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    The 25 BEST Sides for Pizza

    What sides goes with pizza? We’re glad you asked!

    Pizza is one of America’s favorite foods. That’s why we’ve compiled this great list of easy Sides for Pizza that will perfectly compliment your pie.

    You’ll find all the classics like garlic knots, various salads, soups and wings on this Pizza sides list. Plus, we’ve hunted down some unique recipes that will become your new favorites.

    Go through all of these great pizza sides, whichever one you pick it’ll be a hit!

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    The Best Sides for Pizza:

    1. Chicken Wings

    Somehow wings make such a great side for pizza. Maybe it’s because you’re already eating with your hands!

    In any case, they are certainly one of the top companions for your pie.

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    2. Cherry Tomato Confit

    Bunches of cherry tomatoes, heavy glugs of olive oil, a handful of garlic cloves, a few herbs… That’s all you need for this beauty coming out of your oven… Cherry Tomato Confit!!

    The tomatoes are great to plop in your mouth, and the olive oil is a perfect crust dipper.

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    3. Antipasto Salad

    If you always hover over the antipasto bar in your grocery store, this salad is for you. It’s full of different flavors and textures from salami, tomatoes, artichokes, pepperoni, olives and cheeses with a delicious homemade Italian dressing.

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    4. Tortellini Pasta Salad with Prosciutto

    This gorgeous Tortellini Pasta Salad is one dish that looks as great as it tastes. It’s so quick and easy, yet such a crowd pleaser.

    This is a hearty side that’s perfect when you’re hosting a crowd for pizza night.

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    5. Ribollita

    This stew-y thick, rich Italian soup includes white beans, some seasonal fall and winter vegetables, and is layered with slices of day old bread. It’s all finished with copious amount of extra virgin olive oil.

    Another one of our favorite Italian soups to pair with pizza.

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    6. Cherry Tomato Gratin

    This Cherry Tomato gratin is the newest star on your spread. It’s the perfect combination of easy, tasty and pretty.

    You’ll want to gobble it up before the guests arrive!

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    7. Antipasto Pasta

    This Antipasto Pasta Salad is easy and perfect side dish for your next pizza party. Feeds large crowd and loved by everyone. Make a big batch and you are all set.

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    8. Caprese Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

    These big ol’ Caprese Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms are tender, fleshy goodness stuffed to the brim with everyone’s classic summer favorite… Caprese!!

    They’re great if you want a little more veggie power in your pizza night.

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    9. Caesar Salad

    f you want to master your salad game, this easy Caesar Salad recipe is a MUST!

    Perhaps the most famous and popular salad on the planet, Caesar is so simple, yet so tasty. All you need is lettuce, croutons, parm cheese, and an awesome dressing. We have it for you!

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    10. Zuppa Toscana

    Soup is a great pizza side dish, and out of all of them, this Zuppa Toscana is our favorite. It’s creamy and super flavorful. YUM!

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    11. Caponata

    You will love the combination of savory, sweet and tart flavors in this creamy eggplant caponata, with summer veggies like onion, tomatoes, olives and more!

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    12. Cucumber Avocado Tomato Salad with Pesto

    Every good pizza deserves a great salad, so that’s why we put our Cucumber Avocado Tomato Salad high on this list.

    It has a tasty pesto dressing, which keeps that Italian theme going.

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    13. Marinara Sauce

    More than just a topping, marinara is great alongside your pizza as well. When we get down to the crust, we love to have some warm marinara sauce to dip it in.

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    14. Garlic Knots

    Your favorite pizza shop side dish, made in your very own oven! Basil and garlic transform this basic roll into a delectable treat.

    As the aromas drift through your kitchen, you will be waiting eagerly to pop them in your mouth as soon as they come out of the oven.

    Get the Recipe @ jocooks

    15. Fried Calamari

    As well as being one of the most popular restaurant appetizers all around, fried calamari goes especially well with pizza.

    This recipe will teach you how to cook it perfectly, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.

    Get the Recipe @ dinneratthezoo

    16. Meatballs

    These easy baked Italian Meatballs are simple to make and make for the ultimate Italian themed appetizer. So YUM!

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    17. Toasted Ravioli

    Toasted Ravioli… What a brilliant idea! Simple meat ravioli is coated in seasoned bread crumbs and then crispy fried. No wonder it’s one of the most popular appetizers at Olive Garden!

    Get the Recipe @ copykat

    18. Popcorn Shrimp

    A restaurant appetizer favorite, these popcorn shrimp are mini shrimp that are breaded and then fried until golden and crispy. Once you try one, you’ll have a hard time stopping!

    Get the Recipe @ dinneratthezoo

    19. Smoked Mozzarella Fonduta

    Smoked Mozzarella Fonduta is a baked blend of cheese, tomatoes and seasoning. It’s another great dip for your pizza crust.

    Get the Recipe @ tastesoflizzyt

    20. Marinated Olives

    Marinate your favorite olives in garlic and lemon infused olive oil with a hint of red pepper flakes. They have the company of some almonds too.

    Make this super simple, tasty addictive and healthy tapa and get that tapas party going with ease.

    Get the Recipe @ theendlessmeal

    21. Creamy Garlic Mushrooms

    These Creamy Garlic Mushrooms are ridiculously easy to make, and are so versatile. Serve them as a party appetizer, or have them over steak, tossed with pasta, on pizza, or any other way you can think of!

    Get the Recipe @ thecookierookie

    22. Breadsticks (Olive Garden Copycat)

    These Olive Garden copycat bread sticks are even better in homemade form! They go great alongside your favorite soup or Italian dinner. They’re soft, fluffy and chewy, and and have a great garlic butter topping!

    Get the Recipe @ cookingclassy

    23. Italian Meatball Pull Apart Bread

    Guaranteed, this Italian Meatball Pull Apart Bread recipe will be a huge hit at your next potluck or game day party!

    Meatballs, canned biscuits, marinara and garlic butter combine for a fun and super delicious dish.

    Get the Recipe @ carlsbadcravings

    24. Grilled Italian Sausage Kabobs

    When it’s grilling season, some great kabobs are always a perfect menu item. These Italian sausage kabobs require only 5 ingredients, and will go great next to your pizza.

    Get the Recipe @ theseasonedmom

    25. Jalapeño Poppers

    Are you wanting to spice things up? Why not make these Jalapeño poppers? The fresh and spicy jalapeño peppers are stuffed with a rich cheese filling, and then finished off with flavorful bacon and crispy seasoned panko.

    Get the Recipe @ cookingclassy

    So there you go, twenty five great pizza side dishes. The only question now is, which will you try for your next cookout?

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    25 BEST Sides for Pizza

    This list of Sides for Pizza includes all of your favorites like salad and garlic knots, as well as some new ideas to try. We love these easy wings:


    • 2.5 lb chicken wings
    • 1 Tbsp chicken bouillon powder
    • 1 Tbsp Montreal chicken seasoning
    • 1 Tbsp dried parsley
    • 1 tsp garlic powder
    • 1 tsp pepper
    • 1 tsp paprika
    • salt to taste
    • 2 Tbsp oil
    • 4 Tbsp butter
    • 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • 1/4 tsp red chili flakes
    • 3-4 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
    • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese


    1. Pre heat the oven to 425°F.
    2. Pat the cut wings with a paper towel, removing as much moisture as possible. Toss with oil, chicken bouillon, Montreal chicken seasoning, dried parsley, pepper, paprika and salt.
    3. Set a wire rack on top of a baking sheet, and spray the wire rack with cooking spray. Place the wings skin side down on the wire rack and bake for 20 minutes. Flip them and bake another 15-20 minutes, or until wings are crisp.
    4. While wings are cooking, make the sauce. Melt butter in a pan over medium heat along with garlic. Cook till garlic starts sizzling, stirring it to make sure it doesn’t burn. Once it starts sizzling, add in parsley and pinches of red chili flakes.
    5. Add baked chicken wings into the sauce and give it a good toss so they’re coated with garlic butter all over. Take off the heat and stir in freshly grated parmesan.

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