Gnocchi is a crowd-pleasing main dish that is loved by almost everyone. If you’re wondering what to serve with gnocchi, we’ve got you covered with a variety of delicious options! These 15 side dishes for gnocchi are so tasty that you’ll want to incorporate gnocchi into your regular meal rotation and never get bored. Just imagine the amazing flavors and textures that these dishes will add to your gnocchi meals.
Gnocchi is a versatile dish that pairs well with different sauces and accompaniments. Whether you prefer meat or vegetarian options, gnocchi will always be a hit. It’s the perfect way to sneak in some extra veggies into your meat-loving partner’s diet. Plus, gnocchi is easy to find in most American grocery stores, making it an accessible and affordable option for a delicious meal.
Salads to Serve with Gnocchi
Salads are a fantastic choice for a quick and refreshing side dish. They don’t require a ton of any one vegetable, and you can let the salad ingredients complement the flavors of the gnocchi sauce. Here are some salad ideas that pair perfectly with gnocchi:
1. Cranberry Pecan Salad with Blue Cheese
Mesclun Salad is a flavorful spring mix that you can easily find in most grocery stores. This salad is topped with a light mustard and maple vinaigrette, tart cranberries, creamy blue cheese, and crunchy pecans. The combination of flavors will enhance your gnocchi experience.
2. Simple Balsamic Glazed Caprese Salad
This salad is the easiest and tastiest way to showcase fresh, seasonal tomatoes. It’s a light, flavorful, and refreshing salad that beautifully complements potato gnocchi. The classic Italian flavors in this salad make it a perfect match for your gnocchi dish.
3. Beet and Goat Cheese Salad with Toasted Walnuts
If you’re looking for a simple and tasty side salad for tender gnocchi, this beet and goat cheese salad is the answer. You can save time by using pre-cooked beets. The combination of sweet beets, creamy goat cheese, and toasted walnuts adds a delightful contrast of flavors and textures.
4. Spinach Salad with Blue Cheese, Grapes, and Almonds
This sweet and nutty spinach salad is easy to put together and can be customized based on what you have on hand. The combination of fresh spinach, juicy grapes, creamy blue cheese, and crunchy almonds creates a delightful harmony of flavors.
5. Strawberry Avocado Salad with Fresh Mozzarella and Walnuts
Indulge in the burst of flavors from fresh strawberries, creamy mozzarella, and crunchy walnuts with this vibrant salad. It’s all tied together with a balsamic basil dressing that perfectly complements the gnocchi.
6. Herbivoracious Middle Eastern Bread Salad
For a unique and delicious twist, try this Middle Eastern take on bread salad. It’s loaded with pita bread, cucumbers, tomatoes, and a refreshing lemon and mint dressing. This unexpected combination will add a burst of flavors to your gnocchi meal.
Vegetable Side Dishes
Vegetables are always a great choice as side dishes. They are convenient, healthy, and can be a wonderful accompaniment to gnocchi. Whether you have fresh, frozen, or canned vegetables on hand, these options will perfectly complement your gnocchi dish.
7. Roasted Parmesan and Panko Crusted Asparagus
Take fresh asparagus to a whole new level by roasting it with a crispy parmesan and panko crust. These golden and healthy asparagus fries cook quickly, making them a perfect easy side dish for your gnocchi.
8. Easiest Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Roasted brussels sprouts are nutty and crispy, and you can top them with your favorite seasoning. This easy method requires no butter or bacon, making it suitable for vegan or vegetarian diets. They add a delightful crunch to your gnocchi meal.
9. Oven-Roasted Vegetables
Oven roasting is one of the easiest and most flavorful ways to cook vegetables. It’s my go-to method when I need a tasty and healthy side dish, and it works well with almost any vegetable. The deliciously tender roasted veggies are pure comfort food, perfect for pairing with gnocchi.
10. Baked Eggplant Parmesan Rounds
These baked eggplant rounds are like mini eggplant parmesans. They are crunchy, cheesy, and require only a few minutes of prep time. This dish is a personal favorite of mine and pairs exceptionally well with gnocchi.
11. Air Fryer Frozen Green Beans
Looking for a simple side dish that adds a healthy touch to your dinner? Try air fryer frozen green beans! They are ready in minutes and make a fantastic addition to your weeknight menu plan. Enjoy the crispy and flavorful green beans with your gnocchi.
12. Roasted Fennel with Tomatoes from Swirls of Flavor
Roasted fennel pomodoro is an easy and delicious side dish that bursts with the sweet licorice flavor of roasted fennel and tender tomatoes. This family favorite dish is ready in just 25 minutes and pairs beautifully with gnocchi.
If none of the above options strike your fancy, here are a few more ideas to consider:
- Roasted Sweet Peppers
- Garlic Cheese Rolls via Amanda’s Cookin
- Easy Italian Marinara Sauce
Favorite Gnocchi Recipes
If you’re looking for some delicious gnocchi recipes to try, here are a few favorites:
- Creamy Pesto Gnocchi with Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Peas
- Gnocchi with Bolognese Sauce and Ground Turkey
- Chicken Pesto Gnocchi from FoodFanatic
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