Valentine's Side Dishes

Asparagus, fennel, and oysters—in elegant presentations—add sophistication and flavor to a romantic meal.

White Asparagus with Olive Oil Sabayon
The cooking time for white asparagus depends on its age and thickness. Test for doneness as you go.Christopher Hirsheimer
Seared Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus
Ordinary balsamic vinegar and a pinch of sugar in the syrup accompanies these seared asparagus stalks. See the recipe for Seared Prosciutto Asparagus »Meredith Heuer
Lobster and Avocado Salad
Lobster and Avocado Salad
Sliced ripe avocados add a silky bite to an elegant salad tossed with lobster and juicy grapefruit segments. Get the recipe for Lobster and Avocado Salad »Nicole Franzen
See the RecipeChris Granger
Broiled Stuffed Oysters
Broiled Stuffed Oysters
Grated gruyere can be substituted for garlic in this dish.Jorg Brockmann
Honey-Roasted Belgian Endives and Parsnips
This recipe is borrowed from: Sally Clarke's Book: A Restaurant, Shop and Bakery (Mc Millian). Sally Clarke is a top chef and restaurateur in London. See the Honey-Roasted Belgian Endives and Parsnips RecipeMartin Brigdale
Oyster Stew
Oyster Stew
This dish, made creamy with milk and butter, smells like a beautiful day at the beach.James Baigrie
Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce
Asparagus covered with luscious, full-flavored hollandaise is a simple yet satisfying vegetarian side-dish. ** See the recipe for Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce »**André Baranowski
Braised Artichoke Hearts with Mint
This classic antipasto calls for mint, a popular herb in Roman kitchens. See this Recipe
Todd Coleman
Heston Blumenthal
Switch up your classic risotto with nutty spelt, sweet beets, and horseradish for that extra kick.Todd Coleman
Sweet Miso Corn Cakes with Basil Parsley Pesto
The addition of sweet white miso updates a traditional corn cake recipe, perfectly balanced by a zesty topping of pesto.Leah Koenig
Parsley and Onion Salad
Parsley and Onion Salad
Fresh onions add cool spice to this simple parsley salad.Todd Coleman
Risotto alla Milanese
Risotto alla Milanese
Saffron gives this risotto its vibrant color and flavor.Todd Coleman
Asparagus Mint Slaw
Asparagus Mint Slaw
Raw asparagus, carrots, and radishes get tossed with fresh mint and vinegar in this bright and crunchy slaw.Helen Rosner
Pappardelle with Butternut Squash, Walnuts and Baby Kale
Pappardelle with Butternut Squash, Walnuts and Baby Kale
A brown butter sauce complements toasted walnuts, roasted butternut squash, and baby kale in a rich pasta dish that perfectly captures the flavors of fall.Helen Rosner
Sautéed Green Beans with Pickled Shallots
Sautéed Green Beans with Pickled Shallots
Shallots are quick-pickled and sautéed with green beans in this refreshing side.Ariana Lindquist