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Side Dishes, Salads, and Sauces

Throw something on the grill and pair it with one of these side dishes for a great dinner, South American-style. Find recipes for vegetables, salads, sauces and condiments that will compliment any meal.

Arroz con Coco
This savory coconut rice has the delicious caramel flavor of toasted coconut and sweet raisins.

Quinoa Salad with Black Beans and Choclo
This healthy, high protein salad has classic South American ingredients and flavors.

Papa a la Huacaína Potato Salad - Ensalada de Papas con Huancaina
A twist on the Peruvian dish papa a la huancaina, this potato salad is dressed with creamy huancaína sauce and garnished with hard boiled eggs, bacon bits, and green onions.

Chimichurri Potato Salad - Ensalada de Papas con Chimichurri
A delicious potato salad made with chimichurri sauce.

Grilled Potato Salad - Ensalada de Papas
Roast some potatoes on the grill right alongside the meat, then quickly transform them into a yummy potato salad.

Salsa Criolla - Peruvian Onion, Pepper & Lime Salsa
This onion relish is a traditional accompaniment to many Peruvian dishes, and is also great on sandwiches.

Ensalada Chilena - Onion & Tomato Chilean Salad
A simple but flavorful salad onion and tomato salad that makes a nice accompaniment to grilled meats.

Crispy Chicken Salad with Strawberry Ginger Dressing
A deliciously healthy salad with spinach, crispy chicken, jicama, mango, and a flavorful strawberry ginger dressing with lime.

Hogao - Colombian Tomato and Onion Sauce
Hogao is a tomato and onion based sauce enjoyed as a condiment and a seasoning for many Colombian dishes.

Pebre - Chilean Chile Pepper Salsa
Pebre is a very traditional condiment in Chile, great for serving with grilled meats or on sandwiches.

Chilean Chile Pepper Salsa - Chancho en Piedra
A close cousin to Chilean pebre, chancho en piedra is smoother and has tomatoes.

Spicy Rocoto Pepper Sauce - Crema de Rocoto
This creamy, spicy sauce will liven up rotisserie chicken as well as many other dishes.

Asparagus with Red Pepper Salsa & Queso Fresco
The red pepper salsa sets off the beautiful green color of the asparagus in this dish.

Ají Amarillo Sauce - Crema de Ají
A creamy sauce with a spicy kick made from aji amarillo chile peppers and queso fresco cheese.

Peruvian Huacatay Salsa - Aji de Huacatay
A tasty and unusual Peruvian salsa made with the Andean herb huacatay.

Salsa de Aji Picante - Colombian Hot Pepper Salsa
This excellent Colombian aji sauce goes well with grilled meats and arepas.

Aji Criollo - Green Aji Salsa
This salsa gets its color from cilantro, green onions, and green chile pepper.

Llajua - Bolivian Hot Sauce
A spicy Bolivian salsa made with hot peppers and tomatoes.

Torta de Choclo - Colombian Fresh Corn Soufflé
Torta de choclo is a sweet soufflé-like corn bread from Colombia.

Choclo con Queso - Cheesy Corn Casserole
These hearty casserole features large kernel Andean corn in a rich cheese sauce.

Sweet Skillet Corn with Cilantro
This quick side dish has tons of flavor, and makes a great addition to other dishes like burritos and empanadas.

Quinoa Sausage Casserole Pastel de Quinoa
This casserole makes a great side dish for roasted chicken, and is great for stuffing. Make it without the chorizo for a vegetarian side dish.

Aji Sauce - Spicy Colombian-style Aji
Aji is a flavorful hot pepper sauce that is an essential condiment to Colombian food.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Roasted sweet potatoes make a simple yet elegant dish when sliced and drizzled with spiced butter.

Three Sisters Tamales - Tamales de Las Tres Hermanas
These savory vegetarian tamales are filled with roasted butternut squash, seasoned black beans, and goat cheese.

Mango Salsa, Three Ways
Three slightly different versions of fresh mango salsa, to go with just about anything.

Anticuchos de Verduras - Grilled Vegetable Skewers
Grilled vegetable skewers are easy to make, taste great, and perfect for entertaining.

Guasacaca - Guacamole from Venezuela
Guasacaca is a popular relish in Venezuela, served with grilled meats and fried foods.

Chunky-style Guasacaca
A chunky-style guacamole from Venezuela to serve with grilled meats.

Creamy Chimichurri Dip
This creamy garlic avocado dip makes a great sandwich spread, as well as a dip for fresh vegetables.

Fresh Corn, Edamame and Avocado Salsa
This fresh corn salsa is bursting with summer flavor.

Artichokes with Creamy Aji Amarillo Sauce - Alcachofas con Crema de Aji
Steamed artichoke leaves are delicious dipped into this creamy yellow aji pepper sauce.

Vegetarian Ceviche Salad - Ceviche de Verduras
The flavors of ceviche in salad form, with fresh mozzarella cheese in place of seafood.

Holiday Quinoa Salad
A fresh and vibrant quinoa salad with pomegranate seeds, green apple, and spinach.

Summer Mango and Raspberry Salad - Ensalada de Mango y Frambuesas
This fresh and summery salad has a sweet raspberry-mango dressing and candied pecans.

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad - Ensalada de Quinoa Mediterránea
A brightly flavorful quinoa salad with olives, kale, and sun-dried tomatoes.

Marinated Zucchini - Abobrinha Marinada
Marinated sliced zucchini flavored with garlic and herbs is a great side dish with grilled meats.

Andean Salad - Ensalada Andina
A vibrant composed salad made with Andean ingredients, including quinoa and blue potatoes.

Blue Potato Blue Cheese Salad
A German-style potato salad made with roasted blue potatoes and caramelized onions, with a blue cheese dressing.

Chimichurri Chicken Salad - Ensalada de Pollo con Chimichurri
Fresh garlicky green chimichurri sauce livens up a chicken salad that's perfect for sandwiches.

Wild Rice Salad with Roasted Pineapple, Pecans & Pomegranate Seeds
This wild rice salad has a sweet and savory dressing of maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, and soy sauce,and works well as a main course or as a side dish.

Solterito Salad - Corn and Lima Bean Salad from Arequipa, Peru
Solterito is a delicious vegetable salad that comes from the beautiful city of Arequipa, Peru.

Quinoa Salad with Pepper Mango Salsa - Ensalda de Quinoa con Mango
This colorful salad has high protein quinoa and lots of vegetables.

Quinoa Salad with Creamy Avocado-Lime Dressing
This salad is a complete meal, with high protein quinoa, beans, corn and a creamy avocado-lime dressing.

Marinated New Potatoes - Batatinha em Conserva
These marinated baby potatoes are a popular side dish for Brazilian-style churrasco.

Coconut Quinoa and Wild Rice Salad with Pineapple
This tropical quinoa and wild rice salad has pineapple, a d coconut lime dressing, and is topped with toasted coconut.

Roasted Andean Potatoes - Papas Criollas al Horno
These small Andean potatoes are seasoned and roasted.

Coconut Lime Grilled Chicked Salad - Ensalada de Pollo con Coco
A tropical grilled chicken salad with pineapple and coconut.

Farofa - Skillet Toasted Manioc Flour with Onions
Farofa is an essential condiment to many Brazilian dishes. It's made with manioc meal, or the ground root of the cassava or manioc plant.

Creamy Polenta - Receta de Polenta
This buttery, creamy polenta is a great winter side dish.

Garlicky Collard Greens - Couve a Mineira
Brazilian-style collard greens are thinly sliced and cooked only briefly, resulting in bright green, fresh tasting greens.

Savory Quinoa Porridge - Pesque de Quinua
This savory, creamy quinoa is a traditional Bolivian dish.

"Russian" Potato Salad - Ensalada Rusa
A hearty potato salad with beets and a mayonnaise-lime dressing.

Ecuadorian Potato Cake Recipe - LLapingachos
These potato cakes from Ecuador (llapingachos) are stuffed with white farmer's cheese and served with a simple but delicious peanut sauce.

Venezuelan Black Beans
Rich and savory slow-cooked black beans, Venezuelan-style.

Hallaquitas - Quick Venezuelan-style Tamales
Hallaquitas are small tamales made from Venezuelan masarepa, the cornmeal that is also used to make arepas.

Fried Ripe Plantain Strips
Long strips of sweet fried ripe plantain.

Lima Bean Salad - Ensalada de Pallares
Enjoy this lima bean salad made with tender lima beans, onions, and tomatoes tossed in a lime juice vinaigrette.

Wild Rice, Corn and Cranberry Salad with Orange Vinaigrette
This nutritious and colorful salad makes a great side dish for grilled meats.

Arroz Jardinero - Gardener's Rice
This quick rice dish works both as vegetarian main course or as a side dish, and is a great way to eat your vegetables.

Cornmeal "Couscous" with Bacon - Cuscuz com Bacon
This steamed cornmeal "couscous" is a great side dish for grilled meats.

Steak and Quinoa Salad with Mango Salsa
A refreshing salad with the healthy grain quinoa, a lime dressing, and strips of seasoned steak, all dressed up with a fresh mango salsa.

Mushroom Ceviche - Cebiche de Champinones
The bold flavors of ceviche are paired with fresh vegetables in this delicious salad.

Cilantro Lime Dressing - Aliño de Cilantro y Limon
A quick dressing that is great on salads or for dipping.

Grapefruit and Avocado Salad with Creamy Citrus Dressing
A healthy salad with grapefruit, avocado, pomegranate seeds, and a creamy citrus dressing.

Ajiaco - Colombian Potato and Corn Soup
A nourishing chicken soup made creamy potatoes and corn on the cob.

Creamy Pumpkin Soup - Crema de Zapallo
A creamy, flavorful soup with pumpkin, chile peppers, and queso fresco cheese.

Ensalada de Choclo - Corn Salad with Queso Fresco
A nutritious and healthy salad with simple fresh ingredients and minimal dressing.

Chicken Soup with Root Vegetables - Sancocho de Gallina
Sancocho has many forms in South American cooking, but it's usually a clear broth soup made with chicken and root vegetables. This version has sweet potatoes, regular potatoes, onions, carrots and leeks.

Ecuadorian Peanut Sauce - Salsa de Maní­ para Llapingachos
This rich peanut sauce is simple to make and very tasty. It's meant to accompany the Ecuadorian potato pancakes called llapingachos, but it goes with chicken nicely as well.

Mixed Vegetable Salad with Coconut Dressing - Goedangan from Suriname
A delicious Indonesian-style salad of crisp cabbage, bean sprouts, and green beans, tossed with a spicy-sweet coconut dressing.

Chimichurri Quinoa Salad - Ensalada de Quinoa con Chimichurri
Chimichurri sauce makes a quick dressing for this quinoa salad with Mediterranean flavors.

Salsa de Maracuyá - Passion Fruit Sauce
A tart, savory passion fruit sauce to accompany chicken or fish.

Chimichurri Sauce - Argentinian Chimichurri Marinade
A garlic and parsley sauce that always accompanies grilled steak in Argentine, chimichurri is also perfect as a marinade for beef or chicken.

Salsa a la Huancaína - Spicy Cheese Sauce from Huancayo
This sauce originates from the Andean region of Peru called Huancayo. It's made with queso fresco or farmer's cheese, onions, and yellow aji chile peppers.

Savory Mango Sauce - Salsa de Mango
A delicious savory sauce to serve with chicken or fish.

Passion Fruit Salad Dressing
A tangy yet sweet salad dressing that works especially well with spinach salads and fruit. Passion fruit has an intense acidic flavor that goes well with savory dishes as well as sweet ones.

Ensalada de Palmitos -Hearts of Palm Salad with Passion Fruit Dressing
This delicious tropical salad with a tart-sweet passion fruit dressing will liven up any meal.

Tropical Ambrosia - Ambrosia de Frutas Tropicales
A tropical version of ambrosia with a passionfruit dressing and fresh coconut.

Easy Homemade Croutons
These quick and easy croutons are a great way to recycle leftover stale bread.

Roasted Red, White and Blue Potatoes on the Grill
Celebrate the 4th with this patriotic dish of roasted red, white and blue potatoes cooked on the grill.

Grilled Corn on the Cob
Seasoned with a sprinkling of cumin, butter, and salt, this corn on the cob has a delicious roasted flavor from the grill.

Milcaos - Potato Pancakes from the Chiloé Archipelago
This simple but delicious potato pancake recipe is from Chiloé Island off the coast of Chile.

Roasted Baby Potatoes
Crispy roasted potatoes with smoked paprika and achiote.

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