Vegetables picked fresh from the garden are delicious all year long, but they’re extra rewarding during the holiday season. What’s better than showing off the results of your hard gardening work at the holiday dinner table? Nothing beats fresh vegetables to offset some of the carbs served for Christmas dinner, and they’re a good way to start off a meal that usually ends with an overabundance of high calorie desserts.
Perhaps you have a vegetarian guest attending your holiday dinner this year, or you’re just looking forward to using your tomato yield for something other than a topping to your turkey sandwiches. Nothing rounds out your holiday meal better than a fresh vegetable side dish picked straight from your own vegetable garden.
Below are some suggestions for vegetable side dishes for your holiday dinner.
Green Beans with Toasted Pecans
Sauté your green beans in butter, and finish them off with toasted pecans, salt, pepper and lemon juice and you will have a crunchy and fresh holiday side in minutes.
Lemon Garlic Roasted Brussel Sprouts
This delicious lemon garlic roasted Brussel sprouts side couldn’t be easier to make. Cut your Brussel sprouts in half after trimming the ends off, and toss in freshly squeezed lemon juice, olive oil and minced garlic. Roast on 400 for about a half hour.
Fresh Christmas Salad
We’re calling this a fresh Christmas salad because it includes any fresh vegetable from your garden that you have on hand. Whether you grow arugula, romaine or leaf lettuce, or prefer tomatoes, carrots, onions, or all of the above, toss it in your favorite dressing and add shaved gourmet cheese.
Glazed Carrots with Walnuts
Carrots and walnuts are the star of this holiday side dish, made with brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, butter, dry mustard and paprika. The combination of these flavors complete with toasted walnuts on top should be enough to impress your guests.
Put those tomatoes to good use by making a tried and true Caprese salad. Pick tomatoes and basil from your garden and you’re halfway there! All you need is fresh mozzarella, topped with some fresh basil and olive oil/balsamic vinegar.
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