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Salads and Side Dishes

From apple coleslaw to Green Zebra tomato salad, Americans love their side dishes almost as much as the main courses they compliment.

Mixed Greens with Lemon-Herb Vinaigrette
This salad of mixed greens tossed with a quick and easy lemon-herb vinaigrette is slightly tart and extremely versatile. Use any combination of lettuces and vegetables here, as well as fresh herbs in the dressing.

Syracuse Salt Potatoes Recipe
A perfectly seasoned potato with a beautiful creamy texture. Serve simply with melted butter, or toss with some fresh herbs for a great potato side dish.

Boston Baked Beans Recipe
They don't call Boston "Beantown" for nothing. Boston baked beans has been spreading happiness at picnics and potlucks for hundreds of years.

"Better Than the Deli" Macaroni Salad
When made right, this is a macaroni salad where every forkful bursts with flavor.

Potatoes Romanoff
This great potato side dish recipe is adapted from one by Chef John Schenk from the Strip House in Las Vegas, NV.

Garlic and Herb Potato Wedges
This crusty and delicious, oven-roasted potato wedges recipe are easy to make, and are a great alternative to French fries.

Loaded Mashed Potato Bake Recipe
Everyone loves loaded baked potatoes! Now enjoy that same great flavor combination in this super easy loaded mashed potato casserole recipe.

Will Savarese's "Everything Fries"
This great French fries recipe comes from Will Savarese, Chef at Robert’s Restaurant in New York City.

Mushroom and Truffle Cheese Scalloped Potatoes
This scalloped potatoes recipe is rich, earthy, and delicious thanks to a fantastic Italian cheese called, sottocenere.

Sweet Potato Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing
This healthy sweet potato salad features a low-fat honey mustard dressing, and would make a great change of pace from more traditional potato salads.

Sour Cream Potato Salad Recipe
A tangy sour cream dressing turns a basic potato salad recipe into something special. This potato salad recipe can be done with russet, red, or gold potatoes.

Potato, Bacon, and Egg Salad Recipe
A beautifully simple potato salad, arranged with sliced vegetables, eggs, and radishes. A simple sherry dressing brings this fresh and easy salad recipe together. Serve as a light lunch or side dish with a main course.

Mustard Glazed Potatoes
Wake up those boring old spuds with this mustard glazed potato recipe. This easy potato side dish recipe has lots of room for personalizing to you own taste by using different types of mustard and herbs.

Winter Slaw - A Sweet and Crunchy Apple Coleslaw Recipe
This simple and delicious coleslaw recipe has a wonderful combination of sweet crisp apples and fresh crunchy cabbage. The recipe's called winter coleslaw because of the apples, cabbage and citrus dressing, but would also work for any summer cookout.

Triple Garlic Mashed Potatoes Recipe
Garlic is used three ways in this triple garlic mashed potatoes recipe. Some is boiled with the potatoes, some is sautéed in the butter, and a little is added raw at the end.

Rainy Day Mac and Cheese Recipe
The name of this macaroni and cheese recipe says it all. This is the mac and cheese that put the "comfort" in comfort food. Dig into a dish of this classic, creamy macaroni and cheese anytime you want to warm up from the inside out.

Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Fresh, Ripe, Summer Tomatoes
Here's a top 10 countdown of recipes and preparations using one of the stars of summer eating; the sweet, and perfectly ripe tomato. After suffering with pink, mealy supermarket tomatoes all winter, there's nothing that says summer like a beautiful, just picked tomato.

Six Super Summer Side Dish Recipes
No matter how great your ribs are, or how tender the grilled chicken, if the side dishes are lacking, your summer spread is just not all it could be. Here are six crowd-pleasing side dish recipes to make your next summer meal complete. The secret to a great side dish is its ability to compliment the main courses, yet be interesting enough to stand up on their own.

Deli-Style Red Potato Salad Recipe
This deli-style red potato salad recipe is delicious with all your favorite sandwiches, as well as alongside a spicy rack of ribs at the next cookout. Red potatoes work so well in potato salad recipes since they don't fall apart after being cooked.

Creamy Chive Garlic Mashed Potatoes
This mashed potato recipe is perfect for those times when plain mashed potatoes just won't do. Unlike many garlic mashed potato recipes, this version cooks the garlic with the potatoes for a more mild, sweeter flavor.

6 Deliciously Different Ways to Enjoy Fresh Asparagus
Asparagus is America's favorite spring vegetable for a reason; it's delicious, packed with nutrients, fast to prepare, low calorie, and can be enjoyed in a huge array of recipes. Here are 6 easy asparagus recipes that really show off the versatility of this succulent spear.

Twice-Baked Potatoes with English Peas
This delicious stuffed twice-baked potato recipe come compliments of the Artisan Cheese Center. It features a great combination of flavors and will be a wonderful way to use those beautiful spring peas. If you can't get fresh peas, frozen peas will work fine in this twice-baked potato recipe.

Waldorf Salad - Video Recipe
Invented in 1896 at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City, this is America's most famous fruit salad. One taste of this crunchy, juicy, sweet, and tangy salad, and you'll know why it's such a favorite.

Wild Alaskan Salmon Salad
Bump up your protein and Omega-3 intake with this delicious tuna alternative. Wild Alaskan salmon salad is a great make-ahead dish, and it packs more flavor than regular old salad spreads.

Broccoli and Cottage Cheese Casserole
The addition of broccoli and cottage cheese turns an ordinary macaroni and cheese recipe into a deliciously healthy casserole.

Low-Fat Butter-Free Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes
The tangy, low-fat goodness of buttermilk makes a great mashed potato recipe, without any butter. Despite the name, buttermilk is very low in fat and calories, and allows room for a little sour cream in the recipe. The results are delicious, and healthy mashed potatoes.

Sweet Potato Steak Fries
So simple and delicious, these sweet potato fries are a great way to enjoy one of nature's most nutritious foods. Since these are done in a hot oven, they don't need lots of oil to "fry." These sweet potato fries are great with burgers, steaks and almost anything else you would serve with regular fries.

Traditional Potato Salad
This classic potato salad recipe, featuring a traditional mayonnaise dressing and eggs, is the version many of us grew up. That's probably the reason this potato salad is such a popular American side dish.

Apple Jicama Coleslaw
This very simple coleslaw recipe is extra crunchy and refreshing thanks to the additions of apples and jicama to the traditional cabbage.

Old Fashion Scalloped Oysters Recipe
This old fashion scalloped oysters recipe is an incredibly rich and decadent special occasion side dish. This great holiday recipe is for serious oyster lovers only!

Crockpot Cajun Red Beans and Rice
This is a very easy recipe for red beans and rice. Now anyone can enjoy the Cajun staple of red beans and rice.

Sautéed Clamshell Mushrooms
This simple sautéed clamshell mushrooms recipe makes a perfect garnish for steak, but also can be used to top a chicken breast, pork chop, or even a bowl of pasta.

Mashed Turnips
Turnips get a bad rap. This recipe for mashed turnips will convert non-believers.

Fried Sweet Plantains
This fried sweet plantains recipe is so easy, and makes for a great change of pace, meat-less meal.

Black-Eyed Peas in Ham Stock
Try this blackeyed peas recipe on New Year's or any other time. Your soul food repertoire isn't complete without a blackeyed peas recipe.

Couscous Primavera
This delicious couscous primavera recipe is such a great way to enjoy fresh spring vegetables.

Braised Escarole and White Beans
Escarole is wonderful in this take on the popular "beans and greens" recipe.

White Bean and Tomato Salad Recipe
White beans and tomatoes are a natural pairing for a cold salad, and make a perfect side dish for almost any meal. This white bean cherry tomato salad recipe only takes a few minutes to make, and is even better the next day.

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