The 24 Fastest Holiday Side Dishes in the Universe

Let’s get real about the holidays. You spend hours prepping the main course—do you really want to spend more time on sides? We certainly don’t, so we opt for recipes that are quick and easy to make but don’t skimp on flavor. These dishes come together in under 30 minutes, which means you might even have time to kick back with a glass of bubbly before your guests arrive.

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Everything Roasted Asparagus

You probably already have all of these ingredients on hand.

One-pot Mac And One-pot Mac And Cheese

Honey Orange Roasted Carrots

A little sweet, a little savory.

Brussels Sprouts Skillet With Crispy Pancetta-garlic Bread Crumbs

Even Uncle Bob (who claims he hates Brussels sprouts) will be digging in.

Kale Caesar Salad With Fried Chickpeas

Just the right amount of crunch.

Coconut Creamed Spinach

With cayenne and ginger for a little extra kick.

Cacio E Pepe Cauliflower

Two thumbs up for this easy and delicious dish.

Baked Asparagus Fries

Get your crisp on.

Spicy Roasted Broccoli With Lemon Goat Cheese Drizzle

Even veggie haters will love this dish.

Dorie Greenspan’s Maple Syrup And Mustard Brussels Sprouts

Cool if we have thirds?

15-minute Microwave Mashed Potatoes

Sometimes shortcuts are the way to go.

Garlic Herb Carrots

Cut down on time by buying pre-chopped carrots.

Crispy Garlic Brussels Sprouts With Sriracha Aioli

Plus a creamy sauce for dunking.

Five-ingredient Red-wine Cranberry Sauce

It’s been nice knowing ya, canned cranberry.

Vegan Green Bean Casserole

A side dish everyone at the table can agree on.

Baked Cauliflower With Pomegranate Seeds And Baked Cauliflower With Pomegranate Seeds And Thyme

The easiest way to brighten up the holiday table.

Cheesy Asparagus Gratin

The best part? It only takes five minutes to prep.

30-minute Portobello Fried Brown Rice

Sounds tricky, but it’s actually pretty easy.

Kabocha Celery Salad

Lighten things up a bit.

Green Bean Bundles

Because everything’s better with bacon.

Cacio E Pepe Brussels Sprouts

Tastes like heaven.

Baked Brie With Cranberries And Pomegranate

Hello, gorgeous.

Lemon Parmesan Green Beans

The winner here is freshly grated Parmesan cheese. (And you, of course.)

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