What to Serve with Turkey Sandwiches : 15 Incredible Ideas

Turkey sandwiches are a popular choice for a quick and easy meal. But so many people easily get confused about what to serve as side dishes.

Do you go the traditional route? Or do you get creative and try something new?

Well, my wife and I have always had this debate. She is such a foodie and loves to try new things, while I like to stick with what I know and love.

This isn’t what you think it is – two lovers at loggerheads over what to have for dinner. Because more often than not, I have had to eat the proverbial humble pie. Her suggestions have repeatedly won me over and I am the better.

As gratitude for the good done to me and my taste buds, I am sharing with you what to serve with turkey sandwiches, so it saves you some time (and arguments!) in your own household.

Sides for Turkey Sandwiches

  1. Coleslaw
  2. Steamed Vegetables
  3. Potato Salad
  4. Pomegranate Salad
  5. Mixed Leaf Salad
  6. Greek Chickpea Fritters
  7. Cucumber Salad
  8. Green Salad
  9. Fried Tomatoes
  10. Steamed Green Cabbage
  11. Mashed Potatoes
  12. Spicy Peanut Salad
  13. Baked Potato
  14. Crispy Fried Courgette Fritters
  15. Macaroni Salad


At first, I hated coleslaw. I thought it was too vinegary, and the mayonnaise made it all too gloopy. But my wife showed me that coleslaw could be so much more than what I had experienced before.

She introduced me to a version with yogurt, which gave it a nice tang without being overpowering. And she added in some shredded carrot and red cabbage for a bit of sweetness and crunch.

It was an eye-opener, and I have been a coleslaw convert ever since.

Steamed Vegetables

I will admit that steamed vegetables are not the most exciting side dish in the world. But what they lack in excitement, they make up for in nutrition.

Plus, they are the perfect side dish for turkey sandwiches because they are light and won’t weigh you down. My wife likes to steam broccoli and green beans, but you can really use any vegetables you like.

Potato Salad

Potato salad is another one of those side dishes that I was not a fan of growing up. Now that I think of it, I’m not sure why because it has all of my favorite things – potatoes, mayonnaise, and bacon.

My wife makes a mean potato salad. She uses red potatoes, which hold their shape well and don’t get mushy. And she adds in some chopped celery for a bit of crunch. The secret ingredient, though, is the dill. It really brightens up the flavors and takes it to the next level.

Pomegranate Salad

This is a new one for me, but I am already in love. The sweetness of the pomegranate pairs so well with the savory turkey sandwich. And the mint gives it a nice refreshing flavor.

My wife likes to add in some feta cheese for a bit of saltiness. But you could really use any type of cheese you like.

Mixed Leaf Salad

A simple mixed-leaf salad is the perfect side dish for turkey sandwiches. The key is to use a variety of different greens, so you get a nice mix of flavors and textures.

I like it more when there’s some arugula, spinach, and kale in the salad. But you can really use any greens you like. Just make sure to wash them well and dry them before you add them to the sandwich.

Greek Chickpea Fritters

These are a new favorite in our house. They are so flavorful and crispy and go so well with turkey sandwiches.

These days, adding feta cheese to the batter has won me over. But you could really use any type of cheese you like. You could even leave it out altogether if you’re looking for a vegan option.

Cucumber Salad

This is such a refreshing and light salad, and it goes so well with turkey sandwiches. If you’re looking for a bit of a crunch, you could add in some chopped celery.

I really like to dress it simply with just some olive oil and vinegar. But what matters is what you like. Just make sure it’s not too heavy, or else it will weigh down the sandwich.

Green Salad

A green salad is a perfect way to round out a turkey sandwich. I’m saying this even though I don’t always feel like I need to have some sort of green vegetable with my sandwich. I’ve come to terms with it, especially in view of its health benefits.

Your salad doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Just a simple mix of greens will do. But if you want to get creative, you could add in some chopped fruit or nuts.

Fried Tomatoes

These are a must-have for me when it comes to turkey sandwiches. They are so juicy and flavorful and add a nice crunch to the sandwich.

I like to fry them in a bit of olive oil. But you could really use any type of oil you like. Just make sure it’s hot enough so that they get nice and crispy.

Steamed Green Cabbage

This was the one that produced the most arguments. I would always say, “as an African man, how do you expect me to eat steamed cabbage?” And she would say, “as my husband, you will eat what I make and like it!”

So, we compromise. She steams the cabbage, but then she stirs in some bacon and onion for flavor. And I have to say, it’s not half bad.

Mashed Potatoes

I am responsible for making the mashed potatoes in our house. And I have to say, I’m pretty darn good at it.

The key is to use Yukon gold potatoes. They have a nice creamy texture that makes for the perfect mash. I also add in some sour cream and butter for flavor. And if you want it to be really decadent, you could add in some cream cheese.

Spicy Peanut Salad

I have to give my wife credit for this one. She is the one who introduced me to spicy peanut salad, and I am so glad she did.

They are so easy to make, and they add a nice crunch to the sandwich. Plus, the peanuts give it a bit of a spicy kick.

Baked Potato

Anything that has potatoes in it is a winner in my book. And baked potatoes are no exception.

I like to bake them in the oven with some olive oil and sea salt. But you could really use any type of potato you like. Just make sure to bake them until they’re nice and crispy.

Crispy Fried Courgette Fritters

These are another new favorite in our house. They are so crispy and flavorful and go so well with turkey sandwiches.

My wife taught me to make it when I was courting her. And I have to say, it’s one of the best things she’s ever made for me.

A tip: if you want them to be extra crispy, you can add a bit of cornstarch to the batter.

Macaroni Salad

This is one side dish that honestly didn’t make sense to me at first. Surprisingly, it has become one of my favorite side dishes to serve with turkey sandwiches.

It’s so flavorful and filling and goes so well with turkey sandwiches. The first time I had it, I was hooked.

A List of Other Options

Vegetable Side Dishes

  • Coleslaw
  • Steamed Vegetables
  • Pomegranate Salad
  • Mixed Leaf Salad
  • Cucumber Salad
  • Green Salad
  • Fried Tomatoes
  • Spicy Peanut Salad
  • Steamed Green Cabbage
  • Apple and Celery Salad
  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts
  • Avocado Salad
  • Sautéed Spinach

Starch and Carbs Side Dishes

  • Potato Salad
  • Greek Chickpea Fritters
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Baked Potato
  • Toast
  • Macaroni Salad
  • Steamed Potatoes
  • Garlic Bread
  • Crispy Fried Courgette Fritters

Frequently Asked Questions

What can you eat with sandwiches instead of chips?

There are so many great options for side dishes to eat with sandwiches instead of chips. Some of my favorites include green salad, fried tomatoes, mashed potatoes, and baked potatoes. However, there are an infinite number of choices to make. Simply experiment until you discover something you enjoy.

What can I put on my turkey sandwich?

Some of my favorite things to put on a turkey sandwich include mayonnaise, mustard, cranberry sauce, and avocado.


As a man tutored by my wife, I’ve come to learn that there are an infinite number of delicious side dishes to serve with turkey sandwiches.

And I must say, it was such a delight to share some of my favorites with you.

So, what are you waiting for? Try out some of these fantastic side dishes and enjoy a delicious meal.

Remember to keep an open mind, and to experiment until you find what you love.