Looking for some quick vegetarian side dish ideas? Get inspired with this collection of veggie-focused side dishes. Each and every one of these recipe suggestions is healthy and packed with flavor – perfect for adding to any lunch or dinner table
Hear me out: side dishes are underestimated. Do you agree? More often than not, the main course gets all of the attention, leaving side dishes to sit ignored in all of their supplemental glory.
But, why? There are a world of options, so why not make your favorites each and every night? (Bonus: having a variety of side dishes helps to round out the nutrition of each meal!)
I’m here to change the side dish rep, because they should be just as exciting, savory, and delicious as the main course. To provide you with some unique ideas, I’ve gathered up a few of my favorite vegetarian side dishes that you can try as early as… right now. These recipes get five stars in my book and definitely battle the main course for attention.
From tabbouleh salad and spring rolls to roasted asparagus and classic air fryer buffalo wings, I’ve got you covered on the side dish front. Many of these can be used as appetizers or quick vegetarian snack recipes too!
Veggie side dishes are our go-to, adding color and variety to the table. Here are a few of our favorites!
These salads are anything but boring! Salads are a great way to get quick veggie sides on the table. Most don’t require any cooking and can be thrown together in under 15 minutes!
Rices and Pilafs
Need something a little more filling? Rices are an incredibly versatile vegetarian side dish!
- ½ lb Brussels sprouts 2 to 3 cups
- 1 Tbsp olive oil 15 mL
- Pinch salt and pepper
- Prep: Remove the tough ends of the Brussels sprouts and remove any damaged outer leaves. Rinse under cold water and pat dry. If your sprouts are on the large side, cut them in half. Toss in oil, salt, and pepper.
- Cook: Arrange Brussels sprouts in a single layer in your air fryer, working in batches if they don't all fit. Cook at 375°F (190°C) for 8 to 12 minutes, shaking the pan halfway through cooking to evenly brown them. They are done when lightly browned and crispy on the edges.
- Serve: Serve sprouts warm, optionally topped with balsamic reduction and parmesan.
What are your favorite healthy vegetable side dishes? Let us know in the comments below!