If you’re wondering what to serve with your ham loaf, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 11 of the most popular side dishes for ham loaf.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best side dishes for a ham loaf are honey mustard sauce, spring salad, smashed potatoes, roasted asparagus and carrots, or a broccoli au gratin. I also recommend grilled pineapple, green beans almondine, or corn succotash. More filling sides include fettuccine alfredo or garlic pull-apart bread.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
Smashed potatoes with garlic butter
I like to think of smashed potatoes as quick and easy roasties, so they’re perfect for a last-minute weekend dinner.
You need to pre-boil the spuds before smashing them, and then roast them until they’re nice and crispy.
The fluffy insides are infused with a garlic flavor that’s delicious served next to a tender ham loaf.
These tasty smashed potatoes will soon convert you.
A spring salad at its most basic is a mix of all the best veggies spring has to offer – in this one is asparagus, radish, and pea shoots.
The salad will bring bright and vibrant flavors to your table, and keep the meal from getting too heavy.
The tasty scallion dressing is also really unique and adds a tartness to balance out the richness of the ham.
Green beans and almonds
Before you say sauteed green beans are boring, let me convince you they’re not.
First, they’re easy to cook, and second, they’re easy to dress up with zesty flavors like lemon and garlic. And when you add some crunchy almonds – it takes things to the next level.
Try this delicious green bean almondine with your hearty ham loaf.
You won’t be disappointed.
Ham and pineapple go together like strawberries and cream.
It’s a classic combination.
The sweetness of the pineapple contrasts with the salty ham, and the acidic citrusy notes will cut through the fattiness of the loaf so you get a nice balanced meal.
Psst… add some chili flakes to this grilled pineapple for a sweet and spicy contrast.
Honey mustard sauce
A ham loaf is usually glazed with a brown sugar and mustard mix.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t add some extra flavor with a dipping sauce.
Going with the mustard theme again (ham and mustard is a classic), I recommend a honey mustard sauce on the side.
It’s sweet-but-tangy and will liven up your ham loaf brilliantly.
Save the leftovers for the next day to spread in some ham sandwiches. Yum!
Broccoli au gratin
A broccoli au gratin is a sure winner.
Who could resist the crunchy broccoli florets blanketed in a smooth, velvety cream sauce.
It’s rich and rustic, and will make you feel warm and cozy inside. This broccoli au gratin recipe is perfect for a rainy day.
And you can use the salty ham loaf to mop up all the extra sauce you have at the end.
Cheese and garlic crack bread
Serving a crowd?
Grab some sourdough bread and make a fun cheese and garlic crack bread.
Each guest can pull their own buttery, cheesy piece of bread from the loaf and watch as the cheese stretches on for miles.
There’ll be plenty of laughter!
Use good quality bread for your cheese and garlic crack bread – it’s worth it.
Sweet corn succotash
A corn succotash is a simple, Southern side that pairs well with most meaty sides, ham loaf included.
It’s sweet and summery, but also buttery and creamy – what more could you want?
And best of all, this crunchy corn succotash can be on the table in 15 minutes, perfect when you’ve left everything to the last minute.
Mustardy mashed potatoes and ham loaf make a great pair.
The potato’s creamy, but sharp flavor will allow the savory, salty flavor of the ham to shine.
All you need is a side of green veggies like spinach or collard greens and you have a delicious, filling dinner.
Check out milk street to make this mash. A good tip is to use Yukon gold potatoes – these are the creamiest variety.
Roasted asparagus and carrots
Roasted vegetables are simple to make yet so tasty to eat.
It’s my go-to whenever I’m stumped for a side dish. Any vegetables you have in the fridge will work.
Asparagus and carrot may seem like a strange pairing. But they actually work really well together.
The sweet carrots complement the earthy asparagus nicely.
The trick to perfectly roasted asparagus and carrots is slicing the veggies the same size.
Serve your ham loaf over a bed of creamy fettuccine alfredo for a fancy meal that’s guaranteed to impress anyone.
The creaminess of the alfredo sauce helps to mellow out the strong flavors of the ham loaf, and no one will leave the table hungry.
Enjoy a weekend pasta meal with this creamy skinny fettuccine alfredo.
The best side dishes for ham loaf
- Smashed potatoes with garlic butter
- Spring salad
- Green beans and almonds
- Grilled pineapple
- Honey mustard sauce
- Broccoli au gratin
- Cheese and garlic crack bread
- Sweet corn succotash
- Mustardy mash
- Roasted Asparagus and carrots
- Fettuccine alfredo
What To Serve With Ham Loaf
- 1 portion ham loaf
- Prepare your ham loaf according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: smashed potatoes with garlic butter, spring salad, green beans and almonds, grilled pineapple, honey mustard sauce, broccoli au gratin, cheese and garlic crack bread, sweet corn succotash, mustardy mash, roasted asparagus and carrots, and fettuccine alfredo.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!