23 MOST Delicious Sides for Sandwiches (exactly what to serve!)

The BEST sides for sandwiches! These delicious side dishes will give you tons of ideas for what to serve with sandwiches for lunch, dinner, or a party.

The BEST sides for sandwiches! These delicious side dishes will give you tons of ideas for what to serve with sandwiches for lunch, dinner, or a party.

Sandwiches come in so many forms – simple ones with deli meat, subs, wraps, grilled cheese, and other hot sandwiches in all shapes and sizes.

You can dream up all sorts of combinations of ingredients and bread…

…but then you’re stuck pondering what to eat with a sandwich besides chips.

Well, you’ve come to the right place! 

Here’s a list of delicious and creative side dishes for sandwiches, so that you’ll end up with a complete and tasty meal.

 

Sides for Sandwiches

1. Soup  

Nothing pairs with a sandwich quite like a bowl of soup!

The crunchy bread is the perfect complement to the warm and velvety soup.

Talk about the ideal comfort food!

If you’ve been wondering what to serve with sandwiches for dinner, soup is definitely the answer.

It turns a simple sandwich into a hearty meal that’ll please even the toughest critic.

The best soups to serve with sandwiches are:

You can make the soup from scratch, or simply open a canned soup from the store.

And if you’re serving soup and sandwiches for a party, the crockpot will keep it warm for hours.

Some of the best soup and sandwich pairings are:

  • Grilled cheese and tomato soup (or chili)
  • Ham and cheese with potato soup
  • Turkey panini with broccoli cheddar
  • Reuben sandwich and matzo ball soup
  • Club sandwich with butternut squash soup

The BEST sides for sandwiches! These delicious side dishes will give you tons of ideas for what to serve with sandwiches for lunch, dinner, or a party.

2. Green salad  

A fresh green salad is one of those great lunch sides for sandwiches.

It’s light enough to balance the bread, and there are so many salad options to consider.

If you don’t want to follow a specific salad recipe, or aren’t sure what everyone likes, put out a big bowl of romaine and a variety of toppings and dressings as a ‘salad bar.’

The best salads to serve with sandwiches are:

  • Caesar 
  • Strawberry spinach
  • Greek salad

3. Fruit salad

A fruit side dish is a great way to lighten up even the heaviest of sandwiches.

You can mix your favorite fruits together, or pick up a premade medley at the store.

Or you could even put them on a skewer for a cute ‘fruit kabob’ look.

4. Baked beans

Baked beans are delicious with so many different types of sandwiches, wraps, and subs.

They’re on the sweet side, which can balance a salty-tasting sandwich.

You can open a can from the store, and heat them up in minutes.

The BEST sides for sandwiches! These delicious side dishes will give you tons of ideas for what to serve with sandwiches for lunch, dinner, or a party.

5. Pasta salad

There are SO many tasty pasta salads out there!

It’s basically a mixture of cooked pasta, fresh veggies, and some type of salad dressing.

Olives and feta cheese also make a great addition.

They’re easy to make ahead, and that gives plenty of time for the flavors to meld together.

6. Chips and dip

One of the easiest side dishes for subs and other sandwiches is potato chips.

That’s why you see them for sale at every sub shop in town.

Stores sell such a huge variety of chips, from the most basic salted chip to very unusual and gourmet flavors.

(Parmesan truffle chips, anyone?)

If you want to take it up a notch, buy or make some French onion dip to serve alongside.

7. Coleslaw

The light, crunchy nature of coleslaw makes it one of the best cold side dishes for sandwiches.

It’s ideal for picnics, backyard parties, or summer meals on hot days.

You can make it easily with a bag of pre-shredded cabbage and ‘coleslaw dressing’ from the store.

Or pick it up premade from your local deli counter.

The BEST sides for sandwiches! These delicious side dishes will give you tons of ideas for what to serve with sandwiches for lunch, dinner, or a party.

8. Potato wedges  

In addition to chips, there are other potato side dishes for sandwiches that you can consider.

Potato wedges are easy to make – simply slice a few Russet potatoes into wedges, toss in a little olive oil, garlic powder, and seasoned salt, and bake in the oven or air fryer.

9. Sweet potato fries

Sweet potato fries offer a different flavor than traditional potatoes.

They’ll be a nice special treat, and are just as easy to make as serve as french fries.

10. Macaroni and cheese

Mac and cheese might not be the first thing that comes to mind to serve with sandwiches.

But this ultimate comfort food never disappoints, and it’s surprisingly delicious next to a sandwich.

After all, Panera Bread does it!

The BEST sides for sandwiches! These delicious side dishes will give you tons of ideas for what to serve with sandwiches for lunch, dinner, or a party.

11. Roasted vegetables 

If you’re looking for keto side dishes for sandwiches, consider roasted vegetables.

It’s one of those healthy sandwich sides that’s harder to come by, while still being totally satisfying.

The roasting (or grilling) of vegetables brings out their natural sweetness and flavor.

12. Pickles  

Dill pickle spears are the ultimate in quick side dishes for sandwiches.

Just open the jar, and wa-la!

(Claussen pickles are my favorite, how about you?)

You could even set out a whole relish tray with olives, pickles, and beets. Maybe someone will want to put them right on their sandwich!

13. Potato salad

You can’t go wrong with potato salad in general, and it goes well with sandwiches in particular.

It’s creamy, savory, and an all around comforting and delicious side dish.

My favorite is the kind that has hard-boiled eggs and crunchy celery.

The BEST sides for sandwiches! These delicious side dishes will give you tons of ideas for what to serve with sandwiches for lunch, dinner, or a party.

14. Applesauce

Another easy side dish for sandwiches is applesauce.

It almost doubles as dessert as well.

You can even serve a store bought kind with virtually no effort, or make homemade applesauce if that’s more your speed.

15. Macaroni salad

Creamy macaroni salad is a great make ahead side option for your sandwich lunch or dinner meal.

It tastes best when you let the flavors meld for at least a few hours, but you can even make it the day before.

16. Broccoli salad

You might be surprised by how delicious broccoli salad is!

It has really flavorful ingredients like bacon, cranberries, and cheddar cheese.

Plus, it can be prepped in about 15 minutes!

The BEST sides for sandwiches! These delicious side dishes will give you tons of ideas for what to serve with sandwiches for lunch, dinner, or a party.

17. Veggies and dip

If you want a no-cook, practically no effort side dish, veggies and dip should be on the menu.

You can even buy a pre-made veggie tray, or at the very least purchase pre-chopped vegetables.

Set out some ranch dressing, and watch everyone mow down.

18. Pea salad

Bacon pea salad is a unique type of side dish that is both unexpected and delicious.

It has inexpensive, easy to find ingredients, and can be made hours earlier, or even the day before, to make things really easy.

19. Cucumber salad

Creamy cucumber salad is so refreshing and light.

It’s a nostalgic side dish that you might remember your Grandma making for picnics or backyard barbecues.

And if you’re growing cucumbers in your garden this year, it’s the perfect use up for them!

The BEST sides for sandwiches! These delicious side dishes will give you tons of ideas for what to serve with sandwiches for lunch, dinner, or a party.

20. Mediterranean couscous salad

This couscous salad is loaded with flavor AND nutrition.

It’s one of those perfect lunch sides with sandwiches, or ideal for a light dinner.

21. Orzo

Orzo with tomatoes, basil, and parmesan uses just a few ingredients, and comes together in under 20 minutes.

Even though it looks like rice, orzo is actually small, flat, oval-shaped pasta.

This dish packs a lot of flavor!

22. Carrot raisin salad

You may remember your Mom making carrot raisin salad when you were growing up.

It’s a fun mix of sweet and savory. Even if it sounds like a weird mix of ingredients, I promise that it’s tastier than you’d think!

The BEST sides for sandwiches! These delicious side dishes will give you tons of ideas for what to serve with sandwiches for lunch, dinner, or a party.

23. Watermelon feta basil salad

If you’re wondering what to do with that giant watermelon you picked up, THIS is the side dish for you.

Watermelon feta basil salad comes together with a few easy ingredients, and gets tossed in a honey lime vinaigrette that’s to die for.

It’s one of those perfect sides for cold cuts, finger sandwiches, or a sandwich tray at a bridal shower or baby shower.

Ready to try these easy sides for sandwiches?

I hope this list of sides to go with sandwiches has given you lots of inspiration for what to serve for lunch or easy dinners.

Whether you decide to keep it simple or more gourmet, there’s something for you!

The BEST sides for sandwiches! These delicious side dishes will give you tons of ideas for what to serve with sandwiches for lunch, dinner, or a party.

What to Serve with Sandwiches

Yield: 4-6

The BEST sides for sandwiches! These delicious side dishes will give you tons of ideas for what to serve with sandwiches for lunch, dinner, or a party.

Ingredients

  • Soup
  • Green salad
  • Fruit salad
  • Baked beans
  • Pasta salad
  • Chips and dip
  • Coleslaw
  • Potato wedges
  • Sweet potato fries
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Roasted vegetables
  • Pickles
  • Potato salad
  • Applesauce
  • Macaroni salad
  • Broccoli salad
  • Veggies and dip
  • Pea salad
  • Cucumber salad
  • Mediterranean couscous
  • Orzo
  • Carrot raisin salad
  • Watermelon feta basil salad

Instructions

  1. Choose 1-3 side dishes to serve
  2. Gather the ingredients and prepare the sandwiches and sides
  3. Serve your delicious meal and enjoy!
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