Quick & Easy Sides and Salads
These easy, versatile sidekicks are loaded with flavor and will add pizzazz to your meal.
Pickled okra and shrimp make a perfect combination for a fresh, spring salad. Try this recipe tonight for dinner with a side of cheesy French bread.
Recipe: Pickled Okra and Shrimp Salad
While you have the grill fired up for burgers and chicken, throw on some veggies too. Sprinkle the okra and tomatoes with fresh basil to enhance their flavor.
- Recipe: Grilled Okra and Tomatoes
Browned butter adds a heavenly toasted nut taste and aroma to traditional mashed potatoes.
- Recipe: Browned Butter Mashed Potatoes
We loved the combo of crunchy snow peas, carrots, and fresh herb in Lemon Veggies and Pasta.
- Recipe: Lemon Veggies and Pasta
Complete your ultimate grilling menu with this easy veggie side perfect for summertime. Add the right amount of flavor by mixing chicken bouillon seasonings and lime juice with the veggies.
Whisk warm milk into the flour mixture to ensure a lump-free sauce. We also recommend shredding your own cheese for a creamier texture. We tested with Cracker Barrel Extra-Sharp Cheddar. Our step-by-step guide removes any guesswork from making this classic pasta.
Recipe: Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Step-by-Step Video: Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Swing by the freezer section for one of our favorite convenience items―frozen sweet potatoes. If you want to skip the meringue, top with miniature marshmallows instead.
- Recipe: Maple Sweet Potato Cups
Spiked with the sweet-sharp heat of a pepper-jelly vinaigrette, ice-cold cubes of watermelon team up with buttery crumbles of Gorgonzola cheese and toasted pecans. Mâche is a tender, heirloom variety of lamb’s lettuce, but the salad is equally good prepared with a mix of baby lettuces.
Recipe: Watermelon, Mâche, and Pecan Salad
Inspired by the fresh flavors of the Mediterranean, this salad is simple and flavorful with crunchy zucchini, savory feta, mint, and splash of lemon.
Add some Asian flair to your menu with the sweet, sour, salty and spicy flavors that make up Thai Noodle Salad.
- Recipe: Thai Noodle Salad
Use purple and red potatoes about the size of an average tomato. To retain color, cook purples in their jackets. Our Test Kitchens prefers to cook potatoes for potato salad uncut and in their peels. Cut potatoes tend to break apart.
- Recipe: Warm Purple-and-Red Potato Toss
Don't shy away from Warm Frisée Salad With Crispy Kosher Salami. The vinaigrette includes slightly sweet sherry vinegar to balance the sharp flavor of frisée. Frisée is a member of the chicory family often used in mesclun salad mixes. Buy bunches with crisp leaves and no signs of wilting. Use all of the leaves except the core.
If you can't find frisée in your local grocery store, feel free to substitute your favorite gourmet greens mix in this hearty salad. Look for seeded melon halves in the produce department to save a little time.
Serve a plate full of goodness with the veggies in Roasted Asparagus Salad: Bibb lettuce, cherry tomatoes, avocado, red onion, and bell pepper. Save time by tossing it with bottled vinaigrette.
Recipe: Roasted Asparagus Salad
"Mama always said, 'Eat your greens,' so start brunch off with a simple salad. The warm vinaigrette melts the goat cheese, creating a magical creamy dressing."
Recipe: Arugula with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette
Toss some of the cooked garlic cloves from slow-cooker pan juices with couscous, if desired.
Recipe: Parsley Couscous with Apricots