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What to Serve with Meatloaf: 8 Side Dish Ideas

Meatloaf is a staple food in the U.S and has been around for quite some time.

Everyone has their own recipe for meatloaf because there’s no ‘one right way’ to do it.

You can follow the classic recipe or prepare a cheesy meatloaf instead. 

Even though it’s great comfort food, you can get tired of eating the same old meatloaf every other week.

There are a variety of side dishes you can pair with it to spruce up the simple flavors. You can serve it with roasted vegetables, creamy potatoes, and pretty much any other side dish you can think of.

In this blog, we’ll take a look at 8 delicious and incredibly easy to make sides that pair amazingly well with meatloaf.

Eight Meatloaf Side Dish Ideas 

1. Mashed Garlic Cauliflower

For kids who’ll refuse to anything except fries or mashed potatoes, you can prepare mashed cauliflower to get them to consume more nutrients.

This is a great healthy alternative to mashed potatoes and takes almost no time to make due to less prep time. 

The secret is to use the right ingredients to bring out their best flavor.

Add sour cream, garlic, and parmesan for a creamy, rich flavor that your kids won’t be able to say no to.

2. Broccolini with Butter Beans

Broccolini, also known as baby broccoli, is a lot similar to broccoli but has longer stalks and smaller florets.

The best part about it is that even after pan-charring, it still just as sweet and crunchy.

Toss it in a cast-iron skillet with toasted almonds, lemon zest, and cooked butter beans to pack this side dish full of flavor and crunch. 

3. Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Even though sweet potatoes may be the less popular choice than white potatoes as a meatloaf side dish, they make an incredibly easy side-dish.

These baked sweet potato fries are the ultimate side dish to pair with your homemade meatloaf.

All you need to do is cut your sweet potato into thin or thick fries, depending on your preference, spread them on a baking tray in a single layer, toss them with a drizzle of olive oil and seasonings, and bake them. 

4. Cheesy Cauliflower Tots

If you love the idea of sneaking in vegetables into your kids’ meals, you’ll love this recipe for cheesy cauliflower tots.

They’ll have the same robustness of the flavor like regular tater tots and taste absolutely divine next to your meatloaf.

It’s advisable to make more than enough as they’re so difficult to resist, they’ll disappear in the blink of an eye.

5. Mashed sweet potatoes

It’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t love mashed potatoes, but with this recipe, you can surprise your guest with an extra bit of flavor and color?

This recipe for mashed sweet potatoes will take the classic flavors of mashed potatoes to a whole other level. 

The secret ingredient in this recipe is cream cheese and it makes these potatoes creamy and delicious.

6. Creamy Broccoli Salad

You may be familiar with broccoli salads as a popular side dish choice, but this is the ultimate recipe that will take the simple flavors up a notch.

Make sure to use the crunchiest raw broccoli you can find and add some cashews, red onions, dried cranberries, and a heaping serving of cheddar cheese.

Toss the salad with a tangy dressing and enjoy it next to a hearty meatloaf.

You’ll find that this salad hits all the notes of sweet, crunchy, salty and have all your guests asking for the recipe.

7. Creamed Spinach

Another amazing side dish for meatloaf has to be creamed spinach.

It tastes nothing like regular spinach because it’s cooked in a light sauce with the freshest of spices and aromatics, with just the right amount of grated parmesan cheese and half-and-half to make an incredibly creamy savory sauce.

It’s better to use baby spinach to prepare this recipe, as it’s already tender and tastes a lot less bitter than fully grown spinach.

It also takes less cooking time and introduces creaminess to the finished product.

8. Baked Potato Wedges

You can serve your meatloaf with simple French fries, or you can pair it with baked potato wedges that are slathered in garlic parmesan.

They are super easy to make and add just the right amount of crunch and flavor to the meal.  

Final Words

If you’ve grown tired of eating meatloaf for dinner almost every other week, you should try pairing it with these delicious savory side dishes to perfectly round out the meal.

You can also prepare more than one side dish if you’re serving a large group of people, but make sure there’s enough for everyone.

I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post and will give at least one of these sides a try!

8 meatloaf side dishes

8 meatloaf side dishes

This recipe guide features 8 delectable side dishes for meatloaf, all of which can elevate the flavor of your favorite recipe.


  • Mashed garlic cauliflower
  • Broccolini with butter beans
  • Baked sweet potato fries
  • Cheesy cauliflower tots
  • Mashed sweet potatoes
  • Creamy broccoli salad
  • Creamed spinach
  • Baked potato wedges


  1. Pick three sides to try.
  2. Gather the ingredients and cook them.
  3. Serve the sides along with your meatloaf.

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Candace George

Sunday 16th of August 2020

The "What to Serve with Meatloaf" are great tips! I always make mashed potatoes and peas and carrots with poor family. I will definately try the suggested sides.

Renee Groskreutz

Tuesday 18th of August 2020

Yes. Give them a try. The family will be pleased with these side dishes.

Brandon Sparks

Sunday 16th of August 2020

I really can't wait to try this. Thanks

Linda Beaton

Sunday 16th of August 2020

Mashed Garlic Cauliflower...mmmmm, yes please!

Debbie Berris

Saturday 15th of August 2020

Why does my meat loaf never look that perfect? Well, I love it anyway and now I'll love it more. Thank you.

Amber Kolb

Wednesday 12th of August 2020

Mashed garlic cauliflower sounds so good!

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