Pizza can often be a one-dish dinner. It’s quick and easy to buy or make and tastes amazing. But, sometimes you want to make things just a little bit more. So, what to serve with pizza?
We’ve rounded up all kinds of appetizers, sides, and sauces that are delicious to serve with pizza. From Buffalo Chicken Bites to Homemade Ranch Dip to Caesar Salad, you’ll have loads of options for a deluxe pizza night!
I make the dough early in the day; Bryan cooks it. Someone in the house will make a batch of Ranch, and sometimes we throw in a side dish or salad.
Pizza doesn’t need anything, but there are times, especially when you’ve got friends gathering, when you might want something more to serve with pizza. But what?
Thankfully, there are loads of apps, sides, and sauces to fill our your pizza dinner menu. Check it out:
Think about what appys you might order at your favorite Italian restaurant or brew pub that serves pizza.
There’s a big range, isn’t there, from stuffed artichokes to Buffalo wings. You might try one of these alongside your soda, wine, or beer…
- onion rings
- zucchini fries
- spinach artichoke dip
- jalapeño poppers
- fried mozzarella sticks
- Italian bruschetta
Scroll down for our faves in this category!
Purchased vegetable trays are convenient, but they can be costly. Here’s all you need to create a super easy veggie tray and save money.
A relish tray is a great dish to add to the appetizer or dinner table. It is super simple and totally affordable to make with select veggies, olives, and pickles.
Bake up a batch of zucchini fritters. Flavorful with shredded zucchini and green onions, they’ll have you coming back for more.
Stuffed Mini Peppers make for a super simple, but elegant appetizer, with Italian sausage, mozzarella cheese, and a tomato dipping sauce.
An easy jalapeno poppers recipe with bacon and rice to tame the heat!
Enjoy a flavorful appetizer with this easy stuffed mushrooms recipe. Bacon, greens, and cheese make the humble mushroom amazing!
Hot dips are the perfect appetizer to serve to friends and family. This rich and creamy Jalapeno Cheese Dip is amazing!
Parmesan cheese, artichokes, and diced jalapeños combine in a hot and bubbly Jalapeno Artichoke Dip that is sure to please. Offer toasted baguette for a deliciously easy appetizer.
Enjoy spicy wings but prefer not to hassle with prepping them — or worse, pay 50 cents each at a restaurant? Get all the flavor you love with less work and expense in these tasty Buffalo Chicken Bites.
Chicken strips are a restaurant standard, but they taste so much better prepared at home. Add these Fried Chicken Strips to your meal planning rotation.
Enjoy all the bright flavors of summer in this easy-to-prep Pesto Bruschetta. An ideal appetizer, it also makes a great light lunch.
While pizza can often be a one-dish meal, especially if it’s got some veggies, a mix of textures can make a pizza dinner feel more substantial.
Any of these options are tasty alongside a slice of pie:
- potato salad
- pasta salad
- tomato soup
- garlic bread
- a wedge salad with blue cheese dressing
- potato wedges
- fruit salad
- green salad
Scroll down for our favorite Good Cheap Eats!
A favorite at the Southern California ChiChi’s chain, this Italian family salad as its called at the restaurants is a fan favorite. And now you can make it at home!
The best part of a sub sandwich is the meat and veggies and abundant Italian dressing. You have all those in this tasty Submarine Salad, so good you won’t miss the bread!
Caesar Salad can be simple, quick, delicious, and economical if you know how to make the right tweaks. I’ll show you how in this easy Caesar Salad recipe.
Enjoy a light lunch, side salad, or appetizer with this Simple Romaine Salad with Cranberries and Feta. It’s easy, make-ahead, and absolutely delicious.
Enjoy a simple but elegant starter with this Pear and Blue Cheese Salad with Maple Spiced Toppings. All of it is make ahead so you can enjoy it to the fullest.
Celebrate the fresh flavors of fruits and veggies with this Chopped Salad featuring avocado, radish, cucumbers, and sunflower seeds. So delicious!
Crisp iceberg lettuce is topped by tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, and feta. An herbed vinaigrette adds extra zing to this Greek Wedge Salad.
Enjoy fresh garlic bread any night or day when you have a stash of this Easy Make-Ahead Frozen Garlic Bread in the freezer. So good and easy!
You’ll be surprised at how simple it is to bake these Easy Garlic Breadsticks yourself! You may want to make a double batch and freeze the extra.
Make your bread basket more exciting with homemade garlic herb pretzels. They are inexpensive at less than a dollar a dozen and so very tasty!
Ask a child what to serve with pizza and they’re sure to say Ranch.
Have a few sauces for dipping your pizza crust in takes your pizza night over the top. My husband has always been partial to honey or chile oil while I’m a Ranch or Blue Cheese girl through and through.
Options may vary based on region, but good cheap eaters have reported serving these sauces and dips with pizza:
- hot honey
- hot sauce
- chile oil
- ranch dip
- blue cheese dressing
- buttermilk dressing
- pesto or basil sauce
- BBQ sauce
- garlic butter sauce
Scroll down for some homemade sauces to serve with pizza:
Enjoy dipping veggies, pizza, or chicken tender into this easy homemade ranch dip. It’s delicious and made with all real food ingredients.
Forget the bottled dressings. You can make tasty Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing in just minutes with just a handful of ingredients.
Buttermilk dressing with dill, garlic, and peppercorns mixes up quickly and is perfect for topping salads or dipping veggies and pizza. This classic salad dressing can be customized with different herbs and spices to suit all your flavor cravings.
Skip the bottled pasta sauce. You can make your own marinara sauce, simple enough for everyday, yet tasty enough for all your favorite dishes.
This rustic basil sauce is made with just 3 simple ingredients and comes together quickly in your food processor. It’s basically a dairy- and nut-free pesto.
Since it contains no sugar, this easy BBQ sauce is good for those watching their sugar intake and works for the Whole 30 diet. It’s great on burgers, pulled pork, pork chops, chicken or anywhere you want a little sweet and smoky.
Garlic butter is simple to make, yet packs a punch in any number of dishes, including garlic bread, cooked meats, fish, and vegetables. Make your own and save!
Add flavor and texture to sandwiches or use this delicious chipotle mayo as a dip for fries. So tasty!