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13 Best Side Dishes for Lasagne

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Your lasagne is so good it would make any nonna proud! To finish off the dinner menu, you’ll need the best side dishes to make your lasagne stand out even more!

13 Best Side Dishes for Lasagne

Lasagne is the traditional feast dish of Italians (although some say Ancient Greece but let’s not go there!) and is usually the first or pasta course for Christmas and Easter.

A well-made lasagne is a labour of love with only the best ingredients. Every layer has its own traditional recipe and methods, all perfectly constructed to create mouthfuls of pure bliss. A good ragu of beef and pork mince can sometimes take 12 hours to cook with the belief that the longer they cook for, the tastier it is.

This is then followed by the tricky bechamel sauce where you have to find the balance of not burning it as you ensure there are no lumps as you mix the flour, butter and milk. Last but not least, let’s not forget the pièce de résistance, the pasta sheets. Rolling out these large sheets to perfection takes some practise with gratifying end results.

Cooked for hours on end and devoured in a matter of minutes, a good lasagne also needs some salads. Here, we have some of the best sides dishes for lasagne that will complement its flavours so well. We have Jerusalem artichokes, tricolour quinoa, pomegranate and purple kale. The choices are aplenty, appealing to all your culinary senses.


Asian Eggplant Salad with Miso Dressing

Asian Eggplant Salad with Miso Dressing

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This is the best side dish for lasagne. Simple yet full of flavour, caramelised eggplant with tofu and asparagus is magically tied together with a luxuriously creamy miso dressing.

Baby Cauliflower and Spiced Chickpeas with Beetroot Tahini

Baby Cauliflower and Spiced Chickpeas with Beetroot Tahini

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Need the best side dish for lasagne? Look no further!

What could be more scrumptious than whole roasted baby cauliflower? Combine them with spiced chickpeas and beetroot tahini, and you’ll have a middle eastern inspired salad that won’t disappoint.

Tropical Mango Salad with Coconut Flakes

Tropical Mango Salad with Coconut Flakes

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Sweet golden mangoes matched perfectly with roasted coconut flakes, crunchy red cabbage, fresh mint and salty peanuts with a tangy lime and fish sauce dressing. A vibrant and healthy mango recipe that is punchy and with a whole lot of tropical vibes.

This is the best side dish for lasagne as it helps to balance out the strong and hearty flavours.

Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Chestnuts and Pomegranate

Pomegranate Cauliflower Salad with Chestnuts

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Imagine little roasted florets sprinkled with red seeds against a backdrop of bright green sprouts. This Pomegranate Roasted Cauliflower Salad is a recipe bursting with contrasting flavours and textures. You couldn’t possibly find a better side dish for lasagne!

Red Tamarillo Salad with Basil

Red Tamarillo Salad with Basil

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Whipped up in 15 minutes, this Red Tamarillo Salad is super easy to make. Enjoy the sweet and tangy tamarillo fruit accompanied by aromatic basil, sweet pops of cherry tomatoes and creamy chickpeas. No cooking required; this salad really aims to please and truly is one of the best sides for lasagna.

Yellow Salad with Zucchini Flowers

Yellow Salad with Zucchini Flowers

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Zucchini flowers are such special ingredients. Beautiful to look at and delicious when devoured. Let’s spoil your friends and family with this gold and yellow themed salad!

This salad is fantastic as you’re already spent so much time on your lasagne and yet you need a show stopping side dish.

Purple Kale Salad with Rainbow Chard.

Purple Kale Salad with Rainbow Chard

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Yes, we still eat kale and yes, it is delicious! This Purple Kale Salad mixed through with the umami flavours of the miso mayonnaise dressing will convert the haters. Not only does it taste good but the vibrant colours make for a stunning looking salad for lasagne!

Tomato and Artichoke Salad with Mint Dressing

Tomato and Artichoke Salad with Mint Dressing

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Simple fresh ingredients combined together for a delicious and quick salad. Sweet tomatoes combined with marinated artichokes, piquant red sorrel leaves and a refreshing mint dressing make this salad perfect for lasagne.

Wombok, Red Cabbage and Apple Slaw

Wombok, Red Cabbage and Apple Slaw

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Super fresh Asian inspired salad packed with crunch and spicy tang. Our Wombok, Red Cabbage and Apple Slaw is a crowd pleaser especially when dialled up with a sharp coriander and lime dressing.

With your lasagne main course being a really filling and rich tasting dish, this salad will help to refresh your palate.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad with Dutch Carrots

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad with Dutch Carrots

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Sweet maple roasted Brussels sprouts and Dutch carrots salad, what’s not to love? Along with the nutty texture of freekeh balanced with freshness of peas and rounded off with creamy goat cheese, our warm Brussels sprouts salad is insanely flavoursome.

Jerusalem Artichoke, Pear and Prosciutto Salad

Jerusalem Artichoke, Pear and Prosciutto Salad

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Crunchy textures with lingering salty notes, this Prosciutto Salad with sweet pears and delicious Jerusalem artichoke is perfect to kick start a night of delicious food. Truly the best side for lasagne that your guests will love!

Gem Avocado and Watercress Salad

Gem Avocado and Watercress Salad

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Tame the peppery tousled watercress with the creaminess of the avocado and the distinct umami flavours of the ponzu salad dressing. This Gem Avocado Salad is a crazy easy salad that can be whipped up in under 20 minutes!

Tricolour Quinoa Salad with Roast Vegetables

Tricolour Quinoa Salad with Roast Vegetables

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Deliciously sweet roasted baby peppers, caramelised eggplant and tangy lemon mingled in with nutty tricolour quinoa and a zingy lemon garlic dressing. A colourful quinoa recipe that would shine at any meal with lasagne.


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Kay September 17, 2020 - 3:43 pm

What a fabulous selection of sides to go with lasagne. My favourite tried and tested is the mango tropical salad but I will be trying out some if your other ideas soon!

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Kasy Allen September 17, 2020 - 4:29 pm

Oh, goodness, I’ve just been schooled in salads! Wow, so very impressed! 🤤 With 3 gallon sized bags of fresh lettuce in the fridge (after needing to harvest from our first round of snow this year), I was wondering what the heck to do with all of this lettuce. Girl, you got my back! These look AMAZING! Great photography, content, and recipes!

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Amanda Marie Boyle September 17, 2020 - 8:59 pm

I already love the tomato artichoke salad, can’t wait to try some more of these.

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Tera September 18, 2020 - 5:10 am

Super helpful! I always struggle with side dishes!

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Christina September 18, 2020 - 5:38 am

I love these ideas! Everything looks incredibly delicious, can’t wait to make some of these!

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Magali September 19, 2020 - 3:57 am

You are such an inspiration! I always enjoy your recipes! Thank you!

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