Gourmet Side Dish Recipes

Pair a simple main with any of these gourmet side dish recipes, and you'll have a spectacular dinner. Browse tried and trusted gourmet side dish recipes complete with ratings, reviews and cooking tips.

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Roasted White Asparagus with Herbes de Provence

Rating: 4.78 stars
White asparagus roasted with herbes de Provence. Nice accompaniment to your favorite French Dish.

Grilled Portobellos Sauteed in Wine

Rating: 4.64 stars
This recipe is a great addition to beef roast or a grilled steak. It is easy, quick, and can be prepared in the time it takes the steak to be grilled, if need be. We were absolutely amazed when this recipe became a favorite of our 2 year old grand daughter!
By Anonymous

Fried Stuffed Squash Blossoms

Rating: 4.32 stars
If you have a garden and you planted zucchini, you will have an abundance of squash blossoms. These are just amazing, with that tangy goat cheese filling and that batter: so simple, light, and crisp.

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Rating: 4.71 stars
My husband taught me this elegant yet easy side dish! Always a hit at the holidays, and dresses up every day chicken.

Spicy Vietnamese Quick Pickled Vegetables

Rating: 4.6 stars
These quick pickled vegetables are traditionally served as a condiment for banh mi sandwiches, but they make a nice side for anything you'd normally pair with coleslaw, like fish and chips, BBQ, fish tacos, etc.

Elegant Orzo with Wilted Spinach and Pine Nuts

Rating: 4.52 stars
Orzo pasta with wilted spinach, feta cheese, tomatoes, and balsamic vinegar - goes well with fish or chicken.

Simple Fried Morel Mushrooms

Rating: 4.68 stars
These mushrooms are a treasure of the woods hunted by many in the early spring here in Missouri. Simple and quick to fry and enjoy. Finding these can be very hard to find in the woods but well worth the work once you get a mess of them to eat.

Black Salt Asparagus

Rating: 4.4 stars
I bought fancy black sea salt on a trip and was dying to create a recipe that showcased the flavor. This asparagus recipe is it! It is fresh, delicious and so simple that my 14 year-old can make it. A great side dish anytime!

Shrimp Wrapped with Prosciutto

Rating: 4.5 stars
An adventurous dish of fried polenta cakes, shrimp wrapped in prosciutto and a hazelnut liquor sauce! It is as beautiful to see as it is to eat.

Sweet and Nutty Moroccan Couscous

Rating: 4.45 stars
I've simplified this recipe for Couscous Mesfouf without losing any of its deliciously complex flavor. Prepare all the mix-ins ahead of time and it takes only minutes to make. Enjoy!

Black Rice

Rating: 4.78 stars
Black rice is one of the handful of superfoods. This rice is so flavorful and has a very unique presentation as it cooks up to a deep purple color. This rice goes great with just about any meal as a nice healthy side. I love to make it with salmon and a side of fresh veggies.

Sicilian Grilled Vegetable Salad

Rating: 5 stars
A great way to use fresh garden vegetables. Serve chilled as a summer salad or a side dish for steak. Can be served on top of bread or on a bed of lettuce. A recipe from Sicily.

Inspiration and Ideas

Asparagus Parmesan
Rating: Unrated
Fresh asparagus sauteed in olive oil and butter, and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.
Broccoli with Garlic Butter and Cashews
Rating: Unrated
See how to make this top-rated broccoli dish with cashews in tangy garlic sauce.

Best Fried Green Tomatoes

Rating: 4.64 stars

You can also fry up red tomatoes with this recipe but make sure they are not over ripe or they will be mushy. Serve these tomatoes outside with a glass of iced tea one summer night and enjoy the sunset with someone you love.