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non-carby side dish for my pizza party?

i'm having some friends over for a dinner party next week. i'm going to be making three different types of pizza, garlic bread and a big salad. i want to add one side dish, but am not sure what to make. suggestions, please (and no meat, please.)!

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  1. between the toppings, the bread and the salad, i'm not so sure you *need* another dish, but...

    obviously if it's not meat and not starch, you're pretty much left with fibrous vegetables. it would help to know what the toppings will be on the pizzas so we can suggest something that will complement them and not be redundant.

    off the top of my head, how about steamed artichokes with an aoili for dipping, or roasted baby artichokes?

    1. Rapini - the bitter flavour cuts the rich cheese and meat.

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      1. re: julesrules

        I was kinda thniking something like that -

        Sauteed escarole with beans - lotsa garlic, evoo, and butter
        Sauteed Spinach
        Broccoli rabe
        etc...

        GHG - artichokes - heck yeah!

        1. re: gordeaux

          I immediately thought of braised rabe...and now my pregnant self wants some!

          1. re: invinotheresverde

            my first thought was roasted rabe and the second one was artichokes.

          2. re: gordeaux

            sauteed spinach is what came to my mind as well.

        2. Personally, I think of pizza as more of a complete food and would serve it alone (+ beer) or, at most, a green salad.

          I think garlic bread is overkill...too much yeasty goodness.

          1. goat cheese and olive tapenade, laced with extra virgin olive oil to dip the garlic bread in

            1. I know what it's like to want to prepare more than less - so despite the wariness of the others - I would suggest perhaps a roasted veggie bowl - a mixture of baby carrots, cauliflower and broccoli florets, brussel sprouts. They can all be roasted on one big sheet pan, tossed with olive oil, s+p and dried thyme. Easy and usually a hit - also attractive with the colors!