By Mary Claire Lagroue
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Don't hold out for special occasions.

You don't *need* a valid reason to prepare lamb, though Passover Seder and Easter lunch — and the fact that lamb tastes delicious — all count. Other valid reasons to cook lamb? The following 10 side dishes — which happen to complement this full-flavored main dish main quite well. So, yeah. Looks like you've got your reasons, after all.

Cooks often pair peas with lamb, but the addition of crushed tomatoes, potato wedges, and dill puts plain ole peas to shame. Try this with Greek Orange Roast Lamb.

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When cooked, radishes lose their bite and gain a sweetness that tastes impeccable with leg of lamb. Plus, reviews attest that this recipe changes people's minds about radishes.

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"The couscous and squash on their own were delicious, but mixing the two together was amazing! Easy to make and fancy looking — great for guests!" — McCrearyacres. Give this a try with Moroccan Lamb with Shiraz Honey Sauce.

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For some, lamb just isn't complete without mint. Even if your lamb recipe calls for mint, serving this refreshing salad on the side will please the palate. For the best flavor, wait until tomatoes are in season, then serve with Grilled Spicy Lamb Burgers.

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"Wow, I think these were the best tasting carrots that I have ever had! Extremely flavorful and such interesting flavors at that," Kristen B. says. They'd be heavenly next to Lamb Ribs with Honey and Wine.

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Carrot, saffron, and apricots give this rice its gorgeous golden color — and a flavor that rounds out lamb really well. You could serve this as a bed for Little Lamb Meatballs in a Spicy Eggplant Tomato Sauce.

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"Small potatoes roasted in za'atar seasoning are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and bursting with flavor." — Soup Loving Nicole. Chef John's Roasted Leg of Lamb would love to be introduced to this dish.

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Dressed in lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, and cilantro, this salad would be a natural next to Simple Grilled Lamb Chops.

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"The roasting method kills the natural bitterness of asparagus." — swedishmilk. What a simple, elegant side dish for Roasted Rack of Lamb.

This buttery polenta would be perfect with Rosemary Braised Lamb Shanks spooned over the top.