Are you trying to decide what to serve with pizza? We’ve rounded up 27 of our best dishes for what to serve with pizza. These dish ideas will make any meal extra special!
When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza, that’s amore . . . Whether you’re perfectly content to phone up your local takeaway every time, you’ve got a hankering for pizza.
Or you’ve soundly rejected the grease-and-coagulated-cheese orthodoxy in favor of knocking out your own perfectly serviceable Margherita at home.
Here are 27 great ideas for what to serve with pizza.
If there’s one thing the fast-food industrial complex really got right, it’s pizza.
As it turns out, people will forgive an awful lot — the nastiest olives, the most dubious pepperoni or pineapple of any
kind or quantity — provided, of course, that it’s laden with enough cheese to down a horse.
And given that most of us don’t own pizza ovens or any oven capable of getting hot enough to cook a pizza in, we’re more than content to subsist off the offerings of whatever local chain is closest by (or whichever one sends the freest garlic sauce).
Of course, now there are plenty of authentically Italian places around, too; the kinds with fresh tomato, sourdough crusts, and fun, faddy toppings that span whole menus like itty-bitty artichokes and strange mushrooms.
And the talented among us are even producing more than passable pizzas at home with nothing but a cast-iron pan and loads of patience.
To that end, a pizza exists to be grabbed, squabbled over, and eaten immediately; however you should choose to do that is up to you – but a side of Onion Rings, Lemon Pepper Wings, or crispy delight #27 hardly ever remiss.
What do you get when you pile spicy sausages, sharp goat cheese, and fleshy poblanos inside a richly meaty mushroom?
You get a filling supper masquerading as a side.
Do give it a go.
A refreshing, verdant salad with a splash of autumn written all over it.
We’ll nestle a burrata amongst the green leaves – it brings a welcome air of mischief to what it is an otherwise upstanding salad.
Don’t even think of using cutlery here – though the momentary lapse in niceties doesn’t entitle you to begin sonorously belching at the table, either.
The trick is drizzling these over with a bit of maple syrup before you fry them, so they’re wonderfully sticky when they come out of the oil.
A Caprese is the perfect high-summer salad and a dish so wonderfully uncomplicated that all it takes to get it right is ensuring you’ve got the perfect ingredients.
Also, only the very best raw materials will do—isn’t that great?
What goes with pizza better than mozzie sticks?
Hot, gooey, and downright unctuous – mmm is really all we’ve got to say about these.
And while a little marinara sauce by way of dip will do just fine, these are splendid with some jalapeno jelly, too.
There’s a pleasure to be had in getting something as gloriously simple as fried mushrooms just right.
We used to spend early mornings in college piling these atop toast and coffee that will make our tummies happy.
Yes, that’s still the best way to enjoy them (sans the caffeine), but this dish is just lovely on a pizza, too.
7. Garlic Knots
They’re warm, they’re plush, and positively dripping with fat and starch.
We’re compelled by smell alone to hover in wait round the kitchen while they are in the oven.
The addition of a handful of finely chopped chilies in the dough will give the knots some very welcome bite.
Amazing with a classic pizza side dish if there ever were one.
The cans of Campbell’s Condensed Tomato Soup at the grocery store have their own siren’s call but nothing beats a sumptuous bowl of homemade stuff.
Finish with cream and serve with – what else – a crisp, buttery grilled cheese.
Sides for pizza don’t get a whole lot better.
9. Caesar Salad
Well, right here is a classic.
Presenting our very own recipe for the perfect Caesar salad: it’s salty, it’s savory, it’s crisp – what it isn’t is exceptionally refined, but then that’s the point given it was conceived as prohibition-era drinking food.
10. White Queso Dip
Whether you’re looking for a hangover recipe to serve with pizza or something you can have with it for dinner, this White Queso Dip will always deliver!
You can throw it together in 15 minutes with minimal regard for any measurements or on account of all the cheese, it’s hard to know.
When it comes to cooking, it doesn’t take much to make a carrot sing; 10 minutes in an air-fryer with some olive oil, minced garlic, and dried thyme will do.
Golden, tantalizingly crisp, and blessedly salty; eat them hot and straight from the pan or exercise a little patience and magic up some aioli to dollop on top.
There comes the point during summer’s glut of beans when we’ve got them coming out of our ears.
By then, we’ve grown weary of roasts and sick of casseroles, so we’ll trundle out the canning equipment, pickle them and stick them someplace cool and dark till we can bear to look at them again.
These blistered, buttery beans are a great way to avoid that eventuality.
Instead of throwing out those excess tomatoes – or exploding them, as you’d like to – stuff them full to bursting with spaghetti and bake for a fast, tasty side dish for pizza.
Have you ever wondered what makes an onion ring perfect?
Is it right batter? Seasoning? Well – yes, all of the above, but it’s primarily the onions.
You don’t want the standard red or yellow sort, because you’ll be cooking them too quickly to do anything about that characteristic onion harshness.
Pick one of the sweeter varieties, like Vidalia or Walla Walla; they’ve got a mild, obliging flavor that submits readily to flash-frying.
Loads of good will come from being brave with your roast vegetables.
Case in point: this bold, beautiful tray-bake that’ll make for a couple of days’ worth of healthy meals.
Food cooked right there on the stove-top demands continuous monitoring – a whiff, a stir, an eye on the heat, the constant surveilling of progress.
And, of course, there’s always the temptation to taste (followed immediately by the consequent burning of one’s mouth).
Food bunged in an air-fryer, however, will see to itself.
This one is less a recipe and more a bare-bones set of instructions dashed off in a hurry, but that’s why we love it so.
18. Fruit Salad
Take advantage of fresh berries when they’re in season and add it into this pretty, bright salad then have it with your go-to pizza.
There’s nothing mystifying about a baked potato, and therein lies the appeal.
The perfect baked potato: whipped, pillowy interior, coarse salty skin, and hobs of butter – this is why ovens were invented*.
No, it’s not.
We don’t actually know the first thing about why ovens were invented.
At first glance, a wedge salad may look like something you’d use to stop a door – but despite its outlandish appearance, this salad (and it is a salad) is good green fun.
The dressing does most of the heavy lifting here, so be sure to pick the one you like.
21. Spinach Dip
We usually serve this versatile, relaxing dip with lots of fresh crudités – radicchio, radishes, and celery are most common.
And tortilla chips; leftovers usually make their way onto breakfast pizza in the morning with some fried mushrooms.
Get to slam dunking.
For those days when you just can’t be bothered with a dinner that requires advance consideration, these flavorful, earthy mushrooms can be on your plate in minutes.
Serve with a buttered, peppery flat-ribbon pasta or alongside other vegetables and a lovely crumby loaf of your choosing or some pizza with it.
This recipe boats silky, crunchy, mustardy, peppery goodness—all at the same time.
That’s why it’s a no brainer that this Easy Italian Green Salad makes a great pair with your favorite pizza.
Done well, a potato salad is a virtuous, unimpeachable thing of great beauty; it’s perfect.
Smoky, sharp, and enticingly acidic – you can forget about sharing it.
This recipe has ingredients that are easy to find, and you can also make its dressing with things found in your pantry!
So, make this dish now, and don’t forget to partner it with your pizza of choice.
Oven-roasted cabbage steaks?
Yes, they taste as great as they sound like!
Better try it now with some pizza and it sure won’t disappoint.
Carrots going all wonky and bendy in your fridge?
Stick them in the microwave (yes, really) with a bit of butter, brown sugar, and honey, et voila!
Tender, steaming glazed carrots to serve with your pizza.
The bottom line
And that concludes our roundup for the best sides to go with pizza!
It’s probably apparent that we’re no pizza snobs, ascribing instead to the will-try-anything-once school of thought.
We don’t hold back from carrots to spinach dip and even an honest-to-god baked potato when it comes to pizza sides.
What do you think? And where do you draw the line?
Just writing this made us so murderously hungry we ordered a pizza.
We think we ought to go and fry up some mushrooms in the meantime, but it’s probably just as likely that we’ll stand here parked by the door all evening.
- Stuffed Mushrooms
- Kale Salad With Honey Crisp Apple
- Lemon Pepper Wings
- Caprese Salad
- Mozzarella Sticks
- Fried Mushrooms
- Garlic Knots
- Homemade Tomato Soup
- Caesar Salad
- White Queso Dip
- Air Fryer Carrots
- Baked Zucchini Fries With Marinara Sauce
- Italian Green Beans
- Spaghetti Stuffed Tomatoes
- Air Fryer Onion Rings
- Easy Oven Roasted Vegetables
- Air Fryer Roasted Artichokes
- Fruit Salad
- Steakhouse Style Baked Potato
- Classic Wedge Salad
- Spinach Dip
- Sauteed Mushrooms
- Easy Italian Green Salad
- Italian Potato Salad
- Cucumber Tomato Salad
- Oven Roasted Cabbage Steaks
- Microwaved Carrots
- Choose one or more options from our list of what to serve with pizza here!
- Create your new favorite dish.
- Pat yourself on the back for making food at home for you to enjoy!
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