13 Satisfying Sides for Pizza Night
Love pizza night, but feeling like your weekly indulgence needs to be a little more well rounded? Try one of these creative sides to serve with your favorite slice. From traditional pizza sides, such as chicken wings and garlic bread, to more unusual picks like roasted cauliflower and baked feta, this collection of 13 pizza-friendly side dishes is sure to be a hit at your dinner table.
Shaved Asparagus and Fennel Salad with Meyer Lemon Dressing
Love asparagus, but growing weary of roasting it week after week? This bright, fresh salad pairs thinly shaved fresh asparagus with sliced red onion and fennel for a non-traditional take on spring's favorite veggie. Toss with our homemade Meyer lemon vinaigrette for a light and citrusy salad that goes well with pizza.
As far as pizza sides go, it's hard to beat classic garlic bread. Season melted butter with minced garlic, salt, pepper, and oregano, then brush on cut Italian loaves and bake in the oven until golden brown (approximately 8-10 minutes).
Zucchini Fries with Chipotle Mayonnaise
Add some extra veggies to your pizza dinner with these deep-fried zucchini fries featuring a homemade chipotle mayonnaise. Kids are sure to love the fries, but if they balk at the chipotle mayonnaise, simply serve with ketchup, ranch dressing, or another favorite dipping sauce.
Classic Caesar Salad
It's easier than you think to prep a delicious Caesar dressing at home. Toss the dressing with fresh greens, grated Parmesan cheese, and homemade croutons for a quick and easy side salad.
Baked Mozzarella Sticks
Prepackaged mozzarella "string cheese" sticks are the secret ingredient in these 4-ingredient baked mozzarella sticks. The ooey-gooey cheesy goodness and marinara dipping sauce make these sticks the perfect partner for a pizza pie slice.
Black Pepper-Parmesan Wedge Salad
Wedge salads are both an easy and elegant side dish for just about any meal, but especially for Italian-inspired dishes.
Simple Antipasto Platter
Antipasto platters featuring cured meats, cheeses, pickled veggies, and olives are a simple, no-cook appetizer when entertaining.
Try this light broccoli salad with creamy dressing, grapes, celery, and raisins. This quick and easy green salad is perfect for making ahead to enjoy for lunches to come. It is also a perfect side for entertaining. It's sweet and light, but still filling. This is a classic recipe, but you can add an original twist with toppings like cranberries, pistachios, or almonds. Pair it with a nice grilled chicken recipe for lunch or dinner.
Prosciutto and Melon Pasta Salad
This pasta salad features legume-based pasta, arugala, diced cantaloupe, prosciutto, and a dressing with some spice. Then the whole salad is topped with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
Roasted Broccoli with Garlic
Roasted broccoli is a simple and healthy side that is delicious served alongside a few slices of homemade pizza.
Baked Feta with Romesco and Olive Tapenade
Layer crumbled feta cheese with homemade romesco sauce and olive tapenade, then bake at 425 degrees until thoroughly heated (about 20 minutes). Briefly broil for an additional three minutes or so, or until the top is golden brown. Broiling foods can burn them quickly, so be sure to keep an eye on your oven.
Roasted Cauliflower with Olive Vinaigrette
Roasting the cauliflower lightly caramelizes the outer edges, giving the florets just a hint of sweetness that pairs well with the salty olive vinaigrette.
Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Dip
Classic chicken wings are a tasty, filling, and protein-packed side for carb-heavy pizza. Serve with blue cheese dressing—or if you don't care for blue cheese, substitute another creamy white dressing or sauce, such as ranch dressing or white barbecue sauce.