Here are my 25 best side dishes to serve with grilled shrimp, America's favorite seafood. From salads and vegetables to pasta, I hope these recipes will give you new ideas for how to keep your shrimp lovers happy. No grill? No problem; grab a grill pan. And one shrimp buying tip: choose wild over farmed when possible.
Grill this along side your shrimp (start it first). I like to dust it with Parmesan cheese, but it’s optional. Chopped fresh herbs are good too for a lift of fresh flavor.
Zucchini and Pasta Noodles with Roasted Tomatoes
Zucchini noodles mixed with spaghetti makes a wonderful meal. Roasted tomatoes add another level of flavor. Add fresh chopped herbs and maybe a drizzle of good olive oil to finish.
This fluffy, crunchy, gluten-free grain salad made with quinoa. Serve chilled or room temperature. It’s great in the heat of summer.
Green Bean Salad with Tomatoes and Corn
This colorful green bean salad is a great side dish for proteins. Serve chilled, and its easy and healthy for hot weather entertaining, picnics and tailgating.
Asian Cabbage Salad
Colorful and crunchy, served with a creamy almond dressing, Make it all ahead and toss with dressing when ready to serve. Great along side grilled proteins and packs for a picnic or party.
Mexican Black Bean Salad
Quick and easy, canned black beans work great. Start by using part of the dressing, toss gently, taste and add a little more if desired. Use cilantro, parsley or fresh oregano.
Caesar Salad and Dressing
Crisp romaine leaves and a good garlicky dressing make for a wonderful, classic Caesar Salad. The dressing is terrific.
Hawaiian Style Salad
This brightly colored Hawaiian style salad is fresh tasting and healthy. Make it a main course, with grilled chicken or shrimp. Buy pre-cooked beets or roast your own. Grill the pineapple too.
Cucumber Mint Salad
Cool, crisp, refreshing, this quick salad highlights summer cucumbers. Mint works perfectly, add dill if you like. Feta is optional, skip for no dairy.
Grilled Shrimp Salad
Crisp salad greens and grilled shrimp are the basis for this salad with fresh raspberries, creamy avocado and heart of palm. You can even grill the shrimp ahead and chill.
Chinese Chicken Salad with Ginger Vinaigrette
Crunchy Napa cabbage, lots of colorful veggies, swap shrimp for chicken, plus a creamy, light ginger vinaigrette.
Roast or Grilled Asparagus
Simple, fast, and healthy, asparagus roasts or grills along side shrimp in just minutes. Choose fresh, bright green slender spears with tight tips. Plan for 5 spears per person.
Crunchy Broccoli Bacon Salad
Crunchy broccoli bacon salad with sweet dried cranberries, crunchy walnuts and pumpkin seeds, plus a creamy dressing. .
Soybean Succotash (Edamame)
This succotash uses whole soybeans instead of lima beans. Make it with fresh or frozen corn. For another side dish add rice or quinoa.
Tossed Greek Salad
A Greek salad with the addition of leafy greens. Make extra of the easy vinaigrette to use all week long on any green salad.
Mediterranean Potato Salad
A classic summer side, this potato salad has flavors of dill, lemon and capers. Cook potatoes a day ahead for easy assembly. If you don’t like dill, try thyme or tarragon. For more herbs, add chopped parsley.
Summer Vegetable Medley
An easy vegetable side dish takes the saying “eat your colors” to a new level, with zucchini, corn and sweet red peppers. Add chopped fresh herbs if desired.
Greek Pasta Salad
Bursting with tomatoes, cucumbers, artichoke hearts, olives, feta and a lemon-oregano vinaigrette. It packs easy for a picnic at the park or beach. Team it with grilled shrimp chicken.
Grilled Corn and Quinoa Salad
An easy summer side using grilled corn and quinoa, plus fresh herbs and pine nuts. In summer, grill your own corn. In winter, use frozen corn. Serve as a side with grilled chicken or shrimp.
Broccoli Veggie Slaw
Fresh and crunchy, this cool vegetable slaw easily serves a family or a crowd. Dress only what you need for one meal and refrigerate the rest. Use leftovers in tacos and salads.
Cauliflower Rice (two ways)
Cauliflower rice is a satisfying, low carb replacement for white rice, and a great way to get more vegetables onto your dinner table. Add more herbs and veggies if desired.
Mediterranean Lentil Salad
Crisp and crunchy with lots of vegetables, protein, and garden herbs, this salad is a terrific side dish along side chicken or seafood. It transports well for picnics and potlucks. Pile on a plate and stop with shrimp skewers.
Three Bean Salad
Three bean salad is a simple, classic side. It's high in plant protein and fiber and takes minutes to make with canned beans. Add a tossed green salad and grilled shrimp.