Healthy Side Dish Recipes

Find healthy, delicious side dish recipes including grains, rice, quinoa and vegetable side dishes from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Loaded Broccoli Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
This is the broccoli salad you will get special requests for. The combination of bacon, sour cream, mayonnaise, scallions and Cheddar is hard to resist. And the addition of rice vinegar or cider vinegar sharpens all the flavors.
By Carolyn Casner

Simple Cabbage Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 4
Cabbage maintains a nice crunch when it's tossed with an easy dressing in this simple cabbage salad recipe. This easy salad is perfect for fall when cabbage is at its sweetest.
By Karen Rankin

Radish, Celery & Cucumber Salad

Rating: 4 stars 2
It's worth using that special bottle of olive oil and seeking out Parmigiano-Reggiano, which is bolder than basic Parm, for this simple salad. Use a mandoline to shave the veggies if you have one.
By Alanna Lipson

Balsamic-Parmesan Sautéed Spinach

Rating: 5 stars 1
Tender spinach with a hint of garlic, Parmesan cheese and sweet balsamic vinegar makes a quick and flavorful side dish. The sturdy leaves of mature spinach hold up best during cooking.
By Carolyn Casner

Egg Salad Lettuce Wraps

Rating: 5 stars 2
We love the retro vibe of these egg salad lettuce wraps. Iceberg lettuce makes a perfect low-carb swap for bread to serve the egg salad.
By Katie Webster

Parmesan Mushroom Casserole

Rating: 5 stars 3
Mushrooms are sprinkled with a crunchy, cheesy panko topping to create a delicious casserole that all will love. We use baby bella, but portabello mushrooms would be a good alternative.
By Carolyn Casner

Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

Rating: 5 stars 19
You'll never want to eat roasted cauliflower any other way once you try this tasty recipe. Bacon, sour cream and sharp Cheddar cheese coat good-for-you cauliflower in deliciousness for an easy side that will make everyone actually want to eat their vegetables.
By Carolyn Casner

Avocado Caprese Salad

Rating: 5 stars 1
This avocado caprese salad has all the flavors of a classic caprese salad with the addition of creamy avocado. The sweet and tangy balsamic dressing pulls everything together, with fresh basil adding a refreshing pop of color. Add capers for an even bigger flavor.
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By Liv Dansky

Melting Potatoes

Rating: 5 stars 9
The name for these spuds hints at their creamy interior. Roasting these melting potatoes at high heat ensures they get crunchy on the outside. Then, adding a little broth at the end allows the potatoes to absorb the liquid, making the insides extra moist.
By Adam Dolge

Loaded Smashed Brussels Sprouts

Rating: 4.5 stars 2
The sprouts in this loaded smashed Brussels sprouts recipe are cooked to crisp-tender, then crushed and baked in the oven and smothered in melted Cheddar cheese, bacon and a dollop of sour cream. Serve them as a fun side dish or a party appetizer.
By Marianne Williams

Cabbage Roll Chicken Enchiladas

Rating: 5 stars 7
This 5-ingredient dinner recipe uses two genius hacks to make dinner healthy and get it on the table in under an hour. First, swap in cabbage leaves for tortillas to cut the carbs and get an extra serving of vegetables. Second, use prepared ingredients--spicy refried beans and enchilada sauce--to add tons of flavor without a long ingredient list.
By Joy Howard

Smashed Artichokes with Lemon-Dill Aioli

Rating: 5 stars 1
These smashed artichoke hearts are crispy with a tender, almost flaky interior and are just firm enough to dip in the bright and fresh lemon-dill aioli.
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By John Somerall
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Inspiration and Ideas

Slow-Cooker Baked Beans
A must-have dish for any backyard barbecue, this classic baked bean recipe is made simple by simmering in a slow-cooker.
Potluck-Perfect Salads and Side Dishes
We've got lightened-up versions of potato salad, coleslaw, taco salad and more to treat everyone. Bring one of these healthy dishes to your next party and you'll be sure to wow everyone's taste buds.
Broccoli, Cheese & Rice Casserole
Rating: 5 stars 4

Ditch the baking dish and make this easy skillet broccoli, cheese and rice casserole. Cooking the casserole in a skillet keeps the flavors and textures fresh--no mushy, sad broccoli! Serve this easy side with baked chicken for a family-pleasing healthy dinner that's ready in just 30 minutes. It would also be a great addition to your Thanksgiving spread or a party buffet.