Valerie Bertinelli’s Summery Sides

Freshen up the spread at your next backyard bash with these summery sides from Valerie’s Home Cooking. 

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Orzo Salad with Grape Tomatoes and Radishes 

Valerie keeps her take on pasta salad light by swapping a traditional mayo-based dressing for a mustardy vinaigrette. 

Get the Recipe: Orzo Salad with Grape Tomatoes and Radishes

Marinated Cucumber Salad 

Dress up cucumbers with soy sauce and unseasoned rice vinegar for a savory Asian-inspired dish. 

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Tomato Salad with Pancetta Crisps

Valerie tosses fresh tomatoes, cucumbers and onions with balsamic vinegar for this tangy side salad. She scatters crumbled pancetta on top for an added layer of salty goodness.  

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Jalapeno Ranch Slaw 

The creaminess of this slaw offsets the spicy jalapeno and smoky chipotle for a flavor-filled bite. 

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Quick Sweet-and-Sour Pickle Spears 

Forget long-term fermentation; Valerie’s super-simple pickles can be ready to eat in three hours. 

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Italian Pizzeria Salad

Studded with mozzarella, olives, artichokes and tomatoes, and topped with a fresh vinaigrette, this salad makes for a side with substance. 

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Snap Pea Orange and Radish Salad

Snap peas and radishes add a lot of crunch to this salad, which also includes crispy pancetta, goat cheese, orange and fresh herbs.

Get the Recipe: Snap Pea, Orange and Radish Salad

Grilled Romaine with Balsamic Dressing 

Charred hearts of romaine pair perfectly with crumbles of creamy Gorgonzola.

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Kale and Quinoa Salad 

Valerie blanches the kale for this salad to tenderize it and bring out its gorgeous deep-green color. 

Get the Recipe: Kale and Quinoa Salad

Grilled Corn and Bean Salad 

Get the most out of sweet seasonal corn by grilling it, then cutting it off the cob and tossing it in this flavor-packed salad. 

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Blistered Green Beans with Spicy Chile Sauce

If you love heat, then you'll adore these green beans tossed with Korean chile paste, honey and garlic oil before being broiled.

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Crunchy Romaine Salad with Sweet Sesame Vinaigrette

To add even more crunch to this romaine salad, Valerie toasts crumbled instant ramen noodles with almonds in the oven. And for a sweet and savory dressing, she uses canned mandarin oranges, rice wine vinegar and sesame oil.

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Roasted Tomato and Corn Salsa

Roasting the tomatoes, corn, poblano pepper, onions and garlic first gives the salsa an extra level of flavor. For a milder sauce, give the salsa a quick stint in the refrigerator, as the sauce gets milder as it chills. 

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Chicken Salad with Apples and Grapes

Curry powder adds a layer of bold flavor to these light chicken salad lettuce wraps.

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Roasted Beets with Herbs

Simple and elegant, Valerie's roasted beets require only a dose of olive oil, salt, parsley and tarragon. Just toss, roast and serve.

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Classic Panzanella 

Let juicy tomatoes give new life to day-old bread in this classic Italian salad. 

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Jalapeno Fries with Roasted Garlic Ranch

Once you've had homemade ranch, it’s hard to go back. And after pairing it with jalapeno fries, you might feel the same way about them. 

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Grilled Radicchio and Shrimp Salad

Grilling radicchio tames its bitterness and brings out a sweet and smoky flavor. Top the grilled lettuces with vinaigrette and grilled shrimp.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Radicchio and Shrimp Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

Italian Fennel Coleslaw 

Fennel adds a licorice-y bite to the typical coleslaw mix of cabbage and carrots. 

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Cubano Salad

Since avocados are available year-round, this salad — which also features radishes, tomatoes and onions — can be an easy go-to anytime of the year. 

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Roasted Broccoli Rabe

Juicy cherry tomatoes and sweet shallots balance out the bitter notes of broccoli rabe. 

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Roasted Asparagus and Mushrooms with Chile-Lemon Salt

Asparagus and mushrooms are roasted in oil until tender and topped with a sprinkling of ground chilis, lemon zest and salt. 

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Arugula Salad with Pickled Red Onions and Champagne Vinaigrette

Pickled red onions add an extra punch to this peppery arugula salad. And the Champagne vinaigrette adds a bright note.

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Farro, Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

This whole grain salad is studded with roasted beets, pistachios and creamy goat cheese. To wilt the beet greens, toss with the farro while its still hot.

Farro, Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad