Warm Butter Radish and Edamame Salad
Radishes are so much more than a salad garnish. They lose their pepperiness once sautéed and turn a faint rosy pink. For a boost of protein, we contrast the radishes with edamame, a great alternative to frozen green peas.
All the Green Things Salad
This salad is full of lovely textures ranging from crunchy to creamy. You can make the zippy lemon dressing and blanch, drain, and chill the peas and asparagus up to 2 says ahead, but combine all the elements shortly before serving to preserve the color of the avocado and the crunch of the greens.
Avocado and Almond Salad
Creamy avocado and crunchy almonds make for a perfectly balanced salad.
Parmesan Carrots with Lemon-Parsley Dressing
Steaming and sautéing the carrots in the same pan is the time-saving trick to making them tender and beautifully glazed.
Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon-Caper Vinaigrette
Mild cauliflower soaks up the tangy flavors of lemon and capers.
Berry and Walnut Salad
Bright berries soften the tanginess of goat cheese for a balanced side salad.
Tarragon Carrots with Green Beans
Get the benefits of two veggies in one simple side.
Ricotta and Sweet Pea Toasts
Blend fresh or frozen green peas with creamy ricotta and mint for a quick spread on toasted baguette slices. Double the mixture to spread on sandwiches or your morning toast, or use as a dip for whole-grain crackers.
Radish and Parmesan Salad
Tender lettuce allows flavor-forward radish and Parmesan to shine.
These mildly spicy carrots make the perfect side for an Asian-inspired meal.
Wilted Chard with Red Onion and Pine Nuts
Don’t toss those gorgeous stems! Instead, thinly slice and give them a head start in the pan before adding the leaves. Swiss chard and rainbow chard actually have a lot of natural sodium; you’ll find that just a small amount of salt is all you need.
Roasted Red Pepper and Pine Nut Salad
Spring mix, a blend of small, tender lettuces, is an ideal base for side salads with a more delicate profile (think herbs, berries, and nuts rather than croutons, pungent cheeses, or big, crunchy vegetables). This Mediterranean version would be a perfect side for citrus-and-herb baked chicken and Greek-style roasted potatoes.
Balsamic Onion and Thyme Carrots
The secret to making perfectly cooked onions is a dash of baking soda.
Baby Bok Choy and Cucumber Salad
Thinly slice the bok choy stalks and leaves for a salad that's full of color and texture. You can also use larger bok choy, but save the wide, fibrous ends of the stalks for a dish where they'll be cooked.
Roasted Cauliflower with Red Onions and Oranges
Sweet orange is accented by savory red onion and a sprinkle of red pepper.