Wondering what to serve with bacon wrapped scallops? We can help! From colorful vegetables to crisp salads to tender grains, we’ve put together the perfect flavors and textures to pair with the sweet-mild flavor of scallops and the savory, tasty flavor of bacon.
You’ll love delicious side dishes like Roasted Broccolini Salad with Crispy White Beans, Leek and Spinach Risotto, Pan-roasted Asparagus, and Golden Rice Pilaf–just four examples of the perfect side dishes you’ll discover to accompany delectable bacon-wrapped scallops.
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Bacon wrapped scallops are the perfect marriage between the buttery flavor of scallops and the salty, savory flavor of bacon. We prefer to use large sea scallops for this preparation, which creates the perfect ratio of contrasting flavors.
We oven broil the bacon-wrapped scallops, which makes the bacon perfectly crispy and cooks the scallops to the perfect temperature.
You can accompany them with fresh lemon wedges or bacon wrapped scallops dipping sauce if you like; we like this remoulade sauce recipe from Simply Recipes.
Read more of our recommendations in the recipe post for Bacon Wrapped Scallops in the Oven.
Pairing the scallops as a main dish with one of these special side dishes will make a meal you’ll always remember.
Which Side Dishes Go With Scallops Wrapped in Bacon?
Because bacon-wrapped scallops are rich, the ideal side dishes provide balance with bright flavors and textures.
Accompany scallops with side dishes such as:
- Colorful salads – Greens, kale, marinated vegetables, and composed salads with acidic dressings all pair well with scallops.
- Fresh vegetables – Crisp-tender asparagus, pan-roasted carrots, broccolini, Brussels sprouts, green beans, and steamed snow peas are all great veggie side dishes for this combination.
- Rice and grains – pilaf, farro, rice and risotto all taste delicious with savory scallops and bacon.
What to Serve with Bacon Wrapped Scallops - Top 15 Sides
Baked Asparagus with Bacon and Parmesan Cheese
You’ll love this easy recipe for oven baked asparagus with bacon and Parmesan cheese. topped with crunchy bacon, toasted bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese.
Easy Golden Rice Pilaf
Easy golden rice pilaf is a vibrant, flavorful, Mediterranean side dish made with turmeric and toasted pine nuts.
Kale Apple Salad with Honey Dressing
This delicious Kale Apple Salad with Honey Dressing. It is dressed with a sweet honey vinaigrette and topped with crisp apple, pickled onions, salty pepitas, and bacon.
Cold Italian Pasta Salad
This chilled salad features tri-colored rotini noodles, bright, fresh, crunchy veggies, and herb vinegar Italian dressing. This recipe is gluten-free, vegan, and allergy-free.
Garlic and Lemon Roasted Romanesco Broccoli Recipe
Broccoli romanesco is quick-cooked with garlic and olive oil for a simple dish that highlights its delicious fresh flavor.
Israeli Couscous Salad with Fennel
Fresh flavors of the Mediterranean in one delicious, crunchy salad, this recipe features pearled couscous, caramelized fennel and onion, and wilted spinach.
Leek and Spinach Risotto Recipe ~ Barley & Sage
This easy Leek and Spinach Risotto is a perfect side dish for dinners like bacon-wrapped scallops or roast chicken, and is finished with fresh thyme and a sprinkle of lemon zest.
Four Bean Salad
This quick and easy four bean salad is simple and delicious, and the recipe includes directions to make the tangy homemade viniagrette.
Greek Pasta Salad
Greek pasta salad is the perfect side dish for any occasion, make with cooked pasta, fresh veggies, kalamata olives, feta cheese, and homemade Greek salad dressing.
Easy pesto rice is the perfect easy side dish. It's full of flavor, gluten free and absolutely delicious.
Roasted Broccolini Salad with Crispy White Beans
Roasted Broccolini Salad with crispy white beans and zesty Greek yogurt tahini dressing comes together in just 30 minutes for a fast and easy side dish
Keto Arugula Salad & Balsamic Vinaigrette
This low-carb & keto friendly arugula salad is super fresh and colorful, with gluten-free and nutrient rich pockets of crunch from the pepitas, black sesame seeds and raw red pepper and red onions.
Mushroom and Spinach Rice
This Mushroom and Spinach Rice recipe will take that plain box of rice in your pantry to the next level. It's full of fragrant flavor and finished with a sprinkle of shredded gouda cheese.
Summer Succotash with Grilled Corn
Summer succotash features grilled fresh corn, lima beans, cherry tomatoes, fresh herbs tossed in olive oil, and fresh lime juice.
Pan-Fried Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Balsamic
This easy Brussel sprouts recipe features lightly steamed sprouts finished in a hot skillet with crispy bacon that caramelizes the sprouts and brings out their nutty flavor. Minced garlic and a splash of zingy Balsamic vinegar complete the dish.
For more tasty side dish ideas, be sure to check out our roundup of 15 Best Side Dishes with Bacon. You might also enjoy What to Serve with Bacon Wrapped Shrimp and What to Serve with Brussels Sprouts and Bacon.