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Roasted Stuffed Potatoes with Bacon & Sage Recipe

When used in cooking, anchovies dissolve and do NOT taste fishy. They add a brilliant briny, salty, “umami” flavor to the finished dish and are pretty much my favorite secret ingredient. But those goals don’t always fit with our culture’s values. Not really. Sure, thou shalt not kill and all that. (I don’t believe in …

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Bacony Twice Baked Potatoes Recipe

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23 Best Kale Recipes and Dishes (All Types)

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23 Zucchini Recipes (Dinners), Ranked (All Types)

Zucchini is a versatile summer squash you can use in sweet and savory dishes. It’s often the star of the show in zucchini recipes. Zucchini is a healthy vegetable that’s low in calories and high in fiber. It’s also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, manganese, and vitamin B6. You won’t believe just how much …

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23 Best Polenta Recipes (All Types)

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17 Best Great Greek Style Rice Recipes (All Types)

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Beer Polenta with Creamy Chard & Eggs Recipe

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Skillet Zucchini and Mushrooms Recipe

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20 Best Mashed Potato Recipes (All Types)

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Air Fried Parmesan Broccoli with Garlic Recipe

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Irish Potato Farls Recipe

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18 Different Types of Side Dishes

Three serving of different side dishes with spices on the sides.

Whenever I hear anyone talk about a side dish, I am immediately reminded of our youngest, Lil Lilly’s first formal dinner. It was at her grandparents’, my in-laws, and after hearing her grandmother and mother talk about the “side dish”, she quietly came to me at the dinner table to enquire from her Fountain of Knowledge-yours truly.

“Daddy, what is a side dish?” Lil Lilly eagerly asked.

Oblivious that the whole room had heard Lily’s question and all fallen silent in anticipation, I racked my brain as to the best way to answer Lil Lilly. After a short pause and without thought, I finally answered.

“Well honey, a side dish is like a side chick, you know, a bit on the side….”

It was only when my in-laws and other guests all gasped that I realized I had spoken my thoughts out loud!

“Oh, no. What I actually meant to say is that ‘a side dish is a dish or simply a side, is a food item that accompanies the entrée or main course at a meal.’” I desperately tried to do damage control.

“It’s an item of food you put beside the main course. In a restaurant, it’s sometimes referred to as a side order, that is, food accompanying your main order, I continued to explain.”

Wifey, realizing I had put my foot in it again, tried to help me sarcastically save face.

“Sweets, since you know so much about side dishes, maybe you could list and describe all the different types of side dishes as that is what Lil Lil heard us talking about in the kitchen.”

Seeing an opportunity to redeem myself, I grabbed it with both hands and launched into a tirade about as many different types of side dishes as time permitted-in alphabetical order!

Different Types of Side Dishes

From asparagus to zucchini, over the years different types of side dishes have become the standard dish to complete any meal. Below I explore in detail some of these side dishes and the different kinds of recipe dishes that have become associated with them.

1. Asparagus

Ready, steady roasted asparagus with crunchy parmesan topping

Aparagus salad served on a black plate with lemon.

A quick and easy-to-make dish,  this asparagus side is a must-try. In addition to the asparagus, you will enjoy the enhanced flavor of the breadcrumbs and freshly grated cheese.

To try it, click here and, for other asparagus side dish recipes, follow the links I have provided.

2. Beans

Easy Eat protein power baked beans

Refried beans in a white bowl served with lemon.

This side dish is the total package. It comes with protein power and is easy to make. You just plop everything in your slow cooker and walk away.”Be careful though, you could become addicted!

To try it, click here for the recipe. To try other bean side dishes click on the links below.

3. Bread

Cheeky and cheesy garlic bread

Nine slices of toasted garlic bread served on a white plate.

Described as fabulous by many, this garlic bread is, in my view, the ultimate side dish. The cheesy garlic gives such a kick your mouth will be left tangy and asking for more. Click here for the recipe.

To try the other bread side dish recipe, just follow the link.

Party, party cheese bread (click here for the recipe)

4. Broccoli                     

Bullish buttery Balsamic Broccoli

Broccoli salad in a small bowl served with two slices of bread.

Try this recipe and gone will be the days when broccoli is considered a punishment. Thanks largely to the balsam, this has become such a great side dish. Because it is not overly dressed like most other side dishes, this allows its main ingredient to come through.

For more info about the other broccoli side dishes below, just follow the link I have provided.

5. Casserole

Easy cheesy grits casserole

A bowl of vegan dish with corns and different spices on a blue background.

The casserole has historically been a classic side dish. Cheesy grit casserole makes it even more so.

It is very easy to make, you can prepare them ahead of time and then bake them while the rest of your meal is going on. Cheesy, right? To try it for yourself, click here. Enjoy!

6. Carrots

Toned down roasted carrots with  lemon dressing

Three pieces of roasted lamb served with vegetables.

Other than proverbially good for your eyes, most of us keep away from carrots as much as possible. However, with this side dish recipe, that could just become something of the past for you.

Thanks to the lemon and honey,  the roasted carrot accent is left neither too heavy nor too sweet. To try it, click here.

The same could also be said of the other side of herbed carrots. Follow the link I have provided to try that one too.


7. Cauliflower

Ready-roasted parmesan and garlic cauliflower

Roasted cauliflower served on a tray with sauce.

So tasty you just want to cry, this cauliflower side dish recipe should not be kept a secret from family and friends.

Pass it on to your family and friends. Should the other cauliflower side dish recipes have caught your fancy, then follow the links I have provided.

8. Cheese

Super duper creamy and cheesy Mac and cheese

Bring the Macdonald’s texture and flavor home to your family with this super-duper creamy and cheesy Mac and cheese side dish recipe.

Not only is it super nutritious, but it is also quick and easy. Give it a go by clicking here for the recipe. Good luck!!

9. Corn

Cool classic and legendary corn on a cob

Four grilled cob corns garnished served with sauce.

Talk of corn on a cob and you are taking us as far back as the founding fathers-this side dish is an American classic.

It has been good for hundreds of years and remains great to this day. Sweet and tender, this side dish is legendary.

Try the other corn side dishes. Follow the links I have provided below.

Cheesy mini corn muffins (click here for the recipe)

Great garlic cream cheese corn (click here for recipe)

10. Curry

Besty broccoli dal curry


A bowl of curry saag paneer with vegetables and naan.

For an exotic side dish, you won’t forget in a hurry, this is one of the best Indian recipes ever.  It will have your besties and guests talking about it for years to come.  Click here for a full and comprehensive recipe.

To try another curried side dish of lentils, click here for the Carried over curried lentils side dish. About it, Gina Wilkerson reports, “This tastes excellent and is super easy to make. I served the lentils over basmati rice and the combination was wonderful.”

11. Mushrooms

Quartered vs. Sliced sauteed mushrooms with red wine

Garlic musroom served with basil and red wine.

These are better quartered than sliced. Then add a little red wine and roasted garlic for an immune system boost. For a full and comprehensive recipe, click here.

Other mushroom side dishes to consider are:

12. Peas

Say sweet Nuttin honey peas

Fish and chips served with peas on a while plate.

Think both sweet and sour and you are describing this dish. No need to add sugar and butter to this dish, the honey gives it its sweet flavor, while the peas bring their natural savouriness.

To give it a go, click here for the full recipe.

For the full recipes of the ones below, kindly follow the links.

13. Potatoes

Big bacon and cheddar mashed potatoes

A bowl of mashed potatoe with minced bacon and greenery.

If it’s a change from the usual hum-drum mashed potato side dish routine, then this is the potato side dish recipe for you.

Easy to make, you will hardly break any sweat. Other potato recipes you might want to consider include,

14. Rice

Ever simple brown rice pilaf

A bowl of brown rice with leaves and mushrooms.

Quick and easy to make, you won’t believe it and neither will your guests. Click here for the full recipe.

Best buttered parmesan rice

The triple team of parmesan, butter, and rice make for a wonderful combination-one your tongue is not likely to forget in a hurry. Click here for the full recipe.

For recipes for the rest of the rice side dishes, follow the instructions below.

15. Salad

It’s cool Israeli couscous

On a white background, a close-up side view of two bowls of a nutritious vegan wholewheat pearl couscous salad with lemon and fresh veggies.

It’s always cool and refreshing when East meets West. So too is the perfect combination of flavors in this salad side dish. To try it for your next pool party, here there is the recipe.

16. Spinach

Why Popeye screamed  creamed spinach

Mashed spinack served in a small bowl on a wooden table.

No doubt this must be Popeye the Sailorman’s spinach side dish recipe. This spinach side dish recipe is so great that Jessica Hoylman reports that “Even my kids loved it.” To try it for your kids too, click here for the recipe.

17. Sweet Potatoes

Merry Music Memphis sweet potato fries

A selective focus of baked potato fries.

Simple to make and delicious to boot, these Memphis sweet potato fries are just what the doctor ordered.

If you would like to try them for yourself, click here for a comprehensive recipe.

For the recipes below, simply follow my instructions.

18. Zucchini

Zas right zucchini parmesan crisps

Those who have tried this Zucchini side dish recipe have expressed the wish to give it an above five-star rating.

That’s because these zucchini parmesan crisps are a must-try and enjoyable experience. Give them a go by clicking here for the recipe. Enjoy!