Blue Ribbon Side Recipes

Memorable sides can make the meal... or even become a meal in themselves. Dig into these scrumptious sides: vegetables, casseroles, risottos, beans and more!


Caprese Chicken Stacker With Reduced Balsamic

By Stephanie Beacham
I just made this last weekend. Salt and pepper chicken with fresh mozzarella, tomato, basil &...

Slap Your Mama It's So Delicious Southern Squash Casserole

By Sherri Jackson
This is a tried and true Southern recipe that can be modified by adding meat or...

Crispy Air Fryer Zucchini Chips

By Kitchen Crew
When the garden is overflowing with zucchini, give this zucchini chips recipe a try. Cooking them...

Ricotta Mascarpone Mousse w/ Balsamic Strawberries

By Jo Anne Sugimoto
For some reason or other, I really like balsamic vinegar, especially with fruits and vegetables. And...

Marinated Cucumbers, Onions and Tomatoes

By Angie Buehler
I grew up marinating cucumbers, onions, and tomatoes every summer as a side dish. Always a...

Mi-Mi's Mac and Cheese Please

By Jean Goss
Sometimes box macaroni and cheese will just not satisfy the craving for homemade macaroni and cheese....

Loaded Fried Potatoes

By Kathy Embry
This is great for breakfast, brunch or dinner! Add and subtract ingredients that you love.

Pasta Slaw

By Shelene Wilhelm
We came up with this recipe after eating pasta slaw at Nordy's BBQ. Neither my husband...

Sweet Eggplant Fritters

By Debora Hotard
This is a huge family favorite. My mom used to make these for my siblings...

Land Your Man Baked Beans

By Jenny Moretz
1986 was the first time I made this dish. I was a newlywed and I was...

Not Yo' Momma's Stuffing

By Megan Flores
This stuffing recipe is so flavor-packed it's ridiculous! It complements any turkey, pork, or chicken dish! ***Disclaimer...

Shrimp Pasta Salad

By Michelle Flory
My girls love this. I make it with left over steamed shrimp.

Watermelon Summer Salad

By Sheri Mullins
A light refreshing side dish for the heat of the summer! Goes great with chicken salad...

Susan's Tomato Basil Chicken Pasta Salad

By Susan Din
My family loves this yummy salad. It's similar to La Madeleine's Tomato Basil Pesto Pasta Salad,...

Heirloom Potato Salad

By Betsy Wolfe
I've taken the best elements from two family potato salad recipes and have made this version...

Hawaiian Style Sweet Potato Casserole

By Julie Madawi
I have been making this recipe for Thanksgiving for decades. Since my hubby is Hawaiian, it's...

Grits and Greens Casserole

By Debbie W
This dish will convert a proclaimed grits hater into a grits lover. This creamy cheesy goodness...

Chinese Style Broccoli & Zucchini Stir-Fry

By Jessica Fontenot
This is another one of my favorite sides to make. The original recipe doesn't call for...

Sweet & Spicy Cucumber Salad

By Rhea Altamura
I started making these for cookouts. By request, I now make them year-around. Some people...

Grilled Squash With Balsamic Drizzle

By Sherri Williams
I love all types of squash and I love to grill. The balsamic reduction adds...

Sausage Cream Cheese Crescents

By Annamaria Settanni McDonald
These are so good and simple. I sometimes with even add a cup of sharp cheddar...

Zucchini Dressing

By KAREN FIGGATT
This tastes like the best stuffing ever, it is baked in a 8x10 casserole, just like...

Ooey Gooey Mac and Cheese

By Samantha Jacobs
This baked mac and cheese is so creamy and delicious. It's great for a Crock Pot...

Tiffany's Chicken Nachos

By Tiffany Young
Very good everyone loves them! Let me know how your family likes the best nachos out...
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