Southern Side Dishes: 17 Easy Side Dishes for Dinner

By: Natalie Taylor, Editor,

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No dinner is truly complete without at least one delicious side dish. Once you've decided on your main dish, you can rest easy because we have done the rest for you. Simply choose any recipe from our collection of Southern Side Dishes: 17 Easy Side Dishes for Dinner, and enjoy a full meal. These easy side dish recipes will add the perfect amount of Southern flair to your dinner spread. The best thing about this recipe collection is that you don't have to wait for a special occasion or a holiday to make these side dishes: they are perfect dinnertime additions all year round. Whether you want biscuits to go along with your roast chicken, garlic mashed potatoes with your beef, or a vibrant fresh salad with your fried catfish, you will find great Southern side dishes to pair with any main dish!

This recipe collection will make your weekly meal plan a breeze. If you are having trouble planning a main dish, take a look at our recipe collection for dinnertime inspiration. No truly Southern meal is complete without homemade biscuits or hush puppies. These baked and fried goods are always a welcome sight around any Southern dinner table. If you are in need of a vegetable recipe to go along with your meal, our simple vegetable recipes will add some color as well as a healthy boost to your dinner. Try your hand at a Southern classic with our recipe for Mom's Best Collard Greens or go with the classic Mixed Vegetable Succotash. Whether you like your potatoes cheesy, mashed, or loaded with garlic, we have a recipe for you! And for a cool, fresh finish choose a delicious side dish salad. No matter your decision, an amazing Southern dinner awaits you!

Southern Side Dishes: 17 Easy Side Dishes for Dinner


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Need a main dish to go with your side dish recipes? Check out our free, downloadable eCookbook, 11 Savory Southern Recipes for Dinner: The Best Southern Dinner Recipes!

Biscuits & Hush Puppies

For a real Southern treat to go along with your dinner, try one of these easy recipes for biscuits or hush puppies. These delicious goodies will taste great with fried fish, chicken, beef, or even pulled pork. No matter what you choose for your main dish, these biscuits and hush puppies will make the entire meal even better.

Southern Hush PuppiesSavory Garlic Buttermilk Biscuit Recipe

Vegetable Side Dishes

Whether you're in the mood for something savory, cheesy, or hearty, you will surely find something delicious in this list of vegetable side dishes. The Mixed Vegetable Side Dish is a feast for the eyes as well as the appetite. For something new, try the Parmesan Baked Tomatoes. You've never had tomatoes like this before!

Mixed Vegetable SuccotashParmesan Baked Tomatoes

For even more vegetable side dish recipes, take a look at our collection of 18 Easy Vegetable Recipes: The Best Southern Vegetable Side Dishes!

Potato Side Dishes

Here you will find a varied collection of potatoes that celebrates the versatility of potatoes, the comfort food staple. For creamy or cheesy potatoes, the Twice-Baked Cheddar Mashed Potatoes or the Garlic Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes are a great dinner decision. If you want to try skillet potatoes or roasted potatoes, the Restaurant-Style Garlic Potatoes or the 5-Ingredient Roasted Sweet Potatoes will be a delicious addition to your dinner spread.

Restaurant-Style Garlic PotatoesTwice-Baked Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

Side Dish Salads

For an easy and fresh addition to your dinner table, a simple salad is always a great way to get more nutrition into your meal. A light cucumber salad or a fresh broccoli salad is a great crunchy complement to your dinner plate. An easy salad is also possible in the winter months with the Easy Corn and Mixed Bean Salad.

Easy Corn and Mixed Bean SaladRefreshing Cucumber Dill Salad

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