Vegetarian Grain Side Dish Recipes

Looking for vegetarian grains recipes? Allrecipes has more than 170 trusted grain recipes complete with ratings, reviews and cooking tips.

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Farro Salad with Asparagus and Parmesan

Rating: 5 stars 104
A light and delicious way to get your whole grains. Perfect salad for picnics, baby or bridal showers or just because!

Vegetarian Mexican Rice

Rating: 4.5 stars 252
This flavored rice is a local favorite in San Antonio.
By Allrecipes Member

Simple Savory Quinoa

Rating: 4.5 stars 107
A savory side dish, tasty yet simple, with carrots, celery, onions and quinoa. I always cut my veggies really small, more like mincing because I don't like chunky veggies. It is always optional to cut this small. This would probably taste great with rice as well.

Lentil and Buckwheat Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 15
This yummy, whole grain and protein-rich salad is a great lunch, side dish, or potluck item. It can be eaten warm or cold, alone, or on top of a mixed green salad with tomatoes.
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Barley Risotto Primavera

Rating: 4.5 stars 30
Easy to make and bursting with flavor, this risotto uses barley instead of rice for an extra nutritional punch. This is a hearty and filling meat-free alternative to the usual skillet meals.

Soft Polenta with Spicy Tomato Sauce

Rating: 4 stars 27
Polenta should be served soft from the pot, or chilled and then pan-fried. Wild mushrooms, cheese, fresh herbs, and olives are good additions to this grain. If you can get a hold of it, try ricotta salata in place of the Parmesan cheese. If you don't want to use quinoa, you can simply use an equivalent amount of cornmeal in its place.
By Candice

Pecan Rice

Rating: 4.5 stars 209
Pecans sauteed with onion, parsley, basil and ginger make plain brown rice come to life with rich, nutty flavor.
By Deborah Westbrook

Vegan Curried Millet

Rating: 4.5 stars 8
Delicious curry dish that is sure to satisfy. If you like your curries spicy, feel free to add crushed red pepper or ground cayenne to taste.

Quinoa and Black Beans

Rating: 4.5 stars 6005
Very flavorful alternative to black beans and rice. Quinoa is a nutty grain from South America.
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Italian Rice Balls

Rating: 4 stars 144
These are served with Italian dinners as a side, like a bread. They're great with sauce and pasta dishes.

Spanish Rice II

Rating: 4.5 stars 1858
Rice is sauteed with onion and green bell pepper, and then simmered with water, chopped tomatoes and spices.

Potato Cake

Rating: 4.5 stars 198
Potato cakes are great for breakfast. Mashed potato cakes with a cheese surprise in the middle.
By Allrecipes Member

Inspiration and Ideas

Lemony Quinoa
Rating: Unrated 231
"Best quinoa dish ever! I often double the recipe because we can dust a single batch in one sitting. Try adding raisins for a nice sweet element." – taniascotti
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Quinoa Side Dish
Rating: 4.5 stars 715

Quinoa is a great alternative to rice - it's lighter, and cooks in about half the time.