Looking for some side dish inspiration? I got you! In this list, you will find 10+ excellent side dish recipes that deserve a spot on your table. Give them a try!
Side dishes… so important, but often-times overlooked!
I just love pairing a good main dish with the perfect side that will complement its texture and taste. In fact, I think it’s a real art to know just how to combine the two of them to achieve the perfect combo – balanced, subtle, delicious.
I know so many people that will always choose fries or mashed potatoes as a side because they don’t usually experiment with different tastes, textures, or new ingredients. Or plain, boiled rice, which I find absolutely boring most of the time. It’s like hospital food! And it’s such a shame not to flavor it with spices, herbs, or a little bit of butter – it takes everything to the next level!
Let’s take potatoes, for example. First of all, you can choose from either “normal”, white potatoes or sweet potatoes. Then, for each of the two variants, there are literally endless cooking methods. You can make Hasselback potatoes, which are both delicious and fun to look at. You can roast some sweet potatoes or smash them with a fork. You can make hash browns with grated potatoes. Trust me, the possibilities are endless.
Then there are countless other options for side dishes. You can use rice or any other grains such as couscous or quinoa. You can use orzo, one of my favorite types of pasta. You can use eggplant, mushrooms, green beans, broccoli, and more. You can fry them, cook them with a sauce, broil them, boil them, and top them with some fresh lemon juice. Ah, I have so many ideas!
Let me offer you a tip as well: if your main dish is something crunchy, such as fried veggie patties, pair it with a creamy side dish, preferably not fried, as it’ll be too similar. This works the other way around, too – if you have a creamy, moist main dish (such as roasted salmon, for example), add a little bit of crunch by serving it with some lightly sauteed green beans. You get the drill!
In case you need some inspiration or if you want to experiment more with your side dishes, this article is exactly what you need. I have collected some excellent side dish recipes below that are both easy to make and bursting with flavor. Some of the side dishes below are so delicious, that you can even serve them as mains – such as those Chinese eggplants with garlic sauce, fried quinoa, or the topped “fries”. You’ll see exactly what I mean down below.
Scroll down to find all the side dish recipes I have selected for you! From a flavorful bowl of steaming quinoa to sauteed kale, I tried to combine various recipes that will appeal to different tastes and preferences. So I’m absolutely convinced you’ll find something to love down below!
Click on the buttons, titles, or images in order to access each of the side dish recipes below. Happy cooking! 🙂