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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.

Instant Pot o’ Beans

Make a big batch of flavorful beans in your Instant Pot to eat as they are or enjoy in other Mexican-inspired dishes,…

Multicooker Pot o’ Beans in a skillet with a wooden spoon see recipe

Vegetable White Bean Hash

Making hash is a great way to use whatever vegetables you have left over from the night before. But in the case…

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Easy Vegan Baked Beans

When homemade barbecue sauce is in the refrigerator, this dish can be brought together in minutes. The barbecue sauce is what makes…

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Rainbow Cauliflower Rice Salad

Kick up the freshness factor of a summer salad by using cauliflower rice (cauliflower florets that have been finely chopped in a…

cauliflower rice salad see recipe

Yuca and Kale Salad

The tropical root vegetable yuca (sometimes labeled as cassava) adds satisfying starchiness to this chopped salad. Jalapeño adds a touch of spiciness;…

Yuca salad see recipe

Stone Fruit Pasta Salad with Fennel

Slivered fresh fennel bulb is a crunchy complement to juicy stone fruits and a zesty lemon dressing. If you like, swap in…

Stone Fruit Pasta Salad in white bowl with wooden salad tossers on a light wooden table see recipe

Air-Fried Fingerling Potatoes

Crispy air-fried fingerling potatoes are the perfect appetizer or side dish when you want to whip up something simple but satisfying. A…

Air-Fried Fingerling Potatoes with a green sauce on a black plate see recipe

Aloo Baingan (Potato and Eggplant)

If you love Indian food like I love Indian food, then let me tell you: We found the mother lode! Since I…

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Green Apple Coleslaw

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

apple slaw see recipe

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

Fennel, Orange, and Beet Salad with Maple Mustard Dressing

This refreshing salad combines bright citrus, earthy beets, and the spicy licorice notes of fennel for a deliciously colorful side dish. A…

Fennel, Orange, and Beet Salad with Maple Mustard Dressing in a shallow serving bowl see recipe

Miso-Glazed Butternut Squash with Spinach

The earthy flavor of butternut squash pairs nicely with the tangy, salty flavor of miso in this colorful side dish. To make…

Miso-Glazed Squash with Spinach see recipe