Wondering what to serve your family and guests for Christmas lunch? If you're planning a big festive Christmas dinner for the, and you've already got your easy, make-ahead Christmas breakfast planned and prepped, sometimes lunch can feel too much like an afterthought. Or maybe your family is serving up Christmas lunch instead of dinner. We've got plenty of recipes for either scenario!
Below, find a variety of Christmas lunch recipes and ideas that'll help you keep guests and family fed without filling them up before the big meal. You'll find a variety of snack lunch options as well as seasonal salads, soups, quick breads, and quiches that are minimal fuss, can be made ahead, and are easy to set out for everyone to graze on while watching Christmas movies or listening to Christmas music. This means you can focus less on being in the kitchen and more on spending time with family, which is what the holidays are all about!
Pork Tenderloin with Cinnamon-Clove Clementine Glaze
Make this stunning centerpiece dish at your Christmas lunch gathering! Whole clementines—peel and all—can be blended up to make a decadent glaze for a pork tenderloin. It's an easy recipe that is guaranteed to impress guests.
Serve these easy hors d'oeuvres at your holiday lunch gathering! A simple mix of breading and seasonings blended with flavorful cooked sausage is stuffed in de-stemmed mushroom caps and baked until delicious.
Roasted Fennel-and-Beet Salad
This hearty winter salad is perfect for a holiday lunch! It's got chunks of roasted root veggies, sweet segments of clementine, a bed of spicy arugula, and a truly delicious vanilla-honey-clementine vinaigrette!
Slow Cooker Beef Stew
Serve your Christmas guests this hearty and easy stew for Christmas lunch! It's the epitome of warm comfort food.
Our Best-Ever Chicken Pot Pie
The secret to this super-homey dish? Cooking it in cast-iron. It's the perfect cozy Christmas lunch for your family and holiday guests!
Easy Creamed Spinach
Round out any holiday spread with this veggie. This easy side gets richness from cream and butter, and just a touch of spice from nutmeg and cayenne
Basmati Rice with Pecans, Cranberries, Apples, and Feta
This update on a classic rice pilaf is packed with delicious flavors. Nutty basmati rice works best, though you're welcome to sub in your favorite grain. The combination of toasty pecans, tart-sweet cranberries, fresh apple, and salty cheese is hard to beat.
Pick up some bread from your favorite local bakery and make this rich, delicious stuffing a part of your holiday lunch!
Crispy Brussels Sprouts Salad with Citrus-Maple Vinaigrette
Want a lighter tide-me-over until dinner? Consider this something like the ultimate winter salad.
Pecan-Crusted Chicken with Honey-Mustard Sauce
Tired of basic breaded chicken? It might be time to go nuts: with some pecans! Finely chopped pecans add rich, nutty flavor that will surprise and delight.
The Ultimate Cheese Board
Set this out around lunchtime and let the family graze while waiting for dinner.
Holiday Salsa with Festive Tortilla Chips
"Spruce" up (get it?) the snack platter with some seasonal red, white, and green salsa, and some easy to make tree and star-shaped tortilla chips!
Roast Pork Loin with Fennel and Chunky Croutons
Break this feast-able meal out when cooking for holiday guests! The pork loin is slowly over a bed of veggies and bread, so you don't waste any of the juices.
Pecan, Kale, and Parmesan Salad
Add this hearty salad to your Christmas lunch menu! Topped with crunchy pecans, creamy avocado, and peppery radishes, it'll practically upstage the main dish!
Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Carrots and Onion
An inexpensive and tough cut of meat (such as chuck) turns meltingly tender when cooked in a moist environment over a long period of time. It's the perfect job for a slow cooker!
Brussels Sprouts with Bacon Lardons and Chestnuts
Here we've steamed Brussels sprouts until they're soft, then added pancetta—basically chunks of thick-cut bacon—and classic chestnuts. Lemon juice and salt balance out the flavors for a side that's sure to become a standard part of your holiday lineup.
One-Pot Butternut Squash Soup
A big warm pot of soup burbling on the stove and some crusty bread warm from the oven might just be the perfect holiday lunch.
Easy, Delicious Chicken Parmesan
Take one of your favorite comfort foods and serve it up as a delicious casserole bake for Christmas lunch!
Cauliflower Mac 'n' Cheese
Looking for some healthier options for Christmas lunch? This cold-weather staple serves up ample creamy gooeyness, while a stealthy vegetable (puréed cauliflower!) boosts vitamins and fiber.
Big Green Winter Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
Hearty enough to tide you over, but not so heavy that it'll ruin the feast, this seasonal salad makes a great light meal.
Sausage-and-Wild Rice-Stuffed Acorn Squash
Stuffed with the season's best ingredients — sausage, cranberries, and wild rice — these sweet and succulent acorn squash become the perfect vessels for lunch. They're delicious as an all-in-one meal on their own, or served up alongside a seasonal salad.
Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Warm Apple Cider Dressing
This crunchy, filling, seasonal salad can be made in just about 25 minutes.
Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings
Perhaps the only thing more warming and delicious than chicken soup on a cold day is chicken and dumplings. And that makes it a wonderful and easy option (thanks, slow cooker!) for Christmas lunch.
French Onion Flatbread
If you're looking for a quick lunch, opt for pre-made dough. These slices will be gone in no time!
Classic Southern Pimento Cheese and Quick Refrigerator Pickles
We can't say enough good things about snack lunches, especially during the holidays! You can prep the pickles a day or two in advance — same with the dip, come to think of it!
Acorn Squash Salad with Tahini Vinaigrette
Here's another winter salad that's big enough to feel like a meal, while still leaving you room for dinner.
These tender and delicious cakes will elevate any midday meal.
Classic Buffalo Chicken Dip
Want a spicier way to keep the hanger at bay on Christmas? Some fresh sliced veggies and this easy dip will do it!
Spinach and Feta Quick Bread
Bake this up the day before, and you've got a ready-to-go light lunch (as-is or paired with a salad) that will tide everyone over until the feast.
Winter Greens & Citrus Salad
Homemade croutons turn this easy side salad into a true treat.
Waldorf Salad Flatbread
The old-school fancy restaurant salad is reconfigured here into an elevated light lunch meal.
Roasted Mushroom and Bacon Dutch Baby
This rich, savory pancake-like concoction has an impressive look that belies how easy it is to make.
Ham Biscuit Sandwiches with Apricot Mustard
Whether you're looking for a light bite before dinner or a full lunch, these slider-sized sandwiches are perfect to hold you over.
Ham and Leek Quiche
The best part about this dish is that it works for either breakfast or lunch. Plus, what better way to prep for your Christmas ham than with—wait for it—ham.
Vegetarian Chili with Grains and Beans
This lighter chili won't weigh anyone down, but it'll keep folks full until supper. And the best part: It cooks up in a slow cooker, freeing up the stove for Christmas dinner.
If you're feeding a more intimate crew and want to get fancy, try this luxe take on a standard ham and cheese. The combo of egg yolk, salty ham, and toasty sourdough is intensely satisfying.
Pimiento Salad Club Sandwiches
Topped with turkey bacon and Cheddar cheese, this sweet and salty sandwich is super satisfying.
Sausage & Grits Lasagna
Make this lasagna ahead of time and pop it in the oven on Christmas morning.
Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad
If you already have Brussels sprouts on the dinner menu as a Christmas side dish, set aside some to make this cheesy, nutty salad.
If your family is more of the grazing type, go all out with a three-cheese fondue board.
Deviled Eggs Pasta Salad
Make a big batch of this easy-as-pie pasta salad and let folks help themselves as they get hungry.
Bacon and Leek Deep-Dish Quiche
If you have a little time on your hands, consider making this beaut of a quiche. It's got flavor for days and comes out with the flaky crust you've always dreamed of achieving.
Wild Rice-and-Cider-Cranberry Pilaf
Put your leftover cranberries to use in this zesty pilaf dish.
Farro-and-Acorn Squash Salad
Make cleanup easier by packaging this salad—filled with blue cheese, hazelnuts, and pomegranate seeds—in Mason jars.
Green Salad with Roasted Carrots and Creamy Tarragon Dressing
If you need something a little lighter, this green salad with roasted carrots should do the trick.
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