Nineteen superior side dishes earned our readers' highest rating.
Slicing the Brussels sprouts horizontally makes for quick cooking, and the addition of toasted pecans add an unexpected crunch
and buttery richness to this stunning side.
View Recipe: Brussels Sprouts with Pecans
The original version of this delicious holiday favorite was weighed down by a stick of butter and a cup of sugar. Our lightened
version eliminates 8.5g fat and 102 calories by accenting the natural sweetness of carrots, and adding a punch with the addition
of sour cream.
View Recipe: Carrot Soufflé
Steaming vegetables helps to retain all of the healthful water-soluble vitamins, and these carrots are no exception. The addition
of the garlic-ginger butter gives an exotic flair to an otherwise classic dish.
View Recipe: Steamed Carrots with Garlic-Ginger Butter
Orzo pasta is a versatile base for dishes, and this one is chock-full of zesty ingredients. Red onions add crunch and the
combination of artichoke hearts, feta cheese, and kalamata olives all add fresh brininess to the salad.
View Recipe: Mediterranean Orzo Salad with Feta Vinaigrette
Golden winter squash adds color to this rich risotto. The bitterness of radicchio is offset by the sweetness of the squash,
and a shaving of earthy Parmesan cheese rounds out this festive side.
View Recipe: Winter Squash Risotto with Radicchio
Hearty pumpkin and creamy sweet potatoes steal the show in this winter-weather pilaf. It’s an ideal way to add fiber to your
diet and a beautiful showcase for some underused winter vegetables.
View Recipe: Roasted Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Pilau
Caroline's praise doesn't pull any punches: "Best ever recipe for asparagus. Follow directions to a perfect side dish!" This recipe
uses all ingredients you probably have on hand now, and its salty-sweet-sour balance is ideal.
View Recipe: Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Browned Butter
Served as an accompaniment to pork or poultry, these baked apples are a sure way to take advantage of the season’s bounty
while adding flair to your meal. Leftovers? These apples can be served over oatmeal or slices of breakfast bread the next
View Recipe: Baked Apples
Perfect with lamb or roast chicken, this cheesy polenta serves as a well-balanced accompaniment to a hearty meal. The warm
tomato topping provides sweetness, sharpness, and color to the side dish.
View Recipe: Creamy Polenta with Warm Tomato Compote
Incorporating whole grains into a meal is easy when complemented by sweet-tart dried cranberries and rich toasted pecans.
Simmering the rice in chicken broth instead of water gives rice a flavor boost.
View Recipe: Pecan White and Brown Rice Pilaf
Summer tomatoes may need little help, but the oven-drying process greatly improves the quality of winter tomatoes. The concentrated
flavor that results from cooking tomatoes at a low temperature for a long time provides instant richness and depth to a meal.
View Recipe: Oven-Dried Tomatoes
This side is a sure hit, featuring the three ingredients almost everyone loves: cheese, bacon, and potatoes. Combining Parmesan
and Asiago cheeses provides depth and creaminess, while the buttery Yukon Gold potato stands in for the additional fat and
View Recipe: Asiago, Potato, and Bacon Gratin
This combination of sweet corn and smoky bacon gives this uncomplicated dish sublime flavor. It’s a delicious way to put early-fall
corn to use.
View Recipe: Creamed Corn with Bacon and Leeks
A streusel crust on this classic sweet potato side makes the dish extra special. Creamy sweet potatoes and crunchy pecans
serve as perfect companions in this no-fuss favorite.
View Recipe: Streuseled Sweet Potato Casserole
This lightened version of a Pennsylvania Dutch specialty is kicked up with a tangy-sweet sour cream sauce. Even the most cynical
dinner guest will become a lima bean believer upon diving into this comforting side dish.
View Recipe: Mom's Pennsylvania Dutch Beans
The classic side dish gets a fresh makeover with the addition of a sherry-Dijon mustard vinaigrette. Haricots verts are the
traditional bean, but regular green beans work just as well.
View Recipe: Green Bean Salad Amandine
Couscous cooks quickly, making this side dish a go-to for rushed weeknights. The crunchy carrots and broccoli paired with
the filling protein of garbanzo beans not only makes this well-rounded side a welcome and healthful addition to the dinner
table, but makes a great lunch the next day as well.
View Recipe: Curried Couscous with Broccoli and Feta