Sides

Healthy side dish recipes, including vegetable side dishes, salads, salsas, and other easy, tasty dinner sides the whole family will love.

Habanero Pineapple Salsa

Habanero Pineapple Salsa

This Habanero Pineapple Salsa is fresh and fruity with a nice kick of heat at the end. It’s a great summer snack or appetizer, either to hog all for yourself or to take to parties and get-togethers. You can easily adjust the heat level up or down for your preference, based on how many habaneros you use.

Citrus Berry Spring Salad with Vinaigrette

Citrus Berry Spring Salad with Vinaigrette

Now that the weather has turned gorgeous, I’m ready for easy meals that don’t heat up the house, especially delicious, filling salads, packed with fresh fruits and veggies and tasty nuts or seeds. I used to think eating salads all the time would become incredibly boring and repetitive, but as with many things, you can easily inject variety into your salad routine with fun new combinations of ingredients and different dressings!

Chipotle Salsa- The Perfect Smoky, Spicy Dip

Chipotle Salsa- The Perfect Smoky, Spicy Dip

This simple salsa brings smokiness to the forefront while packing good heat at the end; it’ll keep you reaching for chip after chip until your bowl is empty (and I won’t judge if you lick the bowl clean). Canned chipotles in adobo provide this great, complex flavor and are readily available in most grocery stores. We add red onion, cilantro, lime juice, and salt to the mix to round out a fantastic salsa that’s great with chips or as a condiment for other meals.

Spring Greens with Blood Orange Raspberry Vinaigrette

Spring Greens with Blood Orange Raspberry Vinaigrette

This simple spring greens side dish keeps the work to a minimum and allows the blood orange and raspberry vinaigrette to steal the spotlight. These easy greens make a perfect pairing for spring and summer dishes and are so simple to throw together for a last minute gathering or on a blazing hot grilling day when you don’t want to heat your home.

Apples & The Perfect Honey Peanut Butter Dip

Apples & The Perfect Honey Peanut Butter Dip

At times like these, when the fabulous busyness of spring activities threatens to overwhelm me, I turn towards the simplest of recipes in order to stay on track health-wise. To that end, I felt compelled to share this dip recipe with you today. It’s a staple snack in our home and is incredibly simple, delicious, healthy, and satisfying!

Mango Jalapeno Salsa

Mango Jalapeno Salsa

This salsa features one of my favorite combinations in food: sweet and spicy. The fresh mango gives a wonderful brightness and sweetness that’s followed at the end by a delicious warmth and spice from the jalapenos. Whip up a batch for your next get-together, party, or just to enjoy throughout the week!

Simple Roasted Poblano Hummus

Simple Roasted Poblano Hummus

Roasting up poblanos and blending them in with the chickpeas when making hummus lends a wonderful smoky flavor to this recipe and just a hint of warmth. This simple addition really elevates your typical hummus; what a fantastic way to Spice up a simple dip!

Roasted Hatch Chile Peach Salsa

Roasted Hatch Chile Peach Salsa

This time of year is Hatch chile season (it’s like another holiday for Chile heads!). Whenever these big green beauties hit the produce sections of the stores, we always buy up a bunch like the crazy pepper hoarding addicts we are! Named for the town in New Mexico in which they’re grown, these Anaheim chile variations are absolutely fantastic. If you haven’t tried them before, make plans now to go out and get some, mild and/or hot, to use in this fresh salsa!

Zoodles with Sun Dried Tomato & Walnut Pesto

Zoodles with Sun Dried Tomato & Walnut Pesto

Now if you’ve been looking to eat healthier, you may well be cutting back on things like breads and pasta; in it’s traditional forms, those wheaty noodles, while delicious, aren’t the greatest for us. They’re super carb-heavy and not particularly nutritionally dense, so if you’re ready for some serious vegetable magic, stay with me here and learn to make your own pasta out of zucchini!

Amazing 5-Minute Guacamole!

Amazing 5-Minute Guacamole!

Ah, Summer… season of lawn games, BBQs, family gatherings, and late-night partying. It’s one of my favorite times of the year! With all the spontaneous get-togethers that accompany these warm months and the longer days, I have to be able to whip up a quick side or appetizer, and guacamole is pretty much my dish. Luckily, this version tastes incredible and takes very little time or effort! Perfect!

Chilled Peach Soup

Chilled Peach Soup

Despite the humidity of the midwest and the heat of the afternoons, I love this time of year—the long days, the bright sunshine, the perfect temps in the morning and evenings. It’s wonderful, and with peaches in season and temperatures rising, it’s definitely time for refreshing chilled soups! Creamy, sweet, and dairy-free!

Roasted Beets with Candied Pecans, Goat Cheese, and Mint

Roasted Beets with Candied Pecans, Goat Cheese, and Mint

Growing up beets never appealed to me; it wasn’t until I was older that I discovered roasted beets, and I immediately fell in love with these gems. They require minimal hands-on time, no fancy ingredients, and comes out tasting amazing. Goat cheese is a perfect match in this dish, offering a nice tanginess to compliment the earthiness and richness of the roasted beets. Glazed pecans add some sweetness and spice to the dish, as well as making it a bit heartier.