Side Dish Recipes

Vegan Potato Salad

Potato salad is a summer picnic staple!  This version contains no eggs or dairy but is still every bit as delicious as the classic potato salad everyone grew up eating.  It is easy to make and perfect for bringing to a picnic!

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Watermelon and Heirloom Tomato Salad

Simple refreshing salads are my favorite in the summer!  This one features heirloom tomatoes and watermelon which are at their most flavorful this time of year!  It comes together in about 5 minutes and it makes the perfect side dish for your picnic or BBQ!  Not only that, it is beautiful, delicious and healthy too!

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Spicy Carrot Fries

When it comes to fries, potato and sweet potato are common, but carrots also make really good fries!  I like to toss them with spices, roast until they are sweet and tender and then serve them with hummus for dipping. It is so good, and carrots are packed with nutrients and fiber!

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Kale Coleslaw

We are getting back into coleslaw season, so I thought I would share my twist on the classic, a coleslaw with kale! I like to try to get a variety of greens into my meals and this is the perfect way to do so!  It is perfect to make a day ahead for a BBQ or picnic, or even to make as something to bring in your lunches for the week. This has a creamy dressing made from cashew butter so there is no dairy or eggs in it.  It is completely plant based and tastes just llike classic coleslaw!

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Spring Strawberry and Asparagus Quinoa

This salad is light and refreshing but also substantial enough to be a main dish or lunch entree.  It features some of my favorite spring produce, asparagus, strawberries and peas an it is so delicious!  Also it is packed with fiber, protein and nutrients so you can feel good about serving this to your family!

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Vegan Ranch Dressing

Ranch dressing is an essential part of being Minnesotan.  I loved it growing up, so now I make a healthier one with a tofu base!  The tofu acts as a blank canvas that can be transformed into something just as delicious as traditional ranch dressing!  My favorite way to serve this is with a crisp romaine salad, but it is really good with any raw veggies for dipping or drizzling over them!

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Mango Beet Salad

I love beets in any season, but I especially love them in the spring!  This salad combines them with sweet mangoes, arugula and some vegan feta for a flavorful and delicious side dish or light main dish.  This would be the perfect addition to your Easter meal for something colorful and healthy!

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Roasted Asparagus and Green Beans with Lemon Tahini Sauce

The spring is the perfect time to enjoy asparagus!  My favorite way to enjoy it is roasted with a little olive oil and sea salt.  Here, I combine it with green beans and drizzle a tangy lemon tahini sauce for a delicious combination!  This would be perfect for an Easter side dish!

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Crispy Oven Fried Broccoli

I am a big fan of fried cauliflower, so I thought why not try broccoli as well!  However, I like to make it healthier than frying it in a bunch of oil, so I bake mine instead and it still comes out nice and crispy!  I serve it here with a lemon tahini dipping sauce and it is so delicious!  Not only that, you get your daily fiber and a satisfying snack all in one!

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Winter Chopped Kale Salad

Just because it is winter, does not mean you can’t enjoy veggie packed salads!  We could all use a bit more vitamins from our food this time of the year, which is why I like to make things like this Chopped Kale Salad!  It is easy to make, but packed with nutrients, and so delicious!  I like to make a batch, then eat it in my lunches I take to work for the week with some edamame or tofu served on top for more protein!

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