Looking for side dishes to go with meatloaf? If you are undecided about what to serve meatloaf, find everything from healthy, easy, and comforting sides plus vegetables here, along with expert storing, freezing, and reheating tips!
A meatloaf recipe comes in a variety of savory flavors, tastes and textures, such as turkey meatloaf, pork meatloaf, and even gluten-free meatloaf, all which go great with the classic side dish – mashed potatoes.
Other recipes, such as Italian meatloaf, may be served with butter and parmesan cheese pasta, while stuffed cheddar cheese Mexican meatloaf goes well with rice and sour cream. Some recipes, like instant pot meatloaf cooks the mashed potato side right in the same pot!
Besides carb-heavy dishes, like potatoes, garlic bread, or rice, you may be wondering what other sides go with meatloaf. Below are the most popular choices, including easy vegetables, salads, and unique sides.
Since leftovers make the best meatloaf sandwich, storing, freezing, and reheating tips are also included with a huge range of side dishes to serve with it!
Best sides to go with meatloaf
Since meatloaf is a filling meal, finding the perfect sides can be just as tricky as figuring out what to serve with lasagna or sides to go with mac and cheese.
Of course mashed potatoes makes a classic side dish to go with meatloaf (as well one of the best salisbury steak sides), but there are many other great side dish options, such as veggies and salads. Below are the most popular sides to go with meatloaf, while further down find easy side dish recipes.
- Mashed potatoes
- Crispy Oven French Fries
- Vegetables (see full list below)
- Baked Potatoes
- Fruit Salad
- Velveeta Mac and Cheese
- Sautéed Apples
- Roasted potato wedges
- Sweet Potatoes – mashed, roasted, or sweet potato fries
- Jello Salad
Vegetable sides for meatloaf
Generally meatloaf is served with some sort of starch, such as potatoes, rolls, or garlic bread, but it’s nice to serve veggies along with it to balance the meal out. Below are the best vegetables to go with meatloaf, as well as many healthy side dish options.
- Roasted Squash
- Green Salads
- Steamed corn
- Green Beans
- Creamed spinach
- Corn on the Cob
- Brussels Sprouts
Storing and freezing tips
A classic meatloaf recipe is the perfect freezer-meal or make-ahead comfort food dish. If you’d rather not assemble, bake, and serve immediately, refrigerate it or freeze it baked or unbaked.
To store unbaked meatloaf, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 24 hours before baking. If freezing, protect the ground beef against freezer burn by wrapping foil over the plastic wrap. Freeze up to three months.
When ready to bake, it’s best let it thaw overnight first. Let it sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes before baking to take some of the chill off.
I prefer to freeze the glaze separate from the meatloaf in a ziplock freezer bag. It makes storage easier, and the sauce can be thawed and brushed on right before baking.
Best way to reheat meatloaf
For oven reheating, place leftovers in an oven-safe baking dish. Sprinkle with a touch of water or broth to keep it tender, and cover with foil. Bake in a 250ºF oven for 20-30 minutes, or until heated through.
To microwave, I recommend reheating slices instead of an unsliced loaf. Reheat at 50% power for 2-3 minutes, or until almost heated through. Finish at full power until hot.
Alternatively, place a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Lightly grease the pan and heat for 3-4 minutes per side.
More easy meatloaf sides
Looking for the perfect side dish recipes? Find many vegetables, starches, salads to fit a variety of tastes and flavor!
1. Gluten-Free Green Bean Casserole (Like Mom’s!)
2. Harvest Salad
3. Sheet Pan Roasted Green Beans and Potatoes
4. Mini Hasselback Potatoes
5. Cheesy Baked Tomatoes (in 10 Minutes!)
6. Au Gratin Potatoes (No Flour)
7. Roasted Ranch Potatoes
8. Crispy Oven Roasted Cabbage Steaks
9. Marinated Green Bean Salad
10. Southern Spoon Bread
11. Strawberry Salad
12. Smashed Potatoes Recipe
13. Sauteed Zucchini with Lemon and Garlic
14. Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole
15. Salt Potatoes Recipe
16. 20 Minute Roasted Zucchini (Not Soggy!)
17. Sweet Potato Salad
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Dennis Littley says
So many delicious sides and I can’t wait to try each and every one of them!! Thank you for the cooking inspiration
You’re so welcome, Dennis! Enjoy!