Low-Carb Side Dish Recipes

Find healthy, delicious low-carb side dish recipes including low-carb vegetables, beans, quinoa and potatoes. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Tomato Soup

Rating: 5 stars 4
This simple tomato soup is perfect paired with your favorite grilled cheese sandwich. Make a double batch and freeze the extra for rainy-day emergencies.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

Rating: 5 stars 20
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

Balsamic-Roasted Mushrooms with Parmesan

Rating: 5 stars 1
These super-flavorful mushrooms get a hint of sweetness thanks to a splash of balsamic vinegar. Parmesan cheese added at the end lends a savory note. Enjoy them as an accompaniment to steak or on their own as a side dish.
By Carolyn Casner

Crispy Smashed Brussels Sprouts

Rating: 5 stars 2
Brussels sprouts get crispy and flavorful in the oven when they're "smashed" and seasoned with Parmesan cheese and everything bagel seasoning.
By Carolyn Casner

Esquites (Mexican Corn)

Rating: 5 stars 2
This street corn dish, known as esquites, is served in cups instead of on the cob for all the flavor of elote without the mess.
A portrait of Breana Killeen, M.P.H., RD
By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD

Sheet-Pan Roasted Root Vegetables

Rating: 5 stars 9
One pan is all you need for a heaping pile of nutritious, tender and colorful root vegetables. Whip up this large-batch recipe at the beginning of the week to use in easy, healthy dinners all week long.
By Sylvia Fountaine

Roasted Butternut Squash Seeds

Rating: 5 stars 1
Don't throw away your butternut squash seeds; roast them instead! Roasted butternut squash seeds make a great snack or salad topper. Enjoy them plain or jazzed up with one of the variations below.
Jasmine Smith
By Jasmine Smith

Comforting Cabbage Soup with Ginger

Rating: 5 stars 4
Cabbage turns tender and flavorful in this comforting soup. The aromatic broth is full of spices, including ginger and turmeric, making it perfect for enjoying on a cold day or keeping you hydrated if you're sick.
By Carolyn Casner

Colorful Roasted Sheet Pan Vegetables

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
These easy sheet pan roasted vegetables will give your plate a pop of color.
Katie Webster
By Katie Webster

Quick Cucumber Kimchi

Rating: 4 stars 9
This cucumber kimchi recipe gets its flavor from garlic, fish sauce and a hint of Korean chile powder. Make this side dish ahead of time to let the flavors absorb into the cucumbers.
By Jamie Purviance

Steamed Fresh Green Beans

Rating: 5 stars 1
Steaming (but not for too long!) is a foolproof way to get perfect, crisp-tender green beans, every time. This easy recipe is a great starting point for other flavors or preparations, like adding cooked green beans to a salad.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Caprese Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Rating: 5 stars 12
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.
By Carolyn Casner
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Inspiration and Ideas

20 Delicious Low-Carb Thanksgiving Side Dishes
Check out some of our favorite low-carb side dishes for Thanksgiving—all with 15 grams of carbohydrate or less—including savory Garlic Mashed Cauliflower and Creamy Green Beans & Mushrooms.
17 Low-Carb Side Dishes Perfect for the Holidays
Each side dish has no more than 15 grams of carbohydrates per serving and is full of seasonal produce like squash and broccoli.
Broccoli Casserole
Rating: 4.5 stars 14

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