Healthy Christmas Recipes

We've collected some of our favorite healthy Christmas appetizers, entrees, side dishes and desserts that use far less butter and oil, like avocado-hummus dip, crunchy artichoke crostini, ginger salmon, lemon-rosemary grilled shrimp, and walnut-crusted chicken breasts.

Staff Picks

Carrot Puree

Rating: 4 stars 48
All it takes is a sprinkling of salt and pepper to enhance the earthy flavors of the carrots in this simple side dish.

Fennel and Orange Salad

Rating: 3 stars 124
The classic flavor combination of fennel and orange makes a wonderful winter salad.

Spiced Nuts

Rating: 3 stars 594
A perfect spicy snack for the holidays.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Grapes with Walnuts

The red grapes' sweetness brings out the nutty notes in the sprouts. Walnuts can be swapped for almonds or pecans.

Shrimp and Avocado Salad on Endive Leaves

The secret to the shrimp salad's decadent taste: creamy avocado, which is rich in heart-healthy unsaturated fat. Slivers of scallion and a shot of lime juice brighten the flavor.

Cream of Celery Soup

Rating: 3 stars 91
This cream of celery soup is garnished with toasted baguette and celery leaf.

Herbed Roasted Turkey

Rating: 4 stars 284
This traditional holiday bird brings much more to the table than just great taste. Our version, which is packed with protein, is rubbed with a blend of parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme, and garlic.

Shingled Roasted Potatoes

Rating: 3 stars 62
Shingling these potatoes is as easy as thinly slicing each (just not all the way through) before roasting them. The result is a beautiful display. Put them in the oven 30 minutes before the beef goes in so that everything is ready at the same time.

Wild Rice with Dried Fruit and Nuts

Rating: 3.5 stars 178
This wild rice side dish goes well with roasted chicken, turkey, or braised pork shoulder.

Creamy White Bean and Vegetable Mash

Butter and cream usually mean mashed potatoes are off-limits for vegans, but this variation gets its silky texture from white beans instead. Adding the legumes also doubles the amount of protein compared with traditional spuds.

Green Bean and Shallot Ravioli Salad

In this take on the green-bean casserole, cheese ravioli replaces the heavy mushroom soup, while sauteed shallots and crunchy toasted almonds stand in for the fried onions.

Shaved Parsnip Salad

A surprisingly good source of vitamin C, the raw parsnips in this healthy holiday side have slightly more of the antioxidant than their cooked counterparts.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Sweet Potato Cannelloni
Rating: Unrated 181
A twist on traditional cannelloni, this vegetarian and gluten-free dish is made with blanched sweet potato slices. They're filled with a cottage cheese, sweet potato, and apple filling, then topping with shaved Parmesan and toasted walnuts. The remarkably rich taste and vibrant appearance make it a worthy and healthy addition to any dinner.
Yogurt Parfait with Granola, Raspberries, and Candied Ginger
Rating: Unrated 68
Not only is this picture-perfect parfait delicious, it's also a refreshingly light way to start the morning. Try our recipe for Homemade Granola.
Easy Mushroom Gravy

Anna Lappe, cofounder of the Small Planet Institute, developed this vegan gravy recipe to be served with her Dried Fruit and Toasted Nut Stuffing, a Thanksgiving dish from her childhood.