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What goes with mac and cheese? Try these best sides to serve with it: green salads, sautéed vegetables, and zingy coleslaw make it a meal.

What to serve with mac and cheese
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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.)

What goes 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?

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What Goes With Mac and Cheese: Easy Green Salad & More Sides!

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


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




  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

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About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. breezy says:

    Thankyou, this is of great help. God bless you.