Invite a few friends over for dinner and it's not unlikely that you'll have a mix of dietary restrictions around the table. It can feel like a challenge cooking for a mix of vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free folks, Paleo followers, and omnivores but it's actually not impossible. These 10 sides have the ability to fulfill all of these dietary restrictions while keeping those who eat absolutely everything happy and fed. The big trend here is to keep things simple and let veggies do all the hard work.
Roasting cauliflower transforms it from something that might appear bland and boring into something that's sweet, nutty, and irresistible. Enjoy it plain and simple or dress it up by tossing it with spices like smoked paprika or cumin before roasting. Keep the cauliflower simple and serve a bunch of different sauces on the side so your pals can dress it up with everything from a brown butter vinaigrette to a vibrant chimichurri.
People on a Paleo diet eat plenty of bacon, and perhaps those who are gluten-free do too, but (to state the obvious here) vegans do not. Please everyone with this eggplant bacon, which just might have people fooled. Just be sure to use tamari instead of soy sauce to keep it gluten-free. This is a fun new way to serve a veggie side.
A simple salad can round out just about any meal, which means it's definitely something to keep on your roster. Just leave the cheese off this one and use maple syrup instead of honey to appease all diets.
Like cauliflower, roasting Brussels sprouts transforms them into something caramelized and wonderful that everyone at the dinner table wants to eat. Follow the lead of cauliflower and whip up a bunch of sauces for this one to make it a choose-your-own-adventure side.
Crisp, crunchy endive and buttery avocado contrast each other perfectly in this light and refreshing salad that's as lovely for brunch as it is dinner. Try agave in the dressing to keep it vegan.
Apple slices and pomegranate seeds add sweetness to this colorful slaw that's tossed with a creamy and nutty tahini dressing. Try maple syrup or agave instead of honey in the dressing to keep it vegan. With the right toppings you can even make this a main course.
Steaming vegetables is one of the quickest and easiest ways to bring them to your plate. This simple method is one to memorize, as it ensures you'll never have a mushy carrot or limp green bean again. A nice drizzle of olive oil, a fat pinch of salt, and a healthy twist of lemon is enough to make them sublime.
More roasted cabbage, please! The results are sweet and juicy and made even better when drizzled with a tangy mustard vinaigrette. Just use maple syrup and tamari to keep it vegan and gluten-free.
This juicy, refreshing side dish is like the best salsa ever in salad form. Diced jalapeños add a serious kick, while lots of chopped fresh cilantro and lime juice keep things cool and playful.
Here's another one to memorize: When you can't think of anything to serve alongside your main dish, roast a big batch of broccoli and you'll be golden. Roasting makes those florets crisp up while the stems get nice and tender. Lemon and garlic are enough to make this dish shine.