Sugar-Free Side Dishes

Make delicious side dishes without added sugar - these recipes will show you how.

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Whipped Cardamom Sweet Potatoes

Rating: 4.5 stars 45
These sweet potatoes are the best ever.

Asian Pasta

Rating: 3.5 stars 32
This is a great summertime - or anytime - vegetarian side dish.
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Gingery Carrot Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 55
A refreshing change of pace. I am always looking for salads that get better when they are in the fridge for a few days.

Lemon String Beans

Rating: 4 stars 33
This dish is simple and delicious for a hot summer day. Serve cold as a side dish.

Armenian Lentils

Rating: 4.5 stars 48
Warm lentils served with cool yoghurt and the spice of green onions makes this dish a refreshing and filling side dish or entree.

Lime Pear Gelatin Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 48
Great and green, this light gelatin salad made with pears and reduced fat cream cheese and whipped topping is a staple at any holiday meal in our family.

Garlic New Potatoes

Rating: 4.5 stars 11
New potatoes are simmered in Swanson® Seasoned Chicken Broth with Roasted Garlic for deliciously tender results.
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Sugar-Free Spiced Applesauce

Rating: 4.5 stars 5
This spiced applesauce is an amazing way to start the morning. I love it by itself or as a healthy topping for oatmeal, yogurt, or cottage cheese. I try to eat gluten- and sugar-free food as much as possible while keeping it delicious and full of flavor. This simple recipe is an easy choice! Agave nectar is a fantastic natural sweetener that is low carb and low glycemic index. It is about twice as sweet as sugar so use it in moderation. Use twice the amount of sugar if you are going to substitute. I like my apples tart, so feel free to sweeten to taste.

Brazilian White Rice

Rating: 4.5 stars 410
White rice is the main side dish made in Brazil. This is the way my mom would make it and taught my sister and I. What makes this so different is that we fry it in oil with minced onion and garlic before adding water. You can also use part water, part chicken broth. The secret is to not let it overcook because it should come out loose and not sticky.

Espinacas con Garbanzos (Spinach with Garbanzo Beans)

Rating: 4.5 stars 441
This recipe can be eaten as a side dish or as a light meal. It's great with a grilled pork chop and some crusty bread. Its origins date back to North African cultures and is one of the very popular choices of tapas in Seville's bars.

Indian Fried Cabbage

Rating: 4 stars 10
Warming Indian spices kick up cabbage a few notches for a quick, easy, and healthy side dish. I like to serve this with garlic naan bread, placing a bit of cabbage between the naan, to make a sandwich.

Watermelon Tomato Salad With Balsamic Dressing

Rating: 4.5 stars 11
Watermelon tomato salad, nice refreshing salad and the kids love it...this is a great summertime side.

Inspiration and Ideas

Slow Cooker Cider Applesauce (No Sugar Added)
Rating: Unrated 73
This spicy applesauce recipe requires no added sugar because the apples and spices are sweet enough on their own. The smell of the apples cooking with the spices makes the entire house smell like apple cider!
Scott's Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash Mashers
Rating: Unrated 34
Mashed sweet potato and butternut squash. This is a recipe that tastes great with no salt or sugar added and contains lots of fiber.
Rating: Unrated 18
Dollie's Tomato Aspic
Rating: 4.5 stars 2

This was my grandmother's (Dollie Cowan) recipe. She often served this at luncheons. Tomato aspic sounds a little strange to people nowadays, but it was very popular in the South in the 1930s-50s. Dollie served it on butter lettuce with a little mayonnaise on top.