What goes with ribs? We’re glad you asked!
Ribs are one of our favorite foods, but as much as we all love them, some great side dishes can really round out the meal.
That’s why we’ve compiled this list of great Sides for Ribs from GypsyPlate and around the internet.
From classics like mac and cheese, coleslaw and pasta salads, to some unique parings you may not have thought of, you have so many options.
Go through all of these great recipes, so you’ll always know what to serve with ribs!
What to Serve with Ribs:
1. Creamed Corn
We’re starting our list of rib side dishes with this amazing homemade creamed corn. Made with fresh corn, it’s so creamy and full of flavor.
This side dish is addictively good. It will make a great addition to your Thanksgiving and Christmas spreads, but is a must in summer when that sweet corn is in season
2. Green Bean Almondine
This dish not only makes your humble green beans fancy, but it’s absolutely delicious and elegant in its simplicity.
Vibrant French style green beans tossed with brown butter, toasty almonds (that’s where almondine comes from), shallots, garlic and a squeeze of lemon to brighten it in the end.
This creamy Creole Coleslaw is a great variation on that classic potluck side dish. Your traditional slaw gets a zippy upgrade.
Bring this to your next get together and guests will be asking for the secret to your slaw!
Sufferin’ succotash! This classic American side dish goes back centuries.
The main ingredients are corn kernels and lima beans, but regional variations include other vegetables and meats such as bacon or corned beef.
5. Squash Casserole
Mildly flavored sweet squash folded into a creamy, cheesy sauce and topped with buttery cracker topping (and yes, Ritz is the best)… people will be going for seconds and thirds!
Easy and delicious, this is one of our favorite sides for ribs.
6. Dirty Rice
Dirty Rice is a famous dish in Creole and Cajun cuisines. White rice gets a “dirty” color from bits of meat and a generous dose of seasonings.
It’s a super delicious recipe that’s packed with flavor. And although it’s usually served as a side dish, we love it as a main.
7. Cucumber Avocado Tomato Salad with Pesto
Get some veggies power going with this Cucumber Avocado Tomato Salad. It’s enhanced with a flavorful pesto dressing and fresh mozzarella pearls. So good.
8. 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!
9. Rainbow Pasta Salad
Make this colorful pasta for your next rib cookout. You can’t get easier than this Rainbow Pasta Salad. We love the final touch of feta in there…
10. Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes
Creamy, buttery, fluffy mash! Everybody’s favorite something you grew up on… that made-’em-a-million-times, tried and tested family affair. This time, try it with the slight little flavor twist of goat cheese. Yum level achieved!
11. Mexican Street Corn Salad
This Mexican Street Corn Salad is going to be the new star at all of your cookouts and potlucks.
When everyone else shows up with yet another pasta or potato salad, the crowd will gather around these amazing flavors that come from just a few simple ingredients.
12. Arroz con Gandules
This Arroz con Gandules recipe may be my new favorite rice dish!
Tender rice with pigeon peas, generously flavored with salted pork, sofrito, olives, tomato sauce and some great Latin seasonings.
13. Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
This Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is the light and tasty side dish you need this summer.
A simple mix of quinoa, a few veggies, some Mediterranean staples, and a zesty lemon dressing is all it takes.
14. Brunswick Stew
This hearty southern Brunswick stew is a great accompaniment to burgers. If you love barbecue flavors, this is sure to become one of your new favorites.
But go with a cup, rather than a bowl. Otherwise you might not have room for the burger!
15. Habichuelas Guisadas (Puerto Rican Stewed Beans)
This Habichuelas Guisadas (Puerto Rican Stewed Beans) are the tastiest beans you will ever eat, seasoned with tomato, sofrito, sazon and adobo.
Once you try your beans the Puerto Rican way, you may never eat them any other way again…
16. Macaroni Salad
Macaroni Salad is another one of the staple sides for fried fish.
This version is extra creamy and extra tangy. Make a big batch, and enjoy the leftovers for days!
17. Caprese Salad
There is nothing so simple, yet delicious as a salad out of your juiciest and sweetest ripe summer tomatoes. Make this Italian classic. Simple, yet colorful and vibrant Caprese salad!!
Get all the colorful tomatoes and layer them with mozzarella and basil leaves with a drizzle of sweet and tangy balsamic reduction. Take this to your table and see all get impressed with minimum efforts on your part.
18. Olivier Salad Recipe – Russian Potato Salad
This olivier salad recipe is an easy and delicious twist on potato salad! It has carrots, sausage, eggs, and peas, and the dressing is a creamy mayonnaise with fresh dill.
Get the Recipe @ tatyanaseverydayfood
19. Honey Lime Rainbow Fruit Salad
This Honey Lime Rainbow Fruit Salad outstanding. Fruit salads are a summer staple and the honey and lime dressing on this one is absolute perfection.
You’ll love the sweet freshness alongside your ribs.
Get the Recipe @ cookingclassy
20. Homemade Strawberry Lemonade
The ultimate summer refresher, made easier and healthier! Lemon juice is blended with ripe strawberries and naturally sweetened with agave nectar to create the perfect balance of tart and sweet.
This Strawberry Lemonade is bright and fresh with a beautiful pink hue makes a delicious fresh drink for summer.
Get the Recipe @ therecipecritic
So there you go, twenty great sides for ribs. Which one will you try first?
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What to Serve with Ribs (20 Great Sides)
This list of Sides for Ribs includes all of your favorites like mac and cheese, as well as some new ideas to try. We love this zippy Creole slaw:
- 16oz coleslaw mix
- 3/8 cup mayonnaise
- 2 Tbsp Creole mustard
- 2 Tbsp Creole seasoning
- 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp sugar
- In a large bowl, mix together mayo, mustard, Creole seasoning, vinegar and sugar until well combined.
- Add in coleslaw mix and toss well.
- Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving.
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