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Side Dish Ideas for a Fancy Dinner



Today’s the big day: you have a fancy important dinner with your boss and other people from work and you need to impress not only with your presentation but also with your cooking skills. If you scrolled through every cooking book you have at home but don’t know what to accompany that elegant lamb rib with, here are some great side dish ideas for a fancy dinner.


Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Not only is this an elegant side dish, it’s also ridiculously easy to prepare! You simply have to roast or cook the asparagus over a little olive oil and then wrap them up nicely with thin slices of prosciutto. The combination of fresh meat with the hot and juicy asparagus will feel like glory.


Wine Sauteed Grilled Portobellos

The ultimate addition to a beef roast or a juicy, grilled steak; wine sauteed grilled portobellos are very easy to prepare and they take about the same time it takes to grill the steak. The natural juiciness of portobellos will make up for a delicious fiesta of flavor in your mouth.


Au Gratin Potatoes

This is a classic French side dish that can be addictive if done correctly. The creamy cheesiness of the sauce over the tender potatoes go great with a roast pork loin or a beef tenderloin. You can also add a green salad and some French bread to this side dish.


Rainbow Slaw with Lemon, Garlic & Tahini Dressing

This is the perfect vegan, paleo and keto side dish that’s perfect for a light meal and when you don’t want to end up feeling full and heavy. This is considered a winter slaw because the crunchiness can add some special flavor to a holiday dinner such as turkey or roasted chicken.


Roasted Eggplant Cubes with Balsamic Vinaigrette

More than your basic potato cubes, this side dish is the perfect alternative for when you want to go fany on your family dinner. These roasted eggplant cubes are crispy, perfectly seasoned with balsamic vinaigrette and juicy on the inside! Every bite of this side dish will feel like heaven and you’ll be wanting more in the end.


Lemon Risotto with Roasted Cauliflower

A side dish doesn’t necessarily need to be a salad or some sort of vegetable, but it also can be a healthy version of a classic dish. With this lemon risotto with roasted cauliflower, you’ll assure that all vegans present can eat this safely, feeling full and happy in the end!


Butternut Pasta with Truffle Oil

Let’s face it, pasta is the ultimate side dish for every dinner party. This luxurious butternut pasta is a dairy free choice filled with cashew and butternut sauce. It might not be as decadent as other meals, but it sure is hearty and filling.


Creamed Spinach

This recipe serves as a side dish and also as an amazing dip to open up your dinner party. The creaminess of the spinach combined with the little crunch found in the casserole makes it an interesting side dish that will have you reaching for pita breads to scoop it up.


These are just some of the fanciest side dish ideas you can prepare for a dinner party. If you want to impress your guests we recommend picking one or two and making them along with your main course.