27 Side Dishes That Go Great with Grilled Steak

27 Side Dishes That Go Great with Grilled Steak

For a special summer dinner or just a random Wednesday night, there's nothing better than steaks on the grill. But while your beef might be the main attraction, you can't live on steak alone. With that in mind, we have plenty of ideas for delicious summer sides that will complement that perfectly browned and charred T-bone, rib-eye, or Porterhouse. You can give the classic potato side a salt-and-vinegar update, or add a cool, crunchy slaw to keep things light. And if you need a refresher, here's how we grill the perfect steak.

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1. Light & Easy Broccoli Salad

Bordering on coleslaw, this broccoli salad recipe provides the perfect light crunch to go with your steak.

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2. Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Cilantro Pesto

Think of this like a new take on meat and potatoes. The thick cilantro pesto is tasty enough that you'll want to slather it on everything.

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3. Crispy Salt & Vinegar Potatoes

For a slightly more traditional take on steak and potatoes, but one that won't bore your dinner guests, try this take on fingerling potatoes. They have a bit of a bite that's irresistible.

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4. How To Bake Eggplant Fries

This has been the summer of veggie fries, and eggplant gets the treatment, too. Try this recipe once and you might never go back to potato fries.

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5. Summer Squash Gratin

We've hit the part of the summer where zucchini and summer squash are in abundance, and this is one of our favorite dishes for making use of them. You can bake any of your favorite varieties into this gratin.

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6. Grilled Onion, Potato, and Bacon Skewers

If you already have the grill fired up, skewers or kebabs just make sense. Yes, you could go for all veggies, but believe us, your dinner guests will be happy to have those bacon slices, too.

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7. Tomato Chickpea Salad

This simple salad can be tossed together while the steak is grilling. Just be sure to crisp up the chickpeas on the stove for an added crunch.

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8. Lemon Quinoa with Currants, Dill & Zucchini

This simple grain salad combines some flavors that you might not normally expect, but it pairs well with a simple steak. It also makes a great vegetarian main course.

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9. Potatoes, Green Beans, and Corn with Lemon-Brown Butter Dressing

This combination of flavors is one of our favorites for summer. Just make sure you're using fresh corn for the best possible version of this dish.

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10. Broccolini with Butter Beans

Save yourself some effort and cook this side dish in the cast iron skillet on your grill itself. Just be sure to preheat the pan so the broccolini gets fully charred.

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11. Cheesy Whole-Grain Biscuits

Don't forget about the carbs! These cheesy biscuits go well with everything, but especially with a meal from the grill.

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12. Creamy Spinach Bake

This is a slightly more comfort food-focused side dish than we normally prepare in the summer, but a few of those rare cool nights call for this decadent dish.

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13. Grilled Radicchio with Creamy Cheese

Radicchio is rarely the star of the dinner plate, but this side puts it front and center. Grilling wedges of the leafy vegetable helps tame the bitterness. Plus, we'll never say no to cheese sauce.

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14. Roasted Green Beans with Harissa

Add a bit of spice to your traditional steak dinner with this green bean recipe. If you don't want to turn on the oven, you could just as easily grill the green beans as well.

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15. Baked Summer Squash

Served alongside steak or pasta, this gratin-style squash recipe is a winner. Bread crumbs and Parmesan give it just the right amount of richness and crunch.

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16. New Potatoes with Herbs and Anchovy Butter

Don't let the anchovy butter scare you away from this dish — it adds just the perfect amount of salty, umami flavor to the new potatoes. You could also sub in fingerling potatoes if you prefer.

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17. Arugula, Pear, and Blue Cheese Salad with Warm Vinaigrette

Don't overlook the simple salad as a perfect steak side dish. This version makes use of in-season arugula and the first round of pears.

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18. Grilled Okra with Spicy Chipotle Dipping Sauce

To be fair, we almost prefer to serve this as an appetizer before our steak dinner. We know okra might not be for everyone, but this version is the one to try.

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19. Roasted Potatoes, Radishes & Fennel with Lemon-Brown Butter Sauce

Roasting radishes helps tame their biting flavor, and adding fennel to the mix gives this dish a whole new depth that you wouldn't get with just plain ol' roasted potatoes.

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20. Grilled Carrots with Lemon and Dill

Save a corner of your grill for this mouth-watering side dish. Carrots and dill are pretty much made for each other, and the caramelized flavor in this dish is perfect.

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21. Pickled Yellow Squash

You'll have to plan ahead a bit to serve this alongside your steak. These pickled squash slices take a couple of hours to chill and marinate, but are better if left at least overnight.

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22. Kerala Spiced Peas

If you're lucky enough to find fresh peas at the farmers market, make this basic Indian recipe. The mix of cumin, coriander, and cardamom is a refreshing change of pace to the normal steak side dish flavor profile.

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23. Potato Salad with Yogurt, Arugula, and Dill

If you're craving a creamy potato salad but want to skip the mayo, look to yogurt instead. We also love adding salad greens to the mix to lighten things up.

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24. Lima Beans with Cumin-Mint Dressing

If you have a garden full of mint, this side dish is a no-brainer. Try to use fresh or frozen lima beans for the best flavor and texture. You'll start to question why lima beans have gotten such a bad rap.

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25. Miso Potato Salad with Yellow Wax Beans

Give your potato salad a dose of umami flavor by mixing miso paste into the yogurt-based dressing. It is the perfect savory foil to the starchy potatoes and crisp wax beans.

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26. Tomato & Squash Gratin

Yes, you could stick with a simple squash gratin, but adding in fresh heirloom tomatoes takes this side to a whole new level.

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27. Tomato Salad with Red Onion, Dill, and Feta

Imagine this cool and colorful mix of summery tomatoes, onions, and feta next to a big juicy steak. I think it's fair to say these are the meals we wait all year to enjoy.

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