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What to Serve With Reuben Sandwiches: 13 Savory Sides

Make succulent sides for this deli delight!

Claire Onidi By
Claire Onidi
Passionate about food and pastries since always, Claire spends most of her time in the kitchen to develop new recipes. She is French but lived many years abroad.
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Updated December 21, 2022

If you’re struggling with what to serve with Reuben sandwiches, check out this amazing list of options. I’ve got all the classics covered, from homemade potato chips to macaroni salad.

what to serve with Reuben sandwiches

A Reuben is a grilled North American classic deli sandwich. You make it by layering corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and Russian or Thousand Island dressing on rye bread.

Although you often find this sandwich in kosher-style delis, it’s actually not kosher! By mixing dairy and meat, you break the Jewish dietary laws.

We don’t know for sure where the sandwich comes from. But some say that it’s named for Reuben Kulakofsky, a Jewish Lithuanian who moved to Omaha, Nebraska.

Around the 1920s, Kulakofsky participated in a poker game every week at the Blackstone Hotel. And every week he ordered a sauerkraut and corned beef sandwich.

One of the kitchen staff (who happened to be the son of the hotel’s owner), chose dark rye bread and added the cheese and dressing. From there, the sandwich became a classic!

There are lots of sides you can serve with a Reuben, including soup, French fries, coleslaw, or traditional potato salad. Whatever you choose, you’ll bring delicious deli flavors into your own kitchen.

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01. Potato Chips

Sometimes simple is best. And these easy potato chips let the flavors of a classic Reuben sandwich shine.

These chips only require potatoes, oil, salt, and pepper. And since you can find everything in your pantry, you don’t need to run to the grocery store.

I’m sure it will become your favorite recipe for any summer picnic!

02. Potato Salad

This isn’t your regular, boring deli salad! Instead, this creamy potato salad has a buttermilk dressing, dill pickle, and fresh herbs.

The silky sauce and sour pickles mimic the creamy Russian dressing and tangy sauerkraut of a Reuben sandwich. All you need is a cold drink, and lunch is served!

03. Sweet Potato Fries

I like my fries chunky, and these sweet potato wedges satisfy my craving! But since they’re oven-roasted, they’re much healthier than traditional deep-fried French fries.

The seasoning mix gets a punch of flavor from the garlic powder and smoked paprika. But you can always change it up!

For example, you might want to use a peppery steak seasoning if you pair these with a Reuben.

04. Potato Leek Soup

Much like tomato soup goes with a grilled cheese sandwich, Reuben sandwiches taste amazing with soup. And this hearty potato soup rounds out your deli meal nicely.

Since you roast the veggies, this soup has a more complex flavor than traditional potato leek soup. It’s so good that sometimes I’ll skip the corned beef and Swiss cheese, and just dip toasted rye bread in the soup!

05. Dill Pickles

Can a batch of these dill pickles so you’ll always have some on hand for sandwich emergencies!

Canning can be a bit intimidating if it’s your first time, but the step-by-step instructions in this recipe will walk you through it.

I love having a pantry full of preserves. However, if you’re pressed for time, you can turn this recipe into refrigerator pickles.

06. French Fries

This French fry seasoning recipe will bring your spuds to the next level. Whether you bake, deep-fry, or air-fry your spuds, this seasoning mix will add tons of flavor.

Plus, you can customize it however you like! For example, try adding caraway seeds to complement the rye and sauerkraut in your Reuben sandwich.

07. Deviled Eggs

Pack a protein punch with this tangy recipe. You certainly won’t be hungry after a meal of corned beef, melted Swiss cheese, and deviled eggs.

For the prettiest presentation, pipe the filling with a star-tip nozzle. However, you can just use a spoon if you’re pressed for time.

08. Green Salad

For a delicious meal that’s a little on the lighter side, serve your Reuben sandwiches with a fresh green salad.

You can use any mix of green fresh vegetables you like, and you could even skip the lettuce! Instead, substitute chopped veggies like broccoli and bell pepper.

And the simple dressing comes together in just a minute, but it will taste good on any salad.

09. Broccoli Salad

This sweet and sour broccoli salad will freshen up your plate and perk up your taste buds.

For a quick hack, you could swap the mayo sauce with extra Thousand Island dressing from your Reuben sandwich.

Often, I’ll leave out the bacon from this recipe. Then, I’ll eat the salad for lunch the next day with leftover corned beef slices on top!

10. Onion Rings

Fresh from the fryer, these onion rings will wow your dinner guests. They’re crunchy, salty, and just a little bit spicy.

Instead of using mayo as the base for the dipping sauce, I sometimes swap in sour cream instead. This makes it extra tangy!

Also, make sure you fry the onion rings in an oil with a high smoke point. For instance, canola and peanut oils are good choices, but olive oil will burn too easily.

11. Macaroni Salad

Macaroni salad is a classic deli side dish, and it’s usually pretty boring. But not this one!

Fresh herbs and pickle juice jazz up the creamy dressing. And the hearty salad is full of goodies like boiled eggs, dill pickles, and Havarti.

12. Stuffed Olives

Step up your finger-food game with these blue cheese stuffed olives. They’re amazing as a side for Reuben sandwiches, but they’re also elegant enough to be a fancy appetizer.

I love to dip fried foods in different sauces. In this case, you could use garlic aioli, simple tomato sauce, or even extra sandwich dressing!

13. Coleslaw

If you love pickled cabbage on a Reuben sandwich, why not serve extra cabbage on the side? This coleslaw dressing is both sweet and tart, with the perfect creamy texture.

Also, you can save yourself some prep time by using a bag of coleslaw mix.

I think this salad tastes best when it’s had a chance to sit, so I make mine the day before serving.

What to Serve With Reuben Sandwiches: 13 Savory Sides

Directions


  1. Stack your corned beef, cheese, and dressing on rye.

  2. Choose your tasty sides.

  3. Enjoy a delicious deli lunch!

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