12 Easy Side Dishes for Lasagna
Lasagna is one of those dishes that, no matter who you are or where you're from, you probably have a favorite recipe for it. Maybe, like me, it's your mom's lasagna recipe, or maybe you found a nontraditional version that's your new go-to. It makes great leftovers, and it feeds a lot of people. There's so much to love about it. But it can also be labor-intensive and time-consuming. And after all that work, you're going to want to go with a side dish that completes your meal but also saves you time. Lucky for you, here are 12 easy side dishes that pair perfectly with lasagna.
Emily's Strawberry Balsamic Salad
Reviewer Jennie says, "I just made this salad for my Bunco group and it had rave reviews! I made the dressing in advance and it was easy to throw together. Very flavorful and delicious!" This simple salad is ready in under 30 minutes — try making the dressing in advance to cut the prep time down even more. This will allow you to put your effort towards making the World's Best Lasagna.
Balsamic Grilled Zucchini
"Ridiculously delicious and simple. I throw everything in a zip-lock bag and marinate while I prep the rest of dinner before putting these on the grill. Super simple and delicious. I will make these over and over," says reviewer Shauna McNabb. 15 minutes and six simple ingredients is all it takes to make this top-rated side dish. Pair it with some of Randy's Slow Cooker Ravioli Lasagna.
Easy Chicken and Gnocchi Soup
"A warm and cozy soup for chilly fall and winter nights. This recipe is quick and easy but with all the comfort of homemade," says recipe creator Nyna. Potato gnocchi, peas, corn, chicken, and spinach make this a flavorful soup that's ready in just 35 minutes! Try serving it with these adorable Lasagna Cupcakes for the ultimate comfort food meal.
Jimmbo's Garlic Knots
"Delicious and super easy to make! I recommend sprinkling garlic powder on the pizza dough before shaping the knots, it gives it a more authentic flavor rather than only having the flavors on top," says Ashley Shimberg. The classic Italian flavors of garlic, Parmesan, parsley, and red pepper in these garlic knots make it the perfect side or appetizer for Lasagna Stuffed Shells.
Roasted Asparagus and Mushrooms
"Simple, easy, delicious, and makes for a beautiful presentation on the dinner plate," says reviewer naples34102. This elegant side will have your guests thinking you spent way more time on it than you did. Pair it with this Classic and Simple Meat Lasagna for a simple yet sophisticated meal.
Peach and Tomato Caprese Salad
This fast and easy salad is a beautiful blend of sweet and savory. Reviewer murry853 says, "Wow this salad is almost like a dessert! The sweetness of the peach and the tang of tomato really blend so well. The basil adds an additional layer of flavor and is always delicious with peaches." Add a glass of wine and some Lasagne Alla Bolognese Saporite for a fabulous Italian dinner on the patio.
Recipe creator JEZZI16 describes her recipe as a, "Great baked vegetable side dish with slices of eggplant and tomato seasoned with oregano and Parmesan cheese." No messy breading is required with this simple and healthy side dish. For a lighter, vegetarian meal, give it a try with Simple Spinach Lasagna.
Fried Brussels Sprouts
Got some picky eaters on your hands? This recipe from Brandi Ratcliff is a great way to sneak in some vegetables with your lasagna dinner. She says, "This is easy and most kids are actually surprised that it tastes better than it looks! I add about 2 tablespoons sugar simply to soften the taste and make my kids happy. But it is delicious without the sugar, and when I leave it out, I don't tell them and they never say a word!" Serve it with Bob's Awesome Lasagna for a meal that will be a hit with kids and adults alike.
"Amazing salad! I've taken this to two dinner parties and everyone was raving about it and asking for the recipe (and it's hard to wow people with salad!). The fennel and arugula are great together, but the real winner is the dressing..." says reviewer speugeot. For a vegetable packed meal that's full of flavor, pair it with this top-rated Artichoke Spinach Lasagna.
Artichoke Hearts Gratin
This recipe from Chef John uses halved artichoke hearts, giving you the perfect individual portion for a side or an appetizer. "This easy, all-veggie appetizer idea is proof you don't have to make a dish, to reinvent it," says Chef John. Try it with this Creamy Chicken Lasagna for an out of the ordinary lasagna dinner.
Fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, bagel chips, and basil leaves make this an Italian side dish that no one can refuse! Recipe creator Stephanie Moyle Barber says, "This salad tastes just like bruschetta, but in a bowl. If you like bruschetta, you will love this salad!" When paired with Easy Lasagna I, you have an Italian dinner that's fast and delicious.
"This is an unusual and tremendously tasty way to enjoy cauliflower. It's almost like discovering a new vegetable," says Chef John. Only three ingredients are required in this simple recipe, giving you all the more energy to put towards this Chicken and Spinach Alfredo Lasagna.