A chicken salad sandwich is a scrumptious meal bursting with wonderful flavors and textures. In it are juicy tomatoes, crisp lettuce, rich cheese, and of course, the star of it all – creamy chicken salad – resting in between two slices of perfectly toasted bread or flaky croissants.
Not only is it hearty and delicious, but it also has all the essential nutrients you need in a meal, from carbohydrates and fiber to protein and fats.
Everyone has their own favorite chicken salad recipe. Some spice it up with curry, some use yogurt, and others, like me, stick to the classic mayo dressing. Whatever your preference is, one thing’s for sure – chicken salad sandwiches are the bomb.
But, while the superb sandwich works as a stand-alone dish, it just does not feel right to eat it as is. It’s just one of those dishes that needs the company of a few side dishes to round out the meal.
That’s why whenever I serve it for lunch or dinner, I make sure I have time to whip up a side dish to go along with it. If you feel the same way as I do, you’ve come to the right place. Here are 12 of the best dishes to serve with chicken salad sandwiches.
1. Green Salad
Since a chicken salad sandwich is rich and savory, you’ll want something light and refreshing to balance things out. A great way to brighten up your meal is by serving a crisp, green salad.
Choose whatever greens, veggies, protein, and fats you feel like eating, but please don’t opt for a creamy dressing. You’ve already got the chicken salad to take care of that. So, you’ll want a tangy vinaigrette to downplay the creaminess of the sandwich.
So just coat your salad fixings with some olive oil and white wine vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Yum!
2. Fruit Platter
A fruit platter makes a great side to go with your chicken salad sandwich. The sweetness and tanginess of fruits balance out the creaminess of your main dish.
Plus, it’s super simple to prepare! Just pick whatever fruits you have on hand, slice them up, and serve on a platter. You can serve all kinds of fruits, from mangoes and grapes to watermelon and cantaloupe to strawberries and blueberries. The more the merrier!
3. Cheese Platter
Here’s something else you can serve on a platter: cheese! I always say cheese makes everything better, and chicken salad sandwiches are no exception.
Instead of adding a slice of cheese to your sandwich, why not have a whole spread of your favorite cheeses? Yum!
4. Vegetable Platter
Now if you want something less sweet to serve with your sandwich, how about a vegetable platter? It’s just as refreshing, but also adds a nice crunch to the meal.
When picking vegetables, opt for ones that are firm, crunchy, and may be eaten raw, such as carrots, celery, and cucumber. You may also use broccoli and cauliflower, but be sure to blanch them before serving.
These vegetables may have that wonderful crunchiness to offer, but there’s not a lot going on, taste-wise. Don’t worry, all you need is a creamy and flavorful dip such as a ranch dressing. Problem solved!
It’s no question that chicken salad is best eaten with bread. It’s way too rich to eat on its own, and bread is great at toning down its strong flavor.
Now, in terms of what bread to use, honestly, you can’t go wrong with any kind, but I suggest a baguette. The French bread is tough on the outside while chewy and moist on the inside. Its interesting textures make an awesome vessel for that spectacular filling.
Chips and sandwiches are always a perfect match. Sandwiches are soft while chips are crispy – so they balance each other out. Plus, the combination of salty and creamy is just downright fantastic.
When it comes to chicken sandwich salad, it doesn’t matter if the chips are baked, fried, or store-bought. All of them work well with the entrée!
7. Dill Pickles
A dill pickle is perfect with a chicken salad sandwich because it’s got all the flavors and textures that the entrée doesn’t: crisp, spicy, tangy. Together, they make an amazing partnership!
And sure, you can easily get store-bought dill pickles, but why not try to learn something new this time? Make your own dill pickles at home and I promise it will give you a different level of satisfaction.
8. Macaroni Salad
Chicken salad is already rich and creamy, so you might wonder why I added another rich and creamy side dish to this list. Well, hear me out. Unlike the chicken salad dressing which is mostly mayo, a macaroni salad has vinegar in it, giving it the right amount of creamy and tangy. Together, they make a beautiful medley of flavors!
9. Bacon Potato Soup
Bread and thick soup always go well together. Just picture dipping your chicken salad sandwich into a hot bowl of bacon potato soup – doesn’t that sound awesome? (Wow, my stomach just started growling the moment I typed that!)
Bacon potato soup is loaded with so much goodness – you’ve got crisp and smoky bacon, ooey-gooey creamy cheese, and soft and chewy potatoes. Together with the scrumptious sandwich, the two make the perfect combination.
10. Butternut Squash Soup
Now, if you want something sweeter than potato soup, how about some butternut squash soup? It’s also thick and creamy but has a sweet flavor that balances out the richness of the chicken salad sandwich. What an awesome pair!
11. Ambrosia Fruit Salad
If you don’t need a side dish to enjoy your chicken salad sandwich, then how about some dessert?
Since the sandwich is heavy, I suggest something refreshing to balance things out. A bowl of ambrosia fruit salad perfectly fits the description. It’s got the perfect balance of sweet and tangy and fresh and creamy. In short, it’s phenomenal!
To make ambrosia fruit salad, just combine mandarin orange slices, crushed pineapple, shredded coconut, marshmallows, and whipped cream. Now that’s what I call heaven.
12. Peach Iced Tea
Now don’t just serve water with your chicken salad sandwich! Especially during the summer, the sandwich yearns for the companionship of a cold beverage to combat that sweltering heat.
Don’t settle for a high-calorie soda, though! How about some refreshing homemade iced tea? If you’ve got some peaches lying around, make a cold glass of peach iced tea.