30 Garden Fresh Side Dishes

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I absolutely hate weeding the garden. My parents knew this, so growing up weeding the garden was used as punishment for coming home later than curfew. I will always remember one summer when I had come home about 10 minutes late, which meant I had to spend one hour working in the garden. I started picking weeds, and stumbled upon some really large ones that were surprisingly easy to pull out of the ground. They were everywhere! I started pulling and soon half the garden was empty. I was so proud of myself for actually making it look good in the short hour I was out there. A few hours later my dad came inside after examining my work. He didn't look too happy.... He explained to me that I had picked all of the strawberries that my mom had planted to make jam...those hadn't been "big weeds." Needless to say, I was sentenced to a few more hours in the garden.

Although I don't exactly have what some people would call a "green thumb," I do love eating all of the fresh fruits and vegetables grown in the garden each summer. We are usually left with an abundance of zucchini, peaches, carrots, and tomatoes. So much that we aren't quite sure what to do with them. I decided to round up a few Garden Fresh Side Dishes to solve our extra vegetable problems. :)

Slow Cooker Roasted Vegetables

Vegetable Tian 

Vegetable-Dill-Dip
Vegetable Dill Dip


Grilled Corn, Avocado and Tomato Salad

brown sugar and bacon green beans
Brown Sugar and Bacon Green Beans

roasted butternut squash
Roasted Butternut Squash


Grilled Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic, and Lemon


Grilled Vegetables

Zucchini Parmesan Recipe
Zucchini Parmesan 

chopped salad
Garden Fresh Chopped Salad

Garden Patch Saute
Garden Patch Saute


Green Green Spring Vegetables


Honey Roasted Carrots

creamy bacon tomato & avocado pasta salad
Creamy Bacon Tomato and Avocado Pasta Salad

Mom’s Cheesy Cauliflower Side Dish  on MyRecipeMagic.com
Mom's Cheesy Cauliflower Side


Cheesy Zucchini Bake


Balsamic Asparagus 


Roasted Vegetables


Roasted Mixed Vegetables 


Fresh Corn Salsa

Garden Tomato Salad from www.YourLifeTodayMagazine.com

Tomato Salad

Did you grow berries this year? Or maybe you have buckets full of peaches like we do! Here are a few "fruity" Ideas!

Caramelized Peaches with Ice Cream
Caramelized Peaches with Ice Cream

Pina Colada Fruit Dip

Grilled Peaches with Cinnamon Honey Butter - Love these, feel like they should definitely get some booze added to a glaze for the grill too :] maybe like a bourbon
Grilled Peaches with Cinnamon Honey Butter


Honey Lime Fresh Fruit Salad


Strawberry Freezer Jam

Apricot Peach Sorbet
Apricot Peach Sorbet

Fresh Fruit Salsa

Want fresh fruit and vegetables all year round? Here's a few tips on freezing your fruits and vegetables!


How to Freeze Berries & Veggies

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