Chicken salad sandwiches are not only a good source of protein, but easy to make at home. They can even be healthy if you make them the right way with less mayonnaise, more vegetables, and whole-grain bread.
The good thing about chicken salad sandwiches is that they can go with almost any side dish, especially healthy side dishes like fruit, soup, cheese, pickles, and all kinds of vegetable salads.
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Here are some yummy, healthy, and interesting side dishes to go with your chicken salad sandwiches that will go down great at any party.
17 Delicious Side Dishes To Serve With Chicken Salad Sandwiches
1. Waldorf Salad
Waldorf salads are made with apples, grapes, walnuts, celery, and mayonnaise on lettuce. Some people like to use green apples and grapes, to make a common theme of green and light brown, which works well with the light brown of the sandwich.
Common substitutions and variations include Greek yogurt or peanut butter as an alternative to mayonnaise, pears rather than apples. Adding dried fruits and cauliflower is also something you can do.
2. Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet potato fries are a very popular side with chicken salad sandwiches. They’re very versatile, and cooking and seasoning techniques have many variations and recipes.
The fries are at their healthiest when baked or fried using an air fryer. When eaten with the sandwiches, the fries will contrast with the softness of the sandwich, and seasoning gives the meal some pizzaz.
3. Mulligatawny Soup
Mulligatawny is something of a situational side dish because it works the best with curried chicken salad sandwiches, but it’s not as good with other kinds. The spicy tastes of the soup and the sandwich complement each other well.
The combination of curry from the sandwich and peppers in the mulligatawny might also be too hot for some people. I’ve heard that milk is an excellent drink to counter the spiciness.
4. Caesar Salad
If you want something crunchy and tangy to go with your sandwich, you can’t go wrong with Caesar salad. The salad is full of crunchy croutons and lettuce with a texture that contrasts with the sandwich.
Caesar salad not only fills out your vegetable serving for the day, but there are a lot of different varieties that go with every taste.
5. Dill Pickles
Simple yet classic, dill pickle spears are among the easiest sides to prepare. Besides having contrasting tastes and textures, pickles have the advantage of complementing many different kinds of chicken salad sandwiches.
Pickles can be used straight, served with a dip, or fried like potato chips. If you don’t just want pickles as a side dish, they can also be used in the chicken salad itself when chopped and put into the mixture.
6. Fresh Fruit
This is something of an overview since there are a lot of fruits out there. Chicken salad sandwiches go well together with sweet-tasting fruit, so you have plenty to choose from.
Some of the fruits I’ve seen used include dehydrated apple slices, strawberries, grapes, and mangoes. You can get a platter so that there’s a lot of choice for any partygoer, or mix up the fruit into a fruit salad and serve that.
7. Potato Chips
Potato chips are a crunchy, flavor-filled side dish for chicken salad sandwiches. Some people also put them inside the sandwich for the flavor and texture.
The different kinds of potato chips also lend themselves to many different combinations. These include spicy chips with curried chicken sandwiches or nachos if you’re in an intense flavor mood.
8. Chilled Soup
Chilled soups are good to serve with cold sandwiches. Chilled pea soup or gazpacho soup, I’ve even heard of chilled fruit soup being paired with chicken salad sandwiches.
The advantage to chilled soups is that they are filled with nutrients, low in calories, and some of them don’t need any cooking. On a long, hot day that is a huge plus.
9. Veggie Slices and Dip
Vegetable slices have a texture and crunch that works with chicken salad sandwiches. A combination of carrot sticks, celery, cucumbers, broccoli, or cauliflowers is common.
I personally prefer sour cream dip, but I’ve heard that ranch is also popular. I think the choice for dip depends on what vegetables you’re serving, and how the chicken for the sandwich is cooked.
One of my favorites since I was a kid, macaroni can also be used as an ingredient in the chicken salad as well as a side.
Macaroni’s best off in a wrap where it’s easier to keep it all together rather than a classic sandwich. If you combine macaroni with cheese, the sticky cheese helps keep the ingredients from falling apart.
11. Green Salad
A green salad is usually made from leaves from green vegetables, like lettuce, chard, arugula, and other mixed greens. Dressing is optional but I’ve heard that vinaigrettes work well.
Green salads can be a healthy side dish for chicken salad sandwiches, depending on what you put into them. Some dressings are healthier than others, with higher saturated fat and sugar.
12. Chicken Noodle Soup
The old combination of soup and a sandwich holds true, whether you get your soup from a store or make it from scratch at home.
Chicken noodle soup’s a favorite of mine and it makes sense that chicken soup would go well together with a traditional chicken salad sandwich. The contrasting textures of the soup and sandwich make an all-star combination.
13. Onion Rings
Onion rings are a tasty, if fattening, side dish to go with chicken salad sandwiches. The zesty flavoring of both the onion and seasoning offers a big pop to your meal.
There are healthier recipes for onion rings if you look for them; If you have an air fryer, this is an excellent opportunity to use it.
14. Fruit Smoothie
While drinks aren’t considered side dishes, they are just as vital to a meal. Fruit smoothies in particular are good with chicken salad sandwiches because they’re so sweet and the added bonus of getting your daily serving of fruit.
Fruit smoothies are also easy to make at home if you have a blender. There are lots of appetizing recipes that can be found online.
15. Tomato Soup
Tomato soup is another classic soup that is commonly paired with sandwiches. It’s cheap to buy at the store, but you can also make your own at home.
The contrasting flavors of tomatoes complement that of the chicken salad sandwiches and the liquid soup goes down well. In fact, some recipes for chicken salad even use tomato soup.
16. Cheddar Cheese Straws
Cheddar cheese straws are a savory, flavor-filled side dish that’s a bit like crackers or crispy French fries. The straws offer a different texture to chicken salad sandwiches that will be the life of the party.
Cheese straws aren’t limited to cheddar; all kinds of cheeses can be used to make a cheese straw. You can also make them at home, and save a trip to the store.
17. Greek Salad
Greek salad, also called “horiatiki,” is traditionally made from cucumbers, onions, olives, tomatoes, and feta cheese. They provide a crisp and healthy side dish for your sandwiches.
As with most salads, Greek salad has many variants, recipes, and substitutes. Some recipes even combine Greek salad with chicken salad, although that’s more a preference thing.
There you have it, seventeen delicious side dishes to make your chicken salad sandwiches the talk of the town. And the list doesn’t end there.
If you look online, you’ll find recipes for many other salads, fruits, vegetables, and cheeses that go well with the sandwiches. What’s your favorite side dish for chicken salad sandwiches?