10 healthy side dishes

Whether you're balancing a rich entree or complementing a light one, these sides add a burst of health to your plate

Baby Vegetable Salad with Cornichons

Photo by Annabelle Breakey; written by Stephanie Spencer

Baby Vegetable Salad with Cornichons

This easy salad gets its creaminess from a lighter mix of Greek yogurt and mayo.

Recipe: Baby Vegetable Salad with Cornichons

Roasted Cauliflower with Capers

Photo by Annabelle Breakey; written by Stephanie Spencer

Roasted Cauliflower with Capers

Roasting cauliflower with just a little oil intensifies its flavor while still keeping it low in calories.

Recipe: Roasted Cauliflower with Capers

The New Three-Bean Salad

The New Three-Bean Salad

No canned kidney beans here―and the flavors get even better if you start the salad a day ahead.

Recipe:  The New Three-Bean Salad

Warm Brussels Sprout Leaves with Toasted Garlic and Lemon

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Warm Brussels Sprout Leaves with Toasted Garlic and Lemon

Hits of garlic and lemon zest give pop to this easy side without adding loads of oil.

Recipe: Warm Brussels Sprout Leaves with Toasted Garlic and Lemon

Mashed Potatoes and Parsnips with Crisp Root Vegetable Strips

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Mashed Potatoes and Parsnips with Crisp Root Vegetable Strips

No need to toss those peels in the compost. Roast them with sage leaves and a little oil, and you've got a crisp and ingenious topping. In the mash, we replaced butter with the coconut spread, which brings out the parsnips' sweetness.

Recipe: Mashed Potatoes and Parsnips with Crisp Root Vegetable Strips

Roasted Asparagus

Written by Stephanie Spencer

Roasted Asparagus

Roasting intensifies the woodsy flavor of asparagus. A thin crust of earthy parmesan cheese adds a bit of crunch.

Recipe: Roasted Asparagus

Fresh Peas with Mint and Green Onions

Photo by Leigh Beisch; written by Stephanie Spencer

Fresh Peas with Mint and Green Onions

The combination of fresh peas and mint yields a harmonious and nutritional side dish. Peas are in the legume family, and these vegetables are typically high in protein and fiber, yet low in fat and cholesterol.

Recipe: Fresh Peas with Mint and Green Onions

Tomato Salad with Chile and Lime

Photo by Annabelle Breakey; written by Stephanie Spencer

Tomato Salad with Chile and Lime

This salad pleasantly reminds us of fresh salsa, and wouldn't be out of place on a Mexican-themed buffet or on the table with beef fajitas or pork or shrimp tacos.

Recipe:  Tomato Salad with Chile and Lime

Grilled Corn Poblano Salad with Chipotle Vinaigrette

Photo by Lisa Romerein; written by Stephanie Spencer

Grilled Corn Poblano Salad with Chipotle Vinaigrette

Fresh corn and heart-healthy avocados make this a great side to accompany lean grilled meats.

Recipe: Grilled Corn Poblano Salad with Chipotle Vinaigrette

Roasted Romanesco Broccoli

Photo by Thomas J. Story; written by Stephanie Spencer

Roasted Romanesco Broccoli

Like a cross between broccoli and cauliflower, Romanesco broccoli also delivers similar benefits, so dig in.

Recipe: Roasted Romanesco Broccoli

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