If you’re wondering what to serve with your goulash, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 15 of the most popular side dishes for goulash.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best side dishes to serve with goulash are lemon parmesan pasta, braised red cabbage, and bread dumplings. For a lighter side, you can serve brussel sprout chips, couscous green pea salad, or a Hungarian cucumber salad. For something slightly different, you could serve a cauliflower steak or egg-fried rice.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
Hungarian cucumber salad
If you’re aiming to serve a well-rounded Hungarian meal at home, then this lovely cucumber salad is exactly what you need.
The cooling, creamy cucumbers will provide a stark contrast to the rich, savory stew, and keep everything from getting too heavy.
Check out recipes from Europe to learn how you can make it (you’ll need to plan ahead so you can give the cucumbers time to absorb all the flavors from the sauce).
Stew and dumplings are a classic combination.
So it makes a lot of sense to pair these Southern German bread dumplings with your Hungarian goulash.
The dumplings will soak up all the delicious sauce, meaning each bite is packed with flavor.
And they’re super easy to make. All you need is some leftover bread and the rest of the ingredients are pantry staples.
Egg fried rice
Are you a fan of fusion cuisine?
Take your plain rice to the next level by turning it into egg-fried rice.
The nutty sesame oil and umami from the soy sauce add a depth of flavor to the goulash I didn’t think was possible.
Check out this delicious fried rice from the kitchen sanctuary. It’s a must-try!
Brussel sprout chips
Have you ever had Brussel sprout chips?
If you haven’t then I recommend you get on it asap!
They’re a really fun way to get some veggies in, and definitely my favorite way to eat brussel sprouts.
The crunchy texture works really well with the soft goulash too.
Get ready to be blown away by these banging Brussel sprout chips.
Lemon parmesan pasta
As the winter sets in, there’s nothing like having a big bowl of warm goulash in front of you.
Pour the stew over a bed of cheesy pasta and you have the ultimate comfort meal.
And the lemon in the pasta provides some acidity to cut through all the richness.
Check out Wellness by Kay’s simple recipe. It’s easy enough for weeknights and fancy enough for weekends.
Braised red cabbage (or pickled)
To make braised red cabbage, the 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 up goulash wonderfully.
It takes an hour to cook, but if you don’t have the time a good substitute is some pickled red cabbage. It will bring a similar tartness.
Goulash is an excellent on-the-go lunch or dinner option because you can prepare it early and just heat it up when you’re ready to eat.
And broccoli makes a great on-the-go side.
It comes together in 15 minutes and reheats well, staying nice and crunchy.
This broccoli stir-fry is going to be your saving grace when you have a jam-packed schedule.
Couscous green pea salad
This couscous salad is ideal when you want something substantial but also want some veggies.
The sweet green peas add freshness, and the couscous is filling but won’t make you feel stuffed.
Then everything is tied together with a zesty vinaigrette that adds some sharpness.
Check out how you can make this wholesome side dish for your goulash from Byron’s kitchen.
30-minute dinner rolls
There’s no scent quite like fresh warm dinner rolls coming out of the oven.
Serve them alongside your goulash and watch as they soak up all the yummy sauce.
Make sure to save a few bites to mop up all the sauce at the end, that way not a drop of the goulash will go to waste.
It might take you thirty minutes to make these dinner rolls but trust me, they’re worth it!
Fresh caesar salad
Goulash is warm and savory.
Caesar salad is light and creamy.
Together you have the definition of balance! A caesar salad is perfect when you don’t want anything too filling as a side.
Check out my favorite caesar salad from cooking classy. You’ll love it!
Easy sauteed veggies
Sometimes a simple side is all you need.
Especially when your main dish is as hearty and flavorful as goulash.
This vegetable medley can be made in 15 minutes, and you can use any vegetables you have lying around in your fridge.
So you might not even have to go to the shop.
Jolie keeps things easy with a basic (but tasty) salt and pepper seasoning.
Cheesy mashed potatoes
Do you have a go-to side?
For me, it’s mashed potatoes.
They go with pretty much anything and you can flavor them however you like.
These creamy mashed potatoes have cheese.
But other things I like to add include mustard or horseradish (for a bit of a kick), or some greek yogurt (for a more tangy flavor).
Psst… want a low-carb version? Try cauliflower mash.
Want to try something a little bit different?
These cauliflower steaks will turn your homely goulash into a restaurant-worthy dish.
A tender cauliflower “steak” with a lightly crisp, golden-brown crust that’s seasoned to perfection.
Your guests will be wowed!
You can also follow Jessica Gavin’s lead and prepare a separate sauce like chimichurri for these cauliflower steaks.
Southern collard greens
From one soothing meal to another.
The bacon fat in these collard greens adds a deep smokiness to the dish and the bitter greens add some bite.
Try this southern collard greens recipe from my sequined life.
And as an added bonus, your kitchen will smell uh-mazing.
A great alternative to the classic potato fries are these rutabaga fries (or swede fries).
They have a mild but sweet flavor, so meld well with the savory goulash.
And you don’t need a dipping sauce because you already have a big bowl of soup.
These oven-baked fries are healthy and delicious.
The best side dishes to serve with goulash
- Hungarian cucumber salad
- Bread dumplings
- Egg fried rice
- Brussel sprout chips
- Lemon parmesan pasta
- Braised red cabbage (or pickled cabbage)
- Sauteed broccoli
- Couscous green pea salad
- 30-minute dinner rolls
- Fresh caesar salad
- Easy sauteed veggies
- Cheesy mashed potatoes
- Cauliflower steak
- Southern collard greens
- Rutabaga Fries
What To Serve With Goulash
- 1 portion goulash
- Prepare your Hungarian goulash according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: Hungarian cucumber salad, bread dumplings, egg fried rice, brussel sprout chips, lemon parmesan pasta, braised red cabbage (or pickled), sauteed broccoli, couscous green pea salad, 30-minute dinner rolls, fresh caesar salad, easy sauteed veggies, cheesy mashed potatoes, cauliflower steak, southern collard greens, and rutabaga fries.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!