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Need Side Dish ideas for homemade pizza

gerry27 Sep 11, 2011 09:20 AM

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?


  1. IndyGirl Sep 11, 2011 09:23 AM

    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.

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      FishTales Sep 11, 2011 09:49 AM

      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...


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        escondido123 Sep 11, 2011 10:05 AM

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

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          ChiliDude Sep 11, 2011 10:15 AM

          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. hotoynoodle Sep 11, 2011 11:31 AM

            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.

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            1. re: hotoynoodle
              escondido123 Sep 11, 2011 11:57 AM

              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
                hotoynoodle Sep 11, 2011 12:11 PM

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

                1. re: escondido123
                  monavano Sep 11, 2011 01:00 PM

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

                2. re: hotoynoodle
                  ChiliDude Sep 13, 2011 04:37 AM

                  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
                    monavano Sep 13, 2011 07:28 AM

                    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
                      ChiliDude Sep 13, 2011 08:20 AM

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

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                        monavano Sep 13, 2011 08:45 AM

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

                3. monavano Sep 11, 2011 11:56 AM

                  I'm in the salad camp. No matter what type of pizza or toppings you pick, there is a salad that will go with it. I love the cold crunch of salad as a counterpoint to warm pizza.

                  1. Kajikit Sep 11, 2011 01:06 PM

                    Pizza is a meal unto itself. It doesn't need any accompaniments except possibly a fresh green salad to cut the grease, and you've already got that taken care of.

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                    1. re: Kajikit
                      IndyGirl Sep 11, 2011 01:45 PM

                      I had the same thought, but I've been in this position before, where I felt like I wanted something *else.* That's why I suggested something light like white beans, which actually make a great accompaniment.

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                      escondido123 Sep 13, 2011 09:39 AM

                      So gerry27, what did you do?

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                      1. re: escondido123
                        gerry27 Sep 13, 2011 04:44 PM

                        I actually used one of my own suggestion that I made on another post. I made a roasted corn salad with lots of lime juice, roasted red peppers, black olives and a big handful on cilantro. It went great with the pies I made!

                        (Homemade mozzarella, olive oil, basil and spicy sausage )

                        I will def try the white bean idea next time (I just didn't have any on hand)

                        thanks all!

                        1. re: gerry27
                          ChiliDude Sep 14, 2011 07:34 AM

                          Glad things worked out and thanks for relaying the result.

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