Let’s go beyond store-bought potato chips and fries for what to serve with deli sandwiches!
Check out this list of 33 flavorful side dishes to sidle up with your deli sandwich!
A hearty sandwich is one of life’s simple pleasures.
Noshing on a tasty sandwich is nearly impossible to beat.
Sandwiches are available hot and cold, so whatever your preference, you’re sure to find something delightful.
I’m hungry for lunch now!
A “deli sandwich” can be a sandwich bought from a local deli or one you made at home with deli lunch meat.
Customers keep going back for them because they are incredibly tasty and handy at the same time.
It’s like getting more value for your money every time you take a bite: mouthwatering goodness and unadulterated flavor that will keep you satisfied for hours.
There’s a wide variety of deli sandwiches to pick from, too!
Some of the best and tastiest include Reuben, Roast Beef, Grilled Chicken, Cheesy Tuna Melts, and BLT.
Each ingredient is blended in such a manner that it brings out the most incredible flavors and textures of the others so that the final dish tastes and looks as fresh as possible.
Moreover, if you add a variety of sides to your sandwiches, you may turn lunch into an impressive feast.
If you’re having a deli sandwich, here are some delicious and creative sides to round out your meal!
Then there’s #17—how’s that sound to you?
Ooo, pinkies out, everybody!
Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus is a delightful and simple side dish that goes well with sandwiches, especially those made with Boar’s Head Roast Chicken.
Nicely paired with the earthy, fresh asparagus, this dish showcases Prosciutto’s sweet and savory flavors in beautiful harmony.
Chicken is succulent and tasty, and the asparagus adds crisp and earthiness to the sandwich, making it a complete meal.
This soup made with mushrooms, onions, thyme, and citrusy marjoram, then cooked in stock and cream, is fragrant, delectable, and soothing.
A hearty, dense sandwich like a rare beef, swiss on rye goes well with homemade cream of mushroom soup.
The intense flavor and creaminess of this soup are the ideal contrast.
3. Onion Rings
Onions are a brilliant side dish, and they also go very well with sandwiches like tuna melts from your local deli.
Using this recipe will guarantee that your onion rings will always be crispy.
This excellent batter coats the onion rings, and the outside coating gives a perfectly cooked finish.
Since tuna melts often contain cheese, these are ideal companions for your cheese-loving meal.
This Broccoli Salad is a beautiful side dish for any meal, but it’s especially good with meats!
Chewing these salad ingredients reveals a pleasing harmony in their textures and tastes.
Tangy-sweet dressing paired with Mozzarella cheese makes this salad even more flavorful!
This relish will flawlessly balance your sandwich’s richness and juiciness.
Since these potatoes are so creamy and garlicky as well as filling, they make a great side dish to pair with grilled sandwiches.
As a starchy contrast to the moistness of the meat, potatoes are used, and the garlic offers a powerful taste that matches the smokey grill taste and meatiness of the sandwich.
Those with a lighter texture, like Russet potatoes, work best in this recipe since the mashed potatoes will turn out to be fluffier.
6. Baked Beans
If you’ve always had an aversion to beans, perhaps this recipe will persuade you otherwise.
Cooking the beans with Worcestershire sauce and other flavorful ingredients is an excellent way to bring out the best of them.
Baked beans are a fantastic option for a side dish, especially if you have a BBQ Beef Sandwich.
The smoky flavor of the barbecued meat pairs well with the richness of the beans in this dish.
For a finger food snack or side dish, sweet potato fries are your best bet!
Crispy and lightly sweet fries work well as a great and delightful side dish because of their unique sweetness and crunchiness.
The sweetness and firmness of the fries make them an ideal counterpoint to savory sandwiches, and it’s a great way to add a taste and texture contrast.
You may wish to have a salad with your sandwiches to outweigh their hefty portions.
With this salad Strawberry Spinach Salad, you’ll never go back to plain lettuce again!
Pecans, sweet strawberries, creamy feta, and an incredible honey balsamic dressing turn these lush greens into something vibrant and magnificent.
Just thinking about this tantalizing combination of flavors makes me happy!
9. Potato Chips
Okay, so these ARE potato chips, but homemade beats bagged anytime.
And these tried-and-true gems are STELLAR.
Nothing says yum like a side of salty, crunchy homemade chips with your sandwich.
These are both crisp AND tender, and using a mandoline to slice them ensures a consistent thin chip.
I couldn’t keep my hands out of the batches when we were cooking and snapping pics.
The only downside is if you have a small air fryer like we do, you’ll do these in small batches at a time.
Don’t they all say patience is a virtue!?
For good reason, coleslaw is one of the world’s most popular side dishes.
If you’re looking for a side dish that can go with just about any main dish, this is it.
Just remember, if you’re having them with a sandwich, use a dressing that goes well with it.
I recommend using a vinegar-based dressing, for example, if your sandwich is already rich and creamy.
Otherwise, a traditional mayonnaise dressing is fine!
11. Macaroni Salad
For the dressing to be balanced and not overpowering, it must have the right amount of mayonnaise.
A perfect proportion of creaminess and dryness is achieved with just the proper amount of sauce on the noodles— this salad recipe lets the rest of the meal’s flavor show through.
Macaroni salad tastes better the second day once the flavors have merged.
It’s a terrific make-ahead side dish!
12. Tomato Soup
Grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup are two of the most famous pairings in the world.
There’s a good explanation for this partnership’s popularity: they both improve one another.
Tomato soup’s creaminess and tartness and the cheesiness of your sandwich are like having the best of both worlds!
They’re both great on their own, sure, but combined?
They work together to create a delectable flavor fusion!
13. Dill Pickles
This recipe is wonderful for those times when you’re stuck on what to serve with deli sandwiches.
Pickle spears with dill are the most convenient type of side dish you can ever serve.
A store-bought dill pickles and jar opener does all the work for you!
Or, you can simply make your own and adjust its taste to your preference.
The salty and sour flavors are so good, and they are the ideal way to cut through the lushness of meat sandwiches.
To equalize the fullness of the deli sandwich’s taste, you may accompany it with a zesty side dish.
There is no better contender for the task than some sauerkraut or fermented cabbage.
You can either put sauerkraut on the sandwich or serve it separately, hot, room temp, or chilled.
Corned beef, pastrami, turkey, salami, any hot Italian hoagie, even a tuna sandwich.
15. Fruit Salad
An accompanying fresh fruit dish may ease up even the heartiest of dishes.
A medley of your favorite fruits can be made at home, or you can buy a ready-made one from the supermarket.
Freshly squeezed orange and lime juices and honey are used to make a refreshing dressing for this summery salad of raspberries, strawberries, kiwi fruits, and grapes.
Scrumptious, juicy, and naturally sweet, this fruit salad is a breeze to make!
You’ll also find my Cheesecake Fruit Salad in my what to serve with quiche article.
This is the ultimate side dish for those of us with a giant watermelon sitting around!
Simple ingredients come together to make this crisp and soothing watermelon feta salad, which is then drizzled with a delectable lime dressing.
The bright, buttery, and slightly salty flavor of the feta cheese in this salad makes it both wholesome and appetizing.
Watermelon’s juicy sweetness is an excellent palate-cleanser as you enjoy your sandwich’s lip-smacking flavorful fillings.
You can never go wrong with silky soup on the side of your sandwich when it’s freezing outdoors.
Infusing your sandwich with the nutty, sweet tastes of butternut squash soup is an excellent choice.
To make this delish soup even better, roast the squash rather than just sauteeing the squash to get a boost of flavor.
It’s also worth sprinkling in a few dashes of grated ginger or cayenne pepper for added taste and aroma.
We recommend a Turkey Club Sandwich as a fantastic match for this.
Here’s our very own recipe for Oven-Roasted Zucchini & Tomatoes!
We’re particularly proud of this one as it is packed with flavor and results in a restaurant-quality dish!
It pairs well with anything and you can bet it’ll pair nicely with any deli sandwich of your choice.
To borrow words from the recipe page, it states: “The right side dish can really make a meal go from boring to spectacular”.
I couldn’t agree more!
Take your deli sandwich experience up a notch by having them with our very own Mini Pepper recipe!
This dish is a perfect example of what finger foods are!
The blend of tomato and basil, along with creamy mozzarella and cheesy tortellini, exhibits its Italian flavor with every bite.
They make excellent appetizers and are perfect to partner with deli sandwiches at your next cocktail party.
This next entry is certainly different!
Before embarking on my culinary journey, never would I have imagined seeing avocado and pasta together in a salad.
Made from fresh avocados, corn, spinach, grape tomatoes, and al dente rotini, the salad’s pronounced sweetness makes a stark contrast to the meat of your deli sandwich, complementing it perfectly.
This refreshing salad actually shares two major ingredients with entry number 22!
So you can make this one an alternate or alongside if you have grape tomatoes and avocados to spare.
This also goes great with deli sandwiches and would make a welcome addition to your deli table!
Green beans, also known as string beans, are one of the most versatile vegetables around!
If you name a method of cooking, there’s a large chance green beans can be cooked that way!
Here, we have them sauteed with mushrooms in this Mediterranean-inspired dish.
They also pair up really well with deli sandwiches!
Done properly, homecooked meals have their store-bought counterparts beat almost all the time.
This is especially true in the case of Mac and Cheese!
The homestyle version of this iconic TV dinner is super creamy and cheesy, and will be a sure-fire crowd-pleaser when served with deli sandwiches!
These roasted potato wedges are so delicious they’ll surely become an important rotation piece of your meal repertoire!
Smothered in seasoning and roasted to perfection, these little pieces of joy make for excellent side dishes, appetizers, or simply for something to snack on.
Make your deli table more popular with a pan or two of these delectable delights!
Your deli sandwiches will surely get a fiery kick out of this hot little side dish!
It’s super easy to make too!
You just need to stir everything into a slow cooker and cook until done!
They also pair really well with roast chicken or pork, so turn up the heat by trying it out yourself today!
And yet another familiar side, chili has been gracing dinner tables everywhere since before anyone can remember.
This particular version is loaded chock-full of flavor from the beef, beans, and seasoning and will surely satisfy even your most discerning guest!
Go the extra mile to put a smile on their faces by serving it with delicious deli sandwiches!
Hummus is a popular side dish hailing from the middle east and is made from chickpeas, tahini, and lemon juice.
While usually served as a dip for crackers or pita bread, most people are unaware that they also make great side dishes or even appetizers!
Try serving it with deli sandwiches as part of your mezze spread and start raking in the compliments!
29. Macaroni Salad
The familiar macaroni salad has always been a mainstay of picnics, potlucks, and BBQs everywhere!
It’s super easy to make and makes feeding a crowd in a hurry almost effortless!
Throw in a few platters of deli sandwiches or leave out a deli table to further tame the crowd!
If you’re a veggie person, then you will surely love this dish!
Consisting of broccoli, carrots, spinach, and seasoning, they combine to form a luscious meal that is sure to satisfy.
Feel free to add or substitute any leafy greens of your choice into the recipe.
Supply some deli sandwiches together with your veggies to complement those greens!
It can be addicting to cook things up using an air fryer.
It’s so convenient!
The next time you’re looking to cook something up to pair with deli sandwiches, consider whipping up some baked potatoes!
The air fryer makes cooking them a breeze, and you can cap them with your choice of toppings.
Zucchini is actually called ‘courgette’ in the UK!
I never actually knew that till I chanced upon this recipe.
No matter the moniker though, it’s a fact that zucchini is delicious!
And these fritters prove it!
Crispy on the outside and moist on the inside, this powerbomb of flavors is an excellent choice for breakfast, brunch, a side dish, or an appetizer.
If you were looking to serve something with deli sandwiches and someone answered: ‘bread’, you’d likely think there was something wrong with their tastebuds.
No so in this case.
Parmesan garlic monkey bread packs quite a punch in the flavor department!
Fluffy, buttery, and overflowing with that distinct garlic flavor, it makes for an excellent appetizer!
The bottom line
Searching for the suitable side dish to go with your sandwich can be a bit challenging, but this list will allow you to stay in your comfort zone…
…or go a little wild and try new foods!
While every sandwich is different, consider one or two of these wholesome sides the next time you want to add a bit of new flavor to your lunch.
This is a wonderful chance to express yourself in the kitchen!
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- Review this list and see what ingredients you have on hand.
- Tie on that apron and get cookin’!
- All set? Did you find your new favorite?