If you’re wondering what to serve with your caprese salad, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 39 of the most popular side dishes for caprese salad.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best dishes to serve with Caprese salad are creamy gnocchi, no-knead ciabatta, grilled shrimp, and baked fish. You can also try grilled flank steak, bacon-wrapped scallops, or a flatbread pizza. For veggie options, try raw avocado pesto salad or fried avocado slices.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
Raw avocado pesto zucchini noodles
Zucchini noodles are my go-to pasta alternative – they’re low-carb and super nourishing.
They’re usually cooked, but you can also enjoy them raw (like in this recipe).
The crunchy faux noodles, combined with the creamy and herby avocado pesto are a fabulous accompaniment to your juicy Caprese salad.
Why we love this recipe: it’s the perfect addition to vegetarian meals.
This classic Italian-American chicken marsala is one of my favorite dishes to make.
It’s easy to whip up and super tasty – as your chicken cutlets cook, they absorb the nutty, slightly sweet flavors of your marsala sauce.
Psst… no marsala wine? Use Madeira or dry white wine.
Serve this alongside a fresh bowl of Caprese salad for a satisfying low-carb meal.
Why we love this recipe: it’s great for busy weeknight dinners.
Grilled flank steak with salsa verde
Flank steak gets a bad rep for being tough, but all it needs is a marinade and about 10 minutes on the grill to become tender, juicy, and oh-so-tasty.
This recipe calls for an Italian-style salsa verde as a marinade to infuse your flank steak with bright, herby flavors.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a steak dinner that won’t break the bank.
Creamy roasted garlic gnocchi
I’m a big pasta lover, but for those days when I want to indulge, this gnocchi dish is perfect.
After all, what’s more decadent than pillowy potato dumplings drenched in a luscious, garlicky, creamy sauce?
The roasted garlic adds a delicate sweetness to your dish – don’t be tempted to swap it for sauteed garlic!
Why we love this recipe: it’s pure comfort on a plate
Baked fish with lemon garlic butter
Baked fish served alongside Caprese salad makes for a delightfully light but satisfying meal.
This dish boasts fresh, citrusy flavors that pair well with your salad’s creamy and tart notes.
For best results, use white fish like cod and snapper for this dish – they have a delicate flavor, which allows the butter sauce to shine.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a healthy, budget-friendly dish.
No-knead ciabatta bread
A loaf of good, crusty bread is all your Caprese salad really needs to complete it.
I especially like this ciabatta bread – it has a thin, crisp crust and a light, airy crumb.
Use a slice to mop up the juices from your salad or as a base for an open-face Caprese sandwich.
Why we love this recipe: it’s ideal for beginner bakers.
Grilled flatbread with prosciutto
Take pizza nights up a notch with this gorgeous grilled flatbread – it’s made from scratch and topped with sweet and salty prosciutto, peppery arugula, and tart goat’s cheese.
It’s simple, but this flavor combination with the smokiness from your grilled flatbread is simply delightful.
Why we love this recipe: you can customize the toppings however you like.
Grilled flatbread with prosciutto, arugula, and goat’s cheese
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Fried avocado slices
If you’ve never tried fried avocado slices, you’re missing out.
Golden panko bread crumbs give you that satisfying crunch to contrast the avocado’s signature creaminess.
These are great as a snack but also superb mixed into a Caprese salad.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a fun way to incorporate avocados into your meals.
Cajun grilled shrimp
Grilled shrimp are ideal if you want something fancy, but you’re in a rush.
They only need a few minutes to cook, and you can season them in loads of different ways.
This recipe uses a classic Cajun blend for a spicy kick.
Pair your Caprese salad with these Cajun shrimp for a tasty protein boost.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a guaranteed crowd pleaser.
Peaches are one of those summer fruits that taste absolutely phenomenal when grilled.
They soften nicely and their juices caramelize making them extra sweet.
You can use these grilled peaches in the Caprese salad, or as a sweet treat to serve after your main meal – just add ice cream, and you’ve got a winning dessert.
Why we love this recipe: they’re finger-lickingly good.
Easy arugula salad
You can’t really go wrong serving your caprese salad over some basic greens.
The arugula will bring a peppery and slightly bitter taste to your plate, which will cut right through the rich mozzarella.
For a more delicate flavor, use baby arugula.
Why we love this recipe: you only need six ingredients, two for the salad and four for the dressing.
Turn your Caprese salad into a restaurant-worthy meal with these bacon-wrapped scallops.
The bacon’s salty flavor is an excellent contrast to the slightly sweet and nutty scallops.
Pro tip: since scallops cook fast, this recipe recommends par-cooking your bacon first. You won’t overcook your seafood, and you’ll get crispy bacon.
Why we love this recipe: it’s simple but really impressive.
Complete your party spread with a tasty veggie burger.
This particular urger is a chipotle copy, using black beans, rice, cilantro, cumin, and chile powder.
But there are SO many vegetarian burger options to pick from, don’t be put off if this one doesn’t appeal.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a great way to sneak veggies into fussy eaters.
What meat goes with Caprese salad?
Caprese salad is excellent with grilled meats like BBQ grilled chicken and steak. It’s also great with dishes that don’t need grilling, like a pork tenderloin roast, or honey garlic glazed salmon.
Best meat dishes to serve with Caprese salad
- BBQ grilled chicken
- Garlic butter steak bites
- Pork tenderloin roast
- Honey garlic glazed salmon
- Brown sugar bacon-wrapped scallops
- Chicken marsala
What To Serve With Caprese Salad
- 1 portion caprese salad
- Prepare your caprese salad according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.S
- ide dishes include: raw avocado pesto zucchini noodles, chicken marsala, grilled flank steak with salsa verde, creamy roasted garlic gnocchi, baked fish with lemon garlic butter, no-knead ciabatta bread, grilled flatbread with prosciutto, fried avocado slices, cajun grilled shrimp, grilled peaches, bacon-wrapped scallops, marinated lamb chops, and veggie burgers.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!