Asparagus with Dill Vinaigrette
Every entrée deserves a tasty side, and different meals call for different flavors and textures. So forget the same old time-consuming sides. We whipped up 28 fast and delicious matches for main meals that will complete your dinner in a hurry.
For our first side, everyone's favorite springtime veggie gets a massive flavor boost via a sublime dill vinaigrette glaze.
Citrusy Carrots with Parsley
We took a simple approach to cooking carrots for dinner. Ready in less than 10 minutes, this side gets its sweet from a tablespoon of honey.
Wilted Kale with Toasted Shallots
Toasted shallots swimming in a sea of wilted kale make for one über-nutritious and delicious side dish.
Pair your entrée with this vibrant, aromatic delight. This salad was voted one of our staff favorites.
Corn with Chile-Cheese Mayo
Try our corn on the cob with a spicy twist. Your kids will love the cheesy topping.
Cider Vinegar-Spiked Steamed Baby Spinach
You can throw this dish together in about five minutes. The cider-vinegar sets this side apart and gives the baby spinach a subtle, sour flavor.
Cucumber, Black Olive, and Mint Salad
Ripe cucumbers and fresh mint create a light and easy summer side. This portable dish also packs well for a picnic.
Green Beans with Lime
Smashed Yukon Gold Potatoes with Gorgonzola
Although often associated with empty carbs and loads of calories, mashed potatoes can show a lighter side. This cheesy variation clocks in at only 192 calories per serving, so feel free to indulge.
Green Bean, Arugula and Clementine Toss
It only takes six ingredients and 20 minutes to serve up this crowd-pleasing side.
Gingered Sweet Potatoes
Your favorite comfort food gets a face-lift when you substitute sweet potatoes for conventional potatoes. Antioxidant-rich ginger adds nutritious benefits and sweet flavor.
Edamame with Lime-Sesame Salt
We gave this popular Japanese side dish a jolt of citrus, and the result is a taste bud celebration.
It's amazing what a little seasoning can do for the simplest of sides. Case in point—this sumptuous Sesame Broccoli.
Shaved Fennel with Orange and Olives
Feed this side to adventurous eaters. When shopping for fennel, choose heavy, firm bulbs, and avoid those that are brown or split.
Sautéed Leeks and Radishes
Mix crunchy radishes with sliced leeks to create a quick and easy side at only 113 calories per serving.
Broccoli Rabe with Golden Raisins
Sweet golden raisins lessen the bitterness of the popular Italian vegetable, a good source of vitamins A, C, and K.
Chopped Salad with Chive Vinaigrette
Hearts of romaine pack this family-friendly salad with tons of nutrients, including vitamins B1 and C, potassium, copper, iron, and folate. Some experts swear the lettuce prevents or alleviates many common health complaints, so feel free to eat this low-calorie food often.
Herb Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette
A homemade vinaigrette tops this classic side that is high in flavor but low on calories. Pre-packaged salad takes this dish from the kitchen and to the table in five minutes.
Another staff favorite, these Parmesan-topped tomatoes are sure to win over even the pickiest eaters in your family.
Broiled Artichoke Hearts with Lemon Crumbs
You're only 15 minutes away from this show-stopping side dish that gets added flavor from lemon rind, Parmesan cheese, and panko.
This okra gets its kick from curry powder and crushed red pepper. It's hard to believe something so yummy could only contain 41 calories per serving.
Try our south-of-the-border-style coleslaw. The minced jalapeño pepper gives this side dish just enough heat.
Shaved Yellow Beets and Mint
Serve this colorful, healthier alternative to scalloped potatoes. The sweetness of the beets complements the cool flavor of fresh mint.
Shredded Cabbage Slaw
Our staff loves this simple cabbage slaw, which blends two types of leafy greens tossed in an easy homemade dressing.
Steamed Snap Peas with Wasabi Butter
Two teaspoons of wasabi powder, found near the soy sauce in your local grocery store, adds the right amount of spice and makes these steamed snap peas a delight to eat.
Blasted Brussels Sprouts with Teriyaki Glaze
The sweet blend of soy sauce, sake, sugar, and ginger in teriyaki sauce gives your Brussels sprouts a crisp tang. Bake this three-ingredient dish for 12 to 15 minutes, and you're ready to eat.
Zucchini Ribbons with Lemon and Pecorino
Made from 100 percent sheep's milk, Italian pecorino cheese combined with fresh lemon juice lends old world flavor to ribbons of fresh zucchini.
Buttery Mirin Mushrooms
Super easy to get to the table, button mushrooms coated in butter and garlic makes this side dish melt-in-your-mouth delicious.