Mar
18

Sometimes the simplest recipes I make end up being my absolute favorites. To me there’s nothing better than a few fresh ingredients and a killer seasoning or sauce, especially when it comes to sides! Today we’re ringing in spring with 17 of the best healthy side dish recipes that are perfect for pairing with literally any meal you make.

If you’ve ever opened your fridge and found some chicken to cook, maybe had some leftovers laying around, or were just craving a big plate of veggies, these sides will be your new go-to’s. My favorite way to meal-prep is to cook protein in one of these amazing marinades, and pair it with 2-3 of these sides for the week — simple, and oh so delicious.

Many of these recipes are perfect as-is for lunch (have you tried this salad yet??) and I love bringing them to parties. Truth be told I usually load up on a few sides and forget about the main dish. These are just THAT good!

ALSO: if you need some Easter menu inspo I’ve got you covered with the side dish magic below.

Meal prep today, or serve a few at your next gathering. Your guests will love you for it. Enjoy, xo!

Asparagus spears on a vintage silver platter

1. Sesame Garlic Roasted Asparagus

Sweet potatoes, black beans, cilantro and corn in a white bowl

2. Roasted Sweet Potato & Black Bean Salad with Fresh Pineapple Corn Salsa

Bacon-wrapped plantains with toothpicks in them on a silver platter

3. Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Plantains

Potatoes, arugula, sesame seeds and lemon wedges in a white bowl

4. Roasted Garlic Basil Potatoes with Arugula

Broccoli salad with chickpea in a white bowl

5. Vegan Curried Broccoli Chickpea Salad

Green beans on a silver platter

6. Saucy Stovetop Thai Green Beans

A salad with cucumbers, chickpeas, tomatoes and peppers in a teal bowl

7. The Easiest Chopped Chickpea Greek Salad

French fries on a baking tray with a small bowl of ketchup

8. Healthy Baked French Fries with Garlic, Parmesan & Truffle Oil

A piece of basil, tomato, cheese and tuna stacked on a cucumber round with a toothpick

9. Pesto Tuna Caprese Cucumber Bites

Two plates of salad with arugula and sweet potatoes

10. Roasted Sweet Potato & Arugula Salad with turmeric Honey Mustard Yogurt Dressing

Quinoa salad in a bowl with sliced almonds, cilantro and dried cherries

11. One Pot Moroccan Chickpea Quinoa Salad

Roasted vegetables on a sheet pan

12. Wonderful Roasted Veggies with Parmesan, Olive Oil & Garlic

Roasted butternut squash, brussels sprouts, bacon, pecans and blue cheese in a bowl

13. Spicy Maple Roasted Butternut Squash & Brussels Sprouts with Crispy Bacon

Pesto quinoa salad in a bowl with mushrooms, onions, chickpeas and tomatoes

14. Roasted Veggie, Chickpea & Pesto Quinoa Salad

Rainbow carrots with goat cheese and pistachios on a baking tray

15. Maple Glazed Carrots with Goat Cheese & Pistachios

Sweet potato fries with cilantro leaves on a plate with a bowl of white sauce

16. Sesame Garlic Grilled Sweet Potato Fries with Yogurt Curry Dip

Quinoa salad with cashews, cabbage, cilantro and red pepper

17. Crunchy Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad with Ginger Peanut Dressing

If you make any of these recipes, be sure to leave a comment below and let me know how you liked it! You can also tag #ambitiouskitchen on Instagram so that I can see your creations. Thank you, xo!

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Collage of different vegetable recipes