Good Question: What Should I Serve With Tacos?

Here's a fun question from Sarah, who is looking for a good side dish to serve with tacos. What would you suggest?

It's my fiance's birthday on Friday and I'm throwing a small dinner party for him. He selected tacos as the main dish. The issue is, I have no idea of what to serve on the side of tacos! They seem like a pretty complete dish on their own, with meat, cheese and vegetables in them and all, but I really feel like I need to come up with something else and I'm just at such a loss.

Sarah, we agree that tacos are a pretty complete dish. You can serve a lot of extras that can go in tacos or stand on their own, like a tossed mix of greens and lettuce, or a cumin and lemon-spiked couscous grain salad. You can also offer a lightly dressed lemon and honey fruit salad to cool down any spicy flavors.

But we wouldn't work too hard to offer side dishes; just set out a big spread of taco goodies and let people arrange them as they want. And perhaps serve those Pineapple Macadamia Upside-Down Bars for dessert?

Readers, any thoughts?

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.