10 Best Sides to Go with Lasagna

These are all the best sides to go with lasagna! Fresh salad recipes and bright crisp-tender vegetables make it into a meal.

Sides to go with lasagna

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.

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A unique variation on the traditional wedge salad, here's a fantastic salad to go with lasagna. This iceberg wedge is slathered in smoky homemade ranch dressing and topped with sundried tomatoes, blue cheese crumbles, and chives. The best part? It's all sprinkled in crumbled potato chips, which add a salty crunch.

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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.)

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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! Just 1 to 2 minutes in a hot skillet with maple syrup makes the nuts come out shiny and lightly sweet.

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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.)

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This tossed salad has all the right contrasting colors, textures and flavors! There's red and green onion, radish, cucumber, and carrot, leafy greens, and sunflower seeds for a crunch. Add Homemade Croutons and top with one of our best salad dressings. Some popular options: Creamy AvocadoBest BalsamicHomemade Ranch, Blue Cheese, or Honey Mustard.

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Here's an elegant salad to go with lasagna: our blackberry balsamic salad! This one features ripe blackberries, creamy goat cheese dollops, and crunchy almonds. We used smoked almonds here for a subtle smoky element. Top it with our Best Balsamic Vinaigrette and it's delightfully savory sweet.

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Here's another salad to go with lasagna that has a fall and wintery vibe! Thinly slices Brussels sprouts makes feathery wisps that make a delicious salad: it tastes almost like a sweeter version of cabbage! Add apple and pomegranate seeds, and top with a tangy vinaigrette dressing. It's a vibrant bowl of fresh, healthy ingredients that contrasts against the rich and gooey cheese of lasagna.

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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!

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Last up in our sides and salads to go with lasagna: this Italian-style kale salad! This really is the BEST way to eat kale! A tangy vinaigrette of lemon, garlic and Parmesan cheese transforms Tuscan kale into tangy goodness. You won't want to put your fork down.

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Chopped salad

Italian Chopped Salad


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x

Description

This Italian chopped salad is the perfect side to go with lasagna! Homemade Italian dressing, veggies and Parmesan cheese combine into one extraordinary salad.


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Ingredients

  • 1 recipe Homemade Italian Dressing
  • 1 Romaine heart (3 cups)
  • 5 cups leafy lettuce
  • 1 large shallot
  • 1 English cucumber (2 cups chopped)
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup ripe green olives, halved
  • 1/2 cup jarred sliced pepperoncini
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan shavings or shreds, plus more to serve
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional

Instructions

  1. Make the Homemade Italian Dressing.
  2. Chop romaine and lettuce. Thinly slice the shallot. Peel and chop cucumber. Slice tomatoes and olives in half.
  3. 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

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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