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    The 25 BEST Sides for Grilled Cheese

    Grilled Cheese Sandwiches… those nostalgic comfort food meals so many grew up on. They’re great on their own, and even better with a perfectly paired side dish.

    We’ve compiled this list of the best Sides for Grilled Cheese so you always know what to have alongside that gooey cheesy goodness.

    You’ll find the usual suspects like tomato soup and potato chips, as well as fresh salads, dips and so much more.

    Go through all of these great grilled cheese sides. Your lunches have never been so tasty!

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    The Best Sides for Grilled Cheese:

    1. Sweet Potato Fries

    We’re starting this list of sides for grilled cheese with one of our favorites, sweet potato fries! They’re baked, not fried, for less grease and less mess.

    If you need a finger-food side, definitely give these fries a try!

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    2. Loaded Cauliflower Soup

    This loaded cauliflower soup is cozy in a bowl. Hearty, creamy soup loaded with cheese, scallions and bacon.

    You won’t even miss the potatoes when slurping down this treat alongside your grilled cheese!

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    3. Cucumber Avocado Tomato Salad with Pesto

    Spring and summer demand colorful, light, refreshing salads. So here it is our Cucumber Avocado Tomato Salad, but with major flavor bender… delicious basil pesto dressing.

    This flavorful salad is sure to become one of your favorites!

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    4. Creole Coleslaw

    This creamy Creole Coleslaw is a great variation on that classic potluck side dish. Your traditional slaw gets a zippy upgrade.

    Make a big batch, it’s addictive!

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    5. Rainbow Pasta Salad

    Every get together and potluck star… Pasta salad. Make it prettier by adding all kinds of different colors.

    Quick, easy, and very colorful, you’ll be making this one over and over.

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    6. Avgolemono Soup

    Meet your new go to comfort food. This Avgolemono Soup is your chicken noodle soup taken to the next level. It’s silky and smooth and oh so delicious.

    This classic Greek lemon soup uses egg and lemon (avgo-lemono) to create a creamy, velvety broth with a refreshing lemony hint.

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    7. Cherry Tomato Confit

    Bunches of cherry tomatoes, heavy glugs of olive oil, a handful of garlic cloves, a few herbs… That’s all you need for this beauty coming out of your oven… Cherry Tomato Confit!!

    Luxuriously soft, melt-in-your mouth, juicy and bright flavor bombs. These beauties are one of our favorite grilled cheese sides.

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    8. Watermelon Feta Salad

    Watermelon and feta make a wonderful summer combo, and this salad takes it up another notch with fresh mint.

    This cool and refreshing salad is a perfect contrast to that gooey cheesiness.

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    9. Latkes

    These potato latkes are light, delicate and well seasoned. The grated potatoes and onions fry up with lacy, golden brown, crisp edges that fan outwards. 

    They’re like fries taken to the next level!

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    10. Spanish Summer Salad (Pipirrana)

    Here to celebrate tomato season this summer is a tribute to all those luscious summer tomatoes, ripening on the vines in warm sunshine.

    Mixed with just a few more cool crunchies, and you have yet another colorful popular traditional dish, pipirrana, all the way from the south of Spain.

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    11. Vegetarian Black Bean Chili

    Quick, easy, healthy… this vegetarian black bean chili, based on Panera’s black bean soup, whips up in half hour or less.

    Pair it with your favorite grilled cheese and you are all set!

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    12. Fry Sauce

    Dipping sauces make great sides for grilled cheese, and here’s on of the best.

    This fry sauce is a tangy and sweet mixture that is the absolute best dipping sauce for french fries, but it’s also so much more!

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    13. Fasolada

    Fasolada… The “mother of all” Greek comfort foods in a bowl. This is one bowl that the generations of Greeks grew up with on cool winter nights… A perfect winter warmer!

    This rustic, robust, healthy & homely white bean soup is simmered with aromatics and herbs. So good!

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    14. Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

    This Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is the light and tasty side dish you need with your grilled cheese.

    A simple mix of quinoa, a few veggies, some Mediterranean staples, and a zesty lemon dressing is all it takes.

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    15. Balela Salad

    Let us present you Balela deliciousness!! So colorful, so easy, so refreshing…

    This hearty, colorful salad goes so good with grilled cheese sandwiches, or any sandwich for that matter!

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    16. Mexican Street Corn Salad

    Are you a fan of elote? Mexican Street Corn Salad, AKA Elote Salad, is an easy and tasty side dish, bursting with flavors. It’s another one of our favorite accompaniments to grilled cheese.

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    17. Israeli Couscous Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette

    This gorgeous Israeli Couscous Salad is light and fresh, yet at the same time oh so satisfying.

    Not to be confused with traditional couscous, these chewy little morsels are a great addition to your pantry!

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    18. Zucchini Carrot Salad with Catalina Dressing

    Ready for something new in your salad bowl? How about a spiralized zucchini carrot salad dressed with fresh, homemade Catalina dressing and mingled with toasted almond slivers and fresh mint leaves?

    Pair it with grilled cheese for a well balanced meal.

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    19. Caponata

    You will love the combination of savory, sweet and tart flavors in this creamy eggplant caponata, with summer veggies like onion, tomatoes, olives and more!

    Your grilled cheese will be happier with this wonderful dish alongside.

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    20. Chakalaka (South African Vegetable Dish)

    Chakalaka! This famous South African vegetable dish is well rounded with a variety of healthy veggies and beans.

    It’s a unique a tasty side dish for grilled cheese sandwiches.

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    21. Potato Chips

    Perhaps the most popular side for just about any sandwich, potato chips are surprisingly easy to make at home.

    If you need something really crunchy with your grilled cheese, there’s no better option.

    Get the Recipe @ servedfromscratch

    22. Pickles

    You can never go wrong with a cool, crisp pickle next to a grilled cheese sandwich. Try this easy recipe, and see how much better homemade is!

    Get the Recipe @ themediterraneandish

    23. Baked Beans

    These baked beans are are the best you’ll ever eat!

    Don’t buy a can of baked beans, they are so easy to make your very own kitchen. Great side for your grilled cheese!

    Get the Recipe @ thechunkychef

    24. Potato Salad

    A good potato salad need just few simple ingredients. All you do is boil and cut the potatoes and mix in everything in a big bowl. This one is as classic as it gets.

    Get the Recipe @ gimmesomeoven

    25. Easy Tomato Soup

    Wrapping up our list of sides for grilled cheese is the quintessential companion, tomato soup!

    This homemade version is so rich, creamy and full of flavor. Plus, it only takes 30 minutes!

    Get the Recipe @ natashaskitchen

    So there you go, twenty five great sides for grilled cheese sandwiches. Which one will you try first?

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    25 BEST Sides for Grilled Cheese

    This collection of Sides for Grilled Cheese includes all of the classics like soups and chips, as well as some new great ideas!


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