5-Minute Side Dishes

Bold, interesting, real flavors in just 5 minutes.

Tequila Slaw with Lime and Cilantro

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Tequila Slaw with Lime and Cilantro

We're not kidding. Bold, interesting side dishes, ready in just five minutes.

Grab a bag of packaged coleslaw mix, and you've saved yourself the time of slicing cabbage and shredding carrots. A splash of tequila adds spirit and complexity (we urge you not to leave it out), while lime juice's zing perks up earthy cabbage. Serve on tacos, alongside barbecue chicken, with grilled flank or skirt steak, or with (or on) burgers.

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Beet-Citrus Salad with Pistachios

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Beet-Citrus Salad with Pistachios

This is a fresh, bright, zero-effort side, thanks to precooked beets and precut fresh citrus. It makes a fine accompaniment to grilled salmon, pork, or chicken.

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Greek Salad Cucumbers

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Greek Salad Cucumbers

The vinegar is quite pumped-up because there's not much time for the cukes to pick up much flavor otherwise. Serve with grilled steak or chicken or beef kebabs.

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Yogurt Rice with Cumin and Chile

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Yogurt Rice with Cumin and Chile

Using whole packages of rice and yogurt saves the time of measuring. Be sure to use standard yogurt here; Greek is a bit too thick. Serve with grilled lamb chops, roasted chicken, or grilled salmon.

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Sautéed Snap Peas with Ricotta Salata and Mint

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Sautéed Snap Peas with Ricotta Salata and Mint

Floral lemon zest (but no tart juice) allows the sweet pea flavor to shine. Chop mint, grate lemon rind, and crumble cheese while the peas cook. Serve with panini or other sandwiches, grilled chicken, or pork chops.

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