Healthy Recipes for Side Dishes

Sometimes the side dish is the main attraction of dinner, especially during larger gatherings. Our healthy sides skip a lot of the fat and salt sides are often known for, without removing flavor.

Side dishes shine when using fresh ingredients, so take a cue from the produce aisle to choose from recipes like spicy roasted asparagus, stuffed artichokes, or smoky greens. Try alternatives to plain rice like quinoa, cauliflower, or brown rice studded with fruit.

Healthy sides are incredibly versatile and can even pull double-duty as a main entrée, if you like. Or, make a larger batch of your favorite side recipe and serve up the leftovers as lunches through the week. Some side dishes, such as quinoa or cauliflower couscous, can be cooked and then frozen for a go-to dish any night of the week.

Pair any of these recipes with our high-protein vegetarian main dishes and healthy salad recipes for a full meal. For more side dish inspiration, check out our collections of broccoli recipes and brown rice recipes.

Tahini-Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Recipe Rating: 3.26211
Cashew Apricot Pilaf
Recipe Rating: 3.64917
Lemon-Coriander Quinoa
Recipe Rating: 3.49953
Roasted Cauliflower Steaks
Recipe Rating: 2.76111
Smoky Collard Greens
Recipe Rating: 3.22738
Cauliflower Couscous
Recipe Rating: 3.21444