10 Quick Veggie Side Dish Recipes Ready in 20 Minutes or Less

Balsamic Glazed Carrots on white platter
Photo: Antonis Achilleos

Whether you have a jam-packed weeknight or a leisurely weekend ahead, you can always use an extra serving of veggies on your plate. That's where these quick veggie sides come in—they take just 20 minutes or less to prepare, and they're filled with good-for-you vegetables like green beans, asparagus, carrots, and more. With just a little attention (we know you have an entrée to make, too), you can make these delicious vegetable side dish recipes a healthy and easy addition to your meal.

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Quinoa Pilaf

Quinoa Pilaf
Jason Donnelly

Quinoa by itself is good, but quinoa packed with tons of fresh produce makes a super-delish, unbeatable veggie side dish. Mushrooms, zucchini, baby kale, and grape tomatoes all play a role in making this veggie-full recipe. You can make this easy recipe faster if you have a few leftover ingredients to use up, like extra cooked quinoa.

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Tomato-Basil Broccoli

Tomato-Basil Broccoli
Karla Conrad

If you love Caprese salad, you must make this veggie side dish this week. It's so easy—just steam a few cups of broccoli spears, then toss with cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil. The result is a mouthwatering side with all the flavors of a Caprese salad but includes a full serving of vegetables.

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Oven-Roasted Plum Tomatoes

Oven-Roasted Plum Tomatoes
Jason Donnelly

Extra-juicy roasted tomatoes have always held a special place in our hearts, and these quick-roasted plum tomatoes are no exception. Add a crispy topping by sprinkling on a mix of Parmesan cheese and panko bread crumbs. Top with melted butter just before they go in the oven, then finish with a sprinkle of fresh oregano. This easy veggie side dish is so good that you might be tempted to make an entire meal of it.

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Tiny Tomato Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette

Tiny Tomato Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette
Andy Lyons

These tomatoes may be tiny, but they pack a big punch of flavor. Dress up tiny tomatoes from your garden or farmers market with a homemade champagne vinaigrette for a side dish that positively screams summer. And tomatoes aren't the only stars in this veggie side dish—we added arugula and fennel slices for a healthy dose of nutrition.

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Air-Fried Balsamic Glazed Carrots

Balsamic Glazed Carrots on white platter
Antonis Achilleos

Thanks to your trusty air-fryer, quick veggie side dishes require minimal hands-on time. A drizzle of balsamic glaze really takes the flavor of these multi-colored carrots to the next level for an impressive display that looks like fancy vegetables (but isn't!). They'll add a visual pop next to your healthy main dish.

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Grilled Asparagus in Dill Butter

Grilled Asparagus in Dill Butter
Andy Lyons

By keeping it simple, you can definitely serve this grilled veggie side dish in 20 minutes—in fact, you can serve it in 17! To keep this asparagus recipe easy, just toss the spears with butter, dill, garlic, and black pepper. Then, give them a quick turn on the grill, sprinkle with a little Parmesan cheese, and you can start savoring this easy vegetable side in no time.

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Cucumber-Radish Slaw

Cucumber-Radish Slaw
Andy Lyons

This super-easy slaw will change how you think about side salads forever. Ideal for serving at a barbecue or cookout, we combine cucumbers, radishes, and red bell peppers with a homemade vinaigrette to make a tangy and delicious vegetable side. Enjoy it on its own or use it to top burgers and other entreés at your cookout.

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Shaved Fennel and Celery Salad

Shaved Fennel & Celery Salad
Andy Lyons

Of course, it's easy to toss together a quick salad in 20 minutes or less—but not all salads are created equally. This veggie side dish rises above the rest by mixing up the usual salad greens with celery and fennel slices. A zesty homemade vinaigrette finishes off this fantastic salad with an extra bang of flavor.

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Mexican-Style Air-Fryer Corn on the Cob

Mexican-Style Air Fryer Corn on the Cob
Antonis Achilleos

This healthy vegetable side dish packs tons of Mexican-style flavor without a lot of oil. Simply dress your air-fried corn in a blend of chopped garlic, lime, and a bit of butter for a genuinely remarkable veggie side dish. Make this for taco night or anytime you have an abundance of corn on the cob.

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Glazed Brussels Sprouts

Glazed Brussels Sprouts side dish
Jason Donnelly

If Brussels sprouts aren't part of your usual dinner plans yet, they're about to be. These sprouts are glazed with a mix of cider vinegar and orange marmalade, giving them just a touch of sweetness. Even the picky eaters at your table will want seconds of this quick veggie side dish.

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