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Six 5-Ingredient Mediterranean Diet Side Dishes

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Green peas add a pop of color to this bright whole-grain side dish. Plus, choosing frozen saves you time—no shelling required! Want to save even more time? Use a pouch of precooked quinoa.

Quinoa with Peas & Lemon

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Broccolini, with its long thin stems and small florets, is a cross between broccoli and gai lan or Chinese broccoli. 

Quick & Easy Sautéed Broccolini

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A sponge for other flavors, cauliflower can absorb any spice mix or marinade you add, like this warm and toasty combination of turmeric, cumin and garlic.

Turmeric-Roasted Cauliflower

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Don't skip salting the cucumbers in this quick cucumber salad recipe—just 10 minutes pulls out some of their excess moisture, concentrating the flavor and keeping the salad from being watered down. 

Smashed Cucumber Salad with Lemon & Cumin

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Tender spinach with a hint of garlic, Parmesan cheese and sweet balsamic vinegar makes a quick and flavorful side dish. The sturdy leaves of mature spinach hold up best during cooking.

Balsamic-Parmesan Sautéed Spinach

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Kalettes, a cross between kale and Brussels sprouts, cook quickly in a hot oven in this easy vegetable side dish recipe.

Roasted Kalettes

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