12 Yummy Gluten Free Holiday Side Dishes!


Holidays seem to be the hardest time for anyone eating gluten free, but no worries – I assure you that your meals can still be tasty and full of variety! This collection of 12 Yummy Gluten Free Side Dishes are part of my 144 Gluten Free Mix and Match Holiday Recipe Guide, coming soon…

Recipe Allergy Key:

  • GF = Gluten Free
  • *GF = Original Recipe requires modifications to be Gluten Free – don’t worry I provide the necessary changes!
  • DF = Dairy Free
  • EF = Egg Free
  • SF = Soy Free
  • V = Vegetarian

While I have tried to eliminate or identify all potentially gluten-containing ingredients, I may have missed some. If you are unsure if an ingredient or product contains gluten, please check the label.

I’ve also created a Pinterest board featuring these 12 side-dish recipes. Enjoy!

1. Gluten Free and Dairy Free Scalloped Potatoes


photo copyright: Break O’ Day Farm

My kids have always loved scalloped potatoes. Now that I have one gluten-free kid and one dairy-free, I’ve done a lot of recipe “modification.” This one uses rice flour, chicken broth and lard instead of the usual butter/flour/milk white sauce. I made my own lard because I wasn’t a fan of the list of ingredients in store-bought lard. If possible, get pork fat from your local farmer & make the lard. GET THE RECIPE

2. Spaghetti Squash Patties

Spaghetti Squash Patties from Vegetarian Gastronomy  

photo copyright: Vegetarian Gastronomy
*GF, SF, EF, V

Spaghetti squash is my newest addiction. We love the stuff. Last week was the squash farmer’s last week at the market, so I bought 10. It cooks-up easily and you can freeze leftovers. Try these gluten free bread crumbs for the coating. GET THE RECIPE

3. Crock-Pot Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole

  Crock-Pot Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole from Recipes For Our Daily Bread

photo copyright: Recipes For Our Daily Bread

Cheesy potatoes are a popular holiday dish here in Michigan. It’s just one of those warming, comfort foods that help us tolerate these winters. This recipe cooks in a slow cooker, leaving room in the oven for a fat, juicy turkey. To make it gluten free, try this gluten free cream of chicken soupGET THE RECIPE

4. Pan-Seared Brussels Sprouts With Cranberries & Pecans

Pan Seared Brussels Sprouts With Cranberries Pecans from Rachel Schultz  

photo copyright: Rachel Schultz
*GF, EF, SF, V

This is a quick & easy side dish, packed full of healthy veggies and nutty protein. If you don’t like brussels sprouts try this recipe, you may just fall in love! To make this recipe gluten free, swap out the barley for millet. Replace the balsamic vinegar with apple cider vinegar if needed. GET THE RECIPE

5. Broccoli Recipe for the Best Broccoli EVER

The Best Broccoli Ever from Mommy of a Monster

photo copyright: Mommy of a Monster
*GF, EF, SF, V

My kids love broccoli, especially roasted like this. Don’t forget the lemon. It helps accentuate all the flavors. Here are some more great gluten free breadcrumbsGET THE RECIPE

6. Sweet Potato, Chickpeas & Spinach Curry

Sweet Potato Chickpeas and Spinach Curry from Kiran Turan

photo copyright: Kiran Turan

Alrighty, now we’re warming up! Want to bribe the neighbor to shovel your driveway? Cook him a pot of this curry. Sweet potatoes are usually on sale right now, so it’s a good time to stock up. Harissa is one of those “may contain gluten” foods. Try this certified gluten free brand. GET THE RECIPE

7. Authentic German Potato Salad

German Potato Salad from The Gardening Cook

photo copyright: The Gardening Cook

We usually imagine potato salad as a summertime food, but warm, German potato salad with bacon is perfect for winter. GET THE RECIPE

8. Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes from Creme de la Crumb

photo copyright: Creme de la Crumb

Too many pots in the oven? Try this recipe for mashed potatoes in the slow cooker. I love to cook one big meal and live off the leftovers for as long as possible. When I cook potatoes, I cook the whole 10 pound bag. With a couple large crock-pots, this recipe makes that an easy task. GET THE RECIPE

9. Cranberry Pecan Quinoa Salad with Honey-Orange Dressing

Cranberry Pecan Quinoa Salad with Honey Orange Dressing from Ambitious Kitchen

photo copyright: Ambitious Kitchen

I’ve recently discovered quinoa. I know, I don’t get out much. The first time my kids tried it, they fell in love and ask for it all the time. Orange & cranberries compliment each other nicely. Toss in a few pecans and you have a healthy side dish that just happens to look beautiful on the table.  GET THE RECIPE

10. Crispy Smashed Potatoes

Crispy-Smashed-Potatoes-firom Love Grows Wild  

photo copyright: Love Grows Wild

As noted above, we don’t get out much. With all the food restrictions in this house, it’s just easier to cook at home than struggle to explain food contamination to a stranger, who has to rely that information to another food handler… Anyway, these reminded me of a fancy steakhouse; a place we haven’t been to in years. GET THE RECIPE

11. Maple Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Candied Pecans

Whipped-Maple-Sweet-Potatoes-from The Heritage Cook

photo copyright: The Heritage Cook

If you’re looking for a new sweet potato casserole that doesn’t include marshmallows, you’ve found it here. Sweet potatoes with maple syrup & a bit of pecan crunch make for a tasty, holiday side dish. GET THE RECIPE

12. Purple Carrot-Fennel Salad with Tahini and Crisped Chickpeas

Purple Carrot-Fennel Salad with Tahini and Crisped Chickpeas from Culinary Adventures with Camilla

photo copyright: Culinary Adventures with Camilla

A simple, flavorful side salad with a hint of mint. While Camilla may disagree, I think it looks pretty with the purple carrots! GET THE RECIPE

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