10 Fast Sides That Turn a Frittata into Dinner

updated Sep 28, 2023
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Sautéed Swiss chard and chickpeas with pancetta, shallots, and a pinch of red pepper flakes in a large skillet
Credit: Joe Lingeman

While it’s easy to associate frittata with breakfast or brunch, I’ll argue that the Italian omelet makes an even better dinner. That’s because it’s the ultimate easy weeknight solution. Pull out all your odds and ends (leftover roasted veggies, a hunk of cheese, almost-wilted herbs) and pair them with a handful of eggs in a skillet, and in no time you have a wholesome, satisfying frittata.

While a wedge might not feel substantial enough for dinner, if you pair that wedge with a side dish that’s just as easy to make, the result is a well-rounded evening meal that wins. Here are 10 sides that work.

10 Easy Sides That Pair With Frittata

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Swiss Chard with Garbanzo Beans (Bietole e ceci)
A recipe for sautéed Swiss chard and chickpeas, flavored with pancetta, shallots, and a pinch of red pepper flakes.
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3-Ingredient Garlicky Red Potatoes
Thick chunks of red potatoes are tossed with a generous dusting of garlic powder, then finished with a squeeze of fresh lemon before they hit the table.
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Tomato and Feta White Bean Salad
A light and easy recipe for a no-cook tomato and white bean salad. Make it now before the season's tomatoes disappear!
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Arugula & Fennel Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Sometimes you crave the simplest of sides; when that happens, make this salad. It’s peppery and refreshing and won’t compete with your thick slice of frittata.

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Fiery Kale with Garlic and Olive Oil

The secret to making kale that’s exciting to dig into is to load it with garlic, add a bit of salty salami, and kick it up with red pepper flakes.

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Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Red Pepper and Corn

This quick side calls for white balsamic vinegar, but if that doesn’t happen to be a staple in your kitchen, you can easily substitute it with cider vinegar or even a squeeze of lemon.

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Green Salad with Orange, Avocado, and Red Onion

This green salad has a little more spunk to it, thanks to the addition of buttery avocado slices, spicy red onion, and juicy orange segments.

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Couscous Salad with Cucumber, Red Onion & Herbs

A pile of plain couscous would be a nice side for a frittata, but turning that couscous into a salad and adding veggies, herbs, and feta is an even tastier accompaniment.

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2-Ingredient Yogurt Drop Biscuits

If you have a tub of yogurt in your fridge and some flour in your pantry, you can make these biscuits. You can add some herbs or cheese to the dough, if you have it on hand, but these will still be awesome without them.

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Endive-Avocado Salad

Rich, buttery avocado is the perfect contrast to slightly bitter endive. Here they’re finished with a zippy lemon vinaigrette and plenty of chopped fresh chives.

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