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Side dishes are the best way to really jazz up your main course and wow your entire family! After checking out this roundup, you will never have to wonder what to make as a side dish again! 

I have come up with my favorite side dishes that you can add to any meal! It’s an easy way to make sure that everyone eating at the table leaves completely full and satisfied! Some of my tried and true favorites are Grilled Asparagus, Parmesan Garlic Roasted Potatoes and Mexican Rice.

Picture collage of side dishes.

Sides for Every Meal

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!

Roasted Beets

Perfect Roasted Beets are tender, flavorful and vibrant in color. These beets are the perfect companion to most any dish and are delish add ins to salads! Try these today!
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Cauliflower Broccoli Salad

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!
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Roasted Parmesan Garlic Zucchini Spears

5 from 1 vote
If you're looking for the best way to use up all that summer zucchini, this is it! Quick and easy zucchini spears coated in parmesan and garlic and roasted in the oven to perfection.
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Easy Fried Rice

4.85 from 144 votes
An easy and delicious fried rice that will go perfectly to any chinese dish!
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Creamy Parmesan Garlic Brussels Sprouts

4.78 from 9 votes
Creamy parmesan garlic Brussels sprouts sauteed and smothered in a rich and cheesy parmesan garlic sauce. Elevate your Brussels sprouts with this easy and delicious side dish!
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Best Ever Glazed Carrots

5 from 6 votes
Best Ever Glazed Carrots have the most amazing brown sugar glaze and caramelize as they roast!  These carrots are so irresistible and are going to be the star of the table! 
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Air Fryer Broccoli

5 from 1 vote
Crunchy yet tender this Air Fryer Roasted Garlic Broccoli is going to become a favorite side dish. Super quick and easy this is the best way to cook broccoli guaranteed!
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Grilled Parmesan Garlic Asparagus

4.84 from 6 votes
Fresh Asparagus that is grilled gives you char marks and a smoky flavor that is amazing! Within minutes you have tender asparagus coated in parmesan and garlic that will become a family favorite!
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Homemade Cornbread

5 from 9 votes
This Homemade Cornbread is made from scratch and is the best of the best. It has the perfect texture and is packed with flavor. I know you won't be able to stop at just one piece! 
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Garlic Balsamic Mushrooms straight out of the pan

Garlic Balsamic Mushrooms

5 from 1 vote
Easy Garlic Balsamic Mushrooms are coated in a garlicky, soy balsamic sauce that's full of umami. It's the perfect side to mashed potatoes, steak and grilled chicken and takes only minutes to put together.
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Garlic Ranch Smashed Potatoes

5 from 4 votes
Garlic Ranch Smashed Potatoes are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside with the most incredible garlic ranch flavor! These make the perfect side dish or appetizer.
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Creamy Grape Salad

5 from 6 votes
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Creamy Parmesan Scalloped Potatoes

4.85 from 20 votes
These scalloped potatoes are tender, creamy and so delicious! The parmesan cheese adds such amazing flavor and these are a must make side dish!
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Hawaiian Sweet Rolls

2 from 1 vote
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!
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Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

4.72 from 7 votes
Hawaiian Macaroni Salad is the perfect side dish! It is a delicious macaroni pasta salad with ham, pineapple, shredded carrots, and green onions, and a tangy dressing.
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Three Cheese Zucchini Gratin

4.67 from 3 votes
Three Cheese Zucchini Gratin has layers of creamy, cheesy sauce and is topped with a crunchy buttery topping. Ooey-gooey and cheesy, this low-carb take-on comfort food will please any crowd!
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Crispy Garlic Sweet Potatoes

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! 
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Air Fryer Potato Wedges

5 from 1 vote
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!
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Baked Beans

4.50 from 4 votes
I am showing you how to make the best baked beans from start to finish.  Making homemade baked beans is a lot easier than you think!
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Baked Zucchini Fries

4.86 from 7 votes
Baked zucchini fries are crispy on the outside with a crunchy, seasoned crust and tender zucchini inside. It's hard to stop after just one!
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Maple Roasted Brussel Spouts and Butternut Squash

4.86 from 7 votes
Simple to make and full of incredible flavor, maple roasted brussels sprouts and butternut squash is the perfect side dish. The veggies are crisp on the edges but soft and tender on the inside, tossed in a delicious maple glaze and surrounded by crunchy pecans and cranberries.
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Homemade Refried Beans

5 from 3 votes
Homemade Refried Beans are simple and packed with so much flavor, you will never reach for a can again. These creamy refried beans are perfect for your next Tex-Mex night!
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Easy Grilled Corn

Grilled Corn is a family favorite! It's so easy to make this incredibly delicious side dish that you'll have on repeat all summer long.
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Italian Chopped Salad

Italian Chopped Salad is stuffed with flavor and texture that is highly satisfying. Full of classic Italian flavors, this salad is going to be a huge hit at your next gathering!
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Garlic Parmesan Green Beans with Bacon

5 from 8 votes
Garlic Parmesan Green Beans with Bacon is such a delicious and classic side dish.  Tender green beans cooked in garlic and parmesan with added bacon will be a winner at the dinner table!
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Stick of Butter Baked Rice

5 from 5 votes
Stick of Butter Baked Rice is soft and fluffy rice that is loaded with sweet, rich flavors from onion soup and butter.  It is quick and easy to prep and bakes in the oven to perfection!
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Baked Potato Recipe

5 from 1 vote
This Baked Potato Recipe is easy to make with just Russet potatoes and seasonings. Top it any way you like for the perfect side dish at any meal!
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Melon Salad with Citrus Honey Mint Dressing

5 from 1 vote
I don't know about you but nothing hits the spot more on a hot summer day than fresh fruit and salads! Combine the two together and our melon salad will leave you feeling refreshed and satisfied!
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Easy Garlic Sesame Noodles

5 from 1 vote
A quick and easy garlic sesame noodle recipe that is light and tasty! Add in vegetables and protein to enhance this oriental dish or keep it simple with a garlic sesame flavoring. 
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Mexican Corn Salad

5 from 2 votes
This Amazing Mexican Corn Salad is hands down an all time summer favorite. Full of fresh, bright, zingy and spicy flavors, it has something for everyone!
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Crispy Parmesan Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts

5 from 3 votes
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!
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Mashed potato balls on a plate with chives sprinkled on top.

Mashed Potato Balls

Mashed potato balls are impossible to resist! They have creamy mashed potatoes, cheddar cheese, and bacon inside and are crispy on the outside.
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Air Fryer Carrots

5 from 10 votes
Parmesan Garlic Air Fryer Carrots are perfectly seasoned and absolutely delicious!  This side dish is perfectly crisp on the outside, tender on the inside and so full flavor.
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Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Mashed Sweet Potatoes. These sweet, creamy potatoes are swirled with maple syrup and sprinkled with salt. The salty sweet flavor makes these the BEST side dish recipe! 
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Crispy Potatoes with Pesto and Parmesan

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! 
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Garlic Butter String Beans

5 from 1 vote
Garlic Butter String Beans (green beans) are the perfect easy side dish! Everyone will love these delectable tender-crisp string beans. A delicious healthier addition to your table. 
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California Spaghetti Salad

4.93 from 13 votes
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!
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Candied Sweet Potatoes

Candied Sweet Potatoes are just that, sweet and tender, juicy, bright orange sweet potatoes that will warm your home and melt in your mouth! Only 3 ingredients is all you need!
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The Best Funeral Potatoes

5 from 7 votes
A cheesy potato casserole full of melted cheese, sour cream, onions, and garlic with a crunchy top. This is full of amazing flavor and will be the star of the dinner table!
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Slow Cooker Ranch Mashed Potatoes

Creamy, fluffy, and extremely delicious. Mashed potatoes just got a whole lot better with the addition of ranch. Plus, it’s all done in your slow cooker. 
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Blackberry Lime Fruit Salad

3 from 1 vote
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!
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Mexican Rice

5 from 4 votes
This Mexican rice is so easy to make! Simmered until tender in broth, salsa, and a mix of spices gives it a ton of flavor, perfect for adding to any fiesta.
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Sautéed Brown Butter Garlic Rainbow Carrots

4 from 1 vote
Vibrant colored rainbow carrots get sautéed in brown butter and garlic creating a delicious side dish. They are so tender and flavorful and will become a favorite new side.
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Grilled Coconut Lime Pineapple

Grilled pineapple is savory and sweet side dish that is soaked in a coconut lime marinade and grilled to perfection. This grilled pineapple recipe is going to be a summertime favorite!
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Roasted Lemon Honey Garlic Asparagus

5 from 2 votes
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! 
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Roasted beet, quinoa, and carrot salad

5 from 1 vote
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!
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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!

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