I have often thought about what to serve with spanakopita. The delicious Greek spinach pastry is super delicious but not quite filling enough to be a whole meal.
What spanakopita needs is a perfect side to complement and complete it!
What is in Spanakopita?
Spanakopita filling is made with spinach, onion, garlic, and feta cheese. The savory filling is folded into buttery filo dough and then baked until crispy.
It is important to think about the flavors in spanakopita when looking for the perfect side dish. The feta cheese is salty, the spinach is tender and juicy, and the filo dough crust is buttery and rich.
All of these things need to be considered when searching for a spanakopita side dish!
It is good to stick to similar cuisine styles as well. Remember that spanakopita is Greek and will likely go well with other Greek foods.
Spanakopita Side Dishes: 15 Recipes You’ll Love
Side dishes are ideal for rounding out a meal. Spanakopita is excellent on its own, but it is more of an appetizer when served solo.
You need a good side to accompany the spinach pie and make the meal a little more hearty and filling.
Spanakopita is full of spinach. It can be considered a vegetable for all intents and purposes.
A vegetable dish can definitely go well with a heartier side. Don’t be afraid to serve spanakopita with mashed potatoes or a beautiful braised meat!
Take a look at these amazing side dishes for spanakopita, and you will surely find something you love.
1. Greek Pasta Salad
Spanakopita is a classic Greek appetizer or side dish. It goes great with a classic Greek salad!
Our Simple Green Moms Greek pasta salad with chicken is the perfect dish to serve with spanakopita. Onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, and olives are tossed with tender cooked pasta.
Feta cheese is added to the pasta while it is warm, melting the cheese and making a creamy, simple sauce.
We add sliced chicken to make the Greek salad even heartier.
Greek pasta salad and spanakopita sound like an amazing meal!
2. Greek Lemon Chicken
If you are wondering what to serve with spanakopita when you want a full meal, chicken side dishes are a great idea. This Greek lemon chicken from The Recipe Critic will definitely blow you away.
Bone-in chicken thighs are marinated in olive oil, garlic, lemon, salt, pepper, and oregano. Marinating the chicken allows the meat to really absorb the flavors of the spices and herbs.
The chicken is roasted in a large skillet. Cook the chicken in the oven while your spanakopita bakes!
3. Tzatziki Sauce
Tzatziki sauce is a classic Greek dip made with shredded cucumbers and Greek yogurt. This authentic tzatziki sauce from The Wanderlust Kitchen is perfect to pair with spanakopita. It is one of the most classic side dishes on our list!
Be sure to use whole milk Greek yogurt which is much thicker than other types of yogurt.
Squeezing the water out of the cucumbers is also essential to make a thick dip.
Tzatziki sauce is best served cold, so make the dip in advance and then chill it in the fridge until you are ready to eat. Warm spanakopita and chilled tzatziki are the perfect combination!
4. Homemade Pita Bread
Pita bread is often served at Greek meals. The thin, chewy bread is delicious with almost anything!
So, of course, it tastes great with spanakopita!
This homemade pita from My Greek Dish is as authentic as you can get. It is also one of the easiest recipes for pita bread that we could find.
Pita bread is made with flour, yeast, water, salt, and sugar. The soft dough needs time to rise, so prepare your baking schedule in advance.
The dough fries in a skillet on the stovetop until puffed and golden brown. Serve it alongside your favorite recipe for spanakopita, and you can’t go wrong!
5. Greek Roasted Potatoes
When thinking about what to serve with spanakopita, you may want to choose a nice, filling side dish. Spanakopita may be buttery and rich, but you need even more than just that to make a full meal!
These Greek roasted potatoes from The Mediterranean Dish are exactly what you are looking for.
The lemon and fresh garlic seasonings are such classic Greek flavors. They will be amazing next to spanakopita!
Swap the parmesan cheese for some crumbled feta cheese, and the potatoes will be even more Greek.
6. Greek Salad
If you love spanakopita, then you are probably a fan of vegetables. Those little flakey pastries are stuffed with fresh spinach after all!
This Greek salad from Cafe Delites is a great vegetable dish to answer the question of what to serve with spanakopita. It has all the great Greek flavors you adore and so much more.
Lettuce, green peppers, olives, feta cheese, and cucumbers are just a few of the ingredients packed into the Greek salad. A homemade red wine vinaigrette tops the salad.
Add a handful of fresh pine nuts to give the salad a little crunch.
Cut out the center of the peppers for a less spicy dish. This is definitely one of the most colorful side dishes on our list!
Falafel is a delicious, bite-sized food made from chickpeas. It is the perfect answer to what to serve with spanakopita as part of an appetizer buffet.
Try this recipe from Tori Avery, which makes the most delicious fried falafel.
The recipe starts with dried chickpeas which are soaked overnight. Lots of spices like garlic, onion, parsley, cumin, coriander, cayenne, and cardamon go into the falafel batter.
The falafel is pan-fried until crispy and served hot. They are perfect alongside warm spanakopita!
Try serving both dishes with a classic tzatziki dipping sauce.
8. Cucumber Feta Salad
Cucumber and feta cheese salad is delicious in the summertime. The cold salad is so refreshing that it is guaranteed to please!
This recipe for cucumber and feta cheese Greek salad from Natasha’s Kitchen is very easy to make.
Tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese, red onion, and cilantro are all you need. A homemade lemon dressing ties all of the ingredients together perfectly.
Make the salad in advance and let it marinate overnight in the fridge. The flavors of the salad will only grow stronger as they sit!
Cucumber and feta cheese Greek salad is the answer to the question of what to serve with spanakopita. The cold salad and warm, crispy spanakopita go perfectly together.
If you are wondering what to serve with spanakopita, gyros are definitely the answer!
Gyros are a classic Greek wrapped sandwich. They can be found everywhere in Greece and are a true hallmark of the country.
Give these gyros from Recipe Tin Eats a try. They are extremely flavorful and will make a great main course to pair with spanakopita side dishes.
10. Pita Chips
Spanakopita is often served as an appetizer. If you are looking for other snack food side dishes to pair with spanakopita, pita chips is your answer!
These homemade pita chips from Two Peas and Their Pod are so simple to make. You only need three ingredients!
Whole wheat bread, olive oil, and kosher salt are put together and spread on a baking sheet tray. The chips bake until crispy.
Pita chips are delicious when served hot. Pair them with a tasty dipping sauce that also goes with your spanakopita. We recommend creamy tzatziki sauce!
11. Olive Stuffed Mushrooms
These olive and feta cheese stuffed mushrooms from Kalyn’s Kitchen are to die for. They are the perfect accompaniment to spanakopita in so many ways.
The stuffed olives have lots of Greek ingredients that pair well with spanakopita.
The feta cheese and olives are classic Greek foods. It is always good to stick to one type of cuisine!
Baby portobello mushrooms work best. They have a nice hollow center that can hold a lot of the creamy feta cheese filling.
12. Greek Style Black Eyed Peas
This is one of our favorite side dishes that is true Greek food. Greek-style black-eyed peas from Archana’s Kitchen are going to make your spanakopita meal complete!
Celery, garlic, thyme, and oregano are the stars of this dish.
The black-eyed peas cook in a pressure cooker which helps make the meal quickly.
Serve the Greek black-eyed peas while hot. They are best when they are still gooey and warm!
13. Lemon Orzo
Lemon orzo is one of our favorite side dishes to serve in the hotter months. The bright lemon flavor is delicious in the summer!
The lemon flavor is also amazing next to creamy, crunchy spanakopita.
The simplicity of lemon orzo is also something we love. Try this easy recipe from Spend With Pennies. You will have a warm, creamy orzo in just a matter of minutes!
It really is one of the best, most versatile side dishes on our list!
14. Mediterranean Cauliflower Rice
Serving Mediterranean cauliflower rice with spanakopita is a great idea for side dishes. This recipe from Pinch Me Good will help you make one of the best cauliflower side dishes you have ever tried.
The cauliflower rice only takes about 20 minutes to make from start to finish. It is low carb, gluten-free, and full of healthy veggies.
It is definitely one of the most nutritious side dishes on our list!
Salty olives and feta cheese make the cauliflower rice very flavorful. The chickpeas and sundried tomatoes add a Greek flair.
This is definitely a great side dish to fit into a Greek theme! Throw in a Greek salad with the cauliflower rice and spanakopita, and you have a complete meal!
15. Lemon Couscous
We absolutely love couscous side dishes.
Large pearl couscous is especially great. It is filling and goes with just about anything. It most definitely pairs well with spanakopita!
This lemon couscous from Inspired Taste is flavorful but light. It has a lovely lemon vinaigrette and crunchy, juicy cucumbers.
Try adding in a little salty feta cheese to make the couscous match the fresh spinach and cheese filling in the spanakopita.
Amazing Sides for Feta Cheese Filled Spanakopita
We love flakey, tender spanakopita and think it deserves to be more than just a tasty appetizer. Transform spanakopita into a full meal using these amazing side dishes.
Let us know which one you like best! Enjoy.