What To Serve With Meatballs: 9 Surprising Sides



Keftedes (pronounced kef-teh-des) is the word for meatballs in Greek. Homemade meatballs are so delicious.  If you haven’t made them from scratch yet, it’s worth a try!  There are many meatball recipes, some use ground beef, ground pork, or maybe a combo of the two!


There are also chicken meatballs, lamb meatballs, and spicy pork meatballs, but either way, you’ll find great side dishes for any kind of meatballs below!  Meatballs are full of protein, and it’s easy to mix all of the ingredients together in one bowl.  This easy meatball recipe is for Greek style oven-baked meatballs served in a homemade marinara sauce with crumbled feta cheese and fresh parsley.


These meatballs are juicy and delicious with or without the marinara sauce.  Depending on your side dish, you may opt to enjoy meatballs without the marinara sauce.  Meatballs are versatile and can be served on their own as an appetizer or as a more filling meal with the help of a few side dishes!


meatballs in tomato sauce with feta cheese and fresh basil.


1. Greek Dandelion Greens

An easy low-carb option that is delicious with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and olive oil.  Greek dandelion greens are a super easy recipe that’s ready in minutes and a great option for a healthy side dish for meatballs that is full of antioxidants.


two plates of greek dandelion greens with fresh lemon wedges.


2. Spaghetti With Meat Sauce (makaronia me kima)

Spaghetti with meat sauce and meatballs is a classic dish, and it’s a favourite for a reason! Spaghetti and flavorful meatballs are the ultimate comfort food.  Add a little grated parmesan cheese and fresh basil on top.  Yum!


spaghetti and meat sauce in a bowl with grated parmesan cheese and parsley.


3. Tzatziki Sauce 

You may have come across tzatziki sauce in souvlaki and gyros or as a dip with pita bread at your favourite Greek restaurant.  Tzatziki is a creamy, garlicky, and slightly tangy sauce that is very popular!  Tzatziki would be a refreshing dipping sauce for freshly baked meatballs.


sliced pita bread triangles topped with tzatziki.


4. Easy Roasted Tiny Lemon Potatoes Recipe

This delicious recipe is easy to make and a great alternative to mashed potatoes.  Perfectly soft potatoes tossed in olive oil, lemon juice, seasonings, and garlic and topped with crumbled feta cheese and a generous amount of creamy honey dijon sauce. These roasted tiny potatoes would be the perfect side dish for meatballs for a satisfying meal.


tiny roasted lemon potatoes with crumbled feta cheese, dried oregano and fresh sage leaves.


5. Greek Salad 

Greek salad, also known as horiatiki, is popular for good reason! It’s made with ripe tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers, green peppers, kalamata olives, red onions, feta cheese, and fresh oregano tossed in a Greek vinaigrette dressing.


6. Creamy Tomato Pasta 

Creamy tomato penne pasta is made with sauteéd garlic, white onions, fresh herbs, and tomato sauce.  The addition of fresh whipping cream gives this sauce a beautiful pink colour.  You can add some heat with a little spice from the red pepper flakes.  This tomato-based creamy penne pasta would be delicious with the addition of hearty meatballs and a tasty alternative to spaghetti and meatballs.


A bowl of penne pasta with pink pasta sauce topped with crumbled feta and parmesan cheese.


7. Pita Bread

Fluffy, warm pita bread is a simple, quick side dish for meatballs and marinara sauce to soak up all of the yummy flavours.  Definitely worth a try if you haven’t had it yet!


three pieces of homemade pita bread stacked on top of eachother.


8. Greek Roasted Vegetables (Briam) 

Greek oven-roasted vegetables, also known as briam, is a side dish that will elevate any type of meatballs. The dish is simple, but the flavour is exceptional! Roasted vegetables like zucchini, bell peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, red onion, and fresh herbs are tossed in a generous amount of olive oil and baked in a casserole dish.  Overall, the combination results in a delightful high-protein and vegetable dinner idea.


Oven roasted greek vegetables in a white baking dish.

9. Greek Rice 

Greek rice is made primarily with finely diced white onions, chicken broth, white rice, and fresh herbs.  It sounds simple, but it’s delicious and is a great side dish for meatballs.  Or you could serve meatballs with Greek rice, Greek salad, pita bread, and tzatziki sauce for a well-rounded Greek meal!


two plates of greek rice with diced parsley and fresh dill.


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Date Published: November 9, 2022

Author: RIA mavrikos



What To Serve With Meatballs: 9 Surprising Sides


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