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Side Dish Recipes

Discover the perfect accompaniment for your next meal with these delicious side dishes. Find potato, rice and vegetable side dishes as well as side dishes for chicken, fish, steak, ham and more. Browse the best recipes for easy and healthy side dishes.

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Mom always said “eat your carrots, help your eyes.” Rich in beta-Carotene, carrots not only support health but also taste amazing when roasted and tossed with Parmesan. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Steamed Vegetable Ribbons

Steamed Vegetable Ribbons

Steamed Vegetable Ribbons

These extra-thin slices of zucchini and carrot add a pretty touch to a dinner, place, confirms our Test Kitchen staff.

Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole

Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole

Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole

Be sure to leave room on the plate for light and creamy casserole. It's dressed up with green onions and melted cheddar cheese and gets its rich texture from the addition of reduced-fat sour cream. Donna Noel - Gray, Maine

Spaghetti Squash Medley

Spaghetti Squash Medley

Spaghetti Squash Medley

"We raise spaghetti squash in our garden, and I enjoy coming up with different ways to use it," writes Wanda Ivan of Salina, Kansas. "We like the colorful mix of tomatoes, carrot, broccoli and snow peas in this microwave dish."
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Cheddar Tomato Dumplings

Cheddar Tomato Dumplings

Cheddar Tomato Dumplings

"Simmered in tomato sauce, these fluffy dumplings with cheddar cheese in the dough make a satisfying side dish as well as a delicious, economical main dish," suggests Marie Hattrup of Sparks, Nevada

Hot Bean Dish

Hot Bean Dish

Hot Bean Dish

"What would a family gathering be without a hot bean dish?" writes Betti Blair from Farmington, New York. "This recipe combines many kinds of beans with a sauce that's creamier than most."

Winter Vegetables

Winter Vegetables

Winter Vegetables

The flavor of thyme shines through in this recipe. The colorful array of vegetables is so appealing on the table. It’s a great way to showcase often unused broccoli stalks.

Squash and Pepper Skillet

Squash and Pepper Skillet

Squash and Pepper Skillet

Mom knew how to get us to eat our vegetables - she'd serve this colorful blend of fresh zucchini, summer squash and peppers! It's tasty enough to please the whole family and makes a wonderful potluck addition. -Gina Mueller, Converse, Texas

Italian-Style Rice

Italian-Style Rice

Italian-Style Rice

While living in Milan with my husband, Leon, I picked up this recipe. Since it contains very little spice, this simple side dish is good for folks who can't eat spicy food.—Kathry Manwiller, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania

Spiced Grilled Corn

Spiced Grilled Corn

Spiced Grilled Corn

The wonderful spice mixture doesn't add heat, only great flavor. This just may be the best corn you've ever had! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Grilled Zucchini with Onions

Grilled Zucchini with Onions

Grilled Zucchini with Onions

Wondering what to do with all of your vegetable garden zucchini? Tired of the same old bread and cupcakes? My grill recipe is a great change of pace with the added bonus of being healthy.



Herbed Potatoes

Herbed Potatoes

Herbed Potatoes

No one will ever suspect that this rosemary-seasoned side dish starts with canned potatoes. "Fast ideas are a big part of my recipe file, and these buttery potatoes are a favorite," writes Jane Symens of Anchor Point, Alaska.

Stir-Fried Asparagus with Sliced Almonds

Stir-Fried Asparagus with Sliced Almonds

Stir-Fried Asparagus with Sliced Almonds

"Here's one of my very favorite recipes for that first early-spring asparagus," writes Marie Hattrup from Sparks, Nevada. "Stir-frying keeps the texture crisp but tender; lemon and soy sauce make for a light tasty coating, and the toasted almonds add a flavorful crunch."

Tomatoes with Vinaigrette

Tomatoes with Vinaigrette

Tomatoes with Vinaigrette

"This easy dressing is a tasty way to top tomatoes," says field editor Joanne ShewChuk, St. Benedict, Saskatchewan. "I got the recipe from my mother."

Broccoli Tomato Cups

Broccoli Tomato Cups

Broccoli Tomato Cups

I had an abundance of tomatoes and broccoli one year, so I began experimenting to see how best I could use both of them. Now this recipe is a family favorite.

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Confetti Quinoa

Confetti Quinoa

Confetti Quinoa

If you've never tried quinoa, start with my easy side, brimming with colorful veggies. I serve it with orange-glazed chicken. —Kim Ciepluch, Kenosha, Wisconsin

Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

Sure, it’s simple and healthy but, oh, is this roasted broccoli delicious. Cutting the stalks into tall “trees” turns this ordinary veggie into a standout side dish. —Holly Sander, Wellesley, Massachusetts

Brussels Sprouts with Garlic & Goat Cheese

Brussels Sprouts with Garlic & Goat Cheese

Brussels Sprouts with Garlic & Goat Cheese

I wanted to up my veggie game, so I smothered Brussels sprouts with garlic and goat cheese. It's really a side dish, but I love to eat it for lunch! —Brenda Williams, Santa Maria, California
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