The Best Side Dishes for Crab Cakes
Recipe: Confetti Slaw
This colorful slaw recipe is light and bright, and jalapenos add a welcome kick to comfy crab cakes.
Grilled Tomato Salad with Creamy Basil Dressing
Use up those farm fresh tomatoes while you can with this summery, savory salad.
Zucchini and Mint Gazpacho with Radish Salsa
This chilled soup will be the prettiest recipe you serve all summer.
Arugula Salad with Spicy Roasted Chickpeas
Crab cakes can stand strong alone, so you don’t need much more than a simple green salad like this one.
Quinoa, Corn, and Mint Salad
Recipe: Quinoa, Corn, and Mint Salad
Mint adds freshness to this easy side salad, and fresh corn is the perfect summertime addition.
Fresh Vegetable Succotash with Basil
This lightened up Southern recipe is the ideal partner to indulgent crab cakes.
New Hampshire: Corn Chowder with English Peas
Recipe: Corn Chowder with English Peas
Corn chowder is a classic pairing with crab cakes, and it basically spells out coastal comfort food.
Carrot, Mango, and Jicama Slaw
Recipe: Carrot, Mango, and Jicama Slaw
This crisp slaw will brighten up your plate and play well with breaded crab cakes.
Charred Eggplant with Salsa Verde and Burrata
Although crab cakes can be a smaller main dish, hearty eggplant will fill you up, and melty buratta is to die for.
Valladolid Tomato Salad
Recipe: Valladolid Tomato Salad
This beautiful, light salad is company worthy but easy enough to put together on a weeknight.
Grilled Avocado Salad
Recipe: Grilled Avocado Salad
We’ve never met a preparation for avocados that we didn’t like, and getting them smoky and charred on the grill is pure genius.
Tomato–Red Pepper Gazpacho with Fresh Vegetable Medley
Instead of classic tomato soup with a grilled cheese, try a dressed up, summery version with tomato gazpacho and crab cakes.
Grilled Summer Veggie Succotash
Recipe: Grilled Summer Veggie Succotash
This succotash is tossed with a no-fuss vinaigrette that lets the veggies shine.
Turnip Green Salad with Tabasco Vinaigrette
If you have hot sauce at the ready 24/7, this dressing is your new favorite recipe.
Grilled Broccoli Rabe with Feta and Crushed Red Pepper
This seven-ingredient recipe is quick enough for busy weeknights but pretty enough for a weekend luncheon.
Fresh Tomatillo-Serrano Sauce (Salsa Verde)
If you like your crab cakes on the hearty side, you don’t need much more than a hint of sauce or salsa to go with them.
Grilled Veggie Kebabs
Recipe: Grilled Veggie Kebabs
These kebabs will complement any main dish, and you can switch up which fresh veggies you use depending on the season.
Recipe: Collard Slaw
Get Southern with your slaw and use collard greens instead of cabbage—you might never make it the old way again.
Zesty Arugula-and-Baby Romaine Salad with Pecans and Shaved Reggiano
Peppery arugula, sweet candied pecans, zippy lemon-mustard dressing, and salty olives are only a few of the flavors going on in this well-rounded salad recipe.
Chilled Avocado Soup
Recipe: Chilled Avocado Soup
This chilled soup tastes rich and creamy, but it’s dairy free, so there are no hidden calories from heavy cream or milk.
Minty Grilled Summer Squash
Recipe: Minty Grilled Summer Squash
Putting veggies on the grill completely transforms them, and crumbled feta is just the right addition with honey mustard vinaigrette.
Jicama Salad with Mango and Hearts of Palm
A little sweet, a little heat, and just the right amount of crunch to offset a pillowy crab cake, this salad is a winner.