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23 Easy Side Dishes to Serve with Crockpot Meals

Crockpot recipes are the best thing ever because they’re so easy.  I can come home after a long day and relax because dinner is done.  And, boy, does my house smell amazing!

Pot roast can be cooked in the crockpot with carrots and potatoes, but I’m always on the lookout for other quick side dishes to serve with my crockpot recipes.  It doesn’t make sense to come home to finished meal in the crockpot and then spend another hour preparing the side dishes.  That would defeat the whole purpose of making a crockpot meal ahead of time, wouldn’t it??

I have some go-to side dishes that we eat every week and I asked my cousin Kelly what she serves with her crockpot recipes.  Here’s a list of our favorites that can each be made in 15 minutes or less.  Bon Appétit!

23 Easy Side Dishes to Serve with Crockpot Meals

23 Easy Side Dishes to Serve with Crockpot Meals

  1. Steamed Broccoli
  2. Fresh Garden Salad
  3. Frozen Peas…cooked, of course 😉
  4. Corn on the Cob with butter and salt OR lime juice and chili powder
  5. Tortilla Chips with Melted Cheese (add jalapeños for an extra kick)
  6. Garlic Bread
  7. Applesauce (this Slow Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge)
  8. Watermelon Mint Salad
  9. Mango Coleslaw
  10. Roasted Asparagus – Toss in olive oil, salt, and pepper, place on a baking sheet, and roast at 350° for 15 minutes.  Or add crumbled gorgonzola on top (omit spices) before placing in the oven…SO YUMMY
  11. Sautéed Zucchini with butter and your favorite spices
  12. Tomato Salad
  13. Cucumber Dill Salad – 2 cubed cucumbers, 1/4c rice wine vinegar, 1t dill, and a pinch of sugar
  14. Corn and Black Bean Salad – 1 drained can of corn, 1 drained can of black beans, 1/2t cumin, 1/2t chili powder, 1/2t garlic powder, and 1T chopped jalapeños
  15. Rice – try the Uncle Ben’s microwave packs or cook dry rice in a programmable rice cooker
  16. Egg Noodles
  17. Carrots and Celery with Ranch Dressing or Hummus (My kids would happily eat this every night!)
  18. Easy Pickled Kidney Beans or Red Beets – 1 drained can of kidney beans or red beets, 1T olive oil, 1/4 c vinegar, 1t basil, 1/4 thinly sliced onion, and a pinch of sugar.  (The longer it sits, the better so mix it up in the morning or the night before)
  19. Steamed Green Beans
  20. Buttered Carrots with Brown Sugar – slice carrots and boil for 15 minutes.  Strain and return to pot with butter and brown sugar until melted.
  21. Salt Potatoes – Boil small red potatoes with skin on for 12-15 minutes and then strain.  Toss in butter and kosher salt.
  22. Olives, Cheese, and Crackers
  23. Fruit Salad

I hope these ideas help you continue to feed your family healthy and delicious dinners.

If you have any questions or sides dishes of your own, please leave a comment below.  I’d love to hear from you. 

Jill Petrush Rogers is an artist and former bookbuyer/seller. Jill recently moved back to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA with her husband, Tom, and their two energy-filled boys. Jill loves to channel her creativity by coming up with recipes as a contributing writer for New Leaf Wellness.

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8 years ago

Good list! The link to tomato salad actually links to grilled portabella mushrooms. I tried searching the site for tomato salad… Any chance you can correct the link. Thanks – love the recipes!

Kelly McNelis
8 years ago
Reply to  Debora

It’s in that post. It’s just kind of buried in it. Combine 3 chopped large vine tomatoes with 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon basil, 1/2 teaspoon oregano, 1/2 teaspoon parsley, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Lannie M.
Lannie M.
8 years ago

Cucumber and tomato diced then added to cottage cheese w/ a dash of salt and pepper. Doesn’t store well because of the acid in tomatoes so only make what you’ll eat. But it’s a cold and delicious salad. Goes well with BBQ. I also remove the seeds from the tomato so it doesn’t make the salad watery. Don’t know what the name of this recipe is. I was 9 the first time I had it at a pool party. I just thought to ask the lady what was in it. LOL!