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Healthy Holiday Make-Ahead Side Dish Recipes

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Crunchy Pear & Celery Salad

Crisp pears are tossed with Cheddar cheese and pecans in this delicious salad. For an Italian twist, try a good Parmesan with some toasted pine nuts or to go British use crumbled Stilton and toasted walnuts.

» Crunchy Pear & Celery Salad

Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts & Sage

Chestnuts and Brussels sprouts are a classic pair—the toasty, rich nuts balance the sprouts. This dish cuts down on the holiday oven gridlock because it can be done on the stovetop.

» Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts & Sage

Chard & Feta Tart

Fragrant lemon zest, briny olives and salty feta balance the bitterness of the dark leafy greens in this Greek-inspired tart. The crackerlike crust is quite sturdy so you can serve this as finger food at your next party or alongside a mixed green salad for a light supper.

» Chard & Feta Tart

Mixed Green Salad with Grapefruit & Cranberries

Grapefruit juice is the base for the tangy vinaigrette on this salad studded with grapefruit segments and dried cranberries. It serves 12 as a starter or about 6 if you’d like a large portion per person.

» Mixed Green Salad with Grapefruit & Cranberries

Layered Mashed Potato & Mushroom Casserole

Fancy up regular mashed potatoes with a layer of mushroom duxelle—a sauté of finely chopped mushrooms and shallots. We omitted the traditional butter in the duxelle and added chard for a nutritional boost. Serve this hearty side in place of mashed potatoes at any holiday feast or enjoy it as a vegetarian main dish.

» Layered Mashed Potato & Mushroom Casserole

Sweet Potato, Red Onion & Fontina Tart

Try this roasted-vegetable free-form tart as an appetizer or side dish for a special dinner or as a vegetarian main dish. The pastry dough is very forgiving and quite easy to roll out on parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat. The walnut-studded crust is crisper served warm, but you can enjoy the tart at room temperature or cold too.

» Sweet Potato, Red Onion & Fontina Tart

Fig-Anise Rolls

The early American yeast bread, anadama bread, made with molasses and cornmeal, inspired these delicious dinner rolls. We think the sweet figs and floral aniseeds enhance the rich molasses flavor and make the rolls extra festive. Any type of cornmeal works in this recipe, but we especially like how stone-ground cornmeal looks on top of the rolls.

» Fig-Anise Rolls


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Healthy Holiday Make-Ahead Side Dish Recipes

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Cornbread stuffing, a Southern favorite, is a nice change...
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Crystallized ginger and orange enlivens traditional...
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Fancy up regular mashed potatoes with a layer of mushroom...
Roasting sweet potatoes is even easier than boiling and...
Plain mashed potatoes may seem a bit tame after you've...
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Crisping the prosciutto and toasting the nuts adds a...
Apples add just a hint of sweetness to this velvety pumpkin...
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