Sure, beef souvlaki is delicious on its own.
But why not take it to the next level by pairing it with a delicious side dish?
There are so many options to choose from, whether you are looking for something light and healthy or something a little more indulgent.
I’ve rounded up 13 of my favorite side dishes to serve with beef souvlaki, including salads, roasted vegetables, rice, potatoes, bread, and more.
So if you are wondering what to serve with your next batch of beef souvlaki skewers, look no further!
What to Serve with Beef Souvlaki?
There are many options for what to serve with beef souvlaki. Some popular choices include rice, potatoes, salad, and bread. You could also serve it with a dipping sauce on the side.
Still looking for ideas?
Here are 13 side dishes that go well with beef souvlaki:
1. Potato Salad
I love potato salad. It’s a simple side dish that goes with anything, and it’s great for summer barbecues or potlucks.
It can be made in advance, which is perfect for busy people like me.
Potato salad is delicious and easy to make, but there are some things to keep in mind when making it.
First of all, you want to use flavorful potatoes that have a firm texture—Yukon Golds are my favorite for this dish.
You can also experiment with other kinds of potatoes if you’re feeling adventurous!
When making your potato salad, be sure not to over-mix it—this will cause the dressing to separate from the potatoes and turn into a goopy mess that no one wants to eat.
Instead, stir gently until just combined and then set aside for about 20 minutes so the flavors can meld together before serving.
Potato salad is also really easy to customize based on what ingredients you have on hand or what you’re serving it with (like beef souvlaki!).
If you want more crunchy texture with your potato salad, add chopped celery or pickles; if you want more sweetness in your dish, try adding raisins or dried cranberries instead of fresh fruit.
If you don’t have any fresh herbs on hand, try substituting dried herbs for them.
And if you’re looking for a bit more spice, try adding a dash of hot sauce to your finished salad before serving—it’ll help cut through the richness of the mayonnaise without overpowering it!
2. Greek Salad
Greek salad is another side I love to serve with beef souvlaki.
Not only does it have a lot of flavor and texture, but it’s also super easy to make and requires only a few ingredients.
You can choose to use any greens you like in your Greek salad: romaine, iceberg lettuce, spinach—you name it!
But I like using a mixture of different types of lettuce with some fresh herbs for an extra crunchy bite.
The key is to chop up your veggies into small pieces so that they’ll be easy to eat with your fingers (and so that there are no huge chunks of onion in sight).
You also want to make sure that all ingredients are chopped into similar sizes; this will help them all cook evenly on the grill.
I always add olives because they’re one of my favorite foods ever!
They add the perfect amount of saltiness and acidity without being overpowering at all!
You can use any kind of olives you like here—just make sure that they’re pitted first so nobody gets stabbed while eating!
Tzatziki is a Greek dip that is typically made with yogurt, cucumber, garlic, salt and dill.
It’s light and refreshing—great for summertime!
It can be served as a dip or spread on sandwiches, too.
The main ingredient in tzatziki is yogurt—you can use plain or Greek-style yogurt depending on your preference.
Both will work well! If you’re using Greek-style yogurt, make sure you strain out any excess liquid before combining everything else together.
When I’m making tzatziki at home, I usually just use plain nonfat yogurt but if you prefer full-fat or even low-fat options are fine too (just remember that if you’re using low-fat options the flavor may be slightly different).
I like adding fresh dill because it adds nice flavor to the dish without being overwhelming; however, if you don’t have any fresh dill or don’t like it then feel free to skip it altogether!
You can also add other herbs if desired such as basil or parsley—just make sure they’re chopped very finely so they blend into the mixture easily without standing out as a separate flavor.
4. Rice Pilaf
Rice pilaf is one of my favorite side dishes to serve with beef souvlaki.
It’s a great way to add some variety to your meal, and it goes with almost anything.
It also makes a great side dish for other types of meat or fish, so it’s easy to make ahead of time and reheat when you’re ready to eat.
The key to making rice pilaf really shine is using flavorful ingredients—this is where you can really play around with different combinations and see what works best for your tastes!
I personally like using dried herbs like rosemary, thyme, oregano, and basil because they go well with both beef souvlaki and rice pilaf.
You can also use fresh veggies like peppers or onions if you want something more fresh-tasting.
If you like things spicy, feel free to add some jalapeños or red pepper flakes for extra kick!
The texture of rice pilaf can be light or heavy depending on how much water you put into the pot during cooking time; if you’d like your rice pilaf to be more light and fluffy (like rice), then use less water than normal when cooking it up in the first place.
If you’d like your rice pilaf to be heavier (like risotto), then use a little bit more water while cooking.
5. Roasted Potatoes with Herbs
I like to serve roasted potatoes with beef souvlaki because they’re simple, easy, and delicious.
You can make them with any herbs you want—I like rosemary, oregano, and thyme—but whatever you do, don’t skimp on the salt!
And don’t forget the garlic powder.
The best thing about this side dish is that it’s super versatile:
- You can use it as an accompaniment to fish, chicken, or even lamb.
- It’s also a great way to get kids into eating healthy foods by adding some delicious spices and making them taste like something from your favorite restaurant.
The only downside of these potatoes is that they take a little more time than most sides do—about 30 minutes total.
But I promise that if you think ahead and get everything ready before you start cooking (that means chopping veggies and measuring out spices), then it’ll go by in no time at all!
6. Green Beans with Lemon Juice and Olive Oil
I’m a sucker for a good side dish.
I love the way they can take the spotlight and make you forget that you’re eating something that’s just supposed to be a complement to the main course.
That’s why I like to serve my green beans (See Also: what to do with canned green beans) with lemon juice and olive oil as an accompaniment to beef souvlaki.
The lemon juice adds a bright, acidic bite to the otherwise mellow flavor of the green beans, while the olive oil adds a rich, savory note that makes it all come together.
The result is something that people will remember long after they’ve finished their meal.
The best part?
You can use pretty much any type of olive oil in this recipe—just be sure not to use too much!
It’s easy for things like salt and pepper or lemon juice (or even just plain ol’ water) not to seem like enough when you’re cooking at home, but don’t worry—you’ll know exactly how much of everything you need once you start playing around in the kitchen!
7. Baked Zucchini Slices
Baked zucchini slices are a delicious side dish to serve with beef souvlaki.
They’re easy to make, and they have a great texture and flavor that will complement the meat.
Plus, they’re so versatile!
You can serve them with almost any protein, from chicken to pork to fish.
To make baked zucchini slices, you’ll need:
- 2 medium zucchinis
- 1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for drizzling
- salt and pepper to taste (I like about 1/4 teaspoon of each)
- garlic powder (optional)
Here’s how to do it:
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
- Slice the zucchinis lengthwise into thin slices, about 1/2 inch thick.
- Put them in a bowl and add the olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder (if using), and mix until they’re well coated.
- Spread out on baking sheets lined with parchment paper or foil; try not to crowd them too much or they won’t get crispy!
- Bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees F until golden brown on both sides; keep an eye on them so they don’t burn!
- Serve immediately drizzled with additional olive oil if desired.
8. Lemon Parmesan Baked Asparagus
The first thing I love about this side is the flavor. It’s so bright and fresh, especially when you pair it with the salty meat.
The basil adds a wonderfully herbaceous note, which really helps to balance out the dish.
The second thing I love about this side dish is how easy it is to make.
You can throw it together in minutes and bake it for about 30 minutes.
You don’t even have to chop anything—just toss everything into a bowl and bake!
The third thing I love about this side dish is that you can use whatever vegetables are in season—you don’t have to stick with asparagus or tomatoes if those aren’t in season where you live!
Plus, it’s super versatile—you can mix up your spices if you’re feeling adventurous (I usually go for cumin), or add some extra cheese if you want something richer.
And finally, there are so many occasions where this side would be perfect: picnics, barbecues, potlucks… even just dinner at home!
9. Baked Beans
Baked beans are easy to make, and they have a lot of potential to be flavorful and delicious.
Baked beans are perfect for when you need a side dish that’ll go with almost anything: beef souvlaki, chicken kabobs, or even just plain old grilled chicken breast.
They can be made in the oven or on the stovetop (or even in an electric pressure cooker), which means they’re super versatile.
Baked beans can be made with several different types of beans—pinto beans, black-eyed peas, kidney beans—and there are tons of different ways to flavor them up.
You can add some mustard or ketchup for a classic American taste; some brown sugar for sweetness; some barbecue sauce for tangy sweetness; or even some hot sauce if you want something spicy!
Baked beans also have a texture that’s really unique—they’re kind of soft but not mushy, kind of creamy but not too thick.
They’re also not too sweet or salty—it’s just enough to satisfy your hunger without being too much (which is why they go so well with so many different types of dishes).
10. French Fries (with Ketchup)
I love serving French fries with beef souvlaki, because they are so different from each other.
I love the way the salty, crispy potatoes contrast with the juicy meat and pita bread.
The best part of this combination is that you can play around with different flavor combinations to find what works best for you!
You can add your favorite herbs or spices, or even experiment with different types of potatoes.
11. Couscous Salad
Couscous salad has a great texture and flavor, and it’s easy to make.
I love how easy it is to get creative with the ingredients, too—you can use whatever you have on hand!
If you’re feeling really adventurous, try adding some nuts or seeds!
You can also make it more filling by adding chickpeas or lentils.
Or if you’re feeling more traditional, add raisins or dried cranberries for sweetness.
12. Pasta Salad
Pasta salad is easy to make and can be customized with whatever ingredients you like.
You can use different kinds of pasta or just one kind, and different kinds of dressing (or no dressing at all) to create a variety of flavors and textures.
The only thing you need to do is boil your noodles until they’re tender, and then toss them with your chosen ingredients!
If you’re looking for some inspiration, here are some ideas:
- Make a Greek-inspired pasta salad by adding olives, feta cheese crumbles, cucumbers and tomatoes.
- Try adding cooked chicken breast strips, a wedge of hard-boiled egg (halved), bell peppers (sliced), broccoli florets (chopped), shredded carrots and peas for an Asian-inspired pasta salad.
- Add chunks of avocado, corn kernels or roasted red peppers for a Southwestern-style pasta salad.
13. Roasted Vegetables
Another of my favorite sides to serve with beef souvlaki is roasted vegetables.
I love how they taste, and I love how they look—they’re so colorful!
When I make them, I like to use a mixture of different veggies, but you could use whatever you have on hand.
And don’t be afraid to try some new flavors—the more different kinds of vegetables you add, the better!
Roasted vegetables are really easy to make.
You just throw them in the oven and let them cook until they’re nice and soft.
If you want to add some flavor or spice, sprinkle some salt and pepper or olive oil on them before they go in the oven (or both).
Then just walk away for an hour or so while they cook themselves into a delicious treat.
To make sure your roasted vegetables come out perfectly every time, here are two tips:
- Make sure your oven is preheated before putting anything in it (this will help prevent burning).
- When choosing which vegetables to roast together, pick ones that all have similar cooking times so everything will be ready at once.
What to Serve with Beef Souvlaki (13 Best Sides)
- Potato Salad
- Greek Salad
- Rice Pilaf
- Roasted Potatoes with Herbs
- Green Beans with Lemon Juice and Olive Oil
- Baked Zucchini Slices
- Lemon Parmesan Baked Asparagus
- Baked Beans
- French Fries (with Ketchup)
- Couscous Salad
- Pasta Salad
- Roasted Vegetables
- Pick your favorite side dish recipe from this list to serve with your beef souvlaki.
- Prepare the ingredients according to the recipe.
- Serve in no time!
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