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Side dish recipes to complement any main course

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Side dish recipes to complement any main course

Matching the right side dish to your main course is as nuanced as a wine-pairing. Sides serve to balance out flavors, textures, and colors of entrees, while also rounding out the nutritional benefits of a meal. 

Stacker compiled a list of side dish recipes from Allrecipes. Here, vegetables take their rightful place at center stage to show off their complex array of flavors. Keep reading for 50 fresh ideas to round out your next meal

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Lebanese Radish Salad

- Prep: 20 mins
- Cook: 5 mins
- Total: 25 mins
- Servings: 8
- Yield: 4 cups
- Number of ingredients: 7
- Read more about the recipe here

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Spring Pea Medley with Edible Bowl

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 5 mins
- Total: 20 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 9
- Read more about the recipe here

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Grilled Radicchio with Blue Cheese

- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 10 mins
- Total: 20 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 7
- Read more about the recipe here

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Hasselback Potatoes

- Prep: 20 mins
- Cook: 55 mins
- Total: 75 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 5
- Read more about the recipe here

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Lemon Couscous

- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 5 mins
- Total: 15 mins
- Servings: 3
- Yield: 3 servings
- Number of ingredients: 9
- Read more about the recipe here

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Tomato Zucchini Casserole

- Prep: 20 mins
- Cook: 55 mins
- Total: 75 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 Servings
- Number of ingredients: 11
- Read more about the recipe here

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Greek-Style Lemon Roasted Potatoes

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 1 hr
- Total: 1 hr 15 mins
- Servings: 6
- Yield: 6 servings
- Number of ingredients: 7
- Read more about the recipe here

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Gluten-Free Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms (Fior di Zucca Ripieni)

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 2 mins
- Total: 17 mins
- Servings: 5
- Yield: 10 stuffed blossoms
- Number of ingredients: 10
- Read more about the recipe here

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How to Make Perfect Polenta

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 35 mins
- Additional: 5 mins
- Total: 55 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 5
- Read more about the recipe here

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Easy Coleslaw Dressing

- Prep: 10 mins
- Total: 10 mins
- Servings: 6
- Yield: 6 servings
- Number of ingredients: 6
- Read more about the recipe here

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Alfredo Sauce

- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 10 mins
- Total: 20 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 5
- Read more about the recipe here

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Jamie's Sweet and Easy Corn on the Cob

- Prep: 5 mins
- Cook: 10 mins
- Total: 15 mins
- Servings: 6
- Yield: 6 servings
- Number of ingredients: 3
- Read more about the recipe here

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Basic Mashed Potatoes

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 20 mins
- Total: 35 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 4
- Read more about the recipe here

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Best Steak Marinade in Existence

- Prep: 15 mins
- Total: 15 mins
- Servings: 8
- Yield: 1 1/3 cups
- Number of ingredients: 10
- Read more about the recipe here

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Tomato Zucchini Casserole

- Prep: 20 mins
- Cook: 55 mins
- Total: 75 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 Servings
- Number of ingredients: 11
- Read more about the recipe here

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Best Fried Green Tomatoes

- Prep: 5 mins
- Cook: 15 mins
- Total: 20 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 9
- Read more about the recipe here

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Spaghetti Sauce with Fresh Tomatoes

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 1 hr 10 mins
- Total: 1 hr 25 mins
- Servings: 8
- Yield: 1 quart sauce
- Number of ingredients: 8
- Read more about the recipe here

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Microwave Baked Potato

- Prep: 1 min
- Cook: 11 mins
- Total: 12 mins
- Servings: 1
- Yield: 1 serving
- Number of ingredients: 5
- Read more about the recipe here

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Microwave Corn on the Cob

- Cook: 5 mins
- Total: 5 mins
- Servings: 1
- Yield: 1 serving
- Number of ingredients: 1
- Read more about the recipe here

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Low-Carb, Twice-Baked Cauliflower Casserole

- Prep: 20 mins
- Cook: 40 mins
- Total: 60 mins
- Servings: 6
- Yield: 6 servings
- Number of ingredients: 8
- Read more about the recipe here

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Air Fryer One-Bite Roasted Potatoes

- Prep: 5 mins
- Cook: 10 mins
- Total: 15 mins
- Servings: 2
- Yield: 2 servings
- Number of ingredients: 4
- Read more about the recipe here

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Buttery Garlic Green Beans

- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 10 mins
- Total: 20 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 5
- Read more about the recipe here

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Spaghetti Sauce with Ground Beef

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 1 hr 10 mins
- Total: 1 hr 25 mins
- Servings: 8
- Yield: 8 servings
- Number of ingredients: 11
- Read more about the recipe here

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Buffalo Chicken Wing Sauce

- Prep: 5 mins
- Cook: 5 mins
- Total: 10 mins
- Servings: 8
- Yield: 8 servings
- Number of ingredients: 7
- Read more about the recipe here

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Pickled Beets

- Prep: 30 mins
- Cook: 20 mins
- Total: 50 mins
- Servings: 60
- Yield: 10 (1 pint) jars
- Number of ingredients: 5
- Read more about the recipe here

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Simple Roasted Butternut Squash

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 25 mins
- Total: 40 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 4
- Read more about the recipe here

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Sarah's Applesauce

- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 20 mins
- Total: 30 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 4
- Read more about the recipe here

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Quick Tartar Sauce

- Prep: 5 mins
- Total: 5 mins
- Servings: 8
- Yield: 1 cup
- Number of ingredients: 4
- Read more about the recipe here

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Old Fashioned Onion Rings

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 3 mins
- Total: 18 mins
- Servings: 3
- Yield: 3 serving
- Number of ingredients: 9
- Read more about the recipe here

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Simple Teriyaki Sauce

- Prep: 5 mins
- Cook: 6 mins
- Total: 11 mins
- Servings: 12
- Yield: cups
- Number of ingredients: 8
- Read more about the recipe here

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A Very Popular BBQ Sauce

- Prep: 10 mins
- Total: 10 mins
- Servings: 32
- Yield: 4 cups
- Number of ingredients: 10
- Read more about the recipe here

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Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes

- Prep: 30 mins
- Cook: 1 hr 30 mins
- Total: 1 hr 60 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 8
- Read more about the recipe here

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Quick and Easy Alfredo Sauce

- Prep: 5 mins
- Cook: 5 mins
- Total: 10 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 6
- Read more about the recipe here

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Mexican Rice II

- Prep: 5 mins
- Cook: 25 mins
- Total: 30 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 7
- Read more about the recipe here

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Yellow Squash Casserole

- Prep: 20 mins
- Cook: 30 mins
- Total: 50 mins
- Servings: 10
- Yield: 1 - 9x13 inch pan
- Number of ingredients: 10
- Read more about the recipe here

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Emily's Famous Hash Browns

- Prep: 20 mins
- Cook: 15 mins
- Total: 35 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 6
- Read more about the recipe here

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Best Spanish Rice

- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 20 mins
- Total: 30 mins
- Servings: 5
- Yield: 5 servings
- Number of ingredients: 5
- Read more about the recipe here

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Ultimate Twice Baked Potatoes

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 1 hr 15 mins
- Total: 1 hr 30 mins
- Servings: 8
- Yield: 8 servings
- Number of ingredients: 9
- Read more about the recipe here

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts

- Prep: 15 mins
- Cook: 45 mins
- Total: 60 mins
- Servings: 6
- Yield: 6 servings
- Number of ingredients: 4
- Read more about the recipe here

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Superb Sauteed Mushrooms

- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 15 mins
- Total: 25 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 8
- Read more about the recipe here

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Strawberry Jam

- Prep: 20 mins
- Cook: 20 mins
- Total: 40 mins
- Servings: 40
- Yield: 5 cups
- Number of ingredients: 3
- Read more about the recipe here

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Simple Syrup

- Prep: 1 min
- Cook: 10 mins
- Additional: 19 mins
- Total: 30 mins
- Servings: 16
- Yield: 1 1/3 cups
- Number of ingredients: 2
- Read more about the recipe here

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Garlic Aioli

- Prep: 10 mins
- Additional: 30 mins
- Total: 40 mins
- Servings: 8
- Yield: 1 cup
- Number of ingredients: 5
- Read more about the recipe here

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Sauteed Garden Fresh Green Beans

- Prep: 5 mins
- Cook: 5 mins
- Total: 10 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 6
- Read more about the recipe here

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Pan-Fried Asparagus

- Prep: 5 mins
- Cook: 15 mins
- Additional: 5 mins
- Total: 25 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 4 servings
- Number of ingredients: 6
- Read more about the recipe here

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Glazed Carrots

- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 15 mins
- Total: 25 mins
- Servings: 8
- Yield: 8 servings
- Number of ingredients: 5
- Read more about the recipe here

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Garlic Butter

- Prep: 10 mins
- Total: 10 mins
- Servings: 16
- Yield: 1 cup
- Number of ingredients: 7
- Read more about the recipe here

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The Best Steak Marinade

- Prep: 5 mins
- Total: 5 mins
- Servings: 4
- Yield: 1 cup marinade
- Number of ingredients: 7
- Read more about the recipe here

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Cream Corn Like No Other

- Prep: 5 mins
- Cook: 10 mins
- Total: 15 mins
- Servings: 8
- Yield: 8 servings
- Number of ingredients: 9
- Read more about the recipe here

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Simple Chicken Brine

- Prep: 10 mins
- Additional: 1 hr
- Total: 1 hr 10 mins
- Servings: 6
- Yield: 1 gallon
- Number of ingredients: 5
- Read more about the recipe here

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