Cookout-Ready Side Dishes — Meatless Monday by Maria Russo in Holidays, Recipes, May 28th, 2012
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Though ribs, burgers and brats may be all the rage today, you can still maintain a meatless Memorial Day by opting for flavor-packed veggie side dishes that are as satisfying and hearty as mains. Our three simple sides below are bold, creative takes on traditional dishes, and are sure to star at your holiday cookout.
A classic picnic pick, potato salads are quick to prepare and guaranteed to feed a crowd. Spring Garden Potato Salad (pictured above) from Food Network Kitchens celebrates the season’s bounty and is made with such fresh ingredients as English cucumber, sweet cherry tomatoes, red-skinned potatoes and more. A no-fuss garlic-mayonnaise mixture dresses this colorful bowl, best finished with a squeeze of lemon juice.
Ready in only 15 minutes, Food Network Magazine’s Avocado Salad is filled with a bright, refreshing combination of mango, pineapple, creamy avocado and crunchy jicama, and is tossed in a sweet mix of lime and orange juices, shallots and fragrant cilantro. Be sure to season liberally with salt, as it marries the flavors and complements the sugars in the fruits.
Grilled in a DIY aluminum-foil pouch over medium-high heat, Caramelized Endives and Leeks from Food Network Magazine become sweet, golden brown and slightly crispy after just 10 to 12 minutes of cooking. Before serving, top with soft, tangy blue cheese and let those creamy crumbles melt atop the warm vegetables.