By Mary Claire Lagroue
July 25, 2019
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Roasted Garlic Parmesan Fingerling Potatoes in a skillet
Roasted Garlic Parmesan Fingerling Potatoes in a skillet
| Credit: France C

We like to think pork tenderloin could be as popular as chicken if everyone would just give it a chance. One reason is that the two proteins are just about tied when it comes to the number of side dishes we'd serve with them. Not that we're keeping score or anything. Just count these sides among the best to serve with this underdog of a main.

Related: Get top-rated pork tenderloin recipes.

Just 15 to 20 minutes in the oven turns fingerlings soft and their garlic-parmesan topping crisp.

Raw Brussels sprouts resemble shredded cabbage in texture and taste. Gala apples, sliced almonds, raw sunflower seeds, and raw pumpkin seeds amp up the crunch.

WATCH: Chopped Brussels Sprout Salad

Bread crumbs tossed with rosemary, thyme, Gruyere and Cheddar top this rich side. See how it's done here.

a closeup of cubed squash baked with rosemary and breadcrumbs
Photo by GodivaGirl
| Credit: GodivaGirl

This salad of peppery arugula and ripe figs would wake up pork loin leftovers. (As if this balsamic-roasted tenderloin needed more zing. But still.)

Fig and Arugula Salad
Photo by Reem Ak
| Credit: Reem Ak

"Polenta is nothing more than coarsely ground cornmeal," Chef John says. "It's a perfect base for any kind of saucy meat." (Check out Italian Pork Tenderloin or Porcini Pork Tenderloin for starters.)

"This nutty farro salad is loaded with roasted butternut squash, cranberries, and toasted pecans, all topped with a tangy blood orange vinaigrette. It pairs perfectly with roasted chicken or pork," says recipe creator France C.

Butternut Farro Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette
Photo by France C

Consider this simple cauliflower a side-dish chameleon. Adding spices and herbs will transform the dish in an instant, but it doesn't even need it.

Roasted Garlic Cauliflower
Photo by MRSJPVAN2

"Sometimes simple is best, and that is the case here. So very simple to make, the uncooked peas pop in your mouth, and it's loaded with fresh flavor." — lutzflcat

Lemon Pea Salad
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Serve this juicy salad with grilled pork tenderloin (thanks for the idea, Gourmet43) and meet the meal you'll return to all summer.

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Rosemary
Photo by MrsFisher0729

Lean pork tenderloin feels a little more indulgent when sharing a plate with this buttery, bacon-y side.

Braised Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
Photo by naples34102