Side Dish Recipes
If you are looking for a quick and easy delicious salad to serve at your Labor Day BBQ this Caribbean corn and black bean salad is a great choice! It is packed with flavor, and goes well with grilled proteins as a healthy lighter side dish. Also, it happens to be vegan and gluten free, and could be served as a main dish salad. It is filled with protein, fiber and nutrients, so you can also feel good about enjoying it!
Most people think of wild rice as a winter food to be served warm, but it also makes a great base for a salad! Wild rice is actually high in protein and fiber so it is a healthy option for a salad base too! The recipe I am sharing with you today combines it with sweet strawberries and crunchy pecans for a delicious hearty summer salad! This is perfect for making ahead of time for a picnic, or to pack in lunches too!
Watermelon is so delicious and refreshing this time of the year! I love it plain, but it is also super delicious in salads! One of my favorites is a watermelon feta salad. Since I do not eat dairy, I buy the Violife feta at Fresh and Natural Foods for the salad and it is just as good as the original. This salad is so simple and easy to make, but it has so much good flavor and is perfect for serving as a side at a Summer picnic or party! This salad is also very hydrating thanks to the watermelon, so it is amazing on a hot day!
If you are looking for a potato salad that is a little lighter, but packed with flavor, look no further than this French style potato salad! It has a light vinaigrette instead of the typical mayonnaise based dressing, and it is really delicious! It is the perfect thing to serve at your BBQ as a side dish, and it happens to be gluten free, dairy free, egg free and vegan so if you are inviting guests with any of those dietary restrictions, they will be able to enjoy it!
If you are looking for a fast, fresh salad featuring fruit to serve at your next BBQ, such as a 4th of July celebration, this one would be perfect! It is light and healthy to balance out all of the other rich foods you may be serving, it is packed with nutrients, and super simple and easy to make! I always love taking advantage of when fresh summer fruits are in season!
Potato salad is an essential item to have at your warm weather picnics and gatherings! If you are looking for an egg free, gluten free, dairy free vegan option to serve at your Father’s Day cookout have I got just the recipe for you! It is a potato salad with a creamy spicy Southwest dressing! So if your Dad loves spicy things, this would be the perfect thing to make! It is fairly easy to make too, and can be made ahead of time so it is all ready for your BBQ!
If you are looking for a quick and easy side dish for Father’s Day to go along with your main dish, or whatever you happen to be grilling, these BBQ beans are a great option! They are fairly healthy, packed with fiber and protein but they taste delicious! Not only that, they are really easy to make, come together in about 15 minutes and you can even make them ahead of time if you need to for a picnic! They also happen to be gluten free, dairy free, and vegan!
If you are looking for a flavorful salad to serve at your next BBQ or picnic, this Southwest Roasted Potato and Black Bean Salad is perfect for that! It happens to be vegan, soy free gluten free and egg free as well, so it is fairly allergen friendly. Not only that, it is fairly simple and easy to make, and can even be a hearty main dish if you serve it over some greens. This is great for making ahead of time!
Chicken wild rice salad is a Minnesota staple! So I thought I would create a veganized version, my chickpea wild rice salad! This is just as good as the traditional chicken wild rice salad but without the dairy, eggs and meat. I make a creamy dressing with coconut milk and cashew butter and it is perfect for the hearty salad! This is good to serve at picnics, for Memorial day, or any other potluck you may need to bring a dish to! Although it tastes rich, it is actually pretty healthy thanks to all of the nutrients from the veggies, and fiber and protein from the wild rice and chickpeas! So you can feel good about eating it!
Radishes are one of my favorite spring veggies! So, when they are available, I like to include them in salads like this quinoa lentil salad! This is packed with nutritious things, with protein and fiber from the lentils and quinoa plus plenty of vitamins from the veggies, this is a great choice for make ahead lunches or for a light dinner. Not only it it healthy, but it is delicious as well and fairly easy to make even if the lentils and quinoa need a little bit of cooking time. Picnic season is almost here, and this would be great for that as well!