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What To Serve With A Cuban Sandwich

We have brainstormed and come up with exactly what to serve with Cuban sandwiches.

A Cuban sandwich is made with roasted pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard. They are served on traditional Cuban bread.

They are divine!

Hot tip: If you want to make this sandwich but can’t find the perfect Cuban bread you could use a French loaf or ciabatta.

Search no more because we have the best list of sides for Cuban sandwiches around.

AND yes, we had fun brainstorming this tasty list.

1. Baked sweet potato

Baked sweet potatoes are a perfect side for Cuban sandwiches.

The rich sweet flavor of these golden beauties pairs perfectly. I recommend topping the sweet potato with just butter and salt.

I love to cook sweet potatoes in the air fryer. This way I avoid heating up the house and they cook a bit faster.

Get the recipe here.

2. No-mayo coleslaw

This Carolina coleslaw doesn’t use mayonnaise. It is flavored with apple cider vinegar, which compliments a Cuban perfectly.

It is also slightly sweet and packed with veggies. You can make this side dish in advance and let it chill.

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3. Baked plantains

Baked plantains are a fantastic side dish for your next Cuban dinner.

I recommend baking the plantains whole and unsliced. They will make a beautiful presentation.

After they are baked you could slice them down the middle like a baked potato and top them with guacamole.

This side dish will be unique and delicious.

Get the recipe here.

4. Cucumber tomato salad

This is a simple and refreshing cold side dish. The fresh tomato and cucumber will compliment your Cuban sandwich perfectly.

You can also make this side dish in advance because we recommend chilling it in the fridge before serving. That allows time for the veggies to absorb the flavors.

If you don’t have fresh basil you can use dried basil or dried Italian seasoning.

Get the recipe here.

5. Homemade potato chips

Potato chips are a popular side for Cubans. I say that homemade potato chips are an even better side dish.

Homemade potato chips are so easy to make in the air fryer. You only need potatoes, olive oil, and salt.

You can cook up a batch in about 10 minutes.

These are surprisingly delicious so be prepared for folks to ask for seconds.

6. Sweet potato fries

Fries and Cuban sandwiches go together perfectly.

If you want to stay traditional but also shake things up a bit, pair sweet potato fries with your sandwich.

You can make sweet potato fries in the air fryer in about 20 minutes.

We keep the recipe simple by only adding olive oil and coarse salt.

But you could add some garlic salt or truffle salt to spice things up a bit.

Tip: Be sure that your sweet potatoes slices are dry before you cook them.

Get the recipe here.

7. Potato salad

Creamy red potato salad serves up well with a hot sandwich. The texture complements the Cuban perfectly.

That beautiful texture comes into play because we leave the skin on the red potatoes.

This is another side dish that we recommend you make a day ahead if you have time. That way it can chill in the fridge and the flavors can merge.

The Dijon mustard and fresh dill used in this recipe will just add to that perfect compliment.

Get the recipe here.

8. Caesar salad

A nice crisp Caesar salad is the perfect side to serve with Cuban sandwiches.

It only requires a few ingredients. Toss together some crisp romaine, croutons, parmesan cheese, and of course Caesar salad dressing.

While it is true that a traditional Caesar salad dressing contains anchovies, we created a recipe without anchovies.

We combine lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and a few other ingredients to make the perfect dressing.

Get the full recipe here (including the dressing)

9. Fruit salad

Fruit salad is an often-overlooked side dish and I don’t really know why.

If you got a sub shop, you will almost always see fruit salad as an offered side and with good reason.

This fruit salad linked below is made with a honey-lime dressing. Those two flavors pair perfectly with a Cuban sandwich.

The honey pairs with the ham and the lime pairs with the pork. Give this one a try for sure.

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10. Homemade pickles

Did you know that you can make homemade pickles in just 24 hours?

Shocking! I know.

These pickles don’t require any special ingredients. They are best if you have fresh dill but you can get around that if needed.

Serve these with your next Cuban sandwich and enjoy every bite.

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11. Steak fries

These garlic parm steak fries will be a crowd-pleaser for sure. They are baked up fresh in the oven and ready in 30 minutes.

I like to serve these with a bit of minced garlic soaked in olive oil drizzled on top.

Oh and don’t forget the parsley. Not only does it make them pretty when served but it also tastes delicious.

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12. Tomato bisque

Soup and sandwich are so a classic combo that most people seem to skip right over it these days.

I think that is a big mistake.

You can dip your sandwich in the bisque or you can just enjoy the two side by side.

If you are curious, tomato bisque is different than tomato soup because the bisque is made with cream. That makes it rich and unique.

Get the recipe here.

13. Black beans

Black beans are a classic side dish to go with Cuban sandwiches.

To make delicious classic Cuban black beans it is recommended that you sautee the onion, garlic, and peppers.

Sauteeing the spices will make the beans extra tasty. Also, this recipe uses canned black beans to keep the recipe quick.

Don’t worry though because it will still be delicious.

Get the recipe here.

14. Empanadas

For a delightful side dish to Cuban sandwiches why not try something a bit different.

Yes, you could make traditional empanadas and they will be a huge hit.

But what if you made plantain empanadas instead. Don’t be intimidated by this recipe.

It really isn’t all that difficult to make. Give it a try!

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15. Rice

A serving of perfectly prepared white rice is a real treat. People take rice for granted and they shouldn’t.

If you made the black beans mentioned above and served them with plain white rice you will be a star.

Cooking perfect white rice is an art form and we have the secret.

First, did you know that you should rinse your rice before you cook it?

Yes, you should.

And there is more.

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16. Mashed plantains

Mashed plantains are a unique side dish that you don’t serve often. So when you place this golden side dish down on the table people will be quite curious.

Then when dive in they will taste the unique flavors and for sure go back for seconds.

At the link below you will find a savory option and a sweet option.

While they both perfectly pair with a Cuban, I recommend trying the sweet version first.

Get the recipe here.

17. Mango salsa

Grab some purple tortilla chips and throw them in a bowl. Then serve them up with this mango salsa and sit back.
My only tip for this side for Cuban sandwiches is to double the recipe because I always run out.

Get the recipe here.

The bottom line

Cuban sandwiches are so delicious that they can be a meal unto themselves but what is the fun in that.

When it comes to what to serve with Cuban sandwiches I suggest that you pick two or three items above and make a feast out of it.

What To Serve With A Cuban Sandwich

What To Serve With A Cuban Sandwich

Here are the many yet standout sides to serve with a Cuban sandwich.

Ingredients

  • Baked sweet potato
  • No-mayo coleslaw
  • Baked plantains
  • Cucumber tomato salad
  • Homemade potato chips
  • Sweet potato fries
  • Potato salad
  • Caesar salad
  • Fruit salad
  • Homemade pickles
  • Steak fries
  • Tomato bisque
  • Black beans
  • Empanadas
  • Rice
  • Mashed plantains
  • Mango salsa

Instructions

  1. Pick one to three sides on the list.
  2. Gather the ingredients.
  3. Serve and enjoy!

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