Delicious & Easy Healthy Side Dish Recipes
Why not enjoy a meal that is full of tradition but light on guilt? These soups, salads, and vegetable dishes will please the whole family while helping you maintain a heart-healthy eating plan.
Heart-Healthy Cheesy Potatoes
Thanks to reduced-fat versions of milk, cream, and cheese plus crushed cornflakes, a familiar potato dish stays on the menu, still full of creamy flavor and crunch.
Lemon Veggie Couscous
A creamy soup of corn and peppers will warm any table. Our recipe makes six heart-healthy (and delicious) servings.
Cilantro Three-Bean Salad
Couscous gains flavor with chopped zucchini and sweet peppers, salt and pepper, and a fragrant lemon zest.
Fresh cilantro and spicy peppers dress this chilled salad of plump garbanzo, white, and lima beans. It's a pleasing complement to warm side dishes, such as mashed potatoes.
Heart-healthy flaxseed and rye combine in these light and tasty breadsticks you can prep and bake in about 30 minutes. With no cholesterol, they're a guilt-free side to complement a variety of main dishes.
Orange-Sauced Broccoli & Peppers
The bright colors in this salad make it a festive addition to any occasion. Red and yellow tomatoes are also high in vitamins A, C, and E.
Tip: Studies indicate that organic tomatoes may contain more antioxidants. To keep them fresh, refrigerate after cutting.
Broccoli is an excellent source of vitamin C. Four ingredients in this recipe make the list of Cleveland Clinic's top 40 power foods. Serve this as a side dish or spoon over rice for a quick, vegetarian main dish.
Red Pepper and Fennel Soup
Simple to prepare and delicious to eat, asparagus can be enjoyed with the lightest of flavorful toppings. It's also full of vitamin B6, which may help lower the risk of heart disease.
Pear Walnut Salad
Velvety with a sweet-nutty flavor from the pepper and fennel, this orange-red soup is a beautiful way to complete a menu (with less than 100 calories per serving, too!
Baked Mashed Potatoes
Sweet-spicy scents come to the table in this low-sodium salad, along with crisp crunch and a bit of protein thanks to the walnuts.
Caramelized Brussels Sprouts
Cooking the potatoes for this buttermilk-whipped classic in the oven frees the stovetop for your main dishes.
Loaded with vitamins K, C, and A plus folate and fiber, Brussels sprouts are a good-for-you addition to the table. Surprise your guests with this recipe's light-sweet caramelized glaze and nutty finish.
Spinach with Sweet Red Onion
Simmering this classic, fiber-rich soup in a slow cooker lessens the burden on the stovetop. A cup of soup takes the edge off a ravenous appetite, making you more likely to be sated by small portions of richer foods.
Green salads, dished from a deep bowl or individually plated, should be a menu staple. This one features deep green, nutrient-rich spinach joining zippy red onion in a sweet dressing.
Sweet Potatoes with Orange and Ginger
Choose your favorite mushrooms, toss, and saute with salt, pepper, and a hearty mix of herbs. Their earthy-nutty taste requires less than 30 minutes of your time and calls for just seven ingredients.
Carrots with Grape and Port Glaze
Chopped pecans and crystallized ginger add crunch to this classic sweet-savory dish. You'll love the tangy sweetness that comes from orange juice and brown sugar as well.
Mandarin Orange Salad
Wild grape port jelly -- you can substitute grape jelly and port wine -- gives this pretty carrot dish an appealing flavor depth that's a nice complement to other side dishes.
Braised Parsnips, Squash, and Cranberries
Dry mustard's tang is a pleasing complement to the sweet oranges and berries in this salad. Stock the ingredients for this salad and make it again to enjoy with leftovers.
Chili Bean-Stuffed Peppers
Aromatic thyme flavors this vegetable medley, which includes wedges of amber squash, cubes of peppery parsnip, and tart-round ruby cranberries.
Baked Penne Florentine
Prep a pepper, stuff in a few ingredients, and relax while your side dish cooks in a slow cooker.
Wheat Berry Salad
Chopped spinach, onion, garlic, and cashews mingle in this warm side dish. Beans add protein to help this pasta favorite become more than just a table dressing.
Cabbage and Fennel Slaw
Apples and apricots, spinach and onions, chewy-nutty wheat berries . all crowd a bowl with so much flavor and nutrients -- and 12 grams of fiber -- that you'll get your money's worth with this side dish.
Super Bean Vegetarian Chili
Dressed in a light mustardy dressing, this is yet another fragrant, cool-crisp textured side for your meal. The flavor? Light and nutty.
Cheesy Potatoes and Leeks
This fast and simple chili is loaded with soluble fiber to lower cholesterol. It takes one dish to make and minutes to gobble up.
Carrot, Fruit, and Spinach Salad
This hot, cheesy potato dish serves six and satisfies with ham and leeks atop new baby potatoes. It needs a 350-degree oven; consider cooking it at the same time as the night's main dish.
Sweet Potato Fries
Long shreds of sweet-crisp carrots join raisins, mango, pineapple, and pecans over spinach for a composed salad that gives your menu a tropical and exceptionally healthful bent.
Roasted Beet, Goat Cheese, and Fennel Salad
One of our most popular recipes, these sweet potato fries are light on calories (and have zero cholesterol), plus they taste great!
Spring Peas Risotto
Chopped walnuts, fennel, and goat cheese tingle the taste buds in this high-fiber accompaniment to a hearty meal.
New Potatoes with Crab Salad
Add the broth slowly to the rice in this nutrient-rich Italian classic side dish to help the rice cook up extra creamy.
The potatoes in this recipe should be cooked until just tender so they'll hold their shape after they're hollowed out and filled with creamy dressing, crab meat, and spices.