Here’s proof that side dishes don’t need to be served warm to be delicious. 

Here are scrumptious side dishes that are served chilled.

When friends come over for dinner I love to have a big spread of food when it comes time to serve dinner.

But for me, one of the hardest things about making dinner for guests is coordinating the serving time so that the main dish and various sides are all hot or warm at the same time.

Any help I can get by having fully or partially make-ahead side dishes that are meant to be served chilled or at room temperature gives me less stress and more time to visit with friends.

And thank goodness for plastic wrap so the side dishes can be put in serving dishes ahead of time and all that has to be done is to remove the plastic wrap just before serving.

 

I think the hardest part about making dishes ahead of time is remembering to serve them.

Have you ever found a side dish in the fridge after dinner is done? 

This has for sure happened to me more than once.

No need to wait for summer to enjoy these “cool” side dishes.

These side dishes are easy to make and a crowd-pleaser any day of the week.

Here are some delicious main dishes to go with these scrumptious side dishes “Simple Fried Chicken“, “Chicken Fried Pork Loin Medallions” and “Slow Cooker 3-Ingredient Pulled Pork“.

Let’s check them out.

Below each of the following images, there’s a link to the respective post with step-by-step instructions, pictures and a printable recipe.

Antipasto Salad with Salami and Cheese on plate

Antipasto Salad with Salami

Apple, Raisin and Walnut Salad with Yogurt in bowl

Crispy Apple, Raisin and Walnut Salad

Jalapeno Deviled Egg on plate

Tex-Mex Jalapeno Deviled Eggs

Broccoli, mandarin orange and cashew salad on plate

Broccoli, Bacon and Mandarin Orange Salad

Simple Coleslaw in Bowl

Simple Coleslaw

Chinese Chicken Salad with Crispy Wontons in bowl

Chinese Chicken Salad with Homemade Dressing

Cherry, Pineapple and Mandarin Orange Ambrosia Salad

Cherry, Pineapple and Mandarin Orange Ambrosia

Salami Caprese Pasta Salad with Balsamic Dressing

Salami Caprese Pasta Salad with Balsamic Dressing

Honey Dijon Asparagus with Goat Cheese and Toasted Almonds on plate

Honey Dijon Asparagus with Goat Cheese and Toasted Almonds

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