By Jorie Nicole McDonald
May 24, 2018

Some dishes never get old. Homemade banana pudding, Mama's fried chicken, and Southern sweet tea are just a few examples of delicious cuisine we'll never turn down. Anytime a Southerner throws a party, deciding what to serve is usually the first order of business. Is it a barbeque, tailgate, potluck, or elegant dinner? No matter the occasion, the food never stops at the main course. Often times, choosing the perfect side dish can make or break a meal. Some food just doesn't pair well, and we wouldn't want the strange aftertaste of your roast chicken to be the topic of conversation. Barbecue and baked beans, hamburgers and French fries, and chicken and rice are some delicious duos, but you already knew that.

However, you may not know the perfect side dish for one of our favorite summer meal: crab cakes. Some folks decide on bread rolls, corn soup, or roasted vegetables. But, here at Southern Living, we think a fresh green salad is the way to go.

Crab cakes are often made with breadcrumbs and a heaping helping of butter, making the ideal side dish something light and healthy. Fresh green salad is both tasty and healthy.

Of course, you can easily modify a green salad to your liking. Throw in your fresh farmer's market vegetables and top it off with your favorite dressing. When the temperature begins to reach triple digits during the hot, Southern summer, a cool green salad is the ideal side. If you haven't found the perfect recipe, check out some of our favorites. We guarantee the crab cake and green salad combination will leave you feeling quite satisfied.