35+ Best Vegan Side Dishes

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Looking for the perfect vegan side dish? This hand-selected list features easy recipes for any occasion from family dinner to Christmas, cookout, potlucks and so much more.

Preparing fantastic plant-based menus has just become so much easier!

Our collection of crowd-pleasing vegan sides, from roasted or sautéed veggies to fresh salads, hearty grains like millet or buckwheat, and creamy sauces, offers something for everyone.

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Enjoy this collection, and don’t miss out on our printable zucchini fries recipe at the end.

Easy Vegan Side Dishes

Roasted Teriyaki Brussels Sprouts
Roasted veggies are one of the most delicious vegan side dishes! These crispy teriyaki Brussels sprouts feature a flavorful marinade and are speckled with crunchy almonds.
Try this easy side and customize it to your liking!
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parchment paper lined baking sheet with dark roasted brussels sprouts
Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
What’s more comforting than mashed potatoes and gravy?
This simple and healthy vegan version requires only accessible ingredients, is so easy to make and truly crowd-pleasing.
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table with a bowl of plant-based mashed potatoes decorated with black pepper and green onion
Roasted Harissa Cauliflower Steaks (Vegan)
Get creative with cauliflower! These “steaks” are lightly charred with bold spices. Roast in the oven and enjoy as a healthy main dish or side.
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Bakes Cauliflower Steaks on a sheet
Mediterranean Pasta Salad
Try this classic Summer side dish for any party or potluck!
Cooked pasta and savory add-ins like olives, onion and briny artichokes are slathered in garlic yogurt sauce to create this bright and nutrient-packed side.
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white tables with three glass containers containing colorful vegan quinoa pasta salad with tomatoes, bell pepper and basil
Fresh Lemon Herb Rice
Upgrade this staple grain with bright flavors! Lemon herb rice is delicious as a side or base to a main meal — the pairing options are endless.
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Lemon herb rice in pot
Flavorful Roasted Cauliflower Leaves
Guilty of tossing out cauliflower leaves? We’ve all been there. With this recipe, now you don’t have to! Save food waste and enjoy a tasty snack. Made in 15 minutes or less.
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Crunchy Pad Thai Salad
If you own a spiralizer, you need to try this colorful Pad Thai salad! Featuring crunchy summer veggies like zucchini, carrots and yellow squash, it’s healthy and perfect for hot days.
Serve with creamy peanut sauce and top with protein-packed tofu!
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two bowls of colorful spiralized veggies topped with edamame, tofu and a creamy peanut butter sauce
Lemony Herbed Millet
Ever heard of millet? It’s a sweet gluten-free grain that’s easy to cook and delectable when seasoned with salt, lemon and fresh herbs.
Try this gluten-free side with a wide variety of vegan mains!
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Crispy Vegan Chicken Wings
Whether you want to serve them during a party or make them as a meatless side, these healthy vegan chicken wings are true crowd-pleasers!
Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside and featuring a double coating, nobody will miss the real deal.
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two hands holding a white plate with crispy baked vegan chicken wings next to carrot and zucchini sticks as well as green vegan ranch dip
Spiced Sweet Potato Fries
Cozily spiced and baked to perfection, these sweet potato fries are a wonderful kid-friendly side dish.
They are perfectly dippable, easily customizable and low in fat.
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white table with some newspaper and parchment paper on which lay a bunch of crispy baked sweet potato fries next to some BBQ sauce and cashew sour cream
Roast Pumpkin + Feta Salad
You need to try this roast pumpkin, spinach and tofu feta salad during fall! It’s bursting with seasonal flavors, delicious textures and nutrition.
Slathered in creamy honey mustard dressing, this plant-based recipe is loved by everyone.
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Easy Vegan Cornbread
What else goes better with a nice hearty bean chili or fresh mango chutney than a warm piece of vegan cornbread?
This gluten-free side is easy to make, really versatile and requires only 6 ingredients.
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Top view of gluten-free corn bread on parchment paper next to glass jar of mango chutney, rosy cloth and knife
Potato Vegetable Croquettes
Make your kids happy by serving these crispy potato croquettes alongside a protein-packed main and flavorful dipping sauces!
They are fun to make, easy to customize and great for hiding some veggies.
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Creamy Vegan Potato Salad
Potato salad is one of our favorite classic side dishes!
Easily made vegan by swapping traditional mayo for cashew mayo, this comforting recipe is satisfying, nutritious and perfect for any potluck.
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Easy Baked Ratatouille
Although this baked ratatouille looks quite impressive, it’s incredibly easy to make with only 10 minutes of prep time!
Seasonal veggies are layered in a colorful pattern, seasoned to your liking, and then baked in the oven for 40 minutes.
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Black Bean Meatballs
Spaghetti and vegan meatballs just go together like nothing else! This protein-packed side is family-approved, made healthier and baked in the oven.
Drown them in your favorite marinara sauce and serve them for dinner this week!
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Roasted Sweet Potato Arugula Salad
Spiced sweet potato cubes are baked to perfection, then tossed with crunchy veggies, hearty beans and a creamy balsamic dressing.
Try this flavorful and colorful plant-strong side salad!
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white bowl with vegan sweet potato lima bean and rocket salad next to a spoon
Fresh Tomato Salsa
This fresh tomato salsa is bursting with flavor, veggies and nutrients! Easy to make at home in just a few minutes, this salsa can be used for tortillas, tacos, salad bowls, rice and beans.
With bold Mexican flavors, it’s loved at any party and especially Game Day!
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Easy Baked Potato Wedges
These perfectly crispy oven-baked potato wedges will become your go-to side that pairs well with so many mains!
Much healthier than traditional French fries, these tasty potato wedges are so pillowy on the inside and feature hints of garlic and herbs.
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14.8 Easy Baked Potato Wedges
Easy Cauliflower Rice
For those looking to eat more veggies or want to reduce their carb intake, this easy cauliflower rice is the perfect side dish.
It’s highly versatile, goes well with any seasoning and is ready in 10 minutes total!
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15 cauliflower rice
Vegan Crab Cakes
These delicious vegan crab cakes are fantastic as a starter or side dish and easy to prepare within minutes!
They have great texture and flavors, are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.
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Smashed Potatoes With Garlic
Crunchy and wonderfully rustic, these smashed potatoes with garlic are a family-friendly side to any meal.
Fluffy on the inside and deep in flavor, bake them in the oven alongside vegan meatloaf and serve with gravy!
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18 Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Garlic
Harissa Kale Slaw
This colorful and flavorful kale slaw with harissa dressing is made with healthy ingredients such as crunchy cabbage, soft and sweet apricots and spicy harissa.
It takes only 20 minutes to prepare and tastes even better the next day!
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19 Kale Slaw With Harissa Dressing
Baked Zucchini Amaranth Patties
Try these high-protein baked zucchini amaranth patties for a gluten-free and flavorful side along with your favorite salad!
They are made with white beans, salsa, breadcrumbs, onion and savory spices.
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22 Zucchini Amaranth Patties
Easy Chickpea Salad
Make this fresh and protein-packed chickpea salad with tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper and avocado as a healthy summer side dish!
With an easy homemade dressing, this colorful recipe is perfect for meal prep or potlucks.
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23 Chickpea Salad
Oven Roasted Carrots
If you’re looking for a super easy veggie side that goes well with practically any dinner, then this oven-roasted carrots recipe is for you!
Only 2 minutes of hands-on time are needed and it’s easily customizable.
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24 Oven Roasted Carrots
Roasted Broccoli with Millet
This basil-lemon scented millet with roasted broccoli is an impressive dish you could eat all by itself — or serve as a side with protein-packed main dishes.
You’ll love the combination of different flavors, textures and simple ingredients!
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28 roasted broccoli with millet
Vegan Buttermilk Biscuits
These buttermilk biscuits have a rich and flaky texture, are undetectably dairy-free and require only 7 ingredients to make.
They taste just like the biscuits you know and love and are a real hit with the whole family.
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29 Vegan Biscuits
Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
You’ll want to make these roasted cherry tomatoes with fresh herbs all summer long! They are easy to prepare and cook, unbelievably tasty and perfect for using up seasonal produce.
Plus, they are ready in under 20 minutes total!
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30 Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
Moroccan Vegetable Tray
This colorful combination of red onion, bell peppers, cauliflower, pumpkin and chickpeas makes for an irresistible one-tray veggie side!
Seasoned with Moroccan-inspired spices, this goodness tastes best with fresh vegan yogurt and served alongside cooked grains or lentil loaf!
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31 vegan moroccan vegetable tray
Easy Fattoush Salad
Fattoush salad is a middle eastern dish made with vegetables and toasted pita bread (similar to Panzanella).
It’s a delicious and filling recipe that is quick and easy to prepare and perfect during summer!
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34 Fattoush Salad
Chickpea Rice Pilaf
This chickpea rice pilaf is lightly seasoned and studded with red bell pepper for a simple yet satisfying vegan side dish.
Serve with roasted vegetables, salad, yogurt sauce, falafel or tacos!
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36 Chickpea Rice Vegan
Roasted Vegetable & Kale Salad
This gorgeous recipe features fresh kale, roasted veggies, potatoes and a creamy vegan avocado Caesar dressing.
Sprinkled with bright red cabbage shreds, toasted pumpkin seeds and smokey tempeh bacon, it’s a truly crowd-pleasing side!
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37 roasted veggie salad
Black Bean Corn Salad
If you’re looking for a quick and easy addition to your plant-based feast, make this black bean and corn salad!
It’s a perfect last-minute recipe for entertaining, picnics, weeknight dinners or other gatherings.
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38 black bean corn salad
Healthy Vegan Creamed Spinach
Make this healthy vegan creamed spinach within minutes by sautéing baby spinach and then adding creamy dairy-free cashew sauce!
This classic side dish goes well with so many foods and is loved by everyone.
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39 Healthy vegan creamed spinach
Greek Orzo Salad
This recipe is loaded with fresh vegetables, herbs and everything you love about summer.
From basil to olives, cucumber, onion, tomatoes and chickpeas, it’s made from simple ingredients and turns out so delicious!
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40 Greek Orzo Salad

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35+ Best Vegan Side Dishes (So Tasty!)

by Alena Schowalter
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Looking for the perfect vegan side dish? This hand-selected list features easy recipes for any occasion from family dinner to Christmas, cookout, potlucks and so much more. The following zucchini fries are easy to make with only 10 minutes of prep time!
Serves 4

Ingredients

Baked Zucchini Fries

  • ¾ cup bread crumbs
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast
  • cup soy milk unsweetened (80 ml)
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 400 °F (200 °C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Add breadcrumbs and spices to one bowl and soy milk and mustard to another bowl. Mix both with a spoon to combine.
  • Slice the zucchini into long and thin fries. Dip each zucchini stick into the milk mixture, then into the breadcrumbs mixture, coating it evenly.
  • Lay on the prepared baking sheet and repeat with the remaining zucchini sticks.
  • Place in the oven for 20-30 minutes until the fries are crispy.
  • Remove them from the heat and allow to cool for a few minutes before serving them with your favorite dipping sauce.

Notes

  • Feel free to use your favorite spices for this recipe!
  • Soy milk can be replaced with any unflavored dairy-free milk.
  • Find 35+ more vegan sides in the article above!
Course: Sides
Cuisine: American
Nutrition Facts
35+ Best Vegan Side Dishes (So Tasty!)
Amount per Serving
Calories
102
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
2
g
3
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Sodium
 
212
mg
9
%
Carbohydrates
 
17
g
6
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
3
g
3
%
Protein
 
4
g
8
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed.
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Hi, I'm Alena Schowalter — a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with my husband, I founded nutriciously in 2015 and have been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages toward a healthy plant-based diet. I enjoy discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature, and creating new recipes. Read more about us here.

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  1. So many great ideas here! I love eating vegan (even though I’m not strict about it), and jamming in as many great veggies as I can. Thanks for all the terrific inspiration … I’ve just gotta decide where to start lol!

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