Superfast Side Dishes

Serve a quick and easy side dish to complement your main dish. These delicious dishes take mere minutes to prepare.

  • Garlic-Mint Peas
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    Garlic-Mint Peas

    Ready in less than ten minutes, this easy side dish brings green peas back to the table, dressed-up with the flavor of fresh mint and a hint of sugar.
  • Pearl Couscous and Currants
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    Pearl Couscous and Currants

    Pearl Couscous and Currants is a perfect side for your favorite skewer recipe. It only takes a quick boil, simmer, and a couple flavor boosters and you have a simple side served in no time.
  • Citrusy Carrots with Parsley
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lindsey Lower  

    Citrusy Carrots with Parsley

    We took a simple approach to cooking carrots for dinner. Ready in less than 10 minutes, this side gets its sweet from a tablespoon of honey.
  • Smashed Yukon Gold Potatoes with Gorgonzola and Sage
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    Smashed Yukon Gold Potatoes with Gorgonzola and Sage

    This simple side dish is perfect to start while you are whipping up a side salad, or putting the finishing touches on your main course. After 20 minutes, the potatoes are tender and ready to be mashed for a quick and delicious side.
  • Charred-Corn Succotash
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    Charred-Corn Succotash

    Pair a colorful side dish with any main-dish staple on your family's favorites list. This is a great recipe for kids learning to use pincher fingers and the names of colors. Ask them to show you a red veggie, then applaud as they dig into this lightly-seasoned dish.
  • Mediterranean Green Beans

    Mediterranean Green Beans

    Boiled green beans get a jolt of Mediterranean flavor in this easy flavorful make-ahead side. While the green beans boil, stir together a delicious blend of flavors then drizzle on, chill, and you have a side ready to serve when dinner comes around.
  • Broccoli With Orange Sauce

    Broccoli With Orange Sauce

    Move broccoli off your kids' "enemies" list by pairing them with a childhood favorite: orange segments. Low-fat lemon yogurt and a touch of ginger add flavor that the whole family will enjoy.
  • Roasted Asparagus
    Photo: Leigh Beisch; Styling: Merilee Bordin

    Roasted Asparagus

    Toss asparagus with olive oil, salt, pepper, parmesan cheese, and lemon juice, then bake for ten minutes. This fresh dish is delicious hot out of the oven or when slightly warm, so it's forgiving if your meatloaf needs a few more minutes to brown. Get the smaller appetites at the table eating this green veggie by treating them as finger foods.
  • Israeli Couscous with Fresh Peas and Mint
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    Israeli Couscous with Fresh Peas and Mint

    Instead of serving instant rice again, make a quick batch of Israeli couscous dressed up with peas and mint. The recipe takes only fifteen minutes and adds fiber and a green veggie to the dinner plate.
  • Lemony Green Beans
    Photo: Karry Hosford

    Lemony Green Beans

    Dress up any favorite green vegetable with this light, lemon-and-olive-oil sauce. It brightens everything from asparagus to broccoli, but pairs perfectly with green beans.
  • Toasty Tomatoes
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lindsey Lower  

    Toasty Tomatoes

    These Toasty Tomatoes are broiled with a panko-parmesan mixture sprinkled on top for a warm, flavorful, staff-favorite side that’s ready in less than five minutes.
  • Wilted Kale with Toasted Shallots
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lindsey Lower  

    Wilted Kale with Toasted Shallots

    Eating healthy doesn't have to take long. This nutritious side is simple, easy, and ready in just a few short minutes.
  • Zucchini Ribbons with Lemon and Pecorino
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lindsey Lower  

    Zucchini Ribbons with Lemon and Pecorino

    Just a squeeze of lemon, dash of salt and pepper, and sprinkle of shaved Romano cheese is all you need to dress up this light and refreshing side of zucchini ribbons.
  • Corn with Chile-Cheese Mayo
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lindsey Lower  

    Corn with Chile-Cheese Mayo

    Give your average corn on the cob a flavorful kick with fresh cilantro, grated Parmesan cheese, and a touch of chili powder.
  • Warm-Spiced Okra
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lindsey Lower  

    Warm-Spiced Okra

    This okra gets its kick from curry powder and crushed red pepper. It's hard to believe something so yummy could only take five minutes to prepare.
  • Lemon-Spinach Chickpeas
    Photo: Antonis Achilleos

    Lemon-Spinach Chickpeas

    Introduce spinach into the side dish rotation with this lively recipe, flavored with lemon juice and a little kosher salt. Pair with pitas for the younger diners to scoop up the greens while mom and dad forge into the flavorful dish with a fork.
  • Blasted Brussels Sprouts with Teriyaki Glaze
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lindsey Lower  

    Blasted Brussels Sprouts with Teriyaki Glaze

    The sweet blend of soy sauce, sake, sugar, and ginger in teriyaki sauce gives your Brussels sprouts a crisp tang. Bake this three-ingredient dish for 12 to 15 minutes, and you're ready to eat.
  • Charred Eggplant with Miso Dressing

    Charred Eggplant with Miso Dressing

    Grilling vegetables gives them just the right amount of heat and char for a delightful side ready in no time. Here, the flavor from the Miso, a Japanese staple, gives this quick side a slightly salty, pungent flavor.
  • Cucumber, Black Olive, and Mint Salad
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lindsey Lower  

    Cucumber, Black Olive, and Mint Salad

    Ripe cucumbers and fresh mint create a light and easy side. This portable dish also packs well for a picnic.
  • Broiled Artichoke Hearts with Lemon Crumbs
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lindsey Lower  

    Broiled Artichoke Hearts with Lemon Crumbs

    You're only 15 minutes away from this show-stopping side dish that gets added flavor from lemon rind, Parmesan cheese, and panko.
  • Chipotle-Orange Potato Planks
    Photo: Stephen Devries; Styling: Lynn Nesmith

    Chipotle-Orange Potato Planks

    Microwaving potatoes ahead of time makes the grill time much faster. With only five ingredients and three short steps, you’ll have grilled potatoes ready and served in a flash.
  • Black Bean and Corn Salsa
    Photo: Quentin Bacon

    Black Bean and Corn Salsa

    With an ingredient list of only three ingredients that are all pantry items, this mix-and-serve, no-cook side dish is ready to eat whenever you are. Serve with quesadillas on a Mexican night, with burgers for a flavorful and warm dinner year-round, or as a fresh side to a fish filet. Dress it up with a drizzle of lime juice if you like.
  • Corn with Mustard Seeds
    Photo: Susie Cushner

    Corn with Mustard Seeds

    Serve a spicy and fresh side perfect for enhancing a simple chicken or fish dinner. Ready in about 10 minutes, it's guaranteed to please every palate at your dinner table.
  • Arugula with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

    Arugula with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

    This simple salad gets a smoky drizzle of warm bacon dressing that only takes 10 minutes to prepare. Served as a delicious starter or alongside of dinner, this superfast side will be a crowd pleaser at the dinner table.
  • Asparagus with Garlic-Parsley Butter

    Asparagus with Garlic-Parsley Butter

    Asparagus gets a zing of lemon zest and a buttery-garlic finish with this superfast, super simple side. In only 10 minutes, this spring vegetable delivers bold flavors and a delicious crunch to the dinner table.
  • Grilled Cauliflower
    Photo: Stephen Devries; Styling: Lynn Nesmith  

    Grilled Cauliflower

    Briny capers and sweet red peppers give a punch of flavor to grilled cauliflower. With only a couple short steps, this recipe is ready and served in less than 20 minutes.
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