Side Dishes

15 Scrumptious Side Dishes for Kabobs

Fire up the grill and get ready for these mouthwatering sides!

Claire Onidi By
Claire Onidi
Passionate about food and pastries since always, Claire spends most of her time in the kitchen to develop new recipes. She is French but lived many years abroad.
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Updated January 14, 2023

Take inspiration for your next barbecue from this list of the best side dishes for kabobs! Complement this fun food-on-a-stick with one or more of these crowd-pleasing side dishes.

best side dishes for kabobs

Kabobs (also known as kebabs) is a popular dish in Middle Eastern cuisine. It’s made of grilled meat cooked over a fire, often on a stick, and sometimes with vegetables added.

Other variations of kabob include stewed kabob (tas kebab) and doner kebab with flatbread. Usually, kabobs are made with lamb meat, but chicken kabobs and steak kabobs are also popular!

Grilled kabobs tend to go well with other barbecued dishes like grilled watermelon salad or grilled garlic bread. In traditional Middle Eastern cuisine, it’s also typical to serve them with sides like rice and grilled artichokes.

These easy recipes will help you tie together the perfect summer meal. Try something new for dinner and give one of these kabob side dish recipes a go!

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01. Greek Pasta Salad

This simple potluck dish is full of summer herbs and fresh vegetables!

Bold tasting ingredients like kalamata olives, feta cheese, and red onion help this salad pack a punch. A tangy red wine vinegar dressing infuses everything with the delicious Greek salad flavors of oregano and garlic.

This pasta salad will keep in the fridge for several days. Make it ahead of time and store it in an airtight container for an on-the-go side!

02. Grilled Artichokes

You haven’t truly enjoyed artichokes until you’ve had them grilled!

These artichokes are brushed with a garlic and olive oil marinade to unlock maximum flavor while they grill. The grilled char gives them a lovely smoky flavor and adds the perfect amount of crispiness.

For a truly authentic dish, serve these artichokes with a delicious Mediterranean-style yogurt dipping sauce!

03. Summer Salad

This aptly-named salad is filled with all your favorite seasonal fruits and fresh veggies.

Juicy summer vegetables like corn, cucumber and tomatoes make this dish healthy and tasty! Crumbled feta and ripe avocado offer so much creamy texture you almost don’t need a dressing.

And unlike your typical green salad, this one won’t get soggy at the dinner table!

04. Caprese Pasta

Everything you love about Caprese salad, in a pasta.

Juicy cherry tomatoes and slices of mozzarella make this simple pasta taste so fresh. A pop of herb notes from the chopped basil brings out even more of those natural sweet and tangy flavors!

I like to add a bit of sauteed garlic and onion to the dish for warmth. It also helps flavor the pasta so every bite is satisfying.

05. Tortellini Salad

A hearty salad that will feed a crowd.

Cheese tortellini does an amazing job soaking up every bit of the fragrant fresh herbs in the dressing! Cubes of spicy salami and kalamata olives provide a tantalizing pop of salt in every bite.

This salad is so filling and full of variety it can be served as either a main or a side.

06. Potato Salad

You’ll never have bland potato salad again!

This zesty salad is made with fresh dill, chopped pickles, and a creamy buttermilk dressing. It’s the perfect tangy and creamy dish to complement barbecued meats!

Not only does this salad taste good, but the red skinned potatoes give it a beautiful pop of color! You can also serve this dish warm with bacon to mimic a traditional German potato salad.

07. Grilled Garlic Bread

Take your garlic bread to the next level!

This grilled garlic bread has a hint of smokiness, giving it a truly unique taste. The barbecue char helps infuse the bread with all that savory garlic flavor.

For best results, use a dense and chewy bread, like a baguette. It’ll be less likely to burn over the fire!

08. Roasted Sweet Potatoes

The best way to unleash all this root vegetable’s natural sweetness.

Sweet potatoes are so complex and flavorful all on their own, they just need a little roasting to shine. These sweet potato medallions are brushed with olive oil to help them crisp up just like homemade potato chips!

Serve with a dollop of cilantro pesto and you have an elegant finger food appetizer.

09. Coconut Rice

This aromatic coconut rice is the perfect complement to rich stews and meat dishes.

Jasmine rice is my favorite rice to use for this recipe because of its slightly sweet flavor and floral smell. When it’s cooked with coconut milk it develops a deliciously creamy and fluffy texture.

All you have to do is put your kabob meat on top and you have a quick and easy meal.

10. Corn Pudding

A one-of-a kind American recipe that can work as a savory side or a sweet dessert.

Chewy cornbread and sweet custard come together in this scrumptious baked pudding. Spices like nutmeg and flavors like vanilla give this dish a comforting warmth that makes it perfect for the holidays.

Remove the sweet ingredients and add chili flakes and you can easily make this into a savory dish.

11. Maple Roasted Carrots

This easy side dish takes just five minutes to prepare.

These roasted carrots are cooked in a thyme and maple glaze to boost their natural sweetness. This helps them caramelize as they bake so they almost taste like a dessert!

You can make this dish even more kid-friendly by using pre-cut baby carrots. Perfect for picky eaters!

12. Baked Sweet Potatoes

Unlock all the creaminess of sweet potatoes in this twice-baked recipe.

Double baking helps release all the smoky and earthy flavors these root vegetables have to offer. The skins develop a lovely crispy texture while the flesh inside becomes steaming and fluffy.

You can also transform this healthy side into a sweet treat by adding cinnamon, butter, and some brown sugar!

13. Roasted Mushrooms

Uniquely meaty and full of umami.

These mushrooms act as a sponge absorbing all the savory flavors of the garlic butter sauce. A touch of balsamic vinegar helps them caramelize as they roast to get those deliciously crispy edges.

Finish with a bit of chopped parsley and you have the perfect accompaniment for pasta, salads, and grilled meats!

14. Caesar Salad

A salad everyone can get on board with!

Nobody can resist the garlicky umami flavors of a perfectly made caesar salad. And this one hits all the right notes with crunchy homemade croutons and a creamy lemon garlic dressing.

Use freshly grated parmesan and big chunks of bacon to give your salad a rustic taste and look.

15. Lemon Rice Pilaf

A simple rice packed with complex flavors!

This summery rice is so zesty and bright thanks to fresh ingredients like thyme, lemon juice, and dill. A dash of earthy cumin warms the dish up and adds a beautiful bright yellow color.

For even more depth of flavor, I recommend cooking your rice in vegetable broth instead of water.

15 Scrumptious Side Dishes for Kabobs


  1. Choose one of these delicious side dishes to serve with kabobs.

  2. Skewer your shish kabobs and fire up the barbecue.

  3. Prepare your sides.

  4. Enjoy dinner on the patio with good friends and good food!

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