If you're looking for side dishes for pizza, you've come to the right place. We've selected 25 of our best sides, appetizers, and easy recipes, that complement pizza perfectly.
Browse through this list and pick your favorite for your next pizza party: roasted and healthy vegetables, fresh salads, easy toppings, and many more. These recipes will surely give you new inspiration for what to serve with pizza.
BEST RECIPES TO SERVE WITH PIZZA
Vibrant, fresh and raw - this zucchini salad is a perfect side dish with crusty pizza. It's a quick way to increase your veggie intake - and it's enjoyable to eat too!
Tomato Cucumber Onion Salad
A crunchy, refreshing, simple dish that you can enjoy as a starter or as a side dish with pizza.
Panzanella salad is a traditional Italian summer dish made with simple seasonal vegetables and leftover stale bread and it's a great side salad for pizza.
Fennel and orange salad
Fennel and orange salad is a crunchy, fresh, and light salad to be served as a side dish or as a starter before pizza. Make this salad in autumn and winter, when the oranges are sweet and the fennel fresh and crunchy.
Red Cabbage Slaw
An easy, crunchy, and comforting salad with apples and optional addition of candied walnuts. A colorful slaw for autumn and winter that pairs well with pizza.
Tomato confit is made for pizza and focaccia. Eat it either as a side dish or on top of your pizza bianca (white pizza).
Roasted Brussels sprouts with maple syrup
Another vegetable favorite that pairs well with pizza: roasted Brussels sprouts covered in a maple syrup vinaigrette. They're a delicious side for the holidays and for a quick everyday dinner.
If you're planning a pizza party, this roasted eggplant pizza recipe is a handy starter and appetizer. Quick to make, oven roasted and fun to eat - a real crowd-pleaser!
Air Fryer Green Beans
Need a side dish or pizza that's ready in 15 minutes? No problem, air fryer green beans are a quick and simple recipe to enjoy all year round, made with fresh or frozen green beans.
Italian Salsa Verde
Pizza goes amazingly well with Italian herbs and spices. Drizzle a little Italian salsa verde on top of your pizza, or serve it with a side salad for added green color and bold flavor.
Air Fryer Zucchini
Ready in 20 minutes, this air fryer zucchini recipe is a juicy side dish for pizza. You can even add the zucchini as a topping on your pizza for extra greens.
Sautéed asparagus is a vibrant spring dish and it's a perfect addition to your pizza dinner! It's a quick and easy recipe for asparagus on the stovetop cooked with olive oil, crushed garlic, salt, and pepper.
Crunchy, aromatic, and delicious, this roasted zucchini recipe is one dish that is easy to prepare and goes well with any meal. Our favorite ways to serve it are with pizza, lasagna, or risotto.
Roasted eggplant is an easy, delicious side that complements a variety of main dishes, and it's perfect as a vegetable topping for pizza. You can also serve it as an appetizer with marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese on top.
Air Fryer Asparagus
Asparagus and air fryer are made for each other, and this air fryer asparagus recipe is proof of that. It's quick, healthy, and, most importantly, delicious, especially served next to a slice of pizza.
When steamed artichokes melt in your mouth, they are creamy and with a mild flavor, slightly nutty, and a little sweet. A perfect appetizer for pizza and most Italian main meals.
Bright green, juicy, and packed with flavor, steamed asparagus is a delicious and healthy side dish you can make in less than 10 minutes with basic ingredients.
Kale Chips With Lemon and Garlic
A crispy and fun side dish for pizza! Our kale chips in the oven are made with whole leaves of cavolo nero, also known as black kale. For seasoning, we use lemon, garlic, and chili flakes.
Oven Roasted Broccoli
Oven roasted broccoli is so tasty you won't believe it's actual broccoli. Perfect for pizza parties and game nights, they are perfect as a pre-dinner appetizer, snack, or side dish.
Roasted bell peppers
Roasted bell peppers are a delicious recipe that can be served as an antipasto, a side dish, or can be used as a topping for many other recipes like pizza and pasta.
Sauteed eggplant is the best way to cook eggplant on the stove, with simple ingredients, and in just 20 minutes. The hearty tomato flavor and tender eggplant pair perfectly with any kind of pizza.
Air Fryer Eggplant
The air-fried eggplants are slightly charred on the outside and soft and tender on the inside. You can make this recipe yours using your favorite herbs and spices, and it's an easy side for pizza.
Olive Tapenade is a delicious spread to serve with crostini or crackers. It's perfect for an easy and tasty appetizer before pizza and to serve on a cozy weekend dinner.
Use sauteed zucchini in pasta or on pizza, you'll want to learn how to sautée zucchini on a pan in just about 10 minutes and get ready for the next zucchini season.
Vegan Chickpea Salad
This vegan chickpea salad is an easy and nutritious dish. Make it in just 15 minutes with simple, fresh ingredients and a refreshing lemon vinaigrette. A perfect starter, appetizer, and side dish for pizza!
How to store sides for pizza: Most of these sides keep for 3 days in the refrigerator, best if stored in an airtight container. We usually reheat it in the microwave, but a pan with a dash of water would do too.
How to reheat: Most of these recipes can be reheated in the microwave, on a pan with a dash of water. Check the individual recipes for full make ahead, reheating, and storage instructions.
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What is a good appetizer with pizza?
Simple salads, easy soups, and dips make your pizza dinner stand out and bring color to your table. Try pairing your pizza with one or more of these easy appetizers - they will please kids and adults too:
- Eggplant zaalouk is a great pairing with crostini
- Zucchini soup served with homemade croutons
- Italian caponata served with chickpea farinata
- Shaved brussels sprout salad with walnuts and mustard vinaigrette
- Vegan ricotta cheese served on its own or with toasted bread
- Crostini served with a bowl of vegan pesto
- Stuffed eggplant with cheese and fresh tomatoes
- Red cabbage slaw with candied walnuts
If you're planning a pizza party, check out these mini pizzas, flatbread pizza, or no-knead focaccia. They are tested and true recipes with many different pizza topping ideas.
For many more side dishes ideas, check out our sides category page.
25 Best Side Dishes for Pizza
- Check each individual recipe for ingredients required.
- Try something new for your pizza party! Cook your favorite recipe and serve with pizza.
- How to store: Keep these meals stored in the refrigerator, ideally in an airtight container, for up to 3 days.
- How to reheat: Warm it up on the stovetop or in the microwave. Before serving garnish with fresh herbs, salt and pepper,
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