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    The 25 BEST Sides for Hot Dogs

    We all love hot dogs, they’re one of the essential summer treats. But what to serve with them?

    This collection of amazing Sides for Hot Dogs will answer that question, and then some!

    Whether your looking for a fun finger food, hearty salad, or simply an incredible condiment that everyone can’t get enough of, we have you covered with these great side dishes for Hot Dogs.

    Go through all of these perfect sides for hot dogs, and elevate that cookout to new levels. Be sure to let us know your faves!

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    Sides for Hot Dogs:

    1. Rainbow Pasta Salad

    Make this colorful pasta for all your potluck parties or get togethers. The crowd will be drawn to this colorful bowl.

    You can’t get easier than this Rainbow Pasta Salad. We love the final touch of feta in there…

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    2. Coleslaw

    Coleslaw is one of those sides that go with just about anything that’s served in a bun.

    There are a lot of Coleslaw recipes out there, but this is the best hands down! Just a quick chop and mix is all it takes to make this iconic side dish.

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    3. Cincinnati Chili

    Cincinnati Chili is a flavorful meat sauce famous in the Midwest. This crowd pleaser is easier than your conventional chili con carne, but just as delicious.

    In some parts of the country, it’s practically a requirement with hot dogs.

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    4. Mexican Street Corn Salad

    This Mexican Street Corn Salad is going to be the new star at all of your cookouts and potlucks.

    When everyone else shows up with yet another pasta or potato salad, the crowd will gather around these amazing flavors that come from just a few simple ingredients.

    It’s one of our favorite side dishes for hot dogs.

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    5. Cowboy Caviar

    Cowboy Caviar can act as an salad or dip. It’s as simple as chopping all the veggies and mixing with beans all drizzled in a tasty, zingy chili lime dressing.

    Made with simple, healthy ingredients like cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, avocado, sweet corn, and beans, it makes up a giant bowl, making it perfect for all the potlucks and BBQ parties.

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    6. Latkes

    These potato latkes are traditional in eastern European Jewish households. Light, delicate and well seasoned, they are beautifully textured, as the grated potatoes and onions fry up with lacy, golden brown, crisp edges that fan outwards. 

    They are a fun and tasty twist on fried potatoes!

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    7. 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.

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    8. Easy Baked Sweet Potato Fries

    These healthy and tasty alternatives to your basic French fries are sweeping restaurants across the country.

    Now you can make them in your own home with this easy recipe!

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    9. Fry Sauce

    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!

    And once you try it, you’ll always want it on your hot dogs!

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    10. Balela Salad

    Let us present you Balela deliciousness!! So colorful, so easy, so refreshing… This hearty colorful salad is bursting with flavors and textures.

    Chickpeas, black beans, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, bell peppers, parsley, mint… what’s not to like!!

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    11. Mediterranean Pasta

    This Mediterranean Pasta is super quick, like 20 minutes quick, and has great flavors the whole family will love.

    This can be served hot or cold, making it a great make ahead option for hot dog night.

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    12. Succotash

    Sufferin’ succotash! This classic American side dish goes back centuries.

    The main ingredients are corn kernels and lima beans, but some regional variations include other vegetables and meats.

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    13. Batata Harra

    Add an exotic twist to your everyday potatoes with this Lebanese delight. Packed full of flavors, if you love fresh herbs this batata harra may be your new favorite side dish.

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    14. Garlic Aioli

    This Garlic Aioli is going to be your new favorite condiment. You’re going to slather it on sandwiches, burgers, wraps, and especially hot dogs.

    And you’re going to dip absolutely everything in it.

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    15. Tostones

    These famously twice-fried green plantain discs are crunchy crisp on the outside with a softer inside.

    All you need is a sprinkling of sea salt on top and stack a heap of them along with some dipping sauce for unlimited snacking. Great hot dog side dish contender!!

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    16. Peach Salsa

    This fresh peach salsa is one of the delights of summer. It’s a perfect sweet side dish.

    If you want a good balance to go with those savory and salty hot dogs, here it is!

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    17. Israeli Couscous Salad 

    Vibrant, bright and light fresh flavors! A melody of textures! Do you sometimes crave for some good starchy carbs in your salad? This Israeli Couscous Salad has it all!

    Colorful veggies and Levantine flavors like Kalamata olives, feta, and pine nuts along with nutty chewy pearled couscous and tossed with a fresh lemon Dijon vinaigrette. So good!

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    18. Chakalaka

    Chakalaka! This famous South African dish is their traditional vegetable side dish for their cookouts!

    If you’re looking for a new side dish for hot dogs, this is a great option. And, it’s one of the easiest sides for hot dogs.

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    19. Creamed Corn

    After you try this easy Creamed Corn recipe, you will never, ever go back to canned. Made with fresh corn (though you can use frozen), it’s so creamy and full of flavor.

    This side dish is addictively good. It will make a great addition to your cookout spread.

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    20. Brunswick Stew

    This hearty southern Brunswick stew is a great accompaniment to burgers. If you love barbecue flavors, this is sure to become one of your new favorites.

    But go with a cup, rather than a bowl. Otherwise you might not have room for the hot dogs!

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    21. Cherry Tomato Gratin

    This Cherry Tomato gratin is the newest star on your spread. It’s the perfect combination of easy, tasty and pretty.

    You’ll love love this beauty alongside your hot dog!

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    22. Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

    This Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is the light and tasty side dish you need this summer.

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

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    23. Maque Choux

    Give your corn a Louisiana style makeover with this Cajun Maque Choux! Corn is sautéed in bacon grease with Cajun or Creole seasoning, along with other flavor enhancers.

    This recipe is perfect for summer, when corn season is at its peak. It will become the new star side dish at your cookouts and potlucks.

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    24. 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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    25. Macaroni Salad

    Macaroni Salad is another one of the staple sides for fried fish.

    This version is extra creamy and extra tangy. Make a big batch, and enjoy the leftovers for days!

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    So there you go, twenty five great sides for hot dogs. Which one will you try first?

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    25 BEST Sides for Hot Dogs

    This collection of easy Side Dishes for Hot Dogs includes classics like fries and coleslaw, as well as some unique ideas you may not have thought of. We love this basic pasta salad:


    Pasta Salad

    • 1 lb pasta such as rotini, penne or farfalle
    • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
    • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
    • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
    • 1 cup carrots, chopped
    • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
    • 1 cucumber, chopped
    • 1/2 cup black olives, chopped
    • 1 cup garbanzo beans
    • 8 oz crumbled feta cheese


    • 1/2 cup olive oil
    • 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
    • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
    • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
    • 1 tsp pepper or to taste
    • 2 cloves garlic minced
    • 2 Tbsp parsley fresh, chopped
    • 2 Tbsp oregano fresh, chopped (or 1 tbsp dried oregano)
    • 2 Tbsp basil fresh, chopped (or 1 tbsp dried basil)
    • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes


    1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions.  Add salt to your water, at least 2 tbsp of salt.  After draining your pasta add a little olive oil to prevent it from sticking together.
    2. In a small bowl or jar add all the dressing ingredients together and whisk well. If using a jar, put the lid on and close it, then shake well.
    3. Toss all salad ingredients together, mix in dressing. Chill before serving.

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