These are all the best sides to go with lasagna! Fresh salad recipes and bright crisp-tender vegetables make it into a meal.
Not sure what to serve with lasagna to make it a meal? We’re here to help! Here at A Couple Cooks, Alex and I have spent years honing the craft of constructing a meal with the right sides. It’s not easy! You’ve got to complement and contrast the main dish with just the right flavors, colors, and ingredients. Even more important: it’s got to be easy enough to make while making the main event.
So to help fill your table: Here are all our top sides and salads to go with lasagna! They feature fresh, seasonal vegetables, with lots of salads to contrast the heavy, cheesy main dish. And there are a few veggie sides that come out crisp-tender and perfectly flavored, that you can make on the stovetop while the lasagna bakes. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started.
And now…our best sides to go with lasagna!
Top of the list in our sides to go with lasagna: Italian chopped salad! This one couldn't be a more perfect pairing, and it's easy to whip up. Homemade Italian dressing covers a mix of crisp romaine, tomatoes, shallot and Parmesan cheese shavings. The best part? Olives and jarred pepperoncini, which round it out with salty and tangy notes. Every time we serve it, this one gets big praise.
Looking for the best and easiest garlic bread recipe? This delectable side dish is a total treat food that goes perfectly with lasagna. It’s got just the right savory, garlicky flavor. It’s tender on the inside, and crunchy on top from broiling it with Parmesan cheese. Somehow, it’s only got less butter than most garlic bread recipes, so it’s a lighter spin on the classic. But most of all: it’s gosh darn delicious.
Here's an elegant salad to go with lasagna: and it’s quite possibly the easiest salad recipe you’ll make! You don’t even have to make a salad dressing for this easy arugula salad. In under 10 minutes, you’ve got an elegant salad that goes with literally everything. Dress baby arugula simply with olive oil and lemon juice, then add Parmesan shavings and thinly sliced shallots. Done! Simple, understated, and oh so good.
Classic is classic for a reason, and the classic wedge salad does not disappoint. Every time we serve it, people ooo and ahh. Because it really is perfection: the crunch of iceberg lettuce against the creamy, savory blue cheese dressing just makes sense. Not to mention it looks stunning! There’s a reason this salad has been impressing us all for 100 years.
This steamed cauliflower is flavored Mediterranean style, with bright lemon zest, olive oil and savory Italian seasoning. Steamed until crisp tender, it's seriously tasty. As a fresh and healthy option, it's a fantastic contrasting side to go with lasagna. (Or try the Instant Pot Cauliflower version.)
Here's another tasty salad to go with lasagna: this spinach apple salad is as easy as it is delicious! No one will believe it took minutes to put together. Start with a bed of greens and add crisp apple and pear. Our best balsamic vinaigrette covers it in tangy sweet goodness, and the best part? Maple-glazed walnuts or pecans! Just a few minutes in a hot skillet with maple syrup makes the nuts come out shiny and lightly sweet.
These green beans are a fabulous side to go with lasagna: whip them up on the stovetop while the lasagna bakes! They take only 10 minutes to put together and couldn't be easier. The beans are steamed until crisp tender, and mixed with lemon zest for brightness. (If you've got a pressure cooker, try our Instant Pot version.)
These truly are the best sauteed mushrooms, and the meaty flavor is perfect with lasagna! They're tender and juicy, with a brightness at the finish. Fresh thyme and oregano give an herby punch. Take one bite and you'll exclaim "Wow!"
Another great side to go with lasagna: broccoli! And this one is the best broccoli around. You'll steam it until it's bright green and crisp tender, then mix it with olive oil, red onion and feta crumbles. It's seriously simple to whip up while the lasagna bakes: it takes only 10 minutes! Or, use our Sauteed Broccoli or Roasted Broccoli methods. Or broccoli's elegant cousin, this Perfect Roasted Broccolini!
Last up in our sides and salads to go with lasagna: fennel orange salad! It features beautiful juicy oranges and a famous pairing: sliced raw fennel, which adds a subtle licorice essence. Throw it over greens with a few garnishes, top with a zingy homemade citrus vinaigrette, and wow! There’s so much going on flavor and texture-wise, it’s one of the most unexpectedly delicious salads we’ve ever made.
Italian Chopped Salad
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 8 1x
This Italian chopped salad is the perfect side to go with lasagna! Homemade Italian dressing, veggies and Parmesan cheese combine into one extraordinary salad.
- 1 recipe Homemade Italian Dressing
- 1 Romaine heart (3 cups)
- 5 cups leafy lettuce
- 1 large shallot
- 1 English cucumber (2 cups chopped)
- ½ cup cherry tomatoes
- ½ cup ripe green olives, halved
- ½ cup jarred sliced pepperoncini
- ¼ cup Parmesan shavings or shreds, plus more to serve
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional
- Make the Homemade Italian Dressing.
- Chop romaine and lettuce. Thinly slice the shallot. Peel and chop cucumber. Slice tomatoes and olives in half.
- Mix together all the ingredients for the salad, including the dressing, and toss to combine. If making in advance, refrigerate the components separately; bring the dressing to room temperature before serving.
- Category: Salad
- Method: Raw
- Cuisine: Italian
Keywords: Sides to Go with Lasagna, What to Serve with Lasagna, Salad to Go with Lasagna, Italian Chopped Salad
And some favorite lasagna recipes
Of course, we couldn’t leave you with only what to serve with lasagna! Let’s talk about our favorite lasagna recipes:
- Classic Vegetarian Lasagna A crowd pleaser! The easy spinach and ricotta cheese filling is classic and creamy.
- Favorite Vegan Lasagna No matter how you eat, this lasagna is incredible! Made with spinach, mushrooms, hummus and marinara sauce, it’s our favorite lasagna…ever.
- Spicy Kale Lasagna This homemade kale lasagna is hearty and filling, with a light back-end heat! Cottage cheese stands in as a twist on the classic ricotta filling.
- Mexican Lasagna Here’s a fun twist on lasagna: go Mexican style! Layered with lasagna noodles, corn, and black beans, it’s full of zesty flavor. If you’re pairing sides to go with this lasagna, try Mexican Coleslaw Recipe or Easy Refried Bean Dip.
- For a twist? Try Spinach Lasagna Roll Ups.
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