There are no rules when it comes to your side dishes. Take the traditional offerings of deli sides comprised of slaws, salads, and soups to the next level. Reinvent favorites using trending culinary buzzwords… this year’s list includes fermented foods, pistachios, and plant-based proteins to name a few.
Here, we’ve highlighted the earthy tastes and nourishing comforts of some of winter’s bounty. Hearty vegetables like cabbage, root veggies, squash, and winter greens, and citrus with nuts and warming spices set the table for a variety of flavor profiles just waiting to be mixed and matched into tasty dishes that just might steal the show. Using Maines Produce Express, you can ensure your sides are full of the freshest produce, expertly harvested at its peak and delivered to you right from the field.
Zesty Oven Fries: Baked instead of fried, these less-guilt fries get a flavor pop from grated Parmesan cheese, fresh rosemary, lemon zest and red pepper flakes. Serve with a garlic-mayo for dipping.
Root Vegetable-Kale Salad: Tender-crisp roasted parsnips and beets, shredded kale, orange supremes, avocado-lime purée, strawberry vinaigrette, crumbled queso fresco and toasted pine nuts offer a variety of tastes and textures in this brightly colored salad.
Cowboy Beans: Classic baked beans with bacon are taken up a notch with four types of beans and beef for a hearty, protein-filled dish.
Spaghetti Squash Tangle: Tangy, crumbled Gorgonzola, toasted walnuts and fresh sage wake up strands of spaghetti squash, also known as vegetable spaghetti, a blank canvas for almost any sauce or flavor combination.
Avocado Fries with Wasabi-Blue Mayo: Panko-crusted fried avocado wedges served with a flavor-packed dip of mayonnaise, sour cream, wasabi powder, lemon juice and crumbled blue cheese. These fries are also great as a chili topper or vegetarian taco filler.
Moroccan Carrot Slaw: Grated carrots, sliced red onion, golden raisins and chopped cilantro are married with fresh lemon juice, honey and allspice for a slightly sweet, beta-carotene packed side.
Savory-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes: A treat for the taste buds, baked sweet potatoes are scooped out and mixed with sautéed mushrooms, roasted red peppers, green onions, cream cheese and chopped fresh sage, then stuffed, sprinkled with grated Parmesan cheese and baked until golden brown.
Russian Potato Salad: Not your ordinary potato salad! Russet potatoes, chopped cooked eggs and diced ham are combined with signature Russian-style potato salad ingredients – peas, carrots and pickles, for a truly unique offering.
Sriracha Broccoli Slaw: Pre-cut broccoli slaw lightly sautéed with sesame oil, garlic and ginger, combined with sliced bok choy, red bell peppers and green onions, then tossed in a dressing of Sriracha chili sauce, honey and ground cloves. Top off this colorful dish with crunchy sunflower kernels.
Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad: Blanched and shaved Brussels sprouts, chopped hard-cooked eggs, sliced red onion and smoky bacon are tossed in a lemony-Dijon dressing for a salad with a satisfying crunch.