What To Serve With French Dip Sandwiches: 10 Satisfying Sides

There are countless ways to enjoy your lunchtime sandwiches in France, and bringing these recipes straight to your dining table has never been easier!

What To Serve With French Dip Sandwiches

You’d be surprised just how many sides there are that pair well with sandwiches for a multitude of reasons. And all of these reasons enhance the flavors of the sides and the main dishes! 

Sometimes the side dishes can end up being the more desirable item in front of you at the table, even though the main dish is what you ordered first.

Personally, I think it’s a placebo effect because there’s a theory that because someone else made the side dish for you, it tastes better than if you were to either make it yourself quickly or buy it from a store. 

What do you think about this theory? Either way, we’ve got 10 satisfying sides to serve with french dip sandwiches, any day of the week.

Caramelized Onions Recipe

Caramelized onions are the type of entree that whether you serve them on the side, or directly on top of the sandwich, they’re going to taste fantastic!

They’re rather a filling themselves rather than a side so they pair perfectly with French dip sandwiches.

They’re also so easy to caramelize because the only method you need to follow is to fry them, the natural sugars in the onions caramelize as they heat up.

Onions are rather underrated like this because they have so many hidden secrets that people aren’t aware of unless you’re French of course.

Many people use onions this way in French onion soup, on pizzas, and onion dips to accompany other dishes!

Favorite Green Salad Recipe

The salad is a classic side that goes perfectly in or out of a sandwich, no matter where you’re from. This type of salad uses ingredients that compliment not only all the salad itself but what’s in season too!

When making salads it’s best to work with what you’ve got, because there truly is no right or wrong. The more experimental you get, the more you discover what works for your tastebuds.

This salad uses apples, cranberries, and pepitas to make a fresh green garden salad for accompanying French dip sandwiches. 

Now, we have a few tips if you’re looking to preserve your salad for a dinner party or event!

You’ll want to hold off on the dressing until serving because spring greens wilt when they’ve been tossed in with salad dressing rather quickly, and cut the apples last to just before serving because they turn brown when exposed to air for a prolonged period of time.

Also, the vinegar will help keep them fresh so if need be, use vinegar to preserve them for longer!

Easy Three-Ingredient Tomato Soup

Tomato soup is one of those sides that could be the main easily if you used the dip sandwiches to, you guessed it, dip in the soup!

This soup uses only 3 ingredients to make, including butter, tomatoes, and of course onions because what French dish would be complete without them?

Soup resembles dipping sauce in that way, however has more texture and wholesomeness making it the ideal dipping consistency.

Have you tried a grilled cheese dipped in tomato soup? We highly recommend it for your first try! 

Soup can also be an easy way to bulk up a meal if you’re extra hungry one night!

Sometimes a sandwich alone just isn’t enough to satisfy your hunger, so the soup can easily fix this problem, and what better way, than with French recipes? 

Homemade Potato Chips Recipe

It’s the classic love story, sandwiches, and potato chips. They go hand in hand and probably will for eternity as we just love a potato-themed snack with our lunchtime sandwiches.

Well, why not spice things up a bit and try a homemade recipe for potato chips for your French dip sandwiches?

This recipe is made to serve up to 8 people and all you have to do is slice those potatoes as thinly as possible for a baked and delightful snack.

You’ll also need 3 tablespoons of olive, canola, or peanut oil, some salt, and freshly ground pepper to season everything.

The oil will crisp the potatoes beautifully whichever way you choose to cook them!

Try filling your dip sandwich with a few of these bad boys for a classic and nostalgic sandwich from your childhood!

How To Make Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Lunchtime is rather diverse for what you can eat, savory or sweet. So, why not choose sweet potato fries to accompany your French dip sandwich?

They’re just sweet enough that the savory flavors in your sandwich will compliment them well on the side. Also, try filling your sandwich with a few to change up the textures overall!

They’re crispy, light, and just wonderful on their own, let alone within your meal! 

Try adding sweet chili to the recipe, as chilies have a fantastic way of livening up other sweet flavors like sweet potatoes.

And since they’re baked and not fried, they’re easy to snack on guilt-free any day of the week. 

KFC Coleslaw Copycat Recipe

We couldn’t offer you 10 satisfying sides without including a family all-time favorite!

Coleslaw may not be for everyone, but this copycat recipe for KFC coleslaw is great for lunchtime sandwiches. It takes less than 10 minutes to make and is perfect for summer family gatherings and lunches.

If you’ve got some French dip sandwiches to serve, this coleslaw is a must to add to the table. 

Roasted Vegetables

It wouldn’t be French dip sandwich season without the addition of roasted vegetables now, would it?

Roasted vegetables are tender and perfectly pact with blossoming flavors to accompany your French dip sandwiches.

This is also a clean-out of your fridge type of recipe because we know you have obscure vegetables laying around in your fridge waiting to be enjoyed as a part of a fabulous side!

Keep it simple, and use fresh garlic, thyme, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar after roasting the vegetables to add even more wonderful flavors.

Crispy Fried Onion Rings Recipe

You just can’t beat the addition of fried onion rings with a French dip sandwich and why should you have to?

Onion rings are the piece de la resistance of savory snacks to go with sandwiches and there’s a very good reason why!

These onion rings are great to give your salads and sandwiches that extra crunch at lunchtime. 

The French love their onions in everything, they can be sweet or savory depending on how you cook them and they just have such a good balance between the two flavors.

That’s why onion rings are so popular, they’re different!

To make these onion rings for this recipe, you’ll need ½ a cup of all-purpose flour, ½ a cup of water, 1 large egg, seasoned salt, baking powder, 1 large onion sliced thinly, and oil for deep frying.

Simply whisk the 5 ingredients, separate your onion slices into rings, dip them in the batter, and shove them in a deep fat fryer in batches until golden brown for the crispiest lunchtime snacks. 

How To Make Dill Pickles

This recipe may not be for everyone, but dill pickles are either a hit or miss type of side!

They also go great with French dip sandwiches because of how crunchy they are. They’re also so easy to make and you can have your own jars in less than 30 minutes.

This is the type of recipe you just need to learn how to make from home otherwise you’ll be missing out! 

Kirby cucumbers are the classic cucumbers for making dill pickles, they hold up better than English cucumbers because they remain crunchy and don’t turn soft once they’ve been pickled.

You may also find that Persian cucumbers make very nice pickles too!

They’re thinner and are the perfect size for packing in pint jars. It’s up to you really and your preferences for dill pickles. 

Fruit Salad Recipe

Our last pick of the day for what to serve with your French dip sandwiches is a refreshing fruit salad recipe from the heavens above!

Who doesn’t love a beautiful blend of summer fruits drizzled in honey or lemon juice?

This recipe is also bound to be a crowd-pleaser at any summer garden party because no one can resist the freshness and the sweet flavors in a fruit salad. You truly can taste the rainbow with this salad!

Try serving yours with a blend of honey and lime juice dressing! Most fruit salads use heavy creams for dressing which aren’t the healthiest choices based on the recipe!

So, why not play on the sweet flavors of the fruits and enhance them with something more natural? 

Final Thoughts

So, that’s the end of it. We’ve come to the end of our list of 10 satisfying sides to serve with French dip sandwiches and we hope you were able to find the perfect side to suit your palette!

We recommend trying all of these recipes at some point or another to really get the most out of side dishes and their potential.

All of these go fantastically with French dip sandwiches as sides or on the sandwiches themselves, it’s up to you what you do with them now!

Frequently Asked Questions 

Are French Dip Sandwiches Good For A Party?

French dip sandwiches are the ultimate crowd please and they’ll make your kitchen smell like a dream!

Embracing another culture that isn’t your own is a fantastic way to try out new flavors and textures that you haven’t before.

There are many sides that pair well with French dip sandwiches and all of them are perfect depending on the person’s preference.

Are you a sweet or salted person? Smokey, or spicy? Ask yourself these questions to find out what flavors are best to pair with your dinner party. 

What Side Dishes Go Well With French Dip?

There are many side dishes that pair well with French dips, such as salads, roasted vegetables, and potato chips.

However, our favorites were the onions rings and the caramelized onions! It just doesn’t get any more French than that! 

What Is A French Dip?

The perfect French dip is savory, warm, and flavorsome, and is perfect for the fall and winter months!

They’re easy to make and guests always love a dip to get stuck into, so you really can’t go wrong with making your own dip from scratch for a dinner party.  

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