24 Easy Sides for Grilled Cheese

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Looking for easy sides for grilled cheese? Look no further! From soups, to salads to super quick ideas, you’ll find 24 of the best sides to serve with grilled cheese.

24 Easy Sides for Grilled Cheese. Collage of 4 different sides.

A nice grilled cheese sandwich has it all, friends! It’s warm, comforting, crispy, melty…and soooo quick and easy to make! There are so many fun variations, too! Yep, a grilled cheese dinner (or lunch!) is an all-around crowd pleaser!

My new obsession is making grilled cheese in the air fryer! So easy and you can make multiple sandwiches at once! In my Cosori 12 in 1 Air Fryer, I can make up to 4 sandwiches all at one time! Love it! And they a perfectly golden and crispy every time! Here is my current favorite air fryer grilled cheese:

Air Fryer Grilled Ham and Cheese

Air Fryer Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwiches stacked on top of one another.

You can also try my AMAZING Starbucks Copycat Crispy Grilled Cheese which you can make in about 5 minutes and it will save you $6 and a trip to Starbucks!!

Perfect Starbucks Grilled Cheese

Starbucks copycat grilled cheese on a cutting board, cut in half with cheese oozing out.

So now that you have the perfect grilled cheese recipes, wondering what to serve with your grilled cheese?? Look not further! I have compiled 24 of the best sides for grilled cheese right here!

I’ve broken them down by: Soup Sides, Salad Sides, Fruit & Veggie Sides and Super Quick Sides. Refer back to this list so you’ll never have wonder to what to serve with grilled cheese again!


1. Tomato Soup

24 Easy Sides for Grilled Cheese:  Tomato soup in a white bowl.

This goes without saying, I KNOW! But you can’t talk about side dishes for grilled cheese and not mention tomato soup! The two are a comfort food match made in heaven! Trader Joe’s pre made tomato soup is second to none, but it’s so easy to make from scratch, too! Whip up a big batch and freeze it!

2. Chicken Noodle Soup

Soup that goes with grilled cheese: A bowl of chicken noodle soup in a white bowl.

Speaking of comfort food–hellloooo chicken soup! While tomato soup is “traditional,” chicken noodle soup is also a perfect pairing with grilled cheese. I love this quick and easy recipe here.

3. Lentil Soup

Maybe a little unexpected but this Instant Pot Red Lentil Soup is a perfect complement to a grilled cheese sandwich! It’s tomato-based, which is familiar, but also combines some veggies and a few spices to make a comforting, healthy soup that’s perfect for dunking!


4. Spinach Salad

Close up of spinach salad with dried cranberries and nuts

Green salad is also a great side for grilled cheese as it balances out the richness. This spinach salad with apples is the ultimate pairing! The combo of apple and spinach go so well with the cheese!

5. Caesar Salad

Close up of Caesar salad with serving spoons.

Another great salad to pair with grilled cheese is Caesar salad. I rarely make my own dressing since I discovered Girard’s Casear dressing! I also like Costco’s bagged Caesar salad kits for busy weeknights!

6. Caprese Orzo Salad

Caprese Pesto Orzo salad in a large white bowl with a wooden spoon.

This caprese pesto orzo salad is light and bright and a perfect to go with grilled cheese. You can even leave out the mozzarella if you want to lighten it up a bit.

7. Orzo Salad

Orzo salad in a large white bowl with olives, sun dried tomatoes and herbs.

This orzo salad is one of my go-side dishes for everything from burgers to chicken to grilled cheese! Once you make this Perfect Orzo Salad, it will be on your rotation ALL THE TIME!! Orzo is tossed with sun dried tomatoes, kalamata olives and fresh herbs, then dressed with a tangy, lemony dressing. DELISH!

8. Waldorf Salad

24 Easy Sides for Grilled Cheese: Waldorf salad in a white bowl.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Waldorf Salad with grilled cheese! It works so well because cheese pairs perfectly with apples, grapes and nuts–3 of the main ingredients in a Waldof salad! Such a yummy pairing!

9. Macaroni Salad

Macaroni salad in a large white bowl.

Another great salad for grilled cheese–Mac Salad! My BBQ Chicken Mac Salad is sooo yummy–just omit the chicken and you have yourself the perfect little mac salad to serve with your grilled cheese. Yes, it’s pasta and on the heavier side, but the dressing is light on the mayo, so it still makes a great side without being too heavy.

10. Broccoli Salad

24 Easy Sides for Grilled Cheese: Broccoli salad in a white bowl with bacon and red onions.

Classic broccoli salad is something I whip up all the time for a quick, fresh side dish! It’s easy and I love the crunch from the fresh broccoli!

11. Simple Green Salad

Close up of a simple green salad with tomatoes, red onions and olives.

If I don’t have a side dish for a meal, throw together some fresh veggies and make a salad! It’s also a great way to clean out your veggie drawer 🙂 Don’t forget a side of easy homemade ranch dressing!

I also love just a simple mixed green salad. My go to recipe is from Melissa D’Aribian from Food Network. I make this simple salad at least once a week!

12. Arugula Salad

Arugula salad in a large white bowl with salt, pepper and shaved parmesan cheese.

If you want something lighter, try just a simple green salad like this simple arugula salad. It takes minutes (seconds?) to make and it lightens up the meal nicely.

13. Cole Slaw

Close up of cole slaw in a white bowl.

Cole slaw is great for a little crunch! I usually use pre shredded slaw from the produce section and follow the dressing recipe here. Or grab some from the deli counter!


14. French Fries

24 Easy Sides for Grilled Cheese: french fries on a plate with ketchup

Fries are a little on the heavy side, but if you want to go “diner-style” with your grilled cheese dinner, then fries are the only option! And frozen fries could not be easier to pop in the air fryer or oven while your grilled cheese is cooking!

15. Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet potato fries cooked in the air fryer with a small bowl of ketchup.

I love the way frozen sweet potato fries cook up in the air fryer! Get all the tips and tricks for the perfect air fryer sweet potato fries here. I love using the frozen Alexa brand.

16. Baby Carrots

Baby carrots in a small yellow bowl with a sprig of parsley.

I should have put this one in the “super quick” section! Baby carrots are the perfect little crunch to go along with your grilled cheese and they’re perfect for those crazy weeknights when you don’t have an ounce of energy left to actually MAKE a side dish 🙂

17. Fresh Fruit

French fruit in a bowl: kiwis, strawberries and grapes.

This is another great side for grilled cheese if you want to keep things on the lighter side. Fresh fruit is my fall back “side dish” when I just don’t have time to make anything else!

The best fruits to pair with grilled cheese sandwiches are: apple slices, grapes, pears, cherries, watermelon and berries.

18. Apple Sauce

A small glass bowl of apple sauce with apples in the background.

Apples + cheese are one of those perfect combos! So this is a perfect paring, especially if you have kiddos in the house. Ever try dipping your grilled cheese in apple sauce? Try it! It’s divine!

19. Broccoli

Air Fryer Broccoli in a bowl with lemon slices and Parmesan cheese.

Even if you aren’t a broccoli fan, roasting it up in the oven or air fryer might win you over! Try my Perfect Air Fryer Broccoli! It just might change how you feel about broccoli!

20. Roast Potatoes

Air fryer roasted potato wedges with a small bowl of chipotle dipping sauce.

Yes, it’s on the heavier side, but it’s hard to stop eating these perfect air fryer roasted potatoes! If you make the chipotle dipping sauce to go along with them, you can also dunk your grilled cheese in there too….heaven!


21. Chips

Salt and pepper kettle chips in a small white bowl.

You can pair your grilled cheese with some chips! What’s easier than that??! I love Kettle-style chips to go with grilled cheese. They are nice and thick and make a good complement to other sides like fresh fruit or baby carrots.

22. Nuts

24 Easy Sides for Grilled Cheese: A variety of mixed nuts in a small wooden bowl.

Nuts and cheese are another culinary match made in heaven! And a super quick way to add a little protein to your meal. The best nuts to pair with grilled cheese are: almonds, walnuts, pecans and pistachios.

23. Tomato Slices

A large tomato cut into slices.

Sometimes I don’t like putting tomato directly ON my grilled cheese because can make it a bit soggy (depending on what bread you use). However, I love cutting up tomato slices to serve right alongside my sandwich.

24. Cottage Cheese

24 Easy Sides for Grilled Cheese: Cottage cheese in a wooden bowl garnished with mint.

To go along with the sliced tomatoes, cottage cheese is another great EASY SIDE! Sprinkle your cottage cheese with Everything Bagel seasoning… DIVINE!!! It’s a great, light side for grilled cheese OR an easy breakfast or snack!


What condiments go with grilled cheese?

There are so many fun condiments (AKA: things you can dunk your grilled cheese in) to serve alongside grilled cheese! Here are a few of the best ones:

Honey, mustard (or the two together), jams (strawberry, raspberry, apricot), apple sauce, ketchup, ranch dressing, mayo, citrus marmalade, and caramelized onion jam like the one in this burger recipe.

What meat goes with grilled cheese?

Ham, bacon and turkey are all meats that belong on a grilled cheese sandwich!! My favorite version of grilled cheese is my Air Fryer Grilled Ham and Cheese!

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  1. So many great ideas for pairing with grilled cheese! The caprese orzo salad looks amazing because I just love the flavors of tomato, mozzarella, and basil.

  2. Great roundup! I always go for soup with my grilled cheese, tomato of course. But maybe I should be switching it up every now and then.

  3. I love these options! Seriously it’s great! My go to is tomato soup, now I have a lot of different amazing options. Thank you!

  4. My kids eat grilled cheese at least twice a week! So glad to have found this list- no more boring side dishes!

  5. Wow! So many great sides for grilled cheese that I never would have thought of. Thanks for creating this collection!