Pork loin might be the smartest roast to serve to a crowd. It is more economical than beef tenderloin or prime rib, and it's easier to roast without the worry of overcooking. So the real challenge in serving a pork loin roast for a dinner party — whether it's a holiday dinner or not — is what to serve on the side.
Never fear! We've got 15 of our favorite side dishes that are not only easy to make, but also taste delicious alongside your perfectly cooked pork loin roast.
Potatoes and Other Starchy Goodness
What is a dinner party except an excuse to make and eat mashed, roasted, or creamed potatoes? Sweet potatoes are no exception, but don't forget that a starchy side can also be creamy cauliflower, baked mac and cheese, or even a lush ladle of buttery grits.
- Stovetop Rustic Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- Rosemary Roasted Potatoes
- How To Make the Creamiest Mashed Cauliflower
- Garlicky Parmesan Sweet Potatoes
- Make-Ahead Creamy Mac & Cheese Casserole
- Polenta Florentine
- How To Make Grits in the Slow Cooker
Salads and Slaws
Yes, you can steam green beans or roast some broccoli and both would be equally welcome next to a roast pork loin, but let me suggest a salad or slaw instead. Hear me out, because I'm not talking about an ordinary side salad. Make a hearty salad with grains or lentils or try something tart and tangy like a refreshing slaw featuring crisp vegetables. All of these options expertly balance out the juicy pork and rich potatoes on the plate.