Cristina Ferrare making her tomato tower salad

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While we often think of an entrée first when planning a meal, it's the salads and side dishes that can turn a so-so meal into an event! Memorable side dishes can be hearty or healthy and hot or cold—but one thing is certain, salads and sides can give your meal just the right amount of pizzazz.

Cristina's 10 favorite salad and side dish recipes