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58 Best Sides For Stuffed Peppers (Simple Salads & More!)

58 Best Sides For Stuffed Peppers (Simple Salads & More!)

Find the best sides for stuffed peppers in this collection, ranging from simple salads and casseroles to Mexican classics and veggie-based dishes.

Stuffed, colorful, and flavorful–stuffed peppers are perfect for weeknights. 

You can choose from a range of fillings to cook whatever you are in the mood for! 

Regardless of the type of filling you choose, stuffed peppers guarantee a delicious meal. 

However, you can always upgrade your meal by serving it with a scrumptious side dish. 

Finding sides for stuffed peppers might be hard, but don’t worry!

If you are struggling to think of the perfect side dish for stuffed peppers, we’ve got you covered.

Scroll down to look at what to eat with stuffed peppers tonight!

The Garlic Saute Spinach and Fried Cauliflower are my go-to recipes for easy sides for stuffed peppers

The Ramen Noodle Salad has different textures and intense flavors that complement elegant stuffed pepper dishes.

Check out #31 if you want to add a Mexican flair to your meal. 
Best Sides For Stuffed Peppers

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Best Sides For Stuffed Peppers

1. Garlic Saute Spinach

Garlic spinach is a simple yet delicious side. 

It takes only five ingredients and less than twenty minutes to serve delicious and crunchy garlic spinach. 

All you need to do is stir butter and garlic, sauté spinach in it, and VOILA! 

Your side for stuffed peppers is ready!

2. Fried Cauliflower

Chicken stuffed peppers and Fried Cauliflowers are a match made in heaven. 

Remember, the smaller the florets, the crispier they’ll be. 

So, look for the smallest cauliflowers florets and boil them in hot water. 

Slather in flour, egg, garlic, and tomato paste and deep fry until the florets turn crispy and golden.

3. Ratatouille

Ratatouille is a classic French dish. 

While you can enjoy it as a main dish, you can also pair it with stuffed peppers to enjoy a light, healthy, and delicious meal.

4. Fried Plantains With Guacamole

When you are in the mood to try a hot and spicy variation of stuffed peppers, it’s always a good idea to balance the spice with Fried Plantains With Guacamole.

5. Greek Salad

Serve your favorite salad as a side for stuffed peppers if your stuffing is loaded with starch, like potato or rice. 

Whether you opt for a yummy Greek salad or rich tangy coleslaw, a light salad will make for a great side dish.

6. Sweet Potato Fries

Add a sweet and salty spark to your meal by pairing stuffed peppers with sweet potato fries. 

Cut the fries thin to make them nice and crispy, and enjoy the extra crunch with every bite!

7. Cheese Platter

If you are a die-hard fan of cheese, all you need to upgrade stuffed peppers is a cheese platter. 

This unique and elegant side will make an exceptional side for stuffed peppers.

8. Roasted Veggies

Roasted vegetables make the ultimate quick-fix side for stuffed peppers. 

The best part is that this side dish lets you get creative and use all your favorite vegetables. 

Some of the best vegetables to roast and serve with stuffed potatoes include artichokes, carrots, and mushrooms.

9. Bread

Still can’t decide what to eat with stuffed peppers

Give plain-old bread a try! 

The mild and sweet flavor of bread will complement the richness of peppers.

10. Chinese Stir- Fry Green Beans

Take green beans to the next level by adding Asian flavors. 

Use soy sauce, toasted sesame seeds, and rice wine to season crunchy green beans. 

Serve them with stuffed peppers for a wholesome meal.

11. Spinach Basil Pesto

Coat pasta in spinach basil pesto, and an elegant stuffed pepper side dish is ready. 

Best served with chicken-stuffed peppers, this side is just as good as the main.

12. Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad

Sure, roasted Brussels sprouts achieve a heavenly crunchiness.

But if you can’t find them cooked, try them shaved raw in a salad as a close second. 

Surprisingly, these raw greens aren’t bitter; they have a light, airy texture and a delectable, enticing flavor.

Add some dried cranberries, sliced apples, and pine nuts for a buttery crunch, and they’re practically perfect to pair with your meaty stuffed pepper.

13. Cornbread Muffins

You haven’t tasted moist cornbread muffins until you’ve tried these!

Right out of the oven, they’re tender and fluffy, with just the right amount of savory sweetness.

How do you get it, so it’s tender and moist?

If you use too much cornmeal, your muffins will turn out dry and crumbly, so be careful when measuring the flour and cornmeal.

14. Lemon Arugula Salad

If you’re looking for a tasty way to give your taste buds a break, this arugula salad might be the thing.

The fruity olive oil and zingy lemon dressing are a welcome, unexpected counterpoint to the arugula’s bitterness.

Arugula’s natural pepperiness is a nice complement to the stuffed peppers’ heartiness and richness.

The Easy Arugula Salad Recipe That We Love

15. Sauteed Cabbage

Now is the time to try new things with cabbage if you haven’t already.

Excellent preparations include slow baking and shredding for coleslaw, but it tastes fantastic sautéed too. 

Delicate throughout, with crisp caramelized edges, the cabbage slices melt in your mouth.

And it’s a warm, aromatic, and tasty side dish cooked with garlic and onions

16. Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Do you wish to have a side of carbs with your stuffed peppers?

Place them on top of these mashed potatoes that are given a little extra herbaceous flavor from Boursin and a bit of tang from Mascarpone cheese.

Enjoy your stuffed peppers filling even more with this smooth, garlicky, and flavorsome mash. 

You can expect a more robust flavor and a richer, creamier texture from the sour cream added to your mashed potatoes.

Our Garlic Mashed Potatoes Recipe

17. Oven-Roasted Broccolini

Broccolini tastes fantastic when roasted.

They soften to perfection and take on an irresistible charred crunch around the edges.

Serve these tender greens as a quick, delicious, and wholesome accompaniment to your stuffed peppers.

18. Sauteed Zucchini & Yellow Squash

Squash lovers, delight! 

Here’s a simple way to get in some extra veggies and give your table a splash of color by sauteing zucchini and yellow squash.

Plus, sauteeing them with a bit of butter in addition to the olive oil, you get a luscious new flavor.

This recipe is great to round out your stuffed peppers if you don’t have enough for a full dinner but still want to keep things light.

19. Honey Glazed Carrots

Although I enjoy carrots in moderation, you won’t hear me singing their praises. 

I mean, usually, carrots are just carrots.

But these Honey Glazed Carrots are something else entirely. 

It’s bright and coated in a silky sweet sauce!

It’s a good mix of sugary, salty, and savory notes, and the fruity and flowery nuances of the honey—nice!

20. Sauteed Mushroom & Onions

When I order steak or a burger or make them at home, my go-to topping is excellent sauteed mushrooms and onions.

Of course, you don’t have to limit yourself to those proteins; they make divine pairings for no-rice stuffed bell peppers too. 

When cooked with butter and dried thyme, mushrooms and onions release an incredible amount of rich umami flavor that blends the meatiness of your stuffed pepper.

21. Baked Parmesan Summer Squash

When baked in the oven, the sweet, mild flavor of yellow squash shines.

Topped with melted Parmesan cheese, I’ve always found that the slightly sweet roasted flavor works wonderfully!

These baked squash rounds are perfect for the picky eaters in your family because they’re cheesy and aren’t mushy like other types of cooked summer squash.

22. Ramen Noodle Salad

For me, the best salad has lots of different textures and intense flavors!

With fresh cabbage, nuts, and ramen noodles, there are plenty of crunches, and the sweet-tangy notes from the dressing match every ingredient smoothly.

Everything you want in a balanced and hearty salad is included in this recipe.

23. Roasted Red Potatoes

You should pair your peppers with something hearty like potatoes if they aren’t already stuffed with starches.

The thin skin of red potatoes becomes amazingly soft and crisp after being roasted.

It has a velvety smooth center and a buttery, perfectly seasoned exterior; it’s simply unbeatable.

24. Tomato Basil Salad

Amid summer, when the afternoons are warm, and the farmer’s markets are brimming with fresh produce, try this dish!

Tomato basil salad is the essence of simplicity but in the best possible way.

One of life’s best combos is the mixture of fresh-herby basil with ripe, juicy tomatoes for a dish that is equal parts sweet and tangy.

This duo never gets old.

25. Dinner Rolls

Take a look at these yummy-looking bites of fluff. 

These fresh Dinner Rolls are delectably squishy and buttery. 

I like how there is a tinge of sweetness without it being overpowering.

Remember to use butter to brush!

This makes the dinner rolls’ tops seem so gorgeously golden.

How To Reheat Dinner Rolls (4 Nifty Methods)

26. Quinoa Kale Salad With Lemon Dressing

Instead of being a grain, do you know that quinoa is a seed from a goosefoot plant?

It tastes excellent: grassy, buttery, and nutty, making it a great base ingredient or addition to salads, whether served warm or cold.

27. Creamed Spinach Casserole

The flavor of this casserole is like a cross between creamed spinach and spinach soufflé.

A firm, buttery exterior conceals a rich, gooey, ultra-creamy center.

It’ll surely enrich your delicious stuffed peppers wonderfully, as it has a moderate flavor and a warm and punchy taste from garlic and nutmeg.

28. Elotes Style Corn With Furikake

The Elotes Style Corn With Furikake is a great umami crunch complement to the stuffed bell pepper.

This dish takes its cue from traditional Mexican street corn and is seasoned with the fiery saltiness of Furikake.

Eat it right off the cob, in bite-sized pieces, or put it in a salad; it’s sooo good!

29. Cauliflower Rice

Making Cauliflower Rice is a great alternative to traditional rice when you don’t want to pile on the carbs.

When you cut open your peppers, the cauliflower rice will absorb the tomato sauce stuffing for a superb flavor union.

30. Grilled Peach & Burrata Salad With Prosciutto

The peaches are the star of this vibrantly colored summer salad.

Grilling peaches until softer, caramelized, and juicy brings out their natural sugars and adds a pleasing smoky flavor.

It’s irresistible when mixed with the salty slices of prosciutto and the milky-rich burrata.

31. Esquites (Mexican Corn Salad)

Love elotes but don’t like how messy they are to eat?

Esquites is what you need because it combines all your favorite aspects of Mexican street corn with convenience.

You get a creamy, tangy, and mildly spicy bite from this dish.

The corn kernels are fried in a skillet, so you won’t need to turn on your grill to make this.

32. Roasted Kabocha Squash

The Japanese pumpkin known as kabocha has a flavor similar to a mix of sweet potatoes and pumpkins.

It truly comes out with those lovely fall earthy tastes we all adore when it’s roasted with cinnamon and maple syrup.

You can eat the skin on this Japanese pumpkin, which has a smooth, silky mouthfeel.

33. Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread

Savory, cheesy flavoring lends depth and richness to the cornbread made with jalapeños and cheddar cheese.

It’s kind of sugary and subtly spicy, making it the ideal side to a hearty bowl of chili or other warming comfort food like stuffed peppers.

34. Buttermilk Cheddar Cheese Biscuits

These biscuits have a buttermilk base, so they come up golden and flaky, and they’re packed to the gills with layers of cheesy goodness. 

If you’re looking for a failsafe recipe for a pretty excellent side dish, cheese biscuits are the best bet.

35. Steamed Green Beans With Lemon

Try serving your stuffed peppers with steamed green beans if you’re short on time.

Since there are only four essential ingredients in this classic recipe—zingy lemon salt, pepper, and butter—the green bean flavor comes through and steals the show.

In contrast to all the stuffing in your peppers, the steamed broccoli provides a welcome dose of simplicity.

36. Mexican Bean Salad

Savor your beans in a delectable new way with this salad dish.

If you use rice as the filler for your stuffed peppers, this will take on the flavor of the Mexican flavors you so enjoy.

The jalapeno adds heat, but it’s tempered by the cilantro and lime, which also lend a bright, pleasant citrusy note.

37. Creamy Red Potato Salad

While potato salads rely heavily on heavy dressings like sour cream, mayonnaise, or buttermilk, this one keeps things light and bright.

Greek yogurt, a touch of Dijon mustard, and chopped fresh dill go into our version.

As for the serving, the colder, the better, too.

38. Roasted Pear Salad

Although pears aren’t as famous as apples, they deserve the limelight!

Raw spinach, pears, and a zesty parmesan vinaigrette come together in this salad that tastes like bliss in a bowl.

This recipe offers a nice balance because of the added sweetness from the ripe pears and the subtle bitterness from the spinach.

39. Cucumber Avocado Salad

I can’t resist including avocado in my salads.

My salads become irresistibly creamy with only the addition of avocado, and I don’t even need a creamy dressing.

Use freshly squeezed lemon juice for maximum taste in this dish.

There is sometimes a harsh aftertaste to bottled juices.

40. Cinnamon Sweet Potato Apple Bake

Not sure whether you know this or not, but serving your stuffed peppers with something sweet and crumbly makes them taste even better. 

Plus, the velvety butter and aromatic cinnamon on top complete the flavor and texture, making for delightfully scrumptious morsels.

If you’re on the sweet side, I’d suggest using Fuji apples or Gala.

But if you like things on the tart side, you can use apples like Granny Smith.

41. Zucchini Corn Parmesan Bake

Among my favorite vegetables, corn ranks right up there with zucchini.

And nothing brings it all together like some good nutty, fruity parmesan cheese and zippy red onion.

Also, Mozzarella’s stretched appearance is visually appealing and delightful!

42. Fiesta Rice

The term fiesta is a major spoiler!

You can bet it’ll be vibrant, textured, and filling; it’s sure to be a hit with your hungry guests.

Remove the seeds, ribs, and stem from the jalapeño and discard them; this will prevent the rice from being too spicy.

Keep the seeds aside and sprinkle them on top for extra heat if you like them.

43. Grilled Zucchini & Summer Squash

Zucchini are tasty and easy additions to any grill. 

They are best paired with summer squash, as their combined flavor brings out the goodness of the grilled stuffed peppers and meats. 

Feel free to increase or decrease the amounts of ingredients as you please. 

You can also choose the oil and seasonings that are put in the dish.

44. Fried Cabbage

This Fried Cabbage incorporate more flavor and texture to stuffed peppers, steak dinners, and other meaty dishes. 

The chopped cabbage are cooked along with caramelized onion and seasoned with salt and pepper. 

Once done, the sour cream is added and the recipe is finished off with crispy bacon or pancetta.

45. Creamed-Corn Grits

Grits and corn are the perfect pair. 

Adding creamed sweet corn to a pot of grits results in a side dish that goes well with a lot of dishes. 

You can even serve this as a hearty brunch dish, or you can add shrimp to the pot for a nice bowl for lunch. 

You can also serve it with a side of stuffed peppers or pork chops for a filling family dinner. 

Even though the corn and grits are the stars of this recipe, the cream cheese and butter are the ones that balance the creaminess and crunchiness of the dish.

46. Corn Fritters

Corn Fritters are fried dough filled with sweet corn chunks. 

They are decadent, and they have an incredible combination of savory and sweet. 

They can be served as an appetizer, as a side dish, or as a quick snack. 

You can dip it in your favorite sauce like ranch, queso, or jalapeno popper dips, or you can serve it with a classic cheese ball. 

You can also eat it on its own.

47. Yuca Con Mojo

Yuca Con Mojo, or yuca with garlic sauce, is a Cuban dish that features a combination of onions, citrus, garlic, spices, and yuca. 

It is a delectable alternative to potatoes. 

Yuca is a staple of Caribbean, African and Asian cuisine. 

This side dish is ideal for vegetarians.

48. Quinoa

Quinoa is a little superfood that is a staple of South American cuisine. 

It tastes similar to oatmeal or brown rice with a bit of an earthy and nutty flavor.

Quinoa pairs with almost anything, as it is like a blank canvas that carries the flavors that you want it to have. 

You can jazz it up with your favorite ingredients, so even the pickiest eaters among your guests will give it a chance.

49. Succotash

Succotash are well-loved by people of all ages. 

The pan-seared corn, plump lima beans, basil, butter and fresh peppers brings a unique flavor combination that’s irresistible.

Not only this side is delicious for your stuffed peppers, but it’s straightforward to make.

50. Garlic Bread

Meals get a lot more exciting thanks to this Garlic Bread recipe. 

They are buttery, crunchy, and smeared with the right amount of garlic flavor. 

The slices are thick, toasted, and quick to make and bake. 

These slices are made for scooping up the fillings of the stuffed peppers. 

You can make garlic bread using any type of bread. 

The most popular choice is French bread loaf and baguette because of its crisp exterior and soft crumbs on the inside. 

You can also use sourdough, artisan loaf, and thick pieces of white bread. 

Hot tip: How to reheat garlic bread (As tasty as day one!)

51. Roasted Broccoli With Lemon Goat Cheese

Broccoli has a questionable reputation as a side dish, especially among children, but you will undoubtedly change your mind once you’ve tasted this recipe. 

These broccolis are roasted and drizzled with creamy goat cheese, spicy seasonings, and zesty lemon. 

It can be served with stuffed peppers, steaks, or grilled chicken, or you can eat it as is for brunch or as a light lunch.

52. Gaji Namul

Steaming eggplants is the quickest way to enjoy this vegetable. 

If you want to go on a more exotic route, you can mix them with Korean sauce and seasonings to make Gaji Namul, a popular Korean eggplant side dish. 

The dish is bursting with flavors and is ideal on days when you want to whip up a side dish in just minutes.

53. Creamy Sweet Potato Soup

This savory soup is what you need when you want to warm up. 

You can serve this soup with a green salad for a complete meal that will satisfy even the pickiest palate. 

The sweet potatoes add such lovely vibrant color to the dish. 

54. Roasted Butternut Squash

Roasted Butternut Squash is a classic Thanksgiving side dish. 

Simply toss the squash cubes with sage, olive oil, and chopped onions and roast them until they are tender and fully caramelized. 

The onions add a nice texture and flavor to the dish.

55. Sautéed Arugula With Red Bell Peppers

This arugula and bell peppers with lots of garlic is a decadent side dish that does not need meat to make it tasty. 

It can be paired with stuffed bell pepper, fish, chicken, or burgers. 

You can also serve this with your favorite glass of wine. 

56. Baked Figs With Goat Cheese

Baked fresh figs with soft goat cheese and drizzle with honey for an incredible side dish. 

You can also stuff it with hazelnuts and blue cheese and drizzle some balsamic for extra flavor. 

Since this dish is sweet, it can also pass as a dessert.

57. Zucchini Noodles

Zucchini Noodles are packed with vegetable goodness. 

Sauté the zucchini in garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper to add the perfect pop of flavor. 

Each bite is satisfying and irresistible.

58. Garlic Parmesan Baked Eggplant

This crispy baked eggplant with garlic and Parmesan cheese breading is a mouthwatering way to enjoy this purple vegetable. 

The cheese and garlic are a match made in heaven, as they don’t overpower each other. 

You can serve this baked eggplant as a side dish or appetizer or eat it as a main dish.

The bottom line

Now that you know some of the best-stuffed pepper side dishes, enjoy your favorite dish with a new side every time! 

And oh, peppers can be stuffed ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to a day; this means you have more time to prepare your favorite sides.

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58 Best Sides For Stuffed Peppers

58 Best Sides For Stuffed Peppers

Find the best sides for stuffed peppers in this collection, ranging from simple salads and casseroles to Mexican classics and veggie-based dishes.


  • Garlic Saute Spinach
  • Fried Cauliflower
  • Ratatouille
  • Fried Plantains With Guacamole
  • Greek Salad
  • Sweet Potato Fries
  • Cheese Platter
  • Roasted Veggies
  • Bread
  • Chinese Stir- Fry Green Beans
  • Spinach Basil Pesto
  • Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad
  • Cornbread Muffins
  • Lemon Arugula Salad
  • Sauteed Cabbage
  • Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • Oven-Roasted Broccolini
  • Sauteed Zucchini & Yellow Squash
  • Honey Glazed Carrots
  • Sauteed Mushroom & Onions
  • Baked Parmesan Summer Squash
  • Ramen Noodle Salad
  • Roasted Red Potatoes
  • Tomato Basil Salad
  • Dinner Rolls
  • Quinoa Kale Salad With Lemon Dressing
  • Creamed Spinach Casserole
  • Elotes Style Corn With Furikake
  • Cauliflower Rice
  • Grilled Peach & Burrata Salad With Prosciutto
  • Esquites (Mexican Corn Salad)
  • Roasted Kabocha Squash
  • Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread
  • Buttermilk Cheddar Cheese Biscuits
  • Steamed Green Beans With Lemon
  • Mexican Bean Salad
  • Creamy Red Potato Salad
  • Roasted Pear Salad
  • Cucumber Avocado Salad
  • Cinnamon Sweet Potato Apple Bake
  • Zucchini Corn Parmesan Bake
  • Fiesta Rice
  • Grilled Zucchini & Summer Squash
  • Fried Cabbage
  • Creamed-Corn Grits
  • Corn Fritters
  • Yuca Con Mojo
  • Quinoa
  • Succotash
  • Garlic Bread
  • Roasted Broccoli With Lemon Goat Cheese
  • Gaji Namul
  • Creamy Sweet Potato Soup
  • Roasted Butternut Squash
  • Sautéed Arugula With Red Bell Peppers
  • Baked Figs With Goat Cheese
  • Zucchini Noodles
  • Garlic Parmesan Baked Eggplant


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