These vegetable side dishes work with just about any meal: and they’re healthy and easy to make. Here’s the BEST way to prepare each of these vegetables!
Let’s be honest: it’s hard to find great vegetable side dishes. Alex and I love to focus on the main event around here, and sometimes we skip over the accompaniments. So here, we’re sharing our top 10 best vegetable side dishes. These sides are pure vegetables: not even whole grains, breads, or salads. (If you’re looking for those, go to our collection of Favorite Side Dish recipes.) Nope, we’ve got the best ways to prepare these 10 vegetables to work in all varieties of meals.
Some of these recipes are very quick: like under 10 minutes (like the best steamed broccoli). Others take a little more time, but are absolutely worth it for the incredible flavor (like our amazing Parmesan wedges). But whatever the case: they’re the very best way to accentuate the flavor of these tasty veggies. Ready to get started?
PS Our 10 Best Green Salad Recipes are also perfect pairings for meals!
The best vegetable side dishes
The best side dish ever? These crispy Parmesan baked potato wedges recipe will have your friends and family singing your praises.
- 1 pound yellow or red waxy potatoes, 2 to 3 inches long (about 6 to 7 potatoes)*
- 2 tablespoons salted butter, melted
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- Chopped flat-leaf parsley, as a garnish (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Cut the potatoes into wedges (see the video below!). Place all ingredients into a bowl and mix until fully coated.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the wedges onto the sheet in a single layer, using your fingers to place some of the Parmesan cheese that falls off onto the top of the wedges (it doesn’t have to be perfect, just take a minute or so to do this).
- Bake the potatoes for 18 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and flip the potatoes.
- Reverse the baking sheet in the oven, and bake another 10 minutes until browned and crispy. Enjoy immediately!
*You can 1.5 or double the recipe if you have very hungry eaters. Just keep in mind that when you put two baking trays into the oven, the baking time will be affected because there is more surface area of food and more steam released. We’d recommend increasing the temperature to 450 degrees, and you’ll likely need a few more minutes in the oven to make sure the potatoes get crispy.
- Category: Side Dish
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: Vegetable Side Dishes, Baked Potato Wedges, Potato Wedges
Looking for more side dishes starring vegetables?
We’ve got a few more resources on fantastic side dishes! Make sure to check out:
- 25 Best Salad Recipes: our best salads…ever
- 10 Summer Salads You Need Now: a seasonal compilation
- 53 Roasted Vegetable Recipes
- 20 Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes
- 10 Best Sides to Go with Pizza
- 10 Best Sides to Go with Chili
About the Authors
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.