26 Simple Green Side Dishes to Add to Your Dinner Table

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(Image credit: Anjali Prasertong)

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 26 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.

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.

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Roasted Green Beans with Harissa(Image credit: Kelli Foster)

Roasted or Grilled

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Broccolini with Butter Beans(Image credit: Karen Biton-Cohen)

Sautéed & Stir-Fried

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How to Steam Vegetables(Image credit: Emma Christensen)

Steamed or Boiled

Raw

Still Want a Salad? Try These Ultra-Simple Recipes.

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