Sides for Shepherd’s Pie (What to Serve with Shepherd’s Pie)

Wondering what the best sides for Shepherd’s Pie, or Cottage Pie, are? I’ve got you covered with this handy guide. Whether your version is made with ground beef, ground lamb, or ground turkey, these sides will pair perfectly.

Shepherd’s Pie + Amazing Side Dish = PERFECTION!

When serving traditional Shepherd’s Pie for dinner, some really stellar side dishes can really help complete the meal.

Shepherd's pie in white casserole dish.

From sauteed spinach, to green beans, brussels sprouts, and more! There are so many options that pair with this meaty dish.

So, let’s dig in!

Keep reading to discover 25+ of great options to serve with Shepherd’s Pie

Best Side Dishes for Shepherd’s Pie

Learn how to make the most delicious oven roasted green beans with 6 ingredients in 20 minutes. Baked green beans are an easy, healthy vegetable side dish perfect for the holidays or a weeknight meal.
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Yorkshire Pudding Recipe. A savory side dish very similar to a popover, but a different shape.
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Mushy Peas. Learn how to make this traditional side dish for a meat pie. Homemade mushy peas are delicious, healthy, and vegetarian!
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Irish Soda Bread is a delicious side dish served with Shepherd's Pie.
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CLOSE UP OF ROASTED SWEET POTATOES ON SERVING TRAY WITH SPOON.
Roasted Sweet Potatoes are a salty, crispy, savory, and slightly sweet side dish you can pair with almost anything! Lightly spiced and so simple, this easy recipe is a total crowd pleaser and a must-have for weeknight dinners.
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Overhead shot of arugula salad next to shaved parmesan.
This Arugula Salad recipe with red wine vinaigrette is my go-to green salad. The arugula has a peppery bite to it which pairs wonderfully with the acid in the vinaigrette. It’s the perfect salad for pairing with rich dishes.
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Roasted brussel sprouts in bowl drizzled with balsamic glaze and sprinkled with cranberries.
These Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Reduction & Cranberries make a simple and elegant side dish that both kids and adults love!
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Shaved brussels sprouts salad in large bowl with serving spoon.
This Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad with Mustard and Parmesan is tossed in a light red wine vinaigrette and makes a delicious, crunchy side dish.
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Ears of corn on the cob in a grey serving dish with a pat of butter and sprinkling of parsley.
Learn how to make the BEST Instant Pot Corn on the Cob. This pressure cooker corn on the cob recipe uses a simple, secret ingredient to guarantee that your corn is sweet, tender and delicious! 
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This ultra-creamy garlic Parsnip Puree is one of my very favorite vegetable side dishes. It’s made in just 20 minutes, packed with flavor, loaded with nutrients, and it’s also paleo and gluten-free!
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Delicata Squash in grey serving bowl with spoon.
Roasted Delicata Squash is a winter side dish that’s really easy to prepare. There’s no peeling required and the maple flavors and warm spices taste divine!
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A simple, herby, orange-dressed Moroccan beet salad that can be made up to five days ahead of time!
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Overhead shot of arugula salad next to shaved parmesan.
This Arugula Salad recipe with red wine vinaigrette is my go-to green salad. The arugula has a peppery bite to it which pairs wonderfully with the acid in the vinaigrette. It’s the perfect salad for pairing with rich dishes.
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Toasty, buttery, herby, covered in a dusting of salty parmesan cheese, piping hot and fresh out of the oven—our homemade garlic bread recipe is everything you’re craving right now, and then some.
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Overhead shot of cherry tomato salad in grey bowl.
This Cherry Tomato Salad with Roasted Lemons is the perfect side dish. Sweet tomatoes combine with a tangy vinaigrette and delicious roasted lemons. 
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Sauteed spinach in white bowl.
Add a healthy boost of nutrients to your dinner with this easy Sauteed Spinach. Baby spinach is added to a skillet along with garlic and olive oil, then sauteed gently to create a simple side dish that pairs with any meal!
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Prepared radicchio salad in grey bowl with serving utensils.
This delicious Radicchio Salad is dressed in a creamy lemon-vinaigrette and tossed with buttery calvestrano olives, tasty breadcrumbs and nutty parmesan cheese. And, a special tip ensures that your radicchio won't be bitter!
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Fennel salad with chickpeas in white bowl.
This Fennel and Chickpea Salad is tossed in a light citrus vinaigrette & topped with parmesan. It’s the perfect make-ahead salad for potlucks or lunches.
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Overhead close up of bowl of kale caesar salad in white bowl with serving spoon.
This Kale Caesar Salad is topped with crispy homemade croutons and parmesan cheese. Massaging the creamy garlic dressing into the kale makes it extra tender and delicious.
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We are finally in the home stretch of Super Bowl food sharing. So from now until Friday, I have some recipes that you can throw together in a matter of
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Serving spoon in bowl of tomato cucumber salad.
This Tomato Cucumber Salad features fresh cucumbers, juicy tomatoes, and crisp red onion. Dressed in a tangy homemade red wine vinaigrette, every bite is bursting with refreshing Mediterranean flavors!
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Baked crostini on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Crostini are easy to make at home using just 3-ingredients – bread, olive oil and salt. This simple crostini recipe is the perfect appetizer for parties. You can make them ahead of time and serve them with a variety of toppings.
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Platter of grilled broccolini
This grilled broccolini is topped with a tangy apple cider vinaigrette and marcona almonds for a delicious crunch. It’s a perfect side dish for autumnal menus or Thanksgiving. 
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Over head shot of cooked brussels sprouts in grey bowl with spoon.
Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts cook up crispy and delicious with minimal oil with the help of your air fryer! Dressed simply with balsamic vinegar and a sprinkle of salt. You'll love these!
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Spears of asparagus cooked sous vide topped with parmesan shavings.
How to cook perfect asparagus sous vide. Bright green, perfectly cooked spears. With three options for flavoring – garlic, parmesan or lemon.
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Overhead shot of cooked sunchokes in bowl.
Sunchokes are a knobby root vegetable that can be prepared in more ways than you can imagine! In this recipe, you’ll learn how to roast them with olive oil, garlic, and thyme. It’s an easy side dish you can pair with anything.
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Bowl of shaved fennel and celery salad topped with toasted pine nuts and parmesan
This Shaved Fennel and Celery Salad comes together quickly and has such a delicious light lemon vinaigrette and wonderful crunch. It’s the perfect side salad for rich and hearty dishes like pasta or braised short ribs.  
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How to Make Ahead and Store

Many of these Shepherd’s Pie side dish recipes can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for a few days or even in the freezer. Simply check the individual recipes for full storing instructions and details on how to make ahead. 

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Shaved brussels sprouts salad in large bowl with serving spoon.

25+ BEST Sides for Shepherd’s Pie

Wondering what the best sides for Shepherd's Pie, or Cottage Pie, are? I’ve got you covered with this handy guide. This Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad tossed in a light red wine vinaigrette, makes a delicious, crunchy side dish for a meat pie!
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon whole grain mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound brussels sprouts
  • ¼ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the red wine vinegar, mustard, sugar and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Holding the stem of the Brussels sprouts, thinly slice each one until you get to within ½ inch of the stem. Discard the stems and place the sliced Brussels sprouts in a large bowl, breaking them up with your hands and discarding any tough pieces.
  • Toss the sliced sprouts with the dressing until coated. Let sit at room temperature for at least 15 minutes to allow the sprouts to soften and the flavors to combine.
  • Before serving, toss in the grated parmesan and taste again for seasonings, adding more salt and pepper, if needed.
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Nutrition

Calories: 112kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 171mg | Potassium: 441mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 905IU | Vitamin C: 96.4mg | Calcium: 122mg | Iron: 1.7mg

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