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48 Tasty Vegan Side Dish Recipes for Every Occasion

Looking for the perfect Vegan Side Dish Recipes? Whether it’s for BBQ, a potluck, a cookout or just for dinner, this list has the most delicious sides that are also healthy and easy to make.

To find more tasty vegan dinner recipes for your side dishes, see our best vegan tofu recipes, vegan recipes for beginners and vegan Summer dinners roundups. For more thematic and festive dishes, check out our vegan BBQ recipes, vegan Christmas recipes and vegan Thanksgiving recipes.


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Vegan Side Dishes

1. Creamy Vegan Corn Salad

vegan side dishes
Photo: The Green Loot

Dairy free mayonnaise and sour cream/ plain soy yogurt make this corn salad a rich treat, a must-have for summer parties.


2. Pearl Couscous Salad

pearl couscous salad
Photo: The Green Loot

Juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, kalamata olives, and fresh basil for herbal brightness pair perfectly in this light, refreshing side dish.


3. Vegan Sauteed Mushrooms

vegan side dish recipes
Photo: Eating by Elaine

Fact — a caramelized mushroom is a tasty mushroom. This is the easiest side dish in the world and all you need are some mushrooms and a little bit of time.


4. Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

vegan Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
Photo: The Green Loot

Craving a light, but super healthy and high-protein meal? This is it! The tasty Mediterranean flavors make this easy salad an instant favorite! A must-have for BBQ parties, too!


5. Vegan Roasted Broccoli with Sweet Chili Sauce

Vegan Roasted Broccoli with Sweet Chili Sauce
Photo: The Green Loot


6. Potato Cakes with Carrot and Rice

Potato Cakes with Carrot and Rice
Photo: Little Sunny Kitchen

How do you give your leftover mashed potatoes a new life? Make potato cakes! Add all kinds of yummy ingredients from the fridge and you’ll be ready to go!


7. Vegan Three Bean Wild Rice Salad

vegan side dishes
Photo: Mom On Timeout

Three kinds of beans and wild rice star in this summer sparkler of a dish — red onions and jalapenos offer a bold boost of spice.


8. Sesame Garlic Green Beans

Vegan Sesame Garlic Green Beans
Photo: Eat The Gains

Coconut, ground ginger, and sesame oil give fresh green beans the Asian flair they’ve been looking for.


9. Vegan Air Fryer Carrots (3 Ways)

Vegan Air Fryer Carrots (3 Ways)
Photo: Crumb Top Baking

Three different side dishes in one! Air fryer carrots couldn’t be easier and you can tailor make them for your meal — sweet, savory or spicy!


10. Vegan Cucumber Pasta Salad

Vegan Cucumber Pasta Salad
Photo: Food With Feeling

Here’s one cool bite. Dill and cucumber refresh the mouth in this summery pasta salad.


11. Lemon Garlic Grilled Zucchini

Vegan Lemon Garlic Grilled Zucchini
Photo: Dashing Dish

Ten minute cook time? Thirteen calories per serving? Count me in! Lemon and garlic make grilled zucchini pop in this simple side.


12. Roasted Baby Potatoes with Vegan Pesto

Roasted Baby Potatoes with Vegan Pesto
Photo: The Organic Kitchen

You think of pesto with pasta, so why not potatoes with pesto? These roasted baby potatoes are brought to a whole other level by tossing them with a yummy pesto.


13. Tahini Dill Carrot Noodles

Vegan Tahini Dill Carrot Noodles
Photo: Little Bits Of

Carrot noodles, dill, and tahini make the perfect springtime combination in this light, healthy accompaniment.


14. Roasted Vegan Balsamic Green Beans with Tomatoes

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Photo: Lavender and Macarons

It doesn’t get much easier than roasted green beans and tomatoes. The title is basically the instructions—just toss ‘em in olive oil, roast and then drizzle with reduced balsamic. Delicious!


15. Tomato Avocado Salad

vegan side dishes
Photo: Foodie Crush

If you’re an avocado lover, try this salad. It pairs avocado, thin-sliced red onion, and cherry tomatoes — plus fruity olive oil for a Latin twist.


16. Roasted Asparagus with Lemon Tahini

Roasted Asparagus with Lemon Tahini
Photo: Clean Plate Mama

Who needs hollandaise sauce for your asparagus when you can make luxurious lemon tahini sauce? All the richness and tang with none of the guilt!


17. Garlicky Vegan Mashed Cauliflower

Vegan Garlicky Mashed Cauliflower
Photo: Karissa’s Vegan Kitchen

Garlicky mashed cauliflower proves a perfect low-carb alternative to mashed potatoes in this creamy side dish.


18. Edamame Sesame Quinoa Salad

Edamame Sesame Quinoa Salad
Photo: Veggie Chick

Need something that will go perfectly with that Asian entrée? This edamame sesame quinoa salad is just the thing. With notes of sweet and sour, it’s perfectly balanced and perfectly delicious.


19. Raw Vegan Veggie Noodles

Raw Vegan Veggie Noodles
Photo: The Stingy Vegan

This noodle salad pairs a Vietnamese-inspired dressing and mint to freshen things up.


20. Cilantro-Lime Black Bean Rice

Vegan Cilantro-Lime Black Bean Rice
Photo: Julia’s Album

Cilantro and lime juice flavor jasmine rice and black beans in this dish, which pairs beautifully with any entree of your choice.


20. Maple Glazed Sauteed Carrots

Maple Glazed Sauteed Carrots
Photo: Eating by Elaine

When dreaming up veggie side dishes, some people forget about carrots. Why? This recipe is so easy and flavorful. A perfect supporting actor to any starring role.


21. Cauliflower Rice

Cauliflower Rice
Photo: Happy Kitchen Rocks

Once you get the hang of making cauliflower rice, you may never turn back. It soaks in any kind of flavor you want to introduce, so it makes the ultimate versatile side dish.


22. Corn Avocado and Tomato Salad

Vegan Corn Avocado and Tomato Salad
Photo: The Girl Who Ate Everything

For a little Tex-Mex flair, serve this corn, avocado, and tomato salad at your next summer BBQ. It’ll have your guests licking their lips for more!


23. Moroccan Roasted Vegan Vegetable Salad

Moroccan Roasted Vegan Vegetable Salad
Photo: Occasionally Eggs

This dish is such a lovely mixture of flavors and colors. It will liven up the dinner table and make even a midweek meal feel special.


24. Chanterelle Mushrooms with Potatoes

Chanterelle Mushrooms with Potatoes
Photo: Your Guardian Chef

If you’ve never tried chanterelles, get ready. You’re about to fall in love. This is an elegant, earthy side dish that will elevate everything else on the table.


25. Artichoke Sun-dried Tomato Risotto

Vegan Artichoke Sun-dried Tomato Risotto
Photo: Cilantro and Citronella

Take an adventure on the sunny shores of the Mediterranean. This risotto pairs artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes for a punch of flavor.


26. Smoky Baked Beans

Smoky Baked Beans
Photo: Vegan Huggs

For a cook out, barbecue, Sunday dinner or pot luck, you’ll never go wrong bringing a batch of smoky baked beans. No one will even suspect their hidden vegan identity.


27. BBQ Brussels Sprouts

Vegan BBQ Brussels Sprouts
Photo: Athletic Avocado

Kids will love this take on Brussels sprouts. Roasted crisp and golden and glazed with a sweet-and-spicy BBQ spice mix, they’re a perfect side dish or snack.


28. Ranch Pasta Salad

Vegan Ranch Pasta Salad
Photo: V Nutrition and Wellness

Whip up some of this gluten-free ranch pasta salad when you’re craving something on the richer side — and, better yet, take it to your next BBQ party!


29. Miso Glazed Roasted Root Vegetables

Miso Glazed Roasted Root Vegetables
Photo: Okonomi Kitchen

One word – umami. That special “taste” that makes this side absolutely addicting. You can held special power over your guests with a bowl of these roasted root veggies.


30. Grilled Zucchini and Mushrooms

Vegan Grilled Zucchini and Mushrooms
Photo: Natasha’s Kitchen

Bring on the veggies! This recipe features four vegetables, plus mushrooms, all flavored with balsamic vinegar and grilled to perfection.


31. Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Vegan Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Photo: Nurture My Gut

If you’ve been craving french fries, here’s a healthy, oven-baked alternative that the kids will love! They’re delightfully crisp.


32. Orzo Salad with Spinach and Tomato

Vegan Orzo Salad with Spinach and Tomato
Photo: The Garden Grazer

Juicy red cherry tomatoes, fresh green spinach, and pearly orzo make this side and its festive color scheme a perfect pick for the holidays.


33. Thai Cucumber Salad

Vegan Thai Cucumber Salad
Photo: Budget Bytes

Are you ready to get your Thai twist on? Here’s a cool, refreshing cucumber salad, spiced with sesame oil and red pepper flakes, garnished with crushed peanuts and green onion.


34. Nicoise Salad

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Photo: Lazy Cat Kitchen

Here’s a French-inspired vegan take on the Nicoise salad. It’s chock-full of potatoes, tomatoes, fennel, Romaine, and a whole host of other delicious veggies.


35. Baked Zucchini Fries

Vegan Baked Zucchini Fries
Photo: Healthier Steps

Here’s a healthy alternative to steak fries — these thick-cut, oven-baked zucchini fries. They’ll pair well with a side sauce of your choice.


36. Cobb Salad

Vegan Cobb Salad
Photo: Layers of Happiness

This is the salad to end all salads. It’s fresh, bursting with flavor, and simply magnificent. Golden beets add a subtle sweetness, and the vinaigrette is a real zinger.


37. Lemon Garlic Herb Roasted Potatoes

Vegan Lemon Garlic Herb Roasted Potatoes
Photo: Crazy Vegan Kitchen

These lemon garlic herb-roasted potatoes will pair like magic with whatever you’re having for dinner tonight. No, seriously. Try them out.


38. Tex Mex Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

Vegan Tex Mex Roasted Sweet Potato Salad
Photo: Hello Little Home

This Tex-Mex inspired salad features black beans, sweet potatoes, cherry tomatoes, fresh corn, and cilantro.


39. Tomato Cucumber Salad

Vegan Tomato Cucumber Salad
Photo: Tastes Better From Scratch

Make this dish at the height of summer with the freshest, juiciest tomatoes. Red onion gives it just enough bite.


40. Chickpea Lemon Rice

Vegan Chickpea Lemon Rice
Photo: HWC Magazine

This is a simple, zesty side dish pairing brown rice and chickpeas with a bright lemon dressing.


41. Roasted Carrots with Tahini

Vegan Roasted Carrots with Tahini
Photo: Catching Seeds

These carrots, topped with a maple-tahini drizzle, are sure to delight. They’ll become your newest autumn favorite.


42. Moroccan Quinoa and Carrot Salad

Moroccan Quinoa and Carrot Salad
Photo: Occasionally Eggs

Next time you’re panicking about dinner, relax. You can throw this Moroccan Quinoa Carrot Salad together in less than 15 minutes. Pick a no brainer main course and you’ll be good to go!


43. Spicy Stir-Fried Cabbage

Vegan Spicy Stir-Fried Cabbage
Photo: Cookin Canuck

This dish takes only five minutes to make. Stir fry cabbage with ginger, chili garlic sauce, and soy sauce till it’s crisp and slightly toasted.


44. Corn Salad with Basil Pesto

Corn Salad with Basil Pesto
Photo: Vegan Yack Attack

Why have I never thought to put pesto on a salad? This is a summer time treat that may just make you ignore the main course.


45. Maple Gochujang Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Maple Gochujang Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Photo: Dish ‘n the Kitchen

Remember when Sriracha was the spicy ingredient of choice? I’m hoping Gochujang finds a broader audience because it totally rocks. Here it helps bring the heat and the sweet to Brussels Sprouts.


46. Avocado Black Bean Salad

Vegan Avocado Black Bean Salad
Photo: Gimme Delicious

Keep this salad simple with black beans, avocado, and tomato, or add in your favorite Tex-Mex veggies for a unique spin.


47. “Cheesy” Roasted Cauliflower

"Cheesy" Roasted Cauliflower
Photo: The Roasted Root

It doesn’t matter if you’re doing keto or paleo, if you’re gluten-free or vegan — everyone loves roasted cauliflower with a cheesy, salty and nutty flavor.


48. Balsamic Soy Roasted Garlic Mushrooms

Vegan Balsamic Soy Roasted Garlic Mushrooms
Photo: Closet Cooking

These mushrooms are simply delicious. Flavored with balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic, they hit all the right notes.


+1. Jollof Rice

Jollof Rice
Photo: My Diaspora Kitchen

When someone goes to the trouble of “veganizing” an awesome dish like West Africa’s jollof rice, the very least you can do is to try it. You won’t be sorry, either, because OMG it’s fantastic.


+2. Mediterranean Vegetable Risotto

Vegan Mediterranean Vegetable Risotto
Photo: Wallflower Kitchen

This risotto is full of roasted veggies — tomatoes, zucchini, red peppers. It’s creamy Mediterranean perfection!


+3. Pesto Quinoa Salad

Vegan Pesto Quinoa Salad
Photo: The Stingy Vegan

Quick and easy-to-make, this protein-filled side packs a punch of flavor, featuring quinoa, classic pesto, and cherry tomatoes.


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vegan side dish recipes

48 Tasty Vegan Side Dish Recipes for Every Occasion

These tasty and healthy vegan side dish recipes full of veggies are perfect for BBQ, a potluck, a cookout, Thanksgiving, or just for dinner.
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 200kcal
Author: Mira M.


  • creamy corn salad
  • quinoa salad
  • roasted green beans
  • garlicky mushrooms


  • Choose your favorite side dish(es) from the list and click on the link to get the recipe.



Calories: 200kcal
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What is in a vegan side dish?

Vegan side dishes are typically made with vegetables, grains, beans, nuts, seeds, and soy. They are usually very similar to non-vegan side dishes, but made with meat-free, dairy-free, and egg-free ingredients such as vegan margarine in place of butter, plant milk instead of milk, and tofu instead of meat or eggs.

What vegan side dishes should I serve for my guests?

The vegan side dish you should serve your guests depends on the main dish served and the theme of the menu. If you are cooking American food such as burgers and sandwiches, you could serve French fries, salad, or potato salad. If you are preparing a vegan “steak” or baked tofu, try roasted vegetables and mashed potatoes made with vegan margarine and plant milk.

What are the best vegan side dishes for Christmas?

Some of the best vegan side dishes for a traditional Christmas meal include roasted squash and other seasonal vegetables like Brussels sprouts and carrots, mashed potatoes, vegan stuffing, and green beans.

What are the best vegan side dishes for potlucks and cookouts?

Some popular vegan side dishes for potlucks and cookouts are pasta salad, potato salad, fruit salad, coleslaw, guacamole, and chips and salsa. Be sure to keep food safety in mind and choose dishes that travel well, hold up at room temperature for extended periods of time, or don’t require refrigeration.

4 thoughts on “48 Tasty Vegan Side Dish Recipes for Every Occasion”

  1. 5 stars
    Being vegan is going to an omni restaurant and only being able to eat the sides… :’D well I wouldn’t mind if they were as delicious looking as these…

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