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Discover innovative sides for your sandwich specialties

What you serve as a side to your sandwich shouldn't be an afterthought. Consider it a pairing like a fine wine is to a steak dinner, so is a side to a sandwich.

You've already got the customer excited with your signature sandwich. Don't let that fizzle with a side of fries. Build out the theme with your side dish. Complement with matching flavors and contrasting textures.

Some quick rules of thumb when pairing sandwiches and sides:

  • Match type to type – a sandwich with great substance and hearty character needs a side with big flavors, too. A dainty salad would most likely get trumped by the sandwich's mighty profile.
  • A light sandwich finds great satisfaction in a side with matching subtlety. A sandwich featuring a delicate protein, for instance, pairs beautifully with a side dish offering equally light textures and flavors.
  • A sandwich's ethnic signature makes matching an ethnic side dish a natural. Complete the picture in the side dish by pulling ingredients from the same region and preparing them according to that particular tradition.

Try these inspired side pairings:

Here, you want to reflect the subtle tones found in these sandwiches. They feature the wonderful nuances of grilled vegetables.

Roasted Turkey Sandwich with Lemon-Tarragon Spread

Warm Caesar Potato Salad

Pair these sandwiches with a side featuring the same grilled-vegetable complexity to complete the picture such as a potato salad.

Grilled Vegetable and Prosciutto Caesar Sandwich

A sandwich that boasts ethnicity or regionality pairs naturally with sides heralding from the same land. With heartier sandwiches like these, the sides need to stand toe-to-toe with them.

Tuscan Pork Cutlet Sandwich

Polenta Fries

For the Tuscan Sandwich, consider polenta or sweet potato fries seasoned with Parmesan and salt.

Falafel Pita Sandwich with Yogurt Sauce

Tangy Fruited Couscous - Tabbouleh

For the Falafel Sandwich, consider tabbouleh, a bulghur-wheat salad spiked with parsley and lemon juice, or a couscous salad.

With the Open-Face Smoked Salmon Sandwich and Caribbean Chicken Salad Croissants, the goal here is to keep the whole picture crisp, light and fresh, so the side dish should reflect that.

Open-Face Smoked-Salmon Sandwich

Apple Coleslaw

To complement the delicate flavors of these sandwiches, pair with lighter-style sides, like a vinaigrette-based coleslaw or green salad.

Caribbean Chicken Salad Croissants

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