Vegetable Recipes That Are Actually Delicious, Even If You Don't Like Veggies

It's no secret that not everybody loves vegetables. If you had a thing against string beans when you were growing up and still do to this day, you are so not alone. We here at Mashed totally get that, but we also know that getting your daily helping of veggies is an integral part of a healthy, balanced diet. And just because vegetables are healthy and it's important to work them into meals, that doesn't mean they need to be boring or dreaded. You can actually have a lot of fun preparing and eating them with every single meal. Trust us with this one — you're in for a treat.

We have put together a roundup of yummy vegetable recipes that are pretty darn delicious, and we're certain you will enjoy them — even if you don't like veggies. For instance, our buffalo cauliflower recipe is sure to be a favorite on your menu and would be a perfect addition to wings or barbecued steak. Our cucumber tomato salad recipe is so refreshing and light for a summertime lunch or side dish to complement your salmon dinner. You're bound to find some new side dishes you will love to prepare and your family will totally love to eat.

So, what are you waiting for? Check out these recipes and add them to your must-try list ASAP.

This scalloped potato recipe is buttery, cheesy goodness

Not only are potatoes chock-full of vitamins, but they're also chock-full of antioxidants and minerals. Our buttery, cheesy scalloped potato recipe may just be the best-looking potato dish you've ever seen — and it'll definitely be the most delicious one you've ever tasted.

The scalloped potatoes are stacked like flapjacks and are flavored with bacon and leeks. You can serve it with sour cream and chives on the side, and your family will love you for this dish. In order to prepare it, you'll need Yukon gold potatoes, heavy cream, butter, thyme, white wine, salt, and pepper. You can choose between Gruyere or cheddar cheese to top off your potatoes. This isn't just a potato dish — it's honestly a work of foodie art.

Bacon gives this broccoli salad a tasty spin

Salads can get kind of boring. Being a bit creative with a recipe like this broccoli bacon salad can add a little fun to whatever meal you are preparing. It goes really well with pork, fish, and meat. It's also a delicious salad to enjoy all on its own and makes an amazing side dish for a backyard barbecue or picnic. Because it's a cold salad, it's a great recipe to make and bring with you to almost any event. And let's be honest: bacon instantly upgrades any meal, right?

This recipe is so simple to make and, even better, you probably already have most of the ingredients in your kitchen. They include one large head of broccoli, bacon, sharp white cheddar cheese, red onion, raisins, sunflower seeds, agave, black pepper, white wine vinegar, and mayonnaise.

Eggplant parmesan is so delicious, you'll forget you're eating veggies

If you think eggplant parmesan doesn't even seem like it would be considered a "vegetable," think again. It most certainly is and has a lot of health benefits within its saucy, cheesy deliciousness. Our recipe is complete with cheesy goodness, and it's really a meal in itself. It almost seems like a lasagna dinner. Eggplant parmesan is one of those dishes you can count on to prepare and have plenty of leftovers.

To prepare this recipe, you'll need eggplants, flour, panko breadcrumbs, Italian seasoning, eggs, dried oregano, tomato sauce, and mozzarella. Eggplant parmesan takes some extra time to put together, but this recipe is so worth the effort.

Buffalo cauliflower is as much fun as buffalo wings, only healthier

This Buffalo cauliflower recipe is beyond delicious. In fact, it's as much fun to prepare and eat as buffalo wings are — only much healthier. It's such a great recipe to serve as an appetizer, but it's also a great side choice with anything you're preparing for dinner. Whether you're making burgers, grilled chicken, or even ribs, this vegetable coated in a tasty helping of Buffalo sauce is so good. It's sure to be a family staple all summer long for barbecues and campfire nights.

When you try out this recipe, in addition to your cauliflower, you'll need flour, garlic powder, paprika, salt, pepper, Buffalo sauce, butter, and milk. It's so easy to make and really fun to have on your plate. Be sure to put out extra napkins or finger wipes, because it's as messy to eat as it is tasty.

This Mexican street corn is spicy and dipped in cheese

This five-ingredient Mexican street corn is a recipe you'll make again and again, and it's named that for good reason. It is so delicious when buttered up with mayo and dipped in cotija cheese. If that alone doesn't entice you to try it, the fact that it only takes 15 minutes to prepare this veggie will definitely convince you.

All you'll need for this soon-to-be-favorite side dish will be fresh corn on husks, cotija cheese, mayonnaise, butter, and taco seasoning. According to the Mayo Clinic, corn is another healthy vegetable you can easily work into your diet. In addition to fiber and vitamins, corn is also rich in minerals such as iron, copper, magnesium, manganese, and zinc.

You'll actually enjoy green beans in this casserole

Okay, we totally know and understand that you are probably not super hyped up about green beans, but hear us out. You will be excited when you taste this slow cooker green bean casserole that's completely covered with crispy fried onions. Do we have your attention now?

The only ingredients for this recipe are frozen green beans, evaporated milk, canned cream of mushroom soup, crispy fried onions, and salt. According to Healthline, green beans are very nutritious and contain lots of vitamins. They are especially good for hair and bone health.

Cucumber tomato salad is a fresh and easy meal all by itself

One of the most refreshing vegetables to prepare that works well with just about any meal is cucumber tomato salad. Not only does it add such a colorful mix to each and every plate, but it's also downright delicious.

In addition to tomatoes and cucumber, this recipe calls for red onion, parsley, basil, oregano, olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, and olive oil. This recipe is perfect all by itself, but you can jazz it up even more with sliced mozzarella cheese, provolone, grated parmesan, or crumbled goat cheese along with a chewy piece of focaccia bread.

This sweet potato casserole has a dessert streusel topping

This sweet potato casserole recipe is extra sweet because it actually has a streusel topping and pecans. Yes, you read that correctly. These veggies are basically dessert.

Instead of a side of veggies, you'll feel like you're having a little dessert treat. Because you basically already are. Gather up your sweet potatoes, all-purpose flour, salt, brown sugar, butter, vanilla extract, and chopped pecans to whip up this oh-so-delicious vegetable that you will surely add to your list of favorite vegetable recipes. Yes, you read favorite vegetables correctly, too.