While cooking dinner, many people focus solely on the main dish and seem to make side dishes an after-thought.  Now, thanks to the internet, there are so many delicious side dish recipes out there!  Here are a few that may steal the show at your next dinner party.


Sweet Potato Fries

This healthy side dish is the perfect combination of savory and sweet!  This dish will not only win you favor with your adult guest, but your younger guests as well.

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What you need:

  • 2 Sweet Potatoes
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Parmesan Cheese

Cooking Prep:

  • Set oven temperature to 425 degrees
  • Wash and peel the two sweet potatoes
  • Cut sweet potatoes in half and then into “french fry like” strips

Cooking Instructions:

  • Spread sweet potato fries on a 12 x 17 baking sheet
  • Once you are done cutting your fries, pour a generous amount of olive oil over fries
  • Use hands to mix fries and olive oil on your baking sheet
  • Wash your hands, then season fries with salt, pepper, and garlic powder
  • Put in oven and set timer for 20 minutes
  • Check fries at 20 minutes if they are done(Some ovens require a little more cooking time)
  • Once the fries are cooked, let cool for a minute
  • After about a minute, move sweet potato fries to a serving plate and sprinkle parmesan cheese on top.
  • Eat up and enjoy!


Goat Cheese Balsamic Salad

You will be adding this to your list of favorite salads and vegetable dishes!  This dish has so many amazing flavors and textures that will have your guest going back for seconds.

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What you need:

  • Spring Mixed Greens
  • Goat Cheese Crumbles
  • Candied/Sweetened Pecans
  • Craisins
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Cooking Prep:

  • Crush candied/sweetened pecans

Cooking instructions:

  • Put spring mixed greens in a large salad serving bowl
  • Cover salad with your goat cheese crumbles, craisins, crushed pecans, and balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing (add as much or as little of the toppings as you want.)
  • Mix ingredients, serve, and enjoy!

*You can add sliced strawberries or apples if desired

Pan Roasted Tomatoes With Quinoa

This recipe from A Family Feast is a lite, savory, and packed with flavor.

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What you need:

  • 1 Cup of Quinoa
  • 2 Cups of Chicken or Vegetable Stock
  • 3 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • 2 Pints of Cherry Tomatoes
  • Freshly Chopped Basil
  • Freshly Chopped Parsley
  • Freshly Chopped Rosemary
  • Freshly Chopped Thyme
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Cooking Prep:

  • Chop basil, cloves of garlic, parsley, rosemary, and thyme

Cooking Instructions:

  • Combine quinoa and chicken stock in saucepan.
  • Bring the quinoa and chicken stock to a boil
  • Once it is brought to a boil, cover and reduce the heat to low.
  • Simmer quinoa for 15 minutes
  • Rest Quinoa
  • In a large pan, heat up olive oil on medium
  • Add freshly chopped garlic till it browns
  • Add in tomatoes and your freshly cut basil, rosemary, parsley, and thyme
  • Add the salt and pepper to ingredients
  • Reduce heat to a low temperature and cook for about 7 minutes
  • Make sure to stir ingredients for an even cooking of the tomatoes
  • Turn off heat and add quinoa to the pan with the tomatoes
  • Mix all the ingredients evenly
  • Serve and enjoy!

*You can add chickpeas or fresh spinach if desired

This Family Feast recipe can be printed on their website


No matter how old or young your guests are, these side dish recipes will leave them wanting more!