50 Vegetable Sides That'll Have Everyone Grabbing Seconds

These good-for-you recipes will have you adding an extra helping of veggies to your plate!

March 22, 2023

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Our Most-Versatile Veggie Sides

Side dishes can be a tricky thing. Not only do you have to find one that perfectly compliments your main dish — be it chicken thighs, ground beef, baked pasta or more — but it also needs to satisfy everyone at your dinner table, picky kids and adults included. It’s no easy feat! Thankfully, veggie sides deliciously meet both of those requirements. Not only are they extremely versatile, but vegetables of all shapes, sizes and varieties can be used to enhance and transform just about any other ingredient. Need some more convincing? Just check out our Kale Salad with Strawberries and Fennel recipe below. Though mixing sliced strawberries in with kale might seem like a strange suggestion, this simple step makes this weeknight side dish a total gamechanger! Roasted sunflower seeds and thin stalks of fennel also give the side ample crunch and texture, which nicely offsets the chewiness of the kale. Keep clicking through this gallery to see even more fun and creative ways you can dress up all your favorite veggies year-round!

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The Best Roasted Asparagus

The perfect roasted asparagus should be lightly browned and tender, yet bright green and crisp. Roasting the spears at a high temperature helps achieve this. We also browned grated Parmesan to make a nutty, crumbly frico topping. Wait until ready to serve to top the vegetables so the crisped cheese stays crunchy.

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Cauliflower Gratin

Ina adds nutmeg to enhance the nutty flavors of Gruyere and Parmesan, then tops her dish with breadcrumbs to form a rich, buttery crust.

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Sauteed Broccoli

This simple side is both easy and delicious, thanks to a clove of garlic and dried red chili flakes.

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Corn with Paprika Butter

It doesn't need to be July or August for you to enjoy corn on the cob. In fact, this easy 15-minute recipe gives you the perfect excuse to make it and eat it any time of the year! The star of this side dish is the paprika butter topping, which you'll make by combining softened butter, grated garlic, salt, pepper and rosemary. If you have some of the topping leftover, a little birdy told us that it tastes amazing smeared across a grilled hotdog too.

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Shaved Turnip Salad

If turnips have been absent from your dinner table in years' past, this stress-free salad recipe is a great way to introduce the earthy vegetable into your family's diet. Dressing the turnips with a zesty mixture made from lemon juice, mashed anchovy filet and grated garlic also helps the root vegetable's natural nuttiness shine, giving you an elegant side dish that's done in just 20 minutes.

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Carrot Fries with Ketchupy Ranch

Ree turns roasted carrots into a wonderful snacky side dish that couldn't be easier. And for dipping? A quick sauce made of store-bought ketchup and ranch dressing.

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Warm Three-Bean Salad

Frozen green beans, canned white cannellini beans and frozen edamame beans are at the heart of this fiber-rich side dish recipe. We suggest serving it with the homemade mustard-vinaigrette included in the recipe, though your favorite store-bought salad dressing could also work!

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Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

The easiest way to get your sprouts extra crispy? Cook them in the air fryer! You'll use less oil but still get the texture you're craving.

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Herbed Broccoli Mashed Potatoes

Broccoli and fresh herbs feel right at home when mashed with creamy potatoes.

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Coconut-Mango Slaw

Want to give your go-to coleslaw recipe a sunshiny upgrade?! Try this tropical take on the classic picnic side! Canned coconut milk and freshly-squeezed lime juice replace traditional mayonnaise in this recipe, while chopped mango and salted peanuts completely transform store-bought coleslaw mix. Trust us — each and every bite will have you daydreaming of white sand beaches and rolling ocean waves.

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Smashed Cucumber Salad

This bright and flavorful salad is a great dish to whip up when you’re lacking on time. Ready in just 30 minutes, all you need are a few pantry staples to create a bold, complex, flavor dish. Soy sauce, sesame oil, and crushed red pepper flakes help dress up cooling cucumber with deep flavor.

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Zucchini Casserole

Zucchini is easily overlooked, but with the addition of melty cheese and a crunchy cornflake topping, you can transform this summer vegetable into a perfect casserole for a barbeque or potluck. Switch out the herbs with what you have on hand—chives, thyme, basil and cilantro would all work well and add great flavor!

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Blistered Green Beans with Herb Sauce

If there's one vegetable that pairs perfectly with just about any protein — be it chicken, beef or fish — it's green beans. In this 15-minute recipe from Food Network Magazine, the beloved veggies are cooked in olive oil until beautifully browned. They are then topped with a herby "crumble" made from fresh parsley, basil, pistachios and scallions.

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Roasted Carrots

Bake carrots and onions in walnut oil and add freshly chopped walnuts for a delicious crunch.

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The Best Grilled Asparagus

We found that the best way to grill asparagus is to lay it right on the grill grates at an angle--no foil packet or grilling basket necessary. We jazzed ours up with tangy, creamy feta and fresh mint. To get a good char, be sure to use medium-sized asparagus—no pencil-thin stalks here!

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Buffalo Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Sauce

Enjoy one of your favorite bar and party snacks in a new form. With our spicy buffalo sauce and cool, creamy blue cheese sauce, cauliflower is as satisfying as wings but with a fraction of the calories and fat.

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Swiss Chard with Black-Eyed Peas

This 5-star Swiss chard recipe makes a great side dish for monthly enjoyment! You’ll use both the stems and the leaves of a bunch of rainbow chard here, as well as a can of black-eyed peas. Seasoning the dish with a few dashes of bottled hot sauce finishes it off, adding in a bold, unexpected kick which pairs nicely with just about any of these pork tenderloin recipes.

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BLT Tomatoes

Juicy and flavorful, these baked tomatoes are stuffed with all the components of a classic BLT, even the bread.

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Grilled Zucchini with Herb Salt and Feta

Sprinkle feta cheese and a homemade herb salt, made with dried oregano and thyme, over tender, charred slices of zucchini for a delicious veggie dish you'll make again and again.

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Grilled Carrots with Harissa Butter

Who wouldn't want to dig into a plate full of these expertly caramelized baby carrots?! Looks aside, this yummy side is perfect for anyone who's super curious about cooking with harissa, but hasn't tried it yet.

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Parmesan-Roasted Broccoli

A mixture of basil, toasted pine nuts and Parmesan makes a flavorful topping for Ina’s oven-roasted broccoli.

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Salt-and-Vinegar Smashed Potatoes

Salt-and-vinegar is a flavor that has long been celebrated in the potato chip aisle, so it's only fitting that we applied the beloved combo to this crispy smashed potato recipe. Adding a hefty amount of vinegar to the water you cook your potatoes in is essential here — doing so will infuse your spuds with a lovely tanginess, that'll only be enhanced further by a sprinkle of coarse sea or table salt.

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Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta

For a beautiful display of greens, try shaving brussels sprouts and adding a bit of savory pancetta.

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Quinoa Salad with Strawberries

Boxed quinoa is one of our all-time favorite pantry staples. It's also one of the main ingredients featured in this brightly colored salad recipe from Food Network Magazine. You'll use diced strawberries, baby spinach and sliced shallot along with it, plus a handful of chopped salted almonds for added crunch and texture. A refreshing and creamy poppyseed dressing finishes the dish off, giving you a side that's as filling as it is flavorful. In the mood for even more quinoa recipes? Check out this ultimate list of our best quinoa recipes!

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Charred Green Beans

Toss green beans with smashed garlic and roast until tender for a 20-minute side dish.

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Zucchini Fritters

Pan-fry grated zucchini formed into bite-size pancakes for an easy, utensil-free side dish or finger food.

Everything-Spiced Spaghetti Squash

Everything bagel-lovers will fall madly in love with this spiced spaghetti squash recipe. Though you can totally use store-bought seasoning to dress up your squash, mixing together pantry staples, like salt, pepper, garlic, sesame seeds and poppy seeds, is an easy way to do it yourself. Best part of all — you can even cook the squash in your microwave!

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Grilled Asparagus with Gremolata

This recipe takes the traditional flavors in the green sauce called Gremolata—parsley, lemon, garlic and olive oil—and combines them with crisp toasted panko to create a crunchy topping for lightly charred asparagus.

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Cider Vinegar Coleslaw

Apple cider vinegar is a great ingredient to grab when you’re putting together a quick marinade, vinaigrette, chutney or dressing. For this unique coleslaw recipe, we combined it with sugar, celery salt and vegetable oil to easily dress up shredded green cabbage and carrots. It's simple, easy and can even be made ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator until dinnertime!

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Glazed Sugar Snap Peas and Turnips

Combine naturally sweet turnips and sugar snap peas in this fast and fresh side. It'll be on the table in 10 minutes.

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Art Smith's Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

Even the biggest mashed potato fan will be on board with this creamy cauliflower side.

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Warm Broccoli Slaw with Bacon

Golden raisins liven up this warm broccoli slaw, which also features heavenly strips of briny, thickly-cut bacon. Pair it alongside a freshly grilled hamburger or hotdog in warmer months or spoon it on top of these pulled pork sandwiches when it's a bit cooler outside!

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Cauliflower Rice

With heart-healthy olive oil, sweet caramelized onions, and a heaping of fresh parsley, Food Network Kitchen’s cauliflower rice works great as a low-carb rice replacement.

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Soft Buttered Broccoli

It's not often that we advise our fans to "overcook" something, but in the case of this delectable 3-ingredient buttered broccoli recipe, that's exactly what we want you to do! You can even use the end product to make this frittata, this pasta or this gratin!

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Asparagus with Hollandaise

Need a quick and simple side that's ready in a matter of minutes? Try this blanched asparagus, served with an easy blender-made Hollandaise sauce and a sprinkle of cayenne for a little heat.

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Cucumber and Tomato Salad

Cucumber and tomato salad is crunchy and refreshing, so it’s an easy salad for summertime. Serve it alongside grilled meats or top it with falafel for a quick, healthy dinner. This simple salad can be used as a a main dish, side salad or condiment.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Kale

Add everyone's favorite super food (mighty kale!) into your dish for an extra crunch and green goodness. Shavings of parmesan cheese layer on a nice, nutty flavor.

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Herbed Potatoes and Tomatoes

If you've never thought to use heirloom tomatoes and baby potatoes in the same dish before, we're here to tell you that they're a match made in food heaven! For this simple side dish recipe, you'll mix the two together and top them with chopped basil, parsley and chives.

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Garden Slaw with Fennel and Bell Peppers

Bell peppers and fennel probably aren't ingredients you've seen used in slaw recipes before, but this fun "garden" variety from Food Network Magazine is full of them! To coat the shredded cabbage and fennel that makes up the slaw's base, we use a zesty and creamy mixture of yogurt, sour cream, vinegar and garlic salt.

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Broiled Grapefruit-Spinach Salad

Grapefruit often gets a bad rap for its overly tart, somewhat bitter taste, but broiling it — like you do when putting together this super easy salad — truly transforms the citrus fruit. Sprinkling your grapefruit segments with brown sugar and paprika before placing it in your oven is key here and will go a really long way when you add the fruit in with the rest of your salad ingredients.

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Celery Root Slaw

Add Dijon mustard and sour cream to grated celery root for a new take on slaw.

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Roasted Broccoli with Tahini Yogurt

If you're looking for a new and creative way to finally convince your kids (or your spouse or roommates) to eat their broccoli, this tahini yogurt-topped version might just do the trick!

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Beer-Can Cauliflower

Fans of Guy Fieri's and Bobby Flay's beer can chicken recipes won't be able to resist this ginormous veggie side. To make it, you'll rest a head of cauliflower on the neck of a half-filled can of beer and place it inside a covered grill until it’s brightly golden and tender. It's truly a feast for the eyes and the stomach!

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Black Bean Salad

Dress up canned black beans with fresh, colorful veggies like corn off the cob, tomatoes and avocados.

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Haricots Verts with Pancetta

Make an extra-special side by adding salty pancetta, crunchy breadcrumbs and loads of garlic to simple green beans.

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Tomato & Goat Cheese Crostata

Crostatas don't need to be filled with chopped fruits in order to be delicious. Case in point: this buttery tomato and goat cheese crostata from Ina Garten! The Barefoot Contessa star fills it with plumb slices of juicy heirloom tomatoes and crumbly goat cheese. Before baking your own crostata in the oven, be sure to follow Ina's lead and place it on top of an upside down sheet pan. Doing so will ensure that your handmade crust is perfectly browned on all sides.

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Bok Choy and Shiitakes

Adding sliced jicama to Asian veggies makes for an unexpected crunch and flavor in the average stir-fry.

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Goat Cheese-Beet Chip Salad

This salad is all about its yummy mix-ins. At its base, you'll find crunchy lettuce leaves and spheres of sliced cucumbers, but it's the crumbly goat cheese and earthy beet chip topping that truly make the dish a must-try!

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Whole Grilled Vegetables

A little bit of extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper is all you need to transform whole eggplants, bell peppers, zucchinis and heads of cabbage into grilled masterpieces this summer.

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