10 Best Sides to Serve with Mac and Cheese

Here are all the best side recipes for what to serve with mac and cheese! Green salads, crisp tender vegetables, and zingy coleslaw make it a meal.

What to serve with mac and cheese

Looking for what to serve with mac and cheese to make it a meal? Ooey, gooey mac and cheese is the perfect comfort food. But making it into a meal can be tricky. You’ll need contrasting flavors, textures, and ingredients to balance out all that richness. And don’t forget about color! There’s nothing worse than a plate of yellow and beige. (Pretty please do not accessorize with cornbread and mashed potatoes.)

Here Alex and I have compiled our top ideas for what to serve with mac and cheese. There are crisp green salads that go with anything (feel free to use with lasagna or salmon, too). We’ve got crisp tender steamed green veggies that are flavored to perfection. Even zingy coleslaw is the perfect fit with a cheesy plate of pasta. Ready for those recipes?

Top recipes for what to serve with mac and cheese!

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“Goes with Anything” Salad


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

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What to serve with mac and cheese? This “Goes with Anything” salad recipe is totally versatile, featuring colorful veggies, crunchy homemade croutons, and a variety of salad dressing options.


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Instructions

  1. If using, make the Homemade Croutons.
  2. Wash and chop the romaine. If necessary, wash the mixed greens. (You can use any mix of greens here; measure about 2 cups of greens per serving.)
  3. Thinly slice the red onion. Thinly slice the green onion.
  4. Peel and chop the cucumber.
  5. Shred the carrot (we used this  Handheld Julienne Shredder).
  6. Thinly slice and half the radishes.
  7. Make the dressing: Homemade Ranch DressingBest Balsamic VinaigretteItalian Dressing, or Honey Mustard Dressing.
  8. Toss together the greens, red onion, green onion, cucumber, carrot, radishes, and pepperoncini. Top with sunflower seeds and croutons, and drizzle with dressing.

  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: What to Serve with Mac and Cheese, Salad Recipe, Green Salad

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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