45 Favorite Side Dishes
Minty Grilled Summer Squash
Garlic-and-Herb Chickpea Fries with Whipped Feta
These herb-filled fries are crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside—and yes, made from chickpeas. (Trust us, you won’t miss the potato version one bit.) Dunk the Za’atar-flavored crisps in the fluffy whipped feta with just the right amount of lemony zing.
Prepackaged slaw, step aside. Freshly sliced cabbage, carrots, peppers, and jalapeños tossed in homemade dressing makes for the bright and crunchy side dish every barbecue deserves.
- Recipe: Confetti Slaw
Shrimp and Marinated Peach Salad
Cellophane Noodles with Crab, Okra, and Tasso
Peas with Lemon and Tarragon
Wild Mushrooms in XO Sauce
Cooking mushrooms in Hong Kong’s XO sauce—whole dried scallops, shallots, garlic, bacon, and chilies infused into a luxury condiment—ensures every bite is full of rich, umami goodness.
- Recipe: Wild Mushrooms in XO Sauce
Elote-Style Corn With Cotija And Spicy Cilantro Cream
Summer corn charred and coated in salty Cotija, ancho chile powder, and flecks of fresh cilantro encapsulates elevated street food vibes—push cart optional.
Pascagoula Potato Salad
Charred Eggplant with Salsa Verde and Burrata
Shaved Spring Veggies with Miso-Honey Dressing
A hearty platter of roasted artichokes and asparagus makes a good side dish—miso-honey dressing, grated walnuts, and a smattering of fresh spinach makes it “second helpings” worthy.
Root Beer Baked Beans
The spicy flavor of root beer goes perfectly with baked beans while also adding a caramel-like sweetness. Enjoy the baked beans on their own, or load onto a hot dog for a peak barbecue dish.
- Recipe: Root Beer Baked Beans
Fresh Vegetable Succotash with Basil
Pack this traditional Southern side with asparagus, zucchini, and squash, and you’ve got a healthy update on a classic potluck dish.
Herb Marinated Grilled Vegetables
The herb-packed marinade takes grilled vegetables from dull to delicious.
Corn and Black Bean Salad
Add a pop of color and flavor to any meal with this simple and refreshing salad.
- Recipe: Corn and Black Bean Salad
Coconut Curry Jasmine Rice
Balance the bold flavor of curry with the cool taste of coconut milk.
- Recipe: Coconut Curry Jasmine Rice
Spinach Cole Slaw
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
English Pea Risotto
Craving some rich flavors? Top off this hearty risotto with crunchy sweet peas.
- Recipe: English Pea Risotto
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.
Sweet Potato-Jalapeno Casserole
Turn up the heat on traditional sweet potato casserole by adding jalapeños and topping it with cheese.
- Recipe: Sweet Potato-Jalapeno Casserole
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!
Olive Oil-Braised Eggplant with Fresh Tomato and Pomegranate Sauce
Top off thick slices of eggplant with this naturally sweet and spicy garnish.
Uncle Nick’s Oyster Dressing
Bursting with protein, this hearty side dish boasts ham, beef, and oysters.
- Recipe: Uncle Nick’s Oyster Dressing
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.
Put a twist on this traditional Cajun side by adding fresh cut okra.
- Recipe: Dirty Rice
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
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)
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
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
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 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
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.
- Recipe: Grilled Veggie Succotash
Grilled Veggie Kebabs
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