Side Dishes and Salads for Entertaining
Complement main entrées with appetizing side dishes and salads at your next party.
This deluxe version of spinach salad features a tangy sweet maple syrup vinaigrette, sliced apple, onion and and goat cheese and is topped with sweet curried pecans.
This from-scratch recipe is suited for any level of cook—even first timers.
Tip: Brush unbaked rolls with lightly beaten egg white and sprinkle with sesame seeds, poppy seeds, and fennel seeds. Or, brush unbaked rolls with melted butter; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, kosher salt, coarsely ground pepper, and dried Italian seasoning.
Recipe: Hurry-Up Homemade Crescent Rolls
Instead of being tossed together in a bowl, the colorful ingredients for Potato Cobb Salad are arranged on a plate. To save time, the potatoes can be cooked overnight so they are ready to assemble just before serving.
- Recipe: Potato Cobb Salad
This homemade baked macaroni and cheese recipe beats the boxed kind any day of the week. For a divine main dish, stir in chopped cooked ham before baking, and then sprinkle top with chopped cooked bacon before serving.
- Recipe: Golden Macaroni and Cheese
Serve several toppings, such as Tomato Gravy featured in the photo, so guests can mix in their favorite flavors. Here's some great ideas:
- Gravies and pestos
- Shredded cheeses
- Roasted vegetables
- Crumbled bacon
- Grilled corn kernels
- Recipe: Tomato Gravy
- Recipe: Parmesan Grits
- Recipe: Easy Three-Seed Pan Rolls
This rainbow of summer fruit makes an elegant presentation and a refreshing side for a luncheon, brunch, or dinner. Layer and chill the salad up to eight hours in advance.
Recipe: Melon-and-Mozzarella Salad
Raw fennel is crisp and tasty, a perfect complement to apples and arugula. Test kitchen professional Marian Cooper Cairns recommends using a handheld mandoline for ultrathin apple slices.
- Recipes: Marian's Apple-Fennel Salad