You don't have to be a gourmet chef to find the perfect side to go with dinner tonight. These quick and easy dishes serve 4 and complement a variety of proteins. Better yet, you'll get vibrant colors and flavors and a boost of veggies.

August 24, 2017
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Photo: Caitlin Bensel

Roasted Greek-Style Potatoes

Photo: Jennifer Causey

The oven temperature may seem too high, but don't fear: The wedges are thick enough that they will cook through without overbrowning.

Haricots Verts with Warm Shallot Vinaigrette

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Applying heat to the dressing allows the shallots to mellow and the mustard and rosemary to steep in the olive oil.

Farro, Mushroom, and Walnut Pilaf

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No need to microwave the farro; it will absorb enough liquid and heat through in the pan. Use the green parts of the green onions as well as the white for flecks of color in the finished dish.

Celery, Apple, and Almond Salad

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Crunch rules in this fall salad. Cut the celery on the diagonal for long, thin slices that will match the shape of the apple slices. We like a tart-sweet Pink Lady or Fuji apple here.

Almond-Garlic Swiss Chard

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Don't toss those stems! They have a lovely texture when sautéed. Use rainbow chard for stems that will add a vibrant pop of color.

Cauliflower-Couscous Toss

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Use this recipe as a template for any hearty vegetables and grains you have on hand, like broccoli and green beans or quinoa and farro.

Roasted Butternut with Sage and Thyme

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Sometimes the simplest dishes are the best. In this one, butternut squash combines with oil, sage, and thyme for a can't-be-beat weeknight side.

Broccoli-and-Arugula Salad

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Packaged broccoli slaw adds instant crunch and color to this salad. You an also toss it into stir-fries, use it to bulk up chili, or add it to quiche or casseroles for a veggie boost.