Here's some vegetarian and vegetable side dish recipes. Hopefully they will give you inspiration for some new and interesting ways with vegetables.
Crunchy carrots, pistachios and herbs in a tangy, mustardy dressing. This is a great side dish.
Delicious halloumi and butternut squash pancakes. These tasty little fritters are also super quick to make.
Buttery kale with creamy mashed potatoes, colcannon is a classic Irish dish. Comforting and truly delicious.
Potatoes and parsnips are baked together in creamy mustardy layers. A simple, unusual and delicious parsnip side dish that's perfect for making ahead.
If you think you are not a brussels sprouts fan, please let me tempt you! From classic to creamy sprouts or yummy roasted brussel sprouts. There's also my favourite - sautéed brussel sprouts with almonds.
In this roasted potatoes recipe, smoked paprika and herbs are used to create a gorgeous Spanish-inspired side dish. One of my favourite vegetable side dish recipes.
Little spinach, parmesan and potato cakes, these patties are a good way to use up leftover mashed potato.
A few simple tips are all you need for a perfect oven baked potato every time. Here's how to bake a potato that's perfectly crisp on the outside but light and fluffy on the inside.
This delectable yoghurt dip is so versatile and easy but tastes amazing.
A nutrient-packed peppery pesto with watercress and pisachios. Good for stirring onto spaghetti, dunking bread or vegetables or drizzling on baked potatoes.
A quick dip made with yellow pepper and mango chutney. Especially good dolloped on curries or scooped up with papadums.
If you are like me, you have a love/hate relationship with hummus. Love it but get tired of how bad some versions are. If you don't make your own, it is worth it. And if you feel like a change, there are some nice variations here like roasted red pepper, chilli, roasted almond, pumpkin seed
Avocados, chillies, limes, this is the guacamole recipe I always use and it's pretty great...
A gorgeous Moroccan couscous made with fresh herbs, almonds and harissa. It's great with tagine, or cold as a salad.
Heavenly roast potatoes that are delightfully crisp and flavoursome. They make a perfect side dish for any meal.
This carrot and leek mash is one of the most delightfully simple vegetable side dish recipes. Perfect for any meal.
A wonderful and healthy vegetable side dish. The griddle really preserves all the goodness of the vegetables.
This cornbread has a light, moist texture and a delicious, savoury flavour. It's also very quick and easy to make.
A recipe inspired by the fabulous rice dishes I ate on a trip to Borneo some years ago. This makes a simple, light main course or a rather special side.
Fragrant spices, toasted almonds and basmati rice are combined in a stunning Indian rice recipe that will make any Indian meal a little bit more special.
Perfect as a side dish or great as a simple, tasty and nutritious midweek supper. This kid-friendly rice dish is really quick and easy to make.
That's ok. It works. But from a cook's point of view, I think we might be missing out. Sure, most of the time I like my dishes to have a star but there's a lot of talent hidden in that chorus line of vegetables.
Sometimes, a special side dish can make a meal. More than that, a few carefully selected side dishes can be the meal. In many cultures, it's the norm. It's also a great idea for a vegetarian dinner party. Think Greek meze or Spanish tapas.
Some of the best food I have ever eaten was on honeymoon (cue wistful sigh!) in Sri Lanka. Here, the standard meal was a lot of rice and several small bowls (usually 3 or 4 but sometimes a dozen) of single vegetable curries.
There was usually one bowl of meat or fish curry on offer if you were so inclined but it was really all about the vegetables.
So, in my roundabout way, what I am saying - or asking - is that you don't think too literally of these dishes as "vegetable side dish recipes" even if that is how I have included them here. Many of these dishes can be served as mains.
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