29 Satisfying Slow Cooker Side Dishes
Lemony White Bean and Carrot Spinach Salad
Fresh carrots, avocado, and spinach add delicious nutrients to your salad. Add pistachios and feta cheese for texture, and a lemony dressing to bring bright flavor to the dish. One of our favorite vegetarian slow cooker recipes, this dish is a great way to sneak extra fiber and vitamins into dinner.
Slow Cooker Mashed Sweet Potatoes
If you love mashed sweet potatoes but not the work that goes into making them, this slow cooker potato side is the recipe for you! When you let sweet potatoes simmer in the slow cooker for a few hours, all the work of cooking them until tender goes away. When they're done, just mash them and stir in butter, brown sugar, and buttermilk.
Make-It-Mine Veggie Medley
The best part of this slow cooker vegetable side? You can make it into anything you want! Choose whatever root veggies, fresh herbs, greens, and tender veggies you have on hand to make a delicious and nutritious side. When the veggies are finished cooking, dress them up with a tasty topper like crispy bacon or blue cheese crumbles.
Three-Cheese Scalloped Potatoes
Scalloped potatoes are a delicious addition to any dinner, but our slow cooker version takes the cake. Not only is it super easy, but it's made with cream of potato soup and three kinds of cheese, making it ooey-gooey good. These slow cooker potatoes will make any fall meal more comforting and hearty.
Slow Cooker Swiss Chard and Sausage Stuffing
Stuffing isn't just for Thanksgiving anymore. Sure, you can make this easy slow cooker side for the holidays, but it's just as tasty served alongside a roast chicken for a special-occasion dinner. It has plenty of stuffing classics like toasted bread, celery, and carrots, plus a few unique extras like Swiss chard and Italian sausage.
Orange-Sage Sweet Potatoes with Bacon
Take a break from traditional candied sweet potatoes and serve our herb-accented golden slices instead. Zesty citrus brightens the natural sweetness, while salty bacon adds a savory touch. This slow cooker vegetable side would also make a great addition to your Thanksgiving dinner menu!
Cauliflower and Broccoli in Swiss Cheese Sauce
Swiss cheese and Alfredo sauce make a rich and creamy blend, but it's the herbs that elevate this cheesy vegetable dish to sublime. If you're assuming creamy sauce means high-cal, think again! This healthy slow cooker side dish rings in at fewer than 200 calories per serving.
Wild Rice with Pecans and Cherries
This delicious slow cooker side dish has so many bright, fresh flavors, you might not guess that it came from your slow cooker. Dried cherries provide tart flavor to our herbed wild rice dish, while toasted pecans brings a generous crunch. Green onions and shredded carrots add bright color.
Rustic Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Chicken broth seasoned with garlic makes these fluffy mashed potatoes especially flavorful. In fact, these mashed potatoes are among our top-rated recipes of all time! Once you try them for yourself, you'll see why this recipe reigns as king of all slow cooker potato side dishes.
Slow-Cooked Sourdough Peasant Bread
This beautiful loaf of bread bakes in a slow cooker! When you need a few slow cooker side dishes for potluck get-togethers, make this easy bread recipe one of them. It's super simple to stir together and bake in your slow cooker, and makes enough for everyone in your crowd to have a slice.
Orange-Glazed Carrots and Parsnips
Sweet, tender carrots and parsnips get an elegant update when glazed with a double whammy of citrusy flavor: orange marmalade and orange juice. Quick-cooking tapioca thickens the delightfully delectable sauce. This easy slow cooker side dish can dress up an autumn meal to feel like a special occasion.
Buffalo-Ranch Macaroni and Cheese
Who doesn't love a few scoops of macaroni and cheese? All you need to make this pasta dish: cayenne pepper sauce, shredded carrots, American cheese, ranch dressing mix, and pasta. Even though this slow cooker side is super simple to make, it'll bring big flavor to your plate.
Mushroom Risotto with Peas
Your slow cooker makes this creamy rice recipe so much easier. Plus, the versatile side dish is suitable for both casual and formal occasions. The next time you're craving risotto, skip all the stirring and mix up this slow cooker side instead!
Vegetable and Garbanzo Curry
Not all slow cooker vegetable sides have flavors as bold as this recipe. Taste a spoonful of this colorful curry, and you'll discover a delicious combination of spices (curry powder, coriander, crushed red pepper, and cinnamon). This slow cooker side dish is at its best when served with plain meats and poultry.
One perk of this slow cooker recipe is that you can easily transform it from a hearty side into a yummy dinner. Add protein to our tasty butternut squash and spinach gratin by tossing seared scallops into the mix. The best part of the slow cooker dish? It takes just 15 minutes to prep!
Braised Chickpeas with Midsummer Vegetables
This summery recipe requires little hands-on time, and pretty much all of our favorite veggies are represented in this easy slow cooker side. Chicken broth ties the garbanzo beans and seven different veggies together. You can also turn this side dish into an entree—just add chicken.
Warm Eggplant and Kale Panzanella
Salad in a slow cooker? Yes, it can be done! Simmer kale and eggplant in your slow cooker alongside tomatoes, sweet peppers, and onion, then toss with bread cubes and shredded Parmesan to finish. You won't find too many other slow cooker vegetable sides quite like this!
Thai Vegetable Medley
Spice up your favorite veggies (literally!) with a mix of red curry paste, coconut milk, and fresh ginger. The medley of zucchini, summer squash, mushrooms, and sweet pepper has never tasted so good! This slow cooker side adds a little heat to any meal, or serve it alongside another Thai main dish, such as Thai noodles.
Crock-Roasted New Potatoes
A few simple seasonings are all you need to showcase yummy new potatoes. We used fresh rosemary, garlic, and olive oil on our slow cooker taters. Unlike regular roasted potatoes, this slow cooker side has a big advantage: You can set it and forget it! Get them cooking a little after lunch, and these potatoes will be ready for dinner in 3 or 4 hours.
Cider-Maple Brussels Sprouts
Apple cider and maple syrup transform simple Brussels sprouts into a warm and cozy winter side dish that's impossible to resist. A sprinkling of salt and pepper balances the sweet flavors. To add a little freshness to this slow cooker vegetable side, serve with a few sprigs of fresh thyme.
Sweet Ginger Roots
Give earthy beets and carrots a makeover with pomegranate juice and fresh ginger. All it takes is 15 minutes of prep, plus time in your slow cooker, to make this fantastic slow cooker side dish. Spending most of the day in your slow cooker makes ruby-red beets tender and sweet.
Polenta, spinach, tomato, radicchio, Italian cheese, and two kinds of beans simmer with garlic and basil pesto to create this delicious vegetarian dish. It's definitely hearty enough to serve on its own for dinner, but a scoop or two also makes a tasty slow cooker side. It's a great way to use up the last of your fresh summer veggies!
Acorn Squash with Orange-Cranberry Sauce
No matter how you serve this festive cranberry-sauced squash—with meat, poultry, or fish—it's a top-notch way to round out a meal. Orange marmalade, raisins, and jellied cranberries make the delicious sauce. And letting the acorn squash simmer in the sauce all day means every bite will be just as tender and tasty as the last.
You'll definitely get in a full serving of grains when you serve this slow cooker side with dinner. Wheat berries, barley, and wild rice make our multigrain pilaf wholesome, filling, and infinitely delicious. And each serving has just 169 calories!
Apple-Buttered Sweet Potatoes
Combine a few different fall favorites into one with this slow cooker side recipe. Cubes of sweet potatoes and Granny Smith apples cook alongside dried cranberries, spices, and apple butter to make a tasty side dish that won't last long at the dinner table. We love how the hearty flavors come together to make the six-ingredient slow cooker side dish.