16 Green Vegetable Side Dishes


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Bored with your side dish options? Switch things up (and eat a little healthier) with these green vegetable sides.

I’ve found that one of the best ways to get back on track with healthy eating is to load up my meals with extra veggies — particularly green vegetables because they’re some of the healthiest foods on the planet and they’re bursting with nutrients. The more veggies you eat the less room you have in your diet for other stuff. This idea is called crowding-out and it’s one of the easiest ways to change the way you look at eating healthfully. You simply focus on adding in the good stuff (like green veggies) rather than thinking about all the things you’d like to cut out/eat less of (like processed foods or added sugar). Trust me, it works!

If adding more green vegetables into your diet sounds like something you’re interested in, you will love love love this post because I have brought together 16 side dishes featuring green vegetables… without a single salad. You all know I adore salads, but I wanted to keep this post all about the simple sides!

Bored with your side dish options? Switch things up (and eat a little healthier) with these green vegetable side dishes.

And how perfectly timed is this post? Instead of drinking green beer or eating green cake to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day you can cook up a bunch of green veggies instead! 😉

Date Sweetened Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts

Date sweetened balsamic glazed Brussels sprouts in a decorative serving bowl.

Roasted Baby Bok Choy with Lemon Garlic Cashew Cream by Tasty Yummies


Green Beans with Caramelized Shallots and Almonds

Green beans with shallots and almonds in a white serving bowl.

Roasted Broccoli

Sheet pan with broccoli and garlic spread around.

Sesame Garlic Roasted Asparagus by Ambitious Kitchen


Caramelized Ramps by The Crepes of Wrath

Ramps 6

Garlicky Kale


Zucchini Noodles with Pesto and Peas

A plate of carrot and zucchini noodle pappardelle with pesto with a fork.

Spicy Garlic Edamame by Skinytaste

Spicy Garlic Edamame

Healthy Baked Avocado Fries by Rabbit Food for My Bunny Teeth

Healthy Baked Avocado Fries 9

Orange Cashew Broccoli by The Healthy Maven

Orange Cashew Broccoli 3

Crispy Healthy Baked Zucchini Fries by Chocolate Covered Katie

Healthy Crispy Baked Zucchini Fries Recipe

Sesame Sugar Snap Peas by Cooking with Books

Sesame Sugar Snap Peas 01

Sautéed Dandelion Greens by Tim Vidra Eats

Cooked Dandelion Greens

Raw Collard Greens with Apple Cider Vinegar

A serving bowl of Raw Collard Greens with Apple Cider Vinegar.

Sautéed Beet Greens

A close up of golden beet greens on a white plate.

What’s your favorite green veggie side dish?

About Brittany

Hey there, I’m Brittany, the creator of Eating Bird Food, cookbook author, health coach and mama of two littles. Here you’ll find quick and easy recipes that make healthy fun and enjoyable for you and your family!

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  1. I never seem to crave as much sugar when I eat plenty of veggies. I often think that sugar cravings are a sign that you need more of them.