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.

Delicious Black Beans

Everyone I know cooks black beans differently. Even I change it up a bit depending on my mood and level of patience….

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Winter White Bean Salad

You can buy peeled and cubed squash in many supermarket produce departments. While it steams you can make the pesto and have…

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Lentil Salad with Lemon and Fresh Herbs

Once the lentils are cooked, this salad comes together quickly. Mint and cilantro complement this dish well, but we have a hunch…

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Stuffed Acorn Squash

This acorn squash recipe is no fuss, no oil, and 100 percent delicious. Chef’s Note: This stuffed recipe makes enough filling for…

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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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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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Fava Bean Salad

Also known as broad beans, fava beans are native to North Africa and parts of Asia. If you cook the dried bean,…

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Mixed Winter Veggie Curry with Poppy Seeds

This is a nourishing dish showcasing the rich taste of Indian curry—it’s perfect when paired with steamed rice. The word curry comes…

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Chopped Veggie Salad with Pasta and Creamy Cauliflower Dressing

A delicious mashup of macaroni salad and chopped vegetable salad, this colorful dish gets coated with a creamy herbed dressing made with…

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Israeli Couscous and Kale Salad

Incredibly easy to cook, Israeli couscous does a great job of absorbing the flavors of the herbs and spices in this vegan…

Israeli Couscous Kale Salad see recipe

Grilled Veggie Salad

This recipe was adapted from the original in The Plantpower Way, a new book by Rich Roll and Julie Piatt. Summer on…

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Spicy French Fries

Plain baked fries are certainly tasty enough, but once in a while it’s nice to spice it up, as we do here….

french fries, potatoes, plant based see recipe

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