Wondering what to serve with chicken salad sandwiches? We can help! We have found 15 delicious sides to go with your favorite chicken salad recipe. From fresh fruit salad recipes to perfect vegetable sides, there is something here that everyone will love and want to try.
There are a few things to consider when choosing delicious sides to serve with your sandwich. Think about the taste and texture of your chicken salad. Chicken salad has crunchy ingredients but also very creamy components like the tasty dressing. Chicken salad is often slightly sweet but can have spicy notes as well depending on the recipes you use. Think about all of this when you pick which side you are going to serve.
Chicken salad sandwiches can stand on their own, with no sides needed. However, pairing your sandwich with a side dish is a great way to complete your meal. A good side dish will complement your meal and ensure that you are full! So, without further delay, here are our favorite 15 sides to serve with your chicken salad sandwiches.
1. Spinach, Asparagus and Strawberry Salad
Our sweet and savory salad is wonderful when served alongside a chicken salad sandwich. This green salad is made using fresh baby spinach, sweet strawberries, crisp asparagus spears, and salty feta cheese. This salad recipe has almost as many tasty textures as your chicken salad! If you don’t have baby spinach on hand, a few leaves of green lettuce would work as well. You can even put a few slices of extra grilled chicken on top. Toast any extra bread for croutons.
2. Fruit Kebobs with Creamy Dip
Fresh fruit always goes well with chicken salad sandwiches. Both are best when served chilled and have a sweet flavor. All kinds of fruit taste good with chicken salad. That is why we love these rainbow fruit kebobs which feature all kinds of fruit. Choose what fruits look best in the store. Try to get a variety of colors and flavors of fruit. The creamy dip is also easy to make. It is made with yogurt which you may already be using to make your chicken salad recipe.
3. Potato Salad
A perfect potato salad is something that everyone loves. It also tastes fantastic next to a chicken salad sandwich as both salads have similar textures and ingredients. Mayonnaise, celery, salt, and pepper are both found in each salad recipe! Serve the potato salad on a bed of lettuce or on the plate alone. This recipe from Foodie Crush will definitely hold its own next to your sandwich.
4. Cheese Platter
Chicken salad sandwiches can be quite hearty on their own. Consider serving an appetizer-type dish before the sandwich to space out the quantity of food. A good cheese platter is a perfect dish to serve before the main course. This recipe from Lemon Tree Dwelling has a great mix of cheeses, meats, and fruits. You can’t go wrong with salty blue cheese and sweet grapes on a pretty platter! Add a few slices of fresh bread and crackers for an even more complete display.
Chicken salad is always best when served with bread. You want to choose a bread that will hold the salad without falling apart. A bread that is too soft just won’t do! A fresh, homemade baguette is perfect for making a chicken salad sandwich. Use this recipe from Baking a Moment to make an incredible, flavorful baguette for your sandwich. You can use any extra bread for different sandwiches later.
6. Vegetable Platter
Make sure you have lots of vegetable options when creating a beautiful vegetable platter. We like this platter from Gimme Delicious which features a whole rainbow of veggies. It is always a good idea to serve fresh vegetables with a creamy dip. This recipe uses a store-bought ranch dip but feel free to use your favorite dip. Blue cheese dip or an herb dip will be great as well. Almost any vegetable dip tastes good next to a delicious chicken salad sandwich. You can even create your own with some mayonnaise and herbs.
7. Potato Chips
Homemade potato chips are a perfect side to serve with chicken salad. Chips are nice and crunchy which is excellent next to creamy chicken salad. This Bowl of Delicious recipe shows how to make potato chips quickly and with only three ingredients. Potatoes, olive oil, and salt are all you need! Use chili powder, garlic powder, or just salt and pepper to flavor your chips. Think about the seasonings in your chicken salad sandwich and try to mimic those tastes on your chips.
8. Dill Pickles
Chicken salad sandwiches often come served with dill pickles. A pickle is a classic, tasty side dish that goes well with chicken salad. The tangy pickle complements the creamy flavor of the chicken salad. Dill pickles are surprisingly easy to make when you follow this recipe from Love and Lemons. Homemade pickles have a much stronger, flavorful taste when compared to store-bought pickles. Pickles are also vegetables so this side dish makes your chicken salad meal even healthier!
9. Potato Soup with Bacon
Soup and a sandwich is a classic combination. Pairing a tender chicken salad sandwich with a hearty potato soup is a great idea! We love this flavorful, creamy potato soup with bacon from Sugar Spun Run. The warm soup will complement your cold chicken salad sandwich perfectly. Make a big batch of this bacon-loaded soup and freeze some for later. Be sure to add shredded cheese to the top of the soup for a great flavor. Skip the bacon for a healthier version.
10. Ambrosia Salad
A good chicken salad sandwich meal ends with a delicious dessert. This Ambrosia salad recipe from Real Housemoms is a great side dish and dessert to serve with your chicken salad. Ambrosia salad is a mix of marshmallows, fruit, and a creamy, sweet powdered sugar dressing. Mandarin oranges, maraschino cherries, and pineapple pieces are the main ingredients in this salad. We love the red, green, and yellow marshmallows that add some pretty colors to the mix.
11. Iced Tea
A nice cold iced tea is a wonderful side dish to serve with your chicken salad sandwich. When you enjoy a big, chicken salad sandwich, packed with bread, mayonnaise, and vegetables, you will likely get thirsty. Ice tea will certainly quench your thirst. The lemony taste of this homemade iced tea by Cookie and Kate tastes incredible when served with chicken salad. It also only takes about 5 minutes to make. You can use peach, lemon, or mint loose leaf tea to make your iced tea mix.
12. Fresh Green Salad
Classic, crisp green salads are perfect side dishes to serve with chicken salad. We love this simple, traditional green salad made by A Couple Cooks. Cucumber, olives, cherry tomatoes, and sliced shallots top a bed of lettuce. The salad is covered in a homemade Italian dressing and served. The tangy dressing will taste delicious alongside your chicken salad. All the vegetables are a nice contrast to all the heavy mayonnaise in a chicken salad. It’s nice to have something light next to the hearty chicken salad.
13. Melon Berry Fruit Salad
This watermelon, berry fruit salad tastes like summer in a bowl. The zesty lime and honey dressing is refreshing and flavorful. The fruits are a nice sweet contrast to a savory chicken salad. Make this recipe from Let’s Dish when the fruits are in season for optimal taste. Feel free to substitute the fruit, using your favorite fruits or whatever fruits look the freshest. Add some cantaloupe or raspberries for a new take on this delicious salad. Serve your favorite fruit salad recipes in a bowl or spread out on a platter for a pretty display.
14. Pasta Salad
A flavorful pasta salad would go well with any kind of chicken salad. This Italian pasta salad from Pinch of Yum is one of the best we have ever tried. The homemade Italian dressing is key to this tasty salad. The pasta salad is also full of vegetables like fresh tomatoes, olives, and peppers. To make a vegetarian version, simply skip the salami.
15. Tomato Soup
A warm bowl of tomato soup is a wonderful side dish to chicken salad. Choose soup side dishes when the weather turns cold and you want a comforting, hot side to go with your colder entre. This classic tomato soup from Fine Cooking will make you feel cozy after just one bite. You can even dip your bread right into the soup! Homemade tomato soup just can’t be beaten.
We hope that one of these amazing side dishes catches your eye. They all go so well with chicken salad and will complete your chicken salad meal perfectly. A fresh green salad, a hearty homemade bread, or a creamy, bacon-packed soup are all good choices! Let us know which side dish is your favorite to serve with your chicken salad sandwich. Do you like the recipes with fruits? Or maybe you want those with more vegetables. Leave a comment and let us know! Enjoy!
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