Everyone loves a pizza party! A pizza night is always a good idea, but it also means that you probably need to feed more than just a few people, and in most cases pizza alone won’t be enough. So pizza side dishes will keep everyone happy and well fed at the end of the night, thanks to the complementary dishes.
The next time you’re having a pizza party, remember that delicious pizza from your favorite pizzeria deserves delicious appetizers. It doesn’t matter if it’s a small gathering with family or an event with a big crowd; you need to serve the best side dishes. While pizza is always the main course, read on to learn about some welcome additions to pizza nights.
Boneless Chicken Wings
Boneless chicken wings are a great appetizer for pizza. Choose from several types of sauce like buffalo sauce and dip them in your favorite blue cheese. Boneless wings are also great with ranch dressing.
Onion rings are a popular side dish but they’re also a great appetizer. Making onion rings is easy and all you need is flour, onion, and an air fryer. Feel free to dip them in marinara sauce or your favorite dip.
You can really get creative with this one at your next pizza party. Use thin sliced prosciutto, salami, sopressata, and capicola for the meats. It’s always good to have a variety of cheese, too. Select a hard cheese, a semi-soft cheese, and a soft cheese. Try a good parmesan cheese, an Irish cheddar, and fresh mozzarella. Add nuts, pickled veggies, and a fun cracker selection.
Mozzarella sticks are a great appetizer to serve as an additional side for pizza. Dip them in garlic dip, classic marinara, salsa, barbecue sauce, or mayonnaise and you got yourself some fantastic mozzarella bites.
Fries are a crowd pleaser. Go for the classic straight oven fries or try out some curly fries. Easily make your fries with fresh potatoes in the oven or an air fryer or buy frozen fries for a quick and easy alternative. Add your favorite seasonings and some delicious dips and you have an amazing pizza side dish.
Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet potato fries are a great alternative to the basic ones. Sprinkle them in cinnamon or a spicy seasoning (cinnamon + cayenne pepper). You can dip them in ketchup, or try maple syrup for a sweeter version of this dish.
If you’re looking for something similar to fries but with a different taste and texture, potato wedges might be what you need. Serve them plain or dipped in various sauces like ketchup, BBQ sauce, or garlic dip.
Simple knots of dough tossed in garlic butter, parmesan cheese, and garlic are delicious. Dip them in a good tomato sauce and you can’t go wrong.
Garlic Parmesan Fries
Put a fun twist on your fries. Toss them in garlic, butter, and Parmessan cheese to make the ultimate Garlic Parm Fries.
Make your zucchini fries about a ¼ inch thick. Bread them like you would a chicken cutlet, and fry them in olive oil. Serve them with a side of marinara or ranch dip.
Coleslaw is an easy-to-make side dish that is perfect with pizza. It’s light and tangy in flavor, so it will complement the greasiness of your meal without feeling heavy. There are many variations of coleslaw, but the most popular version consists of cabbage and carrots in a mayonnaise dressing. If you’re not into mayonnaise, substitute it with yogurt instead, and there are also vinegar-based versions as well.
Spinach Artichoke Dip
A spinach artichoke dip is always a great idea for an appetizer. Pair it with crispy pita chips or make a vegetable platter with sliced peppers, carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, and cherry tomatoes.
A spinach salad can be a welcome addition if done right. That means adding warm bacon, grilled chicken, and crumbled blue cheese.
Pick your meat (beef, pork, chicken, lamb, or a combination), add a dipping sauce, grab some toothpicks, and you’re good to go.
Tomato and Cucumber Salad
It’s light, refreshing, colorful and takes only a couple of minutes to prepare. It’s also a perfect contrast to the richness of the pizza.
Loaded Baked Potatoes
This is a fantastic pairing especially with a thin crust pizza. Bake the potatoes, slice them open, scoop out the flesh, then mix it with your choice of tasty treats. Put them back in the oven for reheating or melting.
These are a fun side to make. Sear them in a pan with olive oil until they are soft or toast them in the oven. Toss them in the sea salt and that’s it!
A chopped salad is amazing when prepared with care. Make sure everything is cut uniformly. Add cheese and hard boiled eggs. You can even throw in some chickpeas. Toss it in a tangy vinaigrette and your guests will love it. It’s so easy!
If you need to eat your greens, you can’t go wrong with broccoli rabe. This bitter green is perfect with the rich melted cheese and tangy tomato sauce on the pizza.
Toss it with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, and Romano cheese then roast it in the oven. It will caramelize and all the flavors will come together like magic. Squeeze on a little fresh lemon juice to make it perfect.
If you want to add some spice to your pizza party, jalapeno poppers is the way to go. Jalapeno poppers are spicy, but when you fill them with cheese, wrap them in bacon and bake them, you get a delicious, cheesy, crunchy adventure with a bit of a kick.
Roasting vegetables is a great way to add some healthy and flavorful sides to your pizza night. Try roasted green beans, brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, bell peppers, etc.
This is basically a French vegetarian stew containing eggplant, yellow squash, tomatoes, and zucchini. The simplicity of a bowl of this pairs beautifully with the complexity of the pizza flavor combinations.
Battered, deep fried, and served with sweet chili mayo, this dish is a sensation.
Corn on the Cob
Corn on the cob is a classic easy side for pizza. You can add butter or mayonnaise and season with salt and pepper to your liking. If you are looking for something more flavorful, then try adding bacon bits to give it that smoky taste. You can also cut them up and serve mini corn on the cobs.
Olives are tasty snacks and marinating and serving them with pizza is a way to level up your game. Find a recipe you like and marinate the olives to your taste. And if you add capers and lemon zest we guarantee no one will be able to resist them.
As one of the best sides with pizza, tater tots are a favorite among both children and adults. Tater tots are already half-cooked, so you just need to put them in an oven or fryer for a short time and you’ll have a scrumptious side dish.
With crisp romaine lettuce and creamy dressing, a caesar salad is an excellent pizza appetizer. To give some extra flavor, try adding croutons, feta cheese, and some red onion.
Pasta salad is not only hearty and delicious, but it looks pretty as well. Combine the pasta with fresh veggies and dressing and you have a tasty and refreshing side dish for your pizza party.
Avocado Salad with Cherry Tomatoes
Make a simple yet elegant salad with avocado, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and balsamic vinegar. Avocado salad is also a great way to get your veggies in.
Why not serve a creamy potato salad side dish with your pizza? Toss some boiled potatoes with red onion, mayo, sour cream, and dill. It’s a perfect way to add a little bit of flavor to your next pizza night.
As well as being one of the most popular restaurant appetizers around, fried calamari, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, goes especially well with pizza.
What a brilliant idea! Coat meat or cheese ravioli in seasoned bread crumbs and then fry to perfect crispiness.
As far as pizza sides go, it’s hard to beat classic garlic bread. Season melted butter with minced garlic, salt, pepper, and oregano, then brush cut Italian loaves, add your favorite Italian cheese, and bake until golden brown.
An antipasto platter (featuring cured meats, cheeses, pickled vegetables, and olives) is a simple, no-cook appetizer or side dish for your pizza party.
Steamed broccoli is a perfect (and healthy) side with pizza! Stir together with feta cheese and red onion for a delicious dish.
Dress baby arugula simply with olive oil and lemon juice, then add Parmesan shavings and thinly sliced shallots. Done! And so good with pizza!
Tomato soup was made for dipping fresh bread, and pizza crusts make a great vehicle for rich creamy tomato soup. It can also tempt those who typically throw away the crusts.
So easy, but also so good. Open a few cans of beans like cannelloni, kidney, and garbanzo. Chop up some celery and red onion. Toss with extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, and oregano. A super-healthy addition to your pizza night.
Fruit is the perfect complement to pizza. Try a straightforward fruit mixture to counteract the heavy flavors of the cheeses and spices. Serve grapes, pineapple, apple, oranges, and any other fruit that comes to mind. Your guests will be thankful for this sweet and healthy addition to your pizza party.
Ice Cream or Sorbet
Let’s be honest, life doesn’t get much better than pizza followed by ice cream or a serving of palate-cleansing sorbet.
Depending how indulgent you’re feeling, a peanut butter/chocolate chip combo might be the perfect way to counterbalance the saltiness of the pizza.
There is no better way to round off the evening than with a delectable, ricotta-filled, dessert treat.
There you have it! The next time you’re wondering what to serve with pizza at a party, special occasion, or just around the dinner table at home, you can elevate your pizza experience to the next level with these 42 amazing side dishes.