Quickest Side Dishes

Here are my four favorite quick and delicious side dishes along with links to more online favorites. Try them all and let me know what you think.

Last week I told you about The Side Dish Solution, the idea that a single delicious side dish can transform an otherwise boring meal. You can see what I mean over here with this Spanish Rice with Pimentos and Peas recipe.

The thing with the Spanish rice, as delicious as it is, is that it calls for brown rice which isn’t exactly quick-cooking. What I wanted to find were a bunch of quick and delicious side dishes to perk up otherwise boring dinners.

I clicked the Soups ‘n’ Sides Tab at the top of my site and looked through the Side Dishes to find the quickest and best ones there.

They are:

#1: Easy Greek Tabouli: This grain salad brightens up a meal. And the classic tabouli grain (bulgur wheat) cooks in minutes.

Greek Tabouli Salad#2: Mushrooms and Leeks with Quick-Cooking Barley: We usually think of barley in soup but it also makes a wonderful side dish. Regular barley takes around 40 minutes to cook but you can buy quick-cooking barley in a box. It’s ready in under 20.

Easy and quick Barley with Leeks and Mushrooms by @cookthestory#3: Zucchini Gratin: This pretty vegetable side dish is made by mixing zucchini, summer squash and tomatoes with a bit of cream. You top it with breadcrumbs and bake until bubbly inside and crunchy on top. The best part is it’s ready in 30 minutes.

Summer Squash and Zucchini Gratin#4: Lazy Poutine Baked Potatoes: This is an easy 20 minute side dish that makes everyone happy. You cook potatoes in the microwave (or in the oven if you have more time). Then you cut them in half, top them with cheese and pour on hot gravy (a jar of store-bought or leftover gravy from a roast dinner).

Lazy Baked Potato PoutineIn my search for more quick and delicious side dishes I turned to my blogging friends. I asked them to each share the best quickest side dish from their site. These are the links to them all:

Quick and easy side dishes - get 30+ delicious recipes on COOKtheSTORY.com

Quick and easy side dishes - get 30+ delicious recipes on COOKtheSTORY.com
Honey Glazed Carrots (10 minutes)

Maple Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots (20 minutes)

Creamy Pea Salad (5 minutes)

Mojito Fruit Salad (10 minutes)

Broccoli Salad (15 minutes)

Salad with Grilled Peaches (14 minutes)

Chili Cheese Corn (10 minutes)

Garden Vegetable Salad (15 minutes)

Browned Butter Whipped Butternut Squash (20 minutes)

Quick Egg Drop Soup (15 minutes)

Swiss Chard Saute (7 minutes)

Cumin Sauteed Carrots (10 minutes)

Tropical Carrot Raisin Salad (10 minutes)

Asparagus, Pea & Leek Stir Fry (8 minutes)

Grape Salad (5 minutes)

Parmesan Broiled Tomatoes (10 minutes)

Onion-Top Stir Fry (15 minutes)

Skillet Corn with Browned Butter & Sage (15 minutes)

Pan Seared Red Cabbage (10 minutes)

Steakhouse Style Creamed Spinach (10 minutes)

Lebanese Rice Pilaf (20 minutes)

Grilled Pineapple with Lime Zest (20 minutes)

Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes (20 minutes)

Bowties with Parsley Garlic Butter (15 minutes)

Best Coleslaw Ever (15 minutes)

Roasted Green Beans with Mushrooms (30 minutes)

Creamy Black Bean & Corn Salad with Avocado (15 minutes)

Homemade Potato Chips (10 minutes)

Coconut Pineapple Rice (10 minutes)

Balsamic Glazed Green Beans (5 minutes)

If you have a quick delicious side dish that your family loves, I’d love to hear about it. Let me know in the comments below or share it with me and other COOKtheSTORY readers on Facebook. I’m always excited to find out what you’re cooking and what works for you and your family. Have a great day! -Christine


4 Responses to “Quickest Side Dishes”

  1. Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats — February 5, 2015 @ 2:39 pm (#)

    Oh my goodness, that summer squash gratin looks incredible. Such a great roundup girl! Thanks for including me in it!

  2. Brandie @ HomeCookingMemories — February 5, 2015 @ 10:48 am (#)

    Ok, this is a list I’m going to keep coming back to!! I LOVE easy side dishes and there is so much variety here. Thank you so much for including my Coconut Pineapple Rice too!

  3. Becca from It's Yummi! — February 5, 2015 @ 8:31 am (#)

    I love that there are so many side dishes that can be made in less than 10 minutes! Thanks for including my creamed spinach recipe!

  4. Lauren Kelly Nutrition — February 5, 2015 @ 7:28 am (#)

    What a great collection! Thank you for sharing my Balsamic Glazed Green Beans :)

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