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.

Blueberry Spinach Salad Bowl with Orange Vinaigrette

Spice-enhanced oven-roasted sweet potatoes and a brightly flavored dressing make these colorful bowls extra special.

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Rice Salad with Fennel, Orange, and Chickpeas

The mild anise-like flavor of fennel is well balanced by the citrus in this hearty salad. From Forks Over Knives – The…

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Spinach-Apricot Salad with Spiced Lentils

A creamy lentil mixture combines with mild spinach and tangy dried apricots in this salad flavored with allspice and cinnamon. When shopping…

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BBQ Tofu “Wings”

Plant-based? Yes…you can still have your spicy hot wings and eat them too. Enjoy these hot and sour “Wings” with oil-free, dairy-free…

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Green Beans and Summer Squash Salad

We used kidney beans for this summery salad, but any cooked bean of your preference will work. You can make the easy…

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Roasted Red Pepper Tapenade Hummus

A combination of zesty and sour, this play on hummus may look benign, but it has a spicy kick and will give…

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Egyptian Breakfast Beans (Ful Medames)

This traditional Egyptian breakfast (pronounced fool mudammis) is almost always made with dried fava beans. They need to soak at least 8…

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Hearty Nachos

These nachos are a meal in and of themselves. You can prepare them nachos-style, or serve them like a multi-layer dip, with…

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Autumn Mixed Greens Salad

Make this salad when your favorite apples are in season. Honey crisp and gala apples contrast well with the tart cranberry vinaigrette….

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Kimchi Noodle Salad

Kimchi is a fermented condiment made from any number of vegetables. In this recipe, I like to use a very spicy cabbage…

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The Best Oil-Free Hummus

Virtually nonfat, this tasty, oil-free hummus recipe is the healthy antidote to your hummus cravings. You can find a store-bought variation of…

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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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