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Sep 11, 2011 09:20 AM

Need Side Dish ideas for homemade pizza

Making Pizza for a batch of friends tonight, and I need some ideas on what to serve on the side. Someone is already bringing a fresh green salad, so I'd like another side to serve as well.

Preferably, something I can prep earlier in the day, so I can spend more time on the pizzas.....

any thoughts?


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  1. White bean salad? (Rosemary, white beans, little bit of white or red wine vinegar, salt, and rosemary and maybe red pepper flakes?) I tihnk some protein would be nice.

    1. If you put the right things on top you won't need anything extra on the side. Well, maybe a glass of wine or two...


      1. Maybe a fresh corn salad, though I really think a salad is all you need.

        1. Not knowing what toppings you're gonna put on the pizza makes this tricky. How 'bout a serving dish containing marinated artichoke hearts, several kinds of olives, marinated mushrooms, and pickled peperoncini for people who can tolerate a little heat.

          You may need to go out or send someone out to buy these comestibles. If you decide on this idea, you won't have to make anything from scratch.

          1. because of the tomato sauce, i've never been a fan of salads or marinated foods with pizza. broccoli rabe with garlic and red pepper flakes, or garlicky spinach would be my call. roasted cauliflower with pine nuts and golden raisins would be good to. these veg dishes also work room temp, so you could make them ahead.

            7 Replies
            1. re: hotoynoodle

              But rabe is one of my favorite pizza toppings, along with some Romano when it comes out of the oven. Just had one last night.

              1. re: escondido123

                love it in pizza too, but we have no idea what kind of za's op is serving, lol.

                1. re: escondido123

                  Love rabe on pizza, too! It is a good idea for a side. It'll definitely hold its own.

                2. re: hotoynoodle

                  Have you seen the price of pine nuts lately? They are $30 a pound around here because of a bad crop in China last year.

                  1. re: ChiliDude

                    If I were to buy pine nuts, I'd buy from Italy only and pay the money. That said, walnuts are a great substitute.

                    1. re: monavano

                      I know about walnut substitution, but I agree that going Italian is more patriotic since such genes are in my wife's DNA.

                      1. re: ChiliDude

                        I also thought the pine nuts from China were thought to be questionable (quality and age) and implicated for the occasional pine mouth.