Easy 15-Minute Side Dishes
Need something quick to go with that main dish? These recipes for 15-minute sides will help you get dinner on the table in a flash.
Summer Squash Ribbons With Lemon and Parmesan
Dress up strips of squash with a little olive oil, lemon juice, and shaved Parmesan for a simple, summery side—no cooking needed.
Chili-Lime Snap Peas
Sautéed Spinach With Basil
Toss in fresh basil leaves at the end to give wilted spinach an herbal twist.
Combine cannellini beans, kidney beans, and chickpeas for an easy no-cook option.
Couscous With Apricot Vinaigrette
Warm up apricot preserves and whisk in oil, white wine vinegar, and salt and pepper to create the sweet and tangy vinaigrette.
Couscous With Cranberries and Almonds
Pea, Feta, and Crispy Prosciutto Salad
Carrot and Apple Slaw With Raisins
This fresh, crisp slaw uses Greek yogurt or sour cream instead of mayonnaise for a lighter, healthier take.
Green Beans With Almond-and-Lemon Brown Butter
The deliciously nutty brown butter sauce takes just 2 minutes to make.
Garlicky Green Beans With Pine Nuts
You can prep part of this 15-minute side dish in advance: Boil the beans until tender, plunge into an ice bath, drain, and refrigerate for up to 2 days.
Spring Pea Salad
Mild goat cheese balances out the piquant capers, shallot, and lemon zest.
Grilled Asparagus With Manchego
Sprinkle the dish with smoked paprika to enhance the smokiness of the grilled vegetables.
Roasted Asparagus With Olive Vinaigrette
Jazz up tender, caramelized asparagus with a zippy dressing of chopped olives, parsley, vinegar, and oil.
Kale, Radicchio, and Orange Salad
Orange segments help sweeten up this fresh, healthy salad; chopped cashews add a salty crunch.
Curried Tomatoes and Chickpeas
Scallions, ginger, and curry transform plain tomatoes and chickpeas into a deliciously unexpected side dish.
Tomatoes With Ranch Dressing
The recipe calls for fresh dill, but any soft herb will work with this dressing. Try basil, chives, or thyme.
Sauteed Corn and Lima Beans
The sweet corn complements the peppery arugula in this 10-minute side.
Corn Salad With Feta and Walnuts
You can use raw or cooked corn in this recipe; raw kernels will be juicier and crisper.