What to Serve With Roast Pork: Appetizers, Side Dishes, and More

Elevate your pork roast with these tasty starters and sides

Broccoli cheese casserole

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Are you looking for ideas on what to serve with roast pork? Pork roast is a fabulous main dish to serve at any gathering, from holiday celebrations, to weekend dinners with family and friends. When paired with side dishes that complement it perfectly, roast pork is transformed from an everyday protein, into a special, celebratory meal. Elevate your pork roast with our winning recipes for perfectly paired side dishes, desserts, salads, and drinks.

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    Quinoa Salad With Arugula, Butternut Squash and Citrus Vinaigrette

    Quinoa Salad With Arugula, Butternut Squash and Citrus Vinaigrette

     Miri Rotkovitz

    Serve this festive, colorful, nutty-tasting quinoa salad with butternut squash, zingy arugula, and a lively citrus vinaigrette alongside roast pork for holiday meals or Sunday lunch. It's packed with nutrition and flavor, and looks wonderfully appetizing on the plate.

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    Potato Gratin With Cheese and Bacon

    Potato Gratin With Cheese and Bacon

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    Do something different from the usual scalloped potatoes, and make this next-level potato gratin with cheese and bacon. Use a waxy potato variety, such as Charlotte or new potatoes, and a strong-flavored cheese, such as Reblochon, Epoisses, or aged sharp cheddar.

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    Homemade Slow Cooker Applesauce

    Homemade Slow Cooker Applesauce

     Manuela Weschke/E+/Getty Images

    Yes, you could buy applesauce to accompany your pork dinner — but this crockpot recipe is so easy, and yields a homemade spiced applesauce with delicious flavor. It couldn't be simpler or more satisfying to make in your slow cooker, and freezes well up to three months.

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    Baked Macaroni and Cheese

    Baked Macaroni and Cheese

     The Spruce Eats

    Baked macaroni and cheese is a classic side dish for roast pork, and is always welcome on dinner plates. This winning Southern-style recipe includes a quick from-scratch cheese sauce, and a buttery toasted breadcrumb topping that adds welcome crunch to the creaminess of the casserole.

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    Easy Beer Braised Cabbage

    Easy Beer Braised Cabbage

     Katie Workman/themom100/Evi Abeler

    Braised cabbage and pork are a classic combination hailing from Germany. This recipe takes the flavor up a notch, with the addition of crispy bacon and onions, all sautéed in the beer of your choice. Cheers!

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    Roasted Brussels Sprouts

    Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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    Roasting Brussels sprouts with olive oil and salt in a hot oven brings out the natural sweetness in this healthy vegetable, which can taste bitter when steamed. The cooked sprouts are finished with a little melted butter and lemon juice to balance out the flavors and add a welcome acidic note.

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    Fig and Kale Salad

    Fig and Kale Salad

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    Figs are at their best from June to early fall, and this scrumptious salad makes the most of their signature sweet flavor. Ripe avocado is blended with lemon juice to create the creamy dressing for this super-healthy fig and kale salad, with carrot, zucchini, and flaxseed adding extra nutrition and crunch.

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    Easy Broccoli Cheese Casserole

    Easy Broccoli Cheese Casserole

     Diana Miller/Getty Images

    Everyone's favorite broccoli cheese casserole just got easier, with this clever recipe that uses Velveeta cheese, frozen broccoli spears, and condensed soups for the filling, all cooked under a buttery breadcrumb topping family members and guests alike will love digging into.

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    Granny Smith Apple Slaw

    Granny Smith Apple Slaw

     Sabrina S. Baksh/Regarding BBQ Inc.

    Apples pair beautifully with roast pork, and this tasty, tangy slaw with tart-sweet Granny Smith apples is a great way to wake up palates. The lively mayonnaise-based dressing includes cilantro, mustard, lemon juice, caraway seeds, and thyme, for fantastic flavor.

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    Roasted Butternut Squash With Sage

    Roasted Butternut Squash With Sage

     Diana Rattray

    Roasted butternut squash takes on a caramelized sweetness that nicely complements pork's mild flavor. This vegetable side dish recipe is a snap to fix, with olive oil, sage, salt and pepper, and onions (if you like). Toss in a few dried cranberries for extra color and flavor.

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    Creamy Mashed Cauliflower

    Creamy Mashed Cauliflower

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    Creamy mashed cauliflower is a lower-carb alternative to the mashed potatoes you might serve with pork. This recipe includes some potatoes in the mix, plus shredded cheddar cheese, for a side dish that packs all the great flavor and luscious texture you crave, and then some. 

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    Spinach Salad With Apple Vinaigrette

    Spinach Salad With Apple Vinaigrette

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    Crisp spinach salad with a tangy apple vinaigrette makes a lovely, simple starter at dinner, and is a great way to prepare your palate for roast pork. Feel free to toss in toasted walnut halves, or even crumbled cooked bacon, for a heartier salad course.

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    Herb Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

    Herb Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

     The Spruce Eats

    Fingerling potatoes have an appealing shape, sweet flavor, and firm, creamy texture that makes them a great choice for serving with roasted pork. Use fresh herbs from your garden, or your favorite grocery store aromatics, plus a little olive oil, to boost their naturally rich flavor.

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    Glazed Fresh Peach Pie

    Glazed Fresh Peach Pie

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    This is the perfect recipe to enjoy sweet, tangy, luscious peaches in season. Fresh peaches and peach nectar are combined with a few pantry ingredients in a prepared pie shell, to make all your peach pie dreams come true. Serve warm, topped with whipped cream, or vanilla ice cream.

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    Lemon Squares With Shortbread Crust

    Lemon Squares With Shortbread Crust

     Diana Rattray

    Lovely lemon squares make a wonderful ending to your roast pork meal. The sweet, tangy, refreshing lemon filling is nestled in a crumbly shortbread crust, and cut into bars, for the perfect hand-held dessert you can serve at cookouts and summer parties. 

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    Old-Fashioned Cocktail

    Old-Fashioned Cocktail

     Claire Cohen

    The Old Fashioned cocktail is a classic way to enjoy your favorite bourbon or whiskey, and its flavors nicely complement a meal of roast pork. It starts with a sugar cube soaked in bitters, and is traditionally garnished with orange peel and a maraschino cherry.

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    White Wine Mojito

    White Wine Mojito

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    Mild pork pairs well with white wine, but why stop there? Try this refreshing mojito cocktail recipe that swaps white wine for the usual rum. Mint leaves and limes add plenty of brightness, and a little sparkling lemonade is added for extra vibrancy.