11 Best Side Dishes for Grilled Pork
You don't need much to make the most of grilling season: just a grill, good company, cold drinks, your preferred main dish, and sides to round it all out. And when you're preparing pork — whether grilled pork chops, grilled pork loin, grilled pork ribs, or grilled pork skewers — you'll find no shortage of side dishes to pair with it. We've narrowed your search down to the best side dishes for grilled pork, from peach coleslaw to baked beans to rice pilaf.
Spicy Peach Coleslaw
A dressing of mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, chile paste, rice vinegar, and lemon juice brings a welcome kick to coleslaw, and the addition of juicy peaches makes this recipe especially summery and great as a side dish for grilled pork.
Summer Salad with Grilled Corn
"So fresh and delicious! My guests loved it," home cook Indy-Girl says of this top-rated salad that makes an excellent side dish for grilled pork. "To save time I cut the corn off the cob while cold and put it on a flat grill pan with a little olive oil and placed it on a medium heat grill (without the boiling process) and the corn browned up nicely in the pan in about 12 minutes (season with salt). I cooled the corn and added the rest of fresh ingredients."
Lemon Pea Salad
Creamy Cucumber Tomato Salad
Balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, and sour cream give this recipe a tang that's often lacking in creamy salads. It stands as a nice contrast to the smoky flavors of grilled pork.
Greek-Style Lemon Roasted Potatoes
These Greek-inspired potatoes taste light and vibrant thanks to lemon juice and oregano. They're a great side dish for grilled pork year-round.
Known as lao hu cai, this Chinese salad dresses crisp strips of bell pepper, green onions, and cucumber slices in rice vinegar and sesame oil, with plenty of leafy cilantro and red pepper flakes for good measure.
Sugar Snap Pea and Berry Salad
Tart-sweet raspberry vinegar and berries pair well with pork. Consider this simple salad a no brainer.
Spinach, Nectarine, and Halloumi Salad
If you don't want to pull out the skillet to fry it, you can set the halloumi on the grill for about three minutes on each side. "I used bread cheese, which has a similar consistency and heats just as well on the grill," reviewer Sara Floor says. "Serve with a grilled pork tenderloin or poultry for a wonderful early summer meal."
Bourbon and DP Baked Beans
We like to think of sweet, saucy beans and smoky grilled pork as a match made in (hog) heaven.
Healthier Creamy Potato Salad
Greek yogurt, low-fat mayonnaise, and mashed cauliflower rice lighten up this Healthier Creamy Potato Salad, which still tastes like the traditional side you associate with summer cookouts. For an even fresher spin, see the recipe notes for a bell pepper-potato salad and a kale-potato salad.
Middle Eastern Rice Pilaf with Pomegranate
"This rice pilaf with pomegranate seeds and pistachios tastes great with grilled fish or meat," recipe contributor Afiyet_olson says. And with just 10 minutes of prep time, it's a deceptively easy side dish for grilled pork.