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What to serve with chicken salad sandwiches: 17 tasty sides

A chicken salad sandwich is always a crowd-pleaser meal, especially when served during a quick summer lunch or dinner. It combines fresh vegetables and creamy chicken salad dressing, resting in between two slices of delicious toasted sourdough or baguette. 

The sandwich is tasty enough to stand on its own but partnering it with complementary side items can elevate the dish to new heights. That’s why I make sure to whip up a few side dishes before gathering the crowd. 

If you’re having trouble choosing which sides for a chicken salad sandwich, then the best thing you do is to take this recipe guide with you! This list features 17 of my best sides to serve with chicken salad sandwiches, from butternut squash soup to green salad.

1. Butternut squash soup

Made without cream or butter, this butternut squash soup is so cozy, creamy, and satisfying. The sweetness and creaminess of the dish balance out the richness of your chicken salad sandwich. 

The recipe is straightforward and can be made ahead of time. You just need butternut squash, chicken broth, carrots, leeks, and spices to whip up the dish. 

Here’s the recipe.

2. Caesar salad

A light salad like this Caesar salad is always a great pair for creamy chicken salad sandwiches. It has to be the perfect mixture of creamy and tangy at the same time. 

Unlike the traditional recipe, this Caesar salad excludes egg and anchovies in the dressing. But don’t worry, it still tastes great! 

I recommend making the salad the day before and allow it to chill in the fridge. This allows the flavor to meld. 

Get the recipe here.

3. Cheese straws

These cheese straws are another great pairing to go with your chicken salad sandwiches. The creaminess coming from butter and sharp cheddar cheese blends perfectly with the flavors of the sandwich. It’s crispy and addicting!

Popular as an appetizer, this dish is often seen at most parties and festive gatherings. It has a hint of spice and a complex flavor profile from cayenne pepper and Worcestershire sauce.

Here’s the recipe.

4. Velveeta potato bacon soup

Imagine dunking your chicken salad sandwich into a bowl of cozy and hot Velveeta-based potato soup. Now that’s heavenly!

As mentioned, the dish is made from a base of Velveeta cheese, resulting in a smooth and creamy texture. The cheese is combined with other ingredients such as potatoes, carrots, bacon, celery, milk, and onions. 

Also, the soup boasts a lot of variation potential. You can include diced ham, sweet potatoes, and wilted spinach if you’re trying to get more veggies in the soup. 

Get the recipe.

5. Hawaiian macaroni salad

This Hawaiian macaroni salad features that distinctive tanginess coming from apple cider vinegar – one that ultimately blends well with the chicken salad sandwiches. 

This recipe is also a simple dish and easy to customize. Feel free to add pineapple chunks, green peas, pancetta, or crab meat to make your salad more delightful. 

More details about this recipe here.

6. Dill pickle strips

Dill pickle strips are crispy, spicy, and tangy, making it a great bet to serve with a chicken salad sandwich. 

You can purchase those store-bought ones but making one at home is more advantageous, especially if you want to manage its flavor. The process is easy and its ingredients are likely already in your kitchen. You just need cucumbers, fresh dill, jalapeno, vinegar, mustard seed, and bay leaves. 

Get the recipe here.

7. Iced tea

One should never forget the drinks! A creamy and rich chicken salad sandwich works great with those refreshing beverages, one of which is iced tea. It’s quick to put together too!

Whether it’s Southern, fruity, or cold-brewed iced tea, serving this thirst-quenching drink is sure to complement the flavors of your favorite sandwich. 

Unlock a variety of iced tea recipes here.

8. Potato chips

What goes with chicken salad? Well, for one, the classic favorite–potato chips! The softness of the chicken salad sandwich and the crispness of potato chips creates a perfect combination that’s sure to delight everyone in your family. 

And sure, you can easily get some store-bought chips, but why not stop buying a bag of potato chips at the grocery store and start making your own at home? 

Learn how to create potato chips in this recipe.

9. Veggie strips

If you want greens to pair with your chicken salad sandwiches, you better include these veggie strips in your to-do list! 

Apart from the refreshing goodness, these veggies also add a nice crunch to your meal. You can use a shredding machine but you can also grate the carrots, cabbage, and potato on hand. Then dunk them all into a delectable cashew dip.

Here’s the recipe.

10. Ambrosia fruit salad

A chicken salad sandwich is flavorful enough so I suggest pairing it with a side that balances its flavor. And that’s how this Ambrosia fruit salad comes into the picture. 

It features a balance of sweetness, tanginess, freshness, and creaminess, thanks to the crushed pineapple, coconut, mandarin oranges, lemon juice, sour cream, and vanilla extract. 

More details about this recipe here.

11. Avocado and cucumber soup

Another good candidate for the chicken salad sandwich side is my prized avocado and cucumber soup. This recipe is so straightforward to make and only requires eight key ingredients to put together. 

Simply peel the cucumbers, cut them into chunks, then chop the dill, put them into a blender along with other ingredients. Let it chill in the fridge and you’re done!

Here’s the recipe.

12. Red potato salad

Take note: Potato salad is creamy so serving it alongside your chicken salad sandwich with mayo-based dressing might not be the best thing to do. However, I’m including this recipe for those people who prepare the sandwich without mayo or yogurt. 

Also, my creamy red potato salad recipe is the perfect side dish for a picnic or a BBQ. Just like the Caesar salad, I recommend that you make this recipe the day before and then allow it to chill in the fridge.

Here’s the recipe.

13. Asian slaw

This Asian slaw recipe is noted for being one of the best chicken salad sandwich side dishes. This side dish also goes great with Asian meatballs, fish, and glazed grilled chicken. 

It’s light and quite easy to whip up. All you need is to prepare the dressing, let it chill for a bit, prepare the salad mix, combine the ingredients, then serve! 

Get the recipe here.

14. No-mayo coleslaw

My version of Carolina coleslaw is an ideal accompaniment for your creamy and rich chicken salad sandwich. Why you ask? That’s solely because it’s mayo-free!

Aside from the exclusion of mayo, this coleslaw also has an extra flavor punch of celery seeds that perfectly mix with cabbage, kale leaves, carrots, onions, cider vinegar, and mustard. The result? Sweetness and tanginess galore!

Here’s the recipe.

15. Oven-roasted carrots

These roasted carrots make an excellent snack with a dip, as a side to pork chops, or too creamy chicken salad sandwiches. It’s made from raw carrots, balsamic vinegar, thyme, olive oil, and garlic so overpowering the flavor of the sandwich is impossible!

Get the recipe here.

16. Fruit platter

Fruits as sides for a chicken salad sandwich? Why not! Just make sure to pick those fresh and ripe berries, melons, oranges, pineapple, and papaya. 

If you want to include pears, apples, and bananas in the tray, I suggest cutting them before serving and tossing the fruits in lemon juice as this prevents them from browning. 

Learn more details here.

17. Green salad

If you haven’t tried pairing chicken salad sandwiches with green salad, then don’t miss out on the heavenly goodness that this combo brings! Trust me, it’s phenomenal! The two make a beautiful medley of flavors that you and your family shouldn’t miss! 

Plus, creating it is pretty simple: combine the onion, vinegar, salt, pepper, and mustard to create a vinaigrette. Combine the greens in a large bowl then mix!

Get the recipe here.

The bottom line

 Chicken salad sandwiches can feed a hungry crowd with little effort. It’s essentially simple to put together yet incredibly oh-so filling! Also, there’s an endless number of sides that go well with the dish. 

The side dishes you choose will depend on how your chicken salad dressing is made from. If the dressing consists of grapes and nuts, ensure not to serve a side that features the same ingredients. 

Or if you have a mayo-based dressing, then exclude potato salad and macaroni salad in the list to avoid redundancy. Just always keep in mind to pick those side items that complement their texture and flavor.

17 chicken salad sandwich sides

17 chicken salad sandwich sides

This collection features 17 of my best sides to serve with chicken salad sandwiches, from butternut squash soup to a green salad.

Ingredients

  • Butternut squash soup
  • Caesar salad
  • Cheese straws
  • Velveeta potato bacon soup
  • Hawaiian macaroni salad
  • Dill pickle strips
  • Iced tea
  • Potato chips
  • Veggie strips
  • Ambrosia fruit salad
  • Avocado and cucumber soup
  • Red potato salad
  • Asian slaw
  • No-mayo coleslaw
  • Oven-roasted carrots
  • Fruit platter
  • Green salad

Instructions

  1. Pick three side items to try 
  2. Gather the ingredients and whip them up. 
  3. Serve them along with your chicken salad sandwiches.

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