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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.

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

Tempeh Nacho Salad with Creamy Chipotle Dressing

Halfway between a plate of loaded nachos and a taco salad, this drool-worthy dish is perfect to serve on Taco Tuesday (or…

Tempeh Nacho Salad with Creamy Chipotle Dressing on an orange tray sitting on colorful Mexican tiles see recipe

Fiesta Quinoa Salad

Now that summer has arrived my favorite quick-cooking grain to eat is quinoa. We use seasonal summer produce to make this salad…

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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

Szechwan Coleslaw

This meal-worthy Asian-style coleslaw recipe comes together in 30 minutes (or less) and is bursting with flavor. Uncooked millet gives this tri-cabbage…

Szechwan Coleslaw recipe see recipe

Almost Egg Salad

You’ll never miss the eggs in this classic salad: Potatoes and tofu are delicious stand-ins. Red leaf lettuce and crispbread crackers makes…

Vegan Egg Salad - Diced potatoes, celery, and other veggies and herbs shown tossed together for a vegan egg salad, in a green bowl on a concrete table see recipe

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

Fire Brigade Stuffing

My brother-in-law, Brian, makes this stuffing, which will make your palate swoon and your tummy sing. Here’s a fun twist to make…

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Black Bean and Sweet Potato Hash

This black bean and sweet potato hash can be an ideal breakfast, a lunch, or a light dinner. It can be served…

Sweet Potato Hash see recipe

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…

vegan slaw see recipe

Mango Rice Salad Bowls

When you’re craving Mexican food but are short on time, these colorful salad bowls come together in a flash. Start with a…

Mango Rice Salad Bowls in blue ceramic bowls with a side of lime wedges on a gray countertop 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