Pork tenderloin is a classic main course that never disappoints. It is tender and juicy and pairs well with various flavours and side dishes.
To make the dish complete, certain vegetable side dishes pair perfectly with pork tenderloin to create a full meal.
One of the best ways to enjoy a juicy pork tenderloin is to pair it with an array of flavorful vegetable dishes.
Here are my all-time favourite best vegetable side dish recipes that are perfect for accompanying your pork tenderloin: Roasted Carrots, Balsamic Green Beans, Creamed Spinach, Roasted Sweet Potatoes,Crispy Green Beans, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Sauteed Green Beans, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Baked Sweet Potatoes, Stir-Fried Vegetables, Roasted Balsamic Carrots with Parmesan, Roasted Broccoli With Garlic, Garlic Parmesan Roasted Potatoes, Roasted Asparagus, Roasted Red Pepper Salad, Baked Zucchini Coins, Roasted Butternut Squash with Sage, Baked Portobello Mushrooms,Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan, Baked Sweet Potato Chips, Roasted Beets with Garlic, Garlic Herb Roasted Carrots, Baked Zucchini Fries, Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Walnuts, Baked Apples with Cinnamon, Roasted Eggplant With Herbs, Baked Potato Wedges, Roasted Parsnips with Bacon.
28 Best Vegetable side dishes for pork Tenderloin
1. Roasted Carrots
Carrots are a great way to add flavour and texture to any meal. Roasting them brings out their natural sweetness while providing a crunchy texture that complements the tenderness of pork tenderloin.
To roast carrots, simply toss them in olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and then bake in an oven preheated to 425°F for 20-25 minutes until they’re golden brown. Add fresh herbs like thyme or rosemary to the mix for extra flavor.
2. Balsamic Green Beans
Green beans are an ideal pairing for pork tenderloin because they provide a pleasant crunch without overpowering the flavor of the meat.
To make balsamic green beans, you’ll need two pounds of trimmed green beans, one tablespoon of minced garlic, two tablespoons of olive oil, one teaspoon of dried oregano, one teaspoon of sea salt, and two tablespoons of balsamic vinegar.
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over a medium-high flame and sauté the garlic until nicely browned.
Add green beans and season with oregano and salt before cooking until just crisp-tender (about 5 minutes). Finally, add balsamic vinegar to deglaze the pan before transferring it to a serving dish.
3. Creamed Spinach
Creamed spinach is another great option for pairing with pork tenderloin because it adds richness to contrast against the leaner cut of meat without being too heavy on its own.
To make creamed spinach, you’ll need one pound of fresh spinach leaves (washed and patted dry), one tablespoon unsalted butter, one shallot (minced), two cloves garlic (minced), ¼ cup white wine or chicken broth, ½ cup heavy cream or half-and-half, ¼ teaspoon nutmeg (freshly grated if possible), pinch cayenne pepper (optional), ½ teaspoon sea salt (or more as desired).
Heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat until melted before adding shallot and garlic; sauté until fragrant (about 2 minutes) before adding wine or broth; simmer for 1 minute before gradually stirring in cream/half-and-half along with nutmeg;
Season with cayenne pepper if desired before adding spinach leaves; cook for about 3 minutes until wilted before seasoning with sea salt as desired; serve warm alongside pork tenderloin for best results!
Add sautéed garlic and cream cheese to your creamed spinach recipe for extra flavor. Enjoy!
4. Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Roasting sweet potatoes bring out their natural sweetness, making them the perfect accompaniment to pork tenderloin. Peel and chop two large sweet potatoes into cubes and coat them in olive oil and your favorite seasonings.
Bake at 400°F for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. The result is a delicious side dish that pairs perfectly with pork tenderloin.
5. Crispy Green Beans
Crispy green beans are sure to be a hit at any dinner table! Start by rinsing and drying 1 lb of fresh green beans and then toss them in olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and Italian seasoning until everything is evenly coated.
Spread the green beans onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 25-30 minutes at 425°F or until golden brown and crispy. The result? A mouthwatering side dish that goes well with pork tenderloin!
6. Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Roasting Brussels sprouts brings out their natural sweetness while keeping them crunchy outside. Start by preheating your oven to 425°F and rinse 1 lb of Brussels sprouts under cold water before patting them dry.
Cut each Brussels sprout in half lengthwise and spread onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper before drizzling olive oil over the top along with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes (optional) for added spice if desired).
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and crispy on the outside while still slightly soft inside. Serve alongside pork tenderloin as a fantastic side dish!
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon is a classic combination that can please even the pickiest of eaters!
The Brussels sprouts are roasted in a savory mix of olive oil, garlic, and bacon for an extra flavor boost. The combination is hearty yet light and makes a great addition to any meal!
7. Sauteed Green Beans
A simple side dish of green beans sautéed until just tender takes mere minutes to prepare and pairs well with pork tenderloin. For added flavor, toss the beans with garlic and lemon juice before sautéing in a skillet on the stove.
8. Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Creamy mashed potatoes are the ideal accompaniment to pork tenderloin.
To add a special touch of flavor, blend together cooked garlic cloves with milk and butter to make a garlic-infused mashed potato side dish.
9. Baked Sweet Potatoes
For an easy yet delicious vegetable side, try baking sweet potatoes in the oven until they’re soft and golden brown before topping them with butter or cinnamon sugar.
Baked Sweet Potato Fries are a healthy alternative to regular French fries that are equally delicious!
They’re made with sweet potatoes lightly spiced with garlic powder and paprika for an added kick. The sweet potatoes are oven baked until golden brown, making them a great side dish for any meal.
10. Stir-Fried Vegetables
A stir-fry of your favorite vegetables makes a great accompaniment to pork tenderloin. Add bell peppers, onions, mushrooms and carrots for an easy yet tasty side dish.
11. Roasted Balsamic Carrots with Parmesan
This flavorful and easy side dish features tender roasted carrots in a zesty balsamic vinegar marinade.
The addition of freshly grated Parmesan cheese adds a subtle nutty flavor, while the honey, garlic, and thyme add even more depth to the dish. The carrots are satisfying and nutritious, making them a great addition to any meal.
12. Roasted Broccoli with Garlic
This simple side dish is easy to make and full of flavor. Roasting the broccoli gives it a delicious nutty taste, while the garlic adds an extra kick of flavor.
The olive oil and lemon juice blend create a light and flavorful marinade that coats the broccoli. The crunchy roasted bits will surely be a hit at your next dinner party.
13. Garlic Parmesan Roasted Potatoes
Garlic Parmesan Roasted Potatoes are crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and full of flavor! The garlic and Parmesan cheese create an irresistible combination that pairs perfectly with the potatoes.
The roasted potatoes are a great side to any meal and are perfect for those looking for a delicious and simple dish.
14. Roasted Asparagus
Roasted Asparagus is a versatile side dish full of flavor and nutrition! Asparagus is tossed in olive oil and herbs, and then roasted until tender.
It’s the perfect side dish for any meal and can be easily switched up with different herbs or spices.
15. Roasted Red Pepper Salad
Roasted Red Pepper Salad is a flavorful salad made with roasted red peppers, garlic, and olives. The combination of sweet peppers and garlicky olives makes this a delicious side dish that pairs well with many meals.
16. Baked Zucchini Coins
Baked Zucchini Coins is a delicious side dish made with zucchini coins lightly coated in breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese. The coins are oven-baked until golden brown, giving them a crispy exterior and soft interior. These baked zucchini coins make a great addition to any meal!
17. Roasted Butternut Squash with Sage
Butternut squash is roasted until it’s tender and then topped with fresh sage leaves. The combination of sweet squash and earthy sage adds a wonderful flavor to the dish, making it perfect for any meal.
18. Baked Portobello Mushrooms
Baked Portobello Mushrooms are flavorful mushrooms are a great side dish and can easily be prepped ahead of time. The mushrooms are oven baked with olive oil, garlic, and herbs until they’re tender and juicy.
Baked Portobello mushrooms make a delicious addition to any meal!
19. Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan
Roasted Cauliflower with Parmesan is a simple yet delicious side dish features roasted cauliflower and Parmesan cheese. The combination of flavors creates a unique dish that pairs well with many meals. The Parmesan cheese adds an extra nutty flavor, while the garlic and olive oil gives the dish a subtle kick of flavor.
20. Baked Sweet Potato Chips
Baked Sweet Potato chips are made with thinly sliced sweet potatoes baked until crispy. The chips are a healthier alternative to traditional potato chips and provide an excellent source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Baked sweet potato chips make a great side dish for any meal!
21. Roasted Beets with Garlic
Beets are roasted until tender and then tossed in olive oil and freshly minced garlic for added flavor. This side dish is full of nutrients and provides a delicious way to get some extra veggies into your diet. Roasted beets with garlic make a great addition to any meal!
22. Garlic Herb Roasted Carrots
These carrots are roasted until tender and then tossed in a mixture of olive oil, minced garlic, and herbs for added flavor. The combination of garlic, herbs, and carrots makes this a delicious side dish that pairs well with many meals.
23. Baked Zucchini Fries
Baked Zucchini fries are made with thinly sliced zucchini which is then coated in breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese before baking until golden brown and crispy. These fries make a great side dish for any meal and are healthier than traditional french fries!
24. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Walnuts
This delicious side dish features Brussels sprouts roasted in olive oil and then topped with crunchy walnuts. The combination of flavors makes this a unique and tasty side dish that pairs well with many meals.
25. Baked Apples with Cinnamon
This comforting side dish features baked apples until tender and then tossed in a mixture of cinnamon, sugar, and butter for added flavor. The combination of sweet apples and spicy cinnamon makes this the perfect side dish for any meal!
26. Roasted Eggplant with Herbs
Roasted eggplant with herbs goes well with pork tenderloin.
Eggplant is roasted until tender and then tossed in a mixture of herbs for added flavor. This side dish pairs well with many meals and is full of nutrients, making it a great addition to any diet.
27. Baked Potato Wedges
Baked potato wedges make a great side dish for any meal.
This savory side dish features potatoes cut into wedges and oven-baked until golden brown and crispy. The wedges are then tossed in a mixture of olive oil, herbs, and spices for added flavor.!
28. Roasted Parsnips with Bacon
I love to serve roasted parsnips with bacon, and my family loves to consume pork tenderloin.
These flavorful parsnips are roasted until tender and then topped with crispy bacon bits. The combination of sweet parsnips and salty bacon makes this a delicious side dish that pairs well with many meals.
Few Words from April
Pork tenderloin is an excellent main course option, but it needs flavorful sides to really shine on your plate!
The vegetable side dishes featured here provide plenty of options for making your next pork dinner truly special – from roasted carrots to balsamic green beans to creamed spinach – you’re sure to find something delicious here!
Serve these vegetables alongside your next pork dinner – you won’t be disappointed!