The question, "What's for dinner tonight?" is often the easy one to answer. It's the next question that's tough: "What goes with it?" Do your answers reveal you're stuck in side dish monotony? The side salad rut? Let us help. Here are 25 simple side dishes that will bring some life back into supper matchmaking. Every one of these is green, fresh, and super simple — not counting salt and oil, I don't think any of them have more than six ingredients to juggle.
Time to freshen up the side dish routine for spring — snap up some asparagus and toss with pecorino; spiralize a zucchini; stir-fry tender greens; roast a head of cabbage.
We've sorted these by the cooking method, which I find is really the way I deal with a dinner side dish. If my main dish is finishing on the stove, well, I want to roast a vegetable. Something's in the oven? Sauté the side. And of course, if your grill is already out this spring, then throw anything (and everything) on it instead!
Roasted or Grilled
Sautéed & Stir-Fried
Steamed or Boiled
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