30+ Side Dishes That Go Great with Grilled Steak

30+ Side Dishes That Go Great with Grilled Steak

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For a special summer dinner or just a random Wednesday night, there's nothing better than steaks on the grill. But while your beef might be the main attraction, you can't live on steak alone. With that in mind, we have plenty of ideas for delicious summer sides that will complement that perfectly browned and charred T-bone, rib-eye, or Porterhouse.

You can give the classic potato side, a salt-and-vinegar update, or add a cool, crunchy slaw to keep things light.

If you need a refresher, here's how to grill the perfect steak.

1. Easy Grilled Sweet Potatoes

This is how to serve sweet potatoes in the summer! Once they pick up that irresistible smoky char from the grill, the rounds are tossed with a sweet and spicy dressing that really kicks up dinner.

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2. Grilled Parmesan Broccoli

Marinating the broccoli in lemon juice and olive oil not only adds flavor, but it also acts as a glue that keeps the grated Parmesan cheese from falling off.

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3. Tangy Carrot Slaw

The best thing about this Dijon-spiked slaw is that the longer it sits, the better it gets, so go ahead and assemble it the night before you're planning to grill steak and you won't have to fuss about it when you're focused on the main.

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4. Herbed Smashed Cucumbers

Smashing cucumbers may sound odd, but it helps break them down just enough so that they're extra ready to soak up the creamy yogurt and dill dressing.

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5. The Ultimate Grilled Zucchini Salad

Toss zucchini slices on the grill first, then let them hang out in the lemon-oregano dressing so they absorb all its flavor while you cook the steak.

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6. Light & Easy Broccoli Salad

Bordering on coleslaw, this broccoli salad recipe provides the perfect light crunch to go with your steak.

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7. Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Cilantro Pesto

Think of this like a new take on meat and potatoes. The thick cilantro pesto is tasty enough that you'll want to slather it on everything.

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8. Crispy Salt & Vinegar Potatoes

For a slightly more traditional take on steak and potatoes, but one that won't bore your dinner guests, try this take on fingerling potatoes. They have a bit of a bite that's irresistible.

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9. How To Bake Eggplant Fries

Veggie fries are all the rage and here eggplant gets the treatment. Try this recipe once and you might never go back to potato fries.

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10. Summer Squash Gratin

This is a light take on classic gratin as it eschews the usual cream and simply relies on grated Parmesan, garlic, and shallots for flavor and panko breadcrumbs for crunch.

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11. Grilled Onion, Potato, and Bacon Skewers

If you already have the grill fired up, skewers or kebabs just make sense. Yes, you could go for all veggies, but believe us, your dinner guests will be happy to have those bacon slices, too.

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12. Tomato Chickpea Salad

This simple salad can be tossed together while the steak is grilling. Just be sure to crisp up the chickpeas on the stove for an added crunch.

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13. Lemon Quinoa with Currants, Dill & Zucchini

This simple grain salad combines some flavors that you might not normally expect, but it pairs well with a simple steak. It also makes a great vegetarian main course.

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14. Potatoes, Green Beans, and Corn with Lemon-Brown Butter Dressing

This combination of flavors is one of our favorites for summer. Just make sure you're using fresh corn for the best possible version of this dish.

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15. Broccolini with Butter Beans

Save yourself some effort and cook this side dish in the cast iron skillet on your grill itself. Just be sure to preheat the pan so the Broccolini gets fully charred.

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16. Cheesy Whole-Grain Biscuits

Don't forget about the carbs! These cheesy biscuits go well with everything, but especially with a meal from the grill.

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17. How To Grill the Best Corn on the Cob

No matter how you dress it up, you can never go wrong with partnering your steak dinner with a few ears of grilled corn on the cob.

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18. Grilled Radicchio with Creamy Cheese

Radicchio is rarely the star of the dinner plate, but this side puts it front and center. Grilling wedges of the leafy vegetable helps tame the bitterness. Plus, we'll never say no to cheese sauce.

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19. Roasted Green Beans with Harissa

Add a bit of spice to your traditional steak dinner with this green bean recipe. If you don't want to turn on the oven, you could just as easily grill the green beans as well.

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20. Baked Summer Squash

Served alongside steak or pasta, this gratin-style squash recipe is a winner. Breadcrumbs and Parmesan give it just the right amount of richness and crunch.

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21. New Potatoes with Herbs and Anchovy Butter

Don't let the anchovy butter scare you away from this dish — it adds just the perfect amount of salty, umami flavor to the new potatoes. You could sub in fingerling potatoes if you prefer.

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22. Arugula, Pear, and Blue Cheese Salad with Warm Vinaigrette

Don't overlook the simple salad as a perfect steak side dish. This version makes use of peppery arugula and juicy pears.

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23. Grilled Okra with Spicy Chipotle Dipping Sauce

To be fair, we almost prefer to serve this as an appetizer before our steak dinner. We know okra might not be for everyone, but this version is the one to try.

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24. How To Grill Even Better Asparagus

Flawless grilled asparagus starts with thick stalks and threading a skewer through the stalks so they don't fall through the grill grates.

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25. Grilled Carrots with Lemon and Dill

Save a corner of your grill for this mouth-watering side dish. Carrots and dill are pretty much made for each other, and the caramelized flavor in this dish is perfect.

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26. Pickled Yellow Squash

You'll have to plan ahead a bit to serve this alongside your steak. These pickled squash slices take a couple of hours to chill and marinate, but are better if left at least overnight.

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27. Sour Cream and Dill Cucumber Salad

Come summer, cucumber salad always has a place at the table. This version is gilded with a tangy dressing you'll love dragging your steak through.

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28. Potato Salad with Yogurt, Arugula, and Dill

If you're craving a creamy potato salad but want to skip the mayo, look to yogurt instead. We also love adding salad greens to the mix to lighten things up.

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29. Miso Potato Salad with Yellow Wax Beans

Give your potato salad a dose of umami flavor by mixing miso paste into the yogurt-based dressing. It is the perfect savory foil to the starchy potatoes and crisp wax beans.

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30. Tomato & Squash Gratin

Yes, you could stick with a simple squash gratin, but adding in fresh tomatoes takes this side to a whole new level.

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31. Minty Snap Pea Salad

This crisp, refreshing salad is studded with bite-sized balls of milky mozzarella, which means it may just steal the show from the steak.

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32. Summer Vegetable Grain Salad

Even better than dinner are the leftovers. Top the leftover grain salad with a few strips of steak and you've got a winning lunch.

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33. Tomato Salad with Red Onion, Dill, and Feta

Imagine this cool and colorful mix of tomatoes, onions, and feta next to a big juicy steak. I think it's fair to say you know it's going to be a winner.

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