It’s summer, and there are ice pops to eat, books to read, and linen pants to wear. You’re busy, lady. So here are 15 easy-breezy veggie side dish recipes that’ll take up almost none of your time. So you can focus on perfecting your skewer game (or, more realistically, maximizing your time on a giant pool floatie).
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Watermelon and Jicama Salad with Cotija, Cumin, and Lime
Forget the ubiquitous watermelon-feta salad. This take gets a boost from crunchy jicama (a.k.a. Mexican turnips). Get the recipe.
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Mango Couscous Salad
Perfect for serving with grilled seafood or chicken. Get the recipe.
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Pesto Tortellini Salad
Bonus: It travels beautifully to any summer soiree. Get the recipe.
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Thai Pineapple Fried Rice
Serving your creation in a half pineapple is optional but oh-so-stylish. Get the recipe.
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The Perfect Simple Tomato Salad
This is what we want every night of our summer to look like. Get the recipe.
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Cucumber and Hummus Tartines
A loaf of fresh, crusty bread will take these fancy toasts over the top. Get the recipe.
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Easy Lo Mein
Hello, lo mein! Who knew you were so easy to make at home? Get the recipe.
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Lemony Grilled Artichokes
A guaranteed crowd-pleaser made with just three ingredients. Get the recipe.
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Easy Tomato Gazpacho
Bonus: You can make this quick soup ahead of time, then store it in the fridge for up to four days. Get the recipe.
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Mini Corn on the Cob Skewers
Cutting the cob in thirds shaves minutes off your cook time. Get the recipe.
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Cilantro Cauliflower Rice
Imagine wrapping up this zesty cauliflower in grilled tacos. Get the recipe.
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Mediterranean Farro Salad
Cherry tomatoes, chopped bell peppers, mint, and marinated artichoke hearts make this salad a midsummer night’s dream. Get the recipe.
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Five-Minute Macadamia Cheese and Vegan Crudite
This platter can chill out at room temperature for the duration of your party. Get the recipe.
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Raw Peanut Zoodle Salad
Best of all, you don’t have to turn on the oven. Get the recipe.
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Mediterranean Chickpea Salad
Full of hearty, filling veggies you probably already have in your pantry. Get the recipe
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