10 Side Dishes That Go Well with a Pasta Dinner

10 Side Dishes That Go Well with a Pasta Dinner

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Sheela Prakash
May 1, 2018
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Pasta doesn't need much to make it a crowd favorite at the dinner table, but it never hurts to add a salad or cooked vegetable to the situation to make the whole meal feel a bit more, well, whole.

These 10 simple recipes pair well with just about any pasta you're cooking and come together just as easily.

1. Jersey Salad

The garlicky croutons for this Italian-American-inspired salad can be made a few days ahead of time. It's worth making a double batch of them to top all your salads.

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2. How To Quickly Cook Spinach on the Stovetop

Sometimes all a pasta needs is a simple pile of sautéed spinach on the side to add just a bit of green goodness to the meal.

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3. The Ultimate Grilled Zucchini Salad

If you're making pasta, you likely don't have the grilled fired up. Instead, reach for a grill pan to make this Mediterranean-slanted salad inside.

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4. How To Make the Ultimate Classic Caesar Salad

It's hard to go wrong with a Caesar salad — especially as a side dish to a pasta dinner. This one is as classic as it gets.

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5. 5-Minute Blistered Tomatoes and Capers

While these super-quick, super-juicy tomatoes make a great side dish, we wouldn't argue with you if you decided to simply dump them right onto the pasta and make them the sauce.

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6. Braised Fennel & Shallots

These warm, caramelized fennel and shallots are rich with citrus and parsley. They are a nice change when you're tired of simply serving salad with pasta.

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7. Simple Arugula Salad

This salad is as easy as it gets and hardly needs a recipe: Toss peppery arugula with lemon juice and olive oil, pile shaved Parm on top, and dig in.

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8. Slow-Cooked Kale with Smashed Garlic & Red Onions

Slow cooking kale with whole garlic cloves and caramelized red onions deepens its flavor and makes it a side dish that could rival the pasta.

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9. Lemon-Pepper Asparagus

Adding thin slices of lemon and loads of black pepper to your usual baking sheet full of roasted asparagus is an easy way to give it a fresh new look.

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10. Lemony Salad with Radicchio & Pepitas

Radicchio adds a bit of a bitter kick to this salad that makes it extra refreshing and even easier to go in for another forkful of pasta.

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