Some of the best food comes on a roll: a Swiss roll, a sausage roll, a tootsie roll, and a cabbage roll. Okay, so a cabbage roll doesn't exactly have an appetizing ring to it, but don't be too quick to judge until you've tried one.
The humble cabbage roll is delicious and healthy if you choose the fillings wisely. Prized by the Persians and revered by the Russians, this dish is a mouth-watering plate of perfection.
If you've decided to make a batch of cabbage rolls for dinner, then you may be wondering what to serve with cabbage rolls? Keep reading to get our tasty list of 10 simple sides that'll complement cabbage leaf rolls perfectly.
What To Serve With Cabbage Rolls
1. Bean Salad
Combine your favorite beans to make a healthy side that’s full of fiber and vitamins. Kidney, garbanzo, and chickpeas are excellent options when combined with fresh gala apple, continental parsley, and red onion.
2. Fresh Bread
A super easy extra to accompany any meal, bread is a perfect match for stuffed cabbage. Include generous knobs of butter, or get creative and whisk up your favorite herbs with it. A flavorful way to serve a well-rounded meal.
3. Sliced Cucumber
Sliced cucumber offers a burst of light, crispy freshness that helps balance the ingredients. Add a dollop of dill sauce for a lemony, bitter flavor that helps lighten the meal. The aniseed aroma will also add another dimension to the dish.
4. Garlic Bread
Garlic bread is a tasty side dish for stuffed cabbage leaves. Actually, it accompanies any meal and is a low-cost option if you’re on a budget. Be wary of the serving size if you’re trying to reduce your carbohydrate intake.
5. Mashed Potato
Mashed potatoes go with practically everything, especially cabbage. Why not take your side one step further and include sauerkraut, which has a lovely pickled flavor? An ideal option for cutting through the taste of cabbage rolls laden with meat. Be sure to check out our complete guide on how to make sauerkraut at home.
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6. Pumpkin Soup
A creamy pumpkin soup will add color to the table and provide a flavorsome "moreish" element. You could always buy ready-made soup, but we recommend going all out and making your own from scratch. The freshly made version is hard to beat.
7. Rice Salad
If you’re in a hurry, combine a bag of pre-cooked rice with parsley, currants or raisins, carrots, peas and any other vegetables that take your fancy. This is another filling side dish that will ensure no-one leaves the table hungry.
Not sure which rice is best for your salad? Check out our helpful resource which compares two popular types if rice: basmati and jasmine.
8. Sautéed Vegetables
Any vegetable will complement stuffed cabbage rolls, but carrots and broccoli are excellent options. If you want a lighter side dish then steam the vegetables to reduce the calories and fat content.
9. Stuffed Bell Peppers
Cabbage isn’t the only menu item that can be stuffed. Fill your peppers with cheese, mushrooms and onion. If you’re a meat lover, toss in ground beef as well. A meal designed to fill even the hungriest guest.
10. Waldorf Salad
A Waldorf salad will balance the stuffed cabbage and it can be thrown together in five minutes. The fresh, crisp serving of vegetables combined with sweet apple will provide relief from the heavy hero dish.
And there you have it, ten delectable side dishes for cabbage rolls. This is just the tip of the iceberg; there are loads of other options at your disposal.
If you're not a big eater, then choose light, flavor-packed sides that will balance out the dish. Pickles or a salad with fresh ingredients are two good options.
Anyone feeding big appetites can include some heavier dishes like mashed potato and garlic bread.