21 of the Best Sides for Sandwiches
Let's talk sides! Recently, I was making my favorite Sloppy Joes recipe when my husband asked what sides we were eating with it. I was so excited to eat the juicy, delicious sandwich that I didn't think of what to serve with sloppy joes. What goes with sloppy joes?
That got me thinking about what the best sides for sandwiches are. I decided I had to put together a roundup of sides for sloppy joes and my favorite side dishes for sandwiches in general. Keep reading to see the TOP 21 sides for sandwiches besides chips (because that's too easy!).
Whether you're looking for classic or unique, light or hearty, fresh or fried, I have you covered with this list of 21 of the Best Sides for Sandwiches! You'll find a variety of hot and cold sides dishes, healthy sides, and side dishes that you can make in the air fryer.
Air Fryer Side Dishes
1. Air Fryer French Fries
The king of sandwich sides!
2. Easy Air Fryer Broccoli
This quick and easy air fryer broccoli is one of the best sides for sloppy joes sides! Simply toss the broccoli with olive oil, garlic salt, and nutritional yeast for a cheesy side dish. This broccoli side dish is crunchy, garlicky, and cheesy - what more could you want?!
3. Garlic Parmesan Air Fryer Zucchini Fries
These are fabulously crispy on the outside, moist and tender inside and full of flavors.
Cold Side Dishes for Sandwiches
4. Avocado Pasta Salad
This crowd-pleasing Avocado Pasta Salad is one of my favorite unique sides to go with sandwiches. It's creamy, bright, packed full of (hidden) spinach, healthy pasta salad.
5. Caprese Tortellini Skewers with Balsamic Glaze
These skewers can be eaten as an appetizer, but I love making them to serve with sandwiches as well. A fun finger food that kids (and adults!) will love.
6. Cold Asparagus Tomato Salad
Marinated in a simple lemon vinaigrette, this cold asparagus salad recipe is a great make ahead option that can be made in less than 20 minutes!
7. Caesar Pasta Salad
This pasta salad is always one of the first things to disappear at picnics!
8. Kale and Apple Slaw
This kale salad makes the perfect side dish for your next gathering, barbecue or potluck! This fresh slaw recipe pairs especially well with a hearty sandwich and is a healthy side for sloppy joes.
9. Dill Pickle Coleslaw
Pickle lovers rejoice! This coleslaw is a tangy twist on a classic coleslaw recipe! Enjoy as a side for sloppy joes sandwich or a side for pulled pork sandwich.
10. Cucumber and Onion Salad
This veggie packed cucumber and onion salad is the perfect vegetable side dish. This tasty dish is healthy, light and refreshing. Plus, it can be made in just 30 minutes!
11. Crunchy Broccoli Salad
Quick and easy, this popular broccoli crunch salad recipe is perfect to make ahead and ideal for a potluck, burgers, and hearty sandwiches.
12. Cowboy Salad
I love a good salad and sandwich combo! This cowboy salad is sure to knock your boots off with big, bright flavors! It’s a fun mix of classic chopped salad recipes and homemade bean and corn salsa (cowboy caviar).
Healthy Sides for Sandwiches
13. Grilled Vegetables
This homemade balsamic marinade for Grilled Vegetables is a perfect way to eat your veggies! A summer side that pairs well with healthy grill recipes and is my favorite veggie side for sloppy joes!
14. Shaved Brussels Sprout Cobb Salad
This Cobb Salad filled with vegetables is perfect for a salad and sandwich combination.
14. Roasted Carrots and Mushrooms
Roasting the vegetables gives the carrots and mushroom a sweet flavor. Garlic and thyme pair perfectly with these vegetables and boost their savory flavors. Not only is this dish flavorful and delicious, but it makes for a beautiful presentation as well!
15. Sautéed Green Beans and Mushrooms
These Green Beans with Mushrooms are a delicious and healthy side dish. This easy vegan and gluten-free recipe is a perfect vegetable side dish for sloppy joes.
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16. Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese
This easy Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese recipe is super creamy, cheesy, and guaranteed to satisfy! This is comfort food at its best and a classic sloppy joe side dish.
17. Crispy Baked Potato Wedges
These potato wedges are crispy and full of flavor! They stay moist and fluffy on the inside without any flipping required! They go well with many different proteins and is one of my favorite sides with sloppy joes!
18. Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
Make your sandwich a little more special with this bacon wrapped asparagus side dish. Bacon makes everything better, right? It's incredibly easy to make, and tastes absolutely fantastic.
19. German Potato Salad
This delicious German Potato Salad combines tender potatoes with a warm bacon-mustard vinaigrette dressing. It’s tangy, creamy and the perfect side dish for the summer grilling season.
20. Homemade Onion Rings
Crispy onion rings are the perfect appetizer or an ideal sandwich side dish!
21. Slow Cooker Cheesy Jalapeno Corn
Now, this is a good side for sandwiches - or anything really!