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33 Best Sides for Sandwiches

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Let’s find the perfect side dish for a sandwich and upgrade that snack into a filling meal with this collection of the 33 Best Sides for Sandwiches!

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Sandwiches are delicious yet easy-to-prepare snacks that will definitely fill your hungry stomachs. It’s hard to beat the satisfying savoriness that a good sandwich provides. With just simple ingredients at home, you can whip up something unique and make a tasty filling for your bread. Got some avocados, onions, and tomatoes in your pantry or fridge? Simply slice them all and voila! You’ve got an avocado sandwich!

With a few sides for your sandwich, you can turn your simple snack into a spectacular meal. However, not all sides and sandwiches go well together. The key is considering the sandwich’s flavor and finding the perfect side that will enhance and complement its taste.

Finding the best side dish for your sandwich can be tricky at first but once you are able to identify the combinations that satisfy your taste buds, you will be more confident in experimenting with different pairings. This is a great opportunity to apply your creativity in the kitchen.

Sandwich and Side Dish Pairing Ideas

  • Grilled cheese sandwich + tomato soup.
  • Egg sandwich + tomato salad.
  • Peanut butter & jelly + fruit salad.
  • Mediterranean-style veggie sandwich + pasta salad.
  • Chickpea salad sandwich + pickles.
  • Cauliflower steak sandwich + veggies like carrots and green beans.
  • Veggie burger + gazpacho.

What to Serve with Sandwiches?

Apart from having fun with condiments like ketchup, mayo and mustard, here are some ideas on the perfect sides that you can serve with your sandwiches. And since sandwiches are relatively easy to make, these recipes are also designed to be prepared through simple steps. Enjoy!

35 Amazing Sides for Sandwiches

Dill Potato Salad
This Creamy Potato Salad with Fresh Dill is packed with flavor and makes the perfect BBQ side dish, picnic fare or potluck take-a-long. This deliciousness can be made vegetarian or vegan and is naturally gluten-free.
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a white bowl filled with creamy dill potato salad with wooden spoon
Sweet Potato Fries with Chipotle Lime Mayo – Calm Eats
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Sweet Potato Fries with Chipotle Lime Mayo - Calm Eats
Sweet Potato Soup (Instant Pot + Stovetop)
A super simple yet flavorful and creamy Sweet Potato Soup for the Instant Pot or stovetop. Vegan and gluten-free.
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a bowl of sweet potato soup
Fruit Salad with Tea Simple Syrup – Veggie Desserts
Read the tips for how to make the Best Fruit Salad! This one is livened up with a quick and easy tea simple syrup – infused with your favorite tea.
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Mediterranean Cucumber Salad
A super simple and easy to make Mediterranean Cucumber Salad that is packed with cucumber, olives, onion, bell pepper, chickpeas, fresh herbs and an utterly delicious homemade dressing! Gluten-free and vegan.
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Refrigerator Pickles
These quick and easy refrigerator pickles are super simple to make, healthy and satisfying, and filled to the brim with rich, spicy flavors! Gluten-free, vegan, refined sugar-free, too!
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refrigerator pickles
Baked Falafel – Running on Real Food
This healthy vegan baked falafel is perfect with pita and tzatziki or tahini sauce, on its own for a snack or light meal, or added to salads and bowls.
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Greek Yogurt Coleslaw with Healthy Coleslaw Dressing – Foolproof Living
This Greek Yogurt Coleslaw recipe is a healthy version of the classic coleslaw made w/ my creamy yogurt coleslaw dressing recipe without mayo.
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Arugula Salad with Strawberries and Spicy Vinaigrette – Calm Eats
Arugula and Strawberry Salad with Cayenne Lemon Vinaigrette is a sweet, refreshing salad, perfect for the warm summer months.
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Arugula Salad with Strawberries and Spicy Vinaigrette - Calm Eats
Best Crispy Baked French Fries Recipe – Little Sunny Kitchen
Super crispy homemade oven-baked potato fries seasoned with hrerbs, black pepper, and salt! These fries are much healthier than deep-fried fries, but they’re still crispy and delicious!
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Best Crispy Baked French Fries Recipe - Little Sunny Kitchen
Easy Spicy Sauerkraut with Turmeric
This probiotic rich Spicy Sauerkraut recipe with turmeric, red chili flakes, and black peppercorns is bursting with flavor and anti-inflammatory + gut health benefits! Easy, healthy, vegan, gluten-free and DELICIOUS! Learn all about how to make sauerkraut, health benefits, and more in this informative recipe post!
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Air Fryer Sweet Potato Chips
Healthy Air Fryer Sweet Potato Chips makes the perfect easy & crispy snack! You only need three simple ingredients to make these air fried veggie chips in a snap!
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a white bowl filled with vibrant sweet potato chips
Cucumber Avocado Salad – A Virtual Vegan
A simple, lemony, avocado-creamy, crunchy and fresh Cucumber Avocado Salad that’s really quick and easy to make!
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Cucumber Avocado Salad - A Virtual Vegan
Baked Garlic Pepper Polenta Fries (Gluten-Free, Vegan)
Incredibly quick and easy 5-Ingredient Baked Garlic Pepper Polenta fries! This vegan gluten-free snack or appetizer is full of healthy and crispy deliciousness!
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Beet and Apple Slaw – Running on Real Food
This sweet and tangy, raw beet slaw with apples, onion, and cabbage is easy to make in 15 minutes and is perfect as a healthy side salad or topping for burgers, hot dogs, tacos, buddha bowls and more.
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Easy Old-Fashioned Cucumber Salad “Gurkensalat” – Strength and Sunshine
The simple, classic German side dish, “Gurkensalat”. An Easy Old-Fashioned Cucumber Salad, delicious gluten-free, vegan, paleo, & allergy-free!
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Spicy Brussels Sprout Chips – i Heart Vegetables
If you’re a fan of kale chips, you’ll love these Brussels sprout chips! They’re crunchy and spicy, making them the perfect snack. Did I mention they’re healthy?
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Spicy Brussels Sprout Chips - i Heart Vegetables
Parmesan Zucchini Sticks -i Food Real
Parmesan Zucchini Sticks are big on flavor, low calorie and outrageously tasty. Slices of zucchini baked until crispy and cheese melted on top with simple spices.
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How to Make an Everyday Rainbow Salad – Running on Real Food
Learn how to build a healthy, everyday rainbow salad to help maximize the different nutrients you’re getting on a daily basis.
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Hawaiian Macaroni Salad Recipe – Strength and Sunshine
Authentic Hawaiian Macaroni Salad! You’re going to love this super quick & easy recipe that’s gluten-free, vegan, and allergy-free!
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Garlic Truffle Fries Recipe – Legally Healthy Blonde
This truffle fries recipe is decadent, delicious, & so easy! Make these fancy fries right at home using your oven. Vegan & gluten-free!
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Garlic Truffle Fries Recipe - Legally Healthy Blonde
Cilantro Lime Slaw Recipe – Peas and Crayons Blog
This quick and easy cilantro lime slaw is our favorite healthy topping for shrimp tacos, fish tacos, and veggie burgers galore! Delicious!
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Cilantro Lime Slaw Recipe - Peas and Crayons Blog
Classic Three Bean Salad (Easy Side Dish) – Little Sunny Kitchen
This Three Bean Salad is a classic salad that can be made in 15 minutes using very simple ingredients. It’s a great addition to any meal.
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Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup – This Healthy Kitchen
Unbelievably flavourful roasted red pepper tomato soup! It’s creamy, fresh, warming and completely aromatic. Roasting the veggies before blending amplifies the deliciousness and every single bite is bursting with flavour.
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Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup - This Healthy Kitchen
Air Fryer Kale Chips
Quick, easy and healthy Air Fryer Kale chips make a perfect gluten-free vegan snack with a dose of green power!
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Marinated Greek Salad Recipe – Peas and Crayons Blog
A tasty vegetarian side salad that will rock your plate, this Marinated Greek Salad has a totally crave-worthy blend of veggies + dressing!
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Marinated Greek Salad Recipe - Peas and Crayons Blog
Butternut Squash Fries – i Heart Vegetables
Upgrade your fries by trying these parmesan butternut squash fries! Healthier than sweet potato fries but just as delicious!
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Butternut Squash Fries - i Heart Vegetables
Cold Cucumber Soup (Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Vegan) – Veggie Inspired
A cool and creamy, dairy free soup that’s perfect for summer. This Cold Cucumber Soup is easily made in the blender in just minutes. Blend, chill, serve!
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BBQ Beet Fries – Strength and Sunshine
These BBQ Beet Fries are a healthy, low-carb, baked alternative to the classic potatoes. Gluten-free, vegan, and paleo, everyone can enjoy some “fries!”
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Baked parmesan-crusted parsnip (er-daikon radish) fries
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Cauliflower Ceviche – Veggies Save The Day
A traditional Latin American seafood dish gets a makeover when you make Cauliflower Ceviche! This version of the classic appetizer is vegan and oil-free.
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Air Fryer Fried Pickles (just 4 Ingredients!) – Vegetarian Mamma
Are you craving a delicious crispy fried pickle chip? These air fryer fried pickles recipe is extremely easy to make.
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THE BEST Gazpacho Soup (gluten-free) – The Endless Meal
This gazpacho is the best gazpacho recipe, or so we’ve been told by our Spanish friends with strong opinions on Spanish food. It’s bright, refreshing, and creamy tasting. #theendlessmeal #gazpacho
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  1. I agree, not every side goes with any sandwich. This list is a handy helper for when I don’t know what to make. Thanks for this.

  2. Such a wonderful collection of side dishes! I especially love the Mediterranean Cucumber Salad and Butternut Squash Fries.

  3. These all look so delicious! I’ve been looking for sides to make with my sandwich for lunch and I have so many ideas now!

  4. Sandwiches are always better with a perfect side! Grilled cheese with tomato soup is one of my all time favorite combinations. I need to try a few of these delicious looking recipes, the beet and apple slaw really catches my eye!