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40 Fabulous Holiday Side Dishes

Potatoes, rolls, vegetables, salads, relishes, stuffing: We have fresh ideas for holiday side dishes you -- and your guests -- will love.

Sensational salads

Your holiday salad can be just as much a star at the table as your main dishes, side dishes or desserts. These recipes use fresh herbs, mushrooms, fruit, chopped nuts and easy homemade dressings for eye-appealing, flavorful salads.

Herbed Winter Salad

Wilted Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

Cherry-Pecan Tossed Salad

Romaine Hearts with Lemon-Honey Vinaigrette

The "other" holiday potato

Chances are, you grew up either with either sweet potatoes or white potatoes at your holiday meals. And you might have been surprised the first time you visited someone who served the other potato at the holidays. Whichever tradition you prefer, you'll find many great choices for side dishes.

Glad Tidings Potatoes

Heartland Mashed Potatoes

Twice-Baked Cheesy-Stuffed Garlic Potatoes

Creamy Scalloped Potatoes

Stuffing recipes

Cornbread, apples, pecans, cranberries sausage, water chestnuts, fresh herbs -- they all can make your stuffing exceptional.

Turkey with Old-Time Stuffing

Cranberry-Apple Cornbread Stuffing

Feast-Worthy Pecan Sausage Stuffing

Fancy Holiday Stuffing

Green beans: creamy, tangy, or sweet

The delicate flavor of green beans can be enhanced with our lightened version of a classic green bean casserole. Or skip the creamed-sauce approach and jazz up your beans by adding garlic, lemon peel, bacon, onion, brown sugar, chopped nuts or crumbled feta.

Delightfully Light Green Bean Casserole

Tangy Green Beans

Sweet and Sour Green Beans

Sweet and Sour Green Beans

Fresh ways to serve corn

During the holidays, your corn won't be fresh out of a Midwest field, but you can serve it in creative ways to infuse it with flavor. The Smoked Corn Cakes with Tomato and Sour Cream Sauce is a favorite at Deadwood Thymes Cafe and Bistro in Deadwood, South Dakota, where the chef smokes the corn before adding it to this recipe. You can use roasted corn, too; we like it both ways.

Smoked Corn Cakes with Tomato and Sour Cream Sauce

Escalloped Corn and Tomatoes

Corn Pudding

Cheesy Double-Corn Bake

Carrots with appeal

Carrots, like sweet potatoes, are a nutrient-rich root vegetable, packed with vitamins and minerals such as beta carotene, vitamin C, magnesium and potassium. Serve carrots roasted, scalloped, glazed or herbed. Our Five-Herb Roasted Carrots and Potatoes recipe, developed by the Midwest Living® Test Kitchen, uses fresh chives, oregano, parsley, rosemary and sage to make the veggies fragrant and delicious.

Five-Herb Roasted Carrots and Potatoes

Scalloped Carrots

Honey-Glazed Carrots

Herbed Baby Carrots

Colorful squashes

Squash comes in so many colors and shapes -- from long, green zucchini to round, orange pumpkins to ridged, green-and-yellow butternuts -- and each has a distinctive flavor and texture. These recipes use a variety of squashes for colorful holiday dishes. The Holiday Squash Risotto is a favorite from the Kirby House Bed and Breakfast in Saugatuck, Michigan.

Baked Stuffed Vegetables Provencal

Eight-Vegetable Medley

Holiday Squash Risotto

Parmesan Tossed Squash

Fragrant rolls

Bake a batch of the homemade Potato Rolls pictured here, and we guarantee they'll disappear as fast at your holiday dinners as they do at Lucia's restaurant in Minneapolis. The Pumpkin-Currant Scones, also in the picture, are from Cafe Latte in Saint Paul. The spiced, moist biscuit complements a dinnertime feast as well as breakfast.

Best Potato Rolls

Pumpkin-Currant Scones

Best-Ever Rolls

Quick-Fix Corn Sticks

Sensational salads

Your holiday salad can be just as much a star at the table as your main dishes, side dishes or desserts. These recipes use fresh herbs, mushrooms, fruit, chopped nuts and easy homemade dressings for eye-appealing, flavorful salads.

Herbed Winter Salad

Wilted Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

Cherry-Pecan Tossed Salad

Romaine Hearts with Lemon-Honey Vinaigrette

Zesty relishes and salsas

Both Amazing Cranberry Relish and Cranberry-Apple Relish use just four ingredients for an easy-to-make accompaniment to meat dishes. Autumn Fruit Salsa could be served as an appetizer with blue corn chips or pita wedges. Old-Fashioned Corn Relish is delicious with pork, beef or poultry.

Amazing Cranberry Relish

Cranberry-Apple Relish

Autumn Fruit Salsa

Old-Fashioned Corn Relish

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