Green Onion Cakes
Paying homage to the latke, these crispy potato pancakes use sweet potatoes instead of russets and add in green onions for extra sharp flavor.
Mixed Herb-and-Heirloom Tomato Salad
Fresh tomatoes are the star of the show in this easy-to-prepare side dish.
Green Beans with Garlic
Recipe: Green Beans with Garlic
Looking to brighten up those green beans? Just add garlic.
Bacon-Brown Sugar Brussels Sprouts
Bacon and brown sugar caramelize together to accent the vegetal earthiness of the brussels sprouts.
Skillet Squash Blossom
Recipe: Skillet Squash Blossom
This stunning squash blossom only calls for a few ingredients, letting the bright orange squash flower really shine.