8 Easy Vegan Side Dishes
Vegan sides don't have to be boring. Whether you're looking for a dairy- and meat-free alternative to classic potluck recipes, a vegan version of traditional holiday fare, or a new favorite, you're going to want to save this collection of vegan side dishes.
Our Guacamole Salad is a bright, crunchy, and vegetal take on everyone's favorite avocado-based dip. The fresh vegetables provide crunch that contrasts the creamy avocado, while the coriander vinaigrette is subtly acidic and doesn't overshadow the rest of the ingredients.
Instant Pot Vegan Mushroom Risotto
Instant Pot Vegan Mushroom Risotto Recipe
Looking for a vegan dish that doesn't taste like it's missing anything? We've got it right here. This Instant Pot vegan risotto is creamy and perfectly cooked with a slight "bite" to it.
Charred Orange-Chile Broccoli
Charred Orange-Chile Broccoli Recipe
Roasting brings out the sweet flavor of broccoli while adding a pleasant bitter note. The mildly spicy soy-orange sauce brings it all into balance. Taking the extra step to remove the woody outer layer from the broccoli stems makes the entire floret tender. Look for Asian chile-garlic sauce with other Asian flavorings and condiments.
Three-Bean Pasta Salad
We combined two potluck classics—pasta salad and three-bean salad—to make one tasty new side dish. Blanched celery is the unexpected star in this side dish; it has a tender-crisp texture and bright green color. Swap out the canned beans for your favorite cooked field peas.
There's no need to buy the bagged stuff: If you've got five minutes, a food processor, and a head of cauliflower, you can make your own cauliflower rice. In addition to being a healthy rice substitute, making your own cauliflower rice is extremely easy.
Simple Rice And Beans
This 6-ingredient red beans and rice couldn't be easier. Whether you serve it as a main or as a side dish, you'll love this easy recipe.
Bok Choy Salad
Add bite to a simple salad by crumbling uncooked ramen noodles over bok choy, a Chinese white cabbage. A cider vinegar and soy sauce drizzle make the salad a unique and flavorful alternative to the traditional starter salad.
Easy Smoky Black Beans
Since everything else in this menu requires a bit more of your attention, it's good to have one dish that's simple to prepare. These gussied-up canned beans get a savory flavor boost from garlic, smoked paprika, and cumin, then a finishing touch of lime juice and cilantro adds freshness.