These condiment side dishes quickly and creatively dress up casual meals. They’re great with cold cuts and grilled meat, poultry and fish. The serving is easy--just spoon them right onto your dinner plate.
The dishes draw on the seasonal market and produce bin, and that’s what makes them so inviting. Be sure to choose ingredients of top quality. Explore your farmers market or produce aisle for the best of the season.
Take any of these to a summer potluck. The mushroom condiment dish is especially suited to grilled steaks and hamburgers. The carrot and beet slaw is a salad that I made long ago with James Beard; it’s crunchy, refreshing and tasty. No cooking required, as beets are delicious raw. And for the vegetable relish, an array of cut-up vegetables--cucumber, tomatoes and radishes, tossed with a piquant dressing and fresh basil--can hold its own beside any summer salad.