Vegetarian Grain Side Dish Recipes

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Staff Picks

Farro Salad with Asparagus and Parmesan

Rating: 4.82 stars
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: 4.25 stars
This flavored rice is a local favorite in San Antonio.

Simple Savory Quinoa

Rating: 4.53 stars
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: 4.4 stars
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: 4.6 stars
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: 4.15 stars
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.

Pecan Rice

Rating: 4.53 stars
Pecans sauteed with onion, parsley, basil and ginger make plain brown rice come to life with rich, nutty flavor.

Vegan Curried Millet

Rating: 4.63 stars
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.

Italian Polenta Casserole

Cheesy polenta layered with thinly sliced zucchini and marinara sauce makes a delicious side dish to steak, pork chops, or chicken!

Italian Rice Balls

Rating: 4.14 stars
These are served with Italian dinners as a side, like a bread. They're great with sauce and pasta dishes.

Quinoa Side Dish

Rating: 4.32 stars
Quinoa is a great alternative to rice - it's lighter, and cooks in about half the time.

Spanish Rice II

Rating: 4.47 stars
Rice is sauteed with onion and green bell pepper, and then simmered with water, chopped tomatoes and spices.

Inspiration and Ideas

Lemony Quinoa

Rating: Unrated
"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

Vegetarian Fried Rice Recipes

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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.