10 Side Dishes That Go Well with a Pasta Dinner

(placeholder)
(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

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.

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.

(placeholder)
(Image credit: Lauren Volo)

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.

(placeholder)
(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

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.

(placeholder)
(Image credit: Jeff Roffman)

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.

(placeholder)
(Image credit: Brie Passano)

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.

(placeholder)
(Image credit: Coco Morante)

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.

(placeholder)
(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

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.

(placeholder)
(Image credit: Sara Kate Gillingham)

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.

(placeholder)
(Image credit: Lauren Volo)

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.

(placeholder)
(Image credit: Faith Durand)

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.

Loading...
Loading...