Brunch with the girls is right around the corner and you are probably wondering what to serve with quiche!
We have some ideas for what to eat with quiche, whether you’re whipping up a side to go with your neighborhood bakery’s quiche, or one you made yourself.
Quiche is usually a hearty, eggy “pie” that can be served any time.
And we can always use an excuse to throw a brunch.
You can make it for breakfast and brunch, enjoy it with a cup of coffee (I really like anything with coffee, though).
… or better yet, serve it for dinner when you need something hot and easy to whip up.
Sometimes quiche on its own is just not enough, though.
This is especially true if you plan to serve it for a couple of people for dinner, lunch, or brunch.
You can stretch a whole quiche to serve 8 people if you serve a couple of sides alongside it.
For that reason, we have compiled a list of our favorite sides for quiche that you can whip up in no time.
1. Green Salad
Thanks to all the eggs and cheese in it, a quiche is often a stick-to-your-ribs kind of meal.
This is why pairing it with a light green salad made with romaine, iceberg, or a mix of both, with just a few fresh vegetables can be a good idea.
Add a nice homemade ranch, blue cheese, or thousand island dressing, and you are good to go.
Make a salad with fresh greens and tangy vinaigrette, and you will have the perfect side to complement your quiche.
2. Classic Fruit Salad
If you have made a savory quiche, especially one with proteins like chicken or crab, pairing it with a fruit salad is a good option.
Depending on which fresh fruits are available in your region, make a simple chopped fruit salad or hot compote and serve it with your quiche and a glass of white wine.
Say hello to a balanced and refreshing meal thanks to this combination.
One perfect side for quiche is a bowl of fresh and sweet berries.
This pair will be most appropriate if you plan to serve quiche at a picnic or evening tea.
Though fresh berries on their own are excellent, you can go the extra mile by topping with fresh cream and powdered sugar, too.
4. Tossed Mixed Greens
You can buy one of those big rectangular containers of spring mix, organic or otherwise, for just a few dollars and you can serve a whole table of people with a side of tossed mixed greens.
I’ve recently discovered that Williams-Sonoma Meyer Lemon Olive Oil and Pampered Chef Cherry Balsamic Vinegar (I think it’s now been discontinued! 😞) together are -chef’s kiss-.
Plus a few dashes of simple steak seasoning make for one of the best-tossed spring mix salads I’ve had in ages.
I’m obsessed and I discovered it completely by accident.
Salt and seasoning is definitely the way to take a simply dressed salad from meh to WOW.
There are SO many ways to dress greens, and you can make the dressing as sweet as you want, add nuts and cut tomatoes, or just toss and serve with quiche, or let your guests serve the helpings they prefer.
Here’s our Champagne Vinaigrette that isn’t sweet at all, and would make a nice tosses greens side.
5. Tomato Soup
Soups go well with quiche, especially in fall and winter to add to the warmth and comfort of the meal.
However, a fancy soup can quickly become the main dish instead of the side.
So if you are making a quiche with a heavy cheesy filling, tomato soup would pair well.
If you make a Cheese Onion quiche, a tangy and classic tomato soup will taste great.
If you are familiar with La Madeleine’s restaurants, they’ve mastered the art of tomato soup with pastry-type lunches, and their quiche is no exception.
6. Roasted Vegetable Bisque
Combine in a blender several kinds of cooked vegetables, add sour cream, bacon, and chives to create tasty and excellent bisque.
Though this side takes time, it will be well worth it when you eat the bisque and quiche together.
7. Wedge Salad
Yes, the simple wedge salad with a nice chunk of iceberg lettuce, blue cheese dressing, and chopped cooked bacon and diced tomatoes. Simple, satisfying.
8. Pea Salad
I remember having Pea Salad at my aunt’s house as a child and not being too sure about shredded cheese in a cold salad.
And yet, now that I’m (almost) grown-up, this chilled and easy peasy (get it?) make-ahead salad.
It’s a nice side for simple Onion-and-Cheddar Quiche.
9. Three Bean Salad
This is a classic at potlucks back in the day.
If you’re throwing it down old school, grab your cans of cooked beans and get this one ready ahead, and pull it out just as you’re serving the warmed quiche.
10. Waldorf Salad
Ah, the salad that will forever ring in our hearts from the Hotel Waldorf Astoria.
We love food history here at CookingChew, and NYT reports: The salad, originally a mix of apples and celery tossed in a good-quality mayonnaise, was created for the hotel’s debut event, a charity ball in honor of St. Mary’s Hospital for Children on March 14, 1893.
The salty crunch of celery with the sweet apples and a simple mayo dressing has transformed over the years from creme fraiche in the 90s, to today’s base of an emulsified mixture of Dijon mustard, olive oil, champagne vinegar, egg yolk, and white truffle oil.
Today’s Waldorf Salad recipe is often dotted with marshmallows and mandarin oranges, which then become a different salad altogether.
This one’s a classic if you’re wondering what to serve with quiche.
11. Pudding Fruit Salad
Make this pudding fruit salad as sweet as you want, but for a touch of yum that goes nicely in bowls like these cuddle up next to your plates of quiche, this is the way to go.
This salad is easy to customize—leave out the stuff you don’t like, and add in the stuff you do, and make it your own.
Were you cooking in the 80s?
I was new at it, but I was at a Girl Scout potluck when someone said the lumpy, creamy salad was called Green Goddess Salad.
It was the 80s, barely coming off the 70s, so everyone was cooking with Jell-O.
It turned out to be a mixture of a packet of lime green jello, vanilla pudding, Cool Whip, a can of drained pineapple chunks, cottage cheese, and a can of fruit cocktail (also drained) and dotted with pistachio nuts.
It had a slight green cast, with green nuts.
Hence, our green goddess lives.
We know now that Green Goddess Dressing or Green Goddess Salad is not the pistachio-flecked pudding fruit salad famous at get-togethers that I grew up with.
And yet, if enough people believe in it, it must be true.
12. Cheesecake Fruit Salad
This is my invention.
I love fresh fruit salad.
I have (nearly) given up making food with canned fruit, even though canned peaches do still hold a place in my heart.
So fresh fruit it is, and I transform it into a cheesecake-flavored side dish, that is still less dessert and more accompaniment.
BONUS RECIPE: Soften one package of cream cheese for every 2 lb of cut fruit going into your salad.
Set aside all of your cut fruit. Remove your cream cheese from the fridge to soften.
To a large bowl, add ½ c of powdered sugar to the now very soft cream cheese and beat on low.
Add a dash of vanilla and a ⅓ c. of heavy cream or half & half. Blend until smooth and light.
It won’t be the consistency of frosting or whipped cream, but more like a cooked custard before it sets.
With a wooden spoon, a little at a time, fold in the fruit gently, continuing until all the fruit is coated in the creamy mixture.
Chill and serve cold, garnish with dots of whipped cream if desired.
So good and decadent, without the crust of the usual cheesecake.
13. Lemon Curd
This can be bought or made from scratch but my only rule with eating bright, creamy lemon curd by the spoonful is to have it chilled and spooned on the plate alongside a nice big slice of warm quiche.
Lemon curd is both tangy and sweet, and it brings out the best in a Spinach Quiche.
14. Grilled Asparagus
Yep, you can roast asparagus in the oven, but there is something special about grilling it on hot coals or even gas grills.
The char makes the asparagus crisp, so if you have the time and good weather, lightly oil enough asparagus so every guest gets three asparagus spears with their large cut of quiche.
Don’t double up on the asparagus—this will go wonderfully with a simple Crab Quiche (with no asparagus in it!).
15. Bacon-Wrapped Dates
So hearty, sweet, salty, satisfying.
I have to admit I love Bacon-Wrapped Dates with anything and everything.
Even though these tend to be both heavy on carbs, calories, sugar, and fat (that’s about everything, right?) I tell myself that I’m getting some fruit in for the day.
These may present better as an appetizer at your next brunch rather than a true side dish for quiche, but I wanted an excuse to add them to this list.
16. Rice And Fruit Salad
We were so surprised by this side dish recipe and how well it goes with quiche—cold or warm.
Renee’s a real fan of rice in all its forms, and it turns out that it is WONDERFUL with fruit.
I should have known, considering I’ve made Strawberry Rice Pudding Parfaits before and they were DELISH.
We’ve eaten this warm and cold, alongside grilled foods in the summertime.
One day I made a quiche and had it warmed up with a nice dish of this Rice And Fruit Salad on the side. OMG.
A must-try, and leftovers are pretty spectacular, too.
17. Chilled Cranberry Compote
I’ve been making Cranberry Compote for years, decades.
(Wait, how old am I??)
There’s something so piquant and delightful about the colorful cranberry, and my make-ahead, easy Cranberry Compote recipe goes with so many things, if I do say so myself.
This doesn’t use orange juice or orange zest in my original recipe, but I have added it to see what it does.
You can add any juice as it turns out, if you want that subtle flavor, but cranberry is an acidic flavor punch to your taste buds, so you may just want to save your juice.
But I digress. I’ve eaten this hot and cold, but you don’t need much to add a nice pop of flavor with your freshly baked quiche or your next-day reheated quiche.
This recipe is very tangy, so if you want to cut the acid, add a ½ c. table sugar to the recipe as it stands.
18. Green Goddess Salad
Is it a dressing, is it a salad?
Depending on who you ask, it’s both or either.
Ask NYT Cooking, and it’s an herb dressing—blended spinach and parsley (with anchovies!), but Bon Appetit recommends combining even more herbs (3 cups!) with yogurt, mayo, and capers.
It’s a gorgeous green color, and it will make a spectacular, gorgeous salad family-style on the table where your guests can serve themselves.
19. Garlic Bread
Sometimes something as simple as garlic bread can pair perfectly with a hearty and cheesy quiche.
A great thing about this quiche side dish is that it is easy and straightforward to prepare.
20. Corn Bread
A nice cornbread is easy to prepare and store if you plan to serve quiche for dinner, lunch, or brunch.
I’m not above a Jiffy mix, thank you very much.
21. Chicken Soup
If you are serving a lighter, cheese-free vegetable quiche, chicken soup will help balance the meal out.
Twice the comfort food chic, a chicken broth, Italian wedding soup, or chicken noodle will round out a slice of quiche, especially in the chilly months.
22. Sweet Potato Fries
Another simple side for quiche is sweet potato fries if you don’t want anything heavy and don’t want your quiche to take center stage.
Toss them in oil, black pepper, and salt, and bake them.
Kids and adults alike are sure to love this side!
Crunchy, cold, with either a creamy or vinegar bite, cabbage-based slaws add a pop of color to your plate, and a nice cut to that rich comfort food of quiche.
You really can’t mess up a slaw, either.
The cabbage, either green or purple or both, is sturdy and holds up well made hours before you are ready to serve.
Here are three of our favorite slaw recipes:
24. Savory Mashed Sweet Potatoes
This is our recipe for a sweet potato side that offers the tasty better-for-you potato in a not-so-sweet sidecar for quiche brunch.
We think this side for quiche is as easy to make and as it is absolutely delicious.
Add the Cranberry Compote to this, too, for a colorful and well-rounded fall meal.
25. Scalloped Potatoes
A nice saucy dish of Scalloped Potatoes are a nice touch, especially if you have a light-flavored quiche, maybe just a cheesy quiche, or a bacon quiche.
26. Grilled Peach Salad With Champagne Vinaigrette
Never thought grilled peaches were a thing until we just experimented one day because our charcoal grill was still hot and ready.
Here’s our take on what is a lightly sweet, delectable, and mouthwatering idea, and made an amazing salad out of it!
It’s a must-try.
27. Corn on the Cob
If you are wondering what to eat with quiche but don’t want to make anything time-consuming, then corn on a cob is an excellent option.
It is simple but tasty.
Take it up a notch with eloté.
28. Roasted Vegetables
If you are making a heavy and cheesy quiche, simple roasted vegetables, like okra, green beans, carrots, and potatoes, will be a tasty side dish.
Try roasting a big sheet pan of one-inch chunks of carrots, bell pepper, onion, asparagus, and sweet potato.
Toss in olive oil and sea salt, and roast uncovered for 25 minutes at 400°F.
Though not precisely a quiche side dish, beverages are an absolute must with quiche.
Wine, hot cocoa, tea, coffee, lightly flavored fizzy water, or fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice—practically any type of beverage makes quiche taste even better.
Grown-ups, try this Sparkling Vodka Cranberry Cocktail or one of Renee’s favorites, a Mexican Martini, which isn’t too sweet.
We hope this scrumptious list of sides for quiche answered your question about what to serve with quiche.
Depending on the type of quiche and ingredients you have added, we are sure that these delicious sides will pair well!
Let us know if you have favorite side dishes that go with quiche!
- Green salad
- Classic fruit salad
- Tossed mixed greens
- Tomato soup
- Roasted vegetable bisque
- Wedge salad
- Pea salad
- Three bean salad
- Waldorf salad
- Pudding fruit salad
- Cheesecake fruit salad
- Lemon curd
- Grilled asparagus
- Bacon-wrapped dates
- Rice and fruit salad
- Chilled cranberry compote
- Green goddess salad
- Garlic bread
- Corn bread
- Chicken soup
- Sweet potato fries
- Savory mashed sweet potatoes
- Scalloped potatoes
- Grilled peach salad with champagne vinaigrette
- Corn on the cob
- Roasted vegetables
- Pick two to three sides on the list.
- Gather the ingredients.
- Serve and enjoy!