15 Best Vegan Side Dishes for a Potluck
At your next barbeque or potluck, it's always a good idea to have a few vegan side dishes for any guests who may be avoiding dairy, meat, or cheese. Thankfully, so many vegan side dishes are true crowd-pleasers. These vegan-friendly side dishes for a potluck are sure to satisfy. From starchy choices like sweet potatoes, to sautéed greens and fluffy grains, learn our 15 favorite vegan side dish recipes for a potluck, picnic, or barbeque.
Sheet Pan Roasted Mediterranean Vegetables
Baked Sweet Potato Sticks
A sprinkling of paprika and drizzle of olive all are all that's necessary to jazz up these sweet potatoes. Serve with your fry favorite dipping sauces on the side.
Easy Garlic Kale
Three ingredients are all you need to whip up this easy green side. If you like your kale extra tender, some reviewers recommend cooking for an additional minute or two.
Ethiopian Cabbage Dish
"Very close to what you would get in an authentic [Ethiopian] restaurant," says Katie Nelson Bradshaw. "We make this in double batches once or twice a week!"
Lemon Herb Quinoa
Japanese Zucchini and Onions
Crisp-tender zucchini and onions are the perfect Japanese-style side dish. Here, they're given a quick sauté in soy and teriyaki sauces before being topped with sesame seeds.
Roasted New Red Potatoes
"Quick and easy potato recipe," describes TheDormChef. "I just added some Italian seasoning and garlic powder to the mix and the potatoes turned out perfect."
Roasted Beets and Sautéed Beet Greens
When buying fresh beets, many people simply cut the greens off the top and toss them in the trash. But those tender leafy greens can be cooked up too, so try this recipe as an introduction.
Zucchini and Potato Bake
Reviewer Robin Smith says, "The bread crumbs keep the zucchini from feeling too soft or "slimy" (as my kids say), so even the non-zucchini eaters thought this was delicious."
Indian Style Basmati Rice
The perfect side for sopping up curries or dals, this Indian-style rice is cooked with whole spices like cinnamon, cardamom, and cumin for a world of flavor.
Balsamic Glazed Carrots
The sweet and tangy flavor of this side dish comes from a dash of brown sugar and drizzle of balsamic vinegar. If you don't have baby carrots on hand, cut up regular-size carrots into batons.
Espinacas con Garbanzos (Spinach with Garbanzo Beans)
Frozen spinach and canned chickpeas combine for a quick and easy side dish. For a little extra authentic flavor, some reviewers suggest adding a sprinkle of sweet Spanish paprika during cooking.
Even the most militant of cabbage haters can be converted with this side dish. Roasting cabbage gives it a caramelized taste that can't be beat.
"This tabbouleh is as authentic as you can get," says recipe creator araxjan. "Also, I've noticed that this recipe tastes even better the next day, so don't hesitate to make it the day before your guests arrive."
Oven Roasted Potatoes
Your spice cabinet is guaranteed a workout with this roasted potato recipe. Basil, oregano, parsley, and more are used to season these spuds.