If you’re wondering what to serve with your cabbage rolls, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 17 of the most popular side dishes for cabbage rolls.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best dishes to serve with cabbage rolls are mashed potatoes, apple fennel slaw, pierogies, dinner rolls, and roasted baby carrots. Try mashed cauliflower, dill pickles, and jajik for healthier options. You can also serve kopytka, sauteed beets, scallion pancakes, fried rice, and egg drop soup.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
Serve your cabbage rolls with a heaped helping of creamy mashed potatoes for the ultimate comfort meal.
If you make your cabbage rolls with rice, you might think it’s too many carbs.
But let’s face it, nothing comes close to the comfort a bowl of buttery, fluffy mashed potatoes can give you.
Apple fennel slaw
Add a refreshing element to your cabbage rolls with a serving of this fresh apple fennel slaw.
This slaw has a lip-puckering tart flavor, which provides a delicious contrast to beef or pork-filled cabbage rolls.
The apples, fennel, and red onions used in this dish all share a satisfying crunchy texture that contrasts with the tenderness of the rolls.
This apple fennel slaw is a simple side dish that elevates any savory entree.
Hosting a holiday party?
Take inspiration from the Polish and make these pierogies to go with your cabbage rolls.
Little dumplings filled with mashed potatoes and cheese?
Sign me up!
These tasty treats are oh-so-irresistible that you’ll be able to demolish a plate of them without even noticing.
Make these homemade pierogies for dinner tonight!
Garlic butter noodles
These garlic butter noodles are the ideal side dish to a labor-intensive main dish like cabbage rolls.
They’re effortless to make – you only need a handful of ingredients that are probably sitting in your pantry.
Besides cooking the noodles, everything comes together in just one pot, which means less mess for you to clean up.
Get the full quick and easy garlic butter noodles recipe here.
You can’t go wrong serving your cabbage rolls alongside these golden-brown dinner rolls.
They’re soft and fluffy, ideal for soaking up the flavorful sauce from your cabbage rolls.
And the best part?
They’re ridiculously easy to make – even beginner bakers can make them.
This soft dinner rolls recipe is basically fool-proof.
Roasted baby carrots
Cabbage rolls can be a meal on their own, except they lack a veggie element for a fully nourishing meal (yes – I’m not counting the cabbage!).
These roasted baby carrots are an easy-breezy addition to your cabbage rolls.
These baby carrots are roasted in the air fryer instead of the oven.
Before roasting, they’re glazed with olive oil, honey, and cinnamon, giving them lightly crisp and caramelized exteriors and tender interiors.
I won’t blame you if you find yourself snacking on these air fryer roasted baby carrots – they’re that good
Want a light side dish to pair with your cabbage rolls?
This mashed cauliflower may just be what you’re looking for.
It’s a creamy but low-carb alternative to your run-of-the-mill mashed potatoes.
They don’t taste exactly like mashed potatoes, but they taste pretty close.
The secret to getting this almost as velvety as potatoes?
Buttermilk – it’s creamy and low-fat at the same time.
With how good this mashed cauliflower is, you just might forget about your traditional mashed potatoes.
Egg drop soup
Cabbage rolls are such a popular dish worldwide that many countries have their own versions.
In China, these cabbage rolls are treated like dumplings – they’re stuffed with an all-meat filling.
And, of course, egg drop soup is one of the best accompaniments for this dish.
It’s a warm and comforting soup made of simple, accessible ingredients.
Serve your cabbage rolls on the side of a fresh bowl of egg drop soup for a cozy meal.
Planning to have Chinese cabbage rolls as a snack?
Make it a heartier snack with a serving (or two) of these scallion pancakes.
These pancakes are incredibly flaky and chewy – you won’t be able to resist just tearing through one.
Want to take it up a notch?
Follow Chef de Home’s cue and whip up a quick sesame-soy ginger dipping sauce.
You can even dip your cabbage rolls in it!
If you want a more substantial side dish with your Chinese cabbage rolls, fried rice might just be what you’re looking for.
It’s the perfect base for your meat-filled cabbage rolls.
It’s packed to the brim with veggies and seasonings to amp up the umami flavors.
But you can easily customize your fried rice to your preference.
This fried rice is so good that you’ll want to have it for every meal of the day.
Do you feel like cabbage rolls are filling on their own and just want to spice them up?
These garlic dill pickles are what you’re looking for.
They have the right balance between spicy and tangy flavors, making them highly irresistible.
Plus, they have a delicious crunch that perfectly contrasts your delicate cabbage rolls.
This recipe from Foodie Crush will guide you on making your own homemade canned spicy garlic dill pickles, so you’ll always have them when your cravings hit.
It might be a touch too indulgent to serve borscht with cabbage rolls, but it doesn’t hurt to over-indulge in delicious comfort food once in a while, right?
Eat this soup on a cold winter day to let the warm and tangy flavors make you feel cozy.
Borscht is a one-pot wonder soup guaranteed to make your day instantly better.
Pro Tip: Add a dollop of sour cream to this soup to really take it up a notch.
Go on a culinary adventure and try Lebanese cabbage rolls with a side of jajik.
Also known as cucumber yogurt salad, this dish gives you a refreshing bite to contrast the dense cabbage rolls.
It’s incredibly simple, and you only need six ingredients to put together this salad.
This simple jajik recipe is the perfect base you can customize, depending on your tastes.
Bacon-wrapped green bean bundles
Serving cabbage rolls at your holiday dinner?
These meat-wrapped treats are an excellent dish to serve with your rolls.
The brown sugar, pepper, and rosemary sprinkled over your green bean bundles add a fun holiday flavor.
Keep an extra tray of these bacon-wrapped green bean bundles hidden from your guests so you won’t immediately run out.
Kopytka (Polish potato dumplings)
Making Polish cabbage rolls?
Also known as golabki, these cabbage rolls go superbly with a generous serving of kopytka.
It’s the best base for a meaty cabbage roll.
They may remind you of gnocchi. That’s why sometimes it’s also called Polish gnocchi.
But, kopytka has a distinct diamond shape that sets it apart from traditional italian gnocchi.
Curious about this dish?
Crunchy Creamy Sweet has a great, easy-to-follow recipe for these Polish potato dumplings.
The Ukrainian version of cabbage rolls (also known as Holubtsi) is often known as a labor of love, as it’s not the easiest dish to make.
So if you want to keep things simple after working on your cabbage rolls, these sauteed beets are the best side dish you can make.
The beets are cooked with vegetable broth until soft, and a squeeze of lemon is added to offset their sweetness.
These sauteed beets are a great make-ahead dish to make your meal preps easier.
Craving for a pasta dish to go with your cabbage rolls?
Kashe varnishkes is a Jewish pasta dish made of bowtie pasta and buckwheat groats.
The mushrooms and truffle oil add a delectable umami flavor to this dish.
If you’re up for something new, give these kashe varnishkes a try.
The best side dishes for cabbage rolls
- Mashed potatoes
- Apple fennel slaw
- Garlic butter noodles
- Dinner rolls
- Roasted baby carrots
- Mashed cauliflower
- Egg drop soup
- Scallion pancakes
- Fried rice
- Dill pickles
- Bacon-wrapped green bean bundles
- Kopytka (Polish potato dumplings)
- Sauteed beets
- Kashe varnishkes
What To Serve With Cabbage Rolls
- 1 portion cabbage rolls
- Prepare your cabbage rolls according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: mashed potatoes, apple fennel slaw, pierogies, garlic butter noodles, dinner rolls, roasted baby carrots, mashed cauliflower, egg drop soup, scallion pancakes, fried rice, dill pickles, borscht, jajik, bacon-wrapped green bean bundles, kopytka (polish potato dumplings), sauteed beets, and kashe varnishkes.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!