When it comes to meal planning, side dishes can often be overlooked. However, they are essential in adding flavor, texture, and nutrition to any meal. If you’re tired of the same old side dishes and want to try something new, look no further than international cuisine. Here are some unique side dish ideas from around the world that will add a new dimension to your meals.
Latin America: Quinoa Salad
Quinoa is a superfood that has gained popularity in recent years due to its high protein and nutrient content. In Latin America, it is often used as a base for salads. To make a quinoa salad, cook quinoa according to package instructions and mix with diced tomatoes, avocado, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, and olive oil. This refreshing salad is perfect for summer barbecues or as a light lunch.
Thailand: Papaya Salad
Papaya salad or “Som Tam” is a staple in Thai cuisine. It’s made by shredding green papaya and mixing it with fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, chili peppers, tomatoes, peanuts and dried shrimp (optional). The result is a tangy and spicy salad that pairs well with grilled meats or seafood.
India: Saag Paneer
Saag paneer is a vegetarian dish made with spinach and paneer (a type of Indian cheese). The spinach is cooked down with spices such as cumin and coriander before being mixed with cubes of paneer. This hearty dish can be served as a main course or as a side dish alongside other Indian curries.
Edamame are young soybeans that are harvested before they harden. In Japan they are often served as an appetizer or snack but can also be used as a side dish. Simply boil edamame in salted water for a few minutes before serving. They can be eaten as is or sprinkled with sea salt.
Incorporating international side dishes into your meal planning can add variety and excitement to your meals. Give these unique side dish ideas from around the world a try and take your taste buds on a culinary journey.
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