10 Healthy Vegetable Side Dishes

Anybody else alllllll about the side dishes when it comes to holiday dinners? 🙋🏻‍♀️

I don’t care if it’s Thanksgiving or Christmas or Easter, but with any of those high holiday meals the side dishes are a make it or break it situation for me. Good news for my fellow side lovers: I’ve rounded up 10 Healthy Vegetable Side Dishes that are easy, delicious, and quick to prepare.

Many can be prepared in advance, and all are veggie-forward, flavour-packed vegetarian side dishes that will have your mouth watering before they even hit the table. Shall we dig in?

10 Healthy Vegetable Side Dishes:

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1. Greek Yogurt Mashed Potatoes

These are not your Grandma’s mashed potatoes… they’re better! Greek Yogurt Mashed Potatoes made with the skin on for extra nutrients, but don’t let that fool you. Lightened up though these may be, they’re packed with flavour, moist, and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. 

greek yogurt mashed potatoes in a wooden bowl on top of a dark grey tea towel

Greek Yogurt Mashed Potatoes
Greek Yogurt Mashed Potatoes are an easy, healthy, and deliciously creamy mashed potatoes recipe you can easily make ahead. Learn why I love to leave the skin on for an extra nutritious side dish! 
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greek yogurt mashed potatoes in a wooden bowl with small bowls of yogurt and chives to the side

2. Green Beans Gremolata

If you’re looking for a healthy vegetable side dish that doesn’t require any oven space, Green Beans Gremolata is where it’s at. This dish will punch you in the mouth with big, bright flavours, and it comes together in a flash. 

overhead photo of green beans gremolata on a white and blue platter with a small dish of beans to the side

Green Beans Gremolata
Green Beans Gremolata is an easy vegetable side dish that's simple to make and packed with flavour. Made on the stovetop with a handful of ingredients you've probably already got on hand, this vegetarian recipe comes together quickly and can be made at the last minute or served at room temperature.
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green beans gremolata on a white and blue platter topped with lemon halves

3. Miso Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts

I’m confident that any B-Sprout skeptics will be converted with this salty and sweet Miso Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts dish. Just a few ingredients, a quick roast in the oven, and a tangy umami dressing and you’ll be adding another plate to your healthy vegetable side dish repertoire. 

A blue plate of maple roasted brussels sprouts with a silver fork and a bowl of roasted sprouts in the background

Miso Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Miso Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts are an easy vegan side dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas. This healthy recipe is a cinch to make in your oven. Just roast the sprouts on a sheet pan, drizzle with miso maple dressing, and you're done! 
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Miso Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts on a blue plate with a white tea towel to the side

4. Hasselback Butternut Squash

Move over potatoes, there’s a new Hasselback in town! This Hasselback Butternut Squash is basted with maple sage brown butter and if that’s not a good enough reason to make it, I don’t know what is. 

overhead photo of hasselback butternut squash on a festive table

Hasselback Butternut Squash
Hasselback Butternut Squash is a beautiful and delicious vegetarian side dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas. This Hasselback squash recipe is half roasted for easy slicing, then basted with maple sage brown butter and roasted again. It's fairly simple to make, but is impressive looking enough for the high holidays!
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hasselback butternut squash in a white casserole dish

5. Roasted Romanesco

If you’ve never tried this beautifully freaky looking vegetable before, I encourage you to give it a try. Roasted Romanesco Cauliflower is easy and delicious, topped with triple-P combo of Parsley, Panko, and Parmesan to take it to the next level. 

overhead photo of roasted romanesco cauliflower on a blue plate

Roasted Romanesco with seasoned panko bread crumbs
Roasted Romanesco Cauliflower with seasoned panko breadcrumbs is an easy veggie side dish recipe. This funky looking vegetable is kid-friendly, easily vegan, and is fast and easy to make. 
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roasted romanesco on a blue plate with seasoned panko bread crumbs in a wooden bowl to the side

6. Spicy Pickled Onions

Spicy Pickled Onions are incredibly easy to make, yet the add a punch of both flavour and colour to any vegetable side dish spread. I love combining them with other dishes for a bit of spice and tang, and I’m sure you will, too. 

a jar of pickled red onions on a grey surface with red onions in the background

Spicy Pickled Onions
These quick pickled red onions are the best way to add a punch of flavour to burgers, tacos, salads, and more. I love making homemade spicy pickled onions. It takes only a handful of ingredients, a few minutes of hands-on time, and is an easy low sugar recipe you'll make again and again.
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a jar of pickled red onions on a grey surface with red onions in the background

7. Stuffed Acorn Squash

If you’re looking for a recipe that can hold it’s own with the healthy vegetable side dishes while also doubling as a protein-packed vegetarian main, Stuffed Acorn Squash is just the ticket. 

a slice of stuffed acorn squash on a blue plate with platter of squash in the background

Stuffed Acorn Squash
This Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe makes a beautiful and delicious side dish or vegetarian main. Made with a gluten-free quinoa stuffing, lentils add even more plant-based protein and cheese is optional but delicious. If you're looking for a Thanksgiving side dish or just a fun way to eat squash, this vegetarian stuffed squash is the one!
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a slice of stuffed squash on a blue plate with a sliver fork to the side

8. Mediterranean Roast Vegetables

You won’t believe how easy it is to make these Mediterranean Roast Vegetables. Combine your favourite veggies with lots of garlic, fresh herbs, and potatoes, and roast away. The perfect healthy vegetable side dish.

mediterranean roast vegetables on a blue plate with a glass of lemon water in the background

Mediterranean Roast Vegetables
Mediterranean Roast Vegetables are an easy and healthy way to get a ton of vegetables into your family. Oven roasted with mediterranean herbs for seasoning, these vegan roast vegetables can be used for a side dish, with pasta, rice, potatoes, and more!
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overhead photo of mediterranean roast vegetables on a blue plate with a tray of roast vegetables in the background

9. Spicy Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

A butternut squash salad might not be traditional on your holiday table, but I’m going to argue that it should be. This Spicy Butternut Squash Salad with Lentils packs big flavours and lots of texture into a delicious and healthy vegetable side dish. 

two bowls of butternut squash salad with a platter of salad in the background

Stuffed Acorn Squash
This Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe makes a beautiful and delicious side dish or vegetarian main. Made with a gluten-free quinoa stuffing, lentils add even more plant-based protein and cheese is optional but delicious. If you're looking for a Thanksgiving side dish or just a fun way to eat squash, this vegetarian stuffed squash is the one!
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a slice of stuffed squash on a blue plate with a sliver fork to the side

10. Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole

I’ve never understood why sweet potato casserole was so loaded with sugar, so I set out to make a HNL version with less sugar, no dairy, and allllll the flavour. This Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole is nutritionist created and southerner approved.

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Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole
This Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole is the easy, healthy side dish your Thanksgiving table is asking for! Made with a pecan crumble topping and naturally sweetened with maple syrup and coconut sugar, this is a refined sugar-free dairy-free sweet potato recipe just in time for the holidays.
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vegan sweet potato casserole on a white plate


 

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