12 Easy Side Dishes to Serve This Hanukkah

updated Nov 9, 2020
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When Hanukkah dinner comes to mind, you know there is most likely going to be brisket at the center of the table. What about the rest of the meal, though? Like any festive dinner, the Hanukkah side dishes are an equally important part. We rounded up 12 of our favorites sides that fit the bill for the holiday. Latkes are definitely one of those things, but there are a few others that deserve just as much room at the table.

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Classic Latkes
While there are a lot of ways to make latkes, you can never ever go wrong with the classic version — especially when served with applesauce and sour cream.
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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Walnuts, Pomegranate Molasses & Shanklish
While pomegranate molasses adds a unique sweet, tart tang to this dish, what makes it extra special is shanklish, a dipping sauce made from labneh and za’atar.
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Parsnip Latkes
Parsnips have a natural sweetness to them that makes for latkes that pair especially well with the classic side of applesauce that’s usually reserved for potato latkes.
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Pummelo, Fennel, and Radish Salad
Seeing the latkes are the most traditional side dish for Hanukkah, it’s nice to have another side dish that’s a light, bright contrast to the fried fare.
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Herb and Scallion Latkes
These fast and fancy latkes are filled with a handful of fresh herbs and scallions for a fresh take on the fried favorite.
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Slow Cooker Applesauce
You're going to need applesauce to go with all the latkes, and you'll love how easy this version is.
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Syrian Herb and Meat Latkes (Ijeh B'Lahmeh)
Instead of potatoes, these latkes are made with a flavorful mix of ground beef, mint, parsley, cilantro, and scallions. Slip leftovers into pita for a great lunch sandwich.
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Spaghetti Squash Latkes
These unique latkes happen to be gluten-free, thanks to using chickpea or oat flour to bind them.
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Herbed Citrus Salad with Tahini Dressing and Greens
This colorful salad is not only the best way to welcome citrus season, but it’s also such a juicy, fresh contrast Hanukkah’s fried treats and meaty main courses.
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Weeknight Winter Salad
Swiss chard, fennel, cucumbers, and roasted sweet potatoes join forces in this seasonal salad that feels extra wholesome next to that platter of latkes.
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Honey-Garlic Butter Roasted Carrots
They'll go perfectly with your brisket.
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Pull-Apart Challah Rolls
Individual knots of challah bread, rich with eggs and ready for a slathering of butter.
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