7 Heart-Healthy Side Dishes That Complete the Meal

Here are a week’s worth of easy, healthy sides to pair with heart-healthy main dishes like roasted salmon and grilled chicken breasts.

1. Vegetable Birdseed Pilaf

This savory veggie pilaf combines chopped spinach, peas, garlic, onion, and tomatoes with protein-rich millet, rosemary, and white wine.

Vegetable Birdseed Pilaf

Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

2. Roasted Garlic Cauliflower

Florets of cauliflower are simply roasted over high heat with olive oil and garlic. “Wonderful,” says Dewlanna. “And easy. It baked in the oven while I did other supper things.”

Roasted Garlic Cauliflower

Photo by MRSJPVAN2

3. Spinach and Mango Salad

This fresh spinach salad features cubed mangoes, slivered almonds, chopped fresh tarragon and a simple vinegar and olive oil dressing. It’s also versatile: “Summer berries are a nice alternative,” says GILLIANMCLENNAN.

Spinach and Mango Salad

Photo by JJRsMomma

4. Roasted Vegetables

“A casserole of seasonal vegetables that is so easy to prepare,” says Saundra. “It can be made a day ahead — just reheat before serving. Lemon juice can be substituted for balsamic vinegar.”

Roasted Vegetables

Photo by Beth Wand Sidell

5. Mediterranean Kale

You’ll steam fresh kale and then toss it in a bright, lemony dressing with minced garlic and a dash of soy sauce. “Absolutely loved it,” says Roni. “I added a teaspoon of agave nectar as well and thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Mediterranean Kale

Photo by KGora

6. Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Fries

These tasty sweet potato “fries” are seasoned with taco seasoning and cayenne pepper and baked until golden brown and crispy. “A great way to use sweet potatoes and cut the fat,” says INTEGRA3. “I’ll try cajun seasoning next time.”

Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Photo by CCLoves2Bake

7. Fried Broccoli

Beyond quick and easy, this recipe is ready in 10 minutes. Broccoli florets get a quick saute in olive oil and a pinch or two of crushed red pepper flakes. “Really tasty and different texture compared to the same old boiled or steamed frozen broccoli,” says Josephine.

 Fried Broccoli

Photo by Rock_lobster


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