30 Favorite Side Dishes

Create the perfect meal with these great sides dishes.

Favorite Side Dishes: Herb Marinated Grilled Vegetables

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Herb Marinated Grilled Vegetables

The herb-packed marinade takes grilled vegetables from dull to delicious.

Favorite Side Dishes: Corn and Black Bean Salad

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Corn and Black Bean Salad

Add a pop of color and flavor to any meal with this simple and refreshing salad.

Favorite Side Dishes: Coconut Curry Jasmine Rice

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Coconut Curry Jasmine Rice

Balance the bold flavor of curry with the cool taste of coconut milk.

Favorite Side Dishes: Spinach Cole Slaw

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Spinach Cole Slaw

A garden-fresh dish, with the added nutrition of spinach, gives just the right amount of lightness to any main course.

Favorite Side Dishes: English Pea Risotto

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English Pea Risotto

Craving some rich flavors? Top off this hearty risotto with crunchy sweet peas.

Favorite Side Dishes: Yucca Fries with Cilantro Mayonnaise

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Yucca Fries with Cilantro Mayonnaise

For an alternative to basic fries and ketchup, impress guests with crispy yucca fries and an aromatic garlic-and-cilantro dip.

Favorite Side Dishes: Sweet Potato-Jalapeno Casserole

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Sweet Potato-Jalapeno Casserole

Turn up the heat on traditional sweet potato casserole by adding jalapeños and topping it with cheese.

Favorite Side Dishes: Artichoke Cakes with Cajun Rémoulade

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Artichoke Cakes with Cajun Rémoulade

Savor tender artichoke hearts in an easy-to-eat cake topped with zesty Cajun rèmoulade. Entertaining tip: These also make great appetizers!

Favorite Side Dishes: Olive Oil-Braised Eggplant with Fresh Tomato and Pomegranate Sauce

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Olive Oil-Braised Eggplant with Fresh Tomato and Pomegranate Sauce

Top off thick slices of eggplant with this naturally sweet and spicy garnish.

Favorite Side Dishes: Uncle Nick’s Oyster Dressing

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Uncle Nick’s Oyster Dressing

Bursting with protein, this hearty side dish boasts ham, beef, and oysters.

Favorite Side Dishes: Pasta Salad with Asparagus and Pecorino

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Pasta Salad with Asparagus and Pecorino

This effortless and healthy pasta dish has bold, sophisticated flavors that can be created in a few easy steps.

Favorite Side Dishes: Dirty Rice

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Dirty Rice

Put a twist on this traditional Cajun side by adding fresh cut okra.

Olive Oil-Braised Artichokes and Soffrito

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Olive Oil-Braised Artichokes and Soffrito

Don't be alarmed by the name. "Soffrito" is simply an Italian word meaning a mixture of finely chopped vegetables and seasonings. In this recipe,  fennel, onion, celery, and carrots seasoned with rosemary serve as the soffrito, while braised artichokes make up the rest of this side.

Crab-and Coconut-Risotto with Mango

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Crab-and-Coconut Risotto with Mango

It will be hard to have just one serving of this risotto. Coconut milk, brown sugar, and flaked coconut give it a sweet flavor, but crab meat and curry powder make it rich and savory.

Papas Aplastadas (Crushed Potatoes)

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Papas Aplastadas (Crushed Potatoes)

Mashed potatoes meet baked potatoes in this satisfying side dish. After gently crushing cooked potatoes, simply top them with bacon, green onion, and cheese—like a baked potato—and then add cumin, sautéed bell pepper and garlic.

Coconut Rice with Mangoes and Pistachios

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Coconut Rice with Mangoes and Pistachios

Give your rice a tropical makeover by adding coconut milk, mangoes, and crunchy roasted pistachios. It will quickly become a family favorite!

Sweet-and-Sour Onions

Sweet-and-Sour Onions

Dress up cocktail onions with a mixture of brown sugar, butter, and balsamic vinegar. Serve them on their own or as a topping on a wilted spinach salad.

Brussels Sprouts Hash with Bacon, Hazelnuts, and Mint

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Brussels Sprouts Hash with Bacon, Hazelnuts, and Mint  

This side dish will make brussles sprouts fans out of everyone! Simply shred Brussels sprouts and mix with green onions, bacon, toasted hazelnuts, and fresh mint for a full-flavored dish.

Moroccan Carrots

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Moroccan Carrots

Moroccan food is known for being heavily spiced and full of flavor. This easy side dish is not an exception. Cooked carrots are flavored with cinnamon, ginger, honey, vinegar, and cilantro for a flavorful and colorful side.

Grilled Summer Veggie Succotash

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Grilled Summer Veggie Succotash

Grilling vegetables really brings out their crisp, fresh flavors. This colorful grilled succotash is made from corn, zucchini, lima beans, and grape tomatoes all tossed with a balsamic vinaigrette.

Grilled Veggie Kebabs

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Grilled Veggie Kebabs

Eggplant, zuchhini, onion, and cherry tomatoes are marinated and grilled for a quick-and-easy side that is sure to please.

Avocado Fries

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Avocado Fries

Avocado slices are given a panko coating and fried for a crisp-and-creamy treat. Better than regular fries? You decide.

Fennel with Sweet Onions

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Fennel with Sweet Onions

Try something new to go along with your main dish! This no-cook side combines crunchy fennel and sweet onion with the flavors of lemon juice and cilantro. 

Cuban Corn on the Cob

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Cuban Corn on the Cob

Everyone loves grilled corn, but try rolling it in melted butter and a mixture of parsley, cilantro, and parmesan cheese for an even better version of the favorite.

Zesty Carrots

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Zesty Carrots

Horseradish and Worcestershire sauce add the zest to this carrot casserole. Topped with panko for a perfect crunch, this casserole is a great new way to serve carrots.

Red-Hot Stuffed Chiles

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Red-Hot Stuffed Chiles

Kick up your meal with grilled stuffed chiles. All you need are jalapeño, Cubanelle, or Anaheim chiles and a stuffing of cream cheese and olives. They’re easy and delicious, if you can stand the heat.

Hoppin' John

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Hoppin' John

This is not your typical Hoppin’ John. Our version includes thyme and a fresh basil pesto for added flavor.

Favorite Side Dishes: Tropical Fruit with Mango Cream

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Tropical Fruit with Mango Cream

Looking for a fresh summer side? Liven up a fruit plate with this light and tasty mango cream dip.

Favorite Side Dishes: Clam Fritters

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Clam Fritters

The bite-size fritters are easy to make and packed with a subtle, briny taste.

Favorite Side Dishes: Garden Fresh Green Beans

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Garden Fresh Green Beans

Make your green beans less blasé with a simple yet savory butter-and-mushroom combination.

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