Side DishesWhat To Serve With Stuffed Peppers? (25 Best Side Dishes)

What To Serve With Stuffed Peppers? (25 Best Side Dishes)

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Peppers are usually known as the kick and color in salads, sauteed veggies, and other dishes but in themselves, stuffed peppers are complete meals on their own especially if they have the perfect sides.

It can be filled with cheese, meat, and veggies. As a fruit, yes, it is a fruit, it is richer in Vitamin C than oranges. 

Thinking of stuffed peppers but does not know what side to whip up with it? Or do you have something in mind that you want to notch up? If yes to both, here is a list of what to serve with stuffed peppers.

25 best side dishes for stuffed peppers

what to serve with stuffed peppers

#1. Versatile spinach and basil puree

1 what to serve with stuffed peppers spinach basil pesto

Along with stuffed peppers, you can easily whip up a pasta mix with this one.  But if not, you can just use it as a dip for chicken stuffed peppers.

All you need to do is blend spinach, basil, garlic, salt, lemon juice and zest, parmesan, and olive oil. Garnish with basil. 

#2. Sweet plantain and avocado dip

Sweet plantain and avocado dip

If you are eyeing for something sweet but healthy for chorizo stuffed bell peppers, fried plantain with avocado dip is the bomb.

First, deep fry plantains and the flatten with a cup. Refry for 3mins and season with salt after.

Next, mash avocados, lemon juice, garlic, and mayo. Put in a bowl and serve.  

#3. Savory broccoli rabe with portobello mushroom

Savory broccoli rabe with portobello mushroom

If you are craving something Italian, this one is the best pair for meat stuffed peppers. For this, saute garlic, onion, thyme, and portobello mushrooms.

Next, boil the broccoli on a covered pan until it softens. Toss in the sauteed mushroom, stir, and serve.  

#4. Sophisticated cheese platter

Sophisticated cheese platter

You do not need much when it comes to stuffed peppers. Sometimes, a well-arranged cheese platter will do.

Whatever the stuffing for your pepper is, make sure that you have a combination of hard, soft, and semi-soft cheese. Aged and new cheeses should also be there. 

#5. Festive prosciutto and spinach salad

Festive prosciutto and spinach salad

For turkey and cheese stuffed peppers, this colorful and protein rich salad bowl is something to consider.

All you must do is stir-fry spinach, red bell peppers, prosciutto, and artichoke hearts. Season with garlic, salt, and pepper and cook for 15mins.  

#6. Lightly sauteed zucchini

Lightly sauteed zucchini

The light yet flavorful mix of leftover veggies can be used to stuff the pepper and to whip up a dish that will best go with it.

The first step is to saute, onion, and garlic in butter.

Stir in the tomatoes until reduced. Add water with a bouillon cube and cook the zucchini until tender. Season with pepper.  

#7. Easy baked red potatoes

Easy baked red potatoes

For an American side, cut red potatoes into quarters and coat with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and then bake for 40mins or until crisp.

Drizzle with another round of salt and pepper and garnish with parsley. 

#8. Spiced roasted carrots

Spiced roasted carrots

Carrot is a popular side dish and all-around ingredient. For this, mix carrots with cinnamon, cumin, red pepper flakes, paprika, and turmeric.

Season with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 15mins. Serve. 

#9. Gritty garlic bread

Gritty garlic bread

The crisp and coarse texture of garlic bread makes it a good match to meat stuffed peppers.

To start, bake baguette or loaf bread and then wash with the combination of melted butter, garlic, and parsley. Bake for another 8mins at high heat. Serve while warm.  

#10. Healthy sauteed garlic and spinach

Healthy sauteed garlic and spinach

This healthy and saucy dish is not just perfect for the gritty stuffed pepper but also easy to make.

It starts with melting the butter, toasting the garlic, and then stirring in the spinach. Add lemon juice and season with salt. Put the stuffed pepper on top and you are good to go. 

#11. Asian flair with stir-fry string beans

Asian flair with stir-fry string beans

This Asian favorite can be elevated into just sauteed.

First, fry bacon and prosciutto bits and then saute string beans, onions, soy sauce, mirin, and garlic in the meat fat.

Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve with stuffed peppers. 

#12. Delectable zucchini fries

Delectable zucchini fries

If you think it is only potatoes that can be made into fries, try these crispy zucchini fries for your stuffed peppers.

Make it the Japanese way by coating the thinly sliced zucchini with panko, and season with salt, pepper, and grated parmesan cheese.

Dip the zucchini sticks in egg and roll in the dry mixture. Bake for 20mins and garnish with parsley.  

#13. Munchy corn fritters

Munchy corn fritters

Another corn side dish to pair with stuffed peppers would be corn fritters. For this, mix corn kernels, sugar, salt, baking powder, and pepper.

Mix heavy cream and eggs to form the batter. Deep fry and garnish with scallions. Add aioli or sour cream for dipping.  

You can make your version of Mexican munchy corn fritters too by adding Mex spices, like more chili and cheese dip.

#14. Crunchy corn and cabbage slaw

Crunchy corn and cabbage slaw

This side is perfect for the summer, along with picnics by the docks. It adds texture and extra crunchiness to the stuffed pepper but with a flair of sauce.

First, grill the corn until lightly charred. And then, mix lime juice, cumin, cilantro, salt, pepper, and olive oil in a bowl. Whisk until smooth.

Add the cabbage and bits of jalapeno, as well as the grilled corn. Crumble queso fresco on top and then mix. 

#15. Creamy corn polenta

Creamy corn polenta

For another summer side dish that goes well with meaty stuffed peppers, make this creamy corn polenta.

First, saute corn kernels in olive oil and stir until tender. Boil the corn and stir in uncooked grits, and salt. Stir for the next 35mins, add corn bits, and season with salt to taste. 

#16. Vegan Russian vinaigrette

Vegan Russian vinaigrette

If you are looking for a vegan, gluten free mix that will go well with stuffed pepper, vinegret, a Russian salad is the best pair for you.

Just boil beets, and carrots, and then mix with potatoes, white beans, and pickles. Season with salt and pepper. Serve along with stuffed peppers. 

Benefit from this vinaigrette recipe, packed with vitamins and minerals to satisfy your appetite and boost your immune system.

#17. Balanced arugula, watermelon and feta cheese salad

Balanced arugula, watermelon and feta cheese salad

You will love the balance of flavor in this salad thanks to the tangy arugula, crisp watermelon, and creamy and salty feta cheese salad.

This recipe is healthy because watermelon contains vitamin A, potassium, magnesium, and vitamin B5. On the other hand, arugula is rich in folate, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin K, and calcium.

With meaty stuffed peppers, you will love the explosion of flavors in your mouth.  

#18. Fleshy orange and cabbage salad

Fleshy orange and cabbage salad

This Asian salad may be quite unusual but if you want a juicy yet crisp and somewhat spicy and sweet take on salads, this should be it.

Everything starts with the mix of sesame oil, sriracha, peanut butter, and vinegar. As it simmers, add shredded red and green cabbage, bell pepper, green onion, carrots, and cilantro.

Serve with chopped peanuts, Mandarin oranges, and lots of sesame seeds for crunch. 

Related: Is Peanut Butter Gluten-free?

#19. Meaty Italian sausage

Meaty Italian sausage

Of course, you can always stuff peppers with Italian sausage but if you do not want the obvious, try having it as a side dish to it.

All you must do is cook the sausages on a skillet and cut them into bite size after. In the same skillet with the sausage fat, saute bell peppers, onions, carrots, and season with red pepper flakes, garlic, salt, and pepper.

Add the red wine and put back the sausage. Simmer until thick. Top with basil, and parsley and then serve. 

Meat delivery services are available, offering freshly made Italian sausage. You can order sausage online or through a phone call. Now more than ever, stuffing peppers with meat is easier than ever.

#20. Egyptian style, fried cauliflower

Egyptian style, fried cauliflower

This spicy, but richly flavored fried cauliflower surely spruces up any dish including stuffed peppers. First, boil the cauliflower in paprika and water.

Alongside this, blend cumin, tomato paste, flour, egg, garlic, salt, and milk. Dip the cauliflower in the batter, and then fry. Serve along with stuffed peppers.  

This recipe is perfect if you’re leaning towards healthy veggie dishes. The steps are easy to follow. It’s a great treat for yourself on a weekend when you have the mood for cooking unique recipes.

#21. Fancy tomato peach caprese salad

Fancy tomato peach caprese salad

This one is often featured in lifestyle magazines and served in high-end restaurants. If you want to make a homemade version of this one, do so when you have stuffed peppers.

For this you must mix cherry tomatoes, basil, sweet peaches, and mozzarella. Season with salt and drizzle with balsamic sauce. It is also good for people on keto. This recipe is very healthy, giving you plenty of lycopene which is good for the heart, skin, and eyes.

#22. Lowkey pita bread

Lowkey pita bread

For a Middle Eastern and Mediterranean vibe on your stuffed pepper, you can always whip up some pita bread to go with it.

Just mix all-purpose, flour, wheat flour, active dry yeast, kosher salt, water, and olive oil in a standing mixer.

Knead, shape into a ball, and coat with olive oil before refrigerating overnight. Knead and cut dough into pieces. Flatten the dough pieces and then cook for 2mins until brown and puffy. Serve with stuffed peppers and dip of choice.  

#23. Garlic mushroom roast

Garlic mushroom roast

Sauteed mushroom is nice with stuffed peppers but have you tried having it roasted for some texture and added chewiness?

If not, then garlic mushroom roast is the thing for you. In a bowl, mix olive oil, garlic, chives, salt, and pepper.

Roll the mushrooms in the mixture and let sit for a few minutes for the garlic to stick. After this, dust the mushrooms with garlic powder. Bake for 10-15mins until it sizzles. Put in a small bowl and serve with meat stuffed peppers. 

#24. Stone fruit salad for the summer

Stone fruit salad for the summer

This fruity goodness is packed not only with vitamins, fiber, and minerals but with a fusion of flavors that you will enjoy along with your stuffed peppers.

To prepare this, just mix tomatoes, peaches, nectarines, red onion, mint, salt, black pepper, and crumbled feta cheese.

For the dressing, mix lemon juice, champagne vinegar, shallots, olive oil, salt, and garlic.  

Make your summer food trip a lot more meaningful and healthier by trying out this stone fruit salad recipe. It’s packed with nutrients, such as vitamin C, boosting a healthy immune system.

#25. Vegetable overload with ratatouille

Vegetable overload with ratatouille

There is nothing better than this traditional French veggie mix combined with crispy stuffed peppers.

First, stir-fry, onions, garlic, parsley, and eggplant. Spread the sauteed eggplant in a pan and sprinkle with parmesan.

Layer with zucchini and another round of cheese. And then lastly layer with onion, bell pepper, mushrooms, and tomatoes and top with more cheese. Bake and then serve. 

So, the next time you plan to cook a French recipe, try this vegetable overload recipe. It’s a special treat you can make for your family for a delicious weekend bonding.

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stuffed pepper side dishes

Peppers are versatile. They can be toasted, boiled, roasted, grilled, baked, name it, you can do it with it. And since the sides you can whip up for peppers do not fall short, you can experiment on stuffed pepper dishes all year long. 

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Side Dishes for Stuffed Peppers

Side Dishes for Stuffed Peppers


  • Versatile spinach and basil puree
  • Sweet plantain and avocado dip
  • Savory broccoli rabe with portobello mushroom
  • Sophisticated cheese platter
  • Festive prosciutto and spinach salad
  • Lightly sauteed zucchini
  • Easy baked red potatoes
  • Spiced roasted carrots
  • Gritty garlic bread
  • Healthy sauteed garlic and spinach
  • Asian flair with stir-fry string beans
  • Delectable zucchini fries
  • Munchy corn fritters
  • Crunchy corn and cabbage slaw
  • Creamy corn polenta
  • Vegan Russian vinaigrette
  • Balanced arugula, watermelon and feta cheese salad
  • Fleshy orange and cabbage salad
  • Meaty Italian sausage
  • Egyptian style, fried cauliflower
  • Fancy tomato peach caprese salad
  • Lowkey pita bread
  • Garlic mushroom roast
  • Stone fruit salad for the summer
  • Vegetable overload with ratatouille


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