Top-Rated Sides

Check out thirteen of our online reviewers' favorite, superfast side dishes.

  • Stuffed Acorn Squash
    James Carrier

    Stuffed Acorn Squash

    These sausage and fruit-filled acorn squash halves are almost hearty enough to be a main dish, or you can cut them into quarters for a side.
  • Hoppin' John's Cousin
    Photo: José Picayo; Styling: Jocelyne Beaudoin

    Hoppin' John's Cousin

    Traditionally, Hoppin' John is served in the South at New Year's because the black-eyed peas represent coins—they're meant to herald prosperity in the coming year. Our version, with all its veggies, is a fresher, healthier update.
  • Tee's Corn Pudding
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford

    Tee's Corn Pudding

    This classic recipe has a rich, soufflé-like texture without the hassle. The result is an impressive holiday side dish the entire family will love.
  • Chive Green Beans
    Karry Hosford

    Chive Green Beans

    Stone-ground mustard adds an unexpected hint of pungency to simple green beans, something online reviewer Jennifer loved. She added, "I plan to make this for Thanksgiving."
  • Two-Potato Gratin
    Jim Franco

    Two-Potato Gratin

    A rich mixture of baking and sweet potatoes, this will soon become a favorite make-ahead party dish.
  • Golden Olive Oil–roasted Potatoes
    Photo: James Baigrie; Styling: Karen Shinto

    Golden Olive Oil-roasted Potatoes

    Nothing more than good olive oil and crunchy sea salt turn super-simple potatoes into an irresistible holiday side dish.
  • Creamy Herbed Mashed Potatoes

    Creamy Herbed Mashed Potatoes

    Quarter potatoes for quick cooking, then mash with 2% milk, butter, and low-fat sour cream for a creamy dish. Online reviewer Doc Theo melted the butter before adding it and noted, "The finished product was creamy, and flavorful. Going on our repeat list for sure!"
  • Oven-Roasted Asparagus

    Oven-Roasted Asparagus

    Asparagus, seasoned with olive oil and garlic, cooks quickly and goes well with chicken, pork, and steak dishes. Online reviewer Searscooking suggests adding the almonds just before serving to retain their crunch.
  • Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato, and Basil Couscous Salad
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato, and Basil Couscous Salad

    This light dish is packed with colorful veggies and includes a kick of spice. Online reviewer Mkev suggests using the couscous mixture as a pita sandwich filling.
  • Bell Pepper and Fresh Mozzarella Couscous
    Randy Mayor; Cindy Barr

    Bell Pepper and Fresh Mozzarella Couscous

    Bottled roasted red peppers and superfast-cooking couscous make this a perfect recipe for your busiest day. Online reviewer Hillary Choo commented, "This was way too easy to be so good!"
  • Grilled Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Jan Gautro

    Grilled Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

    Lovers of Italian food will celebrate the fresh tomato, garlic, and rosemary mixture spooned into grilled mushroom caps. Online reviewer Tommy the Italian suggests serving with a New York strip steak and a glass of Syrah wine.
  • Corn and Tomato Salad
    James Carrier

    Corn and Tomato Salad

    Savor fresh summer produce with a salad that showcases ripe cherry tomatoes and just-cut corn kernels. Recipe reviewer Agouldre said, "This is a first rate summer salad that is very cook friendly and can be made ahead. The basil and cheese add a zing."
  • Roasted Vegetables
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey

    Roasted Vegetables

    There's nothing easier and healthier than a side dish of roasted vegetables. The vibrant colors of the vegetables will brighten any dinner plate. This recipe is very adaptable, great for those excess vegetables in the fridge that need to be used up. Online reviewer Cenlatiger says, "Delicious!! Really really good. There's plenty of sweetness that even the picky children might like it and oh so many wonderful flavors - your grown-up tastebuds will love."
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