Favorite Holiday Side Dishes and Desserts

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Easter and Mother’s Day and other Spring Holidays are right around the corner. It’s time to plan your  Spring dinner or  brunch.

The good news about Spring Holiday Side Dishes  is that so many things can be healthy, gluten free, grain free and still satisfying.

You decide if you’re eating ham, rack of lamb, a prime rib or maybe this mock porchetta. No one says you can’t do a beautiful roast chicken.

 

I’ve put together Spinach Tiger’s Favorite Spring Holiday Side Dishes and Desserts.

Take note that I’ve marked them paleo, low carb or gluten free where appropriate. (For example, I’m not going to name an egg, gluten free).

Spicy Pimento Deviled Eggs (Low Carb) In the South, we always have pimento cheese and deviled eggs. When you put these together, you have a low carb, keto appetizer or holiday side dish.

Deviled Eggs and Holiday Side Dishes from Spinach Tiger

As far as salads, you want salads you can make ahead that have a high acidic dressing.

How to Color Eggs with Whipped Cream 

Easter Salads and Holiday Side Dishes

Red Cabbage Salad (Low Carb, Paleo)

Red Cabbage Salad and Holiday Side Dishes from Spinach Tiger

I know cauliflower isn’t exactly spring, but, this raw cauliflower is great for a big gathering because you make it ahead of time.

Cauliflower Salad, (Low Carb, Paleo) 

Raw Cauliflower Salad and Holiday Side Dishes from Spinach Tiger

Cold Green Bean Salad (Paleo) I put pears with green beans. It worked. Switch out the pears for cooked red sliced potatoes as an option.

Green Bean Salad and Holiday Side Dishes from Spinach Tiger

I’m going with beets are a year-round side dish.

Roasted Asparagus screams spring. (Paleo)

Roasted Asparagus and Holiday Side Dishes from Spinach Tiger

Fancy Beet Carpaccio with Roasted Walnut Vinaigrette (Paleo)

Beet Carpaccio and Holiday Side Dishes from Spinach Tiger

Typically, I like kale best in Fall and Winter. This lemony dressing kale salad works for Spring and let me suggest adding cold peas.

Tuscan Kale with Salad Lemony Dressing  (Low Carb, Paleo)

Tuscan Kale Salad and Holiday Side Dishes from Spinach Tiger

Farmhouse Salad. This can be especially pretty if you have chive flowers or edible flowers to add in.

Holiday Side Dishes

This is the all around must have at every holiday dinner.

Stove top Candied Sweet Potatoes  (Paleo, if you leave out the brown sugar, just use the maple syrup)

Sweet Potatoes and Holiday Side Dishes from Spinach Tiger

If you have the pot, the flash fry technique is so good. Otherwise I have ten Brussel Sprouts recipes for every occasion.

Flash Fried Brussels Sprouts (Low carb, Paleo)

Flash Fried Brussels Sprouts and Holiday Side Dishes from Spinach Tiger

This is a new recipe. If you’re the person just bringing a side, bring this. It’s a hooray, all the way.

Fresh Green Beans with Almonds – (Low Carb)

I suggest making the beans ahead, shocking them with ice, and adding almonds and almond butter on stove top right before serving.

Fresh Green Beans Almondine and Holiday Side Dishes from Spinach Tiger

Cauliflower Crack, Roasted with Butter and Parmesan Cheese (Low Carb) This is the most decadent cauliflower dish to date.

Baked Cauliflower and Holiday Side Dishes from Spinach Tiger

I brought this to a pot luck. It was one of the few dishes that completely disappeared.

Baked Corn Pudding – One of the most popular dishes of all time here.

Baked Corn Pudding and Holiday Side Dishes from Spinach Tiger

Sheet Pan Frittata, Perfect as an appetizer, side or brunch item.

Sheet Pan Frittata and Holiday Side Dishes from Spinach Tiger

Can we say elegant?

Roasted Broccolini with Prosciutto

Roasted Broccolini and Holiday Side Dishes from Spinach Tiger

We had this at Christmas. It’s everything you want in a scalloped potato. It takes time, but worth it.

Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped Potatoes and Holiday Side Dishes from Spinach Tiger

Holiday Desserts

No need for me to explain this one, but take notice, you can do this gluten free.

Key Lime Pie, Gluten Free, Grain Free Option

Key Lime Pie and Holiday Side Dishes from Spinach Tiger

How to Make Blueberry Pie and Seven Variations

How to Make Fresh Blueberry Pie and Holiday Side Dishes from Spinach Tiger

This lemon cake is diabetic friendly and covers a lot of special diets, plus it’s “I ate that whole cake” good.

Lemon Cake, Grain Free (Low Carb, Keto, Paleo, Gluten Free, Sugar Free)

Grain Free Lemon Cake and Holiday Side Dishes from Spinach Tiger

Lemon Cream Cake I got the recipe from a magazine. That’s my photo, though. Serve with a blueberry compote.

Olive Oil Lemon Cream Cake and Holiday Side Dishes from Spinach Tiger

Chocolate Cupcakes, Gluten Free  I got this recipe from America’s Test Kitchen. It’s really good. You could use swerve and make this sugar free, if there are special needs.

Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes and Holiday Side Dishes from Spinach Tiger

Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes

This has a rich frosting and I’ve made a zillion times, because it’s reliable as a winner. The recipe makes a lot of cupcakes, which is a great crowd pleaser.

 Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes and Holiday Side Dishes from Spinach Tiger

Pavlova with Lime Curd  (Grain Free, Gluten Free) These are easier than you think and you can fill with lime curd and any fresh fruit you have. You make them individually, and they are another elegant choice.

Pavlova Cups and Holiday Side Dishes from Spinach Tiger

Ricotta Cookies, Gluten Free

 Ricotta Cookies and Holiday Side Dishes from Spinach Tiger

Coconut Cake – or Coconut Cupcakes The cupcake won an award. It’s that good and you can find out how to color coconut.

 Coconut Cupcakes and Holiday Side Dishes from Spinach Tiger

Coconut Cake and Holiday Side Dishes from Spinach Tiger

I can’t leave you here without sharing the biscuits. Biscuits are always a holiday choice, and I have good news. I have a biscuit for every diet choice.

My Biscuits Can Accompany any Holiday Side Dish or Brunch

I have three winning recipes, and they all have videos. You might also check out the sweet potato biscuits under the biscuits category.

If you can go all out, make these southern fluffy biscuits. These have gotten the best response of any of the almost 1000 recipes here at Spinach Tiger.

Fluffy Biscuits and Holiday Side Dishes from Spinach Tiger

If you’re gluten free, these gluten free biscuits are terrific and the readers love them, a lot. These have beaten out the traffic of the regular biscuit. (That’s saying a lot).

Gluten Free Biscuits and Holiday Side Dishes from Spinach Tiger

If you’re grain free, low-carb, keto, dairy free, these almond flour biscuits are great (and my favorite).

Grain Free Biscuits and Holiday Side Dishes from Spinach Tiger

Strawberry Scones, (Gluten Free) (because I love these so much, I know you will too).

Strawberry Scones and Holiday Side Dishes from Spinach Tiger

How to Color Coconut

The Prettiest Coconut Cupcakes

Spring Cocktails are a Must with the Holiday Side Dishes.

Elderflower Gin Cocktail

Elderflower Cocktail and Holiday Side Dishes from Spinach Tiger

Strawberry Martini

White Sangria with Lemon, Mango

White Sangria and Holiday Side Dishes from Spinach TIger

Strawberry Sangria

Holiday Side Dishes and Strawberry Sangria

Happy Spring. Happy Easter. Happy Mother’s Day. Happy Father’s Day. Happy Graduation. Happy Happy!


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