28 Best Side Dishes to Serve with Sandwiches

28 Best Side Dishes to Serve with Sandwiches

Need something to serve with lunch? Do you need enough to serve a crowd? Here are the best side dishes to serve with sandwiches. 

A platter of sandwiches

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When lunch rolls around I’m hungry.

And I’m not too picky. Any kind of sandwich will do.

But I need more than just a sandwich. 

I’ve compiled a list of easy sides to choose from like leafy greens, a creamy soup or fresh veggies.

There are so many different types of sandwiches to chose from including hot sandwiches, deli sandwiches, cold sandwiches and more. 

If you’ve often wondered what to serve at a luncheon, there are lots of great ideas below that make planning easy.

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll need bread or sandwich buns, sandwich ingredients, utensils, pans or skillets and your appliance of choice.

Make a list of your ingredients and what you’ll need at the grocery store.

Pear and bacon panini

Select your sandwich

Once you’ve chosen your type of sandwich, you need the perfect complement to go with it.

There are so many delicious ideas that are perfect to serve one person or enough for a crowd.

I’ve even included a few sweet ideas that are the perfect way to finish your plate.

strip steak sandwich in foil

Delicious side dishes for your favorite sandwich

Sweet potato chips

Sweet potato chips on a baking sheet.

This is as easy as picking up a bag of your favorite sweet potato chips at your local grocery store. Just choose your favorite flavor.

If you are daring and want to create your own be sure to give this delicious recipe a try.

Onion rings

My husband is a big fan of fried onion rings with any sandwich, and this is easy to make in a fry daddy or air fryer.

Simply slice sweet Vidalia onions into rings, dip them into your favorite batter and then fry until crispy and crunchy.

French fries

French fries are a great addition to just about any sandwich.

Buy them frozen and bake in a hot oven or air fryer.

You can also slice potatoes and use an air fryer for homemade.

Sweet potato fries 

For healthier options, choose sweet potato fries instead of regular French fries.

These too can be made at home using fresh sweet potatoes sliced and made in an air fryer, conventional oven or fry daddy.

Potato wedges

Baked potato wedges are a good option if you want to add a bit of spice like barbecue seasoning or cayenne pepper for a bit of heat.

I like to sprinkle wedges with sea salt and vinegar.

Pico de Gallo and tortilla chips

Chips and salsa in a basket

Homemade Salsa Fresca is the perfect side dish for tortilla chips.

Full of fresh vegetables, a bit of heat and a squeeze of lime juice, this salsa is delicious with any sandwich.

Potato soup

A spooonful of potato soup

Whether you prefer creamy potato soup or a hearty potato chowder, you can’t go wrong with a hot bowl to go along with a good sandwich.

Tomato soup

A bowl of tomato soup

Creamy and tasty, homemade tomato soup is a classic side dish for any sandwich, but my favorite is with a delicious grilled cheese sandwich.

Clam chowder 

Overhead view of Hatteras clam chowder

This delicious option is an excellent choice if you’re having crabcake sandwiches for lunch.

I love to make a big pot every summer when we go to the beach.

My Hatteras clam chowder is a winner.

Broccoli soup

This cheesy soup is filled with puréed broccoli and is delicious even for the pickiest of eaters.

This Panera copycat broccoli soup recipe is a healthy alternative made with whole wheat flour and milk instead of cream.

Green salad

Drizzle a homemade ranch dressing on top of a simple side salad.

Throw in simple ingredients like cucumbers, bell peppers, and tomatoes.

Tomato salad 

Tomato salad on a white plate.

Fresh tomatoes, topped with mozzarella cheese, balsamic glaze, and fresh herbs from the garden is an easy side dish alongside any hearty sandwich.

Macaroni salad

My mom always made the most delicious macaroni salad, using elbow macaroni, shredded carrots, chopped celery and a bit of mayonnaise.

It’s the perfect match alongside a sandwich.

Pasta salad

Overhead view of pasta salad.

Another option is pasta salad with an Italian dressing, chopped salami, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and black olives.

This recipe is a good option to serve a crowd.

Broccoli salad

If you’re a fan of broccoli, then make a broccoli salad with sunflower seeds, bacon, cheddar cheese, dried cranberries and a tangy creamy dressing.

Or hit the prepared food section of your grocery store deli and buy it premade.

Wild rice salad

Bowl of wild rice salad on wooden surface

This wild rice salad with carrots, toasted pecans, crunchy pepitas and sweet cranberries can be ready in 20 minutes and it’s delicious anytime of the year.

Potato salad

A creamy or tangy potato salad is the perfect side dish for any burger or sandwich.

Find and make your favorite recipe whether it includes mayonnaise, vinegar, sour cream, mustard, dill, hard boiled eggs or pickles.

Fruit salad

Gather your favorite fruits, including fresh pineapple, strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, oranges and grapes in a large bowl, and enjoy playing or with your favorite dressing.

Sweet corn salad

Sweet corn salad in a bowl on a table

A corn salad is an easy recipe features the sweet flavor of summer, cherry tomatoes, diced avocado, fresh mozzarella and homegrown basil with a squeeze of lemon juice.

Arugula salad with watermelon and feta cheese 

Arugula salad with watermelon and feta cheese

Sweet watermelon, juicy cucumber and salty feta cheese are the perfect flavor combination nestled on top of this tangy arugula salad.


This favorite side dish is a simple as tossing a bag of coleslaw.

Mix into a large bowl and adding your favorite creamy coleslaw dressing and sprinkle of celery seed.

I’m a big fan of Marzetti coleslaw dressing.

Cucumber salad

A simple cucumber salad with red onion, fresh herbs and vinegar is easy to whip up in a few minutes.

For a heartier version try this Mediterranean chickpea cucumber salad alongside your favorite sandwich.

Asian noodle salad

A bowl of Asian coleslaw

This crunchy Chinese slaw recipe with ramen noodles is sweet and delicious and ideal for a side dish to take to your next potluck, family reunion or summer barbecue. 

Baked beans

Grab a can of your favorite baked beans next time you head to the grocery store.

Stir in a little extra ketchup and brown sugar to thicken and serve this great side dish with any burger off the grill.


A canning jar of pickles on a table top

I’m a big fan of juicy and crunchy dill pickles.

Make your own small batch recipe or pick up a jar from the refrigerated section of your local grocery store.

No sandwich is complete without a pickle.

Coconut chocolate chip cookies

Cookies on a white plate next to polka dot napkin

Toasted coconut chocolate chip cookies are soft and chewy and the best side dish to treat that sweet tooth. 

Oatmeal raisin cookies

Oatmeal raisin cookies on a baking rack.

A great way to finish a filling meal is with something sweet. I can’t resist an oatmeal raisin cookie especially if it’s homemade.

Strawberry watermelon popsicles

A hand holding a popsicle

These Popsicles are a healthy alternative to cookies as a side dish, and a great choice for moms who want their picky eaters to be members of the clean plate club.

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