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Here are all the best side dish recipes for what to serve with risotto! Green salads and crisp tender vegetables make it into a meal.

What to serve with risotto

Are you planning a meal with risotto? This creamy Italian rice dish is a stunning centerpiece to a meal, or as a side for fish or meat. But what sides to serve alongside it? It can be difficult to make risotto into a meal: especially if you’re looking to round it out as a vegetarian main dish.

Here’s a list of exactly what to serve with risotto! We’ve got crisp green salads with crunchy glazed walnuts, and bright lemony green beans. And if you’re in the mood for cozy indulgence, our best crispy garlic bread. Ready to get started?

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And some favorite risotto recipes

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Arugula Salad

Lemon Arugula Salad (& More Sides for Risotto!)

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 to 8 1x


What to serve with risotto? Lemon arugula salad! It comes together in minutes, and it’s the perfect fresh and tangy counterpoint to a meal.


  • ¾ cup Parmesan cheese shavings (about 1.5 ounces)*
  • 1 small shallot
  • 8 cups (5 ounces) baby arugula (do not use standard arugula, usually sold in bunches)
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice + zest of ½ lemon


  1. If necessary, shave the Parmesan cheese with a vegetable peeler. Thinly slice shallot.
  2. In large bowl, place the baby arugula, olive oil, lemon zest (optional), lemon juice, and kosher salt. Use your hands to toss everything so it’s evenly coated. Add the Parmesan shavings and shallot and toss for a few seconds until combined. Taste and add additional salt if desired.
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: Salad

Keywords: What to Serve with Risotto, Arugula Salad

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About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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