9 Side Dishes To Serve With Roasted Pork Loin

roasted pork loin side dish

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There’s something so comforting and cozy about the combination of meat and potatoes, and it feels like home to me.

One of my favorite cuts of pork is the loin—it has plenty of flavor on its own, but you can also add some herbs or spices to make it even more interesting.

In this recipe, I’ve paired roasted pork loin with mashed potatoes, but there are plenty of ways that you could serve this delicious meal!

You can try pairing it with other root vegetables like parsnips or turnips for an extra boost of vitamin C at dinner time (or breakfast!).

Mashed potatoes

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Mashed potatoes are a classic side dish that goes well with many types of roasts, including roasted pork loin.

They’re also a great way to use up leftover potatoes, milk, and butter.

If you have any leftovers from your roast dinner, you can use them to make mashed potatoes on the side!

It’s important to note that when making mashed potatoes for the first time or if you don’t know how much food is needed for this recipe (which is especially true for new cooks), it’s best to estimate conservatively rather than overestimate.

For example: if someone asks you how many cups are in one pound/kilogram of potato (about 4 medium potatoes), but instead of saying “4 cups” like most people do in everyday conversation—you say something like “5 cups” instead—you might end up with too much mash!

Creamy polenta

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Polenta is a grain that’s cooked down in water or milk, then served as an accompaniment to meat.

It’s a great source of iron, fiber, and calcium—all things you’ll want after indulging in roasted pork loin.

Polenta can be prepared with a variety of different liquids (milk comes to mind first), but the key is that it needs some liquid to cook properly.

You also want your polenta soft enough that it doesn’t break into crumbles when stirred with your spoon or spatula.

If you’re making this side dish for guests who are new to polenta, consider adding grated cheese so they have something familiar on which they can compare the flavor of their meal—especially if they’re not used to eating grains regularly!

Buttered noodles

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Buttered noodles are a good side dish to serve with roasted pork loin.

They’re easy to make and can be served with other meals, too.

Buttered noodles are also great for a crowd or potluck, as they’re easy to serve in large pans and keep warm throughout the meal.

There are many ways to prepare buttered noodles.

One option is to boil the noodles, drain them, and then stir in butter until melted.

Another option is to toss cooked pasta with butter and seasonings such as salt and pepper before serving.

Roasted root vegetables

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Root vegetables are really the ideal choice when it comes to pairing them with pork.

For one thing, they’re cheap and easy to prepare; they also tend to be rich in nutrients, which makes them a great choice for those who want something healthy without sacrificing flavor.

Plus, root vegetables go well with pretty much any kind of meat—they’re hearty enough to stand up against the savory flavors of roast pork loin, but not so heavy that you’ll feel weighed down after eating them.

And if you think about it from this perspective: Root vegetables are probably some of the most versatile things you can eat!

You can roast potatoes or sweet potatoes at high heat until they’re nicely browned and crisp on the outside, then slice them up for serving alongside your meal; carrots work similarly well when cut into sticks lengthwise instead; parsnips have a naturally sweet flavor that goes beautifully with roasted meats (especially duck breast).


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Sauerkraut is a fermented cabbage dish that’s been around since the 14th century.

Like many pickled vegetables, sauerkraut is a good source of vitamin C and fiber, as well as B6 (though not so much B12).

Sauerkraut has also been shown to reduce symptoms of indigestion and gas in people with irritable bowel syndrome.

It’s also a tasty accompaniment to roasted pork loin – and practically any meat dish, for that matter.

If you haven’t tried it yet, now is the time!

The best part of sauerkraut is that it’s easy to make.

All you need is one head of cabbage, salt, and a mason jar.

Shred the cabbage, sprinkle with salt (about 2 tablespoons per quart), and let it sit for a few days while the lactic acid bacteria convert the sugars into lactic acid.

Stewed lentils

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If you’re looking for a low-carb side dish, stewed lentils are a great option.

They’re packed with protein and iron, nutrients that will help keep you full longer.

You can also eat them as part of a Mediterranean diet or incorporate them into your vegetarian lifestyle.

Here’s how to make them:

  • Rinse 1 cup dried lentils in cold water.
  • Drain the water from the lentils and put it in a pot with 1 cup of vegetable broth and 2 cups of water.
  • Bring it to a boil over medium-high heat, reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer until tender (about 30 minutes).
  • Stir occasionally so they don’t stick to the bottom of the pan!

Steamed carrots and green beans

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Carrots and green beans are a great side dish for pork loin.

They’re both high in vitamin A, which your body uses to maintain eyesight, skin and tissue health.

Vitamin C helps protect against infections by boosting the immune system.

Fiber from fruits and vegetables like carrots is essential for digestion and can help decrease cholesterol levels.

Carrots are a great source of vitamin A, which your body uses to maintain eyesight, skin and tissue health.

Green beans are full of vitamin C, helping protect you against infections by boosting the immune system.

Fiber from fruits and vegetables like carrots is essential for digestion and decreases cholesterol levels.

Buttered peas and leeks

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Peas and leeks are a perfect combination.

Peas are a sweet vegetable, while leeks are in the onion family.

They’re both easy to prepare and make a great side dish!

If you’re going to serve roasted pork loin with buttered peas and leeks as a side dish, start by prepping your ingredients.

Peas: Rinse off 1 lb of fresh snow or sugar snap peas (about 2 cups).

Leek: Cut 1 large or 2 small leeks into quarters lengthwise, then wash under running water until all dirt has been removed from each leafy section of the plant.

Wild rice pilaf

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Wild rice pilaf is the perfect side dish for roasted pork loin.

It’s quick and easy to make and adds a nice taste of earthiness to your meal.

  • 1 cup wild rice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter (or olive oil if you prefer)

In a medium pot, combine the wild rice with the water and salt.

Bring to a boil then reduce to low heat, cover, and simmer until all liquid has been absorbed by the rice (about 40 minutes).

Remove from heat but keep covered while you prepare your other ingredients.


These are just a few of the many possibilities.

The best way to find out what works for you is by experimenting and making note of what combinations work best for your family.

There are so many different flavors and textures that can go well with roasted pork loin, so feel free to get creative with it.

We hope this guide has given you some ideas on how to create delicious meals with this tasty meat!