If you’re wondering what to serve with your cassoulet, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 11 of the most popular side dishes for cassoulet.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best side dishes for cassoulet are roasted duck fat potatoes, sauteed spinach, braised red cabbage, and mashed potatoes. Try serving a celery salad, arugula salad, or navel orange salad for lighter options. For something a little unusual, serve the cassoulet over a cauliflower steak.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
Roasted duck fat potatoes
Name a better pairing than cassoulet and roasted duck fat potatoes?
They’re soft on the inside and extra crispy on the outside, and the duck fat gives them real depth of flavor.
Once the potatoes start soaking up all the juice from the cassoulet – every bite is a taste of heaven!
You can either render your own duck fat or buy it at a specialty grocery store for this recipe.
Braised red cabbage
Take some inspiration from German cuisine and make braised red cabbage to go with your French cassoulet.
Red cabbage and granny smith apples are cooked down in vinegar and various aromatics.
The resulting dish?
Tender cabbage and apple with a surprisingly tart flavor that will liven cassoulet and keep things from getting too heavy.
This braised red cabbage recipe takes an hour to cook, but it’s well worth it.
Navel orange salad
Duck and orange is a classic flavor combination, and it’s easy to see why.
The sweetness of the oranges complements the rich, savory flavors of the cassoulet perfectly, and the slight acidic notes help cut through the fatty meat.
Not to mention the colorful orange slices are sure to get you some major points for creativity.
Some chopped pecans add a final crunchy touch to this recipe from Gina.
Creamy mashed potatoes
When it comes to comfort food, few dishes can rival a hearty cassoulet.
However, one simple side can take this already cozy dish to the next level: mashed potatoes.
No one will be able to resist a thick bed of mashed potatoes with a heaped spoonful of saucy cassoulet on top.
Psst… I like to add green onions to my mash to add a hint of sharpness. Mustard also works well.
Roasted cherry tomatoes
Cassoulet is a perfect meal for a cold winter night.
And you know what else is great when the weather is cold?
The sweetness of the tomatoes pairs perfectly with the stew’s meaty goodness, and the roasting process makes them extra juicy.
Another plus? They look great on the plate.
Lemony celery crunch salad
Want a salad bursting with healthiness and greens?
Try this lemony celery crunch salad.
Celery is super light and refreshing, which contrasts nicely with your hearty stew. And the bright citrus notes from the lemon dressing will balance out all the rich flavors.
Get the full recipe by Kristen Smo here.
Not sold on celery salad?
This arugula salad might be the one for you.
It’s extremely simple, with only arugula, parmesan, and the dressing.
But of course, you can add any extra salad ingredients you have to hand.
I think some cucumber and radish would go wonderfully.
The salad comes together in just 10 minutes, so it’s perfect for a last-minute addition to the table.
If you’re looking for a way to mop up the sauce from your cassoulet, look no further than French bread.
If you’re going to go for store-bought bread, make sure it’s freshly baked so it has a soft and airy inside, with a crisp crust.
But if you’re feeling brave, why not learn how to make your own with this 1-hour recipe!
For a fancy, bold main like cassoulet all you need is a simple side.
But that doesn’t mean it has to lack flavor.
This spinach is sauteed in olive oil that’s been infused with fresh garlic, and it’s finished with a spritz of lemon juice to keep things light.
Healthy Recipes has a 15-minute recipe that’s great for a mid-week treat.
Want to try something a little bit different?
What about a tender cauliflower “steak” with a lightly crisp, golden-brown crust that’s seasoned to perfection?
Your guests will be wowed!
Jessica Gavin’s flavors her steaks with chimichurri – but you can skip this when you’re pairing it with a cassoulet.
Minty green peas
Minty green peas are a delightfully refreshing side dish for cassoulet.
The sweet, bright flavor of the peas will help lighten the heavy stew and bring some summery vibes.
177 milk street adds lemon and feta to her peas for even more pizazz.
Psst.. this works with frozen or fresh peas.
The best side dishes to serve with cassoulet
- Roasted duck fat potatoes
- Braised red cabbage
- Navel orange salad
- Creamy mashed potatoes
- Roasted cherry tomatoes
- Lemony celery crunch salad
- Arugula salad
- French bread
- Sauteed spinach
- Cauliflower steak
- Minty green peas
What To Serve With Cassoulet
- 1 portion cassoulet
- Prepare your cassoulet according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: roasted duck fat potatoes, braised red cabbage, navel orange salad, creamy mashed potatoes, roasted cherry tomatoes, lemony celery crunch salad, arugula salad, french bread, sauteed spinach, cauliflower steak, and minty green peas.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!