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65 Delicious Side Dishes That Pair Perfectly with Pork Roast

updated Apr 23, 2024
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Pork loin roast might be the smartest meal to serve when you’re feeding a crowd. If you like pork chops or pork tenderloin, this cut will be right up your alley. Though it calls for a longer cook time, pork loin is simple enough to cook on a weeknight and more economical than beef tenderloin or prime rib.

How to Buy Pork Loin

If you’re buying a pork loin roast for the first time, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind. Loin roasts are typically between two and four pounds, and you’ll want to plan on about 8 ounces of meat per person. You may also see it labeled as center cut pork loin roast (a boneless cut), center cut pork roast, or center cut rib roast (a bone-in cut).

How to Cook Pork Loin

When looking up recipes, it’s important to remember that pork loin is different than pork tenderloin, which is thinner and smaller. Pork loin roasts are larger and lend themselves to slow-roasting in the oven or being cooked in the slow cooker, rather than over high heat.

Pork Roast Side Dishes

The real question is – what are the best sides to serve with your pork roast? We’ve got you covered with 65 of our favorite side dishes that are not only easy to make, but also taste delicious alongside your roasted pork loin. Bonus: these side dishes also pair well with roasted pork tenderloin!

Potato Side Dishes for Pork Roast

What’s a pork roast except an excuse to make and eat mashed, roasted, or scalloped potatoes? Sweet potatoes are no exception!

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Classic Mashed Potatoes

Is there nothing more comforting and delicious than mashed potatoes? This creamy side dish is the perfect pairing for a roasted pork loin.

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes

An easy, step-by-step guide to making creamy mashed sweet potatoes sweetened with maple syrup.

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English Jacket Potatoes

The secret to the best ever baked potatoes? Cook them like the British do.

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Baked Sweet Potatoes

The easiest, simplest way to make the best baked sweet potatoes every time.

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Dauphinoise Potatoes

Creamy, cheesy, and crowd pleasing dauphinoise potatoes are practically impossible to dislike. This classic French dish is simple yet indulgent, and pairs perfectly with a pork crown roast.

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Scalloped Potatoes

Skip the roux! This easier version of this cheesy classic is so much better. The cozy casserole bakes up with a golden-brown top and super-tender sliced potatoes that are suspended in a creamy, thyme-flecked sauce.

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Parmesan Potatoes

Melted Parmesan takes these roasted potatoes to a whole new level.

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes

In the hierarchy of all the ways to cook a sweet potato, perfectly roasted chunks will forever sit at the top of our list. These caramelized cubes crackle when you bite through the crisp surface and into the creamy center.

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Garlic Confit Mashed Potatoes

Garlic confit improves just about everything, including these buttery mashed potatoes.

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Brown Butter Miso Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Mixed with nutty brown butter and deeply savory miso paste, these fluffy potatoes will be the dinner MVP.

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Cheesy Skillet Domino Potatoes

Thin slices of potatoes are doused in a cheese-bolstered cream mixture and baked in a skillet until it becomes a crispy and tender gratin-like dish that everyone will love.

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Crispiest Skillet-Fried Potatoes

The secret to these impossibly crispy potatoes? Not baking or boiling. All you need is a skillet and a lid (yes, really) to pull off these perfect spuds. Serve them with a slow cooker pork roast for a meal the whole family will love.

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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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Colcannon (Irish Potatoes and Cabbage)

Learn how to make colcannon — a classic Irish side dish of mashed potatoes and cabbage dressed with browned butter.

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Lemon Butter Melting Potatoes

Inspired by melting potatoes, thick slices of potatoes get tossed with a lemony herb butter and cooked in a hot oven, creating a crispy, snappy crust on the outside.

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Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Cream cheese upgrades classic mashed potatoes into the creamiest, dreamiest side.

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Garlicky Parmesan Sweet Potatoes

For this super-simple side dish, thick chunks of sweet potato are roasted and then dusted with a snowy layer of nutty Parmesan that turns irresistibly crisp around the edges after a few minutes under the broiler.

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Hot Honey Butter Smashed Potatoes

Boiled baby Yukon gold potatoes are tossed in a mixture of melted butter, honey, hot sauce, and red pepper flakes, then smashed, roasted until crispy, and brushed with more butter before serving.

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Cheesy Baked Mashed Potatoes

These creamy baked mashed potatoes are loaded with two kinds of cheese and are make-ahead-friendly.

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Fondant Potatoes

An easy, impressive recipe for restaurant-quality fondant potatoes made with just five staple ingredients.

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Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes

Inspired by classic twice-baked potatoes, we switched out the standard russet potato with sweet potatoes.These baked sweet potato boats prove that a little extra time in the oven can pay off.

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Loaded Mashed Potatoes

If you're looking for a seriously impressive way to upgrade your basic mashed potatoes, take inspiration from loaded baked potatoes with all the fixings.

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Cheesy Garlic & Herb Smashed Sweet Potatoes

Thick rounds of sweet potato are seasoned, smashed, and roasted, creating crispy-edged medallions with creamy, tender centers. The sprinkling of Parmesan cheese creates a crunchy topper on every round, almost like a little frico to go along with every bite.

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Ranch Roasted Potatoes

These super-crispy roasted potatoes have a magical sauce of butter, mayonnaise, and ranch seasoning mix.

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Vegetable Side Dishes for Pork Roast

Remember the roast is the star of the table, and sometimes it’s best to keep the sides simple. You can’t go wrong with something fresh and vibrant, like green beans, glazed carrots, and creamed corn.

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Easy Green Beans

Make this simple recipe your go-to side dish for your roasted pork loin.

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Glazed Carrots

This classic vegetable side dish comes together in minutes.

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Creamed Corn

Sweet corn kernels simmered in butter and cream is better than anything from a can.

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Roasted Asparagus

Simply seasoned with salt, pepper, and lemon, it’s the easiest way to prepare the spring vegetable.

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Bourbon-Glazed Carrots

Buttery, brown sugar- and bourbon-glazed carrots are what you pair with your roast pork dinner when you’re going for something fast and fancy. The bourbon and brown sugar bring out the natural sweetness of the carrots.

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Maque Choux

A warm sauté of sweet corn, peppers, and onion enriched with heavy cream and topped with crispy bacon that’s often served in Louisiana.

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Roasted Broccoli

If you’re looking for a simple side dish that pairs perfectly with roasted pork loin, make this super-easy roasted broccoli.

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Melting Cauliflower

If you love roasted cauliflower, you must try melting your cauliflower. Melting cauliflower takes inspiration from the brilliant technique used for melting potatoes.

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Easy Sautéed Savoy Cabbage

Savoy cabbage leaves are sautéed in butter for an easy side dish that pairs perfectly with roasted pork tenderloin.

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Cheesy Baked Asparagus

Tender spring asparagus baked under creamy Alfredo sauce until bubbly and browned is the ultimate spring side.

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Parmesan Crusted Carrots

Sweet, jammy roasted carrots get a salty, crispy Parmesan crust.

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Green Beans Almondine

Snappy blanched green beans served with sautéed shallots and buttery sliced almonds.

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Creamed Spinach

Tender baby spinach, mixed in a flavorful cream sauce, makes one of the best and easiest side dishes for holiday dinners.

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Fried Cabbage

Cabbage, bacon, and a couple of spices join forces for a quick and easy, smoky-sweet vegetable side dish that will forever change the way you think about cabbage.

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Roasted Parmesan Asparagus

Roasted asparagus is a quick and easy side dish for any night of the week. We add a little Parmesan and garlic for some serious crave-worthy veggies.

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Easy 10-Minute Garlic Broccolini

The vegetable, often called baby broccoli, isn’t just immature broccoli — instead it’s a hybrid of broccoli and Chinese broccoli.

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Caesar Roasted Broccoli

Toss roasted broccoli with homemade Caesar dressing, then shower it with toasted breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese for the ultimate side dish.

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Easy Sautéed Kale

If you have yet to master sautéed kale, here's your recipe.

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Miso Butter Glazed Carrots

Miso is a fantastic ingredient that makes simple roasted carrots into something magical.

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Sautéed Brussels Sprouts

These perfect Brussels sprouts have a little bit of char and are perfectly crisp-tender: cooked all the way through with a little crunch remaining.

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Melted Cabbage

Cabbage wedges are seared, then baked until the leaves become meltingly tender and caramelized just enough around the edges.

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Sautéed Broccoli Rabe

This step-by-step recipe for easy sautéed broccoli rabe involves quickly blanching to reduce bitterness.

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Blistered Green Beans with Pickled Shallots and Toasted Breadcrumbs

Fresh green beans are stir-fried until blistered, then tossed with tangy pickled shallots and topped with crunchy, salty breadcrumbs.

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Sautéed Mustard Greens

Tender sautéed greens are an easy go-to vegetable side everyone should know how to make.

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Salads and Slaws for Pork Roast

These crunchy salads and slaws balance out the juicy pork and rich potatoes on the plate.

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Cucumber Salad

This is the side you’re going to want alongside your roasted pork tenderloin.

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Cabbage and Apple Slaw with Honey-Lime Dressing

Great slaw can upstage salad whenever it gets a chance. This one, full of sweet and crisp apples and dressed with honey and lime, pairs perfectly with roasted pork loin.

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Spanakopita Kale Salad

With briny feta crumbles, crunchy toasted walnuts, and zippy herbs, this chopped kale salad tastes just like spanakopita, the iconic Greek savory pie.

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Apple-Bacon Slaw

This easy slaw of crispy bacon, crunchy cabbage, and sweet apples pairs perfectly with a honey-glazed pork tenderloin.

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Roasted Cauliflower Salad

We don’t know who needs to hear this, but salads are not just an assortment of raw vegetables! One of the most common misconceptions with salads is that you have to eat a little pile of leaves. This roasted cauliflower salad says otherwise.

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Ginger Cabbage Slaw

Whip up this quick and simple slaw as a bright side to your slow-roasted pork shoulder.

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Broccoli Bacon Salad

Broccoli shows off its versatility in this crunchy, nutty make-ahead salad, but the real star is the sweet, creamy dressing.

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Honey-Mustard Almond and Dried Cherry Slaw

An easy slaw using shredded cruciferous vegetables, almonds, and dried cherries in a tangy honey-mustard dressing.

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Pea Salad

Put together this potluck-friendly salad in just 20 minutes.

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Asparagus Salad

This vibrant salad takes full advantage of sweet spring asparagus. It’s a celebration of the season’s bounty: crisp asparagus, sweet green peas, tender leeks, and lots of fresh herbs.

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Sour Cream and Dill Cucumber Salad

This classic cucumber dill salad is made creamy thanks to a tangy sour cream dressing.

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Green Bean Salad with Farro and Crispy Shallots

This green bean salad pairs snappy green beans with nutty farro and purple radicchio. Finish the salad with buttery toasted hazelnuts, crispy fried shallots, and a dressing that’s so good you’ll want to eat with a spoon.

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Marinated Feta-Beet Salad

These sweet roasted beets are loaded with fresh herbs and feta cheese.

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Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad

This twist on classic Caesar salad features shredded Brussels sprouts and homemade croutons.

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Crunchy Cabbage Slaw with Farro, Pecorino, and Dates

A make-ahead friendly salad made with crunchy red cabbage, shredded kale, dates, farro, and Pecorino cheese.

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