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Here you’ll find all of Simply Quinoa’s best healthy side dishes and appetizer ideas. No meal is complete without some tasty sides, and these are 100% gluten-free, dairy-free, and many are vegan too! From classic roasted vegetables to a crunchy Caesar salad, to easy appetizers like these crispy baked coconut tofu tenders, there’s a recipe for every occasion. Looking for an easy vegan side dish for Thanksgiving? You need to try this best-ever mashed cauliflower.

Gluten-Free Holiday Side Dishes

Whether it’s Christmas or Thanksgiving, these are the gluten-free sides that we always have on our holiday table. These recipes are simple to make and always pair perfectly with just about any main dish!

Latest Side Dishes and Appetizers

Let’s face it. When it comes down to it, the real star of a meal is the sides! Find hundreds of everyday and holiday side dish inspiration in the collection below.

Overhead view of crispy air fryer kale chips in bowl

Air Fryer Kale Chips

Bowl full of crispy tofu cubes

Crispy Baked Tofu

Overhead view of vegetable stew in bowl with Parmesan, lemon slice, basil, and bread

Vegetable Stew

bowl of red lentil soup with cream and herbs

Red Lentil Soup

Overhead view of butternut squash mac and cheese in bowl with fork

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

overhead of lentil salad with carrots served in a clear glass bowl with wooden spoon

Lentil Salad

Overhead view of Hawaiian macaroni salad in serving bowl

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

overhead of a glass bowl with creamy potato salad with eggs

Healthy Potato Salad

Overhead view of six jars filled with crispy chickpeas

Crispy Chickpeas 6 Ways

Close up of a bowl of refried bean stopped with cheese, cilantro, and lime slices, with a spoon in it

Instant Pot Refried Beans

Looking for the perfect vegan pesto recipe? THIS IS IT! Tastes just like real pesto but has zero cheese!

Everyday Vegan Pesto

A glass bowl full of cucumber salad, with a serving spoon in it

Asian Cucumber Salad

Overhead view of a bowl of rice and bang bang cauliflower topped with sesame seeds and scallions.

Bang Bang Cauliflower

Overhead view of a serving bowl full of coconut rice topped with scallions, and a bowl of scallions.

Instant Pot Coconut Rice