10 Best Sides to Go with Pizza

Need a few easy side dishes for your pizza party? Here are the best sides to go with pizza, from Italian chopped salad to homemade ranch.

Best sides to go with pizza

Ready for a pizza night? It’s deceptively difficult to find the right sides to go with pizza. Salad is a natural, but it’s got to have the right vibe. And it can’t be so much effort that it takes away from the main event! Alex and I have pizza nights often, but it’s harder than we think to find the right side dishes to accessorize with our meals. We also try to make sure they’re not overly bread-y or cheesy: since there’s so much of that in our pizza night already.

Here we’ve compiled our best sides to go with pizza! You’ll find that even within this list, the vibes of the sides vary. If you’re going for a family-friendly with kids, try our Healthy Ranch Dressing with veggies and our Classic Cheese Pizza. For a fancy night of entertaining, go for our classy Blackberry Balsamic Salad with a Truffle Pizza. You’ll find something for everyone here.

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Here are our best sides to go with pizza!

Number one in our top sides to go with pizza: our best kale salad! Here dark leafy green Tuscan kale is combined with a tangy lemon and garlic dressing. The way the dressing coats the kale helps to mellow its flavor, so it's not bitter at all. Add some shaved Parmesan and this is salad perfection.

Pair with: Best Healthy Pizza

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Here's another salad with just the right vibe for pizza: this favorite chopped salad! Crunchy romaine lettuce is drizzle in zingy Homemade Italian Dressing, and paired with thinly sliced shallots, cucumber, tomato, and Parmesan cheese. The best part? Tangy sliced jarred pepperoncini, which bring in the Italian chopped salad vibe. This one is a favorite we've made again and again (we're not just saying that) and it always gets rave reviews.

Pair with: Perfect Homemade Margherita Pizza or Pesto Pizza Recipe

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If you want a quick healthy side for pizza that's kid and adult friendly, try this Healthy Ranch Dressing. It's seriously full of flavor, and comes together in just 5 minutes. The trick? Using plain yogurt and mayonnaise, which helps to cut on some calories. Serve it with carrot sticks and sliced bell peppers, and the veggies will be gone in no time.

Pair with: Homemade Cheese Pizza or Best Ever Taco Pizza (make a double recipe -- the ranch tops this one!)

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Want a fancier vibe to go with your pizza? This blackberry salad is classic and chic, featuring our Best Balsamic Vinaigrette with tangy black berries, creamy goat cheese, and smoked almonds. Served on a bed of baby spinach and arugula, it's perfect for

Pizza pair: Truffle Pizza or Mushroom Pizza with Fresh Herbs

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Steamed broccoli is a perfect healthy side dish with pizza! This recipe takes 10 minutes to whip up and results in bright green, crispy tender broccoli. Stir together with feta cheese and red onion for a stunning side. (If serving with vegan pizza, omit the feta.)

Pizza pair: Best Vegan Pizza

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Here's a way to dress up your pizza party: with wedge salad! This one's a unique spin on a classic wedge: it's smothered in smoky ranch dressing and topped with sundried tomatoes and crushed potato chips. Just WOW.

Pizza pair: Italian Pizza with Pesto or Artichoke and Cherry Tomato Pizza

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Earthy, sweet roasted beets with tangy goat cheese make a healthy and delicious pair with pizza. Here the beets are drizzled with a little olive oil and topped with chopped chives. Use store-bought cooked beets for a timesaver (or use the Instant Pot). Another option: our tasty Beet Salad with Balsamic Dressing.

Pair with: Spinach Artichoke Pizza

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Shaved Brussels sprouts make sweet, feathery greens and combined with a tangy vinaigrette, they're a seriously tasty salad! This one tastes like a vibrant bowl of confetti, dotted with bursts of apple and pomegranate seeds.

Pair with: Veggie Supreme Pizza

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Though it looks a little like rice, orzo is actually a small pasta in the shape of rice! Here, we’ve harnessed all the flavors of Greece for this orzo salad: salty feta cheese, Kalamata olives, and of course, powerhouse herbs like mint and dill! It's perfect to serve alongside a pizza pie.

Pair with: Mediterranean Pizza

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Topped with a creamy homemade Caesar dressing and crispy cornbread croutons, this kale Caesar salad recipe is one salad you won’t want to stop eating! The dressing is delightfully creamy and the croutons seriously crunchy. It makes pizza night complete!

Pair with: Veggie Pizza with Avocado or Perfect Neapolitan Style Pizza

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Kale salad

Tuscan Kale Salad


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 3 to 4 1x

Description

The best side to go with pizza is this incredible Tuscan kale salad! A dressing of lemon, garlic and Parmesan cheese transforms kale into tangy goodness.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 large bunch Tuscan kale (about 8 ounces)*
  • 1 very small or 1/2 medium garlic clove
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lemon (3 to 4 tablespoons juice, plus zest)
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • Homemade croutons (optional)

Instructions

  1. Wash and dry the kale. Then destem and roughly chop the kale leaves.
  2. Peel and mince the garlic clove. Sprinkle it with the kosher salt, then holding the blunt edge of the knife, scrape the sharp edge of the blade over the minced garlic, holding the knife at an angle and mashing the garlic into a paste.
  3. Place the paste in a medium bowl. Add the olive oil, lemon juice, red pepper flakes, and fresh ground black pepper, and whisk to combine. Add the Parmesan cheese and stir to combine.
  4. Toss the dressing with the kale leaves. Serve topped with lemon zest (and additional Parmesan cheese, if desired).  If desired, serve with homemade croutons.

Notes

*1 bunch of kale makes a moderate serving size of 4: consider doubling the recipe if feeding hungry eaters.

Adapted from 101 Cookbooks

  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Sides to Go with Pizza, Tuscan Kale Salad, Kale 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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