20 Best Side Dishes For Brisket to Transform Your Meal

Nothing is as satisfying as a well-done juicy brisket. Though you can eat it on its own, sometimes you might want to keep some leftovers to enjoy the next day. This is where having side dishes comes in.

But, not just any side. We’re talking about equally flavorful, yet filling sides.

Whether you decide to cook, grill, or barbeque your brisket, we’ve included mouthwatering fresh salads and cooked and baked dishes to complement your scrumptious meat. You can easily buy most of the ingredients used in these recipes from your local grocery store.

So, here goes! 20 of the best side dishes for brisket.

1. Apple ‘n’ Carrot Slaw

Apple 'n' Carrot Slaw

This Apple ‘n carrot slaw is an amazing twist to the classic coleslaw salad. It uses a handsome helping of apples to create a sweet, vibrant, and crispy salad.

To add an extra tang to the salad, add vinegar and mustard. If you prefer, you can use purple cabbage in place of green cabbage. Allow the mixture to cool in the refrigerator, then serve and enjoy.


2. Baked Mac And Cheese

Mac and Cheese is known as the best comfort food. This recipe uses pasta shells because they hold the cheese sauce well. The sauce is made of two types of cheese: one to add a cheesy texture and one for flavor.

Once the ingredients are mixed, they’re added to a baking dish and sprinkled with mozzarella, parmesan, and cheddar for a crispy top. Bake as instructed, then enjoy.


3. Baked Beans

Baked Beans

One way of wowing your guests is by serving them homemade baked beans. You’ll need a can of pork and beans, barbeque sauce, brown sugar, jalapeno juice, onion, and bacon.

Mix all the ingredients and pour them into a baking dish. Bake for an hour or until the combination starts to bubble. Allow to cool, then serve and enjoy.


4. Broccoli Salad

If you’re used to using leafy greens as a base for your salad, perhaps it’s time to switch things up with this broccoli salad. It’s made from baked bacon, raw broccoli florets, red onion, sunflower seeds, cranberries, and goat cheese.

To this, you add a dressing made from homemade mayonnaise and yogurt. You can add any seeds, nuts, or dried fruit of your choice.


5. Scalloped Potatoes

 Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped potatoes are an easy dish to put together if you’re a fan of potatoes. To make it, you’ll need thinly sliced potatoes, onion, and cream sauce made from flour, butter, milk, chicken broth, and seasoning (pepper, garlic, and herbs).

Then you layer the potatoes, onion, and sauce. Season well, then bake for up to 60 minutes.


6. Honey Balsamic Roasted Brussel Sprouts

If you love adding a dimension of flavor to brussels sprouts, then this recipe is for you. To make it, you’ll need washed and sliced Brussels sprouts.

Toss these in olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast them as instructed in the recipe for a crisp finish. Pour the balsamic vinegar and honey for a sweet and tangy bite.


7. Cheesy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Cheesy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Another great recipe if you’re looking to whip a side in under 30 minutes.

To make these cheesy garlic mashed potatoes, you’ll need some mashed potatoes, garlic salt (or fresh garlic), mozzarella cheese, and seasoning. On low heat, mix all the ingredients together until the cheese has melted, then enjoy.


8. Easy Oven Roasted Vegetables

Roasting vegetables is a fun way to enjoy your favorite seasonal crop without the blandness of simply boiling them. This recipe calls for Brussels sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, red onions, red peppers, and seasoning.

Slice the veggies up and pour them into a large bowl, toss with avocado oil, season as desired, and then transfer into a baking dish and bake for up to 25 minutes.


9. Quinoa And Chickpea Salad

Quinoa And Chickpea Salad

A low-calorie, high-fiber side is always nice to add to your brisket meal. So, this quinoa chickpea salad is worth trying.

To make it, you’ll need sliced chickpeas, quinoa, beets, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, seasoning, and a lemon dressing made from Dijon mustard, white wine vinegar, olive oil, honey, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Add all the grains and vegetables to a bowl and then toss with the dressing.


10. No Knead Dinner Rolls

Kneading dough is one of the most laborious kitchen tasks. Luckily, you can make these rolls without physical exertion.

To make it, you’ll need flour, yeast, sugar, eggs, butter, and milk. Mix as instructed in the recipe, and allow to rise. Bake for up to 30 minutes. The result is a batch of soft, fluffy, and tasty rolls. Serve and enjoy.


11. Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

Potatoes without the extra calories, anyone? Try this toasted sweet potato salad, and become a potato salad legend. To make it, you’ll need roasted sweet potatoes, olive oil, cooked bacon, onions, and celery.

Mix the ingredients then drizzle with a dressing made from mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, fresh lemon juice, mustard, and seasoning. Serve warm or chilled.


12. Potato Salad Three Ways

The traditional way of making potato salad is by dressing it with mayonnaise. But that can get boring over time. Now you can up your potato salad game with these variations. You can make your potato salad with the addition of pickles and mayonnaise.

Or try making the warm salad with bacon, and onion drizzled with oil and mustard. Another option is by adding grated cheese, sour cream, bacon, and scallions.


13. Baby Spinach Tomato Salad with Feta Cheese

Baby Spinach Tomato Salad with Feta Cheese

The best thing about healthy eating is that you don’t have to slave away in the kitchen to create a balanced dish. And this recipe proves just that!

It’s made from a pack of baby spinach, semi-dried tomatoes, Greek feta, currants, and a dressing using lemon juice, olive oil, and brushed garlic. Mix all the ingredients and you’ve got something fresh to offer your guests.


14. Asparagus Mushroom Stirfry

You can’t go wrong with a good stir fry. This recipe calls for olive oil, red onion, crushed garlic, mushrooms, and asparagus. Cook until the vegetables are throughly cooked, but not soggy. Season with salt and pepper. As simple as that!


15. Honey Garlic Butter Roasted Carrots

Honey Garlic Butter Roasted Carrots

If you’re looking to turn your roasted carrots up a notch, look no further than this honey garlic butter roasted carrots recipe. You’ll need washed and peeled carrots, butter, honey, crushed garlic, seasoning, and fresh parsley.

Cut your carrots, toss them in the butter sauce, and then transfer them onto a baking tray. Roast for up to 40 minutes and then garnish with parsley.


16. Italian Pasta Salad

This recipe is full of hearty fresh vegetables and you can mix and match them with any vegetables you have available.

It’s made from fusilli pasta, artichoke hearts, crushed garlic, bell peppers, baby tomatoes, celery, red onion, fresh basil, and olives which are all tossed in a dressing made from Dijon mustard, red wine vinegar, olive oil, Italian seasoning, salt, and black pepper.


17. Oven Roasted Corn On The Cob

Oven Roasted Corn On The Cob

A barbecue favorite, this corn-on-the-cob recipe is great to make use of an abundance of corn in your house. It is sweet, and tender and adds vibrancy to your meals.

You’ll need fresh corn, butter, garlic, and fresh herbs. Make herb butter by mixing the butter with the herbs. Spread the butter on each of the cobs. Place on a foil-wrapped baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes.


18. Southern Hush Puppies

Made from onions as a base, this makes a wonderful substitute for french fries. To make it, you’ll need sliced onion, cornmeal, flour, buttermilk, an egg, cayenne pepper, salt, and garlic powder.

Mix all the ingredients. Using a tablespoon, scoop the batter and pour it into a skillet filled with heated oil. Fry until golden brown, place on a paper towel to drain any excess oil.


19. Mozzarella Sticks

Mozzarella Sticks

Mozzarella strips coated in a batter, then fried? Yes, please! To make this recipe, you’ll need mozzarella cheese, flour, eggs, breadcrumbs, milk, and vegetable oil.

First, coat each mozzarella strip with flour, then dip them in whisked egg and coat them with bread crumbs. Fry until golden brown in a skillet filled with shallow oil, and then drain any excess oil on a paper towel.


20. Ba’corn (Cheesy Bacon Corn Gratin)

Calling all bacon and corn lovers! This cheesy side is made from bacon, corn, garlic, green onions, and jalapeno peppers fried in the bacon’s fat.

To this, you add seasoning as desired and add heavy cream and grated cheese. Allow to cook until the vegetables are soft, transfer into a baking dish, and bake until the top is golden brown. Garnish with onion and serve.



Creating tasty sides from this list of the best side dishes for brisket allows you to make various dishes you and your family will love.

Try one of these recipes and show off your legendary cooking skills. From hearty comfort food to healthy sides, there’s a dish for everyone’s taste.

Best Side Dishes For Brisket

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