The Best Appetizers and Side Dishes To Serve With Pizza

Stumped over what side dishes to serve on pizza night? Here are some of our favorite appetizers and sides to serve alongside your favorite slice of pizza!

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Honey Mustard Chicken Wings

close up of saucy honey mustard chicken wings

Wings are the perfect pizza side dish. Not only is this honey mustard version super easy, but you can also change out the sauce if you prefer.

Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar

Mix olive oil and balsamic vinegar in a shallow dish and top with grated parmesan cheese. Serve with chunks of good bakery bread for dipping.

Charcuterie Board

Create a simple charcuterie board with:

  • cheddar cheese
  • mozzarella cheese
  • salami slices
  • crackers

Don’t Have Time To Bake From Scratch?

If you’re looking for a tasty side in a hurry, you can pick up any of these items from your local grocery store and have them ready to serve in a flash. These are all good appetizers to serve at your next pizza party:

  • Mozzarella Sticks With Marinara Sauce
  • Onion Rings
  • Jalapeno Poppers
  • Pasta Salad
  • Antipasto Salad
  • Potato Salad
  • Fresh Vegetable Tray
  • Hot Wings – You can often find these in the prepared food section or the freezer section

Fresh Veggies & Everything But the Bagel Dip

This easy, cold dip recipe, along with fresh vegetables, is the perfect next to your main course pizza.

Garlic Cheese Bread

Easy Cheesy Garlic Bread slices on a cutting board

Serve this cheesy bread with a side of pizza sauce or garlic butter for dipping.

Zucchini Fries

These baked zucchini fries are crisp-tender and delicious alongside your favorite pizza.

Buffalo Wings

Serve this classic wing recipe with a side of ranch dressing, celery, and blue cheese.

Garlic Knots

Made with pizza dough and lots of yummy seasoning, these knots are perfect with a side of tomato sauce.

Baked Sweet Potatoes

Bake and slice a few sweet potatoes for a healthy alternative to french fries.

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Tortilla chip dipped in 3 ingredient spinach and artichoke dip being held by a non-descript hand

Spinach artichoke dip is amazing, either baked or in a crockpot! Plus, it only has 3-ingredients!

Fruit Salad

Grab a bowl and fill it with your favorite diced fruits and berries for a sweet, healthy side dish.

Spinach Salad

This spinach salad with warm bacon dressing pares perfectly with a slice of pizza.

Buffalo Fries

These crispy Buffalo Oven Fries will look so pretty next to your pizza spread!

Classic Italian Pasta & Broccoli

extreme close up of a bowl of broccoli pasta topped with shredded cheese

This Italian Pasta and Broccoli Pasta Recipe uses simple ingredients to create a dish that is pure comfort food.

Kung Pao Spicy Meatballs

overhead view of a skillet filled with kung pao beef meatballs alongside small bowls of white rice, crushed peanuts, sliced green onions, and diced red pepper

This easy Kung Pao Beef Meatballs recipe is an awesome combination of tender beef meatballs and a slightly spicy sauce.

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

close up of roasted buffalo cauliflower bites in a bowl

Easy 3-Ingredient Buffalo Cauliflower Bites are amazing as an appetizer, snack, or spicy side dish. This recipe is the best way to experience the taste of your favorite appetizers without all the calories. 

Everything Bagel Pigs in a Blanket

tray of everything bagel mini wrapped cocktail wieners

3-Ingredient Everything But the Bagel Pigs in a Blanket Recipe makes a great appetizer. The cocktail sausages are wrapped in a flaky dough and topped with a savory mixture of poppy seeds, sesame seeds, and other spices to make it them the perfect small bites to serve with your pizza.

Bacon Cheddar Cauliflower Salad

bacon cheddar potluck cauliflower salad on a wooden spoon

This easy Broccoli Cauliflower Salad is the perfect side dish for all your family gatherings. This easiest salad recipe ever uses simple ingredients and is a great way to get your kids to eat raw veggies.

Everything Bagel Kielbasa Bites

Kielbasa wrapped in crescent dough sprinkled with everything bagel seasoning

This delicious appetizer is a fun twist on traditional “pigs in a blanket.”

4-Ingredient Cold Beer Cheese Dip

white bowl of beer cheese dip and bowl of square pretzels

Made with only 4-ingredients, this cold beer cheese dip is so easy and quick to make. Serve with pretzels for the BEST simple appetizer around!

Best Ever Bruschetta Recipe

4 baguette slices topped with fresh easy bruschetta

This Easy Bruschetta is the perfect appetizer for any party, especially during the summer when tomatoes are ripe and fresh from the vine.

Honey & Goat Cheese Mini Bell Peppers

stack of goat cheese and honey stuffed mini peppers

These Honey Goat Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers are an easy recipe for a quick yet yummy appetizer or side dish. Perfect baked in the oven or cooked on the grill! Plus, they only have 3 simple ingredients!

Quick & Easy Carolina Coleslaw

close-up of easy carolina coleslaw with kale and red onions

Quick & Easy Carolina Coleslaw is mayonnaise-free and pairs perfectly with your Friday Night Pizza!

Make a Classic “Pizza Joint” Side Salad

Enjoy the side salad made by just about every local pizzeria out there! In a large salad bowl, toss together:

  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Fresh Tomatoes
  • Red Onions
  • Black Olives
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Italian Salad Dressing

I hope this list of my family’s favorite recipes to serve with pizza gave you some great ideas for your own Friday night pizza dinner party or family night!

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