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What To Serve With Shawarma – 13 Authentic Sides

If you’re wondering what to serve with your shawarma, you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, I list 13 of the most popular side dishes for shawarma.

In a rush? Here’s the short answer.

The best dishes to serve with shawarma are pita bread, mujaddara, tabbouleh salad, chickpea salad, and falafel. You can also serve marinated feta, lamb koftas, and roasted Greek lemon potatoes. As for healthier options, you can serve grilled veggie skewers, dolmeh falafel, and pickled red cabbage.

Ready? Let’s jump right in.

Pita bread

One of the most common ways to serve shawarma is with soft pita bread. 

You can either cut the pita bread open and create a pocket for your shawarma…

Or you can keep it simple by topping the pita and rolling it over itself. 

Pita bread is readily available in grocery stores, but fresh homemade pita bread remains unmatched.

And the best part? 

It’s really easy to make – you only need five ingredients, and the most time-consuming step is letting the dough rise.

After making this delicious homemade pita bread, you’ll never look at store-bought the same way again. 


Another way to serve shawarma is over a bed of rice, like mujaddara. 

Mujaddara is a classic Middle Eastern comfort food.

It features lentils and rice that have been seasoned with warm, flavorful spices and fried onions. 

It is fragrant, flavorful, and packed to the brim with fiber, protein, and vitamins. 

Not only will it keep you warm and cozy, but it will also keep you healthy.

Mujaddara is a meatless dish, so you can easily use it as the base for both meat-based and meat-free shawarma. 

Make lots of crispy onions to add with your mujaddara for more flavor and crunch!

Homemade fries

Fries go well with absolutely anything – including shawarma, of course. 

Making fries at home is a piece of cake. 

Plus, you don’t even need to deal with deep-frying them. You can get ultra-crispy fries by baking them in the oven. 

It’s even healthier this way because you’re using less oil. 

Plan ahead and prepare a double batch of these oven-baked french fries – it’s a guarantee they’ll get devoured immediately. 

Middle eastern chickpea salad

Not a fan of chickpeas? 

Well, this chickpea salad may just change your mind. 

The key lies in tossing the chickpeas in a mix of cumin, allspice, and cardamom, then pan-frying them. 

They’ll transform into tasty little morsels that you can’t get enough of. 

This salad also features a perfectly balanced, zesty lemon dressing that ties the whole dish together. 

Make this salad to go with your shawarma for a complete meal that will leave you happy and full. 

Take your cue from RecipeTinEats and put a dollop of yogurt on top of this salad. 


Falafels are an excellent finger food that you can bring out alongside your shawarma wrap. 

They’re light, crisp, fluffy treats made with chickpeas, spices, and fresh herbs. 

And have I mentioned they’re completely vegan? (Hey, vegan shawarma lovers!).

Traditionally, falafel is deep-fried, but if you don’t want to deal with deep-frying – don’t worry! 

You can cook your falafels in the air fryer instead. 

You’ll still get the same crispy and fluffy treats without dealing with all the grease and mess. 

These air fryer falafel balls are quick and easy to make– you can have them ready at your table in just 15 minutes.  

Grilled veggie skewers

Since you’re already firing up your grill for your shawarma, go ahead and toss in a couple of veggie skewers for a delicious and healthy side dish. 

Grilling your veggies releases their natural sugars and adds a lovely smoky flavor that goes perfectly with your shawarma.

Vegetables that are best for grilling include:

  • Zucchini
  • Onions
  • Bell peppers
  • Mushrooms
  • Corn

To name a few.

Whip up a quick sauce to drizzle over your skewers, and you’re good to go.

Try these grilled vegetable skewers with you shawarma dinner today!

Marinated feta

Marinated feta is the easiest side dish you can put together to go with your shawarma. 

It’ll only take you a whopping five minutes to prepare this dish.

The only catch is that it has to sit overnight. 

Still, it’s minimal prep work for a simple but delectable side dish. 

I like to marinate my feta in olive oil with herbs like parsley and thyme.

I also add red chili pepper to get a spicy kick that complements the creaminess of the feta. 

Get creative and use any herbs you prefer for your marinade. The possibilities are endless when it comes to marinated feta.

Pickled red cabbage

Take your shawarma to the next level with this pickled red cabbage.

It’s a simple and flavorful dish that adds an extra oomph to your main dish.

Imagine the sweet-tangy flavors melting with the warm spices of your shawarma? 

It’s heaven in a bite. 

Another great thing about pickled red cabbage?

The bulk of the work lies in letting your cabbage mixture sit in your fridge and develop its flavors. 

So, chill out and relax as you wait for your pickled red cabbage to be ready. 

Top your shawarma with this easy pickled red cabbage for a tasty meal. 

Tabbouleh salad

Tabbouleh salad is the epitome of fresh salads. 

It’s a Levantine salad that features bulgur, tomatoes, cucumbers, lots of parsley and mint, all dressed in a vibrant lemon dressing.

It has everything you could want from a salad – crisp, refreshing, tangy, and pretty.

Serve it alongside your shawarma for a light yet filling meal. 

The fresh flavors of tabbouleh provide a refreshing contrast to your shawarma’s warm and bold flavors. 

Tabbouleh is best when chilled, so prepare it ahead of time and allow it to cool in your fridge for at least 20 minutes.  

Lamb kofta

Serving shawarma at your next barbecue?

Don’t forget to grill some lamb koftas to go along with it. 

Lamb kofta is a spiced meat mixture formed into logs, patties, or balls. 

They’re usually served on skewers, which makes them an instant crowd-pleaser. 

These take just 15 minutes to cook, so your guests can easily grab them when they’re done. 

Follow Taming Twins lead and whip up a quick yogurt dip for your lamb koftas. 

Pro Tip:  You can also use this yogurt dip for your shawarma! 

Dolmeh felfel

Dolmeh felfel is the Persian version of stuffed peppers.

It’s a hearty dish that features peppers stuffed with rice and beef and then cooked until the peppers are soft.

These stuffed peppers alongside your shawarma make for an eye-catching dish worthy of an Instagram post. 

These stuffed peppers also come with a flavorful sauce that you can spoon over your shawarma – sounds great, right?

Take a page out of I Got it from my Maman’s book and add some spice to your dolmeh by adding some hot peppers and a dash of smoked paprika powder.  

Roasted Greek lemon potatoes

You’ve never had roasted potatoes quite like this. 

Contrary to your typical roasted potatoes, these won’t come out extra crispy, but their flavor makes up for this. 

These potatoes come out of the oven soft and fluffy with a punchy, lemon-herb flavor that’ll knock your socks off. 

They go superbly with shawarma. 

These slow-roasted Greek lemon potatoes take some time to cook – but the wait’s so worth it. 

Halloumi fries

For the days when you want a crispy side dish that doesn’t involve potatoes, try these halloumi fries instead! 

Halloumi is a cheese that has a tangy and salty flavor. 

It only melts at extremely high temperatures, so you can fry or bake them like you would regular fries. 

Whether you bring them out as an appetizer or a side dish to go with your shawarma, these halloumi fries will be a massive hit among your guests.

For added flavor, put together a spicy mayo dip to go with these crispy halloumi fries.

The best side dishes for shawarma

  • Pita bread
  • Mujaddara
  • Homemade fries
  • Middle eastern chickpea salad
  • Falafel
  • Grilled veggie skewers
  • Marinated feta
  • Pickled red cabbage
  • Tabbouleh salad
  • Lamb kofta
  • Dolmeh felfel
  • Roasted Greek lemon potatoes
  • Halloumi fries

What To Serve With Shawarma

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your shawarma.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: shawarma side dishes, what to serve with shawarma
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 144kcal


  • 1 portion shawarma


  • Prepare your shawarma according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
  • Side dishes include: pita bread, mujaddara, homemade fries, middle eastern chickpea salad, falafel, grilled veggie skewers, marinated feta, pickled red cabbage, tabbouleh salad, lamb kofta, dolmeh felfel, roasted greek lemon potatoes, and halloumi fries.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy.


Serving: 100g | Calories: 144kcal

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