30 Favorite Side Dishes
Create the perfect meal with these great sides dishes.
The herb-packed marinade takes grilled vegetables from dull to delicious.
Add a pop of color and flavor to any meal with this simple and refreshing salad.
- Recipe: Corn and Black Bean Salad
Balance the bold flavor of curry with the cool taste of coconut milk.
- Recipe: Coconut Curry Jasmine Rice
A garden-fresh dish, with the added nutrition of spinach, gives just the right amount of lightness to any main course.
- Recipe: Spinach Cole Slaw
Craving some rich flavors? Top off this hearty risotto with crunchy sweet peas.
- Recipe: English Pea Risotto
For an alternative to basic fries and ketchup, impress guests with crispy yucca fries and an aromatic garlic-and-cilantro dip.
Turn up the heat on traditional sweet potato casserole by adding jalapeños and topping it with cheese.
- Recipe: Sweet Potato-Jalapeno Casserole
Savor tender artichoke hearts in an easy-to-eat cake topped with zesty Cajun rèmoulade. Entertaining tip: These also make great appetizers!
Top off thick slices of eggplant with this naturally sweet and spicy garnish.
Bursting with protein, this hearty side dish boasts ham, beef, and oysters.
- Recipe: Uncle Nick’s Oyster Dressing
This effortless and healthy pasta dish has bold, sophisticated flavors that can be created in a few easy steps.
Put a twist on this traditional Cajun side by adding fresh cut okra.
- Recipe: Dirty Rice
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.
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.
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.
Give your rice a tropical makeover by adding coconut milk, mangoes, and crunchy roasted pistachios. It will quickly become a family favorite!
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.
- Recipe: Sweet and Sour Onions
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 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.
- Recipe: Moroccan Carrots
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.
- Recipe: Grilled Veggie Succotash
Eggplant, zuchhini, onion, and cherry tomatoes are marinated and grilled for a quick-and-easy side that is sure to please.
- Recipe: Grilled Veggie Kebabs
Avocado slices are given a panko coating and fried for a crisp-and-creamy treat. Better than regular fries? You decide.
- Recipe: Avocado Fries
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.
- Recipe: Fennel with Sweet Onions
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.
- Recipe: Cuban Corn on the Cob
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.
- Recipe: Zesty Carrots
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.
- Recipe: Red-Hot Stuffed Chiles
This is not your typical Hoppin’ John. Our version includes thyme and a fresh basil pesto for added flavor.
- Recipe: Hoppin' John
Looking for a fresh summer side? Liven up a fruit plate with this light and tasty mango cream dip.
- Recipe: Tropical Fruit with Mango Cream
The bite-size fritters are easy to make and packed with a subtle, briny taste.
- Recipe: Clam Fritters
Make your green beans less blasé with a simple yet savory butter-and-mushroom combination.
- Recipe: Garden Fresh Green Beans