Simple Sides is a blog series in which we highlight some delicious side dishes to help mix up your routine. For recipes that adapt to the appliances in your kitchen, check out the Drop Recipes options. You can also browse simple side dish recipes hand-picked from a few of our favorite bloggers!

In this week’s edition, we have three classic and easy dishes available in the Drop Recipes app. Give your cauliflower gratin a cheese and veggie upgrade, or have a go at making your own chicken caesar salad. We love the chicken satay skewers with a vegetable stir-fry or noodles. From a few of our favorite bloggers, we have a pink slaw, a zesty summer squash recipe, and the crispiest ever roast potatoes!

chicken caesar salad in a bowl with a fork

Chicken Caesar Salad

This Chicken Caesar Salad available on Drop Recipes makes a quick and delicious side. It’s perfect to bump up the protein in a meal when served with a pasta dish. This homemade dressing is so simple to make you’ll wonder why you’ve never tried it before!

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Grilled chicken satay skewers on a white plate

Peanut Chicken Satay

Chicken skewers are perfect as a side dish to veggie-packed noodles. Marinade the chicken overnight to allow it to tenderize and the flavors to meld. This version available on Drop Recipes gives deliciously tender and nutty chicken. Be sure to pre-soak the skewers in water if you’re not using metal skewers!

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Grilled Summer Squash with leaves and shredded cheese on a blue plate

Grilled Summer Squash

This recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking is a great way to use up excess summer squash! Just sear the squash on the grill for a quick 5 minutes and finish it with feta and a zesty vinaigrette. The perfect summer side dish!

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Pink coconut and cabbage slaw in a white dish

Hot Pink Coconut Slaw

Cookie and Kate are behind this light and tasty vegetarian side, and just LOOK at that color! The marinating time is absolutely key here. Put this 30-minute side together before you start work on your main and the flavors will thank you.

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broccoli and cauliflower gratin in a white dish - Drop Recipes - Sides for chicken

Broccoli & Cauliflower Gratin

Cauliflower gratin gets a delicious upgrade with broccoli and a creamy four-cheese sauce. This hassle-free side dish available on Drop Recipes is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Serve with your favorite roast for a delicious weekend feast.

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A roast baby potato with seasoning

Ultra Crispy Smashed Potatoes

These little beauties from Recipe Tin Eats are the crispiest potatoes ever! The secret is a combination of oil, butter, and smooshing. Serve alongside meat and vegetables for a delicious and balanced meal.

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