If you’re serving a crowd, you’ll probably want to keep things simple — that’s why vegetable side dishes are perfect!
A crowd can be a real pain in the neck.
Not only do they eat so much that you’ll never have enough food, but they also keep you from enjoying your own meals.
But if you manage to avoid getting sucked into their vortex of overindulgence, you’ll still be in good company.
You see, when you serve vegetable side dishes as part of a meal, everyone will feel special and appreciated.
And when everyone has a piece of delicious, colorful, and nutritious food, it’s bound to make them feel more relaxed and comfortable around each other.
In addition to making your friends happy, it’s also a great way to teach your children about healthy eating habits.
Since vegetables are a great source of vitamins and minerals, they also help keep your body in tip-top shape.
Are you hosting a dinner party with a big group of people? Or maybe you’re having a large family meal?
Whatever the occasion, here’s a list of the 67 best vegetable side dishes to serve for a crowd!
Why Consider Serving Vegetable Side Dishes for A Crowd?
If you’re catering to a large number of people, then vegetable side dishes are definitely in order.
They can be served alongside any type of meal and they will go down well with everyone.
Vegetable side dishes are also very flexible. They can be made to suit all kinds of diets, from vegan to Paleo.
So, if you have a crowd coming to your house and you want them to feel welcome, serve them a delicious vegetarian meal.
By serving a variety of vegetables, you can make the meal as fun or interesting as you like.
This is a great way to get your guests to try new foods, while at the same time satisfying their hunger.
In addition to being an easy dish to prepare and serve, vegetable side dishes are also really healthy.
So, they’re a great addition to any meal.
67 Vegetable Side Dishes for A Crowd
I love the way vegetables are an accompaniment to all kinds of meals. There’s something so satisfying about eating a delicious salad or vegetable dish as your main course, especially when it’s prepared in advance.
I’ve been asked many times “what are the best vegetable side dishes for a crowd?” and I wanted to have a list of delicious options that would satisfy a big crowd.
This is that list.
You can prep some of these dishes the night before, then toss them with a little oil and vinegar and let them chill until ready to serve.
The recipes in this list are based on the following principles:
- They are easy to make
- They will be a crowd pleaser
- They will feed the entire group
- They are healthy and low in calories
- The recipes are easy to double or triple, and can be frozen or stored in the freezer
Here are 67 great vegetable side dishes to add to your repertoire:
1. Corn Pudding
If you want to do something a little different with your side dish this year, why not try making corn pudding? A side serving of this really hit the spot when we had friends round last year, and it’s super easy to make too!
You just need a few handfuls of fresh corn kernels, a couple of eggs, and a small amount of milk. Heat all three together in a pan until they’re nice and hot, then stir in some cornflour until you have a smooth consistency.
You can then spoon it out into a bowl and enjoy it while it’s still warm, or you can let it cool down and serve it cold as a delicious, summery dessert.
2. Lettuce with Mixed Seed Sprinkle
If you’re looking for something a little more substantial to serve alongside your roast dinner, why not go for a bowl of mixed seeds? They’re so quick and easy to prepare, and really pack in lots of healthy vitamins and minerals too!
Just scatter some almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, and raisins on a plate, drizzle over some extra virgin olive oil, and sprinkle some dried basil and rosemary on top.
It’s also worth pointing out that seeds are great for you – they contain protein, fibre, iron, zinc, magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus.
3. Sautéed Asparagus
This side dish is perfect for a crowd. It’s very quick and easy to prepare and makes a big impact at the table. Serve this with your favourite ramen noodles or a bowl of plain noodles if you’d rather be on the healthy side!
A large bunch of asparagus is a great way to ensure that you don’t need to get into the kitchen to prepare this dish. Just chop the stems off and cook them in the same way you would to serve with noodles, adding some salt and pepper to taste.
4. Mascarpone Mashed Potatoes
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When I make this for a crowd, I like to serve it in a large serving dish, making it easier for guests to dig in. It works really well for parties as well as more intimate gatherings, though if you have a small group of people, it’s possible to serve this dish from a bowl or individual plates.
If you want to keep things easy, just buy a pack of frozen ready-made mashed potatoes, as they will do the hard work for you.
The recipe is just a guideline, so you can change the quantities according to your tastes. This recipe is vegetarian, but you could easily swap the feta cheese for crumbled bacon if that’s more your thing!
5. Oven-Roasted Corn on the Cob with Garlic Butter
The simplest side dishes are often the most popular! Just toss a whole corn cob in a roasting tin and cook in the oven at 200°C/400°F for 40 minutes until nice and caramelised. For a tasty twist, serve it up with a little drizzle of garlic butter and some seasoning.
6. Air Fryer Broccoli
Air frying is an innovative technique which uses a super hot air current to quickly cook food, which means you can cook food up to 10x faster than traditional methods!
This means that if you’re serving a large crowd, or even a dinner party, then you can serve up a big bowl of broccoli in just a few short minutes!
The broccoli will come out perfectly crispy and delicious, and if you like, you can add some seasoning to give it a bit of extra flavour.
Just a tip, however, if you use a regular potato peeler to cut the broccoli into strips, make sure to stop cutting when you get to the middle of the stalk, as the centre part is the most tender.
7. Nutty Green Beans
There are many different ways that you can prepare green beans, but I always find the simplest ones to be the best. Simply boil or steam them until tender, then toss in a little oil, salt, and pepper before serving.
I like to serve them alongside some crunchy almonds for a tasty contrast.
8. Lima Bean and Corn Succotash
This colourful side dish is a great option when you want to offer a tasty veggie option with a little something extra. It works really well when you’re serving chicken, but you could just as easily make it with pork instead if you prefer.
Lima beans are another good choice here, but again, you can also add some corn in the mix too, if you like!
9. Creamed Spinach
You can easily make this one at home, as you only need to cook some fresh spinach until wilted, mix in a bit of light cream, and top with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
Creamed spinach is a really great side dish to serve at dinner parties, especially when you’ve got lots of guests to feed!
10. Air Fryer Asparagus
Air frying is the perfect way to cook up delicious, crispy vegetables without having to spend hours on the stovetop.
Just throw in your favourite veg (broccoli, zucchini (need inspiration? check out these zucchini air fryer recipes), asparagus… the choice is yours!), spray with some oil, and cook for 4 to 5 minutes per side.
Serve hot or cold. It’s also super quick and easy to prepare if you’re going to be away from home.
11. Broiled Broccolini and Capers
This is a really easy, fuss free way of preparing broccolini, which is usually very expensive in the supermarket.
You just chop off the ends of the stems, and then lightly brush them with olive oil, sprinkle on some salt, and bake in a medium heat oven for around five minutes.
After that time, just allow them to cool down a little before tossing in some lemon juice and serving alongside a side of freshly baked wholemeal bread.
12. Crispy Brussels Sprouts
Brussels sprouts are often considered a ‘winter’ vegetable, but they’re actually incredibly versatile. They can be enjoyed all year round and I find myself using them in salads, stir fries, soups, and even as a pizza topping!
If you’re trying to eat healthily this winter, it’s worth trying to include Brussels sprouts in your meals, as the sprout leaves contain lots of vitamin C, folate, manganese, and potassium. The key to making them crispy is to slice the sprouts really thinly, so that they’re cooked through without burning.
13. Roasted Mushrooms and Radicchio
I like to make this side dish for large gatherings, as it’s so visually appealing and packed with lots of healthy vegetables. You’ll need about a kilo of mushrooms, a few radishes, a handful of cherry tomatoes, and some red onion.
You can also use any other seasonal veg you like here. Just choose whatever looks really fresh and bursting with flavour, or you can get creative and make something totally original!
14. Cauliflower Mac ‘n’ Cheese
This is a great option if you have a lot of mouths to feed, but don’t want to spend all day cooking and washing up afterwards. The dish is quick to prepare, which is great for saving time during busy family days.
If you’re in need of inspiration, there’s an amazing recipe for cauliflower mac ‘n’ cheese here. It’s a creamy, cheesy, and filling alternative to classic lasagne and features the fluffiest cauliflower you will ever taste!
15. Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes
It’s a good idea to make sure you’ve got plenty of mashed potatoes on hand when you’re serving a crowd.
Just mash up some extra spuds if you need to, then heat them through gently in a large pan, stirring frequently to avoid burning them. Add a little butter, salt, and pepper to taste, and they’re ready to serve.
16. Mixed Roasted Veggie Salad
A bowl of mixed roasted veggies is a good choice for what to serve with a large group. You can use any combination you like, depending on what vegetables you have in the fridge.
Some of my favourites here are pumpkin, butternut squash, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and sweet potato.
17. Hasselback Potatoes
Hasselback potatoes are such a great alternative to French fries, because they’re not fried! Instead, they’re baked, which means you get the benefits of a healthier and more nutritious option without any of the added fat and calories.
Plus, these are super easy to prepare, and require just a few simple steps.
You’ll need a baking tray, a potato peeler, and a knife, so get started by slicing the potato thinly down one side and then turning it over so that the other side is thinly sliced too.
Lay it flat and then cut slices of the potato all the way across to create little potato ‘horseshoes’. Place them on the baking tray and brush with a little olive oil. Then, pop them in the oven for about 45 minutes, and you’ll soon be enjoying the perfect side dish.
18. Bourbon Yams
Another great side option for a crowd is a serving of Bourbon Yams. Bourbon is a sweet, smoky flavour that really complements the richness of a good, savoury meal. The yams work really well in this recipe as they have a slightly sweet and nutty flavour that goes well with the Bourbon.
To make this, simply boil your yams until soft, then drain and let them cool completely before cutting them into bite sized wedges. You can then sprinkle them with some sugar or cinnamon, if you like, and serve them alongside your main course.
19. Grilled Summer Squash With Dressing
If you’re planning on serving a crowd, you’ll need lots of side dishes (and don’t forget your veggies)! In this case, grilled summer squash is the perfect option because it’s quick and easy to prepare, but still has plenty of flavour.
Serve the squash alongside a salad dressed with a simple vinaigrette. Just toss in a handful of chopped red onion, a teaspoon of Dijon mustard, some freshly ground black pepper, a squeeze of lemon juice, and a drizzle of olive oil.
20. White Bean and Broccolini Salad
There’s nothing more satisfying than a big bowl of salad at the end of a meal, and this one is packed with protein and fibre to help keep you fuller for longer. It’s ideal for those who want something healthy but don’t have much time to spend in the kitchen.
The combination of beans and broccolini makes it great for vegetarian options too. Try adding some sunflower seeds, grated cheese, and chopped fresh herbs to the dressing for extra flavour.
21. Roasted Eggplant With Honey
This side dish is perfect for feeding a large group of people! Roasting the eggplant concentrates the flavours, and it’s a great way to get everyone to eat their vegetables! Honey works really well with eggplant, and it’s an ingredient that you can always find in the supermarket.
If you’re feeling adventurous, try it with some freshly chopped rosemary too. It’s a classic combination, and if you’re looking to add a new dimension to your eggplant, you’ll definitely want to give this a go.
22. Oven-Braised Carrots
When you’re cooking for a crowd, it’s always a good idea to keep a selection of sides on hand that are ready to be served up as soon as they’re done. Cooking vegetables like this can be a lot of fun, so choose your favourites and have them ready to go.
I’m partial to carrots here, as they have a lovely natural sweetness to them, and they also work well as a base for a variety of different flavour combinations. Try caramelised onions, garlic, lemon, ginger, cinnamon, or chilli – the choice is endless!
23. Baby Peppers with Lime
Baby peppers are a great option to serve alongside a main meal. They’re a very versatile veggie, as they can be used raw or cooked, and don’t need a lot of preparation time.
You can serve them whole, sliced, or chopped into chunks, and add a squeeze of lime juice to cut through the strong pepper flavour. You could also mix some in a salsa.
24. Green Beans with Crispy Spiced Chickpeas
Green beans are one of my favourite vegetables, and I love how versatile they are too. You can eat them raw as a snack, or roast them with a little olive oil or butter and garlic for a delicious side dish.
They’re also great with a dip, like hummus or tzatziki. Or you could sauté them with some garlic, fresh thyme, and lemon zest for a delicious Mediterranean-style side dish.
25. Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges With Curry
This is a side dish that’s great for sharing and also one that’s super easy to prepare, meaning you can have it on the table in no time at all. If you’re cooking for a large number of people, it’s worth thinking about what sort of side dishes you might want to serve alongside the main course.
For example, if you’re planning on having a roast dinner, this recipe would be the perfect accompaniment. You can make them ahead of time, then just pop them in the oven once your main meal has been served.
26. Sweet Potato-and-Cauliflower Salad
Sweet potato and cauliflower are a really good combination, so why not throw these together for a side dish? If you’re cooking for a large group, I suggest making these in bulk as they go really well together.
27. Roasted Acorn Squash Slices
When I’m hosting a party, I love to serve roasted squash as a side dish, as it makes the perfect centrepiece for a buffet table. Simply cut an acorn squash in half, and use a teaspoon to scoop out the seeds and the strings that run around the middle.
Cut the flesh into cubes and toss in some olive oil and salt, pepper, and spices of your choice. Then bake in a preheated oven for about an hour at 180°C/350°F, until tender and cooked through.
It’s important to make sure that the flesh is soft and not too wet before you start to prepare the rest of your dish, otherwise it might become soggy. After baking, sprinkle with fresh parsley, then serve alongside some good quality, crusty bread or focaccia.
28. Sautéed Shredded Brussels Sprouts With Parmesan & Lemon
A side dish with a kick! This is great to make when you’re having a dinner party, and it’s so easy that your guests can get stuck in with a big helping themselves. Heat up some olive oil in a large frying pan, add your Brussels sprouts, and season with some salt and pepper.
Sauté them on a medium heat for about 6-8 minutes until slightly tender. Next, add a couple of glugs of white wine vinegar and stir through to stop the Brussels sprouts from burning. Once the vinegar has cooked out, add a good grating of Parmesan cheese and a squeeze of lemon juice to finish.
29. Crispy Roasted Potatoes With Chili
This dish is the perfect choice for a party because it’s so quick and easy to make, plus you can serve it hot or cold!
You just need to preheat your oven to about 180 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit), then slice up some potatoes, toss them in oil, and roast them in the oven until crispy.
Once they’re cooked, remove them from the oven and stir in some fresh chili. Serve with cheese or in their own little basket.
30. Juicy Oven-Roasted Radishes
This delicious dish is super simple to prepare. Simply place your radishes in an oven tray, drizzle with some olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and bake in the oven at 170 degrees Celsius (325 degrees Fahrenheit) for 10 minutes.
It’s so easy and so versatile that you can add whatever else you like – try it with some fresh rosemary!
31. Farro and Tomato Salad
When you’re feeding a large crowd, it can be a challenge to find a tasty side dish that’s both healthy and quick to prepare. The combination of farro and tomatoes works really well here.
Farro is a type of grain that’s high in fibre, making it a really good option for people on a gluten free diet. It also contains lots of vitamins and minerals, including iron, magnesium, and manganese. It’s a whole grain, so it’s a great source of energy too!
32. Grilled Kale Salad With Avocado
If you’re serving this at a barbecue or in a social situation, you might want to consider serving some grilled veggies alongside the meal. Grilled zucchini and bell pepper are particularly good choices here.
They’re easy to prepare, and will give your guests lots to munch on and enjoy while they’re sitting around the fire.
33. Maple-Roasted Carrots With Yogurt
If you’re looking for a quick and easy side dish that will be sure to impress your dinner guests, this is the recipe for you.
This is a really pretty dish, as the carrots are cooked in a fragrant syrup made with maple syrup, and the result is a caramelised root vegetable that’s been lightly dressed in lemon juice and yogurt.
It’s a fun, colourful way to serve up your vegetables. If you’re short on time, pick up some pre-cut packs of carrots at your supermarket or market stall, which can make things so much easier.
34. Spicy Lemon Cauliflower
This is another recipe for when you need a side dish that’s easy to make, and it’s packed with flavour. I like to slice up a big bunch of cauliflower into florets and then toss them in a little olive oil and sea salt.
Next, I throw them on the grill for a few minutes on each side until they’re soft and lightly charred, and then I add some lemon juice, garlic, and a handful of parmesan cheese. It’s a great way to make use of any leftover roast vegetables from dinner last night.
35. Crispy Smashed Potatoes With Pesto
For this one, I like to mash up some potatoes and then spread them over a baking tray to cook alongside my main course.
I’ll usually throw in some grated cheese and chopped herbs at the same time, and that way you can just mix it all together once the potatoes are nice and crispy.
Once the potatoes are cooked, it’s time to top them off with the pesto. It really brings everything together and adds extra depth of flavour to the dish.
36. Roasted Butternut Squash With Kale
The key to this one is the seasoning! You can add a lot of different flavours, but if I’m feeling particularly experimental, I might opt for something like turmeric or chilli powder.
In this case, I’ve added coriander seeds, chilli flakes, cumin seeds, and black pepper. This is a great dish for when you want to get creative with your main ingredients.
37. Curry-Roasted Cauliflower
This is the perfect dish for when you have lots of people coming round to eat. It’s quick to prepare, and can be made ahead of time if you have time. The cauliflower is roasted in the oven first, and then blended up with a tasty curry powder base.
There’s a lot of flavour going on here, so I recommend serving this with a simple salad or some steamed rice on the side to cut through the richness. You could also serve it alongside pasta, couscous, or quinoa if you want to add extra protein.
38. Miso Mashed Sweet Potatoes
When it comes to mashed potatoes, I like to go all out! This recipe uses miso paste to lend a wonderful, savoury depth of flavour to the dish. It’s also a great way to get your family used to the idea of incorporating vegetables into their diet.
You can make this dish up a few days ahead of time if you want to, and then reheat it in the microwave before serving it.
39. Honey-Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Blue Cheese
One of my personal favourites is honey-roasted brussels sprouts with blue cheese! It’s one of those dishes that’s super easy to make, yet packs in lots of flavour.
You can either roast them with the sprouts already separated into individual leaves, or chop them all up at the same time so that they cook in their own juices.
Either way, a simple dressing made from balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, and freshly cracked black pepper will make a delicious accompaniment.
40. Charred Corn Salad
For me, an amazing side dish for a big crowd is a corn salad. I like to toss it with some diced tomatoes and shredded iceberg lettuce, and then top it with grilled corn, corn chips, and crumbled feta cheese.
The corn adds loads of texture and crunch to the whole dish, and the feta really helps cut through the richness of the dressing.
41. Roasted Broccoli Salad With Farro
One of my favourite side dishes for a crowd is this roasted broccoli salad with farro. I make it whenever I have people over to eat.
It’s packed with lots of good veggies that are bursting with flavour, and it also works really well with a big group of people. There’s a recipe for it below, but the main thing is that it’s quick to make!
42. Roasted Beets
I love roasted beets! They’re such a fantastic option for a vegetarian side dish, as they have the perfect balance of sweet, earthy, and slightly salty flavours.
Just peel them, slice into rounds, toss with olive oil, sea salt, and freshly ground black pepper, and roast in the oven at 220C/425F for about 20-25 minutes. This is the perfect option if you’ve got guests coming over, and it’s also really quick and easy to make.
43. Balsamic Roasted Beets With Goat Cheese & Walnuts
When you have a big group of friends over, you know it’s going to be a busy day! You want to make sure you have everything prepared well ahead of time, so that you can just relax and enjoy your party.
This dish is packed full of flavour, so it makes the perfect accompaniment for any occasion – whether it’s an afternoon tea party, a special meal, or a dinner party for
44. Smashed Buttermilk Potato Salad
Potatoes are an amazing source of vitamins and minerals, and they can be used in a wide variety of dishes, from side dishes to main courses. I love this side because it’s a great way to sneak in some vegetables into your diet without anyone knowing.
The smashed potatoes add lots of textural interest, and the creamy buttermilk dressing adds lots of flavour and moisture. Just blitz the whole lot together with a fork and you’re good to go!
45. Roasted Asparagus With Pecan Parm
A vegetable side dish for a crowd? Check! Not only does this one work really well as a vegetarian option for any main meal, it also has a rich and satisfying flavour that will leave your guests asking for more!
The secret to this dish is in the pecan parmesan, which adds a delightful nutty flavour and a satisfying crunch. You can easily make your own if you prefer, or you can pick up a ready made version from the supermarket.
46. Roasted Broccolini + Kale With Honey
This is another recipe that’s perfect for serving alongside any main meal, but particularly good with a vegetarian option. It’s quick and easy to prepare, and packed with a delicious mix of sweetness, acidity, and spice.
Roasting your vegetables will add a lovely caramelised flavour, but you can also serve this as a cooked veggie side if you don’t have time to do this. Roasting will take a bit of time, so make sure you get this part done before the rest of your guests arrive.
This will give your vegetables plenty of time to heat through, and ensure that they retain their crispness.
47. Carrot Parsnip & Potato Mash
This is a great alternative to mashed potato if you’re looking for a different side dish to accompany roast lamb or beef. Parsnips have a wonderful earthy flavour, which blends really well with the sweetness of the carrot.
This vegetable mash is also packed with protein, which will keep you feeling full and energised throughout the meal. It’s really easy to prepare, too, so you can whip it up in a flash if you’re in a hurry. You can even make extra to freeze so you’ll have it on hand next time!
48. Quinoa Stuffed Delicata Squash
Another side dish to consider if you’re serving a crowd is a stuffed squash. Delicata squashes are great because they’re very large and they tend to have a lovely orange flesh that holds its shape when cooked.
They’re often available in supermarkets, and they’re also really versatile as a vegetable. Here, I’ve filled a delicata with warm, cooked quinoa, but you can use any type of grain or pulse you prefer. The addition of the spice and herb mix really adds flavour, and it looks great too.
49. Maple Glazed Carrots
This is one of my personal favourite vegetable side dishes for a crowd. The sweetness of the maple syrup works really well with the earthy flavour of the carrots, and the buttery texture of the garlic gives it the extra boost that it needs to stand up to the meal it’s accompanying.
50. Garlic Parmesan Roasted Broccoli
This broccoli dish is quick to prepare and works really well as a side dish for a crowd. It’s super simple to make, as you just need to roast some broccoli with some garlic and parmesan cheese.
It’s best served warm, so take it out of the oven just before you want to eat it, so it has time to develop the flavours and heat through. For the longest serving time, I like to make a double batch, and keep half of it in the fridge for later. That way, I can serve it warm whenever I want!
51. Simple Chopped Salad
You might not have much time to prepare your side dish when you’re cooking a large meal for a crowd.
In this case, I would suggest making up a big bowl of salad, as it will look impressive, and there won’t be any last minute scrambling to find something to serve alongside it.
If you’re planning on serving a big batch of your favourite salad dressing too, just make sure you keep a few extras aside so you don’t run out!
52. Parmesan Zucchini and Corn
Another vegetable side dish that takes no time to prepare and looks great is Parmesan Zucchini and Corn.
Just slice a couple of zucchinis into long, thin ribbons, toss them in some grated parmesan cheese, and sprinkle over some freshly chopped corn. Then, add some extra flavours with a handful of grated Parmesan cheese, and some chilli flakes for a kick.
This side dish works particularly well with a big bowl of pasta, like rigatoni or spaghetti.
53. Apple and Poppy Seed Coleslaw
I love this coleslaw for a change from the traditional coleslaw recipe that contains mayonnaise. Instead, try adding in apple and poppy seeds to give it that extra sweetness and texture. If you prefer your salad with a little kick, just leave out the red chilli and add in a pinch of cayenne pepper.
54. Tossed Salad With Your Favorite Dressing
This is an easy dish to prepare for a crowd because it doesn’t require any specific cooking skills, so anyone can throw it together at the last minute.
You can make it as healthy or indulgent as you like by choosing whatever salad greens and dressing you prefer. You can even go completely vegetarian if you like!
55. Creamed Corn
Creamed corn has become very popular recently, and I can’t really think of anything nicer to serve alongside it than a cheesy broccoli sauce!
This one isn’t hard to make, so I’d recommend trying it out with your family and friends to make sure they love it. It also works well as a side dish for chicken tikka masala.
56. Crispy Dijon Smashed Potatoes
It’s easy to make this one in advance, so if you’re serving a party or having friends round for dinner, you can get all the hard work out of the way in advance and just have everyone enjoy the delicious results.
I love to serve mine alongside a big bowl of salad, so that the potatoes can soak up the juices from the lettuce and tomatoes. You can use any type of potato you like here, and it doesn’t matter if they’re a bit large or chunky – it’s the flavour of the smashed ones that really matters!
57. Easy Creamy Mushrooms
A selection of fresh mushrooms cooked in a creamy white sauce is a really tasty option to serve with lots of different dishes. This one is a bit of a classic, but the creamy texture means that it goes really well with most meals.
It’s also easy to make if you’re in a hurry! Just heat some milk in a small pan and stir in a few teaspoons of flour until you have a smooth sauce, then add mushrooms and cook for about five minutes. Finish off with some chopped parsley, and you’ve got a great side dish to serve with a range of dishes.
58. Baked Parmesan Mushrooms
This is such a simple and tasty side dish that you can easily whip up on the go if you’re at a party or a picnic. It’s also a great vegetarian option, as it works really well alongside a main course that includes lots of meat.
You’ll need to soak your mushrooms overnight to make them super soft and to help the sauce penetrate them properly, but this is actually an optional step, so just leave them to do their thing in the fridge!
59. Waldorf Salad
A classic Waldorf salad is made with apples, celery, walnuts, and mayonnaise, but there are loads of different options here. If you have some kale lying around that needs eating, why not throw in a few leaves?
I love the combination of savoury spinach and sweet, juicy apples here. The dressing is also delicious on its own, and is much lighter than mayonnaise-based ones. It’s also nice and refreshing on a hot day!
60. Baked Parmesan Zucchini
This is a really quick recipe and comes together in just a few minutes. You don’t need any fancy equipment or time-consuming techniques to get this one ready. It’s a great option if you want to use up some of your garden vegetables, or if you’ve just got some zucchini on the go!
61. Root Vegetable Gratin
It’s so satisfying to see a crowd of people digging into a big bowl of steaming hot, delicious root vegetables!
You could choose one of your favourite side dishes from the list below to make up a quick and easy vegetarian side dish for a crowd, or alternatively, make up your own combination of veggies, such as carrot, potato, broccoli, and cauliflower.
Just remember that you don’t have to cook everything at the same time if you don’t want to. You can make your zucchini, gratin and potatoes, and then finish off the carrots later on.
62. Green Beans with Chips
This one is great for a dinner party because it’s super easy to prepare and serve.
If you’re having friends over for dinner, then make sure you leave plenty of time for this dish to cook. You can either boil the green beans with a dash of salt, or bake them at 200°C/400°F for 25 minutes.
Then you’ll want to dip them into some melted butter and seasonings like cayenne pepper and garlic powder. Bake the chips until they’re crispy, and you have yourself an instant side dish that your guests will love!
63. Squash Casserole
This is another one of those dishes that works really well for a large crowd because it’s filling and very easy to cook. Cook a batch of baby squash in a little vegetable stock.
Add some butter, spices, and salt, and you have yourself a simple dish to serve with your dinner guests.
If you’re looking to make your squash casserole extra fancy, you can add in some chopped fresh herbs, parmesan cheese, and breadcrumbs.
64. Green Salad With Roasted Carrots
This is an easy vegetarian side dish, and it works really well as part of a big crowd gathering. Just toss together a handful of green salad leaves with some roasted carrots, and top with slices of red onion and pumpkin seeds.
It’s the perfect choice when you want to serve something fresh, crunchy, and nutritious at the same time! If you’re feeling fancy, add in some thinly sliced radishes or cherry tomatoes.
65. Sweet Potato Casserole
This is the ultimate crowd pleaser! It’s the perfect way to feed everyone from toddlers to teenagers, and it takes about an hour to prepare! Serve this up alongside your favourite soup or stew, and don’t forget a couple of spoonfuls of yoghurt on the side.
Just make sure that you use a large baking dish (about 20cm square) and a really good quality of sweet potato. The potatoes need to be baked slowly for the best flavour, so allow a minimum of 30 minutes.
When you’re ready to serve, top with some fresh mint, sliced garlic, and a drizzle of honey.
66. Broccoli and Cauliflower Gratin
This is one of my favourite side dishes to serve alongside meaty main meals, and it’s really easy to make too! Simply mix together some grated parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, butter, and seasoning to create a cheesy base.
You can add extra herbs or spices if you prefer, but keep an eye on the salt content – this dish tends to be a little salty. Once the cheese mixture is done, spread it onto a baking tray and then arrange the broccoli and cauliflower over the top.
Bake at 180°C for around 30 minutes, until golden and crunchy. This is a great way of using up any leftovers from your main meal.
67. Roasted Butternut Squash
If you’re going to be serving this as a side dish, you’re definitely not going to be eating it yourself. So why not serve it with your favourite soup or stew instead?
I like to cut the squash in half, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Bake in an oven preheated to 200°C (400°F) for around 30 minutes, until the squash has softened and browned.
What vegetable sides can be made ahead of time?
You can make a huge batch of vegetable sides in advance and store them in the fridge. Roasted vegetables, roasted cauliflower, butternut squash, broccoli, zucchini, and potatoes are all great choices for making ahead. You can add any of these to your favorite recipes.
What are the best veggie foods to bring to a potluck?
Potluck parties are a great way to share food with friends and family, but it can be tricky to come up with the right menu.
Since potlucks are usually informal gatherings, it can be hard to predict how many people will be attending and what foods will be popular.
It’s a good idea to bring items that your guests will enjoy. Think about the preferences of your crowd and try to be prepared to have an assortment of options for everyone.
From sandwiches to dips, desserts to spreads, you can prepare enough to feed any crowd.
Here are some ideas for a healthy veggie lunch or snack that is sure to please:
1. Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad: This easy side dish is great for potlucks, especially when you have limited time to prepare.
Just toss together broccoli florets, cauliflower, sunflower seeds and a few seasonings in your slow cooker on high for about four hours.
This simple recipe can be prepared ahead of time, so you’ll have plenty of leftovers to share with friends and family later in the week.
2. Cucumber Dill Salad: Just combine cucumbers with fresh dill, lemon juice and olive oil for a light and delicious side dish that is perfect for potlucks or lunches during the warmer months.
To make this dish ahead of time, simply store in the fridge for up to two days.
This recipe is perfect served with a variety of dips and dressings if you have any extra time on hand before your next gathering.
3. Fruit Salad: This is another great side dish that can be prepared in advance and stored for up to two days.
Simply toss together your favorite fruits, such as pineapple chunks or strawberries with a little lemon juice and fresh mint leaves.
This salad will go well with any type of meat or fish, so it’s perfect for potlucks or family gatherings.
4. Greek Salad: This simple salad combines cucumbers, tomatoes, onions and feta cheese along with a few other ingredients to create an easy-to-make salad that is perfect for potlucks.
Just be sure to chop all of the ingredients ahead of time so they are ready to go when it’s time to assemble your salad.
If you have any leftovers, this salad can easily be stored in the fridge and enjoyed later in the week.
5. Antipasto Salad: This salad is perfect for potlucks because it combines a variety of meats and cheeses.
Just add pepperoni, salami, ham, mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese to your favorite mixed greens.
If you have any extra time, you can also prepare the dressing ahead of time.
How do you serve vegetables at a party?
For a classic vegetable party, serve an assortment of raw and cooked vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, corn, and green beans. If you’re serving raw vegetables, cut them into bite-sized pieces, then place them in a small dish.
To make things a bit easier for your guests, you can always put out an assortment of dips and condiments so that your guests can create their own delicious salads.
Serving vegetables at a party is easy when you start with the basics. Serve them as side dishes, not the main attraction. Keep veggies separate from appetizers and desserts.
Have a salad buffet, or serve them in the side salad bar instead of mixing them with other dishes.
67 Easy Vegetable Side Dishes for A Crowd
- Corn Pudding
- Lettuce with Mixed Seed Sprinkle
- Sautéed Asparagus
- Mascarpone Mashed Potatoes
- Oven-Roasted Corn on the Cob with Garlic Butter
- Air Fryer Broccoli
- Nutty Green Beans
- Lima Bean and Corn Succotash
- Creamed Spinach
- Air Fryer Asparagus
- Broiled Broccolini and Capers
- Crispy Brussels Sprouts
- Roasted Mushrooms and Radicchio
- Cauliflower Mac 'n' Cheese
- Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes
- Mixed Roasted Veggie Salad
- Hasselback Potatoes
- Bourbon Yams
- Grilled Summer Squash With Dressing
- White Bean and Broccolini Salad
- Roasted Eggplant With Honey
- Oven-Braised Carrots
- Baby Peppers with Lime
- Green Beans with Crispy Spiced Chickpeas
- Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges With Curry
- Sweet Potato-and-Cauliflower Salad
- Roasted Acorn Squash Slices
- Sautéed Shredded Brussels Sprouts With Parmesan & Lemon
- Crispy Roasted Potatoes With Chili
- Juicy Oven-Roasted Radishes
- Farro and Tomato Salad
- Grilled Kale Salad With Avocado
- Maple-Roasted Carrots With Yogurt
- Spicy Lemon Cauliflower
- Crispy Smashed Potatoes With Pesto
- Roasted Butternut Squash With Kale
- Curry-Roasted Cauliflower
- Miso Mashed Sweet Potatoes
- Honey-Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Blue Cheese
- Charred Corn Salad
- Roasted Broccoli Salad With Farro
- Roasted Beets
- Balsamic Roasted Beets With Goat Cheese & Walnuts
- Smashed Buttermilk Potato Salad
- Roasted Asparagus With Pecan Parm
- Roasted Broccolini + Kale With Honey
- Carrot Parsnip & Potato Mash
- Quinoa Stuffed Delicata Squash
- Maple Glazed Carrots
- Garlic Parmesan Roasted Broccoli
- Simple Chopped Salad
- Parmesan Zucchini and Corn
- Apple and Poppy Seed Coleslaw
- Tossed Salad With Your Favorite Dressing
- Creamed Corn
- Crispy Dijon Smashed Potatoes
- Easy Creamy Mushrooms
- Baked Parmesan Mushrooms
- Waldorf Salad
- Baked Parmesan Zucchini
- Root Vegetable Gratin
- Green Beans with Chips
- Squash Casserole
- Green Salad With Roasted Carrots
- Sweet Potato Casserole
- Broccoli and Cauliflower Gratin
- Roasted Butternut Squash
- Pick any of these easy vegetable side dishes for your crowdy dinner night.
- Prepare the ingredients according to the recipe.
- Be ready to serve in no time!