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Here are all the best vegan side dishes to round out a plant based meal! These recipes load on the colorful vegetables and plant based protein.

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Looking for vegan side dishes? It’s deceptively difficult to round out a vegan meal. Sure, you can find a plant-based recipe or two: but making it into a healthy meal? That can be trickier. Most importantly: you’ve got to think about plant-based protein to make a vegan meal filling enough to last through the day.

Because of these challenges, we’ve rounded up a bunch of our best vegan side dish recipes! These are all the recipes we turn to on the regular. There’s a mix of recipes that load on the colorful veggies and nutrients, and others that bring in the plant-based protein. Let’s get cooking, shall we?

And now…the best vegan side dishes to try!

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Best sauteed vegetables

Easy Sauteed Vegetables (& More Vegan Side Dishes!)

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 7 minutes
  • Cook Time: 13 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Here’s how to make the best vegan side dish: mixed sauteed vegetables! They’re colorful, flavor-packed and crisp tender! Gone are the days of the soggy veggie saute.


  • 2 multi-colored bell peppers (we used red and yellow)
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 head broccoli (8 ounces, stem on) 
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper


  1. Thinly slice the peppersSlice the onion. Cut the carrot into thin rounds, on the bias. Cut the broccoli into small florets.
  2. Toss the vegetables in a bowl with 1 tablespoon olive oil and the oregano, kosher salt and plenty of fresh ground black pepper.
  3. In large skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium high heat. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes until tender and lightly charred, stirring occasionally. Taste and add a few pinches of additional salt to taste. Serve immediately. 
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Sauteed
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

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Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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