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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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 chakalaka...

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...

Roasted Brussels sprouts and butternut squash

Roasted Brussels sprouts and butternut squash

This oven roasted Brussels sprouts and butternut squash recipe is a healthy and flavourful side dish, easy to make and ready in no time. A delicious vegetable recipe perfect to serve during the holiday season, like Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year or as a winter...

Easy dill pickle potato salad

Easy dill pickle potato salad

Dill pickle potato salad: This easy potato salad recipe is filled with crunchy dill pickles and pearl onions. A creamy mayonnaise and mustard dressing brings this salad together as the perfect side dish for a whole range of main courses in both winter and summertime....

Little Gem lettuce with anchovy and bell pepper salsa

Little Gem lettuce with anchovy and bell pepper salsa

The crispy leaves of the Little Gem lettuce in combination with the salty anchovy and fresh bell pepper salsa makes this a vibrant and crunchy side salad. What is Little Gem lettuce? Little Gem lettuce are a smaller version of Romaine lettuce. They are not really...

Homemade mango salsa

Homemade mango salsa

Homemade mango salsa is so quick and easy to make with just a few healthy ingredients. It combines sweet, sour and spicy flavours into a delicious and colourful salsa full of freshness. It can be served as a dip, salad or side dish with various proteins. Mango is a...

Italian green beans with garlic and onion

Italian green beans with garlic and onion

This Italian green beans recipe with garlic and onion is a simple but very flavourful side dish. It is very easy to combine with lots of other dishes and is great to serve as an appetizer. What are Italian green beans? Italian green beans are also generally known...

Braaibroodjies – BBQ Grilled cheese sandwiches

Braaibroodjies – BBQ Grilled cheese sandwiches

Braaibroodjies are the South African version of grilled cheese sandwiches. These golden brown sandwiches with gooey melted cheese, sliced tomato and onions are a traditional side dish for any South African barbecue, or braai. Braaibroodjies are toasted sandwiches...

Mediterranean roasted vegetables in foil packets

Mediterranean roasted vegetables in foil packets

Mediterranean roasted vegetables in foil are an easy to prepare side dish for any camping meal or summer barbecue. The vegetables are roasted to perfection on the grill, packed with delicious Mediterranean flavours like garlic, rosemary, basil, oregano and a good...

BBQ Grilled potatoes in foil packets

BBQ Grilled potatoes in foil packets

Grilled potatoes in foil packets make a perfect BBQ side dish when cooking outdoors on the grill. These campfire potatoes with rosemary and garlic pair wonderfully with any type of grilled meat, fish or vegetables. When summer time is approaching, it's time to bring...

Watermelon salad with feta, cucumber and basil

Watermelon salad with feta, cucumber and basil

This cucumber watermelon salad with feta is a refreshing summer salad, perfect to serve as a side dish. The juicy cucumber and watermelon cubes, sprinkled with salty feta and fresh basil leaves are finished off with a zingy and sweet honey-lime dressing. Using...

Spicy Mexican rice with tomatoes and sweet peppers

Spicy Mexican rice with tomatoes and sweet peppers

This vibrant one-pot spicy Mexican rice is quick and easy to make with mainly pantry ingredients. It is a colourful and delicious side dish that goes well with a wide range of Mexican meals as well as with various meat, fish and seafood dishes.  This Mexican rice...

Oven roasted fennel and carrots

Oven roasted fennel and carrots

Oven roasted fennel and carrots, with perfectly balanced flavours make a great side dish for a large range of meals. This roasted fennel recipe is really easy to make and very tasty. Not everyone likes the outspoken taste of fennel bulbs. The anise liquorice flavour...

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