14 Easy, Three Ingredient Side Dishes
There's something about a side dish that makes a meal feel complete. A serving of fluffy grains, tender veggies, or comforting potatoes can really round out your dinner plate. But if you're short on time, or ingredients, these easy three-ingredient side dishes are here to save the day. Each of our 14 recipes need just a trio of ingredients (not counting salt and black pepper) to feed your family tonight.
Grilled Butternut Squash
"The easiest butternut squash recipe ever," says greenday. "Slice, baste and grill! No peeling. I'm sold on this recipe."
Easy Pressure Cooker Potatoes
Fast and Easy Spinach with Shallots
Reviewer naples34102 says, "My entire Italian family has prepared spinach this way for generations, so this recipe is classic."
Instant Pot® Quinoa
"The key is to use a hard cider that you are familiar with and like. This was tarty goodness," says Soup Loving Nicole.
Rice Cooker Black Beans
Buttery Cooked Carrots
Recipe creator beckie says, "Sweet cooked carrots that even my carrot hating family loves. There are never leftovers."
Chef John's Perfect Mashed Potatoes
Mashed potatoes don't need to have complicated ingredients, all they require is some proper technique to make a perfectly fluffy side.
Daddy's Fried Corn and Onions
How to Make Perfect Polenta
Italian dressing gives this zucchini a boost of flavor and the oil keeps it from sticking to the grill. If you've got yellow squash on hand, it can also be added in or substituted for the zucchini.
Grilled Corn on the Cob
Reviewer Rebecca Lynn says, "I peeled the husks back, put butter and salt on it, wrapped them in foil, and grilled. The corn was EXCELLENT. Seriously. Delicious."
If you've never roasted cauliflower in butter instead of olive oil, then your life is about to be changed for the better. Not only does the cauliflower become incredibly tender, it has a surprisingly rich taste for the small amount of butter used.