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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.

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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Herb-Crusted Asparagus Spears

These garlic and ‘Parmesan’-crusted asparagus spears make a tasty side dish, snack, or party appetizer. Easy and elegant! From Naked Food Magazine.

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Kale, Apple, and Quinoa Salad

Each bite of this colorful salad is filled with the flavors of favorite fall ingredients such as apples, butternut squash, and pumpkin…

Kale Apple and Quinoa Salad see recipe

Mujadara Bowls with Parsley-Tahini Sauce

Mujadara is a Middle Eastern medley of lentils, rice, and caramelized onions. This version uses bulgur wheat instead of rice. Add roasted…

vegan mujadara bowls with chopped lettuce, colorful vegetable medley, lentils, and a creamy homemade tahini sauce with parsley - shown in a white bowl in sunlight see recipe

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…

homemade baked tortilla chips see recipe

Landlocked Ceviche

There’s no seafood in this dish, but we don’t think you will miss it—and the fish won’t be mad either. Instead we…

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Rosemary-Garlic Biscuits

These plant-based biscuits offer a much healthier alternative to traditional biscuits, which are very high in fat. They feature a mouthwatering combination…

Rosemary Biscuits see recipe

Ribboned Zucchini Salad with Lentils and Creamy Turmeric Dressing

Incorporating lentils is an easy way to add bulk to any salad. Here, they soak up a creamy dressing and complement the…

zucchini lentil salad see recipe

Morel Mushroom and Apple Salad

The earthy umami flavor of morel mushrooms perfectly complements the sweet apple and zesty vinaigrette in this delicious autumnal salad. Fresh morels…

Morel Mushroom and Apple Salad with Kale on a white serving platter next to a small bowl of dressing see recipe

My Mama’s Potato Salad Recipe

When I was a kid, I would only eat my mom and grandmother’s potato salad – I refused to eat potato salad…

Vegan Potato Salad see recipe

Pineapple Cucumber Salad

Fresh and juicy, this quick fruit salad is the perfect side dish for hot summer days. While we love the flavor of…

Pineapple Cucumber Salad see recipe

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