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13 Keto-Friendly Holiday Sides Everyone Will Love

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The holiday season is upon us, meaning delicious feasts and gatherings with friends and family. But for those of us on a keto diet, it can be a bit challenging to find dishes that fit our dietary restrictions. In this article, we have compiled a list of 13 keto-friendly holiday sides that are delicious, healthy, and easy to make.

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

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Brussels sprouts are a staple at any holiday feast, and this keto-friendly version will surely be a hit. Simply toss the sprouts in olive oil, salt, and pepper, then add in some crispy bacon for an extra kick of flavor. Get the recipe here. 

Garlic Mushrooms

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These garlic mushrooms are the perfect side dish to complement any holiday meal. These flavorful mushrooms are quick and easy to make with only a handful of ingredients. The earthy taste of mushrooms paired with the punch of garlic makes this dish an absolute delight. You can select any variety of mushrooms, but button or cremini mushrooms work exceptionally well. Get the recipe here. 

Creamy Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

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Another keto-friendly alternative to mashed potatoes, this creamy garlic mashed cauliflower is just as delicious. With the addition of cream cheese and butter, it has a rich and creamy texture that will leave you wanting more. Get the recipe here. 

Green Beans with Parmesan

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This simple yet elegant dish is perfect for any holiday dinner party. The crispness topped with melted parmesan cheese makes for a delicious and healthy side dish. The freshness of the green beans combined with the salty, umami flavor of the Parmesan creates a side dish that’s both flavorful and nutritious. Get the recipe here.

Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts

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These bacon-wrapped water chestnuts are not only keto-friendly, but they also make for a beautiful and tasty side dish. The combination of crispy bacon and tender water chestnuts will bring your guests back for seconds. Get the recipe here. 

Easy Creamy Spinach 

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This easy creamy spinach dish is a must-have if you love adding greens to your table without the fuss. With just a few simple ingredients, including cream cheese and heavy cream, this dish comes together in under 15 minutes. Get the recipe here. 

Cajun Zucchini Fries

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Give your holiday menu a twist with these keto-friendly zucchini fries. Coated with healthy keto ingredients, these delicious fries are baked until golden and crispy. They serve as the perfect guilt-free side dish that’s not only low in carbs but also packed with nutrition. The combination of zesty seasonings makes this a side dish that will please everyone at the table. Get the recipe here.

Keto Cornbread Stuffing

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You don’t need to sacrifice your favorite Thanksgiving stuffing on the keto diet. This keto-friendly version made with almond flour and cauliflower is just as delicious, if not more so, than the traditional recipe. Get the recipe here. 

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

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Mac and cheese is a classic comfort food, but it’s usually loaded with carbs from the pasta. This keto-friendly version swaps out the pasta for cauliflower, making it a guilt-free indulgence that everyone will love. Get the recipe here. 

Lemon Kale Salad With Crunchy Breadcrumbs

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This easy lemon kale salad recipe is made with crunchy lacinato kale, a bright lemon dressing, and extra flavor from crunchy panko and shredded Parmesan cheese. This salad will be requested year after year! Get the recipe here.

Hasselback Butternut Squash

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This impressive-looking side dish is much easier to make than it looks. Thinly sliced butternut squash is roasted with butter, garlic, and herbs, creating a beautiful and flavorful addition to your holiday table. Get the recipe here. 

Cheesy Broccoli Bake

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Broccoli gets a delicious makeover in this cheesy casserole dish that’s perfect for the holidays. Made with cream cheese, cheddar, and parmesan, it’s a decadent side that will make everyone forget they’re eating their vegetables. Get the recipe here.


There’s no need to feel restricted on the keto diet during the holidays. With these 13 delicious and easy-to-make side dishes, you can still enjoy all your favorite traditional flavors while staying true to your dietary goals. Whether you’re following a strict keto lifestyle or just looking for healthier options, these dishes are sure to please everyone at your holiday table. So go ahead and indulge guilt-free this holiday season with these fantastic keto-friendly side dishes. Happy holidays!

Mixed Green Salad With Warm Goat Cheese Croutons

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Need a healthy side dish? Look no further than this lovely mixed greens salad with yummy warm goat cheese croutons. 

Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers

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Your whole family will love these mini stuffed peppers. Better make lots! They’ll go quickly. 

Blackened Broccoli

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This simple yet delicious keto side dish comes together quickly so it is perfect for mid-week meals.  It pairs perfectly with my Sous Vide Strip Steak recipe along with pan-seared chicken breasts or bone-in pork chops. 

Apple Butternut Squash Casserole With Bacon Pecan Topping

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I’m not drooling, you’re drooling. You will make this time and time again. So many flavors. Yum!

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Iva discovered the keto diet back in 2020 and has experimented with it, off and on. She recently took over this site and shares experiences, her knowledge and some yummy recipes. She also runs a women only website Women Blazing Trails.

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