103 Side Dishes That Will Make Weeknight Dinners A Thousand Times Better

chopped up vegetables in a tomato based sauce
103 Best Side DishesPHOTO: ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

In our option the best way to elevate a weeknight dinner is with a great side dish, but the same old steamed vegetables or plain grain can get boring. Craving something different? We've got you covered. From simple grains and veggies to decadent, bacon-topped creations. No matter what the season or the main dish, there's a perfect side in this list of 101 recipes for you.

When it comes to simple, impressive sides, you don’t have to look much further than your local farmers' market or the produce section of your grocery store to create a bright spot on your plate. Particularly when you’re serving meat as your main, highlighting colorful veggies is a great way to add some color to your dish. Getting in all the health benefits of vegetables is easy when your plate looks like a rainbow! Green veggie dishes, like braised cabbage or grilled green beans, are fantastic, but we’re extra fond of the pop of color orange veggies like butternut squash or carrots can bring to a plate. Looking to shake your dinner routine up? There’s really no better way than to experiment with veggies you and your family might be less familiar with—try bok choy, eggplant, or delicata squash.

On the other hand, there’s really something to be said about how good comfort food feels, so potatoes in all their many shapes and forms will always be welcome on our plate. We’ve got everything from potato gratin to twice baked potatoes, and lots in between. You’ll be set whether you’re having a steak dinner lit by candlelight 0r a quick microwave-friendly meal on your way out the door.

Now that you’ve got ideas for your new favorite side dish, you’re going to want to really wow with your main—check out our top steak, chicken, seafood, and vegetarian weeknight dinners. And don’t forget dessert!

Ratatouille

While you may have seen a meticulously assembled variation of this dish (known as confit bayaldi) made famous in the 2007 animated film Ratatouille, our version of this summer-y stew is way less fussy and much more forgiving in terms of presentation.

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chopped up vegetables in a tomato based sauce
PHOTO: ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Grilled Corn On The Cob

This is our simplest, easiest recipe, but the flavor combo options are endless—check out the rest of our grilled corn ideas too.

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PARKER FEIERBACH

Grilled Zucchini With Ricotta & Walnuts

Instead of leaving the zucchini in their traditional slices, we threaded them onto skewers to lessen the amount of direct contact the zucchini had with the grill and create contrasting textures. The ribboning also creates plenty of nooks and crannies for the creamy ricotta and walnuts to settle.

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skewered and grilled zucchini planks topped with herby whipped ricotta and crunchy toasted walnuts
PHOTO: RACHEL VANNI; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Classic Macaroni Salad

Macaroni salad is one of our favorite things to pair with pulled pork or ribs, which is why it's such a disappointment when it's too dry or soggy. Not to fear—this recipe guarantees perfection ever time.

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creamy macaroni salad with carrots, celery, and olives
Hearst Owned

Funeral Potatoes

The story goes that these bubbling beauties were named so after becoming a traditional comfort food for post-funeral gatherings. They are basically comfort in a pan, but we prefer (and suggest we all) eat them on happier occasions, especially Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any time comfort food is an absolute necessity.

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creamy cheesy potatoes with a buttery cornflake topping
PHOTO: LUCY SCHAEFFER; FOOD STYLING: TAYLOR ANN SPENCER

Roasted Green Beans

For a vegetable side to reach the regular weeknight rotation, it has to be delicious and a no-brainer—just like these shallot-y roasted green beans. Simply toss fresh beans in olive oil and season with some salt and pepper before roasting on high heat, then finish under the broiler.

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fresh green beans tossed with olive oil and shallots, then roasted until tender and lightly blistered
PHOTO: LUCY SCHAEFFER; FOOD STYLING: TAYLOR ANN SPENCER

Arroz Con Gandules

Arroz con gandules is a traditional Puerto Rican dish that consists of rice, pork, tomato paste, achiote, gandules (pigeon peas), and sofrito. Perfect served alongside pernil and yuca fries (and followed up by a glass of coquito), arroz con gandules is the perfect side for holiday gatherings or weeknight dinners.

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arroz con gandules or sofrito rice with pigeon peas
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Spinach Salad

We use crisp apple, sliced red onion, briny feta, and toasted almonds in this salad for the perfectly balanced bowl. To go the extra mile, we definitely recommend toasting your own almonds. Not only does it give them a better texture, but it amplifies the flavor ten-fold.

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spinach in a bowl topped with sliced apples, sliced almonds, red onions, and crumbled feta
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Melting Potatoes

These melt-in-your-mouth potatoes got their name for good reason: With a tender, soft middle and an herby topping, one bite and you'll get it. Smothered in butter, garlic, and fresh herbs, they really are amazing with everything, from weeknight dinners to romantic special occasions.

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melting potatoes with herbs
PHOTO: LUCY SCHAEFFER; FOOD STYLING: TAYLOR ANN SPENCER

Zucchini Casserole With Garlicky Breadcrumbs

This summery vegetarian side may be quick and easy, but the colorful shingled veggies make for an impressive presentation. Even the most reluctant vegetable-eaters won't be able to resist that cheesy herbed breadcrumb topping. 😋

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Joel Goldberg

Baked Beans

Baked beans are sweet, tangy, savory, and the best part, surprisingly easy to make—they’re a one-pot wonder! Throw in the fact that one batch feeds a small crowd and that most of the cooking is done unattended in the oven, and you have a winning dish.

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PHOTO: NICO SCHINCO; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Italian Pasta Salad

Save yourself some time and make this simple Italian dressing ahead of time! Mix it together and store it in the fridge until you are ready to serve your pasta—the flavors will meld and taste better that way too.

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italian inspired pasta salad with cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, black olives, artichokes, and salami
PHOTO: ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLING: BARRETT WASHBURNE

One-Pot Creamy Vegan Greens

Creamed spinach without the dairy? Yes, please. Did you know that by substituting a few key ingredients, you can make these easy, creamy greens without sacrificing any of the rich flavors you’d expect? Not only is it a bit more nutritious, but it’s also just as delicious.

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greens in a creamy sauce with onions in a skillet
PHOTO: RACHEL VANNI; FOOD STYLING: ADRIENNE ANDERSON

Crispy Gnocchi & Mushrooms

Gnocchi will always hit the spot, but add mushrooms and it's a side to be extra proud of—it really couldn’t be simpler too. No fear if you don’t have a large skillet. Just split the mushrooms and gnocchi into batches so they have plenty of space to cook (and get nice and crispy!).

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crispy gnocchi and mushrooms
PHOTO: LUCY SCHAEFFER PHOTOGRAPHY; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE

Baked Zucchini

When it comes to roasted veggies, zucchini is one of our favorites. First of all, it's FAST! (No shade, roasted beets.) Secondly, it's versatile! Feel free to swap in your favorite spices and herbs or keep it simple with salt and pepper.

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Park Feierbach

Black Bean & Corn Salad

This easy salad comes together quickly and works as a side dish, a great topping for tacos, or as an appetizer with chips. Think of this as a medley of the most exciting parts of a vegetarian burrito bowl, unadulterated by rice, and hyped up by a little honey-lime action.

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black bean and corn salad
PHOTO: ERIK BERNSTEIN; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE

Crispy Parmesan Potatoes

These crispy Parmesan potatoes are extra-special. Crusted with crunchy golden brown cheese and served with a tangy sour cream and chive dip, they’re hard to resist. This recipe may “serve 4 to 6,” but beware—you might just find yourself eating half the pan.

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crispy parmesan potatoes on a platter with a bowl of sour cream and chive dip
PHOTO: ROCKY LUTEN; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Potato Gratin Bundles

Potatoes au gratin is a classic, but it's long overdue for an upgrade. Enter: bundles! Thin-skinned red potatoesget sliced, layered in parchment, smothered in a creamy, cheesy, garlicky sauce, then baked until steaming and tender. Best part? Less mess!

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thinly sliced red potatoes layered with herby cream cheese, parmesan, and gruyere and baked in a parchment pouch
PHOTO: RACHEL VANNI ; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Creamed Spinach

Creamed spinach is a simple side dish that is also the perfect way to use up any dying spinach. The creaminess will make you forget you're eating spinach and turn anyone into a fan of leafy greens.

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EMILY HLAVAC GREEN

Garlic-Parmesan Roasted Carrots

This recipe made us wonder, Why don’t we roast carrots more often? When they roast, their flavor concentrates and sweetens. Pair that with copious amounts of umami-packed Parmesan and just a touch of lemon, and you’ve got a super-irresistible side.

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garlic parmesan roasted carrots
PHOTO: ROCKY LUTEN; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE

Smashed Potatoes

If you usually only roast your potatoes, you've got to try smashing them—it makes them super crispy while also having an unbelievably buttery, tender center. 😍

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smashed baby potatoes with garlic and seasonings
PHOTO: ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE

Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts

Inspired by the popular Chinese takeout dish Kung Pao chicken, these saucy Brussels sprouts are dangerously delicious. If you want to up the spice level, feel free to add red chiles with the garlic.

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kung pao brussels topped with sesame seeds, peanuts, and scallions
JOEL GOLDBERG

Perfect Caprese Salad

Caprese salad is one of the best ways to show off those juicy in-season farmer's market tomatoes or your own backyard harvest. Hailing from the island of Capri and mirroring the colors of the Italian flag, this simple salad is the perfect way to start any late-summer meal.

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Parker Feierbach

Homemade Mac & Cheese

In our book, the perfect macaroni & cheese recipe has to nail three things: be extra creamy, plenty cheesy, and paired with a golden, crunchy topping. This tried-and-true recipe aces all of these requirements (and more!) with flying colors, so put that blue box back on the shelf.

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homemade mac and cheese baked with breadcrumbs
PHOTO: ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Fried Rice

We know everyone has a soft spot in their heart for their favorite type of fried rice (we see you, shrimp fried rice-heads), so this recipe is super classic, perfect for personalizing however you like (i.e., customize it with whatever additional protein and veggies you have in the fridge).

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fried rice with peas, eggs, and green onions
PHOTO: ERIK BERNSTEIN; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Garlic Bread

Our top tips for homemade garlic bread? Keep it simple, and use plenty of garlic. All you need are a handful of staple ingredients and less than 30 minutes to create this herby, garlicky side everyone will love.

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garlic bread
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Corn Casserole

This corn casserole transcends other commonplace casseroles into a league of its own. It’s packed with sweet corn, balanced by a pinch of paprika and herby chives, and has an super-tender and custardy texture that will have you on your third helping before you even know what hit you.

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classic midwestern casserole made with jiffy muffin mix, creamed corn, and fresh corn then baked and topped with paprika and chives
PHOTO: RACHEL VANNI; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Potatoes Au Gratin

Cheesy, creamy, and perfectly decadent, potatoes au gratin is the side dish we turn to for practically every holiday. Thinly sliced potatoes are baked with a creamy garlic mixture and cheese topping until golden and bubbling.

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scalloped potatoes in creamy sauce in a white casserole dish baked and topped with cheese
PHOTO: RACHEL VANNI; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE

Cannellini Beans With Herb Sauce

White beans are a great blank canvas, especially for bright, assertive flavors like lemon and fresh herbs like basil. Perfect as a side, or as a meal topped with a poached egg, these beans prove from-scratch really does make a difference.

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cannellini beans with herb sauce
ERIK BERNSTEIN

Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet potato fries can sometimes have a bad reputation—especially the oven-baked ones. They’re usually a floppy, bland pile of under-seasoned sadness, but it doesn’t have to be that way! We've got all the tips to guarantee crisp and savory sweet potato fries fresh out of the oven.

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crispy, baked sweet potato fries seasoned with freshly ground black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika
PHOTO: ERIK BERNSTEIN; FOOD STYLING: LENA ABRAHAM

Bacon Fried Cabbage

If you want to venture into the world of cabbage that goes beyond corned beef or coleslaw, try this fried cabbage on for size. Hearty and flavorful, it only requires 5 ingredients (if you don't count the salt and pepper). This simple recipe might just convert even the most ardent of cabbage haters.

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bacon fried cabbage
PHOTO: ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Mashed Potato Casserole

Mashed potato casserole is the ultimate holiday side dish you've been waiting for. It's bound to find its way onto your holiday dinner table at some point during the season, but it makes a great side dish any time of the year. It's creamy, fluffy, and oh so cheesy.

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mashed potato casserole
PHOTO: ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLING: Taylor Ann SPENCER

Garlic Knots

Slathered in buttery, garlicky goodness, these garlic knots are seriously yummy. They’re also easy and quick to make. Just be sure to plan ahead and take your refrigerated pizza dough out ahead of time.

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PHOTO: ERIK BERNSTEIN; FOOD STYLING: SIMON ANDREWS

Beer Braised Cabbage

Don’t overlook the humble cabbage! This straight cabbage braise (without meat!) is the perfect way to experience cabbage in all its vegetal glory.

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braised cabbage with mushrooms and croutons topped with fresh thyme
PHOTO: ERIK BERNSTEIN; FOOD STYLING: MICAH MORTON

Miso Roasted Carrots

These sweet-savory carrots are topped with the most delicious mix of crunchy nuts and spices. We like pistachios and black and white sesame seeds, but feel free to swap in your favorites (like everything bagel seasoning, perhaps?).

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miso roasted carrots topped with pistachios and black and white sesame seeds on a teal plate
ERIK BERNSTEIN

Green Beans Almondine

Sautéed with shallots and garlic, tossed with buttery, toasted almonds, and finished with lemon, these French green beans are quick enough to serve for a weeknight dinner while also being fancy enough for holiday meals and dinner parties.

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green beans almondine
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Chili Oil Smashed Potatoes

This recipe is a spicy take on our favorite crispy potato method: smashed potatoes. It uses chili oil—make your own or use store-bought. Whichever you choose, try and get the potatoes coated in a good mix of both the oil and the crispy bits to guarantee perfection.

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chili oil smashed potatoes
Lucy Schaeffer

Perfect Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are one of the most versatile ingredients in the kitchen: They're amazing boiled, baked, sautéed, and fried (we love you, sweet potato fries), but one of the easiest and most convenient ways to cook sweet potatoes is to roast them.

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PARKER FEIERBACH

Parmesan Roasted Green Beans

This side is like if green beans dressed up as cheesy garlic bread. 😍 Tossed in garlic and black pepper and showered with cheese, this simple, yet irresistible side will steal the spotlight at every holiday table.

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parmesan roasted green beans
PHOTO: LUCY SCHAEFFER; FOOD STYLING: ERICA JOYCE

Summer Panzanella

Panzanella is a salad that truly tastes like summer. It's one that you want to make in peak season—when the tomatoes are extra juicy, the squash slightly sweet, and the basil extra cheap.

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grilled panzanella salad
Andrew bui

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

You know what’s great? Mashed potatoes. You know what’s even better? Roasted garlic mashed potatoes! That extra-savory flavor from melty, roasted garlic adds the perfect kick to classic mashed spuds. (We also add a splash of tangy balsamic vinegar to kick them up a notch.)

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roasted garlic mashed potatoes
Erik bernstein

Rice & Peas

This quintessential side goes with any main dish in Jamaican cuisine. Fluffy and moist, it has a savory creaminess that comes from the use of aromatics like garlic and onion, in addition to coconut milk. It's a perfect match for classic Jamaican dishes like curry chicken or oxtail stew.

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jamaican rice and peas
PHOTO: RACHEL VANNI; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Patatas Bravas

Spicy, creamy, crunchy, smoky… these are all the elements you'll find in the popular Spanish tapas patatas bravas. Think of these like you would French fries, with a little more flair.

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patatas bravas
PHOTO: LUCY SCHAEFFER; FOOD STYLIST: BROOKE CAISON

Cheesy Brussels Sprout Bake

This is one side dish that will everyone freak out about (and run for seconds). If you have vegetarian guests, feel free to skip the bacon! We're usually all about the smoky flavor, but for this dish, it's all about the CHEESE.

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Ethan Calabrese

French Fries

Recipes that require frying are often super-specific; the temperature of the oil must be just so. Not with this method. Turns out you can put *unsoaked* potatoes in a Dutch oven, pour cold oil on top until they’re just covered, then bring the whole thing to a boil. 😋

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homemade french fries
Parker feierbach

Sichuan-Style "Fish-Fragrant" Eggplant

Despite the name, there is no trace of fish in this delicious dish. Originating from the Sichuan province in China, 魚香 (yu xiang) describes a flavor profile that was originally used in preparing fish dishes from the region, but is now used to season vegetables, like this eggplant too.

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June xie

Lyonnaise Potatoes

Pan-fried potatoes are one of life's simplest pleasures. All you need is some potatoes, some fat, and plenty of salt. This French variety elevates the pan-fried potato even FURTHER with the addition of caramelized onions and lots of butter. What's not to love?

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lyonnaise potatoes
Park Feierbach

Cucumber, Tomato, & Onion Salad

Perfect for when your garden or the local farmers' market is overflowing with cucumbers and tomatoes, this salad also does surprisingly well with out-of-season produce, due to their year-round availability.

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cucumber, onion, tomato salad
PHOTO: ERIK BERNSTEIN; FOOD STYLING: SPENCER RICHARDS

Grilled Eggplant

Other grilled veggies may get all the spotlight in the summer, but we’re here to tell you: grilled eggplant deserves a place at the table. Pair with crumbled feta, parsley, and a homemade tahini dressing like we did here, and you’ve got a simple summer side to go with any (and every) main.

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grilled eggplant rounds topped with chopped parsley and feta
Parker feierbach

Sweet Potato Salad

This sweet potato salad is the perfect way to lighten up any autumnal dinner or even your Thanksgiving spread. Feta, dried cranberries, and red onions pair really nicely with the earthy sweetness of the orange super food. Did we mention it's great warm or cold?

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sweet potato salad
Parker feierbach

Roasted Cauliflower

Cauliflower is one of our favorites to roast because, flavor-wise, it's very much a blank canvas. You can keep it simple with just salt and pepper, or add a touch of color and zesty flavor with Old Bay seasoning like we did here. Experiment with your favorite spice blend!

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closeup of roasted cauliflower
ANDREW BUI

Baked Risotto With Lemon, Peas & Parmesan

If you’ve never made risotto because you didn’t want to stand there stirring forever, then this recipe is for you. It packs all the satisfying flavor of a slow-stirred version into a fraction of the hands-on time!

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baked risotto with lemon, peas parmesan
Andrew bui

Kimchi

Kimchi is a broad name for a type of banchan—or side dish—that is served alongside most meals in Korea. Serve it alongside bibimbap, stir it into fried rice, or fold it into creamy pasta.

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napa cabbage and daikon kimchi
PHOTO: ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Callaloo

Like spinach, sautéed Jamaican callaloo is a versatile dish. Most often mixed with rehydrated salted cod fish and eaten for breakfast with boiled green bananas, boiled yams, dumplings, and of course, fried plantains, callaloo can be mixed with rice to make a delicious side dish. Or serve callaloo with jerk chicken and rice and peas.

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jamaican callaloo
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Pimiento Cheese Corn Muffins

The flavor squad is here to provide standard corn muffins with a mega boost. These muffins take their cues from the classic Southern dip, pimento cheese. Packed with shredded cheddar, diced pimiento peppers, garlic powder, and a generous amount of cayenne, the result is a savory delight.

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pimento cheese corn muffins
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Greek Salad

Filled with fresh veggies, tangy feta, and a simple dressing made of ingredients you might already have in your fridge, this bright Greek salad only takes 15 minutes to prepare, making it a perfect last-minute addition to any summer celebration.

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greek salad with cucumber, tomatoes, red onion, olives, and feta
PHOTO: RACHEL VANNI; FOOD STYLING BARRETT WASHBURNE

Fondue Mashed Potatoes

If you’ve ever dreamed up a cheese fondue combined with mashed potatoes, this would be it. Fondue mashed potatoes, or pommes aligot, are super-creamy, silky mashed potatoes that have a starchy, cheesy pull that you’ve gotta see to believe.

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fondue mashed potatoes
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Classic Potato Salad

A classic potato salad is a must-have at every picnic and BBQ, and ours is the best—it's creamy and tangy, with a little bit of crunch from the onion and pickles. If you’re looking for a classic, no-fuss potato salad that won’t disappoint, this is it.

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classic potato salad with pickles, onions, and topped with paprika and chives
PHOTO: RACHEL VANNI; FOOD STYLING: SIMON ANDREWS

Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a comfort food that deserves to be celebrated all year long, but should be absolutely perfect on your Thanksgiving dinner table. To make sure your mashed potatoes are as creamy and delicious as possible, we retested this recipe again and again until we achieved perfection.

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perfect mashed potatoes
Parker feierbach

Vinegar Coleslaw

To make this a truly vegan-friendly slaw, there is neither mayonnaise nor honey in the mix. We use maple to bring out the veggies’ natural sweetness and Dijon mustard helps emulsify the oil and vinegar while adding a bit of a kick in the back of your throat.

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vinegar coleslaw with poppy seeds
PHOTO: ERIK BERNSTEIN; FOOD STYLING: ERIKA JOYCE

Sweet Potato Gratin

Your sweet potatoes are tired of being baked. Give them the chance to become something much more exciting and turn them into sweet potato gratin. Just like the OG potatoes au gratin, these sweet potatoes are layered with plenty of cheese and herby cream sauce and baked until golden brown and bubbly. 😍

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tri color sweet potato gratin with gruyere and thyme
PHOTO: LUCY SCHAEFFER; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Spanish Rice

Similar to our Mexican rice, Spanish rice is the garlicky, well-seasoned side you need on the table. Also called arroz rojo, this dinnertime staple checks all the boxes: It's full of flavor, has the perfect texture, and comes together in just 45 minutes.

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spanish rice garnished with cilantro leaves
PHOTO: RACHEL VANNI; FOOD STYLING: TAYLOR ANN SPENCER

Coconut Rice

Coconut rice is a Thai style rice that uses a slightly different method than you would normally use to cook rice. Replacing half of the water with coconut milk makes the rice slightly sticky and much more flavorful.

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coconut rice
Emily Hlavac Green

Aloo Gobi

Aloo gobi is a classic vegetarian Indian dish translating to potatoes (aloo) and cauliflower (gobi). It's a one-pot, super simple, comforting dish that's ready quickly—serve it as a side or over rice as a main.

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aloo gobi
PARKER FEIERBACH

Smoky Pinto Beans

It seems all too often black beans steal the spotlight from the slightly less popular pinto bean. We're here to say: give pintos a chance! They're ultra creamy, a little smoky, and super versatile.

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pinto beans
Lucy Schaeffer

Gamja Jorim: Korean Potatoes

Creamy, tender potato chunks are coated in a slightly sticky, sweet-salty sauce that results from the reduction of honey and soy sauce. Eat it with rice as your low-maintenance weeknight dinner, or serve it alongside your main course.

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gamja jorim korean potatoes
June xie

Potato Rolls

Fresh out of the oven, each of these rolls has a crispy bottom, buttery top, and unbelievably soft center. The secret? Starch from potatoes. Fluffiest. Dinner. Rolls. Ever.

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fluffy potato rolls
Andrew bui

Loaded Potato Potato Salad

Imagine a loaded baked potato and potato salad coming together to make the ultimate year-round side, and you’ve pretty much got it. Complete with crispy bacon, scallions, and cheddar cheese, this potato salad will have you thinking you’re in your favorite steakhouse.

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loaded baked potato salad
PHOTO: LUCY SCHAEFFER; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Air Fryer Moroccan-Spiced Carrots

A combo of spices adds a riot of flavor to those carrots that may or may not have been sitting in the crisper for too long. Serve alongside anything grilled, like our grilled tofu or grilled pork tenderloin.

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air fryer moroccan spiced carrots
PHOTO: JOEL GOLDBERG; FOOD STYLING: HADLEY SUI

Saffron Rice

Saffron rice is quite possibly the most beautiful side dish to grace any dinner table. Colored with the reddish threads from saffron flower stigmas and paired with bright red pomegranate seeds, this rice has a subtle yet fragrant aroma that'll enhance the flavor of the meat you serve alongside it.

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saffron rice
PHOTO: LUCY SCHAEFFER PHOTOGRAPHY; FOOD STYLING: BARRETT WASHBURNE

Papaya Salad

When picking your papaya for this salad, just make sure you’re choosing a green, very unripe fruit. And no worries if you’ve got shreds of different thicknesses! That rustic and organic variation will contribute to fun textures in every bite, and we’ll pound them all until tender anyway.

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green papaya salad with tomatoes and romaine and crushed peanuts
PHOTO: ERIK BERNSTEIN; FOOD STYLING: LENA ABRAHAM

Chili Oil Smashed Cucumbers

Bonus for this recipe: you get to smash out a little bit of pent-up anger in the process! The resulting uneven, craggy texture of split cucumbers is perfect for grabbing and holding on to that delicious, seasoned oil.

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chili oil smashed cucumbers on a plate
JOEL GOLDBERG

Garlic-Sesame Sautéed Spinach (Sautéed Sigeumchi Namul)

This easy sautéed spinach recipe is our take on the classic Korean banchan (aka side dish) sigeumchi namul, which is typically made using blanched spinach. The rich flavor of toasted sesame oil pairs beautifully with the verdant spinach.

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garlic sesame spinach
Joel goldberg

Southern-Style Cornbread

Southern-style cornbread starts with bacon fat and is (almost) always baked in a cast-iron skillet. Don't be intimidated by baking in your cast iron—here's how we like to season ours to guarantee it won't stick.

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stack of cornbread topped with a pat of butter
ERIK BERNSTEIN

Perfect Bok Choy

Quick-cooking bok choy is one of our favorite veggie sides. Here we pair it with ginger and sesame oil for a light but flavorful plate of greens. Serve it alongside fish, meat, or your favorite rice dish.

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bok choy topped with ginger and sesame seeds in a black bowl
ANDREW BUI

Bang Bang Cauliflower

When we're looking for a spicy, flavorful side to brighten up our dinner, we turn to bang bang cauliflower. Not only is it quick and easy, but the dish is super adaptable (so feel free to change it up a bit if you like).

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Park Feierbach

Mashed Butternut Squash

After roasting, butternut squash becomes extremely smooth and creamy. Instead of the added milk or cream, the squash gets blended with a little butter for a velvety smooth side dish. It's one of our favorite ways to serve the vegetable, and it takes very little effort!

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mashed butternut squash
Parker Feierbach

Homemade Biscuits

Can anything beat a warm, flaky biscuit straight out of the oven (or air fryer, if you want to keep your oven free)? We don't think so! Our ideal biscuit should have tender, flaky layers and an extra buttery taste, and this soft and pillowy recipe does just that.

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homemade flaky biscuits
PHOTO: ROCKY LUTEN; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE

Candied Yams

Though candied yams might be super sweet on their own, they're the perfect complement to a plateful of savory holiday mains. Our version gets an added kick from bourbon—we think once you try them you'll never want yams without it!

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candied sliced yams in a dish
PHOTO: DOAA ELKADY; FOOD STYLING: BROOKE CAISON

Cacio E Pepe Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels sprouts are great as is, but add a quick roast to get the bottoms crisp and a healthy dusting of pecorino and Parmesan? As soon as they come out of the oven, these cheese will gently melt into them, reminding us of one of our favorite pastas, cacio e pepe.

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cacio e pepe brussels sprouts
PHOTO: JOSEPH DE LEO; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE

Not only does the char from the grill add a slight bitterness that balances a tomato’s acidity and sweetness really well, but the direct heat manages to bring some of the deep umami flavors that you might find from a tomato sauce without letting the tomato completely fall apart.

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grilled tomatoes
Andrew bui

Elote (Mexican Street Corn)

Elote (AKA Mexican street corn) is an unbelievably popular antojito—little craving or street food—featuring grilled corn covered in a creamy mayo and Mexican crema mixture, then topped with chili powder, cotija cheese, and plenty of lime juice. The combo is INCREDIBLE.

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grilled corn topped with a creamy mixture, cotija cheese, chili powder, cilantro and lime
PHOTO: ERIK BERNSTEIN; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE

Scalloped Potatoes

When it comes to crowd-pleasing holiday comfort foods, you can’t beat scalloped potatoes. Rich, creamy, and refreshingly unfussy, this versatile side dish is great for everything from a fancy dinner to friendly potlucks. Read on for our top tips to guarantee yours are best they can be, every time you make them.

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scalloped potatoes in a white baking dish with a silver serving spoon
Hearst Owned

Cauliflower Tots

These cheesy nuggets of joy might be better than the potato version. We've included an oven-baked version as well as an air-fryer version—both are great, but we're in love with how golden the air fryer version gets!

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cauliflower tots
Parker Feierbach

Cauliflower Au Gratin

Potatoes au gratin is a creamy decadent dish that no matter how hard we try, we can never give it up. This version made with cauliflower lets us have the decadence without the carbs.

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cauliflower au gratin
Parker Feierbach

Sautéed Zucchini

This easy, quick-sautéed zucchini is the perfect side dish for weeknights. It's full of flavor, and the zucchini slightly caramelizes as it cooks in the cast-iron pan. It's our favorite way to use up zucchini (beside chocolate zucchini bread, of course).

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sautéed zucchini
Parker feierbach

Honey Glazed Carrots

Pretty much any kind of carrot will work here, whole or baby carrots, orange or rainbow-colored. We’ve gone with honey, garlic, and rosemary to top them, but you could use any combination of herbs and spices too!

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delish glazed carrots
Ethan Calabrese

Garlic Butter Mushrooms

These are WILDLY delicious! If you can't find cremini mushrooms, look for baby bellas or button mushrooms—they're essentially the same thing and will work just as well here.

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garlic butter mushrooms
Parker Feierbach

Lemony Herb Couscous

Couscous often gets forgotten about and honestly, we don't know why. It's much easier to make than most grains or pastas. A simple drizzle of olive oil and lemon juice is our favorite way to serve it, but the possibilities are endless.

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hot to cook couscous
Parker Feierbach

Pan Fried Potatoes

A lot of skillet potatoes take way longer than they should. The truth is, you don't need to pre-cook the potatoes at all. You just need to slice 'em thin and choose the best oils—we use olive and vegetable oil to achieve the best crispiness.

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pan fried potatoes
PARKER FEIERBACH

Burrata Salad

Think of burrata salad as Caprese salad's fancy cousin. Peak-summer tomatoes are topped with this luscious cheese (think a shell of mozzarella filled with a soft, creamy filling) and garnished with a shower of peppery basil leaves and savory chives. 😍

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burrata salad
Andrew bui

Roasted Asparagus

When the stalks darken and crisp, they're not burning, they're developing more flavor. And for thicker stalks, roasting makes a perfectly tender interior that seriously can't be beat.

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delish roasted asparagus
ETHAN CALABRESE

Roasted Carrots

Toss carrots with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and spread in an even layer on a large sheet tray. (Feel free to throw in any of your favorite herbs or spices as well!) Be sure not to overcrowd your pan, or the liquid released from the carrots will prevent them from caramelizing.

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roasted carrots
ETHAN CALABRESE

Hush Puppies

You won't be able to keep hushed about these. Serve them with your favorite seafood or BBQ dishes.

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hush puppies
ETHAN CALABRESE

Buttermilk Onion Rings

Cornstarch and seltzer help to keep the batter for these light, while the fine cornmeal and paprika give each bite a little more crunch and flavor. Dip them in some mayo (Kewpie is highly recommended) and ketchup, and get ready for the freshest onion rings you've ever tasted.

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buttermilk onion rings
Parker feierbach

Grilled Balsamic Mushrooms

Mushrooms can get sidelined at a barbecue as the side dish just for vegetarians, but when tossed in a balsamic-soy glaze, they'll get ALL the attention. Follow our tips to make them the best they can be.

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grilled balsamic mushrooms
PARKER FEIERBACH

Loaded Cauliflower Bake

This combines the creamy, cheesiness of a classic macaroni & cheese and the amazing fix-ins (hint: BACON) from a twice baked potato into one incredible low-carb side.

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loaded cauliflower bake
Parker Feierbach

Mashed Cauliflower

This cauliflower mash recipe is the perfect low-carb substitute to mashed potatoes. The secret to making steamed cauliflower smooth and creamy? CREAM CHEESE! (We're big fans, if you hadn't noticed 😉.)

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mashed cauliflower
Park Feierbach

Hasselback Potatoes

Hasselbackspotatis, aka Hasselback potatoes, are a Swedish invention that transforms a humble baked potato into an ingenious work of art. Each potato is partially sliced into a row of thin slivers that then get brushed with oil or butter and baked to roasty-toasty crispy-crunchy perfection. These are spud heaven!

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hasselback potatoes delishcom
June Xie

Stir-Fried Snow Peas

With a fresh, vegetal profile and a bit of crunch, snow peas are undoubtedly a star in many a salad, but might be even better stir-fried. You could simply fry them with a bit of garlic and oil, but adding more veg like mushrooms and a simple soy-ginger sauce elevate them into a proper side.

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snow peas
Erik bernstein

Greek Lemon Potatoes

It comes as no surprise that Greece has perfected the art of the roasted potato. Here, a combination of steaming and roasting leads to a creamy, tender interior and a crispy exterior. The chicken broth and lemon juice turn to fragrant steam in the oven, infusing each bite with rich flavor.

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greek lemon potatoes
Hearst Owned

Cilantro Lime Rice

Like Chipotle without having to wait in line. Make this instead of plain white rice to take your Mexican meals next level.

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cilantro lime rice
JONATHAN BOULTON

Grilled Ranch Potatoes

Grilling baby potatoes are the perfect way to incorporate potatoes to your next BBQ without having to step foot inside the kitchen. We take these spuds to the next level with two levels of ranch dressing goodness: the seasoning adds some salty, umami flavor while the dressing provides that cooling, tangy creaminess.

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grilled ranch potato skewers vertical
Jonathan Boulton

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