11 Main Dishes to Serve with a Caprese Salad

Four dishes in a collage.

Caprese salad is a great appetizer and a side dish to plenty of different dishes. Here you will find ideas for what to make on your Italian night to serve along with Caprese salad! For a related list of easy tray bakes to serve with the salad check out my tray bake recipe collection.

1. Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese on a plate with grated cheese.
You can serve bolognese sauce on spaghetti, in lasagna, or even with rice!

2. Pasta Alla Norma

Pasta alla Norma with Roasted Eggplant.
Serve the dish with fresh basil.

3. Layered Potato Casserole with Sausage

Hungarian Layered Potatoes on a plate.
Hungarians like to serve this dish with a spoonful of sour cream.

4. Honey Chicken with Balsamic Sauce

honey chicken with balsamic sauce.
Serve this dish with cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, and mozzarella drizzled with balsamic reduction!

5. Caprese Panini Sandwich

Caprese Panini Sandwich.
Serve the sandwiches cut in halves on a skewer for convenience!

6. Steak Kabobs on Skewers

kabobs steak on skewers on a cutting board.
Serve Caprese salad on the side with the steak or place the tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella on the skewers between the meat pieces!

7. Italian Beef in a Crockpot

Italian Beef in a Bowl with Yellow Peppers.
Serve Caprese Salad along with the beef.

8. Chicken Marsala Pasta

Chicken pasta with mushrooms on a plate.
You can serve Caprese as an appetizer or as a side dish with pasta!

9. Pesto Lasagna

Pesto Lasagna on a Spatula.

10. Black Olive and Sundried Tomatoes Focaccia

Focaccia pieces with black olives on the table.

11. Avocado Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Avocado Grilled Cheese in a Pan.

What’s Next?

Have you made any of these recipes? I would love to know what you think! Share your experiences and questions in the comment section below.


Hi, I am Natasha! Glad to see you here. Hope you join along as I discover and share great recipes that make family cooking easier and more fun! To learn more about me, read my story of how I went from a world traveler to a countryside home cook. Read more…

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