These incredible vegetable side dishes work with any meal! Each of these vegetablesides are tasty, healthy, and easy to make.
It can be hard to find great vegetable sides. Often side dishes take too long to make, or are full of carbs and cheese. So here we’re sharing our top 25 vegetable side dishes! These are the best ways to prepare vegetables to work in all varieties of meals. Some of these vegetables sides are quick to make: under 10 minutes! Others take a little longer, but are worth it for the incredible flavor. Either way: each method is the very best way to accentuate the flavor of these tasty veggies. Ready to get started?
First up in our vegetable side dishes: the best way to serve potatoes! These potato wedges are out of this world good. They're oven roasted until crisp, and the exterior is covered in salty Parmesan cheese and just enough black pepper. They'll have your friends and family singing your praises.
This vegetable side dish has it all: it’s healthy, delicious, and takes only 10 minutes to cook. Just a few minutes in a pan makes this humble veggie into something stellar. This one literally goes with anything.
These lemony steamed green beans go with almost any meal, from meatloaf to salmon to pasta. Even better: they take only 10 minutes to whip up! It's seriously practical and 100% worth adding to your weeknight cooking skills! The zesty lemon flavor with the bright green, crisp tender beans has become a favorite in our house.
Here's a favorite way to make sweet potatoes as a side: roasted! These potato wedges come out perfectly caramelized in a hot oven. Mix with olive oil, salt and a bit of garlic powdered, and the savory seasoning makes the sweetness pop. Use them as a side or a component of a larger dish: in tacos, grain bowls, and more!
There’s not much better than a big pan of roasted cauliflower! Baking this vegetable in a hot oven transforms it into something transcendental. The flavor becomes sweet and buttery, and flavored with salt and garlic, it’s about as irresistible as French fries. (Just like this roasted broccoli.)
Here's a quick and easy side dish: Parmesan Baked Asparagus! Bake it in a hot oven until tender, then spritz with lemon: the way to make this healthy veggie taste over-the-moon good. The finishing touch: gooey melted Parmesan cheese. It’s a side dish that’s easy enough to whip up while you’re in the midst of cooking a main.
Wow, this sauteed spinach really does taste amazing! Unexpected, we know. Scented with garlic, it's wilted until bright green in a bit of olive oil. Then it's finished off with lemon juice to give it a brightness. The flavor is fresh and vibrant, not lifeless and mushy as you might expect! It tastes so good, you'll find yourself sneaking seconds.
Hold on to your hats. This recipe truly makes the best sauteed mushrooms. They're tender, juicy, and meaty with a brightness at the finish. Fresh thyme and oregano give an herby punch. Take one bite and you'll exclaim "Wow!" It takes only 10 minutes to make.
The flavor of this kale is so good, it will have you wanting to make it daily! Leafy greens can be a difficult flavor to acquire when they’re served solo. But it takes only 10 minutes to make kale into a side dish you won’t want to stop eating. It’s lightly flavored with garlic and cooked until bright green and tender.
Did you know frozen peas can taste incredible in 5 minutes? Yes, you can transform a bag of these frozen green spheres into an easy side dish that everyone around the table will love. The secret? A little olive oil, butter, garlic and lemon. That’s it! The Italian-style flavors transform a boring bag of peas into something beautifully delicious and fresh.
Cabbage might not be the sexiest of all vegetables, but we’re pretty smitten with it over here. Here’s our newest favorite: this perfect sautéed cabbage! It takes just 10 minutes to sauté into a tender, savory mess of flavor. Lemon, garlic and black pepper take it to rockstar veggie status. You’ll love this tasty way to prepare cabbage: it makes an vegetable side dish for any meal.
Ready to up your side dish game? Try these Roasted Balsamic Brussels Sprouts! These little nuggets of goodness are crisp roasted to perfection. Then toss them with an easy, super thick balsamic glaze to take them to new heights! The glaze itself is one for the books: it takes just 5 minutes to whip up and you’ll love the savory flavor: it works well on Brussels but also chicken, salmon, broccoli and more!
Want the best roasted vegetables ever? This master recipe for how to roast vegetables results in the most colorful sheet pans that will please even the most veggie-wary eaters. Make it for a crowd as a side, or roast up a few pans and eat off of them all week long. They’re healthy, plant based, vegetarian and gluten-free, and even better: beautiful and irresistibly tasty.
Ever tried eating squash as fries? Delicata squash is a variety of squash that's extraordinarily sweet and cooks quickly. It's an oblong shape that makes it perfect for cutting into half moon-shaped "fries". Roast them in a hot oven, and they come out sweet and tender.
Beets can be hard to love, but hear us out. This beet side dish is an absolute treat. Roasted beet rounds are dolloped with creamy, tangy goat cheese, then topped with olive oil and fresh chives. Sounds almost too simple, but it tastes like a symphony. Just a few basic ingredients can turn beets into the ultimate taste treat.
If zucchini doesn’t sound like a vegetable to sing praises about…you haven’t met this zucchini recipe. Yes, this really is the perfect sauteed zucchini. Just 10 minutes in a hot pan and this vegetable goes from tasteless to tender! Oregano and garlic make a pop of savory flavor, and grated Parmesan cheese takes it over the top.
Here's another vegetable side dish starring everyone's favorite squash: butternut! Here's a basic way to roast it: cut it into cubes, mix with olive oil and salt and pepper, and bake it in a very hot oven. It comes out perfectly tender and sweet.
Another lightening fast vegetable side dish? This 5 minute shelled edamame! It’s flavor packed and savory, flash sauteed in a hot pan with garlic and soy sauce. You will not believe the flavor. We took one bite…and then couldn’t stop eating it.
You barely have to do anything to rainbow chard to make it taste good! Just throw it in a hot pan with olive oil and garlic, then salt it to taste. It turns into an easy side dish in just 10 minutes. To take it over the top, add Parmesan cheese and toasted pine nuts.
Did you know the easiest way to cook is corn on the cob is in the oven? This one is a game changer. There’s literally no prep time: you don’t even need to husk it! Throw it on the oven grates to roast and it comes out beautifully moist. It's a fantastic vegetable side dish for when corn is in season.
Stop right now and make yourself a pan of Roasted Fennel! Raw fennel has a black licorice flavor, but its roasted self is something different altogether. Its flavor becomes sweet and caramelized: almost like roasted onions but even more irresistible! Baked fennel makes easy and elegant side dish.
The best way to make carrots into a side dish? Sautéed! These are the most tender, buttery, savory, coins of carrots, with a hint of herbaceous fresh thyme and chives. They taste like the best carrots you’ve ever had: but they only have 3 ingredients and take 10 minutes. Give that raw carrot a glamorous makeover!
Here’s a surprisingly delicious salad that deserves a spot on your plate: celery salad! This unique salad is so refreshing, you’ll become a convert from the first bite. Crunchy celery pairs perfectly with sweet apple, Parmesan shavings and a tangy vinaigrette. It’s easy, it’s crunchy, it’s hydrating, and perfect for anytime.
Here's one of the the top ways to make a quick and easy healthy side dish. Pop canned white beans into a skillet and cook with herbs until warm and perfectly seasoned! It sounds deceptively simple, but the flavor is anything but: it’s salty, rich and nuanced. (Yes beans are a legume, but they count as a vegetable, too!)
Last up: a fast way to get colorful veggies to jump onto your plate: Ultimate Sautéed Vegetables! These sauteed veggies are beautifully colored, bursting with flavor and crisp tender in texture. They’re the perfect vegetable side dish you’ve never had (until now!).
More vegetable sides
Need more vegetable side dishes? We’ve got loads of inspiration from seasonal salads, healthy sides, and more. Make sure to check out these recipes:
2 pounds sweet potatoes, small to medium sized (size is important!*)
2 tablespoons olive oil
Preheat the oven to 450°F.
In a small bowl, mix the spices and salt together. (Variation: If you want a crispier sweet potato wedge, add 3 tablespoons cornstarch here.) Wash the sweet potatoes, keeping the skins on. Slice the potatoes into short wedges by doing the following: slice each potato in half crosswise, then in half lengthwise. Place each piece cut side down and slice it in half. Then flip them over and cut that piece down the center into two wedges (see this video, but cut them in half). In a large bowl, mix the potatoes with the olive oil and spices.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and spread the potatoes on the sheet in a single layer. Roast the potatoes for 30 to 35 minutes until tender and starting to become crisped and brown (no need to stir).
*For wedges it’s best to have small to medium sized sweet potatoes. Large potatoes tend to turn out large and awkward shaped (make those into fries instead!).