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
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
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.
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
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."
Toss some of the cooked garlic cloves from slow-cooker pan juices with couscous, if desired.
Recipe: Parsley Couscous with Apricots