If you’re looking for inspiration for what to serve with risotto, you’ve come to the right place.

We’ve selected 25 of our best sides, appetizers, and easy recipes to upgrade your risotto to main meal status.

25 easy sides for risotto with salads and veggies

Browse through this list and pick your favorite for your next serving of risotto: roasted and healthy vegetablesfresh salads, protein-rich dishes, and many more.

These recipes will give you new inspiration for what to serve with a creamy risotto.

Best Sides to Serve with Risotto

You can easily eat risotto as a main dish, simply pick your favorite(s) of these vibrant veggies and you'll quickly level up your risotto to dinner status!

Risotto as a side dish or main dish?

You can easily eat this Italian delicacy as a main meal or enjoy it as a starter. Here are some of the ways you can eat risotto:

  • Starter: Italians typically serve risotto as a primo piatto (starter) without veggies or sides.
    Serve risotto as the starter, followed by a plant-based main course, such as
    vegan pasta or any of these dinner ideas.
  • Main meal: Serve risotto for dinner by pairing it with an easy side salad, arugula salad, or pear salad.
    Risotto is a grainbased meal, and combined with greens and protein, you’ll get a complete and satiating meal.
Arugula salad with red apple

More Risotto Recipes

If you love risotto meals, take inspiration from these creamy and delicious Italian dishes:

For many more side dish ideas, check out our sides category page.

What to serve with Risotto: 25 Easy Ideas

By: Nico Pallotta
5 from 2 votes
Looking to find ideas for what to serve with risotto? We've got you covered with these side dishes, including vegetables, protein-rich dishes and salads.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American Italian


  • Check each individual recipe for ingredients required.
  • Cook your favorite recipe and serve with risotto.


  • 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.


Shirazi Salad (side dish & appetizer idea)


Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days.
You can eat them at room temperature or reheat them in the microwave. We do not recommend freezing these recipes.


Serving: 200g, Calories: 250kcal, Carbohydrates: 40g, Protein: 6g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg
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