Best Festive Sides and Starters to Accompany Your Roast

Words: Emma Nkunzana

So, you have a mouth-watering festive roast and a decadent dessert that will have guests rolling into bed, now it’s time to bring it all together with the perfect festive sides. We’ve rounded up 16 of our most delicious festive sides to try this holiday season.Fetsive Sides

Festive Sides: Starters

If you’re hosting the festive feast don’t torture your hungry guests with the wafting smells of your fabulous roast. Tide them over with our selection of starters.

All Spice Nut Bread Wreath

We love pretty decorations and we especially love edible decorations. Wow, your guests as soon as they walk through the door with a nut bread wreath.

Recipe for All Spice Nut Bread Wreath

Festive sides festive bread wreath

Savoury Pork Rillete & Fresh Cherry Fridge Tart

Similar to pâté but ten times more decadent, perfect for an evening of indulgence.

Recipe for Savoury Pork Rillete

Onion Roasted Tart Tartin

Serve this tart with a handful of fresh rocket and goats cheese to begin your celebrations with a bang.

Recipe for onion Roasted Tart Tartin


This is the perfect amuse bouche for a Christmas meal. Easy to make, looks fancy, delicious to eat.

Recipe for Hens Eggs


Perfect for a hot weather Christmas! Once you’re done eating, give the shell a good scrub, drill a small hole by the hinge, tie a thin piece of ribbon through the hole, and you’ve got  yourself a Christmas ornament.

Recipe for Grilled Oysters


Festive Side Salads

Christmas in summer means we can embrace cold dishes and refreshing salads, these festive sides are perfect.

Watermelon Salad

Watermelon is just another joy of Christmas in summer! We love creating fresh salads from the humble fruit.

Recipe for Watermelon SaladFestive Sides Watermelon

Charred Watermelon & Bocconcini Salad

This salad is a must-have festive side, the sweet refreshing flavours will act as a palate cleanser between mouthfuls of richness.

Recipe for Charred Watermelon Salad

Pepper & Pomegranate Salad

A vibrant salad that simply screams Christmas!

Recipe for Pepper and Pomegranate Salad

Chargrilled Asparagus in Lemon Caper Butter

Asparagus needs very little to make it special, but this tangy butter with beautiful green pistachios makes it even more delicious.

Recipe for Chargrilled Asparagus in Lemon Caper

Chilli Ginger Brocolli & Brussels Sprouts Salad

Not only is this salad packed with healthy goodness but its also delicious with a zingy chilli-ginger dressing.

Recipe for Chilli Ginger Brocolli & Brussels Sprouts Salad

Grilled Cauliflower & Brussels Sprouts Salad

If you have banters and vegetarians coming over, this salad is a must.

Recipe for Grilled Cauliflower and Brussels Sprout Salad

Broccoli Salad With Shaved Almonds & Parmesan

This fresh broccoli salad pairs well with the watermelon salad and goes wonderfully with any rich roast.

Recipe for Broccoli Salad

Festive Sides To Accompany Your Roast

If like us, you tend to go a bit over the top with an endless buffet of roast dishes, then you want a low key side dish that doesn’t compete with the mains, isn’t too rich, but also has a bit of a wow factor. These dishes answer all your kitchen prayers.

Festive Brussels Sprouts

No festive feast would be complete without a side of sprouts! This recipe has walnuts and cranberries making it a fresh, crisp and crunchy dish.

Recipe for Festive Brussels SproutsFestive Sides Brussels pprouts

Brussels Sprouts with Nutmeg & Brown Sugar

The addition of sweetness to this dish will even get the kids reaching for seconds.

Recipe for Brussels Sprouts with Nutmeg & Brown Sugar

Chaoucroute-Style Brussels Sprouts

A rustic French-inspired recipe that cooks the Brussels in white wine sprinkled with bits of bacon, giving your Christmas a bit of zing.

Recipe for Brussels Sprouts

Duck Fat Roast Potatoes

The only way to roast taters to crispy perfection.

Recipe for Duck Fat Roast Potatoes

Thyme Brown Butter Potato Cake

Potato bake for a slightly more sophisticated affair.

Recipe for Thyme Brown Butter Potato Cake


Focaccia is one of the most forgiving breads to make, It’s deliciously chewy and soft in the centre with a crispy exterior, so it’s worth the hassle plus imagine how good it will look on the Christmas table. You can add whatever your heart desires on top, think rosemary, garlic, sundried tomatoes, loads and loads of olive oil, onions, olives, the options are endless.

Recipe for Focaccia


These little fried nuggets are perfect as a side and will please your vegetarian guests. A win-win!

Recipe for Red Pepper & Cauli Cakes

Bacon-Wrapped Chipolatas

An addictive salty, cheeky side dish – who said sides couldn’t be decadent?

Recipe for Bacon Wrapped Chipolatasfestive sides chipolatas

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