5 Delicious Vegan Sides

These tasty side dishes are completely free of animal products

Not all delicious side dishes are loaded with cheese; these five tasty sides are vegan-friendly.

This shaved Brussels sprout salad has amazing flavor; it’s loaded with crunchy pomegranate seeds, hazelnuts, and sweet mandarin orange segments. Click here for the recipe.

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If you want to serve a creamy soup that doesn’t rely on milk or cream, try this cauliflower soup. It’s thick, rich, and delicious. It calls for liquid smoke; if you don’t have any you can add a pinch of smoked paprika or chipotle powder for a similar flavor. Click here for the recipe.

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Roasting carrots brings out their natural sweetness. This recipe makes them even sweeter by roasting the carrots with pieces of orange peel. Click here for the recipe.

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Making risotto is so easy you don’t even need a recipe. And, it’s easy to make without using any animal products. Just dice a yellow onion and mince a few cloves of garlic. Sauté them in olive oil and then add a scoop of short-grain Arborio rice. Add a small amount of vegetable stock and cook until the liquid is almost absorbed. Continue adding small amounts of liquid until the rice is creamy and fully cooked (adding salt and pepper as you go).

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This roasted vegetable medley is easy to make and completely free of animal products. It has a touch of cinnamon and is topped with ground pistachios, making it a nice addition to your holiday table. Click here for the recipe.

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Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.