Vegetarian Side Dish Recipes

Don't skip the side dishes - the sides make the meal more nutritious (eat your veggies!) and add flavor and variety to your meals. And we promise...none of these recipes include bacon.

Staff Picks

Garlic Green Beans

Rating: 4.42 stars
Caramelized garlic and cheese! Is there anything better with green beans? You'd better make plenty for everyone!

Veggie Quinoa

Rating: 4.19 stars
I blundered into this delicious mix of ingredients while trying to use up leftover vegetables in the fridge. Even friends who 'don't like vegetarian cooking' have enjoyed it. I like the slightly bitter taste of unwashed quinoa (just check for unwanted debris before you use it), but most recipes call for rinsed quinoa.

Baked Mushrooms and Potatoes with Spinach

Rating: 4.47 stars
This is a tasty, thrifty comfort food which is healthy and can be changed to fit any lifestyle. Add some cheese or bacon bits for a different twist.
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Warm Corn Salad

Rating: 4.24 stars
This salad goes great with steak. No sugar is added, but it's so sweet!

Home-Style Brown Rice Pilaf

Rating: 4.5 stars
This is comfort food at its best with mild flavors and it's simple to make. This is a very versatile dish: if you prefer, you can use almonds in place of the cashews, and cilantro in place of the parsley.

Cherry Farro Salad with Sweet Vinaigrette

Rating: 4.56 stars
Here's a delicious salad using a whole grain that not only tastes good but is good for you! The flavors are refreshing and sweet while the crunchy nuts and farro give it wonderful texture!

Vegetable Lovers' Fried Rice

Rating: 4.24 stars
A great vegetarian dish with lots of variety.

Broccoli Casserole

Rating: 4.41 stars
Broccoli casserole enriched with cheese, mayonnaise, and cream of mushroom soup - delicious and EASY to make!

Basic Mashed Potatoes

Rating: 4.52 stars
If you love good, old fashioned mashed potatoes this is the perfect recipe. Simple and delicious.

Microwave Corn on the Cob

Rating: 4.62 stars
This is a no-nonsense recipe for corn on the cob. Perfect for when you run out of stove or grill space. I freeze the corn on the cob in plastic bags, and remove a single ear of frozen corn in the cold winter months to have the sweet taste of summer corn throughout the year!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Rating: 4.59 stars
This recipe is from my mother. It may sound strange, but these are really good and very easy to make. The Brussels sprouts should be brown with a bit of black on the outside when done. Any leftovers can be reheated or even just eaten cold from the fridge. I don't know how, but they taste sweet and salty at the same time!

Pan-Fried Asparagus

Rating: 4.61 stars
This garlic asparagus dish is a Northern Italian side dish. My family loves it! Even the kids!

Inspiration and Ideas

Zucchini Herb Casserole

Rating: Unrated
"I've been making this casserole for almost 20 years and it's always a hit. Even my meat-eater husband likes it!" – DebiMcG

Carrot Rice

Rating: Unrated
"Fragrant basmati rice sauteed with carrots, onions, fresh ginger, peanuts, and cilantro." – Sowmya

Roasted Garlic Cauliflower

Rating: 4.61 stars

Wonderful roasted cauliflower, my 11 year old son loves this! Add more spices and herbs to suit your taste.