Side Dishes

From a simple salad to oven roasted vegetables and a great variety of legumes, rice, pasta and other tasty grains, side dishes are small plates of food to accompany a main meal and make it a complete dish. Correct pairing of a side dish with a main meal is important to complement the textures and colours on the plate as well as to bring harmony and balance to the various flavours.

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Balsamic roasted beets

Balsamic roasted beets

Balsamic roasted beets are a delicious side dish combining the mild earthy flavor and natural sweetness of beets with the tangy richness of balsamic vinegar. Simple to prepare with only 5 ingredients, this oven roasted beets side dish is the perfect addition to any...

Roasted Brussels sprouts with balsamic vinegar

Roasted Brussels sprouts with balsamic vinegar

These crispy oven roasted Brussels sprouts with balsamic vinegar are the perfect side dish when you want to serve an explosion of flavors with minimal effort. A great make-ahead meal to serve for a weeknight dinner or for the festive holiday season. The Brussels...

Sautéed garlic green beans with thyme

Sautéed garlic green beans with thyme

This sautéed garlic green beans recipe is a quick and uncomplicated side dish to prepare. The beans are cooked in olive oil with garlic and a pinch of fresh thyme, bringing out their tender crispiness. The best part of this green beans recipe is you can make it ahead...

Lebanese Tabbouleh salad (Tabouli recipe)

Lebanese Tabbouleh salad (Tabouli recipe)

Tabbouleh (or tabouli) is a traditional Lebanese herb salad made with very finely chopped fresh parsley, tomatoes, onions, mint and bulgur wheat tossed with a zesty lemon and olive oil dressing. This vibrant green tabbouleh salad recipe offers a refreshing blend of...

Grilled Italian flat green beans

Grilled Italian flat green beans

This grilled Italian flat green beans recipe is simple yet bursting with flavour. Blanched Italian green beans are tossed with olive oil and grilled to perfection until crisp on the outside but still tender and juicy on the inside. Deliciously sweet with a mild nutty...

Belgian endive salad with egg

Belgian endive salad with egg

This Belgian endive salad with egg is a crisp and vibrant side dish that boasts a soft, unique taste profile. The gentle bitterness of the endives is combined with the rich and creamy taste of eggs coated with a sweet and tangy honey mustard dressing. A fresh and...

Peperonata – Italian stewed peppers

Peperonata – Italian stewed peppers

Peperonata is a vibrant Italian dish made with colourful bell peppers, slowly simmered to perfection along with onions, tomatoes, garlic and herbs. Even though it is made with just a few simple ingredients, this rustic Italian pepper stew is a fragrant dish bursting...

Sautéed green beans and tomatoes

Sautéed green beans and tomatoes

This sautéed green beans and tomatoes recipe is a quick and easy side dish to prepare. Crisp, tender green beans are sautéed in olive oil and tossed with juicy cherry tomatoes, sweet onions and fresh thyme. Ready in only 20 minutes, this green beans side dish pairs...

Greek lemon rice recipe

Greek lemon rice recipe

This bright and zesty Greek lemon rice recipe will tantalize your taste buds. Loaded with sautéed onions, garlic, fresh herbs and lemon, this Greek rice pilaf is jam-packed with delicious Mediterranean flavours. Serve this Greek rice as a side dish with other Greek or...

Beet tartare with apple and feta

Beet tartare with apple and feta

This beet tartare recipe combines earthy beetroot with sweet apple, pickled cucumber and salty feta cheese into a vibrant and delicious appetizer. Feta and beetroot tartare is a vegetarian recipe full of textures and colours that can be served as a side dish for a...

Mashed sweet potatoes with feta cheese

Mashed sweet potatoes with feta cheese

Mashed sweet potatoes with feta cheese combines sweet and salty into a delightful and tasty side dish. It is a hearty and comforting meal which is very easy to make for a weeknight dinner, but is also elegant enough to serve as a festive side dish. Sweet potatoes are...

Spanish garlic mushrooms – Champiñones al ajillo

Spanish garlic mushrooms – Champiñones al ajillo

Champiñones al ajillo or Spanish garlic mushrooms is a classic Spanish tapas dish served all over Spain. It's a simple recipe to make but is packed with flavour. White button mushrooms are sautéed in olive oil and garlic and further flavoured with glazed onions,...

Spicy grilled pineapple spears

Spicy grilled pineapple spears

This spicy grilled pineapple recipe can be served as an easy appetizer or as a refreshing BBQ side dish. Fresh pineapple spears are coated with a curry and chilli spice mix making them a sweet, spicy and juicy delight. It only takes 15 minutes to prepare and can be...

Traditional ratatouille recipe

Traditional ratatouille recipe

Ratatouille is a French vegetable stew made with fresh summer vegetables and flavoured with Mediterranean herbs. This traditional ratatouille recipe is a bright and colourful dish, packed with flavour and which immediately makes you think of the south of France. Side...

Shaved fennel salad with honey mustard dressing

Shaved fennel salad with honey mustard dressing

This shaved fennel salad, dressed with a sweet and zingy honey mustard vinaigrette is a delicious and refreshing summer dish. This crunchy side salad shines wonderfully alongside grilled chicken, pork, fish and seafood dishes. It is such a pleasure to cook with...

South African chakalaka recipe

South African chakalaka recipe

Chakalaka is a traditional South African vegetable relish consisting of root vegetables combined with tomatoes and spices. Bursting with delicious flavours, this versatile dish can be eaten as a side, relish or condiment. What is Chakalaka The origins of the recipe...

South African yellow rice

South African yellow rice

South African yellow rice is a delicious fragrant rice. While traditionally served with South African bobotie, this rice recipe can also be served as a side dish to any other curry. The rice gets its yellow colour from turmeric spice and its sweetness from the...

Tomato and onion salad

Tomato and onion salad

This tomato and onion salad recipe combines simple ingredients with big flavours in to a delicious side salad. The addition of earthy cumin, fresh cilantro and zesty lemon makes this a refreshing side dish accompaniment for any curry, dahl or summer grill meal. With...

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