The ultimate collection of holiday sides recipes!

It’s that time of year when everybody’s social media feeds are packed with two things, often combined: pumpkins and desserts. You know it’s true.

So once we’ve got dessert all planned, how about the rest of the holiday table? Personally, I think holiday sides are the best part of Thanksgiving and Christmas, but I also suspect that most people don’t get too excited about them or switch them up too often — and that presents its own problems when you need to stay away from classic versions of those dishes. When you’re looking to fill your plates with holiday sides that satisfy the spirit of the holidays and your dietary needs, it can be a little tough to find recipes that do both. This is especially tricky if you’re not hosting and need to bring a dish to share: you want to bring a dish or two that will work for you because they’re allergy and AIP friendly, but you don’t want to be stuck in the corner eating “special” food on your own that other people avoid, either!

But don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! I’ve brought together over 100 holiday sides recipes from my favorite blogger friends that are nutrient dense and yet so delicious you can share them with your loved ones, however they choose to eat. (You should probably make extras. Just saying.) I’ve got holiday sides that run from salads, starches, stuffings, extra veggies, sauces, gravies and more! I’ve included everything from traditional favorites to recipes with nice twists on classic flavors if you’re looking to switch it up a little. You’ll never believe it but ALL of these holiday sides are grain, gluten, dairy, corn, soy, egg, nut, seed and nightshade free. Phew!

Before I get to the recipes, I’ve got to give a shout out to the amazing AIP community of bloggers that has made this possible. Just a few years ago, I don’t think I would have come CLOSE to being able to share so many allergy friendly holiday sides in one place!

Cranberry Vinaigrette


Apple Fennel Winter Salad from Forest & Fauna
Arugula, Apple & Bacon Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette from Meatified (omit black pepper for AIP)
Avocado Pomegranate Salad from Lichen Paleo Loving AIP
Beet, Carrot & Apple Salad from Stupid Easy Paleo (omit black pepper for AIP)
Braised Belgian Endives with Bacon from Squirrel In The Kitchen
Celeriac Remoulade from Meatified
Cinnamon-Pom Apple Slaw from AYCE to Better Health
Crunchy Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad from Joanna Frankham
Dill Beet Salad from Lichen Paleo Loving AIP
Fall Harvest Salad with Balsamic-Orange Glaze from Squirrel In The Kitchen
Fennel, Celery, Apple & Pomegranate Salad from Joanna Frankham
Grapefruit and Avocado Kale Salad from Sweet Treats
Jicama Radish Slaw with Lime Cilantro Dressing from Meatified
Kale & Carrot Salad with Carrot Ginger Dressing from Eat Heal Thrive
Kale & Preserved Lemon “Couscous” Cauliflower Rice from Joanna Frankham
Kohlrabi, Apples & Watercress with Orange Blossom Dressing from Healing Family Eats
Pink Grapefruit & Avocado Salad from Phoenix Helix
Persimmon and Fennel Salad from Squirrel In The Kitchen
Pomegranate Beet Fall Salad from Unbound Wellness
Roasted Butternut, Pomegranate and Arugula Salad from Grazed & Enthused
Roasted Sweet Potato Salad from Meatified
Roasted Veggie Salad with Pomegranate and Horseradish Dill Dressing from Whole Life Full Soul
Shaved Brussels Salad with Avocado & Kumquats from Meatified
Simple Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing from Adventures In Partaking
Stacked Beet Salad with Crispy Shallots from Heartbeet Kitchen
Tangy Turnip & Sprouts Slaw from Eat Heal Thrive

Whipped Parsnips with Bacon Fat & Herbs #autoimmuneprotocol #aip #thanksgiving #whole30 #paleoSides

Sweet potatoes & squash

Apple Cranberry Sweet Potato Bake from Stupid Easy Paleo (use coconut oil for AIP)
Orange & Cinnamon Scented Delicata Squash from I Eat Real Food
Roasted Acorn Squash with Brussels Sprouts from Don’t Eat The Spatula
Roasted Butternut, Romesco & Sausage with Sage Oil from Healing Family Eats
Roasted Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato with Pancetta, Garlic & Sage from Comfort Bites
Roasted Delicata Squash with Balsamic Fig Compote from Real Food With Dana
Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Pistou from Eat Heal Thrive
Rosemary Balsamic Butternut Squash from Stupid Easy Paleo
Rosemary Delicata Squash with Maple Cream Drizzle from Autoimmune Paleo
Rosemary Mashed Sweet Potatoes from Whole Life Full Soul
Shallot & Rosemary Roasted Butternut Squash from Meatified
Silky Sweet Potato Puree from Grazed & Enthused
Twice Baked Butternut Squash from Autoimmune Paleo
Winter Squash Souffle from He Won’t Know It’s Paleo
Delicata Squash Anna from Healing Family Eats
Not So Sweet Tzimmes from Enjoying This Journey
Sweet Potato Casserole from Sweet Treats

Carrots, Celeriac, Parsnips & Beets

Garlic & Herb Carrot Fries from Comfort Bites
Herbed Parsnip & Celeriac Mash from Joanna Frankham
Herb Whipped Parsnips from Meatified
Lard Whipped Parsnips with Caramelized Onions from Grazed & Enthused
Lemon Garlic Roasted Root Vegetables from Food To Heal Ourselves
No Nightshade Ratatouille from Squirrel In The Kitchen
Oven Roasted Beets with Herbes de Provence from Squirrel In The Kitchen
Parsnip Carrot Mash with Lemon Zest & Thyme from Meatified (omit black pepper for AIP)
Roasted Beets & Carrots with Grapefruit Glaze from Phoenix Helix
Roasted Beets & Fennel from Forest & Fauna
Roasted Carrot & Thyme Mash from Joanna Frankham
Roasted Carrots with Green Olive Dressing from Meatified
Roasted Garlic Parsnip Cauliflower Mash from Tasty Yummies (use olive oil; omit black pepper for AIP)
Rustic Root Vegetable Mash from Eat Heal Thrive
Scalloped No-Tatoes from Eat Heal Thrive
Scalloped No-Tatoes Revisited from Eat Heal Thrive

Liven up your roasted vegetables with this punchy green olive dressing! It's quick and easy, pairing perfectly with these caramelized roasted carrots from

Lighter veggies & greens

Balsamic Rainbow Chard from Joanna Frankham
Balsamic Roasted Brussels with Prosciutto and Pomegranate from Enjoying This Journey
Braised Leeks with Lemon from Meatified
Cauliflower and Carrot Puree from Zesty Paleo
Cauliflower Steaks with Rosemary Roasted Grapes from Heartbeet Kitchen
Celeriac Dill Mash from Adventures In Partaking
Charred Brussels Sprouts with Anchovies & Orange from Healing Family Eats
Chimichurri Sweet Potato Stuffed Mushrooms from Heartbeet Kitchen
Crispy Crunchy Sea Salt & Rosemary Taro Root Rounds from Beyond The Bite
Crispy Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus from Grazed & Enthused
Crock Pot Braised Red Cabbage from The Bacon Mum
Easy Rustic Leek Gratin from Squirrel In The Kitchen
Fresh Chive & Bacon Fat Roasted Black Radishes from Beyond The Bite
Glazed Rutabaga from Eat Heal Thrive
Kale with Cranberries from Phoenix Helix
Memommie’s Onion Casserole from Adventures In Partaking
Pan Roasted Cauliflower with Cherry Balsamic Sauce from Grazed & Enthused
Roasted Brussels with Bacon & Cinnamon from Gutsy By Nature
Roasted Radish Hash from Beyond The Bite
Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Capers & Lemon Juice from Strictly Delicious
Smashed Apple & Celeriac from Joanna Frankham
Turnip, Leek & Greens Hash from Beyond The Bite
Wilted Kale with Shallots from Don’t Eat The Spatula

Bread, Stuffing & Rolls

Apple Cranberry Holiday Stuffing from Autoimmune Paleo
Apple, Sausage & Sage Stuffing from Sweet Potatoes and Social Change
Bacon, Apple & Sweet Potato Stuffing from Amy Myers (omit black pepper)
Cassava Flour Biscuits from Heather Hollandaise
Fluffy AIP Biscuits from Living Lovely with Autoimmunity
Herbed Thanksgiving Stuffing from Beyond The Bite
Kabocha Squash Biscuits from Flash Fiction Kitchen
Mushroom Stuffing from The Primordial Table
Plantain Stuffing from Vibrant Life Army Wife
Pumpkin Stuffing from Whole Life Full Soul
Roasted Delicata Squash, Apple & Fig Stuffing from Real Food with Dana
Soft and Fluffy Plantain Buns from The Curious Coconut
Sweet Potato Lefse from Sweet Treats
Thanksgiving Stuffing Delicata Squash from Grazed & Enthused

Condiments, Gravies & Sauces

Citrus Spiced Cranberry Sauce from He Won’t Know It’s Paleo
Cran-Blackberry Sauce from Eat Heal Thrive
Easy Maple Cranberry Sauce from The Bojon Gourmet
Ginger Pear Cranberry Sauce from Enjoying This Journey
Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce from Sweet Treats
Jellied Cranberry Sauce from Grazed & Enthused
Marinated Beet, Citrus & Cilantro Relish from Grazed & Enthused
Savory Rutabaga Gravy from Beyond The Bite
Spicy Kumquat Chutney from Zesty Paleo
Starch Free Gravy from Sweet Treats
Sweet & Savory Cranberry Chutney from Adventures In Partaking

Caramelized Brussel Sprouts with Lime & Crispy Shallots from Nourish: The Paleo Healing Cookbook

Looking for other AIP resources for holiday recipes?

Here are a few of my favorite resources for holiday recipes that are both AIP and allergy friendly.

For the foodies

Nourish: The Paleo Healing Cookbook from yours truly. Here’s a sample of my favorite seasonal recipes that would be perfect as holiday sides:

  • Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Lime & Crispy Shallots, p 140 (also available here)
  • Sweet Potato Gratin with Caramelized Onions, p 143
  • Herbed Spaghetti Squash with Bacon & “Bread Crumbs”, p 144
  • Spinach Blackberry Salad with Warm Bacon Sage Dressing, p 154
  • Balsamic Glazed Mushrooms with Kabocha Squash Puree, p 157
  • German Potato Salad with Bacon & Herbs, p 158 (possibly the most popular recipe in the book!)
  • Roasted Sunchokes with Apples & Onions, p 169
  • Garlic Lovers Roasted Beets with Lemon Zest & Thyme, p 174
  • Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Parsnips & Rosemary, p 180

(You can see all the book details and take a look at the full recipe index here)

For the time-savers

The AIP Instant Pot Cookbook from Eileen Laird of Phoenix Helix and your favorite AIP bloggers. Using this cookbook and your trusty Instant Pot, you can whip up your entire holiday meal in a fraction of the time with these recipes:

  • Turkey & Gravy, pg 19 and p 75
  • Bacon Orange Cherry Jam, p 23
  • Honey Herbed Carrots & Parsnips, p 37
  • Savory Mashed White Sweet Potatoes, p 40
  • Butternut Apple Mash, p 41
  • Mini Pumpkin Pies, p 157
For the traditionalists

Holiday On The Autoimmune Protocol from Bre’anna of He Won’t Know It’s Paleo. This is available both as a print cookbook and an ebook that takes you through your whole holiday meal from start to finish, including desserts.

  • Simple Turkey and Gravy
  • Prime Rib au Jus
  • Honey Ham
  • Dressing
  • Squash Casserole
  • Carrot Casserole
  • Spiced Pudding with Rum Cajeta
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Cranberry Sauce …and more!
For the sweets lovers

Holiday Sweet Treats from Laura of Sweet Treats. I’m no baker at the best of times, so when it comes to my rare forays into flours, Laura’s professional baking experience makes my life easier! This ebook will give you guaranteed-to-turn-out holiday baking! Her collection of recipes includes:

  • Gingersnaps
  • Shortbread Cookies
  • Pumpkin Macaroons
  • Orange Spice Panna Cota
  • Cranberry Cake with Orange Honey Sauce
  • Pear Galette with Maple Caramel Sauce
  • Pumpkin Panna Cotta Tart with Gingersnap Macaroon Crust… and more!

Whew! If we’re not all prepared for the holidays after that, I’m not sure we ever will be! What are you planning on making this year?

The ultimate collection of 100+ allergy friendly & AIP holiday sides from Everything from starches to stuffing, vegetable dishes to breads & gravies to sauces!


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