Side Dish Recipes

Butternut Squash Fries

Butternut squash is a delicious addition to any meal, and these squash fries are a great fall side dish!  They are a great swap for the usual french fries, and they are baked not fried so they are better for you.  They are colorful, packed with nutrients, and really delicious!

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Spicy Chickpea Salad

You can turn canned chickpeas into a delicious meal with this easy to make salad!  I combine them with a bit of jalapenos, cumin, lime juice and cilantro to give it plenty of flavor, and some bell peppers for color and it is so good and so easy to make.  This is perfect for summer!  Serve it over romaine lettuce for more of a main dish meal, or as is for a side.

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Pickled Green Beans

Pickled green beans are easy to make, and a delicious for a snack, or addition to a picnic spread. These ones are quick pickled, so they come together in about 30 minutes, and only take a few days until they are ready!

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Vegan Mexican Corn Salad

If you are looking for a flavorful, easy to make salad to serve at your next summer picnic, give this one a try! If features sweet corn and all of the flavors of Mexican street corn but in salad form.  It also happens to be dairy free, vegan and gluten free but you would never know by tasting it, since it is so delicious!

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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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