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    The 40 BEST Vegetable Side Dishes

    If you need some great new Vegetable Side Dishes, you’ve come to the right place!

    We’ve compiled this list of forty amazing vegetable sides, and they’re all fantastic.

    Whatever veggie you’re cooking, whichever main your looking to pair with, you’ll find the perfect recipe here.

    From summer delights to holiday classics, there are just so many ways to cook vegetables.

    Cook your way through all of these veggie side dishes, and let us know which become your new favorites!

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    The Best Vegetable Side Dishes:

    1. Green Bean Almondine

    Beginning this wonderful list of vegetable side dishes is this green bean almondine.

    The green beans are covered in almonds toasted in marvelous melted butter, then topped with parsley and lemon juice. So good!

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    2. Creamed Corn

    After you try this easy Creamed Corn recipe, you will never, ever go back to canned. Made with fresh corn (though you can use frozen), it’s so creamy and full of flavor.

    This side dish is addictively good. It will make a great addition to your Thanksgiving and Christmas spreads, but is a must in summer when that sweet corn is in season…

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    3. Southern Squash Casserole

    This classic yellow Squash Casserole is a great every day side dish for a variety of mains.

    Easy and delicious, this will be especially popular on your holiday spreads.

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    4. Cherry Tomato Gratin

    This Cherry Tomato gratin is the newest star on your spread. It’s the perfect combination of easy, tasty and pretty.

    It will be one of your favorite vegetable sides!

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    5. Creamed Peas with Pearl Onions

    This is a simple, super easy, speedy side dish… A classic from your grandma’s generation.

    Sweet peas slathered in creamy white sauce, sprinkled with pearl onions. This is a great side to have in your repertoire.

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    6. Cucumber Avocado Tomato Salad with Pesto

    Spring and summer demand colorful, light, refreshing salads. So here it is our Cucumber Avocado Tomato Salad, but with major flavor bender… delicious basil pesto dressing.

    This one is there for you to brighten up any meal!

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    7. Creole Coleslaw

    This creamy Creole Coleslaw is a great variation on that classic potluck side dish. Your traditional slaw gets a zippy upgrade.

    Bring this to your next get together and guests will be asking for the secret to your slaw!

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    8. Succotash

    Sufferin’ succotash! This classic American side dish goes back centuries.

    The main ingredients are corn kernels and lima beans, but regional variations include other vegetables and meats such as bacon or corned beef.

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    9. Chakalaka (South African Vegetable Dish)

    Chakalaka! If your grilled protein needs a new sidekick, this famous South African vegetable dish is the answer!

    It has a well rounded variety of healthy veggies and beans.

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    10. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

    This stunning platter is full of crispy roasted brussels sprouts with bacon and a variety of other flavor enhancers.

    A treat for all seasons, this dish will look especially impressive on your holiday spread.

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    11. Maque Choux

    Give your corn a Louisiana style makeover with this Cajun Maque Choux! Corn is sautéed in bacon grease with Cajun or Creole seasoning, along with other flavor enhancers.

    This recipe is perfect for summer, when corn season is at its peak. It will become the new star side dish at your cookouts and potlucks.

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    12. Cherry Tomato Confit

    Bunches of cherry tomatoes, heavy glugs of olive oil, a handful of garlic cloves, a few herbs… That’s all you need for this beauty coming out of your oven… Cherry Tomato Confit!!

    Luxuriously soft, melt-in-your mouth, juicy and bright flavor bombs. Welcome this summer delight into your life and it will add savory sweet deliciousness to any dish.

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    13. Zucchini Carrot Salad with Catalina Dressing

    This zucchini carrot salad with catalina dressing recipe is delicious and unique. It’s covered with toasted almond slivers and fresh mint leaves, and it tastes great!

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    14. Caponata

    You will love the combination of savory, sweet and tart flavors in this creamy eggplant caponata, with summer veggies like onion, tomatoes, olives and more!

    It’s one of our favorite vegetable side dishes.

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    15. Mexican Street Corn Salad

    This Mexican Street Corn Salad is going to be the new star at all of your cookouts and potlucks. It goes great with tacos, grilled meats, and so much more.

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    16. Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

    This Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is the light and tasty side dish you need this summer. A simple mix of quinoa, a few veggies, some Mediterranean staples, and a zesty lemon dressing is all it takes.

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    17. Tomato Cucumber Raita

    This traditional Indian dip is just what you need when you have a fiery main course. It will cool your palette when you are eating those spicy tikkas and curries.

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    18. Caprese Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

    These Caprese Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms are just too good! They’re stuffed full of mozzarella cheese and cherry tomatoes, then finished with a balsamic reduction.

    They’re especially good alongside chicken or pasta.

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    19. Pipirrana (Spanish Summer Salad)

    Here to celebrate tomato season this summer is a tribute to all those luscious summer tomatoes, ripening on the vines in warm sunshine.

    Mixed with just a few more cool crunchies, and you have yet another colorful popular traditional dish, pipirrana, all the way from the south of Spain.

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    20. Thanksgiving Kale Salad

    Add some color and freshness to your Thanksgiving spread with this delicious kale salad. The wide array of flavors combines for a salad that tastes as beautiful as it looks.

    As mentioned in the name, it’s perfect for Thanksgiving dinner.

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    21. Pico de Gallo

    A good salsa is a must for Mexican nights, and this homemade pico de gallo is the best!

    Just a little chopping and stirring, then your pico is ready to serve.

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    22. Butternut Squash Blossom

    This gorgeous Butternut Squash Blossom is sure to impress.

    Not only will it be the prettiest dish on the table, the flavors are absolutely amazing with sweet and savory flavors.

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    23. Asian Cucumber Salad

    How about some refreshing, crisp and crunchy salad loaded with bold, umami flavors? This Asian Cucumber Salad is a perfect side dish for all your Chinese or Thai mains, or just something to munch and cool off on any summer day.

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    24. Balela Salad

    Let us present you Balela deliciousness!! This popular Middle Eastern salad is loaded full of a variety of veggies and beans.

    It’s one of our go-to vegetable side dishes!

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    25. Corn Casserole

    This easy 5 ingredient Corn Casserole is a great southern style side dish, and takes next to no effort. Seriously, just mix up the ingredients, then stick it in the oven.

    It’s a versatile dish that would go great on a holiday spread. But it’s so good, you just might want to eat it all year long!

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    26. Moroccan Couscous

    This Moroccan Couscous is not only an ideal dish next to any of your chicken, beef or fish dishes, but it can be a stand alone light vegetarian lunch option. 

    Brimming with flavors and textures, you will absolutely love this couscous, which can be made in under 20 minutes.

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    27. Creamed Spinach

    This Creamed Spinach is going to be the new star of your side dish spread. It’s creamy, cheesy, and oh so comforting.

    With just a few simple ingredients you can easily whip up this recipe, which is so much better than store bought.

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    28. Fried Green Tomatoes

    More than just a movie, fried green tomatoes are a famous Southern appetizer or side dish. This recipe shows you how to make them nice and crispy every time!

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    29. Three Bean Salad

    This easy Three Bean Salad recipe is a summertime potluck classic. But it goes so well with so many things, we love it all year long! 

    Fresh green beans are mixed with garbanzo beans and kidney beans, then all get tossed with a tangy dressing. It’s tasty, budget friendly, and a surefire hit.

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    30. Roasted Broccoli

    This easy oven Roasted Broccoli recipe is going to boost your side dish game big time! It’s tender and perfectly seasoned, and that little bit of caramelization takes it over the top.

    Just fresh broccoli, a little olive oil, and some simple seasonings are all you need. And it’s super versatile, and can go with just about anything.

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    31. Grilled Zucchini

    We found the perfect side dish for the summer, Grilled Zucchini! Your favorite summer squash has never been more delicious. A little bit of seasoning is all it takes, then let your grill work its magic. 

    Once you try it, we bet you’ll be pairing it with just about everything!

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    32. Greek Green Beans (Fasolakia)

    Greek green beans, properly known as fasolakia, make a tasty dish out of fresh green beans braised in extra virgin olive oil, tomatoes, and herbs.

    Serve this alongside your favorite grilled meats.

    Get the Recipe @ eatingeuropean

    33. Roasted Asparagus

    These easy Roasted Asparagus are an essential veggie side dish you need in your repertoire. They’re the perfect accompaniment to your grilled or roasted meats, and they’re so easy!

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    34. Cheesy Roasted Green Beans

    Almost every meal is better when it’s made cheesy, and these cheesy roasted green beans definitely help aid that argument.

    The green beans are roasted in olive oil, garlic, and parmesan, and then baked with cheese until it melts and bubbles. Yum!

    Get the Recipe @ cafedelites

    35. Cheddar Broccoli Cauliflower Gratin

    This delectable dish is loaded with a lot of veggies and a scrumptious cheddar cheese sauce. then topped with crispy breadcrumbs.

    Your family and friends will get addicted to this amazing veggie recipe.

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    36. Fried Okra

    Fried okra is a Southern staple side dish, and one of the best okra recipes for beginners.

    This recipe has okra slices dredged in buttermilk and cornmeal, then fried crispy. It’s a great side dish to have in your recipe collection.

    Get the Recipe @ dinneratthezoo

    37. Roasted Cauliflower

    Roasting cauliflower is a great way to make it interesting and bring out its flavors.

    It’s pretty quick and easy to make, and transforms the cauliflower into soft, sweet, and juicy bites with caramelized edges.

    Get the Recipe @ recipetineats

    38. Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Fried Shallots

    This classic green bean casserole with crispy fried shallots will make for an amazing side dish.

    It’s a simple dish, an easy-to-make casserole, and it’s made entirely from scratch.

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    39. Tabbouleh

    If you’re looking for a new salad recipe, we have just the one… Tabbouleh!

    This famous Levantine salad is bursting with herby flavors from plenty of fresh parsley, veggie power from tomatoes and cucumber, and it has a hearty bite from bulgur wheat.

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    40. Lemon Butter Green Beans with Cranberries Walnuts and Feta

    These lemon butter green beans with cranberries, walnuts, and feta bring out a spectacular burst of flavors.

    The taste of the crispy green beans, chewy dried cranberries, crunchy walnuts, and tangy feta cheese come together for a great green bean dish.

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    So there you go, forty amazing vegetable side dishes for you to cook. They’re all so delicious! Which one will you try first?

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    40 BEST Vegetable Side Dishes

    These Vegetable Side Dishes are going to liven up your meals no matter what you're pairing them with. We love this green beans recipe:


    • 1 pound green beans
    • 3 shallots, halved and sliced
    • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
    • 1/2 - 3/4 cup almond, slivered or sliced
    • 1-2 tsp lemon zest
    • 1/2 lemon, juiced
    • 3 Tbsp butter, divided
    • Salt to taste
    • Pepper to taste


      1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Set a large bowl of ice water nearby. Add green beans into boiling water and blanch for 2 minutes. Drain and immediately put them in the ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain them once cooled off.
      2. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a skillet over medium high heat and add in slivered almonds. Sauté for 3-4 minutes, or until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Plate them out.
      3. In the same skillet, add in 2 more tablespoons of butter and sauté sliced shallots and garlic for 5-6 minutes, until they start turning brown. Add in green beans and cook for a minute, or until they warm back up again.
      4. Stir in lemon juice and season green beans with salt and pepper to taste.
      5. Transfer the beans to serving platter. Top with toasted almond slivers and fresh lemon zest. Serve immediately

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