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25 Christmas Dinner Side Dishes for Beef Tenderloin

Beef tenderloin is a really special cut of beef we love to indulge with for Christmas. The last time I bought one it was so expensive the butcher had to carry it to the checkout clerk for me! Make that great dinner main its best with side dishes that compliment a meal worthy of a celebration.

Beef tenderloin should never be served well done–and the if you put an amazing crust on it, it’s even better. My favorite beef tenderloin recipe is from Downshiftology.

But if you have the time for the mother of all beef main dishes, you could try a prime rib with my closed oven method. It’s a lot more work than a beef tenderloin but it certainly is worth the effort.

a sliced beef tenderloin

Potato Side Dishes for Beef Tenderloin

Potatoes make the most versatile side dish because they can take on just about any flavor.

I like to add thickly sliced potatoes around a beef tenderloin while it cooks in the oven. Then all the butter, herbs and juices flavor them perfectly.

Here are a few other potato sides you’re sure to love:

Rosemary-Butter Roasted Little Potatoes
Tender little potatoes tossed in rosemary and butter make the perfect side dish.
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a bowl of little potatoes with rosemary and butter
Homemade potatoes au gratin
Homemade potatoes au gratin baked up warm and hearty in a rich sharp cheddar cheese sauce and brightened with fresh thyme. It’s a true treat you can make ahead and bake when you’re ready. 
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Loaded Overstuffed Baked Potatoes
Loaded overstuffed baked potatoes are a fun way to get all your favorites–cheese, sour cream, and chives in a neat little package. Add bacon or veggies and make them your own!
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Piled high with cheesy filling, overstuffed loaded potatoes take a microwave shortcut and are ready in just 30 minutes.
Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes
Sour cream mashed potatoes have a depth and richness you can’t get with a plain version. Not to mention they turn out at just the right thickness.
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sour cream mashed potatoes in a blue bowl
Mashed Potato Cakes
Use leftover mashed potatoes in this traditional country classic. Crispy potato cakes can be fried and rewarmed in the oven for your next meal.
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a plate of fried potato cakes with sour cream on top
Cheesy hash brown casserole
There are so many cheesy hash brown casserole recipes in existence. How do you find the right one? This version is simple and free from all the fluff, but always pleases a crowd.
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a small plate of cheesy hash brown casserole in front of the large 9x13 pan
Southern Potato Salad with Mustard and Eggs
Southern potato salad is a balance of sweet, tangy, crunchy and salty. Learn to make the version everyone will eat by the serving spoon full. 
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a bowl of potato salad on a wooden table

Vegetable Side Dishes for Beef Tenderloin

We all know the meat is the start of the show, but let those vegetable sides be just as delicious!

Try a bright ginger dressing over asparagus, or simple roasted radishes (which taste more like delicate cabbages after they cook) and you’ll have the right accent to your meal.

Orange and Ginger Roasted Asparagus
Give up limp steamed asparagus and jazz up dinner with the most amazing ginger and orange dressing. The perfect easy side dish!
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a sheet pan of roasted ginger and orange asparagus
Sautéed Brussel Sprouts with Browned Butter
Nutty browned butter is the simplest way to dress golden brown sauteed brussel sprouts. Ready in just minutes!
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Broccoli Cheddar Rice Casserole
Make this classic even better with no canned soups and see how the flavor shines!
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a baking dish of casserole with a scoop out and a spoon in the dish
Easy Roasted Radishes
Would you be shocked to know that roasted radishes are delicate, tender and mild in flavor? Add this new vegetable side dish to your table and be surprised! 
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These easy roasted radishes are a nice change from cauliflower or potatoes and don't taste like you might expect!
Southern Fried Okra
Fried okra is a southern classic and something you either love or hate. Lightly breaded and seasoned, you'll love this simple side dish.
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a big pan of fried okra ready to be eaten
Oven Roasted Corn with Bacon and Onion
Lighter than you might think, this oven roasted corn with bacon is the perfect warm weather side dish. 
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a bowl of oven roasted corn with bacon
Fried zucchini cakes
These fried zucchini cakes are one in a million in my book. I’ve tried a lot of them, and these aren’t too eggy, too salty or too bland. A great spring and summer treat that’s NOT zucchini bread. 
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This is the best fried zucchini cake I've ever tried! You can make them and freeze them too.
Sautéed Green Beans with Mustard and Shallots
Tired of soggy canned green beans? Dress up your meal with the bright flavor of sautéed green beans with mustard and shallots. 
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Mashed Sweet Potato Casserole
We love this mashed sweet potato casserole with all the crunchy, sweet, buttery topping you can handle. 
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Southern Broccoli Casserole
This iconic southern broccoli casserole has lots of flavor, is never greasy and gets rid of all those strange ingredients you don’t need. You’ll love it!
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Crispy Baked Eggplant Slices
Crispy baked eggplant slices are a simple way to celebrate the meaty flavor of eggplant without all of the salting, soaking, pressing and fuss of other recipes.
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a stack of baked eggplant slices on a plate with marinara sauce and basil

Salad Side Dishes for Beef Tenderloin

Keep some crunch in the meal with fresh greens and salads along side your favorite beef tenderloin recipe. I personally LOVE a charred Caesar you can make right under your broiler or throw on the grill.

Or if you love some southern flair, give a wilted lettuce salad a try. It’s a classic and the balance of the bacon with the vinegar dressing is perfection.

Charred Caesar Salad
A truly fun twist on classic Caesar! A quick roast makes the leaves a little smoky and a simple dressing brings it all together.
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a platter of charred caesar salad heads
Pear Salad with Gorgonzola and Walnuts
Salads are for all year round, but this one is perfect for cooler weather when pears are perfectly in season. Adorn your next holiday table with this bright, balanced side dish.
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A bowl of pear salad in a bowl being tossed with two forks.
Tangy Broccoli Salad
Fresh broccoli and an almost cole slaw style dressing make this tangy broccoli salad a fun addition to your next potluck or dinner. Sweet, tangy and fresh! 
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Tangy broccoli salad is a classic that blends sweet and sour into a great way to eat fresh vegetables
Homemade Caesar Salad
Homemade caesar salad only needs a whisk and a few simple ingredients plus this recipe has no raw egg yolks in it so you can feel confident serving it to anyone. 
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Don't fear Caesar salad any longer! Raw egg yolks take a hike in this version that's got all the restaurant quality flavor and none of the worry. Quick to make!
Wilted Lettuce Salad
A southern classic, wilted lettuce salad was the way grandmothers used to make do with what they had but the combination of bacon grease (yes that’s what I said), vinegar, and sugar makes the most divine dressing served warm over greens. 
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a bowl of finished wilted lettuce salad
Greek Cucumber Tomato Salad
This Greek cucumber tomato salad is easy, fast and brings the best of summer’s flavors to your table.
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a bowl of greek cucumber salad with pita chips on the side
Iceberg Lettuce Wedge Salad
Iceberg lettuce wedge salad is a quick and simple side that doesn’t really “feel” like a salad. Crispy bacon on top dresses it up, and you can quickly and easily make several wedges for a crowd.
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white dish of lettuce wedges with dressing and bacon

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Rachel Ballard, RN, BSN brings more than 20 years of professional nursing expertise to Feast and Farm. With a love for nutrient dense foods that support wellness, she works to distill complex health information and current trends into recipes that fuel the best version of yourself. Read more about Rachel here.