Salads & Sides

Sides 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.

Veggie and Apple Slaw

This multicolored vegan slaw is tossed with a tangy Dijon vinaigrette and sweetened with freshly grated apple. Carrots and celery round out…

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Yuca Mash with Corn and Peas

Yuca, a starchy tropical root vegetable, takes the place of potatoes in this fresh variation on mashed potatoes, which is also studded…

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Chinese Cabbage Salad

Fresh orange juice and ginger brighten the Asian flavors of the dressing in this Chinese Cabbage Salad. When selecting mandarin oranges at…

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Asian Cucumber and Sea Vegetable Salad

Who would have guessed that cucumbers and seaweed could be such good friends? One grows up high on the vine, while the…

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Purple Potato and Kale Salad with Cilantro-Tahini Dressing

This is a colorful and richly flavored salad that’s fun to serve—the purple potatoes really give the dish a surprising look. From…

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Green Apple Slaw

Move over, cabbage: Apples make for a deliciously crunchy coleslaw in this fresh take on the classic lunch side. Featuring red grapes…

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Mung Bean Sprouts

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Vegan Mashed Potatoes

Just thinking about mashed potatoes makes me swoon—they’re so fluffy and belly-pleasing. But all the butter, milk, and cream that are typically…

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Brussels Sprouts with Maple-Mustard Sauce

In this recipe, Brussels sprouts are braised in a pressure cooker with a tangy-sweet combination of Dijon mustard and maple syrup. There…

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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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Baked Tortilla Chips

This simple recipe for homemade baked tortilla chips is a staple for whole-food, plant-based kitchens. These chips can be eaten on their…

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