Stuffed peppers are a versatile dish that can be varied to suit any palate, but they can often be lacking when it comes to sides.
That’s why we have rounded up our favorite Side Dishes for Stuffed Peppers so you don’t have to worry about what else is on the plate!
Whether you’re looking for something hearty and comforting or light and nutritious, there is something in this list of sides for stuffed peppers that will please your palate.
Be sure to give them a try!
What to Serve with Stuffed Peppers
1. 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.
It’s one of our favorite prime rib side dishes.
2. Caesar Salad Recipe
No salad can get as simple as Caesar!! You can make homemade croutons and make it tad bit more special. The good dressing is the key for a good Caesar.
One of the all time classic salad recipes!
3. Roasted Asparagus
These easy Roasted Asparagus are an essential veggie side dish you need in your repertoire. They’re the perfect accompaniment to your grilled or roasted meats, and they’re so easy!
While asparagus are great any way, be it steamed, blanched or sautéed, something special happens when you roast them. That caramelization adds a whole extra layer of umami flavor.
4. Fettuccine Alfredo
This Fettuccine Alfredo is the BEST, hands down! It’s pure creamy Italian bliss that you won’t be able to get enough of.
Forget the jarred stuff, this homemade alfredo is super quick and easy to make with basic ingredients. And it tastes even better than any restaurant.
Whip up a batch of this pasta delight, and get ready for rave reviews!
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!
6. Steak Fries
These easy baked Steak Fries are a breeze to make, and go with just about anything. They may be the perfect side dish.
You’ll love these tasty potato wedges, which are perfectly seasoned, then baked to crispy perfection.
Skip the oil and the mess, our homemade steak fries are here to make your life easier, and healthier!
7. Cheese Grits
Cheese Grits… the ultimate Southern side dish! This creamy and comforting delight is a staple in the south, and deserves a spot in every cook’s repertoire.
They go great with so many things, and can be enjoyed with any meal of the day. You can cook them up in no time with quick cook grits, or simmer stone ground grits low and slow for the ultimate treat.
Grits are also very forgiving. With a few simple tips, you’ll have them perfected every time…
8. 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.
The next time those fresh salad cravings hit, go the Greek way… the Horiatiki way!
9. Fried Green Tomatoes
If you’re from the South, these Fried Green Tomatoes are a must in the summertime!
Well seasoned and super crispy on the outside, with a tender and succulent inside, they’re perfect as an appetizer or side dish, or even just an anytime snack.
Fried Green Tomatoes isn’t just the name of a movie from the early 90’s, they’re one addictive treat that you just have to try!
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.
It can be your favorite new meatless main dish, or you can serve it as a side. And it whips up in next to no time.
11. 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!
12. Roasted Broccoli
This easy oven Roasted Broccoli recipe is going to boost your side dish game big time! It’s tender and perfectly seasoned, and that little bit of caramelization takes it over the top.
Just fresh broccoli, a little olive oil, and some simple seasonings are all you need. And it’s super versatile, and can go with just about anything.
It will be one of your top sides for stuffed peppers!
13. Pesto Pasta
Get your hands on the biggest bunch of some fresh basil. Whip up a quick Pesto Sauce and swirl it with the pasta of your choice. That’s it.
If you feel like adding some cherry tomatoes or any other veggie, like today we had some asparagus shoots, even better. Pesto Pasta with a little veggie boost…
14. 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.
15. Grilled Zucchini
It’s summer, that means it’s time to fire up the grill. And have we found the perfect side dish for the season, 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!
16. Green Rice Casserole
This green rice casserole is a great addition to your holiday spread. Creamy, cheesy goodness with spinach and peppers, this might become a new tradition!
17. 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…
18. Yellow Squash Casserole
This classic southern squash casserole is a typical vegetable dish smothered in butter, cream and cheese just the way they prefer it.
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!
19. Macaroni Salad
This Macaroni salad is loaded with chopped veggies and hard boiled eggs in a creamy delicious, sweet and tangy dressing.
It’s so easy and great for all the cookouts and BBQs coming your way.
Succotash is a savory mélange of corn and beans at its core, enhanced by sweet tangy cherry tomatoes with crunchy peppers, along with the freshness of herbs.
It all comes together with loads of butter that amplifies the sweetness of corn, and finally that unmistakable bacon…
21. Farro Salad
This Farro Salad with Roasted Vegetables is one of my new favorite light meals. It’s so refreshing, a perfect alternative to those summer burgers.. If you are looking for a great summer salad idea, this is it!!
If you’ve never cooked with farro, this is the recipe you need to try…
22. 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.
With just a few simple ingredients, this easy dinner will be on the table in no time. And it’s also versatile. Missing an ingredient? No problem!
23. Sweet Potato Fries
These healthy and tasty alternatives to your basic French fries are sweeping restaurants across the country. Now you can make them in your own home with this easy recipe!
24. Cilantro Lime Rice
Once you try this Cilantro Lime Rice, you’ll never go back to plain old white. Just a simple addition of a few ingredients, and a few extra moments of effort are all it takes to transform your rice.
Inspired by the rice at the popular restaurant, Chipotle, it is the ideal easy side dish for so many of your favorite Mexican mains, as well as a variety of other dishes.
25. 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.
26. 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, tomato sauce and some great Latin seasonings.
If you’re a big fan of big flavor, this Puerto Rican rice is a must!
27. 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.
It’s a perfect dish for those sultry grilling nights when you have some chicken or pork chops over the fire.
And it’s a great alternative to the usual old pasta or potato salads at potlucks. Give this one a try tonight, and see how easy these flavors come together.
28. Cowboy Caviar
Is this a salsa? Or a salad? Or a dip?? Cowboy Caviar… This colorful, no-cook, hearty appetizer will take care of all your get togethers.
Make a giant bowl of Cowboy Caviar, throw in some tortilla chips and the entire party will be scooping this till it disappears.
29. 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.
30. No Knead Bread
Here’s one of our favorites, which is baked often in our home… this No Knead Bread!!
This artisan quality bread can happen very fast and is super duper simple. You end up with a thick crispy crust and a chewy center with big fat holes like sourdough!
It’s very forgiving and only takes 3 minutes of active effort. Now that sounds unbelievable, right? Not so. Try it yourself today.
31. Green Beans Almondine
Green Beans Almondine!! Doesn’t it sound fancy?
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.
It’s one of our favorite sides for stuffed bell peppers.
So there you go, over thirty great sides for stuffed peppers. Which one will you try first?
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- 1/4 tsp saffron
- 1/4 cup boiling water
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 1 shallot, diced
- 2 cups basmati rice
- 3.5 cups chicken broth
- In a bowl, combine boiling water and saffron. Allow to steep for 15 minutes.
- Heat butter in a rice pot over medium high heat. Add shallot and sauté for a few minutes, until it becomes soft.
- Rinse the rice until the water runs clear. Add the rinsed rice to the pot and sauté 5-6 minutes.
- Stir in the chicken broth and the saffron infused water. Cover, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium low and cook for 20 minutes.
- Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.
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