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21 Types of Vegetable Recipes and Dishes

A collage photo of different wegetables recipes and dishes.

Growing up, I was not big on eating vegetables. This owed partly to the poor cooking skills of my dear mother and partly to the fact that, like most children, my palate was simple and basic. When I became an adult, this began to change.

I knew early on that I would not marry for some time, and that I had to learn to cook for myself. As things turned out, I have spent my entire life as a bachelor; and though I have had long-term partners, I never let my cooking skills atrophy.

Over the last thirty years or so, I have experimented with a number of vegetable dishes. I like to entertain people in my home and cook for them.

One of the more interesting things I’ve learned is that vegetables can be served as a main dish. Indeed, I have cultivated many ways to make vegetables more appealing as a side dish and a main dish.

Here are some of the many vegetable dishes I have prepared over the years. They are nutritious, delicious, and refreshing.

Types of Vegetable Dishes

1. Parmesan roasted green beans

Ready to eat homemade baked parmesan green bean fries.

Although I did not care for vegetables in general when I was kid, green beans were always an exception. With this particular dish, all you need do is rinse the green beans, assort them on a pan, top them with some parmesan, and throw them in the oven.

They make for a flavor-filled side dish in half an hour. Be sure to sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper on them before serving.

2. Roasted vegetables

Above view of a background made up entirely of roasted, vibrant fall vegetables.

This is a mix of cooked veggies. Simply put together your favorite combination. I am partial to broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, carrots, and onions. Adding red pepper flakes and garlic can really bring out the flavor of the carrots and onions.

Be sure to cook the veggies first, and then put them in the oven. It should take no longer than 15 minutes to brown the edges.

3. Sauteed rainbow chard

Swiss chard that has been boiled with sweet potato, pomegranate, sesame seeds, and a white background.

Rainbow chard is a leafy vegetable that is similar to spinach, but it has a slightly different taste. One of the great things about this dish is that you can make it even spicier by adding red pepper flakes. If you prefer a sweeter taste, then you should try adding honey or maple syrup instead.

4. Sauteed vegetables

On the table, butter- and spice-sauteed mixed veggies.

This is one of the easier dishes to cook because all you need do is throw your chosen veggies into a pan to cook. The cooking time will depend on the kinds of vegetables you put into the pan, but most take less than 10 minutes to make tender.

You can add the spices that you prefer as you sautee.

5. Guacamole

Guacamole dip in a bowl on a background of white stone.

This is, of course, a classic. The dish works best with avocado and ripe tomatoes. This is dish is a perfect complement to tacos, pork chops, or chicken.

One of the great advantages of this dish is that it only takes a few minutes to chop up and mix everything together. You can even add jalapenos to give an extra kick of spice.

6. Stir fry vegetables

Vegetables being stir-fried in a wok on a dark table.

Although it is best to use a proper wok, a large pan will work to make a stir fry vegetable dish. This is another one that allows maximum flexibility.

You can select the veggies that you prefer, and you will not have to spend a great deal of time at the stove because tossing them inside the pan will get them nice and tender. To get the fullest amount of flavor from the dish, add soy or hoisin sauce as you stir and fry.

7. Roasted fennel

Rustic background, close-up of roasted fennel and baby carrots on a platter.

Fennel has a unique taste. One that is not agreeable to everyone. But if you like it, then you should try roasting this vegetable. Doing so brings out its sweetness.

Roasted fennel is best served on top of fish or grilled chicken. It goes great with a cold glass of dry wine. It is an easy and refreshing summer meal.

8. Roasted broccoli

Homemade, salt-and-pepper grilled green broccoli that is organic.

It does not take long to cook broccoli. No longer than 10 minutes. You should add onion and garlic to give the dish even more flavor.

I also advise adding a little lemon pepper. This will give the dish some tang and a hint of spice.

9. Parmesan potato wedges

Slices of baked parmesan potatoes, top studio shot.

All you do here is cut the potatoes into wedges, toss them in parmesan cheese, and season the whole thing with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. To complete the dish, bake it in the oven until it is nice and crispy.

This is a great dinner recipe, especially if you are cooking for one. It is quite easy, and you won’t have to worry about making a mess in the kitchen. The wedges are also pretty healthy because they’re baked.

This is also a great dish to make if you have invited a few friends over to watch a ball game. It gives you something savory to go with your game food.

10. Sauteed carrots

Carrots that have been cooked in butter and seasonings at home.

Carrots can be difficult to eat because they are so hard. When you sautee them, they become tender. They also become more flavorful.

You can use whatever seasoning you like to make this dish. However, you should try to make the carrots savory. This will bring out the earthiness that they naturally have inside them.

You should also try adding green beans to the mix. Serving sauteed carrots with any protein-filled dish makes for a healthy meal.

11. Kale quinoa salad

A nutritious salad of raw quinoa, cranberries, and almonds.

I discovered kale rather late in life. Once I did, I wondered how I ever got on without it. If you like green vegetables—and I do—then you will love kale.

Kale quinoa salad is one of the greatest uses of this veggie that I know of. This dish has three things in abundance: protein, nutrients, and flavor. You can even add avocados to enhance the latter.

This is a show-off dish. It is the kind of dish that you want to make for a dinner party or a potluck.

12. Celery salad with apples

Top view of a fresh Waldorf salad on a wooden table with lettuce, green apples, walnuts, and celery.

Two great things that go great together. I am a fan of both individually. I did not realize how well they complement one another until I made this dish.

The apples give the celery a sweet flavor that brings out the earthiness inside the vegetable. The apples also give a healthy dose of vitamins A, B, C, and K. You can sweeten it up by drizzling some honey on top of the apple before adding it to the celery.

13. Roasted asparagus with lemon

Lemon-infused baked asparagus with a black background.

Asparagus is delicious when roasted in the oven. You can add even more flavor to the vegetable by topping it off with lemon juice. When roasting the asparagus, you should do so with olive oil and salt, which will bake the flavors into the stalks.

The dish is best served with fresh dish or a hefty steak.

14. Sauteed spinach

Garlic-sauteed spinach on a white platter.

You can get the most out of spinach by cooking it in a pan because it will soak up whatever flavor you add to it. This is one of the reasons why spinach is one of my favorite vegetable dishes.

It is best to mix olive oil, garlic, and salt together before tossing the spinach into the pan with these ingredients. Spinach is a savory dish. It goes well with any protein-filled meat, fish, or poultry dish.

If you want an extra bit of texture and crunch, add pine nuts or walnuts to the pan.

15. Edamame

Sea salt is poured over freshly steamed edamame on a rustic table.

This is served in sushi restaurants as an appetizer. It is quite easy to make in you own home for the same purpose or for a snack food. All you need do is boil the edamame in a bag, and then toss it with a little salt, pepper, soy sauce, and vinegar.

This is a great dish because it so flavorful and goes well with so many different other dishes.

16. Roasted mushrooms

Using a wooden spatula and a cast iron skillet, brown mushrooms were cooked.

Mushrooms are the ultimate savory dish as far as I am concerned. They add variety to just about any dish, but they are especially good for balancing out food that may be too sweet.

If you intend to roast your mushrooms, first toss them into a bowl with olive oil and rosemary or thyme. Then put them in the oven for ten minutes.

Flavors ten to soak into mushrooms, which means they will intensify the flavor of any dish you mix them with. One of my favorite dishes recently is roasted mushrooms with pasta and white sauce.

17. Beet salad with balsamic dressing

Classic cheese beetroot salad with mixed greens and balsamic dressing.

You start making this dish by roasting the beets. This will make them perfect for the balsamic dressing. This salad can be served with nearly any type of meal. It is tasty, healthy, and refreshing.

18. Caprese salad

Top view of a caprese salad with sliced tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, and olive oil against a white background.

It is easy to make this salad. Just chop up tomatoes and mozzarella and mix them with some basil and balsamic vinegar. The flavors in this dish will bring out the best in both of these vegetables.

This is a great dish to serve with grilled chicken. It makes for a balanced and tasty meal.

19. Crispy brussels sprouts

On a black plate on a dark wooden table are roasted brussel sprouts that have been doused with sauce.

The ultimate hated-on vegetable. No one seems to like brussels sprouts. I am one of the few exceptions.

They are especially good when made in a gourmet style. This particular dish is a favorite of mine. Making it requires you to put the sprouts in a pan with oil, salt, and pepper.

Then roast all these items together for ten minutes.

Brussels sprouts prepared in this way are filled with flavor and absolutely delicious.

20. Roasted cauliflower

Cauliflower that has been roasted with pine nuts and fresh parsley.

This is one of the best vegetable dishes you could make because it’s incredibly easy and there’s nothing like it. This dish is ready in under fifteen minutes but you could even make it ahead of time to save some time on a busy weeknight.

To make the dish, you must soak olive oil, salt, pepper, and cumin into the cauliflower. Doing so will give the latter an entirely new taste. Putting the dish in the oven and roasting it will make it crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

Add feta cheese for extra salt and creaminess.

21. Corn salad

On a dark wooden table, a delicious sweet corn salad with avocado, red onion slices, and tomatoes is shown.

This is a perfect salad for the summertime because it packs so much flavor, but is at the same time light and refreshing.

The key to preparing this dish is boiling the corn before you mix it with salad greens. To enhance the taste, add lemon juice, vinegar, and garlic.