Are you looking for a delectable side dish to add some flair to your meal? You will love this collection of Great French Side dishes from Le Chef's Wife. With over 130 original, tried and tested recipes, LeChefswife.com is your reference for French food, made simple.
From haricots verts to French mashed potatoes to tomatoes Provençales, you will find a delicious side dishes to add some oh la la! to your classic French meal here. These recipes are the classics of French home cooking. Dishes that my Mamie would make and that we continue to make every day for our family.
A good side dish elevates a meal. I like to serve my side dishes in separate plates, allowing guests to scoop and serve at their desire. It adds decoration to your table. There are a few classic French side dishes that everyone should have in their repertoire.
Julia Child is know to have said:
“This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook—try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless and above all have fun."Julia Child
I love this notion - you do not have to be perfect, you can simply learn something new.
Even if you are a novice at French cuisine I am here to walk you through each step of the recipe.
What is a French Side Dish?
There are a few things that most French side dishes have in common, whether you are in a fancy restaurant of haute cuisine or in the French countryside enjoying a rustic meal.
- A star ingredient - classic French side dishes rare feature more than one or two ingredients, simply prepared so that the star ingredient shines.
- Usually a vegetable to create for more nutritious meals.
- Uses fresh ingredients and often fresh herbs with minimal intervention for the most flavorful dish.
French bread, such as this quick & easy French Baguette recipe, is always on the table, as is often a simple green salad.
French Vegetable side dishes
Haricots Verts (Green beans)
The best Tomatoes Provençale Recipe - one of the simplest things to make in French cooking
Simple Confit Bayaldi Recipe - The traditional recipe from Provence, just like my Mamie would make.
Authentic Ratatouille Recipe - a French delicacy
French Potato Side dishes:
French Mashed Potatoes - a French classic
La Salade Niçoise (Is often a meal on its own but can be served as an accompaniment to grilled fish)
La Salade Mentonnaise (inspired by the French Riviera town of Menton)
La Salade Lyonnaise (from the French City of Lyon)
What French Main dishes to serve:
French Onion Soup Gratinée (can be a main course - you will love our recipe - it uses chicken broth instead of the traditional beef broth for a lighter, more fragrant soup)
Coq au vin (made with red wine)
These classic French dishes are written so that busy people, with no culinary training, can find success in the kitchen.
Other French recipes you will love
I hope you have enjoyed this collection of French side dish recipes that I have built over the years. The perfect side dish true elevates the meal. What other recipes would you like to see?
Le Chef's Wife
ABOUT LE CHEF'S WIFE
Bonjour! I am Anina Belle. I translate the fancy cooking of my Michelin-star trained French Chef Husband, Le Chef, into easy to make dishes that busy people with no culinary training (like me!) can make at home. We have two young kids (5 and 2) and I have a full time job in hospitality in addition to this blog. I strongly believe that even busy people deserve to eat well at home.
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