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jambalaya---what to serve with it?

Making jambalaya with chicken and sausage tomorrow night (no shrimp).
What are some thoughts on side dishes that fit the regional cuisine?
Salad? If so, what kind?
Other ideas?
Thanks.

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  1. corn bread is always good....
    and i personally like mine over the rice more than the rice in it...

    i guess u could do any kind of salad..unless the salad has the same things that are in the jamabalya...like i wouldnt go with a lot of tomatoes..
    more complimentary greens i would think...

    not much else..theres already alot in jambalaya

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        1. re: nmurawsk

          Cheers. I am partial to Zapps' Cajun Crawtators.

          1. re: nmurawsk

            IMO, there's not much extra needed for a bowl of jambalaya.

            Some corn bread (non-sweetened) to sop up the bowl/plate, and a couple of cold brews should hit the spot...

      1. I'm not part of the crowd that believes every meal needs to round out the nutritional chart. Therefore, my advice would be not to over think this thing. Jambalaya and corn bread is a full meal. Just make sure you do a good job on the corn bread, and remember that some people like it dry and crumbly while others (myself included) like it moist and dense.

        1. Any non-starchy "soul food" side would do (I'm assuming the rice is enough starch for one meal/ :) :

          Green veggies:

          Collard, mustard, or turnip greens
          Cabbage (boiled with salt pork)
          Zucchini
          Okra
          Green beans / haricots verts

          Orange/yellow veggies:

          Yellow squash
          mirlitons (chayote squash)
          candied carrots

          Other:

          Cucumber-tomato salad
          French bread
          Coffee with chicory
          Beignets!

          1. I agree with GutGrease some dishes/ courses do not require side dishes (e.g. risotto, paella). You can have a salad before the jambalaya as it's own course.

            1. Mirlitons, also known as chayote, would make an easy salad with some baby greens and herbs. For dressing, consider a slightly sweet vinaigrette. Rather than serve another starch, I might also consider serving corn in the form of macque choux. Since fresh corn isn't in season, you can substitute frozen and creamed corn. I usually make mine purely vegetarian, but you can kick it up with some bacon as well.