Welcome to The Storied Recipe! After my podcast guest, Anita Parris Soule shared her father's recipe for Guinness Shepherds Pie (Cottage Pie if you use beef instead of lamb), I started thinking about what to pair with this rich, layered dish. Here are 47 of the best sides for Shepherd's Pie featuring fresh, nutritious, simple ingredients. I invite you to listen to Anita's episode, A Complicated Father's Day as you make her casserole into a full meal.
Shepherd's Pie, a beloved main dish renowned for its comforting flavors and wholesome character, has long held a special place at the heart of family dinners and gatherings. The amalgamation of seasoned ground meat, often graced with the distinct taste of ground lamb, and the inviting layer of creamy mashed potatoes makes for a satisfying and traditional meal. However, the question of what to serve with Shepherd's Pie to enhance its culinary charm often arises. Fear not, as we embark on a gastronomic exploration to uncover the 47 best side dishes thoughtfully curated to accompany and enrich the Shepherd's Pie experience. From crisp salads that provide a refreshing contrast to hearty vegetable medleys that harmonize with the savory goodness, this collection of side dishes promises to elevate your Shepherd's Pie serving into a memorable and complete dining affair. Join us as we delve into a world of palate-pleasing choices, each designed to perfectly complement this time-honored classic.
If you can make just ONE side dish to go with Shepherd's Pie, it should be a SALAD! Salads are a great way to add more vegetables and nutrients to a rich meal. The fresh and crispy nature of salad will also be a perfect complement and nice contrast to the rich and creamy texture of traditional Shepherd's Pie.
Any of these dozen salads will be a perfect side dish!
Best Simple Tossed Green Salad is the easiest side dish and goes perfectly with just about anything! Totally customizable and tossed in the tastiest 6-ingredient homemade dressing!
Cucumber salad recipes are my absolute favorite! This fast, fresh salad is a winner at every get together. It's an easygoing, healthy side dish for kabobs, chicken or anything hot off the grill. —Blair Lonergan, Rochelle, Virginia
About Lettuce Salad With Apple Cider Vinegar Recipe : Lettuce salad with apple cider vinegar is a refreshing and healthy salad that combines crisp lettuce leaves with a tangy dressing. The salad is light, yet packed with flavor and nutrients. The apple cider vinegar dressing adds a zesty kick to the salad, while the lettuce provides a crunchy texture. This salad is perfect as a side dish or a light lunch option.
Summery and make-ahead, this fresh corn salad is tailor made for a cookout.
Juicy sweet peaches, tangy goat cheese, savory onions, crunchy walnuts, and fragrant arugula come together for a simple summer salad recipe that's layered with so much delicious flavor and texture.
This Cucumber Tomato Feta Salad has simple ingredients that are a winning combination. Refreshing and flavorful!
This Carrot Salad is quick and easy to prepare, and makes the perfect recipe to bring to a potluck. I love the addition of raisins and crunchy pecans!
This delightfully crunchy bell pepper salad (or slaw) is brimming with fresh veggies and herbs, all tossed in a bright lemon honey dressing. It's the perfect side dish for summer!
Chopped Caprese salad. An easy way to toss together this delicious vegetarian appetizer and perfect for sharing - or for keeping the whole bowl to yourself. Basil gives this a fresh taste and the flavors meld together for a delicious, crowd pleasing dish.
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Crunchy lemon salad with parmesan that is light, flavorful, and perfect with chicken, fish, or vegetables!
Healthy Chopped Greek Kale Salad packed with kale, cucumber, tomatoes, red onion, olives, feta, and dressed with a lemon olive oil dressing you'll want to put on every salad!
More Side Dishes for Shepherds Pie
If you want to go beyond a salad, I'm sharing great sides from 5 categories: Appetizers, Breads, Hot Vegetables, Desserts, and Beverages.
With a rich recipe like Shepherd's Pie, you'll want simple, low-calorie appetizers that will leave plenty of room for your hearty main casserole. Each of these fit the bill.
Transform canned beans into Black Bean Salsa, an easy recipe guaranteed to please. It's fresh, colorful, and delicious, and it might just be your new favorite party recipe.
Crispy Parmesan Cauliflower Bites will be the hit of your party or dinner table! They're low-carb, keto-friendly, gluten-free and melt in your mouth delicious!
Make and share this Chickpea and Olive Appetizer recipe from Food.com.
The fun, colorful, and delicious summer appetizer that we're all looking for right now!
Crispy Baked Zucchini Chips are a healthy paleo-friendly snack recipe that is loaded with flavor and crunch, yet light in calories!
This is an easy appetizer which tastes great! Make some Cucumber Bites for your next gettogether.
These mini falafel bites can be used as snacks, party appetizers or accompany a delicious mashed potato with salad meal. Check out the recipe below!
These sweet potato puffs are the perfect thanksgiving appetizer or side dish! They're easy to make, full of herbs and super healthy!
Bread is *always* on the menu at our house. The first 3 options will work especially well if you're sharing a Guinness Shepherd's/Cottage Pie for St. Patrick's Day.
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The zip of fresh herbs, saltiness of Parmesan, and the richness of oil permeate the perfectly soft dough for a rich and flavorful roll.
30-Minute Garlic Parmesan Dinner Rolls, the perfect bread recipe to serve with any meal. Great for holidays, so simple to make. Cheesy, garlicky goodness!
Irish Soda Bread is a quick bread that does not require any yeast. Instead, all of its leavening comes from baking soda and buttermilk. This Irish Soda Bread recipe is my grandmother's and has been cherished in my family for years. It's dense, yet soft and has the most incredible crusty exterior.
This is the BEST homemade garlic bread you'll ever make. It has fresh herbs, tons of flavorful roasted garlic, and is perfectly toasted. This easy garlic bread recipe is delicious served with your fav pasta dishes & comfort foods, and is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser!
Easy dutch oven bread ready in just a few hours - no overnight rise needed.
My Outback Steakhouse-inspired, lightly-sweet and perfect with butter, Steakhouse-Style Pumpernickel Bread recipe is one you'll make all the time.
Whip up a loaf of this Garlic Cheddar Beer Bread in practically no time - and with NO yeast!
If you want a healthy side dish, go for something very simple - hot vegetables roasted, sauteed, and topped with fresh herbs. Here are a few suggestions.
These simple skillet green beans are a perfect healthy side dish. They are made in one pot with garlic, olive oil and a little spice. They are vegan, paleo and naturally gluten-free.
Learn how to cook Brussels sprouts with this easy recipe! Bright, fresh, and delicious, it's the perfect holiday side dish.
These roasted root vegetables are totally addicting! Easy, healthy and colorful side dish with root vegetables, garlic, herbs and olive oil.
Easy Maple Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash. Cubes of butternut squash tossed with maple syrup, cinnamon, and rosemary, roasted to caramelized perfection.
Want to know the secret to making frozen corn taste delicious? Kick your corn side dish up a notch with How to Cook Frozen Corn (the RIGHT way)!
I suggest choosing a simple dish with simple ingredients for your desserts. These are all great options to complement the rich flavors of the pie.
- Shepherd's Pie Wine Pairing Options
- Making Shepherd's Pie with Lamb? Read this: What Cocktails Go With Lamb
- Making Cottage Pie with Beef? Read this article.
Try Anita's Recipe for Guinness Shepherd's Pie here!
P.S. What is Shepherd's Pie (or Cottage Pie)
Shepherd's Pie is the epitome of a hearty meal and a cherished traditional British dish. At its core, this culinary delight is a comforting medley of flavors and textures. The foundation of the dish is the succulent mixture of ground meat, often featuring the rich and distinctive taste of ground lamb. This flavorful meaty layer is then crowned with a generous topping of creamy mashed potatoes, creating a harmonious contrast between the savory filling and the velvety smoothness above. With its origins deeply rooted in British culinary heritage, every forkful of traditional Shepherd's Pie offers a nostalgic taste of warmth and satisfaction.