Healthy Vegan Side Dish Recipes

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

Staff Picks

Comforting Cabbage Soup with Ginger

Rating: 5 stars 1
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

Sheet-Pan Roasted Root Vegetables

Rating: 4.88 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.

Japanese Cucumber Salad

Rating: 4.4 stars 6
This Japanese-inspired cool, crisp salad is as elegant and well balanced as it is simple.

Whipped Frozen Lemonade

Rating: 4 stars 4
Whipped frozen lemonade combines the creaminess of a milkshake with the thirst-quenching tanginess of freshly squeezed lemonade for an incredibly refreshing treat. And this simple frozen lemonade treat comes together with just four ingredients and a blender. You can use light coconut milk or refrigerated coconut milk in place of full-fat coconut milk, though the end result won't be as rich and creamy. Leftover simple syrup will keep for up to 1 week in the refrigerator.

Steamed Fresh Green Beans

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.

Green Salad with Edamame & Beets

Rating: 3.33 stars 7
This big salad is a feast for the eyes and an everyday way to incorporate nutrient-rich beets and plant-based protein from edamame (green soybeans). If you're not a fan of cilantro, mix in freshly chopped basil or dill instead.

Colorful Roasted Sheet-Pan Veggies

Rating: 4.67 stars 3
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.

Air-Fryer Cauliflower

An air fryer delivers nutty roasted cauliflower with a nice hit of zippy lemon flavor and a hint of coriander in this easy side dish that's perfect for most any meal.
By Karen Rankin

Seasoned Black-Eyed Peas

To infuse peas with flavor, simmer them with dried spices, which pack a more intense punch than fresh. Smoked paprika delivers the essence of ham hocks or bacon while keeping this classic side dish vegan.

Oven Sweet Potato Fries

Rating: 3.9 stars 11
Making oven fries out of sweet potatoes brings out their inherent sweetness.

Spaghetti Squash with Herbs & Garlic Breadcrumbs

This microwave spaghetti squash recipe comes together in less than a half-hour so you can easily get dinner on the table.
By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD

Basic Quinoa

This foolproof recipe for perfectly cooked quinoa is fast and easy! Use cooked quinoa as a simple healthy side dish, in a salad or as a base for a delicious main dish.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Balsamic Roasted Carrots
Rating: Unrated 1
Roasting carrots brings out their sweetness, which is enhanced further with a tangy balsamic and maple glaze. Serve them straight-up for an easy weeknight side dish or garnish with chopped hazelnuts for holiday meals and dinner parties.
Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
Rating: Unrated 1
Oven-roasted fingerling potatoes can be a special holiday side dish, but they're quick enough to enjoy on a weeknight too. The secret to these crispy roasted fingerling potatoes? Getting the baking sheet nice and hot before you spread the potatoes on it.
Easy Brown Rice
Rating: 4 stars
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Here's the only recipe you need to make perfect brown rice every time! This healthy whole grain is great on its own as a side dish, or use it in your favorite recipes calling for cooked brown rice.