Completing a meal with the perfect side dishes is what will set you apart in your cooking! If you are anything like me, picking out the sides for my meal is half the battle. To save you some time, I have rounded up my absolute favorite sides! Trust me when I tell you that you can’t go wrong with any of these. Because there are so many options, you will for sure be able to find something that fits what you need! There is something for everyone and not only will they taste amazing but they will leave you wanting to try more!
To me, a side dish needs to accomplish a couple of things! First, it needs to be delicious. That should go without saying! Second, it should complement the main dish. And third, it needs to be simple. If I’ve already spent a lot of time in the kitchen cooking the main entree, the last thing that I want to do is spend more time cooking sides! So these dishes are all exactly that! Simple and quick, you will be able to pick and choose any of these side dishes and add them to your meal in no time! You will love every single one of these tasty recipes!!
How to Pick the Perfect Side Dish
Once you’ve cooked your main dish you are done, right? Not quite! You need a few side dishes to really complete your meal! I’ve come up with a few suggestions on how to pick just the right side to complement your meal!
Thing of something different: Depending on what your main dish is, you want to do something different. If you have pasta as your main dish, you don’t want to choose pasta as a side. Make sure you have some variety!
Seasonal: Think of what season you are in and what will be the most fresh ingredients. Whether that is apples or zucchini or whatever it may be at the time you are cooking, try to pick a recipe that includes that! Look at what is growing in your garden if you are unsure of seasonal fruits and veggies!
Food groups: When adding sides to a meal, think of making it well rounded. Don’t repeat the same type of side twice. Maybe roast some vegetables and then have a fresh salad. Or make some potatoes and vegetables to go with your meat.
Keep they same style: If you are having Mexican food, you probably don’t want to thrown in pasta or breadsticks as a side dish. If you have lemon chicken, maybe you want to add in some lemon flavored vegetables with it! Think similar!
When in doubt: If you still are stumped, a green salad is always a fantastic go to no matter what!
This cauliflower broccoli salad is filled with fresh florets and crunchy red onions, tender bacon pieces and chunks of cheese making this a perfect combination for any side salad. Perfect for side salad with the MOST delicious flavors blended together!
Ingredients: fresh broccoli florets, fresh cauliflower florets, red onion, bacon, Colby jack cheese, slivered almonds, sunflower seeds, lite mayonnaise, low fat greek yogurt, lemon juice, sugar, salt, pepper
Moist, fluffy Hawaiian Sweet Rolls are a staple you will want to use for all your weekday meals. Whether you use them for sliders, sides, or just eat them as-is like me, they will be gone in no time with how sweet and buttery-soft they are!
Ingredients: Pineapple Juice, instant yeast, granulated sugar, butter, vanilla, egg, All Purpose Flour, salt, egg yolk, water
Crispy Garlic Sweet Potato Fries are thick cut sweet potatoes baked in olive oil and then seasoned with garlic powder and Italian seasoning for a crispy outside and a tender inside. The perfect side dish or snack!
Ingredients: sweet potatoes, extra virgin olive oil, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, Black pepper, Chopped fresh parsley for garnish
Air Fryer Potato Wedges are crispy with seasoning on the outside and perfectly tender on the inside! These are so insanely delicious you are going to love them!
Ingredients: russet potatoes, extra virgin olive oil, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt or to taste, Freshly ground black pepper or to taste, freshly grated Parmesan, Chopped fresh parsley for garnish
Maple Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Butternut Squash are so simple to make but full of incredible flavor. They are crisp on the edges and soft and tender inside in a delicious maple glaze and surrounded by crunchy pecans and cranberries.
Ingredients: brussels spouts, butternut squash, olive oil, real maple syrup, salt and pepper, whole pecans, dried cranberries
Crispy Parmesan Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts are super easy, packed with flavor and have tasty golden crunch. This is going to be one of the best ways to get your kids to say "More Please!" when it comes to their veggies. These are just that good!
Ingredients: Brussel sprouts, olive oil, salt and pepper, parmesan cheese, panko bread crumbs, Italian seasoning
These Crispy Potatoes with Pesto and Parmesan are SO easy to make and go with everything! Store-bought pesto is tossed with easy oven-roasted potatoes, and then sprinkled with parmesan cheese. A crowd favorite!
California Spaghetti Salad is a delicious pasta salad filled with fresh veggies and covered in a zesty Italian dressing. With all those flavors and colors making one beautiful and tasty side dish, there is no doubt this will be the hit of your next gathering!
Ingredients: thin spaghetti, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, cucumber, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, red onion, ripe olives, Italian salad dressing, Parmesan cheese, sesame seeds, paprika, celery seed, garlic powder
Blackberry Lime Fruit Salad showcases tons of fresh, summer fruit and has a delicious easy dressing. Refreshing, light, and sweet, this fruit salad will be eaten in no time!
Ingredients: orange juice, orange zest , juice and zest from one lemon, juice and zest large lime, honey, vanilla extract, poppyseeds, mandarin oranges, , fresh strawberries, kiwis, seedless grapes, blueberries, mangoes, blackberries, raspberries
This lemon honey garlic asparagus recipe has a crisp outside with a tender inside cooked in a lemon, honey marinade with minced garlic. This asparagus compliments any main dish and adds a colorful feel to the table!
Ingredients: asparagus, olive oil, juice of half a lemon, honey, garlic cloves, salt and pepper
This roasted beet, quinoa, and carrot salad is packed with healthy and good-for-you ingredients! It’s super flavorful and has the best lemon dressing!
Ingredients: medium beets, medium carrots, olive oil,, Fine sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper, mixed greens lettuce, quinoa (uncooked), honey roasted sliced almonds, crumbled goat cheese, red wine vinegar, and ½ tablespoons dijon mustard, dried oregano, dried basil, garlic, olive oil, large lemon
Tiffany is an avid cook and photographer who enjoys eating food as much as she does preparing it. She likes to focus on quick, no-fuss meals with lots of big, bold flavors the whole family will love. Putting her own tasty spin on a classic meal or flavor combination is her passion!