Sides That Go With Soup


A savory bowl of soup is a solid foundation stone for a casual but filling meal. All it needs is a substantial side dish to accompany it.


Soup and a sandwich is a time-honored combination. Some combinations to try:

  •   Tomato soup and grilled cheese is an iconic pairing. 
  • Pair a simple sandwich of cold cuts with potato-leek potager.
  • Serve matzo balls in broth alongside a piled-high Reuben. 
  • Try chicken soup with a chicken salad.
  • Serve a BLT with a cup of lentil soup.
  • Match a fried egg sandwich with a light garlic broth.
  • For kids, pair a peanut butter sandwich with a bowl of alphabet soup.


Instead of a full-blown salad, you can accompany a bowl of soup with a simple bread.

  • Pair a bowl of chili or black bean soup with a slice of cornbread.
  • Match clam chowder with a hunk of sourdough.
  • Serve grilled garlic toast alongside a bowl of minestrone.
  • Offer oatmeal bannocks to accompany a beef-and-barley soup.
  • Try borscht accompanied by a hearty rye roll.


Soup and salad is another classic combination found on lunch menus across the country. Your salad could be a tossed or chopped lettuce-based bowl or it could utilize beans, rice or pasta instead.

  • Try a cream of mushroom soup with a bright red cabbage slaw on the side.
  • Pair potato salad with corn chowder.
  • Match a creamy soup such as cream of cauliflower with a spunky Caesar salad.
  • Accompany white bean soup with a spinach salad topped with pear, walnuts and blue cheese.
  • Serve avgolemono, a Greek egg and lemon soup, with a side of Greek salad with feta, cucumbers, tomatoes and olives.
  • Pair a salad of fresh shelling beans or lentils with a smooth carrot soup.

Vegetable Sides

In cold weather, serve a warm vegetable side dish alongside a steaming bowl of soup. A simple saute of green beans or broccoli, or a serving of oven-roasted root vegetables works well here. It's particularly rewarding to play with color contrasts here.

  • Try a side of steamed or sauteed broccoli with a bowl of pumpkin soup.
  • Pair a roasted sweet potato with a pistou soup.
  • Serve broccoli-cheddar soup with a side of baked potato.
  • Offer sauteed greens dressed with lemon beside a bowl of lentil soup.
  • Try egg drop soup with a side of stir-fried bok choy or green beans.


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