The best sides for feeding a crowd

Always the bridesmaid – never the bride! The side dishes might often be overlooked for the centrepiece; but we all know they can make or break a meal. Dish up these tasty recipes and you’re guaranteed to keep everyone smiling.

Whether you’re hosting a summer party, street party or simply looking to make a delicious family feast, our sides have got you covered. As the days get longer, what could be better than sunshine and good food to tuck in to?

You can’t put on a party spread without a potato salad! You’ll only need five ingredients for this one (the edible flowers are optional), so it’s super-simple to rustle up and easy on the wallet, too. If you’re after more inspiration, check out our other potato salad recipes – we’ve got something for every taste.

Made using smoked fish, this delicious pâté with a quick cress salad is so simple to whiz together and right up there on the flavour scale. The combo of smoked fish and zingy lemon, herbs and light cream cheese is sublime, and gives you a gorgeously silky texture. It’s ideal for a grazing board, or jar up the pâté for a picnic .

Whipped together with just a few simple ingredients, Jamie’s pasta salad with ripe mixed tomatoes, olives and fresh basil is super delicious and easy to make. On the table in just 15 minutes, it’s perfect for a light lunch or as part of a barbecue spread.

Charred veggies mixed with fresh herbs, caramelised pistachios and all the goodness of bulgur wheat makes for an unbeatable veggie side. Barbecuing a whole block of feta gives you an awesome golden outside and soft, creamy centre. The smoky flavours create a beautiful and unique dish. Delicious served with toasted flatbreads.

Beautiful, garlicky oven-roasted veg, fluffy couscous, tangy feta and a hit of chilli all come together here for a flavour-packed summer salad. This is the perfect side – or just add grilled meat or goat’s cheese to make it the main event. And the best bit? It’s also super simple to make.

Looking for more sides inspiration? Check out our best sides recipes