Our Best Summer Sides

July 19, 2011

From bean salads to sauteed greens - this summer make your superstar dishes shine with our perfect seasonal sidekicks.

Cajun Corn and Kale SaladBlack BeansSugar Snap Peas with Mint and LemonWarm Kidney Bean SaladOrzo VeggiesSpanish RiceBroccoli RabeClassic Caesar SaladBlueberry Farro SaladPeach and Prosciutto SaladTabbouleh with Green Beans and FetaSautéed RadishesHerbed Tomato SaladCucumbers with Oregano, Feta and Pine NutsMixed Greens with Garlic
Summer veggies unite in this bright corn, tomato, celery and kale salad. And once you add a little Cajun spice to the mix, you’ve got yourself a versatile summer side perfect for pairing with barbecue, burgers or folding into soft chicken tacos.
Beans, beans, beans. We just can’t get enough of these little legumes! Black beans have got your back when it comes to Tex-Mex. So whether you want a soup or a side, our all-encompassing black bean recipe will provide. Pair it with Cuban-style mojo-marinated pork and fried plantains for a tropical twist.
In the summer you don’t need a lot to make crunchy snap peas shine. With a wash of lemon juice and a touch of mint, you have a snappy side that can be paired with just about anything.
Kidney beans are fiber and protein packed, making them a great side choice. This fresh and light salad will be a great alternative to traditional baked beans at your next summer grill-out.
From first glance, it is easy to assume orzo has a bit of an identity crisis. After all, it is pasta posing as rice and bearing a name that means barley in Italian. But we assure you, orzo is right where he belongs in this summery veggie salad.
Did you know that Spanish rice isn’t really Spanish at all? In fact, it is a Mexican original and practically non-existent across the Atlantic. But thank your lucky stars this dish of browned rice, tomatoes, onions and garlic is stateside because it will make your summer dishes sizzle.
Broccoli Rabe? Say what? This green and non-heading variety of broccoli is little known and often forgotten about. But our guide to understanding rabe will open you up to a simple sautéed side that will bring bite and all-important nutrients to mealtimes.
The classic Caesar salad was created in 1924 when chef Caesar Cardini was low on supplies. He was forced to use the random ingredients he had in his kitchen to make salads to serve his patrons. Almost a century later, it's still a go-to staple in the summertime. It pairs well with almost anything; add a piece of grilled chicken or fish and you have a perfect summer dinner.
Blueberries in a farro salad? You bet. Fresh and peak-of-the-season berries give this flavorful dish an extra little burst of sweetness to balance its cumin and coriander-spiced base.
Tabbouleh is one of the most popular salads in the Middle East, and after trying this Americanized side dish of crunchy green beans and crumbly feta, you will know why.
Yes, it may sound a little odd, but we want to see radishes get off of the garnish train! A side of this simple radish sauté will give broiled white fish or roasted chicken dish the crunch it needs.
Your local farmers' market or produce stand is no doubt overflowing with ripe and juicy tomatoes right about now. And you're going to need some to make this herbed tomato salad. And go outside your comfort zone! For a new taste, try a deep purple Cherokee heirloom or other variety instead of the basic on the vine.
Cucumbers don’t need a whole lot of dressing up in the summertime. Simply highlight their naturally cool and crispy crunch with some oregano, feta and pine nuts. Pair the fresh salad with hot-off-the -grill chicken or salmon.
Get your chef hat on because we expect you to be versatile and experimental with your greens. Whip up this healthy side using chard, kale, escarole, turnip greens, curly endive or beet greens. Just go with what looks fresh at the farmers’ market and toss it in the salad bowl!
Summer veggies unite in this bright corn, tomato, celery and kale  salad. And once you add a little Cajun spice to the mix, you’ve got yourself a versatile summer side perfect for pairing with barbecue, burgers or folding into soft chicken tacos.Beans, beans, beans. We just can’t get enough of these little legumes! Black beans have got your back when it comes to Tex-Mex. So whether you want a soup or a side, our  all-encompassing black bean recipe will provide. Pair it with Cuban-style mojo-marinated pork and fried plantains for a tropical twist.In the summer you don’t need a lot to make crunchy snap peas shine. With a wash of lemon juice and a touch of mint, you have a  snappy side that can be paired with just about anything.Kidney beans are fiber and protein packed, making them a great side choice. This  fresh and light salad will be a great alternative to traditional baked beans at your next summer grill-out.From first glance, it is easy to assume orzo has a bit of an identity crisis. After all, it is pasta posing as rice and bearing a name that means barley in Italian. But we assure you, orzo is right where he belongs in this  summery veggie salad.Did you know that  Spanish rice isn’t really Spanish at all? In fact, it is a Mexican original and practically non-existent across the Atlantic. But thank your lucky stars this dish of browned rice, tomatoes, onions and garlic is stateside because it will make your summer dishes sizzle.Broccoli Rabe? Say what? This green and non-heading variety of broccoli is little known and often forgotten about. But our  guide to understanding rabe will open you up to a simple sautéed side that will bring bite and all-important nutrients to mealtimes.The classic Caesar salad was created in 1924 when chef Caesar Cardini was low on supplies. He was forced to use the random ingredients he had in his kitchen to make salads to serve his patrons. Almost a century later, it's still a go-to staple in the summertime. It pairs well with almost anything; add a piece of grilled chicken or fish and you have a perfect summer dinner.Blueberries in a farro salad? You bet. Fresh and peak-of-the-season berries give this  flavorful dish an extra little burst of sweetness to balance its cumin and coriander-spiced base.Peach and Prosciutto SaladTabbouleh is one of the most popular salads in the Middle East, and after trying this Americanized  side dish of crunchy green beans and crumbly feta, you will know why.Yes, it may sound a little odd, but we want to see radishes get off of the garnish train! A side of this simple  radish sauté will give broiled white fish or roasted chicken dish the crunch it needs.Your local farmers' market or produce stand is no doubt overflowing with ripe and juicy tomatoes right about now. And you're going to need some to make this  herbed tomato salad.  And go outside your comfort zone! For a new taste, try a deep purple Cherokee heirloom or other variety instead of the basic on the vine.Cucumbers don’t need a whole lot of dressing up in the summertime. Simply highlight their naturally cool and crispy crunch with some oregano, feta and pine nuts. Pair the  fresh salad with hot-off-the -grill chicken or salmon.Get your chef hat on because we expect you to be versatile and experimental with your greens. Whip up this  healthy side using chard, kale, escarole, turnip greens, curly endive or beet greens. Just go with what looks fresh at the farmers’ market and toss it in the salad bowl!
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