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25 Healthy Sides for Hot Dogs – Perfect Pairings from Salad to Smoked Veggies

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25 Healthy Sides for Hot Dogs – Perfect Pairings from Salad to Smoked Veggies

Hot dogs are delicious food for barbecues or lunch. Regardless of how you enjoy it, there are many different yummy sides to eat alongside a hot dog! This list has salads, smoked vegetables, fruit, and more! Take a look at some of the best healthy sides for hot dogs to eat any day of the week. 

Healthy Sides for Hot Dogs

Below are numerous healthy sides for hot dogs that children and adults will enjoy.


There are many ways to enjoy a refreshing salad, from pasta to greens. Take your hot dog to the next level with one of these tasty salads. 

1. KFC Coleslaw Recipe

There's just something about KFC's coleslaw; many prefer it over any other side at this famous restaurant. Try this copycat recipe to replicate the same refreshing flavor at home. 

Coleslaw is made from cabbage, carrots, and various herbs, and served with tortillas and guacamole on a wooden background.
Coleslaw is light and a great summer barbecue or lunch dish.

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2. Cucumber Salad

Grab a cucumber, onion, and a few ingredients you most likely have on hand for a rejuvenating side to serve alongside your hot dog. 

salad of zucchini, cucumber and goat cheese
Cucumber salad is refreshing and quite delicious!


3. Healthy New Potato Salad

As most backyard barbecues can confess, there's just something about a tasty potato salad! This healthy new potato salad will have you saying more, please. 

German Picnic Salad. traditional German potato salad
Try this recipe if you love a good potato salad.


4. Potato Salad

Manyoise, mustard, potatoes, and more, this recipe has the classic taste and feel of potato salad. A perfect complement to your hot dogs! 

potato salad
There's just something about a classic potato salad.


5. Black Bean Salad

Crunchy and refreshing, this black bean salad is both healthy and delicious. With simple vegetables, beans, and seasonings, you can have a mouthwatering salad on the table in one hour. 

Black beans corn avocado red onion tomato salad
Try fresh and crunchy vegetables to make this delicious bean salad.

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6. Antipasto Salad

The cheese tortillini and peppers step up their game in this yummy antipasto salad. Perfect for any day of the year, but especially on a warm summer night! 

Antipasto salad with pasta, tomato, olives, red onion, bell pepper, salami, cheese artichoke and basil on wooden table
If you are a fan of flavor, you just may love this antipasto salad.


7. Greek Salad

There is just something about a tasty Greek salad that implements fresh vegetables. The crunchy, refreshing texture and flavors will make you want to make this side repeatedly. 

Greek Salad
Greek salad is simple yet delicious as a side to any dish, even hot dogs.



Vegetables add essential nutrients and minerals to your meal and are both refreshing and delicious! 

8. Corn

What better vegetable than corn for a delicious side? It is tasty and sweet, and kids love it!

Organic Yellow Steamed Corn in a Bowl
There are many ways to make corn, plus it's a winner in most kids' books!

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9. Green Beans and Potatoes

Green beans and potatoes give a refreshing and healthy feel alongside hearty. Eaten alongside hotdogs, you will leave the dinner table feeling full and satisfied. 

vegetarian recipe with green beans and potatoes with olive oil
Potatoes and green beans are comforting and tasty, no matter the recipe.

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10. Spaghetti Squash with Tomatoes

Spaghetti squash is one of those vegetables that you may not think about making right away. However, the flavor topped with tomatoes gives a unique side dish you will enjoy with any main dish. 

Spaghetti Squash with Tomatoes
Spaghetti squash and tomatoes have amazing texture and is quite filling.

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11. Smoked Vegetables

Add color and flavor to your lunch with these smoked vegetables. Peppers, asparagus, and more all have amazing health benefits and are quite yummy!

12. Roasted Asparagus with Feta Cheese

Asparagus, lemon, and feta cheese give a refreshing and delicious flavor that both adults and kids will love! Although this seems like a unique pairing alongside hotdogs, the fresh and healthy vegetable does a great job of balancing the meal. 

Roasted asparagus and feta cheese create a tasty side dish that complements the simple and hearty hot dog.

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Whether you enjoy tasty baked beans or filling white beans, the ones on this list complement a simple hot dog. 

13. Healthy Baked Beans

These healthy baked beans use only three ingredients for a hearty and delicious side dish. While it is a perfect complement to hotdogs, these baked beans can be quickly whipped up any day of the week for any main dish! 

Bourbon Baked Beans in a Cast Iron Skillet: Pork and beans seasoned with bourbon whiskey, molasses, and brown sugar
Healthy baked beans are easy to make and are quite filling.

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14. Healthy Ranch Beans

Add a bit more flavor to your baked beans with this recipe. Peppers, molasses, and dried onion give a unique flavor that will make you want to add this to your weekly lineup. 

Ranch beans are tasty and pair great with any meat, especially hot dogs.


15. Chipotle Red and White Bean Chili

Flavor, texture, and spice all exist inside the Chipotle red and white bean chili. Add excellent and tasty flavor to your simple hotdog dinner. 

Cannellini beans ragout, healthy homemade meal with white beans, vegetables, top view, copy space.
This chipotle red and white bean chili adds flavor and spice to your lunch or dinner.

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16. Healthy Sautéed Green Bean

Green beans are simple, healthy, and a perfect side dish to complement hotdogs. This is a simple recipe, and green beans are a vegetable that many kids enjoy! 

Green beans with garlic, onion and red pepper. Warm salad. The garnish. Dish Oriental cuisine. Selective focus
Green beans are simple yet tasty, making them perfect as a side dish.

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Fruit is refreshing and adds an airy feel to an otherwise hearty meal!

17. Healthy Rainbow Fruit Salad

Eat the rainbow with this healthy rainbow fruit salad. Use what your kids and you like or what is in season for a refreshing, light side dish! 

Fruit Salad
Fruit salad is simple and adaptable, with so many fruits to choose from.


18. Strawberries

Sweet and tasty is the only way to describe eating strawberries next to any dish, even hot dogs.

Summer season. Fresh strawberries in a colander on the green grass. Sunlight. Background image, copy space. Flatlay, top view
Strawberries are naturally sweet but healthy, making them irresistible to many kids and adults.

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19. Baked Peaches

Brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans add to the flavor of peaches. The sweetness is a contrasting flavor to the hearty hot dog. 

20. Healthy Applesauce

This applesauce is a child's delight! It doesn't take very long to make, letting you have lunch or dinner on the table quickly. 

More Sides for Hot Dogs

The rest of the side dishes on this list are kid favorites, from french fries to mac and cheese; they are yummy ways to enjoy hot dogs! 

21. French Fries

Homemade french fries allow you to control the flavoring and ingredients, making them healthier than most. This recipe is no exception! 

French fries
Make your own French fries healthier with this recipe.


22. Easy Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and cheese is the favorite dish of many children. The flavor, spice, cheese, and more make this recipe heartier and more delicious than the box version. 

Macaroni and cheese isn't exactly on the healthy side, but it can be made healthier. Plus, many kids absolutely love it!


23. Ravioli Recipe with Broccoli Cream Sauce

Combine healthy broccoli and yummy cheese ravioli for a can-not-beat side dish! 

24. Greek Garlic Potatoes

Potato wedges are just as tasty as french fries! With the garlic flavor and additional spices like oregano, your family will love these alongside their hotdogs! 

25. Turkey Chili

Chili is the go-to hot dog side dish. Make it a bit healthier with this turkey chili recipe.

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