Here are 32 delicious ideas for what to serve with kabobs including salads, vegetable side dishes, fruits, bread, and more!
Kabobs are a popular Greek dish with Middle Eastern origins.
And if you’ve never seen one before, they usually consist of a cubed or chopped protein with vegetables or fruits on wood or metal skewers.
They’re typically grilled, and you can enjoy them in many different variations with unique seasoning and flavor combinations.
But with so many options, it’s hard to know what foods go well with kabobs.
That’s where we come in! We’re sharing 32 perfect kabob sides for all your favorite recipes.
Types of Kabobs
Not every side dish pairs well with every kabob. So, you’ll need to pay attention to the seasonings and flavors of your kabobs.
Choose a side with a similar flavor profile and consider pairing kabobs with richer, darker flavors with lighter sides and vice versa.
Here are the common types of kabobs:
- Steak kabobs
- Sausage kabobs
- Chicken kabobs
- Shrimp kabobs
- Pork kabobs
- Salmon kabobs
- Lamb kabobs
And some of the common ingredients for marinades are:
- Herbs like basil, mint, and cilantro
- Oils like olive oil and sesame oil
- Acids like lemon juice, lime juice, and vinegar
Tips for Cooking and Grilling Kabobs
Here are some general cooking tips to make the perfect grilled kabobs:
- Always soak wooden skewers in water before grilling them so they don’t catch fire. To do this, you can place them in a shallow dish with water for 20-30 minutes.
- To ensure even cooking, cut your vegetables and meats to the same size.
- Choose ingredients that have the same cook time, or par-cook some of the ingredients that may take longer so everything grills at the same speed.
The Sides to Serve with Kabobs
Classic Kabob Sides
1. Lemon Rice
This light, and citrusy side pairs well with most types of kabobs, and especially well with chicken or shrimp. Lemon rice is easy to make and only takes about 20-30 minutes.
It’s a simple dish to throw together in a pinch, and it’s great for a crowd!
2. Coconut Rice
Coconut rice with black beans is another perfect rice dish for kabobs. Use this side dish for Hawaiian-inspired kababs like pineapple chicken skewers or salmon kabobs marinated in brown sugar. The coconut milk makes the rice creamy and gives a hint of coconut flavor.
And you can cook your coconut rice in a rice cooker to make it even easier!
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3. Sweet Potato Fries
Fries of any kind, and especially sweet potato fries, pair well with steak and pork kabobs. Their slightly sweet flavor plays well with the savory umami flavors of marinated meat.
Cook them in the air fryer for an even healthier alternative to traditional fries!
4. Homemade Potato Chips
If you like a good homemade potato chip, they’re also an ideal side for steak or pork kabobs. They’re similar to fries. And the crispy texture is a great contrast to tender juicy meat!
Fruit and Vegetable Sides for Kabobs
5. Corn Pudding
Corn pudding has a touch of sweetness and a creamy texture. It’s a great side for lamb kabobs. And the perfect side dish to feed a crowd!
6. Corn Salsa (Cowboy Caviar)
Corn salsa, or cowboy caviar with avocado, is a great side for seafood kabobs like shrimp. And it’s also a good option for meaty kabobs like chicken, steak, or pork.
This flavorful dish features hearty beans, fresh veggies, and a tangy dressing that plays well with grilled foods.
And the recipe uses lots of pantry staples so you’ll likely have many of the ingredients on hand!
7. Honey Butter Skillet Corn
Honey butter skillet corn is a great side dish for almost any type of kabob. It’s sweet and savory. And your guests won’t believe it’s made with canned corn!
You’ll only need a handful of ingredients and 10 minutes to make this crowd-pleasing side.
8. Grilled Fruit
Here’s another easy side that goes well with almost any type of kabob. Grilled fruit is easy to make, and you can use your favorites.
Grilling fruit brings out its sweetness and creates a uniquely delicious and healthy side dish.
9. Yellow Squash Casserole (Posh Squash)
Zucchini and yellow squash casserole (Posh Squash), is a great side dish for summer. It pairs especially well with steak, lamb, or pork kabobs.
And it’s the perfect way to use up fresh zucchini and squash from the garden!
10. Grilled Artichokes
If you’re looking for a unique vegetable side to serve with kabobs, try grilled artichokes! They pair well with lamb, steak, and pork kabobs. And they’re surprisingly tender and delicious.
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11. Grilled Asparagus
Here’s another healthy side dish for kabobs: grilled asparagus! It’s great for spring or summer. And it pairs well with any type of kabob.
When trimmed and cooked properly, grilled asparagus is tender and flavorful. Even skeptics will love it!
12. Corn on the Cob
If asparagus isn’t your thing, you can try grilled or steamed corn. Corn has a fresh flavor and sweet taste that pairs well with rich flavors like steak, pork, or lamb.
It’s a great palate cleanser for richer and heartier foods.
13. Sweet Potatoes
Baked sweet potatoes or sweet potato mash pairs well with meaty kabobs like chicken, steak, pork, and lamb. And it’s a great option for grilled salmon skewers too.
14. Green Beans
Roasted green beans are another great side for meaty kabobs. They’re a very versatile ingredient that can take on many different types of flavors and seasonings. So you can easily tailor them to your favorite dish.
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15. German Potato Salad
Potato salads are another hearty side dish to serve with kabobs. And if you don’t like German potato salad, you can try a creamier version like this Instant Pot potato salad with egg.
German potato salad pairs well with chicken, steak, pork, and lamb kabobs.
16. Cucumber Salad
A fresh cucumber salad is a perfect side for any kabob. There are endless variations for cucumber salad. And they’re also an ideal pallet cleanser.
17. Caprese Salad
This simple salad features fresh tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella cheese. And it’s typically dressed with balsamic vinegar.
You can serve Caprese salad on skewers to keep with the kabob theme. Or you can serve larger and thicker slices on a platter.
Caprese salad pairs well with grilled chicken skewers, steak, pork, and lamb kabobs.
18. Caesar Salad
Caesar salad is a classic side. And you can serve it alongside any kind of kabob. It has a creamy dressing, crunchy croutons, and shredded cheese.
And if you’re feeling extra fancy you can try this chicken Caesar salad with pasta.
19. Green Salad
There are endless variations of the humble green salad. And, you can’t go wrong with this simple side dish.
You can add toppings and choose a dressing for your salad according to the type of kabob you’re serving.
Here are some delicious options to try:
20. Greek Salad
While we could certainly include Greek salad along with the green salads listed above. We thought it deserved its own highlight.
Greek salad has a few key ingredients that make it uniquely identifiable. You can’t miss the crumbly feta, briny olives, tomatoes, and red onion.
This side dish pairs especially well with lamb and steak kabobs. But, it’s a great side for seafood, chicken, pork, and fish kabobs, too.
21. Pasta Salad
Below are several delicious pasta salads to try with your favorite kabob recipes. Pasta salads are another incredibly versatile side that you can personalize with your favorite ingredients.
And you can tailor your pasta salad to suit the type of kabobs you make.
- Dill Pickle Pasta Salad
- Pesto Pizza Pasta Salad
- Tuna Rotini Pasta Salad
- Tri-Color Pasta Salad with Italian Dressing
22. Couscous Salad
A citrusy couscous salad with lemon juice and herbs is a perfect side dish to serve with salmon and shrimp kabobs.
And, with different seasonings and add-ins, you could also pair it with steak, chicken, lamb or pork.
23. Orzo Salad
Orzo looks like rice, but it’s actually pasta. And you serve it as a side dish for kabobs the same way you would couscous salad!
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24. Barley Salad
A delicious barley salad with herbs like cilantro, basil, or mint makes the perfect side dish for any type of kabob.
Salads with barley are hearty, filling, and have greater nutritional value compared to salads using other grains or traditional pasta.
25. Watermelon Salad
There’s nothing more refreshing than a watermelon salad on a hot summer day! And it’s a great side dish for any type of kabob.
Some of the common ingredients for watermelon salad are basil, mint, and feta.
26. Cilantro Chickpea Salad
This delicious cilantro chickpea salad with cherry tomatoes is the perfect, healthy side dish for kabobs. And it’s another great recipe for summer.
You can use this side dish for any type of kabob.
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27. Dinner Rolls
Dinner rolls are the perfect side dish when you need to feed a crowd. They’re easy to make in large batches and they pair particularly well with meaty kabobs like steak, pork, chicken, and lamb.
Here are some simple and delicious recipes for rolls:
28. Garlic Bread
Kick your bread up a notch by adding some cheese and garlic! Garlic bread pairs well with most kabob recipes.
And you can try variations like pesto garlic bread, sundried tomato garlic bread, or spinach and artichoke garlic bread.
29. Pita Bread
If you’re not a fan of garlic bread, you can serve pita bread with your kabobs. It’s the perfect neutral side for any kabob recipe.
Or you can spice up your pita bread by adding oil, fresh herbs, and seasonings.
Dips for Kabobs
Tzatziki is a Greek, yogurt-based sauce. And it’s one of the traditional sides for kabobs.
Tzatziki has a fresh and tangy taste with dill and cucumber. And you can serve it with any type of kabob.
31. Grilled Guacamole
If you’ve never tried guacamole made with grilled avocado, you’re missing out! It’s creamy and flavorful, and it’s the ideal dipping side for shrimp, steak, pork, and chicken kabobs.
You can also serve pesto with many of your favorite kabob recipes. Pesto typically uses fresh basil and good-quality parmesan to make a creamy, herby dip.
And it pairs especially well with chicken and shrimp kabobs.
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