30+ Side Dishes That Are More Popular than the Main Dish

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Let’s face it — sometimes the side dishes are just better. Yes, chicken is great, and we’ll never say no to a burger, but aren’t we really just here for the luscious steak fries, perfectly crunchy slaw, and irresistible veggie casseroles?

Today we’re celebrating the supporting cast of the dinner table with over 30 of our favorite scene-stealing side dishes.

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No matter what variety you pick, this humble root vegetable is super versatile and plays the perfect starchy supporting role.

Snap Peas with Meyer Lemon and Mint(Image credit: Kelli Foster)

Other Crowd-Pleasing Vegetable Sides

By now you already know that a pan of crispy-edged roasted veggies is totally irresistible. Add one more special twist, like plenty of garlic, some crispy bacon, or sweet and tangy orange juice, and you’re well on your way to the veggies being the stand-out star of the table.

Portuguese-Style Mint Rice(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Rice and Grains

Go beyond a plain pot of rice or grains, and I can guarantee it will be well worth it.

Marinated Feta-Beet Salad(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Refreshing Salads and Slaws

If your house is anything like mine, a salad or a simple, crunchy slaw with dinner is a must. No matter what’s in my meal plan, it balances dinner with something wholesome and refreshing.

Baked Corn Pudding Casserole(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)


Veggie-filled casserole side dishes are always a good idea. You should count on going back for seconds with all the cozy, comforting recipes in this lineup.