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What To Eat with Meatball Subs (25+ Ideas!)

Meatball subs are a filling, meaty dish, but plenty of sides help balance out the heaviness of the meal and leave you feeling fully satisfied. Here are 25 of my favorite sides to serve with meatball subs!

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If you plan to serve Meatball Subs to guests, it’s always a good idea to offer plenty of other dishes to help balance them out! Meatball subs can oftentime be associated with heaviness due to so much meat and bread at once. Let’s dive into all my favorite tips and sides for creating the perfect meatball sub meal.

Quick Ideas – What to Serve With Meatball Subs

  • Breads and Carbs: Crusty bread, garlic bread, focaccia, mashed potatoes, buttered egg noodles
  • Vegetables: Baked potatoes, roasted asparagus, steamed green beans, zucchini fries, French fries
  • Salads: Caesar salad, green salad, caprese salad, watermelon salad 
  • Toppings: Mozzarella, provolone, parmesan cheese, sauteed peppers, sauteed mushrooms, sauteed onions.

Recipe to Serve with Meatball Subs

House Salad

Top view of a fork resting on the side of a wooden salad bowl with a house salad served in it and dressing in a mason jar on the side.

This simple House Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette (from Healthy Mom, Healthy Family) comes together with a few basic ingredients for a light side dish you can throw together in just 10 minutes that is neutral enough to pair with any meal.

Garlic Redskin Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Bowl of creamy garlic redskin mashed potatoes in a bowl with a pat of butter melting in the middle.

No holiday meal is complete without the perfect, creamy, mashed potatoes (from Foreign Fork). This easy recipe is seasoned with garlic, green onions and loads of butter. The result is a melt-in-your-mouth delicious side dish!

Fresh Homemade Coleslaw

Spoon resting in a bowl of fresh homemade coleslaw.

This fresh homemade coleslaw (Love Incredible Recipes) is so quick and easy to make and tastes delicious, crisp, and refreshing! Learn how to make this classic and versatile dish using fresh vegetables. 

Blackened Corn

Half cobs of blackened corn in a cast iron skillet garnished with chopped chives over top.

Easy Blackened Corn (from The Almond Eater) is a simple summer side dish the whole family will love! Corn on the cob is seasoned with spices, then cooked in butter until it’s charred and lightly blackened for optimal flavor. 

Pea Salad

Large serving bowl of pea salad with a spoon resting in it for serving.

This easy, healthy Pea Salad recipe (from The Almond Eater) is a tasty appetizer to bring to your next potluck or family gathering! Made with green peas, bacon, red onion, and cheddar cheese, plus a lightened up creamy dressing, it comes together in under 15 minutes! 

Cream Cheese Stuffed Peppers

Melted cream cheese stuffed peppers garnished with chopped chives over the top, ready to serve.

Cream cheese stuffed peppers (from The Feathered Nester) are the perfect holiday appetizer or after-school snack. Whip up this 4 ingredient dish in only 20 minutes!

Lousiana Voodoo Fries

Louisiana Voodoo Fries topped with a creamy white sauce in a parchment paper covered dish.

Louisiana Voodoo Fries (from The Feathered Nester) are wildly flavorful, cheesy Cajun ranch fries no one can resist! Make your own right at home in just 30 minutes.

Grinder Salad

Large wooden salad bowl filled with a low-carb Grinder salad with salad tongs laying to the side of it.
Grinder Salad Recipe
Crispy lettuce, savory meats and a tangy dressing come together for a low carb version of a delicious Italian grinder. This salad is full of flavor and texture and is perfect for a quick lunch, dinner or appetizer!
Check out this recipe

Air Fryer Garlic Bread

Hands pulling a cheesy garlic bread apart to show the melty cheese between the pieces.

Air Fryer Garlic Bread (from Easy and Delish) makes a quick and easy snack or budget-friendly side for your soups, salads, pasta, and meats. It has a garlicky and buttery interior with a crispy and cheesy crust. So good! 

Parmesan Truffle Fries

Plate of parmesan truffle fries with parsley garnished on top.

The rising aroma of savory truffle oil paired with the crackle and crunch of crispy double fried chips is hard to beat. This recipe will help you capture that restaurant style Parmesan Truffle Fries (from Umamiology) experience, in the comfort of your own home.

German Cucumber Salad with Vinegar

German cucumber salad with red onions and vinegar served in a bowl.

German Cucumber Salad (from Earth to Veg) is an easy way to use up your cucumbers and add a healthy, light side dish to your lunch or dinner. This beloved German dish, known as Gurkensalat, is characterized by a tangy vinegar dressing and lots of fresh dill.

German Potato Salad

Close up of German potato salad with diced bacon pieces and green peppers.

Potatoes (from Foreign Fork) are mixed with cut up onions, bacon, and herbs and then covered in a vinegar-based dressing. Serve this alongside sausage for a great German meal! 

Mediterranean Artichoke Salad

A bowl filled with the individual Mediterranean artichoke salad ingredients but not combined with the dressing in a small mason jar alongside it.

A delicious artichoke salad (from The View From Great Island) from the healthy Mediterranean diet is a pantry-friendly side dish that goes with everything!

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Plate of air fried buffalo cauliflower bites on a plate with sliced cucumbers, carrot sticks and a small bowl of dip.

Easy to make Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Bites (from Jar of Lemons) that are tangy, perfectly sweet, spicy, savory, and just so DELICIOUS! This addictive side dish, snack, or appetizer is an all-time favorite. Every bite is full of flavor! You’ll love how quick and simple this wholesome recipe is.

Sweet Potato Tots (Stoveto & Air Fryer)

Hand dunking a sweet potato tot into dressing in a small dish.

This allergen-free recipe for sweet potato tots (from Vegan Dollhouse) requires only 5 ingredients. The outside is crispy while the inside is soft and fluffy. Bear-shaped sweet potato tater tots are a healthy, gluten-free side for any age. These teddy tots can be prepared in advance, frozen, and cooked in the air fryer right before eating.

Salt & Vinegar Chips

Crispy homemade salt and vinegar chips served on a plate.

Take your made-from-scratch chips to the next level by making them with the addictive acidic and salty flavors of these Homemade Salt and Vinegar Chips (from Served From Scratch)! Everything you love about these classic chips, but made at home and sure to impress anyone who tries them!

Easy Sheet Pan Caprese Asparagus

Sheet pan caprese asparagus served on a plate with balsamic glaze drizzled over top.

This Caprese Asparagus (from Marley’s Menu) is a top ten Marley’s Menu recipe of all time! Think asparagus roasted to perfection and topped with melted cheese, bursting cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, and sweet balsamic vinaigrette.

Spicy Italian Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Spicy Italian roasted Brussels sprouts served in a bowl with a spoon resting beside it.

These easy, paleo spicy Italian roasted Brussels sprouts (from Raias Recipes) are a crowd pleasure and sure to become a favorite!

4 Ingredient Pasta Salad

4 Ingredient Pasta Salad in a serving bowl topped with tomatoes, cheese, and dressing.
4 Ingredient Pasta Salad
This 4 Ingredient Pasta Salad cooks your noodles directly in the dressing in the Instant Pot. Ready in under 30 minutes, it doesn’t get much quicker or easier than this!
Check out this recipe

Tomato and Onion Salad with Peppers

Tomato and onion salad with peppers served in a bowl with a close up shot of the colorful veggies.

This super EASY Tomato and Onion Salad (from Two Healthy Kitchens) gets an extra boost of flavor from vibrant, crunchy peppers. It’s a signature summer recipe from one of the very best cooks I’ve ever known – my Oma! And, it only takes 5 minutes to make! 

Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Creamy roasted cauliflower soup in a bowl with some roasted cauliflower florets garnished on top.

You need this luscious, creamy, flavorful, cozy, and hearty roasted cauliflower soup (from Nkechi Ajaeroh)! It is easy to make, gluten-free, dairy-free, and absolutely delicious! It is just the perfect comforting soup for chilly winter nights and excellent all year round! So creamy and yet creamless, I hope you can try this easy soup recipe!

Roasted Broccolini with Lemon and Garlic

Roasted broccolini served on a plate with lemon wedges alongside it.

Roasted broccolini (from Two Cloves Kitchen) is delicious when cooked until just crisp with garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper, and a squeeze of lemon. It’s a simple, versatile side dish perfect for just about any meal.

Burrata Caprese Salad

A burrata caprese salad served in a bowl with halved cherry tomatoes and balsamic vinegar drizzled on top.

This burrata caprese (from Two Cloves Kitchen) is a delicious summer salad featuring spring mix, fragrant basil leaves, fresh tomatoes, creamy burrata cheese, rich olive oil, and tangy, sweet balsamic glaze. It’s an easy side dish, light meal, or appetizer!

Creamy Caesar Salad Recipe

Creamy Caesar dressing being drizzled from a spoon over crispy croutons, parmesan shreds and lettuce.

This Creamy Caesar Salad recipe (from Chew Out Loud) really is the best we’ve ever made or tasted…anywhere. Be ready to give out the recipe to all your friends who will ask.  Easy, delish, and crowd pleasing.

Mediterranean White Bean Salad with Feta

Mediterranean white bean salad with feta cheese in a blue serving bowl with gold salad spoons resting on top.

This simple mediterranean white bean salad (from At The Immigrant’s Table) is a combination of cannellini beans, feta cheese, bell peppers and fresh parsley in a simple lemony vinaigrette. This hearty bean salad recipe makes for an easy side dish that is simple to make! Gluten free, and skip the feta for a vegan bean salad.

Carrot Fries

Carrot fries garnished with chopped parsley on top with a small dish of dipping sauce beside it.

These Carrot Fries (from Living Chirpy) make a tasty and healthy partner for tonight’s dinner or snack! This is an incredibly simple recipe that only takes 4 ingredients and a few steps. Baked with olive oil to a crisp perfection and the always tasty ranch seasoning, Carrot Fries are an easy way to curb those French fry cravings without the excess carbs!

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What To Eat with Meatballs

Meatball subs are a filling, meaty dish, but plenty of sides help balance out the heaviness of the meal and leave you feeling fully satisfied. Here are 25 of my favorite sides to serve with meatball subs!
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