Take a break from ordinary steamed brussels sprouts by combining them with raisins and a slightly tart dressing. Thinly slicing the sprouts makes them appeal to people who normally don't like the texture.—Michaela Rosenthal, Woodland Hills, California
Chive Carrots have such rich garden-fresh flavor, you'd never guess how inexpensive this dish is to prepare. Relates Dorothy Pritchett, field editor from Wills Point, Texas, "My husband and I both love the garlic in this colorful side dish."
Joyce Turley of Slaughters, Kentucky shared a presentation for fresh green beans that is so pretty, it could serve as the centerpiece for your dinner table! Bundled in yellow squash rings, the beans are seasoned with a drizzle of garlic and tarragon.
Small red potatoes, partially peeled, make an eye-catching presentation in this simple side dish from our Test Kitchen. The potatoes are steamed, then tossed with oil and a flavorful combination of thyme and lemon peel.
Garlic-Almond Green Beans is her family’s favorite way to eat this popular vegetable, writes Genny Monchamp from Redding, California. “The beans stay so bright and crisp. To speed things up even more, you could use frozen green beans instead of fresh.”
"Balsamic vinegar adds zing to these colorful sauteed veggies that cook in a flash," says Chris Kallies of Oldsmar, Florida. "Trim the beans and julienne the pepper ahead to make this dish in a snap at the last minute."
There's plenty of flavor in this bright side dish that's quick and easy to prepare but special enough for company. Jodi Rice of Appleton, Wisconsin seasons sliced carrots and dried apricots with a pleasant blend of dill, fennel, brown sugar and dry mustard.