These vegetarian side dish recipes are quick and easy, healthy-ish and most are vegan-adaptable. Full of healing nutrients our bodies crave -perfect for everyday meals and meal-prepping. And some are a little more decadent, intended for special occasions, or “once a year” dinners – perfect for the holidays.


Vegetable Side Dishes

A simple recipe for Roasted Brussels Sprouts with garlic and balsamic- tender, caramelized and full of toasty deep flavor.  An easy vegan vegetable side dish ready in 30 minutes!

These vegetarian side dish recipes are quick and easy, healthy-ish and most are vegan-adaptable. Full of healing nutrients our bodies crave -perfect for everyday meals and meal-prepping. And some are a little more decadent, intended for special occasions, or "once a year" dinners - perfect for the holidays.

Green Beans with Toasted Walnut Vinaigrette, a simple, delicious side dish that will enhance almost any meal.  Vegan and Gluten-free.

Pan-seared Hakurei Turnips, tossed with a flavorful ginger miso glaze.  A simple and addicting appetizer or side dish.  Vegan and GF. #turnips

Pan Seared Turnips with Miso Glaze Pan-seared Hakurei Turnips, tossed with a flavorful ginger miso glaze.  A simple and addicting appetizer or side dish.  Vegan and GF.

Green beans with Toasted Walnut Vinaigrette, a simple, delicious side dish that will enhance almost any meal.  Vegan and Gluten-free. 

This Roasted Delicata Squash with shallots and hazelnuts is the perfect healthy Side Dish -elegant, flavorful and unique, it’s beautiful too. Vegan!

These vegetarian side dish recipes are quick and easy, healthy-ish and most are vegan-adaptable. Full of healing nutrients our bodies crave -perfect for everyday meals and meal-prepping. And some are a little more decadent, intended for special occasions, or "once a year" dinners - perfect for the holidays.

 15- Minute Broccoli with Garlic, Lemon Zest and Chili flakes is our “go-to” broccoli recipe -simple, yet full of amazing flavor! Vegan, healthy can be made in 15 minutes!

These vegetarian side dish recipes are quick and easy, healthy-ish and most are vegan-adaptable. Full of healing nutrients our bodies crave -perfect for everyday meals and meal-prepping. And some are a little more decadent, intended for special occasions, or "once a year" dinners - perfect for the holidays.

15-Minute Broccoli Video

Butternut Squash Gratin with Leeks, Sage and Walnuts – a delicious Thanksgiving side dish, highlighting the best of fall flavors, worthy of your holiday table.

These vegetarian side dish recipes are quick and easy, healthy-ish and most are vegan-adaptable. Full of healing nutrients our bodies crave -perfect for everyday meals and meal-prepping. And some are a little more decadent, intended for special occasions, or "once a year" dinners - perfect for the holidays.

Wild Mushroom Stuffing with fennel and leeks –  a tasty vegetarian Thanksgiving Side Dish that is full of depth and flavor flavors.

Our Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Wild Mushroom Stuffing with fennel and leeks -  a tasty vegetarian Thanksgiving Side Dish that is full of depth and flavor flavors.  Vegan adaptable! #stuffing #vegan #mushroomstuffing #vegetariansidedish #thanksgivingsidedish

Mashed Sweet Potatoes  – a cozy Thanksgiving side dish that can be made in under 30 minutes. Sweet potatoes are full of so many nutrients! One of my favorite recipes because it goes so well with so many things!

Our Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes! Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Ginger - a flavorful vegan side dish that pairs well with fish, chicken or vegan mains. Silky and luscious, these flavorful sweet potatoes can be made in under 30 minutes! #sweetpotatoes #vegan #healthy #mashed

Simple Sautéed Greens with garlic, shallots and lemon should be on every Thanksgiving Table! It is probably the most used recipe in our household– this healthy side dish recipe is quick and easy, vegan, low carb and packed full of healthy nutrients!

Our Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Sautéed kale and chard with garlic, shallots and lemon - a simple side dish that is vegan, low carb, Keto and full of healthy nutrients! Delicious flavor and can be made in 20 minutes! #sautéedkale #sautéedgreens, #wiltedkale, #ketosidedish, #vegansidedish

Coconut Creamed Spinach – Rich and luscious Coconut Creamed Spinach has a silky melt-in-your-mouth texture. Simple to put together and makes an easy delicious side dish.  Vegan and Gluten-Free!

Rich and luscious Coconut Creamed Spinach has a silky melt-in-your-mouth texture. Simple to put together and makes an easy delicious side dish.  Vegan and Gluten-Free!

Savory Leek Bread Pudding with Gruyere and Thyme – a delicious decadent Thanksgiving side dish, perfect for the holiday table.Our Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Savory Leek Bread Pudding with Gruyere and Thyme - a delicious side dish, perfect for the holiday table. #leek #leekrecipes #breadpudding #side #sidedish #thanksgiving | www.feastingathome.com

These Hazelnut Green beans with lemon zest and truffle oil – are a beautiful addition to your Thanksgiving table. Lemony and bright, with earthy notes of toasted Hazelnuts, the truffle oil elevates!

Our Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Hazelnut Green Beans with Lemon Zest and Truffle Oil + 20 delicious Vegetarian SIDE DISHES that will turn your dinner into a feast! | www.feastingathome.com

 Parsnip Gratin with Gruyère and Thyme One of my personal favorites, this Parsnip Gratin sings of fall. It’s delicious and luxurious, the perfect Thanksgiving Side dish!

Parsnip Gratin with Gruyere and Thyme + 20 delicious Thanksgiving SIDE DISHES that will turn your dinner into a feast! | www.feastingathome.com

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes  Our favorite Mashed potatoes with a whisper of horseradish- a flavorful, lightened-up version of mashed potatoes that is vegan adaptable- with an optional horseradish kick, perfect for Thanksgiving.

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes with a whisper of horseradish (optional) - creamy, delicious and full of flavor! Vegan Adaptable! 

An easy recipe for Mushroom Gravy that is vegetarian (vegan-adaptable) healthy and full of depth and flavor.

Our Best Thanksgiving Side Dishes: An easy recipe for Mushroom Gravy that is vegetarian (vegan-adaptable) healthy and full of flavor. #mushroomgravy #vegangravy #gravy

Maple Roasted Yams with Pecans – an easy vegan side dish that is simple to make, and full of delicious flavor! Perfect for the Thanksgiving table.

Maple Roasted Yams with Pecans-+ PLUS 20 Vegetarian SIDE DISHES that will turn your holiday dinner into a feast! | | www.feastingathome.com

 Cauliflower Gratin with Garlic and Sage a cozy, rich comforting side dish featuring our favorite fall veggie- cauliflower! Keep it vegetarian!

Roasted Cauliflower Gratin with garlic and sage, a delicious vegetarian side dish that is keto, low carb and gluten-free- adaptable, perfect for the holiday table! #cauliflower #cauliflowergratin #lowcarbside #sidedish #lowcarb #keto #thanksgivingside #christmassidedish

  Mashed Cauliflower with Roasted Garlic- a keto version of mashed potatoes, this Creamy Mashed cauliflower is divine.

Mashed Cauliflower with Roasted Garlic, an easy delicious alternative to mashed potatoes, keto friendly, low carb, healthy and full of amazing flavor! The perfect side dish to any occasion! Vegan adaptable and gluten-free! #feastingathome #mashedcauliflower #cauliflowermashedpotatoes #cauliflowermash #vegan

Roasted Parsnips with Romesco Sauce, a flavorful vegan side dish that is perfect for Sunday suppers or the holiday table!

Roasted Parsnips with Romesco Sauce, a simple vegan side dish that is perfect for weeknight dinners or the holiday table! #vegan #veganside #sidedish #healthyside #parsnips #parsniprecipe #roastedparships

This recipe for Simple Braised French Lentils is nourishing and comforting and a delicious healthy vegan side dish, that will pair well with your thanksgiving offerings.

This recipe for Simple Braised French Lentils is nourishing and comforting and a delicious healthy side dish that pairs well with so many things! Leftovers can be frozen, or turned into a salad! #lentils #Frenchlentils #lentilrecipes

The easiest recipe for Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes – creamy fluffy and light, these can be made in just 20 minutes! Vegan adaptable!

Instant Pot Mashed potatoes

 Simple Roasted Veggies – a  healthy side dish that comes out perfect every time. Use any veggies you like!  Add sweet onions or red onions and a splash of balsamic vinegar if you like. Easy, healthy, delicious! Vegan and Gluten-free.

20 Vegetarian Side Dishes!|| And The secret to making Simple Roasted Veggies in the oven that come out perfect every time. Easy, healthy, delicious! Vegan and Gluten-free. #roastedveggies #roastedvegetables #bakedvegetables #vegan #healthy #veganside #glutenfree #feastingathome #sheetpanvegetables

Melting Slow Braised Cabbage – cooked low and slow in the oven until meltingly tender, then topped with Gremolata. This vegan side dish is totally delectable, almost hearty enough to serve as a main over creamy mashed potatoes. A beautiful vegan side dish, deserving of your Thanksgiving dinner.

Slow Braised Cabbage - slow cooked in the oven until meltingly tender, topped with Gremolata. Vegan and Gluten-free. #cabbage #braisedcabbage

 Roasted Moroccan Carrots with Citrus a tasty, flavorful vegetable side dish that would be delicious on your thanksgiving tables.

Moroccan Roasted Carrots +20 Vegetarian SIDE DISHES that will turn your dinner into a feast! | www.feastingathome.com

 Moroccan Roasted Beets with Pomegranate Seeds – a festive Thanksgiving side dish!

Moroccan Roasted Beets +20 vegetarian SIDE DISHES that will turn your dinner into a feast! | www.feastingathome.com

 Rosemary Garlic Hasselback Potatoes-These tasty potatoes are a departure from traditional, but are so much fun! A nice addition to your holiday table.

Hasselback Potatoes with Rosemary and Garlic || 20 Vegetarian SIDE DISHES that will turn your dinner into a feast! | www.feastingathome.com

 Miso Roasted Butternut Squash- a savory Thanksgiving side dish full of umami flavor.

Miso Roasted Butternut Squash || Plus 15 delicious healthy Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes #veganthanksgiving #vegan #thanksgivingside #feastingathome

Breads and Rolls

How to make the best Popovers from scratch that are light and airy on the inside and golden and crispy on the outside. An easy recipe that requires only 15 minutes of hands-on time!

How to make the best Popovers from scratch that are light and airy on the inside and golden and crispy on the outside. An easy recipe that requires only 15 minutes of hands-on time! #popovers

A simple delicious recipe for Savory Leek Bread , a delicious addition to your holiday spread.

A simple delicious recipe for Leek Bread to serve with your favorite soups and stews. #leeks #bread

An easy recipe for Sourdough Biscuits with scallions using leftover sourdough starter (or discard). This buttery biscuit can be made in 45 minutes!

An easy recipe Sourdough Biscuits with scallions using leftover sourdough starter (or discard).This buttery biscuits can be made in 45 minutes!

Savory Cheddar Scones with caramelized onions and caraway seeds, made with optional rye flour. Very easy and delicious with soups and stews!

Smoked Cheddar Rye Scones with Caraway | www.feastingathome.com

Festive Holiday Salads

This Pear and Gorgonzola Salad with Vanilla Fig Dressing is the perfect side for a fall gathering or the Thanksgiving table. Juicy ripe pears, arugula, spiced nuts, pomegranate seeds, dried currants and gorgonzola are all tossed in a flavorful Vanilla Fig Dressing to create the most delicious balance of flavors.

This Pear Salad is the perfect side for a fall gathering or the holiday table. Juicy ripe pears, arugula, spiced nuts, pomegranate seeds, dried currants and gorgonzola are all tossed in a flavorful Vanilla Fig Dressing to create the most delicious balance of flavors. 

Winter Happiness Salad! This Kale & Quinoa Salad with Apples, Chickpeas and Currants is perfect for fall- hearty vegan side or salad that can be made ahead- perfect for potlucks, gatherings or midweek lunches!

Kale Quinoa Salad with Apples, Chickpeas and Currants! A hearty vegan salad that can be made ahead- perfect for potlucks, gatherings or midweek lunches! #kalesalad #vegansalad #quinoasalad #chickpeasalad #healthysalad #potluck

Easy Roasted Broccoli Salad with toasted almonds, kalamata olives, and lemon zest, drizzled with delicious Mustard Seed Maple Dressing.  Amazingly simple, yet filled with so much vibrant flavor.

Easy Roasted Broccoli Salad with toasted almonds, kalamata olives, and lemon zest, drizzled with delicious Mustard Seed Maple Dressing.  Amazingly simple, yet filled with so much vibrant flavor. 

This delicious Roasted Pumpkin Salad with Kale, Apples and Wild Rice is topped with Maple-glazed Pecans, dried cranberries, and a scrumptious, healthy, Allspice Vinaigrette. A tasty vegan side, perfect for the Thanksgiving table.

This delicious Thanksgiving Fall Salad with Roasted Pumpkin, Kale, Apples and Wild Rice, is topped with Maple glazed Pecans, Dried Cranberries, and a scrumptious, healthy, Allspice Vinaigrette. Vegan! #thanksgivingsalad #fallsalad #vegansalad #holidaysalad #pumpkin #wildricesalad #kalesalad #applesalad #thanksgiving #salad

A simple, festive Radicchio Salad with Asian pears, walnuts, basil, shaved pecorino and pomegranate seeds in a simple vinaigrette dressing. Make ahead and toss before serving.

A simple, festive Radicchio Salad with Asian pears, walnuts, basil, shaved pecorino and pomegranate seeds in a simple vinaigrette dressing. Make ahead and toss before serving.  #radicchio #radicchiosalad

Here’s one of our all-time favorite fall salads- Fig and Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese, Pecans and Basil tossed in a simple Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Holiday Crunch Salad – w/ Quinoa, Pomegranate Seeds, avocado, parsley and toasted Almonds…a healthy vegan gluten -free salad to your holiday table!

Holiday Crunch Salad - w/ Quinoa, Pomegranate Seeds, avocado, parsley and toasted Almonds...a healthy vegan gluten -free salad to your holiday table! | #vegansalad #healthysalad #christmassalad #pomegranate #quinoa #quinoasalad |www.feastingathome. com

Brussel Sprout Salad with Hazelnuts and Dates This easy healthy vegan salad has a delicious combination of flavors and can be made ahead! Substitute dried cranberries for the dates for the Thanksgiving table!

Brussel Sprout Salad with Dates and Hazelnuts

A bright and cheery Persimmon Salad with shaved fennel, pomegranate, butter lettuce and tasty citrus vinaigrette.

A bright and cheery Persimmon Salad with fennel, pomegranate, butter lettuce and citrus vinaigrette.

Hope you enjoy these tasty side dishes!

Let us know your favorites in the comments below.

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Vegetarian Side dish recipes

Vegetarian Side Dishes

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine | Feasting at Home
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 3 cups 1x
  • Category: side dishes
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: american
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Here are our favorite holiday side dishes- appetizers, salads, sides, desserts and drinks- PLUS the recipe for the BEST Cranberry Sauce, sweetened with Maple Syrup!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 4 cups cranberries,  washed
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 orange, zested, then peeled and cut very small avoiding big parts of the membrane
  • 1 small apple, diced
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. In a pot, cook cranberries, maple syrup and a pinch of salt over medium heat, until lightly simmering and cranberries begin to pop, about 8 minutes.  It is okay if cranberries are in different stages of breaking down.  Some will be popped, some will still be whole.
  2. Remove cranberries from heat.  Add diced apples, orange zest and chopped orange.  Mix to combine.  It will thicken as it cools.
  3. Refrigerate until serving.  This will keep 3 days in the fridge.

Notes

This will keep 3 days in the fridge.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 3 tablespoons
  • Calories: 57
  • Sugar: 11.4 g
  • Sodium: 12.1 mg
  • Fat: 0.1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 14.8 g
  • Fiber: 1.2 g
  • Protein: 0.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: vegetarian side dishes, veggie side, veggie side dish, thanksgiving side dishes, thanksgiving sides, best cranberry sauce, thanksgiving appetizers, thanksgiving salads, thanksgiving desserts

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Hi, I'm Sylvia!

Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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  1. Hi Sylvia,
    I just want to let you know that I love your plant based recipes…well the ones that I have chosen to make have been an incredible tasty treat. I am going to try some of these side dishes this Thanksgiving. Can’t wait.

    I am so glad to find you and keep doing what you are doing. You are truly a find. Thank you! Denise

  2. This looks really good. I am going to try this on my family that is half vegan and half southern cooking. Should be fun and interesting. My husband and i are leaning more to the healthy part.

    1. Thanks Debra- Many of the recipes can be adapted to vegan. And if you need help with any specific recipes, just ask!

  3. I’m in Australia and don’t do thanksgiving but would start just to have a reason to make these recipes. This has to be some of the best healthy food I’ve seen. Just love receiving your emails with such beautifully presented food. Thank you Sylvia.

  4. What a wonderful collection! The side dishes are elegant and festive for the Holidays, but I can see them fit for a weeknight dinner, too. Thanks so much, Sylvia!

  5. I just stumbled on this page and want to say THANK YOU in advance! Every one of these recipes sound and look so tasty! I can’t wait to try some. I’m making the Moroccan beets this weekend for a late holiday celebration. Super excited.

  6. As someone who always wanted to cook I was scared to get near the oven cus of a incident where I burned myself but I’m willing to face my fears and I’m gonna start cooking thanks

  7. Thank you so much for posting these side dish recipes. It’s incredibly helpful! Here’s wishing you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving. One of the many things I am thankful for is you and your awesome blog full of delicious recipes!

  8. J’ai envie de toute la page. Que de belles idées. Merci à tous deux,et bisous d’une fidèle lectrice. Chris 06

    1. Translated -I want the whole page. What beautiful ideas. Thank you both, and kisses from a faithful reader. Chris 06
      Thanks Chris!