Pork tenderloin is such a versatile and easy to prepare protein. However, sometimes coming up with tasty side dishes that complement it can be a challenge. That’s why we’ve rounded up our top picks to serve with it.
From simple roasted vegetables to hearty grains and, these sides have something for every taste. Whether you’re looking for a quick weeknight meal or an impressive dish to serve guests, these pairings are sure to become new favorites for pork tenderloin nights.
Let’s dive into the best sides for complementing this lean and flavorful cut of meat.
What to Serve with Pork Tenderloin
1. Roasted Asparagus
These easy Roasted Asparagus are an essential veggie side dish you need in your repertoire. They’re the perfect accompaniment to pork tenderloin, and they’re so easy!
While asparagus are great any way, be it steamed, blanched or sautéed, something special happens when you roast them. So good!
Get the Recipe: Roasted Asparagus
2. Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes
Mashed potatoes kind of go with everything, don’t they?
This easy recipe is an essential side dish that everyone needs to master. And to give it an extra boost, we’ve added goat cheese.
Get the Recipe: Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes
3. Creamed Spinach
This Creamed Spinach is going to be the new star of your side dish spread. It’s creamy, cheesy, and oh so comforting.
With just a few simple ingredients you can easily whip up this recipe, which is so much better than store bought.
Get the Recipe: Creamed Spinach
4. Mango Salsa
Pork goes so well with something sweet and fruity on the side. Our mango salsa is no exception.
All you need to do is some chopping and mixing.
Get the Recipe: Mango Salsa
5. Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
We just love this Mediterranean Quinoa Salad. It’s a great alternative to the usual old pasta or potato salads.
Give this one a try tonight, and see how easy these flavors come together.
Get the Recipe: Quinoa Salad
6. Cucumber Avocado Tomato Salad with Pesto
Spring and summer demand colorful, light, refreshing salads. So here it is our Cucumber Avocado Tomato Salad, but with major flavor bender… delicious basil pesto dressing.
It will be one of your new favorite salads to serve with pork tenderloin.
Get the Recipe: Cucumber Avocado Salad
7. Saffron Rice
Elevate your basic side dish with this simple and easy Saffron Rice recipe. You’ll be amazed how much flavor your humble grain can have.
This beautiful and fragrant rice is a showstopper side dish that will make any meal more special. It’s perfect for company meals and special occasions.
Get the Recipe: Saffron Rice
8. Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Why Sweet Potato Mash? Nowadays, regular potatoes seem out! But sweet potatoes are in!! BIG TIME IN!!!
Why not? It’s super yum, it’s healthy and nutritious… result? Your good old potatoes are taking a back seat to this new age healthy option.
Get the Recipe: Mashed Sweet Potatoes
9. Mediterranean Pasta
This Mediterranean Pasta is your new weeknight best friend. It’s super quick, like 20 minutes quick, and has great flavors the whole family will love.
It goes great with pork tenderloin, or just about anything else!
Get the Recipe: Mediterranean Pasta
10. Cannellini Beans
This Cannellini Beans recipe is the best, hands down! Creamy, buttery beans are enhanced with plenty of fresh herbs, garlic, parmesan, cherry tomatoes, and a good dousing of good ol’ EVOO.
Give your favorite white beans a big time upgrade. We think you’re going to come back to this one again and again…
Get the Recipe: Cannellini Beans
11. Moroccan Couscous
Give regular couscous a colorful makeover by adding a bunch of veggies and earthy Moroccan spices.
This Moroccan Couscous is not only an ideal dish next to any of your chicken, beef or fish dishes, but it can be a stand alone light vegetarian lunch option.
Get the Recipe: Moroccan Couscous
12. Wedge Salad
This Wedge Salad recipe is a real classic, and for good reason!
Bright, crispy lettuce, homemade blue cheese dressing, sweet cherry tomatoes, and don’t you dare forget the bacon!
It’s the perfect side dish for a huge variety of mains, and it’s one of the easiest salads you’ll ever make.
Get the Recipe: Wedge Salad
13. Mexican Street Corn Salad
Our Mexican Street Corn Salad is a great accompaniment to pork.
It’s sweet and savory, creamy and cheesy, and even a little bit spicy. Once you try it, you’ll be making it again and again!
Get the Recipe: Elote Salad
14. Caesar Salad
If 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, crotons, parm cheese, and an awesome dressing. So good!
Get the Recipe: Caesar Salad
15. Cheese Grits
Cheese Grits… the ultimate Southern side dish! This creamy and comforting corn-based delight is a staple in the south.
This one deserves a spot in every cook’s collection. It’s one of our favorite sides for pork tenderloin!
Get the Recipe: Cheese Grits
16. Green Beans Almondine
Green Beans Almondine is a beautiful side dish where vibrant French style green bean are tossed with brown butter, almonds, shallots, garlic and a squeeze of lemon.
Once you try it, you’ll be coming back again and again.
Get the Recipe: Green Beans Almondine
17. Roasted Baby Potatoes
Oven Roasted Baby Potatoes take next to no effort, and are the ideal side dish for just about anything.
Tossed with olive oil and fresh herbs, you can have these easy potatoes are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and seasoned to perfection!
Get the Recipe: Roasted Baby Potatoes
18. Tabbouleh Salad
If you’re looking for a new salad recipe, we have just the one… Tabbouleh!
This famous Levantine salad is bursting with herby flavors from plenty of fresh parsley, veggie power from tomatoes and cucumber, and it has a hearty bite from bulgur wheat.
And once you drizzle on that easy homemade dressing… perfection!
Get the Recipe: Tabbouleh
19. Greek Salad
This traditional Greek Salad recipe, known to the locals as Horiatiki, is one of our summertime favorites!
Crisp cucumbers, sweet cherry tomatoes, red onions, briny olives and capers, creamy feta, and a simple herb dressing. That’s all it takes. And the results are top notch.
Get the Recipe: Greek Salad
20. Grilled Zucchini
Your favorite summer squash has never been more delicious. A little bit of seasoning is all it takes, then let your grill work its magic.
Once you try it, we bet you’ll be pairing it with just about everything!
Get the Recipe: Grilled Zucchini
21. Peach Salsa
What to do with all the peaches life gives you when they are in season? Simple… make this Peach Salsa.
It’s fresh and sweet, it’s addictively delicious and it’s colorful and pretty to take it to all your summer potlucks and poolside parties.
Get the Recipe: Peach Salsa
22. Hawaiian Macaroni Salad
How many of you know that Macaroni Salad, aka Mac Salad, is an iconic staple side dish in Hawaii?
It’s just made in a very unique Hawaiian style. Soft and tender macaroni becomes plump and luscious when drenched in a very unique dressing for hours, so all the delicious flavors absorb into the noodles by the time you serve it…
Get the Recipe: Hawaiian Mac Salad
23. Fasolakia (Greek Green Beans)
Fasolakia, or Greek Green Beans, will make you wonder how simple green beans can be so wonderfully delicious.
But believe me, this Greek recipe might change the way you think about this humble vegetable.
Get the Recipe: Fasolakia
24. Cuban Black Beans
These Cuban Black Beans, or Frijoles Negros, are the ultimate side dish you need if you want to master Cuban cooking.
They’re a staple, along with rice, with all of their famously flavorful main dishes. But don’t worry, these black beans are so easy.
Just a few pantry staples is all you need to get this Caribbean classic on the table…
Get the Recipe: Frijoles Negros
25. Asian Cucumber Salad
How about some refreshing, crisp and crunchy salad loaded with bold, umami flavors?
This Asian Cucumber Salad is a perfect appetizer or side dish for all your Chinese or Thai mains, or just something to munch and cool off on any summer day.
Get the Recipe: Asian Cucumber Salad
26. Corn Casserole
This easy 5 ingredient Corn Casserole is a great southern style side dish, and takes next to no effort. Seriously, just mix up the ingredients, then stick it in the oven.
It’s a versatile dish that would go great on a holiday spread. But it’s so good, you just might want to eat it all year long!
Get the Recipe: Corn Casserole
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