What to Serve with Quiche – 13 Delightful Sides
Oh the savory richness, yet lightness, of quiche. Dress it up with delicate greens and a balsamic vinaigrette on the side, and it’s an elegant dinner party -- or champagne brunch -- star.
Make it over-sized in a casserole dish, with mugs of hot cocoa and piles of berries topped with fresh whipped cream, and you have a cozy, yet special, holiday morning meal to eat around a crackling fire.
Quiche is so easy. You can whip it up and bake for the morning’s breakfast or brunch. Or, make ahead and reheat tasty fresh in the oven.
And when you look at what to serve with quiche you’ll find plenty of compatible culinary companions that are also quick yet delicious.
Quiche is the perfect dish for that occasion where you want something really lovely and yummy, but that won’t keep you in the kitchen and away from family and friends.
13 Delightful Side Dish Ideas for Quiche
So what does pair well with quiche? Read on to see some of my absolute favorites.
1. Best Drinks to Go with Quiche
Let’s talk beverage sides first.
I have one little “requirement” of quiche. That it has the right beverage alongside it.
Now, there may be multiple “right” beverages, but I think when it comes to this dish there needs to be something special, other than water of course.
Except for my toast with coffee in the morning, or the occasional small glass of wine that helps a perfectly done steak pop to life, for the most part, I like to eat and drink separately.
Quiche is different though. I believe it’s nearly always nicer with a well paired beverage.
My favorites fall into four main categories:
2. Iced Tea
Iced tea with quiche for lunch is probably my favorite way to enjoy this dish. And the beautiful thing about iced tea is that it can bend to your likes and needs so easily.
I prefer a black tea with fruit flavors, very lightly sweetened, and lemon on the side. But if it’s later in the day, you can choose an herbal blend.
Again, leaning toward fruit flavors of tea will go well with quiche. Think passion fruit, berries, or mango.
This beverage can be no calorie, no caffeine, and still compliment a slice of quiche as well as many sides.
3. Hot Coffee and Hot Cocoa
Quiche loves a steaming mug of bold beverage. I will have a cup of black coffee with my quiche if it’s for an ordinary weekday breakfast.
But quiche will love any variety of java, or hot cocoa, drink.
Christmas morning? Add some marshmallows for the kids and Irish cream for the grown-ups. Because quiche, Irish coffee, crackling fire. Does it get any better than that?
Think brunch here. Anything to do with orange, tropical, or tomato juice will go well with most varieties of quiche.
Once again, you can stick to something pure and classic, like fresh squeezed orange, or get more substantial with a light smoothie of orange, pineapple, and banana.
Like the hot beverages, you also have some perfect opportunities for adult drinks. Bellinis, Mimosas, and Bloody Mary’s will all work beautifully with your savory slice of quiche.
5. Sparkling Beverages
Champagne, or a champagne with fruit, like bellinis and mimosas again, top the list here. In fact, any sparkling white works wonderfully.
If however, alcohol is not an option for you, a fruit flavored sparkling water would be lovely -- the sparkles make ALL the difference.
Or for something sweeter, a Shirley Temple. I think that if you have sparkles, and at least a hint of fruit, you can’t go wrong.
I think that a carefully selected beverage really acts like a side dish for quiche.
In some cases, such as a latte, smoothie, or juice blend, the beverage also carries the caloric content of many side dishes as well.
So, if you’re looking for a very simple meal, a slice of quiche with the right beverage can be complete. And completely satisfying.
But what if you want a bit more?
6. Best Quiche Side Salads
I think that the “perfect” quiche meal includes three things. The quiche, that carefully selected beverage, and a salad.
Yes, the quiche and the beverage alone works well. But add a salad? That’s kicking it up a notch.
But what salad goes with quiche?
There are definitely a lot of choices here. But be sure to let your salad echo or compliment the quiche fillings.
There are so many fillings that render a quiche heartier or lighter, savory or with a subtle nod to sweet.
And the salad should work with that. Yet, the combinations are pretty endless.
Here are some of my faves.
7. Baby Spring Mix
A baby spring mix salad with thinly sliced tomatoes and red onions with balsamic vinaigrette is simply delish. This is my favorite salad with a quiche for several reasons.
It’s light and neutral enough to pair with nearly any type of quiche. But it’s still delicious and perfect if the greens are fresh and the dressing is very good.
If you want something a bit heartier -- say your quiche is bacon and bleu cheese -- you could add some chopped walnuts or pecans and a light sprinkling of dried cherries or cranberries.
You can also top with crisped prosciutto to go with a tomato and basil quiche. The greens/balsamic combo is so delicate and scrumptious, yet versatile.
This, along, with a slightly fruity iced tea, is my go-to quiche combo for lunch.
8. Classic Fruit Salad
Valarie, at From Valerie’s Kitchen, inspires us with her amazing fruit salad -- the perfect mix of fruits, with each piece cut just right -- so refreshing: fromvalerieskitchen.com
Again, a classic fruit salad will complement any quiche. And the great thing is that you can pull in pretty much any fruit you have on hand.
If you want to be extra fancy, you can add a balsamic glaze (think elegant brunch, with champagne).
Be sure though, that you serve a non-juice beverage with this option. Either champagne or some variety of coffee.
9. Mixed Berries
If you can get fresh, in-season, organic berries, this is a gorgeous companion for any variety of quiche.
They are perfect on their own, but whip up some fresh cream with a modest addition of powdered sugar, and possibly a hint of vanilla bean, and you can turn your quiche/fruit combo into a holiday showpiece.
Irish coffee is definitely called for here. Or cocoa with marshmallows!
Soups that Go with Quiche
The right soup can be an unexpectedly good pair for quiche.
I’m a bit picky here, because I tend to think of quiche as a main dish, and soup can very easily overstep, and accidentally overshadow the quiche.
So be sure to consider your quiche fillings when choosing the soup.
If the quiche is cheese only, you could let the soup be heartier -- lentil soup, minestrone, even chicken and vegetable.
As the soup gets heartier, and with a lighter (veg or cheese only) quiche, the two begin to do more of a duet so to speak.
But if you want to preserve the quiche’s star quality (I do like a diva quiche), then be sure the soup is very light.
Here are a couple of apt choices.
10. Tomato Soup
If you pair a classic tomato soup with a classic cheddar cheese quiche, you will get a fancy and unexpected twist on the classic grilled cheese/tomato soup classic. So simple. So good!
If you want to try out a popular recipe, check out this video. You’ll end up using this soup side for more than just quiche.
11. Roasted Vegetable Bisque
Samantha from Bite of Wellness simplifies this soup recipe so you can have it ready when you’re quiche is. Check it out over at: bitesofwellness.com
You can get creative here. But pretty much any vegetable that you enjoy roasted will make an excellent bisque.
Keep it simple with something like a butternut squash bisque. Or combine several favorite veggies for something more complex.
I think the light, yet lovely, zucchini, makes a perfect roasted veg bisque to go with many varieties of quiche.
You can also take your bisque up a notch with toppings like sour cream, bacon crumbles made fresh with your crispy bacon cooker, or chives.
Just think about what is in your quiche, and how the elements will play together.
While the baby greens/vinaigrette is a surefire winner, the vegetable bisque -- in my opinion -- is a dark horse in the competition among sides for quiche.
So consider it. It may be a bit more thinking, a bit more prep, but possibly very well worth it!
12. Cold Soups
Where soup and salad come together. If carefully considered -- the vegetable and the herbs -- a good cold soup is an elegant and delectable replacement for salad to accompany quiche.
Again, keep it light. You can go as hearty as gazpacho, but you may want to pair that heartier selection with a basic cheese quiche.
This is yet another, even fancier, twist on the classic grilled cheese and tomato soup combo!
13. Crusty Bread
You can never, ever go wrong with warm, crusty bread to go with your quiche. Get creative with butter if you like -- honey butter, garlic herb butter, -- or not if you prefer some simple but delectable croissants. Or go Southern with some crumbly cornbread.
But I guarantee a slice of really good quiche, a hunk of bread with good quality butter, and a cup of coffee will beyond satisfy.
Of course there are many other ideas for what to serve with quiche:
Any meat-lover’s favorites like a side of bacon or sausage work really well if the quick you’re making is basic cheese, and it’s for breakfast or brunch.
Sides of roasted or grilled vegetables do well for a lunch or late day meals, and with other varieties of quiche.