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
This easy salad gets its creaminess from a lighter mix of Greek yogurt and mayo.
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
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
Hits of garlic and lemon zest give pop to this easy side without adding loads of oil.
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.
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
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.
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
Fresh corn and heart-healthy avocados make this a great side to accompany lean grilled meats.
Roasted Romanesco Broccoli
Like a cross between broccoli and cauliflower, Romanesco broccoli also delivers similar benefits, so dig in.
Recipe: Roasted Romanesco Broccoli