Healthy Vegetable Side Dish Recipes

Find healthy, delicious vegetable side dish recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Cabbage Roll Chicken Enchiladas

Rating: 4.75 stars
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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.

Crispy Smashed Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts get crispy and flavorful in the oven when they're "smashed" and seasoned with Parmesan cheese and everything bagel spice.
By Carolyn Casner

Cheesy Pull-Apart Cauliflower with Pesto

A combination of pesto and mozzarella cheese is tucked into a whole head of cauliflower. The florets "pull away" revealing the ooey-gooey cheese beneath for a fun and festive appetizer or side dish.
By Carolyn Casner

Crispy Smashed Cauliflower with Pesto

Cauliflower gets steamed before it gets flattened and flavored with a dollop of pesto. A quick trip under the broiler gives it a satisfying, crispy exterior.
By Carolyn Casner

Caprese Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Rating: 4.75 stars
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We've taken the key ingredients of the popular caprese salad--tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil--and piled them into portobello mushroom caps to make a delicious and satisfying vegetarian main dish.

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Curly Fries

Rating: 4.7 stars
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This healthy recipe combines two bar food favorites--fried zucchini and curly fries--into one tempting package. Serve these baked zucchini fries with a simple dipping sauce made with ranch dressing and marinara sauce for a crowd-pleasing appetizer or a side dish for burgers, chicken or pizza. No matter what you serve them with, they're a fun way to eat more vegetables for kids and adults alike.

Sheet-Pan Balsamic-Parmesan Chicken & Vegetables

Rating: 5 stars
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This flavorful dish--with the combination of balsamic vinegar and Parmesan cheese--makes a great weeknight meal since it requires little legwork (and only one pan!). The marjoram adds a distinct earthy aroma. If you don't have marjoram in your spice arsenal, you can use dried oregano instead. Both have a woodsy flavor that complements the dish beautifully.

Crispy Smashed Broccoli with Balsamic & Parmesan

Flattening broccoli florets increases their surface area, which means more space to absorb the flavors of Parmesan cheese and a sweet balsamic vinegar drizzle. Pair this quick side dish with roasted chicken or pork.
By Carolyn Casner

Broccoli Casserole

Rating: 4.46 stars
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The lightened-up luscious sauce elevates this easy casserole recipe over standard broccoli and cheese side dishes.

Asparagus Casserole

Rating: 5 stars
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Blanching the asparagus before assembling this casserole helps to maintain its vibrant green color. Feel free to skip that step if you’re crunched for time, but the vegetables will be more army green.

Crispy Smashed Beets with Goat Cheese

Rating: 5 stars
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Cooked beets are lightly pressed and pan-fried for a charred, crispy outer crust--similar to that of smashed potatoes. The herbed goat cheese dip makes this healthy appetizer or easy side dish even more delicious.

Chipotle-Lime Cauliflower Taco Bowls

Rating: 5 stars
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A bold, smoky marinade elevates roasted cauliflower in this meal-prep version of our popular Chipotle-Lime Cauliflower Tacos (see Associated Recipes). To cut down on prep time, look for precut cauliflower in the produce department. You can also save time by using microwaveable quinoa pouches (you'll need one 8-ounce pouch for this recipe) instead of cooking quinoa.
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Inspiration and Ideas

16 Smashed Vegetable Side Dishes That Will Steal the Show

Whether it’s beets, potatoes or root vegetables, smashing the vegetables allows them to absorb flavor so they’re delicious on the inside and outside.

18 Simple Cabbage Sides That Will Upstage Any Main

These simple cabbage side dishes are the perfect accompaniment to any meal. There are so many reasons to love cabbage: it’s cheap, versatile and packed with vitamins. Whether you roast it, sauté it or keep it raw, cabbage adds a delicious crunch. Recipes like Smothered Cabbage with Ham and Honey-Mustard Roasted Cabbage will help feed your love affair with this super-healthy vegetable.

Colorful Roasted Sheet-Pan Veggies

Rating: 4.67 stars
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These easy roasted vegetables will give your plate a pop of color. Give the cubes of butternut squash a head start for 10 minutes to soften in the oven before adding in the other veggies. The broccoli, peppers and onion are naturally more tender than the butternut squash and cook more quickly. That way everything ends up finishing at the same time.