20 Best Side Dishes for Steak
Steaks are the undisputed stars of summer grilling season, but these top-rated summer side dishes for steak are positively sizzling in their supporting roles. Fresh and flavorful salads, salsas, veggie skewers, and more — they're the perfect complement to a beautifully grilled steak.
Simply Roasted Artichokes
"Wrap and roll! This recipe is so simple, it's hard to call it a recipe," says Chef John. Trimmed artichokes dressed in fresh lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, and salt, roasted to flavorful excellence for a sumptuous side you'll want to make again and again.
Heirloom Tomato Salad with Pearl Couscous
Bright veggies and delightful pearled couscous come together in a salad that elegantly complements a grilled summer steak. "This cold vegetarian salad features mixed heirloom tomatoes with Mediterranean flavors and pearl couscous," says Ryan Davis. "This summer dish has been a big hit with my family!"
Skillet-Braised Brussels Sprouts
You'll win over those who think they don't like Brussels sprouts with this tasty recipe. Bacon is crisped in the skillet and removed as Brussels sprouts are flash-fried in the bacon grease, made fragrant with garlic, braised in stock, and finished in bacon, butter, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper. Nom, nom, nom...
Wedge Salad with Elegant Blue Cheese Dressing
A brilliantly cooling and crunchy summer bite, the iceberg wedge salad with bleu cheese dressing is a classic steak side dish. This one features a wedge drizzled in scratch-made dressing and topped with freshly diced tomatoes, thin red-onion ribbons, and crumbled bleu cheese. Add crumbled bacon, if you like!
Eggplant Mixed Grill
Make your farm-fresh eggplant and bell peppers shine with this vibrant grilled vegetable side. Red onion, mushrooms, asparagus, eggplant, and colorful bell peppers are infused with an herbaceous marinade and grilled until tender and tasty!
Beet Salad with Goat Cheese
It seems like beets were just meant to go with goat cheese. This salad features beets, goat cheese, candied walnuts, and baby greens drizzled in an orange-balsamic vinaigrette.
Refreshing Summer Squash Salad
Turn your fresh summer squash and zucchini into a fabulously fun spiralized salad. Fresh mint, lemon zest, and lemon juice add a herb-forward brightness complemented by the savory notes of prosciutto and crumbled feta.
Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges
Forego the 'frites' for a healthier alternative: grilled sweet potato wedges! "Sweet potatoes on the grill have a smoky, caramelized flavor you can't achieve in the oven," says France C. "These are mildly spicy, but adjust the cayenne to suit your taste."
Sauteed Swiss Chard with Parmesan Cheese
Similar to spinach or beet greens in its flavor profile, this oft-overlooked nutritious summer vegetable is great paired with a grilled steak. "Lemon and Parmesan cheese season this simple, tasty recipe for Swiss chard on your stovetop," says DannyBoy.
Grilled Hearts of Romaine
"This is truly and ridiculously easy," says Chef John. "The trick is to get the grill grates very hot. And the result? A lightly caramelized surface and a slightly smoky flavor. The insides stay cool and crisp. It's quite a contrast of tastes and textures."
Grilled Baked Potatoes
Baked potatoes and grilled steak go together like summer and sunshine. These potatoes are par-boiled for a few minutes, then tossed with olive oil and simple seasonings and "baked" on the grill.
Grilled Sesame-Soy Shishito Peppers
"These grilled shishito peppers might just become your new favorite side dish," says France C. "They're great with grilled steak or salmon. Careful, one in 10 peppers are hot!"
Pesto is a delicious flavor partner for grilled steak. Here it's matched up with grilled cherry tomatoes and prepared tortellini.
Avocado Mango Salsa
Avocado, mango, and red onion make a sensational salsa spooned over grilled steaks, or scoop the fruity salsa up with tortilla chips.
Grilled Prosciutto-Wrapped Peaches with Burrata and Basil
Sweet, juicy peaches are wrapped in prosciutto and placed on the grill. It takes just a moment for the prosciutto to become crispy and nicely charred. It's a taste and texture balance that's taken to the next level when you introduce rich and creamy burrata cheese, a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil, and fresh basil into the equation.
Best Broccoli Salad
You'll toss florets of broccoli and cauliflower with chopped apples, Mandarin oranges, sunflower seeds and Catalina dressing. "This is a sweet and crunchy salad that was a nice change from lettuce based salads," says Allison.
Mediterranean Zucchini and Chickpea Salad
"Chopped zucchini, chickpeas, tomatoes, and fresh basil combine in a light balsamic dressing," says ChristineM. "Or you can use red wine vinegar! Best if chilled to let flavors blend."
Stacked Tomato and Burrata Salad
Here's the summer salad to make when tomatoes are at peak ripeness. You'll spread buttery burrata cheese between layers of sliced heirloom tomato and fresh basil. A generous sprinkle of salt and pepper, a nice splash of extra-virgin olive oil, and you're done!
Grilled Green Beans
So easy! You'll simply season your beans with salt and minced garlic — and then toss on the hot grill. Done!
Roasted Corn and Heirloom Tomato Salad
"A colorful and refreshing salad using flavorful summer vegetables," says Dean. "The grilled vegetables complement many grilled meats. You can substitute cherry tomatoes for the baby heirloom tomatoes."