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What to Eat with Grilled Cheese – 30 Tasty Sides

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Tasty and simple grilled-cheese sandwiches are one of the ultimate comfort foods. Here are 30 easy sides for grilled cheese!

What to Eat with Grilled Cheese - 30 Tasty Sides


A grilled cheese sandwich is a crunchy and savory snack that offers the gooey goodness of melted cheese in every bite. The soft and chewy texture of the grilled cheese is complemented with the crispness of the golden brown bread, toasted just right. It ranks right up there with a good slice of pizza, in my humble opinion!

Grilled cheese is one of the most popular sandwiches as it is undeniably easy to prepare. You just need two ingredients that are likely readily available in your kitchen – cheese and bread. The most common type of cheese to use for grilled cheese sandwiches is either a combination of medium cheddar cheese, gouda, and Havarti cheeses or even just one type of it.

What to Eat with Grilled Cheese - 30 Tasty Sides

A grilled cheese sandwich is definitely something that you wouldn’t get enough of. This sandwich is great for breakfast, lunch or dinner, especially during cold weather. But eating this cheesy meal multiple times on its own can eventually be boring. 

The good thing is that a grilled cheese recipe is versatile and can be paired with a lot of side dishes. This doesn’t mean that you can just pair it with anything. Since grilled cheese already has its savory and creamy taste, it is best paired with light and fresh dishes like this Easy Tomato Soup Recipe, some favorite fruit, a simple green salad, or even just a dill pickle! If you are having a hard time choosing the right dish to serve with grilled cheese, here are some recipe ideas on what to eat with grilled cheese.

🍳 30 Sides for Grilled Cheese 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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Sweet Potato Fries with Chipotle Lime Mayo – Calm Eats
I shared on Instagram last week that I was making some changes to the blog. Not drastic but just scaling back a bit on my wellness posts to every other week. Since the blog’s inception,
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Sweet Potato Fries with Chipotle Lime Mayo - Calm Eats
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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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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Best Simple Tossed Green Salad – Little Sunny Kitchen
This is the best simple tossed green salad that goes so well with any meal! Fresh dressed greens with a simple vinaigrette.
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Best Simple Tossed Green Salad - Little Sunny Kitchen
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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Pickled Avocado (aka How to Preserve Avocados!) – Urban Farmie
Quick pickled avocados that will change your life. Great way to preserve avocados that comes together with just 10 minutes of active work!
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Pickled Avocado (aka How to Preserve Avocados!) - Urban Farmie
Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe (Panera Copycat)
This Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup copycat recipe is easy to make in the Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker. It’s made with simple ingredients and is quick, budget-friendly and delightfully cheesy. Stovetop instructions included.
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broccoli cheddar soup recipe
Spicy Pickled Onions
Super easy and flavorful Spicy Pickled Onions make a great addition to your favorite dishes! Naturally gluten-free and vegan. Refined sugar-free, too!
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4-Ingredient Muffin Pan Potatoes {With a How-To Video} – Foolproof Living
These muffin-pan potatoes are stupid easy to make yet so impressive served as a side dish or as an appetizer for a party. Ready in less than 40 minutes, these stacked potato slices are my go-to recipe when I am trying to impress.
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Roasted Purple Cauliflower Salad – Little Sunny Kitchen
Healthy and refreshing roasted purple cauliflower salad with zesty lemon garlic dressing. This salad is so versatile and easy to put together
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Roasted Purple Cauliflower Salad - Little Sunny Kitchen
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 Tomato Soup Recipe – Salt and Lavender
This easy tomato soup recipe is hearty, flavorful, and fast! This recipe uses canned tomatoes, so it requires minimal effort.
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Easy Tomato Soup Recipe - Salt and Lavender
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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Simple Roasted Root Vegetables – Calm Eats
These simple roasted root vegetables make for a perfect side dish, work beautifully over salad or dipped in a spicy chipotle lime mayo.
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Simple Roasted Root Vegetables - Calm Eats
Spicy Kale Chips Recipe – Peas and Crayons Blog
These Spicy Kale Chips are always devoured fast! They’re crazy easy and totally tasty with my trick for ultra-crispy kale chips! Vegetarian + Vegan
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Spicy Kale Chips Recipe - Peas and Crayons Blog
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
Creamy Vegan Potato Soup
This creamy Potato Soup can be made in the Instant Pot or on the stovetop for ease and convenience! Make it vegan or vegetarian. Naturally gluten-free. This delicious recipe can also be found in my cookbook The Vegetarian Family Cookbook.
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Best Coleslaw Recipe (With Easy Homemade Dressing!) – Little Sunny Kitchen
A classic coleslaw recipe with creamy dressing made in just 10 minutes! This creamy coleslaw is a great side dish that’s very easy to make.
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Best Coleslaw Recipe (With Easy Homemade Dressing!) - Little Sunny Kitchen
Vegan Instant Pot Mexican White Bean Soup (+ Stovetop Instructions)
This comforting and heart-warming White Bean Soup is packed with flavorful Mexican spices for a truly delicious vegan soup recipe that is healthy, easy to make and can be made with soaked or unsoaked dry white beans! Both Instant Pot pressure cooker and stovetop instructions are included for this spicy, smoky, keto friendly soup!
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Baked Butternut Squash Fries – Peas and Crayons
These Baked Butternut Squash Fries give traditional french fries a run for their money! Great with ketchup, sriracha, or smothered in cheese! Vegetarian
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Mexican Tomato Salad with Black Beans, Corn, and Avocado – Calm Eats
A delicious, fresh, and filling Mexican Tomato Salad with Black Beans, Corn, and Avocado that makes for a perfect summer salad or side dish.
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Mexican Tomato Salad with Black Beans, Corn, and Avocado - Calm Eats
Easy Deviled Eggs Recipe – Peas and Crayons Blog
These Easy Deviled Eggs are always a crowd favorite, and for good reason too! They’re fast, flavorful, easy to make, & even easier to EAT!
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Avocado Kale Salad with Creamy Basil Dressing – Running on Real Food
Try this hearty, filling vegan salad with steamed broccoli, kale, avocado, peppers, zucchini, and a delicious creamy almond basil dressing.
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Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Soup – Peas and Crayons
We love making this cozy + creamy roasted cauliflower soup. Roasting the veggies makes them over-the-top flavorful with a creamy potaot soup vibe. YUM!
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Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Soup - Peas and Crayons
Creamy Cucumber Salad – Foolproof Living
Recipe for a healthier Creamy Cucumber Salad made with crispy cucumbers and fresh dill and mixed in with homemade garlic-yogurt dressing with tips and tricks on how to prevent soggy yogurt dressing. This salad is simply perfect for any of your potluck, picnic, and barbecue parties.
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Strawberry Peach Fruit Salad Salsa – Peas and Crayons
This Strawberry Peach Fruit Salad Salsa can be enjoyed as a tasty fruit salad, a delicious topping for main dishes. Peaches, strawberries..
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Strawberry Peach Fruit Salad Salsa - Peas and Crayons
Creamy Roasted Carrot Soup Recipe – Little Sunny Kitchen
Roasted Carrot Soup is a sweet, savory, and silky smooth soup that is vegan and gluten free too! This simple and delicious soup is ready in under an hour, and so tasty.
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Creamy Roasted Carrot Soup Recipe - Little Sunny Kitchen
Easy Pickled Cabbage Recipe
Learn how to make quick and easy pickled cabbage recipe in this informative post! Pickled cabbage can add a dash of crunch and tang to a variety of dishes, making it a wonderful condiment to have on hand in the refrigerator.
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Rosemary Lemon Roasted Potatoes – Running on Real Food
Perfectly seasoned with rosemary and lemon, these crispy lemon roasted potatoes are packed with flavour and always a hit!
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Rosemary Lemon Roasted Potatoes - Running on Real Food
What to Eat with Grilled Cheese - 30 Tasty Sides

❓ Frequently Asked Questions

What can I dip my grilled cheese in?

Ranch dressing, ketchup, pesto, mayo, marmalade, hummus, mango chutney and mustard all make wonderful dip condiments for a grilled cheese sandwich.

What time of day do you eat grilled cheese?

Grilled cheese is an excellent choice anytime of day. Serve it alongside eggs for breakfast, a salad for lunch, roasted veggies for dinner or a good dipping sauce as a snack.

Is it better to use mayo for grilled cheese?

You have your slices of bread, cheese and a skillet – do you grab the mayo or the butter? Mayonnaise has a higher smoke point so there’s more room for error, as well as a touch of sweetness flavor-wise. Butter is the classic choice that also offers the best flavor, though it is a matter of opinion.

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  1. These sides all look so tasty and they would complement a grilled cheese perfectly! I think I’m going to have to make that mediterranean salad the next time we make grilled cheese at home!