Top Side Dishes for Roast Pork


When it comes to enjoying pork, there’s a few simple rules we live by here at Riverview Farms.


Firstly, pork should always be juicy and tender. Secondly, the crispiness and crunch of the crackle is paramount! (Nothing beats the sound of that ca-runch!)

Lastly, but most importantly, we all know that the best pork is Australian pork.

Conveniently, we have all this covered for you every day of the week. Whilst it can be tricky to get all this right on your own, with Riverview Farms Pork, all you have to do is pick up a Hot Roast Pork with Crackle from your local Coles deli, whenever you’re craving some delicious pork.

If you want to turn or Hot Roast Pork into a meal, there’s so many directions you can go. One of the great things about pork is that it works so well with so many different flavour combinations.

We’ve outlined our perfect pork pairings for you, along with some of our favourite pork side dishes recipes from the Riverview Farms collection for you to try.


Sweet Sides

 The salty, savoury goodness of pork pairs beautifully with the sweetness of fruit. But there’s much more out there than simply apple sauce! You can really expand your thinking when it comes to matching fruit with pork – think peaches, pears and even tropical fruits like mangoes and pineapple.

Pork and pears are certainly a classic combination, but like with apples, it doesn’t have to be boring! Think beyond simply sauces, and enter hearty salads. Salads are a great way to boost your healthy grains and add some texture with ingredients like walnuts or quinoa that add crunch and interest to the mix of pork and sweet fruits.

Tropical fruits when they’re in season are fresh, fruity and absolutely delicious, so add some pork to get your tastebuds talking! Mangoes and pineapple make for excellent pork pairings, where the tartness of the fruit and the saltiness of pork makes for a surprising and tasty flavour combination that packs a punch.

And finally, this combination is tried and tested and is elevated with roast pork – mint, feta and watermelon. Not only looking fabulous and colourful on your plate, the freshness of mint and the saltiness of Feta are a delight. Try this recipe for Roast Pork and Watermelon Salad that will surprise even the most unadventurous of eaters.


Heat Things Up

 A feature of many traditional curries and Asian cuisines, the natural flavour of pork is beautifully enhanced with ingredients on the spicy side of life. Pork is a great protein for when you want to really heat things up, and add some interest to weekday meals.

Lettuce cups and the beautiful blend of classic Chinese or Vietnamese flavours and textures they utilise work in perfect harmony with pork. Think fresh mint, the crunch of crisp lettuce and our delicious Hot Roast Pork with Crackle, and you’re set for some perfect pork side dishes that also work really well for lunches and leftovers.

Pork is works really well as a protein for Mexican food, where warm spices mix with the zest and crunch of fresh seasonal ingredients. Try our Spicy Chipotle Pork and Cheddar Quesadillas – we dare you not to reach for seconds!

Are you brave enough to dial up the wasabi? Wasabi yoghurt makes for a bold side dish recipe for pork that will stir more than just your senses! The blend of creaminess and heat in the yoghurt adds a punchiness to your pork that might flare a nostril or two!


Pork n Rice – that’d be nice!

To really make a meal out of Roast Pork, nothing beats rice. The mainstay of so many dishes from around the globe, rice adds bulk and heartiness to any meal, and is perfect for cooking up a big feast the whole family can enjoy.

Adding pork to rice in a Spanish-inspired cheats paella is a great way to not only pull together a hearty weeknight meal, but perfect for using up any leftover ingredients you have in your veggie crisper.

Curries like Pork Vindaloo are renowned for being the perfect winter meal that will warm you from the inside out. Serve with Naan bread for the ultimate indulgence.

You can also use rice as the base for a delicious and fresh rice salad, like this recipe for Roast Pork with Cucumber Salad and Coconut Rice which is not only a great side dish with pork you can eat all in one, but adds a pop of green to your weekly menu of green that your body will thank you for.

So whether it’s the sweetness of fruit, an injection of heat and spice or the heartiness of a meal with rice, think outside the square for your next venture with roast pork. (No offence to roast potatoes and gravy, but there’s a lot more you can explore!)

For more recipe pork-spiration, head to the recipe section of our website.