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!

Our favorite newcomer on the Drop Recipes app this week has to be the Tuscan Panzanella salad. Rather than throw away old, hard ciabatta you soak it in the beautiful, zesty dressing and enjoy it in a fresh salad. Absolute winner, and great for reducing your food waste! If your ciabatta is still nice and fresh, it’s perfect for the goats’ cheese bites instead. For a chunky, substantial salad try the roasted vegetable and pearl barley option. We also have some simple side options from a few of our favorite bloggers. Mix-and-match for your ideal dinner!

A simple side dish of herb-crusted toasted goat cheese with salsa on toast, served on a blue and white plate

Herb-Crusted Goat Cheese & Salsa Bites

Creamy goat cheese and sweet, zingy salsa are just so good together. The herby, peppery crust on the goat cheese is a real show-stealer. Find out how to make this addictive herb blend on Drop Recipes.

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A salad on a white dish, composed of tomatoes, red onions, basil, and day-old soaked ciabatta

Tuscan Panzanella Salad

Looking for a way to use up stale ciabatta? This Tuscan recipe available on Drop Recipes is great for giving new life to hard bread. The vinaigrette and tomato juices soak into the bread, so it works best with ciabatta that’s past its prime.

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Puy lentil salad with soy beans, sugar snap peas & broccoli on a white plate

Puy Lentil Salad with Soy Beans, Sugar Snap Peas & Broccoli

A delicious side salad from BBC Good Food, this also makes a great lunchbox filler. It’s filled with fresh, crunchy spring vegetables and pairs perfectly with meat or fish.

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Roasted whole carrots on a black slate

Garlic Roasted Carrots

If you’re looking for a simple side dish that looks great, go for organic carrots that still have their tops attached. This recipe from Add a Pinch trims them down just a little and roasts them whole for 20 minutes.

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Pearl Barley Salad with Feta, Roasted Carrot and Beetroot in a white dish

Roasted Vegetable & Pearl Barley Salad with Feta

Chunky, roast veggies make this recipe available on Drop Recipes a super hearty side. Delicious hot or cold, this recipe is a great source of plant protein and fiber.

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Blackened broccoli in a white bowl with a wedge of lemon

Pan-Seared Broccoli

This simple recipe from The Kitchn can be used for asparagus and brussel sprouts too. Ensure your washed broccoli is completely dry before searing for nice, blackened crispy bits.

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