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Side Dish Recipes

150+ Side Dish Recipes for Any Meal

Don’t let your main dishes be lonely! These side dish recipes will bring more to the table for you and those you love. From broccoli sides to vegetable medleys and side dishes with potatoes to biscuits for sopping up sauces, these side dish recipes will ensure you’ve got a delicious meal up your sleeve every time. You’ll find side dish recipes with potatoes, salads, pasta, fritters, and more. Dress them up or down for your holiday table or whip them up any night of the week!

Round Out Dinner with Rice Side Dishes

Simple steamed white rice is just what you need to accompany your dinner when you’re serving a saucy main dish. But side dishes with rice also can be the star of the show when it’s dressed up with vibrant flavors like in our Spinach Rice with Feta. And whether you’re low-carb or already have too many carbs on the table, Southwest Cauliflower Rice has you covered with smoky flavors that make Mexican meals even better.

Delicious Side Dishes for Chicken

If you’re in a side dish rut, try something new with these perfect side dishes for chicken.  The flavors in Lemony Parsley Pasta pair perfectly with the mild, savory flavors of chicken. Perfect Oven Roasted Broccoli is another one that matches just about anything with an incredible flavor that no one can resist for more nutrition in disguise. Feel free to lighten up your side dishes for chicken with a colorful salad too, like the Mediterranean White Bean Salad that comes together in just minutes and can be made for a crowd.

Parsley Pesto Pasta with Peas in a white bowl with a black fork in the side.

Parsley Pesto Pasta with Peas

SPRING IS HEEERRRRREE! (Read that in Oprah’s excited yelling voice). As soon as that sun starts to shine and the days get a little longer I feel every cell in my body wake up...

Add Salad Dressing to Pasta Salad

“Sweep the Kitchen” Pasta Salad

Despite having a website is full of recipes, in real life at least half of my meals are “sweep the kitchen” or “throw together whatever you have” type meals. Even though they’re not exactly...

A bowl of Roasted Cauliflower and Quinoa Salad on a teal napkin.

Roasted Cauliflower and Quinoa Salad

For week 2 of my Vegetarian Challenge, I knew that I wanted a “refrigerator salad.” By that I mean a salad that I can prepare in the beginning of the week and will hold...

Kale and Toasted Pita Salad with Parmesan in the process of being eaten.

Kale Salad with Toasted Pita and Parmesan

This salad is totally giving me life right now! While I love the warm comforting foods of winter, after a few weeks of all those heavy roasted and stewed foods I start craving fresh...

Skillet full of smoky, spicy, and creamy Chipotle Pumpkin Pasta.

Chipotle Pumpkin Pasta

Today is the most fall day of all fall days. The fall colors are at their peak here in Nashville, the air smells like wet leaves, it’s a little overcast and spooky looking, and...

Close up of caramelized Smoky Maple Roasted Acorn Squash

Smoky Maple Roasted Acorn Squash

I know, I use smoked paprika in everything, but that’s because it makes everything so good. Especially when it’s combined with pure maple syrup, which kind of has a hint of smokiness itself. This simple smoked...

Fluffy as a cloud and with a rich buttery finish, these Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes will be the star of any weeknight dinner or holiday meal! Budgetbytes.com

Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes

“Is butter a carb?” That quote kept running through my head as I was making (and devouring) these super fluffy Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes. It’s one of the best movie lines EVER and the...

Rich and Creamy Rice Cooker Mac and Cheese in a Bowl

Rice Cooker Mac and Cheese

There’s nothing better to keep you going through that late night study sesh than a warm bowl of rich and creamy mac and cheese, and luckily it’s incredibly fast and easy to make using...

Filling enough to serve as a light meal, but light enough to act as an easy side dish, this Italian Orzo Salad is a versatile addition to your weekly meal prep. Budgetbytes.com

Italian Orzo Salad

Another day, another salad! I try to make some sort of salad each week that I can build meals on or just eat as a quick meal on its own when I’m on the...

Roasted Vegetable Couscous is an easy side dish with complex flavor, with sweet roasted vegetables mixed with savory, fluffy couscous. Budgetbytes.com

Roasted Vegetable Couscous

I’m still trying to take full advantage of the fresh summer veggies before they’re gone. This Roasted Vegetable Couscous is the perfect side dish for the transitional season when the markets are still full...

Rosemary Roasted Potatoes are an easy, flexible, and DELICIOUS side dish that can be paired with just about any meal. Keep this go-to recipe handy! Budgetbytes.com

Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

Rosemary Roasted Potatoes are a classic recipe that everyone needs to know how to make. They’re so easy that you’ll likely memorize the process on the first try, and their versatility means they can...

Cowboy Caviar is like a cross between a bean salad and fresh salsa with its colorful mix of beans, vegetables, and a fresh lime infused dressing. BudgetBytes.com

Cowboy Caviar

This super fresh and vibrant Cowboy Caviar combines two types of beans, colorful summer vegetables, and a sweet and tangy lime dressing for a bold and versatile dish that you’ll find yourself making over and...

This Parsley Salad with Almonds and Apricots is savory, sweet, crunchy, and drenched in a tangy homemade vinaigrette! Holds up well to refrigeration and perfect for meal prep! Budgetbytes.com

Parsley Salad with Almonds and Apricots

I love using parsley as a base for my salads because it’s inexpensive, flavorful, full of nutrients, and it holds up well in the refrigerator, even when dressed! It might take a minute to...

Roasted Summer Vegetables are the easiest side dish of the season and can be served as a simple side, or added to several other dishes to add color, flavor, texture, and nutrients. BudgetBytes.com

Roasted Summer Vegetables

I made some simple Roasted Summer Vegetables as a side dish this week and I debated whether or not to give them their own recipe post. Roasted vegetables are so basic that it’s almost...

This Spinach Chickpea and Quinoa Salad is an awesome base to build meals throughout the week and it holds up extremely well in the fridge, so you can eat better with less effort. BudgetBytes.com

Spinach Chickpea and Quinoa Salad

This salad is SUPER basic, but I literally ate it every day last week and will happily be eating it again all this week, so I think that alone makes it worth sharing. The...

Pepperoni’s rich and peppery bite is the perfect contrast to mild spinach, mozzarella, and pasta in this Pepperoni Pasta Salad. BudgetBytes.com

Pepperoni Pasta Salad

Where did last week go? I didn’t get to cook much as I’d have liked last week, so I found myself with a refrigerator full of miscellaneous ingredients that I wasn’t quite sure what...

When fresh vegetables are in short supply, make this Sweet Crunch Winter Salad packed full of winter vegetables and a homemade Maple Tahini Dressing. BudgetBytes.com

Sweet Crunch Winter Salad

It’s about this time every year that I start craving fresh vegetables. Between all the holiday food, football food, and generally heavy, slow cooked winter dishes, I need something light and fresh! Unfortunately a lot...

Double Spinach Artichoke Dip is PACKED with spinach, three types of cheese, and just enough spice to tingle your taste buds. BudgetBytes.com

Double Spinach Artichoke Dip

Yeah, Double Spinach Artichoke Dip because if I’m going to eat something this rich and creamy I’m going to make sure I eat a pound of spinach while I’m at it. 😂 Most people have...