Family Table Recipe Roundup

18 Sides You Can Prepare in 18 Minutes

Family Table May 29, 2017

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It doesn’t matter if it’s winter or summer; getting everything done before candle lighting is always a race against the clock, which is why it’s always important to have quick and easy side dish recipes at the ready. All of these sides and salads can be either ready for serving or ready to throw in the oven in 18 minutes or less. Now you can impress with your food and your time management skills!

1. Roasted Carrots by Rivky Kleiman

Roasted carrots as you’ve never tasted before. Simply divine.

2. Salt-Baked Potatoes by Rivky Kleiman

This is a totally new potato experience. During the baking process, moisture escapes from the potato and gets absorbed by the salt, so the salt helps each potato retain the perfect amount of moisture. Topped with the oil and spice rub … amazing!

3. Popcorn Cauliflower by Family Table Staff

4. Mushroom Salad by Faigy Grossman

This salad is meant to be savored in small portions, not the “heap the lettuce on your plate” type. It’s prepared right before serving, and always gets finished to the last drop. I’ve seen guests wipe the bowl out with a piece of challah — it’s that good. Thanks to my daughter-in-law Chanie for introducing us to this delicacy.

5. Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Parsnip with Garlic Rosemary Glaze by Sarah Faygie Berkowitz

6. Herbed Lemon-Garlic Summer Squash by Faigy Grossman

Fragrant and piquant, this flavorful vegetable side takes minutes to make and is a nice change of pace for a special Shabbos seudah.

7. Medley of Root Vegetables by Brynie Greisman

A light, yet filling dish of root vegetables glazed with a slightly tangy/sweet dressing; simply delicious! Serve with meat, chicken, or even fish dishes. One of the challenges of living in Eretz Yisrael during shmita is not having the availability of various vegetables. I tested this dish using just the basics. However, you can add whatever root vegetables you’d like, i.e., turnip, parsnip, etc. Feel free to experiment.

8. Curried Cauliflower by Estee Kafra

I used fresh cauliflower for this recipe, and cut the florets sideways into small trees, making a pretty side dish. Frozen works well, too, though. Don’t be afraid of the interesting spices — the flavor is mellow and not overpowering.

9. Marinated Chickpea Salad by Chanie Nayman

The kuntz to this salad is that you prepare the entire salad in advance and toss it with lettuce just before serving. The salad sans lettuce can last in the fridge for a few days.

10. Broccoli Pastrami Sautee by Chanie Nayman

Broccoli has got to be one of my top ten favorite foods. Even if it’s not yours, I can assure you that this dish will become a favorite at your table.

11. String Bean Side Dish by Brynie Greisman

This side dish makes a lovely addition to chicken or meat. It hails from Lakewood, NJ, from my sister-in-law Chaya S.E. It’s easy to put together and freezes well. What more can you ask for?!

12. Green Goodness Salad by Brynie Greisman

13. Layered Salad with Silan Almond Dressing by Brynie Greisman

“Outstanding!” That’s the uniform comment of anyone who tasted this salad. Sugar free, different, and very flavorful. I had friends who ate the dressing plain, it’s that good. Thanks, Rachel K.

14. Tropical Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette by Brynie Greisman

When I was in the US recently with my 15-year-old daughter, we dined here and there to “experience” American food, and on one of our outings tasted what was called “tropical salad.” It had no “ta’am or rei’ach.” I told my daughter I’d recreate the salad and the dressing to make it more palatable. I tried it this past Shabbos and everyone enjoyed the medley of flavors and textures. It sure beat the café one. Should I share the recipe with them?!  

15. Colorful Cucumber Salad by Faigy Grossman

This salad is the new favorite at our holiday meals; crunchy and colorful, it has great flavor and appeal. Try it with the tarragon, it adds a delightful tea-like flavor that is not too unusual, yet makes it somewhat different (and better!) than your typical Shabbat cucumber salad.

16. Sticky Spicy Potatoes by Estee Kafra

This is one of those recipes that you can’t go wrong with. It’s simple to make and goes well with fish, poultry, or meat.

17. Best-Dressed Roasted Sweet Potatoes by Rivky Kleiman

The title really says it all! This fabulous light dressing turns the ordinary into extraordinary.

18. Cauliflower Salad by Rivky Kleiman

Whether preparing this salad last minute or in advance, it is always a light and healthy addition to any barbecue. The dressing is so fabulous you’ll want to double and keep some in your refrigerator. It works great over any lettuce salad. Trust me, this one’s a keeper.