Quick & Easy Sides and Salads
These easy, versatile sidekicks are loaded with flavor and will add pizzazz to your meal.
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.
Step-by-Step Video: Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese
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.
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
- 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."