Wondering what to serve with paella? I’ve got you covered with this handy guide. These 30+ delicious tapas-style side dishes are made with simple ingredients and guaranteed to please!
When Rick & I got married, instead of a typical sit down dinner, we had some paella chefs come out and cook for us. They brought their ginormous paella pans that were at least 3-feet wide and they basically stole the show!
So, paella definitely has a fond place in my heart. And, we’ve been hosting paella parties ever since! So… I know a thing or two about the best sides to serve with paella.
Paella is a flavorful rice dish that often includes meat and seafood and is a staple of Spanish cuisine.
Pa Amb Tomàquet (or Pan Con Tomate) is a simple but delicious tapas recipe made with only 5 ingredients! It's like a Spanish version of bruschetta in the best way possible with toasty bread, garlic and fresh grated tomatoes.
This delicious Italian 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!
These bacon wrapped cheese stuffed cherry peppers are stuffed with a delicious combination of sharp cheddar cheese & goat cheese. They’re a perfect party appetizer because they can be assembled ahead of time and are always a crowd pleaser!
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.
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.
Enjoy this cold Cucumber Soup as a refreshing summer appetizer or side dish. Made with garlic, jalapeno, yogurt, and olive oil, this easy recipe blends up in seconds and has playful and savory flavors.
Garlic Butter Steak Bites with Creamy Mustard Dipping Sauce are the perfect appetizer to serve at your next party or serve them up for dinner with a couple sides. The best part? They’ll be on your table in under 15 minutes!
Quick Pickled Red Onions are so easy to make at home. With just 5-minutes you can have your red onions pickling. Let them cool to room temperature before using and then you can store them in the fridge for up to two weeks!
Oven Baked Plantain Slices – A delicious 2 ingredient snack or appetizer, consisting of disc shaped plantain that is baked in the oven making it a much healthier alternative to frying, hardly any oil is used yet the same results, sweet and perfectly cooked.
Many of these paella 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.
Wine Pairings with Paella
Dry, light-bodied, fruity wines work well with paella. Try a Spanish Rioja or Garnacha (Grenache).
Bubbles! Think Cava or Sparkling Rosé. The bubbles help cut down on the richness of paella, but they’re light enough so as to not overpower the delicate vegetables.
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Wondering what to serve with paella? These 30+ delicious tapas-style side dishes are made with simple ingredients and easy to make! Serve them with this tasty Vegetarian Paella and host an epic paella party at home!