This easy sauteed broccoli recipe with garlic creates perfect crisp-tender florets with browned edges. Ready in just 12 minutes!
Easy Healthy Side Dishes
If you’re looking for the best healthy side dishes that the whole family will love, you’re in the right place! Here you’ll find all kinds of delicious ideas to serve with your healthy dinner. I primarily focus on healthy vegetable side dishes here at Wholesome Yum, because we could all use more vegetables. (Of course, you can always serve these veggies with starchier sides, such as corn on the cob, carrots, rice, white or sweet potatoes, or pasta.)
And if you think veggies have to be bland or boring, don’t — these recipes taste amazing and packed with flavor! Not only do these healthy sides taste delicious, they also offer up plenty of nutrients, vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber. Many of them are naturally low carb and gluten-free, too.
Finally, my favorite kind of easy side dish is one that requires minimal effort, so all these recipes are simple to make, without a lot of prep time. Many of them are ready in under 30 minutes.
Green Vegetable Side Dishes
Savory cooked green veggies make the perfect healthy dinner sides! And there are so many ways to cook them — you can saute, roast, air fry, or grill, to name a few. Many of these dishes are super basic, with simple ingredients like olive oil or butter, lemon juice, spices, salt, and pepper.
Cooking asparagus on the grill leaves it sweet, tender, and smoky — and this is the only grilled asparagus recipe you’ll ever need!
Learn how to make zucchini noodles perfectly — not watery! Get the EASY zucchini noodles recipe, spiralizing & cooking tips, and more.
This EASY oven roasted zucchini recipe makes a quick, healthy side dish! Learn how to roast zucchini in the oven with just 4 ingredients.
This EASY oven roasted green beans recipe with garlic and parmesan is the perfect side for weeknights or holidays! Learn how to roast green beans perfectly in just 20 minutes, with simple ingredients.
Broccoli in the air fryer makes the perfect healthy side dish, and this air fryer broccoli recipe is ready in 7 minutes, with just 4 ingredients.
A super easy crispy smashed brussels sprouts recipe, with just 5 simple ingredients, quick prep, and tips for perfect browned edges and lots of flavor.
Learn how to cook broccolini in the oven just like a fancy restaurant, in under 20 minutes. This simple roasted broccolini recipe makes an easy side dish for steak, fish, or chicken.
Featured Healthy Side Dish
Easy Roasted Asparagus
A step-by-step guide for how to cook asparagus in the oven! This oven roasted baked asparagus recipe is ready in under 20 minutes, with basic ingredients. It’s the best way to cook asparagus!
Cauliflower Side Dish Recipes
Cauliflower can do just about anything, which is why it’s a staple for low carb side dishes. But it’s also delicious for anyone wanting to eat more veggies! Try swapping it in your potato salad, mac and cheese, or other heavier meals to lighten them up.
Cheesy Casseroles For Healthy Side Dishes
One of my favorite ways to enjoy a healthy comfort food side dish is a cheesy casserole with vegetables! With delicious sauces and loads of cheese, these don’t “feel” like they are healthy — but they are! It’s a great way to get kids or picky family members to eat their veggies.
Healthy Side Salad Ideas
When you don’t feel like cooking, a salad makes a simple side dish that comes together quickly. These easy salad recipes go with just about anything! My favorite is the Greek tomato salad with cucumbers, red onions, and feta cheese. If you like a little crunch, add some nuts, such as almonds or walnuts, or seeds, such as sunflower seeds or pepitas.