10 Versatile Side Dishes You Can Pair with Any Dinner in Your Rotation

I grew up cooking and whenever I made dinner, my mother would always ask me, “Where are the sides?!” I tended to focus on the main protein as opposed to the extras, but a mother’s worry will make sure you have a full meal.

Take the trickiness out of pairing sides with proteins by following this list to get a well-rounded meal on the table every night of the week with this list of sides that can go with any meal.

1. Honey Glazed Baby Carrots

Honey Glazed Baby Carrots - Honey brings in such a pleasant sweetness to these baby carrots in this easy 15-minute side dish!
Damn Delicious

These baby carrots pack a sweet and healthy crunch that can go with any meal, and visually make your plate more appealing. That orange is such a beautiful color!

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2. Sautéed Spinach With Basil

Side of spinach and basil
Real Simple

Is Popeye still popular? Bring back everyone’s favorite spinach-loving sailor with these easy recipe that only relies on a few ingredients to whip together.

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3. Steamed Broccoli Mash

side of Steamed Broccoli Mash - A Squirrel in the Kitchen
A Squirrel in the Kitchen

If your kids don’t like the idea of a green vegetable, try switching it up and serving it mashed-potaotes style.

Get the most out of your broccoli side with this paleo-friendly recipe.

4. Tarragon Asparagus

Tarragon Asparagus side recipe
Taste of Home

Grilled asparagus with the subtly sweet tarragon? Yes please! These vegetables bring out the simple, yet provocative side of cooking by adding depth of flavor to your meal.

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5. A Simple Arugula Salad

Arugula Salad. Simple Side
The Kitchn

Arugula salad is simple and straight to the point. You can dress it up any way you want and add additional veggies if need be. This literally pairs with every protein you can imagine, and you can change the flavors with the dressing you choose.

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6. Spinach Mashed Potatoes

Sally's Spinach Mashed Potatoes I "Best potato recipe I know of. So delicious, so easy.":
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Mashed potatoes are kicked up a notch with spinach in this great side dish that can go with any meal! Hide those vegetables inside mashed potatoes for an even trickier eater.

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7. Roasted Sweet Potatoes

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Life Currents

Continuing the trend of potatoes, this is a simple side that is actually healthier than white potatoes.

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8. Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

Parmesan-Roasted Cauliflower - The combination of meaty, caramelized cauliflower florets and some just-this-side-of-burnt onions has become our go-to winter side dish.:
Bon Appetit

Cauliflower is getting a resurgence for a few years. The first is that its generally bland taste adapts well to many styles of cooking. The second is that its faux-starchy consistency makes it a great substitute in otherwise unhealthy dishes.

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9. Tuna & Macaroni Salad

Macaroni salad side dish
My Recipes

This cold side dish is light, flavorful, and will keep well to add to lunches throughout the week.

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10. Roasted Root Vegetables

Roasted Root Vegetables with Tender Spring Herbs by Katie Webster on HealthySeasonalRecipes.com
Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Last but not least, here we have the almighty root vegetables. They are healthy and literally good for anything from baby back ribs to chicken tenders.

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