25 Easy Healthy Vegetable Side Dishes

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Looking for some delicious and healthy vegetable side dishes to spruce up your next meal? Look no further! We’ve got a variety of easy and healthy vegetable side dishes that are sure to please everyone in the family.

Looking for some delicious and healthy vegetable side dishes to spruce up your next meal? Look no further! We've got a variety of easy and healthy vegetable side dishes that are sure to please everyone in the family.

25 Easy Healthy Vegetable Side Dishes

We are pretty simple at our home with our side dishes. I mostly like to use basic vegetables and/or fruits and then dress them up just a bit (or not at all!) for the perfect side dish. Vegetables and fruits contain the least amount of calories and higher amounts of healthy vitamins than bread or other carby sides so they always make a great choice.

I thought it would be fun to have a nice list going of some simple vegetable side dishes in case you are in need of some side-dish inspiration for this week.

From roasted Brussels sprouts to air-fried zucchini chips, there’s something for everyone. All of the recipes use simple ingredients, are quick to make, and are packed with flavor and nutrition. 

Ready to find some new healthy vegetable side dishes? Let’s dive right in!

Simple Vegetable Pasta Spiralizer

Super Simple Ways to Dress Up Vegetables

You can find recipes below, but I want to start out this post with some super simple ways that you can dress up many different kinds of plain vegetables.

  • Toss it with fried onion. Onion makes everything taste better!
  • Drizzle some balsamic vinegar over the tops of roasted vegetables.
  • Add in some fresh chopped red onions for extra crunch and flavor depending on the dish.
  • Utilize fresh herbs to jazz up any plain vegetables.
  • Cut the vegetables into different shapes to serve them. (Like I did above with spiralizing the zucchini.)
  • Add a teaspoon or less of salt, black pepper, or garlic powder to most vegetables before roasting or frying for more flavor.

Cut Up Butternut Squash

How to Make Veggie Dish Dishes Faster

Need some ways to cut down on prep-time? Here are some ideas on how to make the best vegetable sides in advance.

  • Have pre-cut butternut squash in your fridge or freezer for fast roasting.
  • Make your own french fries and freeze them for an easy side.
  • Make and freeze mashed potatoes for future meals all at one time.
  • Make and freeze rice ahead of time for later.
  • Flash-freeze many different vegetables on a baking sheet and then place into pre-portioned freezer bags for quick healthy sides that you can pull out later.

Easy Vegetable Sides

Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole

Butter Pecan Mashed Sweet Potatoes Recipe 

This delicious recipe contains just the right amount of ingredients to bring out the unique flavor of the sweet potatoes. It’s also incredibly healthy and easy to make!

Sheet Pan Potatoes and Broccoli 

Roasting potatoes and broccoli on a sheet pan with olive oil, spice mix, and fresh rosemary creates a delicious and nutritious side dish for any meal. The combination of these flavors makes this dish a standout, try it now.

Best Roasted Asparagus

If you’re looking for an easy and delicious way to cook asparagus, try our oven-baked recipe! With simple ingredients and variations, it’s the perfect dish for beginners and asparagus lovers alike.

Cauliflower Rice

Lemon Pesto Cauliflower Rice Recipe 

This Lemon Pesto Cauliflower Rice Recipe is easy and quick to make, combining fluffy cauliflower rice with a tangy lemon pesto and the sweetness of peas to create a delicious side dish. Perfect for any occasion, this dish is sure to become a favorite.

Cast Iron Skillet Green Beans

Cooked in a cast iron skillet and filled with an array of flavorful ingredients such as spices, lemon, and Parmesan cheese; these green beans makes a delicious, easy-to-make side dish that everyone will love.

Acorn Squash Salad with Maple Dressing 

Enjoy this delicious and easy-to-make dish all season long! This roasted acorn squash salad is a must-have; its sweet and savory flavors are perfectly complemented by a creamy maple dressing.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Carrots 

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Carrots with a hint of Parmesan Cheese are a delicious and healthy way to enjoy veggies. All you need is one sheet pan to prepare this tasty dish!

Kale Apple and Pecan Salad 

Bursting with flavor, and done in 10 minutes, this hearty kale, apple and pecan salad goes really well with a simply grilled pork chop. 

Baked Radishes 

Oven baked radishes are a delicious and nutrient-dense alternative to your usual side dishes. Don’t miss out on trying this unique and flavorful dish!

Roasted Green Beans and Carrots

Roasted Green Beans and Carrots 

Roasted green beans and carrots are a tasty and quick side dish. They have a great flavor that can be enjoyed in no time at all.

Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables 

Lightly coated with olive oil, herbs, and spices, these Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables are packed with savory flavors! A simple yet very nutritious side dish you’ll definitely love.

Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots 

Like your side dish a little sweet? Then this is perfect for you! Caramelized Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots are a simple and tasty side dish. Baking them brings out their natural sweetness and creates an irresistible flavor.

Roasted Acorn Squash

Roasted Acorn Squash 

Roasting root vegetables is an effortless way to create a nutritious side dish. Enjoy this classic dish at home for a weeknight meal or as part of your holiday feast.

Spicy Zucchini Chips 

These zucchini chips are made with a delicious combination of panko, almond flour, and zucchini. They make for a tasty snack and also as a side dish. 

Garlic Butter Mushrooms 

Sauteed Garlic Butter Mushrooms are a quick and delicious appetizer or side dish – ready in just 15 minutes! Their delicious flavor pairs perfectly with any meal.

Roasted Potatoes

Easy Roasted Potato Recipe 

Who doesn’t love potatoes? Roasting potatoes is a fantastic way to bring out their natural flavor in an easy-to-make side dish. This roasted potato recipe is sure to be a hit with your family and friends. 

Carrot and Lentil Soup 

How about a soup as a side dish? This carrot and lentil soup is bursting with flavor thanks to the combination of cumin, smoked paprika, coriander, and chili. Red lentils and carrots give it a creamy and a satisfying texture that your tastebuds will love.

Roasted Baby Broccoli Recipe 

This dish is an easy way to elevate broccoli. It requires just a few basic ingredients to make and is ready in under half an hour. So if you’re looking for a no fuss side dish, this one’s for you.

Roasted Beets

Roasted Beets 

Roasted beets are an incredibly versatile ingredient to add to any meal. Their sweet and tangy flavor is a great complement to salads, smoothies, and side dishes. 

Olive Oil Oven Baked Potatoes

Here’s another potato side dish that you can make, this Oven Baked Potatoes recipe is simple and goes well with a lot of your favorite meal. The best part? You only need 3 ingredients!

Super Easy Roasted Zucchini

Parmesan breaded zucchini is a delicious, healthy option for a side or snack. It is made by slicing zucchini into thin rounds, and coating them with a blend of parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, and seasonings.

Roasted Asparagus

Roasted Asparagus with Buttered Shallots & Garlic Scapes 

This simple side dish is packed with flavor – a delicious combination of buttery asparagus, sweet shallots, and garlic scrapes. It’s an easy yet flavorful accompaniment that pairs well with many main dishes.

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad 

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad is a delicious side dish packed with all the necessary veggies, nuts, and seeds. It’s enhanced with a delightful olive oil and vinegar mix for ultimate flavor. Yum!

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes on the Vine 

Add a pop of color and aesthetic to your meal! These cherry tomatoes are roasted with garlic and olive oil, and served on the vine for a flavorful and attractive side dish. 

Instant Pot Green Beans with Garlic & Lemon

I love using my Instant Pot! So if you’re looking for a side dish you can use your instant pot, here’s one. These Instant Pot Green Beans come out perfectly steamed every time! They’re easy to prepare with butter, garlic, and lemon juice for a fresh, flavorful side dish.


So many easy healthy vegetable side dishes that you can try! Let me know in the comments which of these veggie side dishes (or a few) is your favorite.

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Me and KadyMerissa has been blogging about and living the simple life since 2009 and has internationally published 2 books on the topic. You can read about Merissa’s journey from penniless to the 100-acre farm and ministry on the About Page. You can send her a message any time from the Contact Page.


This post with Healthy Vegetable Side Dishes was originally posted on Little House Living in January 2023.

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  1. I would like to see the garden plans…designs and plants. Which type of area to put them in.
    Also, when to till and if more than once?