Wafting from the kitchen is the smell of a flavorful pot roast…but then you realize, you need a side dish! If you’re looking for the perfect pot roast side, I have over 30 delicious ideas that you don’t want to miss!
What do you serve with a roast?
There are many delicious side dishes you can serve with a roast (and it doesn’t matter if it’s a pork roast or chuck roast!) Here are some ideas just to get you thinking:
- Roast vegetables of any kind (carrots, asparagus, brussel sprouts, the possibilites are endless!)
- A potato dish – think mashed potatoes, potato casserole, baked potatoes, and more.
- Rolls, or herb bread
- A fresh, yummy salad
And the list goes on! Of course, I’m about to show you LOTS of recipes that fit the list above, so stay tuned.
Traditional Pot Roast Sides
You can serve practically anything with a pot roast, but maybe you’re wondering what the traditional sides are.
Traditional pot roasts are often served with mashed potatoes and roasted carrots. This seems to be the usual pairing of protein and veggies.
However, if you want to try something new, you will soon have plenty ideas. If you don’t have carrots on hand, for example, try serving your roast with a different veggie you have on hand!
Table of Contents
I’ve broken this post up into helpful categories so you can see the exact sides you like best! Use the table of contents below to jump to your desired section.
- Healthy Vegetable Sides
- Breads & Biscuits
- Potato Sides
- Keto Pot Roast Sides
- Instant Pot Sides
- More Unique Sides
Healthy Vegetable Sides
Sweet & Smoky Glazed Carrots
Want to add some unique flavor to your veggies? Try these Smoky Glazed Carrots! The recipe features smoked paprika, garlic, and honey for the perfect flavorful carrots to go along with your pot roast. You can use regular carrots, or rainbow carrots for an extra spectacular dish!
Blog: Ginger Divine
Parmesean Green Beans
Veggies with sprinkled parmesean cheese on the top just can’t help but be delicious! These Parmesean Green Beans are simple but super yummy. You’ll just need some fresh green beans, parmesean cheese, olive oil, and a few spices. Pop them in the oven for a nice roast and you have the perfect pot roast side!
Blog: Saving Talents
Roasted Mashed Cauliflower
A great way to make a traditional side into a healthy one: make Roasted Mashed Cauliflower! You can easily substitute regular mashed potatoes for mashed cauliflower, and still have a delicious side dish. This recipe looks particularly inviting, don’t you think?
Blog: The Dizzy Cook
Garlic Lemon Asparagus
Asparagus can be an acquired taste – but personally I LOVE it when you season it up just right! This recipe is perfect to go with pot roast. It has garlic and lemon, with parmesean sprinkled on top. Yum!
Butternut Squash Slices
Looking for an extra-unique veggies side? Try these Butternut Squash Slices, with mushroom duxelles on top! This is such a pretty dish, perfect for a fancier pot-roast dinner with family and friends. Best of all, this recipe is extremely allergy friendly—great for those of you who are eating paleo, AIP, vegan, and more!
Blog: LB Health & Lifestyle
Balsamic Glazed Carrots
There are lots of ways to elevate somewhat boring carrots…and these Balsamic Glazed Carrots are one of those ways! The carrots are roasted whole with a cinnamon glaze, and they are even topped with chimichurri and feta cheese. Sounds super delicious to me!
Blog: Midwestern Home Life
Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts
Up next, a super quick & easy veggie recipe: Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts! Just look at that toasty brown on these little guys—so delicious looking. These have the perfect crunch and softness, and it is all achieved in minutes by using an air fryer. The recipe calls for a few different seasonings, but left open for interpretation depending on your own taste, which I love!
Blog: Strength and Sunshine
As you probably know, parmesean cheese often make veggies go from “okay” to an irresistable dish! This Parmesean Broccoli has the perfect crunch to it, and it is also made in the air fryer just like the last recipe. You can whip up this side dish in less than 15 minutes. Note: this would also make a great side dish for chicken alfredo!
Blog: Temecula Blogs
Slow Roasted Onions
Are you a cooked-onion fan? I sure am. In my opinion, you can make SO many things better by adding onions (pizza, hamburgers, stir fry, to name a few!) Because of that, I most definitely believe these Slow Roasted Onions would make the perfect side for pot roast. You can use any variety of onions you have on hand for this recipe. The only other ingredients you’ll need is some oil and spices!
Blog: A Sweet Alternative
Kale & Apple Slaw
The last recipe in this category, but definitely not least: try this Kale & Apple Slaw! While roasted veggies are great with pot roast, fresh veggies make a nice alternative too. This slaw uses kale, apples, and onions along with a flavorful dressing you won’t want to miss out on.
Blog: Its Not Complicated Recipes
Breads that Go With Pot Roast
If you’re looking for a more hearty, fill-you-up pot roast side, bread is the way to go! You can do anything from a quick loaf of artisan bread, to buttery rolls, or garlic bread. Don’t miss these bread recipes!
No-Knead Rosemary Bread
I think my top choice for bread with pot roast would be an herb bread. This No-Knead Rosemary Bread looks so delightful! To make this bread, you’ll need to be prepared in advance because the dough needs to rest for 12 hours before baking. But, you won’t have to knead it at all! 😉
Blog: Emily Fabulous
Pull-Apart Bread Rolls
If rolls are your thing, you definitely want to check out these Pull-Apart Bread Rolls by Recipe This. My goodness, they look amazing! I want to make these right now, LOL. These rolls are made in the air fryer, and they can be made in 35 minutes which is pretty good for any type of bread!
Blog: Recipe This
Another type of “bread” that goes well with pot roast is biscuits! You can make any biscuit recipe, but I am partial to these Homemade Biscuits on the Crave the Good Blog. They call for only 5 ingredients, and include NO milk! Plus, if you’re new to cutting and folding biscuit dough, there is a step by step tutorial included in the blog post.
Blog: Crave the Good
Mini Mushroom Pies
Not technically bread, but I thought these Mini Mushroom Pies looked too good to leave out of the list. This will take a bit more work, since you’ll have to cut out lots of little circles, fill them with mushrooms, and crimp the sides. But I think the effort is most definitely worth it.
Blog: Food Worth Feed
Need a roll recipe that is NOT cooked in the air fryer? Check out these No-Knead Rolls by Recipe Pocket. They are soft, golden brown, and delicious. I love how there is even a photo included showing the difference between kneading & NOT kneading the dough. You’ll have to go to the blog post to see what that difference is! 😉
Blog: Recipe Pocket
Frozen Air-Fryer Garlic Bread
Last but not least, a super simple recipe for when you’re short on time: Frozen Air Fryer Garlic Bread! This recipe shows you how to take a frozen garlic bread and toast it perfectly in the air fryer.
Blog: Aubrey’s Kitchen
A true classic – pot roast and mashed potatoes! But sometimes you might want to switch up the tradition a bit with potatoes used in a different way…if so, you’re in the right place.
4 Ingredient Potato Soup
If you’re having pot roast on a cold winter night, a heartwarming potato soup can be a great alternative to regular mashed potatoes! This 4 Ingredient Potato Soup is super simple, made in the crockpot.
Twice Baked Potatoes
This is one of my favorite ways to eat potatoes! Twice Baked Potatoes are an amazing recipe from the Simply Full of Delight Blog. Potatoes are halved and loaded with tons of delicious ingredients! You could go as simple or wild as you want when having these with pot roast, depending on your preference.
Blog: Simply Full of Delight
Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes
Ever feel like you don’t have enought TIME to make the perfect mashed potatoes to go along with your pot roast? Enter, Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes! This awesome recipe allows you to prep your mashed potatoes way beforehand and keep in the freezer until you’re ready.
Blog: Dessert for Two
Mashed Potato Cakes
A nice spin on a classic – make your mashed potatoes into crispy, flavorful ‘cakes’! The Mashed Potato Cakes from Foxes Love Lemons looks just delicious. You’ll add some yummy ingredients to your potatoes and then cook them in some oil in a skillet.
Blog: Foxes Love Lemons
Boursin Mashed Potatoes
Do you ever wish that you could elevate your mashed potatoes? You will definitely want to try these Boursin Mashed Potatoes! Boursin is a type of cheese, and it gives the potatoes such a great flavor, along with garlic and herbs. This is a great fancier type of mashed potatoes.
Blog: The Oregon Dietician
German Potato Salad
Go in a totally different direction with your potatoes by making something like this German Potato Salad! This is a vegan dish that adds in a lot of other great flavors, like onions, celery, and even a secret ingredient. You can choose to serve this dish either warm or cold with your pot roast.
Blog: Balance With Jess
Whipped Sweet Potatoes
Who says you have to have white potatoes with pot roast? Sweet potatoes are just as good of an alternative, especially if you want to be extra healthy! These Whipped Sweet Potatos are fluffy, with just the right amount of spice. Looks delicious to me!
Blog: The Short Order Cook
Up next, we have Melting Potatoes from the Frugal Momeh blog! Wow, these look good. This is similar to a french side dish called Fondant Potatoes. Fancy, I know—and for good reason. There is a whole process of making these potatoes crisp and buttery on the outside, but soft on the inside. Try them yourself to feel them melt in your mouth!
Blog: Frugal Momeh
Whole 30 Mashed Potatoes
Are you on the Whole 30 diet? This recipe is most definitely for you. Dairy is not allowed on Whole 30, so these special Mashed Potatoes use ghee and almond milk instead. They may be different, but still amazingly yummy.
Blog: The Clean Happy Life
Keto Pot Roast Sides
If you’re on the keto diet, you’re probably looking for low-card side dishes. I know these can be hard to find! I’ve included 2 here, but be sure to check the veggie recipes as well. As long as the veggies themselves are allowed, you’ll be in good shape with the oil and cheese that many use.
Many store-bought coleslaws have additives and sugars that are not good for Keto – but not this recipe! 1 cup has only 6 net carbs, which is great! You’ll love this recipe.
Blog: Healthy with Jamie
Potatoes are one of those things that you can’t have on Keto…but this recipe helps to make up for that! This dish is made from cauliflower rice and is loaded with lots of fats like butter, cheese, and bacon. Yum!
Blog: Healthy with Jamie
Instant Pot Sides
Instant Pot cooking is so much fun! It’s a great time-saving alternative, so I wanted to make sure and include a few pot roast sides that are made this way.
Instant Pot Red Potatoes
A potato recipe you can simply dump in the instant pot to start – Instant Pot Red Potatoes! Some chicken stock, butter, and seasonings thrown in and you’re all good to go. In less than 15 minutes you have the perfect side dish!
Blog: Budget Delicious
Instant Pot Broccoli
Simple in flavor, but quick and yummy: Instant Pot Broccoli. This recipe is for steaming broccoli, which is extra healthy. The blog post also walks you through how to get the perfect texture, just how you like it.
Blog: Simple Fresh n Yum
Instant Pot Smashed Potatoes
The quick version of regular mashed potatoes: Instant Pot Smashed Potatoes! This recipe is perfect for times when you’re in a huge rush to make a side. You’ll use the potato water in the recipe, so no need to even drain them!
Blog: Melanie Cooks
More Unique Sides
Quick, easy and refreshing: a Watermelon Basil Salad! I think is such a unique combination of ingredients, I just had to include it in this section.
Blog: Salt & Baker
If you can’t eat potatoes and you’re not a fan of sweet potatoes, you might want to try Parsnip Mash instead! Topped with green onions, this is sure to be a great side.
Blog: Eating Works
Another unique side for pot roast is a Yorkshire Pudding! This recipe is gluten free, great for those with allergies.
Blog: Gluten Free Tranquility
For a hearty, homey side, try these Old Fashioned Vegan Baked Beans on the Strength and Sunshine blog! This recipe is packed full of flavor, and not too hard to make either.
Blog: Strength and Sunshine
Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
Veggies AND bacon together? The best! The last side I want to show you is this Bacon Wrapped Asparagus. This will definitely take your veggies to the next level. Doesn’t it look so yummy?!
Blog: Dessert for Two
Pot Roast is a great dinner, but it can be even greater when you have the perfect side dish to go along with it. You can have steamed veggies, roasted veggies, mashed potatoes, rolls, yorkshire pudding…there are SO many options! I hope you found the perfect recipe to add to your meal plan in this post.