having a dinner party and need some help with sides

i'm grilling skirt steak, chicken and salmon. so far, my sides are a charred corn salad (w/tomatoes and basil) and grilled vegetables. reco for the third? was thinking a galette? or should i do a rice/couscous dish? thanks!

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EmilyC
EmilyC June 18, 2013

How about lightly grilling some good bread? It'd be simple and good with the rest of your menu. I like to brush each side with olive oil, finely chopped rosemary or thyme and lemon zest. A savory galette sounds lovely too, if you have the time. Have fun!

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pierino
pierino June 18, 2013

As you are grilling already, you could possibly make bruschette (please note it's not pronounced "Broo-shetta"!). Great with a chicken liver spread but possibly you could deploy your corn salad directly on the bruschetta as the delivery system. FYI I'm messing around with a grilled corn salad myself this evening. Tabbouleh would also go well with your grill menu---keep it green with lots of parsley and mint.

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Tony S
Tony S June 18, 2013

I would definitely lean towards something starchy for those that require that as part of their meal. Rice/couscous would be good, I always lean towards something that can be made ahead. Perhaps a vinegar based potato salad (for the anti-mayo crowd), rice or couscous salad, or a quinoa salad... Quinoa tabbouleh with diced cucumbers is always a hit at my house.

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aargersi
aargersi June 18, 2013

check out the sweet rice featured on the front page today - it looks amazing! I also love pauljoseph's tomato rice. The nice thing is either one could be cooked an hour or so in advance and be OK hanging out

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sexyLAMBCHOPx June 18, 2013

An orzo salad dressed with lemony vinaigrette. You can add some chopped tomatoes, feta, baby spinach - anything really. Eats well warm or room temperature.

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MTMitchell
MTMitchell June 18, 2013

MMy mom used to make a really good orzo salad like what you're describing -- orzo, tomatoes, rosemary, feta, olives, red onion, good olive oil, lots of lemon juice. I've made it that way a ton of times for BBQs and grilled dinners, and I've also done it with ricotta salata and basil and capers (instead of feta, rosemary and olives), and added a little red wine vinegar with the lemon juice. Now I kind of want that and a grilled steak for dinner.

mensaque
mensaque June 18, 2013

How about a cauliflower purée?I love the combination between corn and cauliflower,and I think that it's "creaminess" would balance your meal in therms of texture.

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daddysurprise
daddysurprise June 18, 2013

how about a couple small cheese filled raviolis in a sage brown butter sauce per plate. simple and light.

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