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30+ Vegetable Side Dishes

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Here are our best healthy side dishes: Find 30+ recipes for veggie-full side dishes to go with chicken, meat, seafood or even to serve all by themselves for a vegetarian feast. Yes, you CAN make dinner out of vegetable sides — mix and match and serve them up family-style!

Collage showing clockwise broccolini with lemon on a dish, corn and tomato salad, baby carrots with cilantro and lime wedges on a platter and a bowl with potato salad and peas.

When I was writing my cookbook, I had to cut dozens of vegetable side dish recipes from the manuscript (maybe that will be the topic of my next book 🙂

I promise you’ll find a few keeper recipes for your menu in this round-up, even side dishes for people who don’t like the taste of vegetables (wink-wink).

The best vegetable side dishes are quick and easy dishes that everyone will love. I think of these recipes as a few notches up from grandma’s green bean casserole, even though we all know there’s always a place at the table for that!

Broccoli and cauliflower side dishes

Kids and adults always seem to love broccoli for any weeknight dinner. Maybe it’s because the florets look like little trees?! Here are some ideas to dial up the flavor of your usual plain steamed broccoli or cauliflower with ingredients like lemon juice, red onions and red pepper flakes.

2-Minute Blanched Broccolini with Lemon

This is the easiest, quickest way to cook broccolini recipe ever. Learn how to cook delicious broccolini to simple perfection in 2 minutes!
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Roasted Broccoli Salad

Roasted Broccoli Salad with Couscous and Lemon Tahini

This roasted broccoli salad is so, so good! Make this easy recipe to serve as healthy vegetarian main course or base of grain bowl. Sheet pan roasted broccoli with whole wheat pearl couscous, hazelnuts and a creamy lemon tahini sauce.
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A white pan full of sauteed broccoli, with grated cheese on top and a wooden spoon and lemon wedges on the side.

15-Minute Sauteed Broccoli with Garlic and Parmesan

Master a simple technique and make this DELICIOUS sautéed broccoli with crisp edges and a tender bite! The broccoli has a ton of flavor, with olive oil, garlic and Parmesan cheese.
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Cauliflower Mascarpone Gratin

Cauliflower Mascarpone Gratin

A creamy baked cauliflower gratin with mascarpone, cream, Parmesan and herbs makes a great holiday casserole recipe.
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Cauliflower Fried Rice with Kimchi (Keto)

We can’t stop eating this healthy keto-friendly riced cauliflower. Loaded up with flavorful ingredients like kimchi, ginger and sesame and quickly stir-fried. Keto, gluten-free, vegan, and low carb.
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Green bean side dish recipes

Speaking of green bean casserole! There are a million recipes for green beans in the world. Here are a few of my favorites, low on effort but super-tasty for a simple side dish:

Roasted Green Beans with Shallots

This totally delectable roasted green beans recipe is a fresh, modern take on your everyday green beans! This recipe could not be easier, and gives you perfectly brown and tender beans tangled with caramelized shallots.
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Buttered Green Beans with Hazelnuts

An incredible fresh green beans recipe you must try – perfectly cooked beans in nutty brown butter topped with hazelnuts and fresh thyme. Turn ordinary string beans into something special!
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Carrot side dish recipes

Carrots are sweet and crunchy! No wonder everyone seems to love ’em. This root vegetable is also versatile to use in carrot salads or simply roast them on a sheet pan.

Roasted Carrots with Cumin and Lime

Simple, healthy recipe for roasted carrots seasoned with spices, fresh lime and a touch of honey. An easy side dish and a family favorite all year round.
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Simple Roasted Carrots with Orange and North African Spice (Dukkah)

Roasted Carrots with Yogurt and Dukkah

Sweet, tangy roasted carrots with North African seasonings like fresh orange and spices.
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Spice-Roasted Carrots with Whipped Red Pepper Feta

Serve these delicious and easy to make spice roasted carrots as a snack, appetizer or vegetable side.
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grated carrot salad with charred scallions, walnuts and fresh mozzarella

Grated Carrot Salad with Mozzarella

This grated carrot salad has a savory Italian-style twist, with fresh creamy mozzarella.
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Potato side dish recipes:

Pure and Simple Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes

Our family recipe for pure and simple olive oil mashed potatoes, made without butter or dairy milk. These potatoes are simply the best-tasting natural potatoes I've ever had!
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Potato Salad with Herbed Lemon Aioli

The best tangy potato salad with smashed new potatoes and lemony aioli, with fresh tarragon and sweet peas. Make this for a perfect easy salad or side dish for potlucks, picnics or supper.
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French Potato Cake with Leeks and Cheese

Simple and delicious recipe for creamy French-style potatoes baked in a skillet! Tasty layers of sliced potatoes in a creamy sauce with leeks and Gruyere cheese. Serve this warm as a side dish or with a green salad for a light supper or brunch dish.
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The Ultimate Baked Potato - Salt-Roasted Potatoes with Rosemary Butter

Salt-Roasted Potatoes with Rosemary Butter

Salt-roasted potatoes are the best baked potatoes! Try this easy method to make the fluffiest potatoes ever. 
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Sweet potato side dish recipes:

Sweet potatoes are anything but boring when they’re made into French fries, or paired with with balsamic vinegar, cucumbers or creamy avocado sauce. They’re perfect served with pork dishes, or combined with other veggie sides for a meatless meal.

Warm Farro Salad with Sweet Potatoes and Kale

A flavorful and healthful farro recipe for any day of the week! This hearty vegetarian salad is packed with roasted sweet potatoes, crispy kale leaves and feta cheese in a tangy-sweet balsamic vinaigrette.
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Roasted sweet potato cubes on a spatula.

Spice-Roasted Sweet Potato Cubes

Jazz up your sweet potato recipe file with this recipe for perfectly crisp-tender roasted sweet potato cubes. The bite-size pieces of diced sweet potato have delectable caramelized edges and a meltingly soft texture inside, each one seasoned with savory spices. We love them as a vegetable side dish, in salads and so much more!
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Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Black Beans and Avocado Crema

Cumin-Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Black Beans

A super tasty spiced-up roasted sweet potato salad! The avocado crema sauce is to-die-for-delicious! Serve as a lunch or dinner salad meal or pile into tortillas to make an on-the-go taco.
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Chili-Lime Sweet Potato Gratin with Goat Cheese

For a lighter, modern twist on sweet potato casserole, layers of thin sweet potato slices are baked with bold spices, fresh lime and topped with a blend of cheeses and pumpkin seeds.This savory sweet potato gratin is tasty and beautiful on any holiday table or serve anytime as a healthy side dish.
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Tuscan Sweet Potato Fries with Sage

Tuscan Sweet Potato Fries

Foolproof deep-frying? Yes, it’s possible! These Tuscan Sweet Potato Fries are golden and crisp on the outside and tender on the inside, seasoned with Italian herbs and garlic. 
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Winter squash side dishes:

Sweet and savory winter squash is not just for Thanksgiving! Enjoy it as a delicious side dish any day of the week.

Creamy Mashed Butternut Squash

A go-to recipe for savory mashed butternut squash (no sugar added), whipped with an Italian-style spiced garlic butter that takes this dish over the top!
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Roasted Honeynut Squash with Parmesan Crumbs

This is a must-try recipe for roasted honeynut squash! Wedges of sweet, rich-tasting honeynut squash are baked with parmesan breadcrumbs until tender. Serve this savory squash recipe as a holiday side dish drizzled with a zesty green herb sauce or your favorite pesto (sauce optional!)
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Miso-Glazed Roasted Acorn Squash

Roasted acorn squash glazed with a tasty mix of soy sauce, miso paste and maple syrup. It’s a must-try recipe to add to your holiday spread!
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Roasted Acorn Squash with Brown Butter

Roasted Acorn Squash with Brown Butter and Parmesan

Easy and delicious roasted acorn squash, seasoned with brown butter, honey and Parmesan. This is a great vegetable side dish for fall celebrating or as part of a healthy vegetable grain bowl.
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Corn side dishes:

Just like sweet summer cherry tomatoes, corn recipes add a fresh spark to the table.

Fresh Corn Salad with Cilantro and Lime

Sautéed spicy sweet corn salad loaded with flavor. This super-quick recipe has fresh lime, Indian spices and green chili. Make this easy vegetarian side dish in 15 minutes.
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Italian Sweet Corn Salad with Pecorino Cheese

Italian Sweet Corn Salad with Pecorino Cheese

Easy Italian-inspired corn salad with so much flavor! Make it with fresh off-the-cob summer corn kernels or frozen corn. 
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Corn salad with peas, tomatoes and basil in an oval serving dish.

25-Minute Crisp Summer Corn Salad

Fresh and easy summer corn salad with ripe tomatoes, basil and zucchini is a perfect side dish. This colorful salad is so easy to make and tastes sweet, crunchy and tangy.
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Zucchini side dishes:

Parmesan Zucchini Noodles with Lemon and Olive Oil

Parmesan Zucchini Noodles with Lemon and Olive Oil

Parmesan Zucchini Noodles : A no-cook gluten-free and low-carb recipe for raw zucchini noodle salad with Italian flavor. It's unbelievably quick, delicious and healthy! 
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Italian Fried Zucchini Salad

Italian Fried Zucchini Salad

Delicious fried zucchini made into a salad, with Italian-style flavor! Low-carb and gluten-free recipe.
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Summer Squash with Basil Butter

Quick recipe for yellow and green squash with fresh basil butter. An easy and healthy side dish.
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More vegetable side dishes:

roasted fennel with mozzarella, parmesan and breadcrumbs

Roasted Fennel Parmesan

This Roasted Fennel Parmesan is a cheesy gratin that will have you swooning! The bulb becomes tender and sweet in the oven. It's so delicious as a side dish with meat or fish.
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Slow Cooker Root Vegetables with Apple Cider Glaze

Slow Cooker Root Vegetables with Apple Cider Glaze

A slow cooker holiday vegetable side dish with carrots, sweet potatoes and squash in a buttery apple cider glaze.
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Roasted Asparagus with Lemon Vinaigrette

A crazy-good recipe for roasted asparagus with a lemony shallot vinaigrette. The best way to enjoy this delicious seasonal vegetable!
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Parmesan Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Easy roasted Brussels sprouts crusted in Parmesan cheese – quick and delicious.
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30+ Vegetable Side Dishes, including French Potato Cake with Leeks and Cheese

Karen Tedesco
A perfect side for holidays or to serve with roast chicken. Simple and delicious recipe for creamy French-style potatoes baked in a skillet, with ayers of sliced potatoes in a creamy sauce with leeks and Gruyere cheese. Serve this warm as a side dish or with a green salad for a light supper or brunch dish.
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5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Course Vegetables
Cuisine French
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons (30 g) butter
  • 2 leeks, white and light green parts thinly sliced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup (230 g) creme fraiche
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • Kosher salt
  • ½ cup (120 ml) whole milk
  • 1 ½ pounds (680 g) Yukon Gold potatoes, sliced into 1/8-inch-thick rounds
  • Freshly ground black pepper from a pepper grinder
  • 1 ½ cups (198 g) grated Comté or Gruyere cheese
  • Chopped fresh parsley

Instructions 

  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees (180 C) with the rack positioned in the center of the oven.
  • Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in an 8-10-inch cast iron skillet or heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the leeks and cook until wilted and golden, stirring frequently. Remove the leeks from the pan and set aside. Wipe out the pan. 
  • Whisk the eggs, creme fraiche, garlic and 1 teaspoon salt in a bowl.
  • Put the milk in a small saucepan over medium heat. As soon as the edges of the milk start to bubble, remove from the heat. Slowly pour the milk into the egg mixture, whisking at the same time.
  • Add the remaining butter to the skillet and smear it around to coat. Arrange a layer of potatoes in a concentric circle on the base of the pan. Sprinkle generously with salt and black pepper. Pour 1/3 of the egg mixture over the potatoes and sprinkle with 1/3 of the leeks and cheese. Repeat the layers twice more.
  • Cover the pan with foil and bake 40 minutes. Stick a small sharp knife down into the center of the potatoes to make sure they're tender. If not, bake 5-10 more minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 25 minutes, until the top is golden and the cheese is bubbling.
  • Let cool at least 15 minutes before slicing and serving. Sprinkle with parsley.

Karen’s Notes and Tips

  • To make ahead: Prepare the recipe through step 5. Cover and refrigerate up to a day ahead before baking.
  • Be sure to season the potato layers with plenty of salt for best flavor.
  • Leftovers taste great and reheat easily.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 257kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 148mg | Potassium: 460mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 698IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 302mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Looking forward to seeing these delicious recipes in your new cookbook.