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
Dairy free mayonnaise and sour cream/ plain soy yogurt make this corn salad a rich treat, a must-have for summer parties.
Juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, kalamata olives, and fresh basil for herbal brightness pair perfectly in this light, refreshing side dish.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Coconut, ground ginger, and sesame oil give fresh green beans the Asian flair they’ve been looking for.
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!
Here’s one cool bite. Dill and cucumber refresh the mouth in this summery pasta salad.
Ten minute cook time? Thirteen calories per serving? Count me in! Lemon and garlic make grilled zucchini pop in this simple side.
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.
Carrot noodles, dill, and tahini make the perfect springtime combination in this light, healthy accompaniment.
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!
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.
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!
Garlicky mashed cauliflower proves a perfect low-carb alternative to mashed potatoes in this creamy side dish.
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.
This noodle salad pairs a Vietnamese-inspired dressing and mint to freshen things up.
Cilantro and lime juice flavor jasmine rice and black beans in this dish, which pairs beautifully with any entree of your choice.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
Take an adventure on the sunny shores of the Mediterranean. This risotto pairs artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes for a punch of flavor.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Bring on the veggies! This recipe features four vegetables, plus mushrooms, all flavored with balsamic vinegar and grilled to perfection.
If you’ve been craving french fries, here’s a healthy, oven-baked alternative that the kids will love! They’re delightfully crisp.
Juicy red cherry tomatoes, fresh green spinach, and pearly orzo make this side and its festive color scheme a perfect pick for the holidays.
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
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.
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
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.
These lemon garlic herb-roasted potatoes will pair like magic with whatever you’re having for dinner tonight. No, seriously. Try them out.
This Tex-Mex inspired salad features black beans, sweet potatoes, cherry tomatoes, fresh corn, and cilantro.
Make this dish at the height of summer with the freshest, juiciest tomatoes. Red onion gives it just enough bite.
This is a simple, zesty side dish pairing brown rice and chickpeas with a bright lemon dressing.
These carrots, topped with a maple-tahini drizzle, are sure to delight. They’ll become your newest autumn favorite.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Keep this salad simple with black beans, avocado, and tomato, or add in your favorite Tex-Mex veggies for a unique spin.
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.
These mushrooms are simply delicious. Flavored with balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic, they hit all the right notes.
+1. Jollof Rice
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.
This risotto is full of roasted veggies — tomatoes, zucchini, red peppers. It’s creamy Mediterranean perfection!
Quick and easy-to-make, this protein-filled side packs a punch of flavor, featuring quinoa, classic pesto, and cherry tomatoes.
More veggie side dishes:
- Rainbow Roasted Vegetables
- Roasted Veggies with Hummus
- Lemon Pepper Cauliflower Steaks + Roasted Vegetables
- Stuffed Purple Sweet Potatoes
- Garlic Roasted Green Beans and Mushrooms
What are your favorite Vegan Side Dish Recipes?
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- creamy corn salad
- quinoa salad
- roasted green beans
- garlicky mushrooms
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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.
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.
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.
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.