Purple Reign

You've seen the wildly colored produce that's all the rage in supermarkets and restaurants. But those vibrant veggies are more than just trendy: The darker a vegetable is, the more nutrients and antioxidants it has. Here are five side dishes with ingredients that are either naturally prone to purple, or can be swapped out for a purple version.

The recipe calls for 2 heads of cauliflower, making this recipe a perfect opportunity to use one white and one purple cauliflower. "This stuff rocks!" says recipe reviewer Buckwheat Queen. "I made one tray without salt, one with sriracha salt, and one with smoked salt. All were delicious and disappeared within minutes."

roasted cauliflower veggie bowl
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"This is an Indian dish I had while visiting a French family in the Luberon Valley. So I guess it's a French-Indian side dish. I love it and make it all the time." —Matt Hunt Gardner. Tip: If your carrots are on the large side, cut them in half lengthwise so they'll cook through.

roasted grapes and carrotts
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This fresh and crunchy salad takes only 20 minutes to make. Reviewers changed up their versions by using walnuts or slivered almonds instead of pinenuts and adding purple grapes and pomegranate seeds.

purple cabbage salad
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"A yummy side dish inspired by the haul from our summer CSA! Goes well with a main meat, such as steak or sausages." —zoobuffalo

kohlrabi squash skillet
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"A delicious combination of purple veggies. They each retain their unique flavor while complementing each other nicely." —Jennifer

purple beet, carrot and onion medley
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This article originally appeared in the September/October 2017 issue of Allrecipes Magazine.