Are you hosting a pizza night? When it comes to pizza nights, you are guaranteed a delicious pie with different toppings, grisly cheese, and just the right amount of tomato sauce. The richness that comes with the pizza is so delicious that one slice can never be enough.
I am a big fan of pizza nights, and during the week, it features once in my weekly meal plan. These nights are always epic. Regardless of whether the pizza is homemade or ordered from the nearest spot, these kinds of nights are worth looking forward to.
However, the pizza is not complete without a side dish. But what type of side dishes do you serve pizza with? The method you can use while selecting a side dish that goes perfectly well with pizza is ordering a dish that balances the main dish’s cheese and dough components.
You can select a wide variety of salads that pair with pizza well, such as the lemony green salad. Therefore, before hosting another pizza night, try adding some fresh salads to the main meal and enjoy this delicious meal.
Arugula, pear, and blue cheese salad
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This salad is made of modest and usually has very strong flavors. The flavors from this salad are usually salty, bitter, and savory, all blended together to create this delicious salad. Even with all these strong and big ingredients, the preparation of this salad is straightforward.
It also does not take time during the preparation. The salad is made with balsamic vinegar, and this is mainly to reduce the flavor’s dominance and balance it with the salad. The flavors are all paired together. The cheese should be stringy and pear firm.
get the recipe- Arugula, pear, and blue cheese salad
Flaky spring salad with dill dressing
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This salad is blended with dill sprinkled with celery, sliced romaine, and sugar peas that make the salad crunchy and fresh. It is mostly served during lunch hours due to its crispiness.
Dressing the dill in sugar peas and all the other ingredients do not affect or change its crispy nature. It can stay in the fridge for several hours, and still, it does not lose its crunchiness.
Another advantage of this salad is that you can prepare it in advance, store it in the fridge and serve it the next day without the salad losing its freshness.
Get the recipe- flaky spring salad with dill dressing
Green salad with onions, avocados, and oranges
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This salad’s ingredients vary from one person to another, which means you do not have limitations while preparing this delicious salad. You can add different kinds of toppings, whatever suits you best and makes it appealing.
The savouriness of this salad comes from the flavors blended together and the appealing nature of the colors that come from the oranges, onions, and vegetables on the plate.
Introducing other ingredients to this salad will enhance its flavor, but the original three ingredients should never be replaced with any other.
Here is the recipe- green salad with onions, avocados, and oranges
Cacio e Pepe brussels sprouts
In my perspective, brussels sprouts blends or pairs well with almost everything. This roman pasta is often coated with cheese sauce, black pepper, and pasta’s starchy water.
These sprouts are usually crispy and crunchy, especially for the homemade recipe, which is usually low in carbohydrates with a very delicious taste. The best part about this recipe is that you can serve it to the crowd, and it takes a shorter time when preparing it.
It takes about 20 minutes in the oven, while in an air fryer, 10 minutes are enough.
Here’s the recipe- cacio e pepe brussels sprouts
Beetroot carpaccio with burrata
you can either serve this salad dish as a main or an accompaniment to the main dish. Burrata is usually blended with the beetroots, bringing a delicious, refreshing taste to this salad.
It is an easy recipe to prepare with different flavors and, of course, has high amounts of vitamin C, which means it is a healthy dish. Cooking or roasting the beetroots while preparing this dish takes away its crunchiness. However, the technique employed when preparing it depends on your preference.
You can use different dressings while preparing beet carpaccio, such as mangoes, which adds a different flavor to the salad. To complete the beet carpaccio making, top it with the creamy burrata, and you are as good as done.
Here’s the recipe- beetroot carpaccio with burrata
Classic family-style Caesar salad
If you want one salad that pairs beautifully with cheese dishes, then Caesar salad is what you need. It is one of the most popular salads in the world, which has brought significant variations from the original version, whose key ingredients are parmesan, garlic, and romaine lettuce.
The dressings of this salad consist of raw eggs, garlic, and olive oil. The creaminess of the Caesar salad comes from the raw eggs. Adding the Worcestershire source or the anchovies adds a delicious savory taste to the salad.
The traditional recipe of this salad did not contain any of the anchovies or the Worcestershire sauce, as these ingredients have been added over time.
Here’s the recipe- classic family style Caesar salad
Greek wedge salad
The red and green color that comes from this salad is simply appealing. Salads as part of main meals complete the diet. They are healthier than any other type of dessert. The Greek wedge salad is a simple and cheap dish to make.
The classic wedge salad has the shapes of wedges from a wide variety of vegetables. These wedges are usually topped with cream, feta and dressed with a Greek-based yogurt. This salad’s evolution means you do not have to stick to the traditional method of preparing the Greek wedge salad.
Today, the ingredients used vary from the traditional ones as ingredients like cucumbers, tomatoes, and feta cheese have all been incorporated. They make an excellent salad to pair up with pizza.
Here’s the recipe- Greek wedge salad
Citrus, fennel, and avocado salads
This salad is always very flavourful because of the citrus fruits used in it; vitamin C levels are also high. This recipe comes in handy if you do not want to spend most of your time in the kitchen that, of course, calls for salads as they are easy to prepare.
Just because this recipe is easily done in a few minutes does not mean you should prepare it without care and love. Take your time and prepare this recipe properly, the ingredients are readily available, and you don’t have to hassle looking for them.
Fennel vegetable brings an anise flavor to this salad; sign off by squeezing lemon juice to get that refreshing taste.
Here’s the recipe- citrus, fennel, and avocado salad
Lemon garlic roasted broccoli salad
Another healthy food on your list. Fruits and vegetables blend to form a perfect combination, and this is one salad you should try making in your kitchen. This salad is one of the best ways that you can serve broccoli.
With flavors like lemon, garlic, pomegranate, and feta, the broccoli’ texture and color become enticing and delicious when roasted. Adding garlic to this salad creates a perfect caramel, after which you then add the lemon.
Dressing this salad is the most important as it enhances this salad’s taste and adds a fresh flavor.
Here’s the salad- lemon garlic roasted broccoli salad
Spinach salad with butter dressing
It is a simple salad to prepare. The spinach should be sliced then blended with nuts, fresh cheese, and feta. Consider using brown butter as a replacement for bacon, and you will make this salad over and over again.
This recipe is usually very rich, smooth, and loaded with different flavors. Dressing the spinach is very important. Add the vinegar, honey, and some salt, and you are done. Browning the butter is also necessary, and this you can easily know by the aroma that comes out from your kitchen rather than the color of the butter.
Here’s the recipe- spinach salad with butter dressing
Asparagus Caesar salad
Caesar salad is one of the most favorite salads; this one, however, has a slight difference from the classic Caesar salad with the addition of asparagus as one of the key ingredients. The twist in this salad is that no leafy vegetables are used, such as lettuce, kales, and other vegetables.
Asparagus vegetables are usually loaded with various essential nutrients and are very important for your health. Preparing this recipe is super easy and takes a short time.
You must be careful while preparing this recipe because the asparagus vegetables are very soft and may get overcooked very quickly. They form a very classic combo with pizza.
Here’s the recipe- asparagus Caesar salad
Broccoli salad with creamy almond dressing
This broccoli salad dressed in almond creamy is different from the ordinary broccoli salad. This one does not use the mayonnaise dressings, and instead of that, different sauces are used like orange juice and almond butter to enhance its taste.
The modern twist of this salad makes it more delicious as compared to the traditional version. The salad-making process begins with the sauce; the butter and cream blend makes the sauce thicker that it easily sticks in between the crunchy broccoli.
To add an orange taste to this salad, use a low orange acid and smile as you crunch the salad.
Here’s the recipe- broccoli salad with creamy almond dressing
Crispy roasted artichokes
This simple and most effective method you can use when preparing this dish is roasting the artichokes in an oven until they turn golden brown. Before roasting them, freeze them and fry them in olive oil.
While you are busy preparing your dinner, you can serve these roasted artichokes as starters, and trust me, and you will not regret it. Artichokes’ preparation does not need you to throw in many ingredients; the only thing to do is roast this vegetable.
At first glance, these artichokes look terrible and terrifying, but it is one of the easiest vegetable salads that you can make. They make a perfect marriage with pizza, especially when roasted until golden brown.
Here’s the recipe- crispy roasted artichokes
Berry Caprese salad
This recipe’s preparation will only take you 10 minutes, and mostly, this dish is served during summertime. It is often eaten when there is plenty of strawberries and blueberries or when in season.
To prepare it, you only need to chop all the ingredients, such as like watermelons, tomatoes, and add them into a bowl, then throw in the berries and sprinkle the balsamic glaze serve it with the main dish of your choice.
Here’s the recipe- berry caprese salad
BLT Pasta salad
This salad is made up of bacon, lettuce, and tomatoes, and usually, it is dressed in cream. The addition of pasta to different salad varieties is not a new technique as many people blend them to create a perfect salad.
However, you can still prepare this side dish in your unique way by adding the lettuce to the pasta instead of the standard method. This salad is usually delicious and flavourful, and most importantly, its preparation is straightforward.
Instead of preparing the pasta salad in the traditional method that takes a lot of time, which involves you preparing each sandwich on its own, mix them up and prepare all of them in one bowl.
Here’s the recipe- BLT pasta salad
Steamed broccoli salad
This side dish salad is easy to prepare, it is a healthy dish and very delicious, and the most fun part of it is that to prepare it you will only need 5 minutes and you are as good as done.
The name itself may suggest a bland dish but do not be deceived. Adding olive oil into the broccoli and drizzling salt changes this dish from a boring dish to a superior and excellent dish.
You can easily pair it up with pizza as an appetizer or as a side dish; you will not regret it.
Here’s the recipe- steamed broccoli salad
Fennel orange salad
It is made with orange juice that brings the perfect aroma of citrus to the salad and adds a delicious flavor. You can easily use it as a main dish, starter, or even add it to a pizza salad.
Fennels are usually crunchy, especially when eaten raw, and of course, the versions of preparing this dish are so many. The traditional method of preparing this dish proves to be the best technique when preparing it. The oranges and fennels contribute to an array of beautiful colors and textures.
Get the recipe- fennel orange salad
Green monster salad
The key ingredient that makes this dish delicious and worth trying out is the avocadoes. This salad is usually made with heavy amounts of avocadoes and cucumber, and also lettuce.
Here’s the recipe- green monster salad