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24 Easy Vegetable Side Dishes

Looking for the best vegetable side dishes to make your meals even healthier?

From roasted potatoes to cauliflower rice, these sides are guaranteed to delight.

Homemade Roasted Vegetables: Cauliflower, Zucchini, Carrots, Potatoes and Onions
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Including vegetables in every meal can foster the healthiest eating habits at your home.

And today is all about turning these nutrient-dense ingredients into exquisite side dishes.

Even the kids won’t say no to these hearty, yummy, and easy vegetable dishes that go well with any main course.

So, let’s dive into these amazing vegetable side dishes. I hope you don’t skip the main entrée!

Bowl of Homemade Roasted Baby Potatoes with Parsley

1. Oven Roasted Baby Potatoes (With Rosemary and Garlic)

This recipe is so easy, and everyone goes a little crazy over this dish. 

The insides are so delicious and creamy, and the oven creates a crispy crunchy crust. It’s the best way to prepare potatoes in my opinion. 

But let’s not forget that aromatic punch of rosemary and garlic! My mouth is watering just thinking about them.

Roasted broccoli with parmesan cheese.
Source: Butteryourbiscuit.com

2. Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

Say goodbye to soggy, flavorless broccoli! One bite of this recipe, and you’ll never go back to steamed broccoli ever again. 

The parmesan cheese adds a hint of nutty, cheesy goodness that pairs so well with the earthy flavors of garlic. 

And the oven helps keep everything nice and crispy, and never soggy.

Healthy Homemade Green Bean Casserole

3. Green Bean Casserole

Green bean casserole is the ultimate Thanksgiving side dish recipe. That creamy sauce and crispy crust is why it’s in the side dish hall of fame. 

Those tender green beans are just a convenient vehicle for this amazing sauce. 

And no green bean casserole is complete without crispy fried onions for a fantastic crunch!

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Asparagus with cheese.
Source: Rasamalaysia.com

4. Parmesan Asparagus

Greens and cheese are undeniably a match made in HEAVEN.

Come spring, fresh asparagus will be available in farmers’ markets. That’s the perfect time to transform these veggies into an irresistible dish. 

The recipe will instruct you to sauté the greens, season with salt and pepper, and then sprinkle shredded Parmesan cheese on top. So easy, right?

Bowl of cabbage salad with green apples and pecan nuts.
Source: Spendwithpennies.com

5. Cabbage Salad

Crunchy cabbage and green apples are tossed in a tangy-sweet dressing. This is not your average cabbage salad.

This recipe is perfect if you have leftover cabbage and want a quick side dish that you can make while cooking the main course.

All it takes is some slicing and tossing. In a few minutes, you’ll have a nourishing dish! 

Plater of Roasted Brussels Sprouts with bowl of dipping sauce

6. Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Turn Brussels sprout skeptics into converts with this amazing roasted Brussels sprouts recipe!

Seriously, it’s a must-try. The Brussels sprouts are so tender on the inside while the outsides are crispy and delightful. 

All they need is a simple drizzle of olive oil, salt, and pepper to deliver bright, earthy flavors. But, you can also serve them up with a creamy dipping sauce.

Homemade Irish Mashed Potatoes Calcannon

7. Irish Mashed Potatoes

If anyone knows potatoes, it’s the Irish! These aren’t your average mashed potatoes. 

Irish mashed potatoes, aka colcannon, are a staple Christmas side dish. 

With creamy potatoes and crunchy savory cabbage, it almost feels like a full meal!

If you want a twist on the classics, colcannon is a must-have at your next holiday party.

Roasted beet and ricotta salad in a plate.
Source: Carolinegreennutrition.com

8. Roasted Beet and Ricotta Salad

Want to bring a little holiday color to your Christmas table? Roasted beet and ricotta salad is more than just a pretty face. 

The pairing of earthy, savory beets with creamy ricotta is to die for. And you’ll love the hit of citrus, too.

It’s pretty, flavorful, and something a little different. 

Roasted zucchini on a bowl.
Source: Wholesomeyum.com

9. Roasted Zucchini

Following three easy steps — cutting, seasoning, and roasting — you’ll have a low-carb side dish in 25 minutes. Introducing oven-roasted zucchini.

This recipe requires simple seasonings such as sea salt, garlic powder, and black pepper.

Still, you’re free to make other variations. Give it a spicy kick by using Cajun seasoning. 

Want to add a Mexican flair? Try using taco seasoning instead. 

Broccoli Salad with Grapes, Onion and Bacon

10. Broccoli Salad

I’ve tried many broccoli salad recipes, but nothing comes close to the tasty rendition of Paula Deen.

Honestly, I’m a fan of her cooking, so I just can’t let this recipe slide!

I’m pretty sure this will be a hit at your dinner table, too. Imagine fresh broccoli swimming in a creamy dressing of mayo, vinegar, and sugar.

Baked parsnip fries on a plate garnished with parmesan cheese.
Source: Mygorgeousrecipes.com

11. Baked Parsnip Fries

Healthy fries, anyone? Yup, that exists, but instead of potatoes, you’ll use parsnips.

When sliced finely, parsnip fries will be fully baked in just 18 minutes. 

This recipe uses a garlic-paprika mixture and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese at the end.

The end result is a mouthwatering, guilt-free side dish that doubles as a snack!

Cauliflower au gratin on a casserole dish.
Source: Delish.com

12. Cauliflower Au Gratin

This recipe is the healthier version of mac and cheese and is bound to become a family favorite.

Creamy with a golden-brown crust, you won’t notice at first that this dish uses cauliflower.

The best part is you’ll just need a handful of everyday ingredients to create this cheesy delight.

It also goes well with various protein sources like chicken, fish, and steak.

Collard greens with sliced lemon on sides served on a white plate with fork.
Source: Cookieandkate.com

13. Collard Greens

Lemony and garlicky leafy vegetables are cooked Brazilian-style. These collard greens perfectly complement black beans and rice.

The Mediterranean taste is also lovely served with lasagna or other Italian dishes.

To infuse more flavor, you can add bacon and onions to the side dish. Or perhaps, mix in more red pepper flakes if you’re into spicy foods.

Homemade Carrot Casserole with Cheddar Cheese and Croutons

14. Carrot Casserole

Even if you aren’t crazy about carrots, this carrot casserole is worth a look. 

I mean, who can deny all that cheese? It’s so rich and savory thanks to cream of celery soup and earns a pop of sweetness from carrots. 

Plus, carrots are always so affordable, which makes this recipe easy on the bank account.

Cucumber salad on a bowl.
Source: Gimmesomeoven.com

15. Thai Cucumber Salad

Looking for an uncooked side dish? Cucumbers to the rescue! This flavorful holiday side dish a bright and super crispy, and easy to make in minutes. 

Plus, cucumbers are so affordable and easy to come by. 

When paired with bright and citrusy ingredients, it’s a side dish that’s hard to resist. 

Corn casserole on a baking dish with spoon.

16. Paula Deen’s Corn Casserole

Paula Deen has entered the chat. If anyone knows tasty vegetable sides, it’s Paula Deen. 

This corn casserole has it all. The sweetness from the corn pairs perfectly with all those savory, buttery ingredients. 

Bonus points: it comes together in 10 minutes and takes about 50 minutes to bake to golden perfection in the oven.

Glazed Baby Carrots with Parsley on a bowl.

17. Glazed Carrots

Glazed carrots are another one of those recipes that look fancy, but it’s so easy (and affordable). 

All you need is a bag of baby carrots, some brown sugar, and butter! They’re so buttery, and the brown sugar really draws out the natural flavors from the carrots. 

If you are scrambling for more vegetable sides this holiday season, you have to try this recipe. 

Microwave corn on the cob salted and topped with butter.

18. Microwave Corn on the Cob

Put that giant stockpot down! There’s no need to boil corn on the cob when you have a microwave. 

It’s so easy it feels like cheating. But trust me, it tastes just as good as stovetop corn on the cob. 

You don’t even need to husk the corn. Just pop the whole thing in the microwave and let it work its magic.

Bowl of mashed turnips.
Source: Thespruceeats.com

19. Mashed Turnips

Mashed turnips make a delightful, creamy side dish for roasted meats and savory stews.

They have a sharper flavor than mashed potatoes but are less starchy.

Turnips can indeed be a bit bitter than potatoes. Nevertheless, you can get rid of the bitterness by leaving the pot uncovered when cooking.

Also, try using small turnips as they tend to be sweeter than large ones.

Roasted potatoes with garlic, herbs and sauce.
Source: Lemontreedwelling.com

20. Garlic Herb Hasselback Potatoes

These garlic herb hassleback potatoes are sure to impress at the Thanksgiving table. Mashed potatoes are great but lack that wow factor. 

This recipe has all the rich flavor of roasted potatoes, and the garlic herb sauce takes the flavor over the top. 

While they look super fancy, they are easier than you think. 

Cauliflower rice in skillet.
Source: Minimalistbaker.com

21. Cauliflower Rice

Squeeze more vegetables into your diet by having some of this cauliflower rice.

You can also use this vegan dish in place of white rice and save around 190 calories!

All you need is one large head of cauliflower and the patience to grate it into rice. It’s well worth the time, trust me.

Homemade Creamy Red Potato Salad with Dill on a white bowl,

22. Red Potato Salad

Warning: one bite and your guests will demand you make this scrumptious potato salad every time. 

Tender red potatoes (with the skin on, of course) is the perfect backdrop for fresh herbs in a creamy sauce. 

Plus, it looks much more festive as a Christmas side dish than regular old potatoes.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

23. Sweet Potato Fries

Who says you can’t have French fries as a holiday side dish? 

These spuds are ready for the holidays with bright flavors from Italian seasoning and lemon pepper. 

When paired with the sweet, savory notes of sweet potatoes, they are hard to put down. 

And even better served with creamy dipping sauce!

Crispy smashed potatoes sprinkled with salt.
Source: Recipetineats.com

24. Smashed Potatoes

For the last recipe, we’re going smashing! This is a step to make one of the best potato recipes out there.

With crunchy ridges and soft insides, these crispy and buttery smashed potatoes are insanely good. 

Boil, smash, drizzle, and bake — these are the things you need to do to complete this super hit recipe.

24 Easy Vegetable Sides

Course: SidesCuisine: American


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Looking for the best vegetable side dishes to make your meals even healthier? These oven roasted vegetables are guaranteed to delight.


  • 1 pound red potatoes, cut into small chunks

  • Olive oil, for coating the vegetables

  • salt and pepper

  • 2 medium zucchinis, sliced

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets

  • 3 large carrots, sliced

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into strips

  • 1 large red onion, sliced


  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Toss potatoes with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread them on a baking sheet in a single layer.
  • Roast in the oven and roast for about 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, toss zucchini, cauliflower, carrots, garlic, pepper, and onion with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  • After 20 minutes, remove the potatoes from the oven. Add the other vegetables to the baking sheet with the partially cooked potatoes. Toss gently to mix.
  • Return the baking sheet to the oven. Roast for an additional 20-25 minutes, or until all the vegetables are tender. Stir halfway through to ensure even cooking.
  • Serve and enjoy!


  • Cut the vegetables into similar sizes so they’ll cook evenly.
  • Don’t overcrowd the baking sheet; use two if needed for better heat circulation.


  • Calories: 154kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 26g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Fat: 5g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 51mg
  • Potassium: 881mg
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Sugar: 7g
  • Calcium: 51mg
  • Iron: 1mg
Vegetable Side Dishes

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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