Salads & Side Dishes

Vegan side dishes like French fries and mashed potatoes are traditionally cooked in oil and doused in butter. Here we offer dairy-free and oil-free vegan side dishes that can be enjoyed guilt-free. We've combined vegan salads with side dishes in this category, but that doesn’t mean that our salads aren't meal-worthy on their own. Most contain beans and/or whole grains to make them very hearty. If you’re making your salad ahead for lunch the next day, just be sure to pack your dressing on the side.

Kale and Farro Salad with Orange-Avocado Dressing

You can make the dressing, cook the farro, sauté the kale and broccoli, and prep the other veggies a day in advance,…

A large bowl of kale salad set alongside a plate with kale salad and a bowl with green avocado dressing see recipe

Freekeh-Grapefruit Tabbouleh

In this colorful, meal-worthy salad, nutty freekeh anchors the zesty flavors of grapefruit, cucumber, and fresh herbs. If you don’t have freekeh…

Freekeh grapefruit tabbouleh salad - avocado and grapefruit slices atop a colorful tabbouleh inspired salad see recipe

Pear-Barley Chopped Salad

This colorful mix of fruits and vegetables creates a fresh and flavorful salad that pairs perfectly with a simple homemade pear vinaigrette….

Pear-Barley Chopped Salad see recipe

Creamy Cauliflower Bake

This striking baked cauliflower side dish will be a hit for any holiday spread, potluck, or Sunday night supper. With its cheesy…

Creamy White Cauliflower Side Dish Topped with Almonds, Bread Crumbs see recipe

Pomegranate Wild Rice Salad

Pomegranate seeds add sweetness and sparkle to this autumnal salad, which features a medley of matchstick-cut carrot, pear, turnip, and beet along…

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Mediterranean Farro Salad

This satisfying Mediterranean salad gets extra bulk from farro, an heirloom wheat that was a staple ingredient in Ancient Rome. Farro has…

A Mediterranean farro grain salad with artichokes, tomatoes, and lemon see recipe

Veggie Fajita Kabobs

Before hitting the grill, these colorful kabobs are brushed with a lime juice mixture that plays well with the roasted fajita veggies’…

veggie fajita kabobs see recipe

Peachy-Orange Arugula Salad

This simple, juicy salad is the perfect summer side dish. Double down on peachy flavor with a mix of raw and grilled…

peach arugula salad see recipe

Ginger-Lime Watermelon Salad

This refreshing salad features juicy watermelon, crunchy jicama, and zesty seasonings. For best results, serve it the day it is made. To…

ginger-lime watermelon salad see recipe

Italian-Style Zucchini and Chickpea Sauté

This colorful, classic Italian side dish features a saucy medley of fork-tender veggies. Look for 6- to 7-inch zucchini with a vibrant…

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Roasted Asparagus with Tarragon and Balsamic

Miso paste adds complex umami flavor to this roasted asparagus side dish. Cut the bell pepper, asparagus, and scallions into similar-size pieces…

roasted asparagus with tarragon see recipe

Grilled Squash and Mushrooms with Fresh Herbs

Herb-flavored smoke is a great way to add flavor to grilled foods. Choose thick herb sprigs and soak them in water so…

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