So, you've decided to make a great recipe for dinner: tuna noodle casserole. (Awesome choice, that's always a family favorite!) However, if you're now wondering, "what on earth should I serve with tuna casserole" worry no more!
We got you covered! Here are the best tuna casserole side dishes—from bread and veggies to fun side salads and more!
What sides go well with Tuna Casserole
An easy tuna casserole recipe shouldn't be complicated with tricky side dishes. Rather, dinner time should be as simple as possible, while still tasting delicious!
So, don't stress about what to make alongside your favorite classic comfort food! Let's talk about the best side dishes to serve with tuna casserole. We'll have a complete meal in just minutes!
Garlic bread, rolls, and breadsticks
There is potentially no better side dish to serve with a tuna noodle casserole recipe than fresh bread, rolls, or breadsticks. Plus, it's a great way to scoop the creamy sauce right out of the bottom of the casserole dish! 😋
- Air-fryer garlic bread
- Baguette slices toasted with olive oil
- Butter and herb-brushed breadsticks
- Cheddar cheese biscuits
- Fresh baked rolls from frozen bread dough
- Garlic bread in the oven
- Garlic knots
- Potato chips (might sound odd, but trust us on this one! Yum!)
- Yeast rolls for beginners with all-purpose flour
Crunchy salad recipes
The classic American dish, tuna noodle casserole, is often known for its deliciously cheesy sauce.
For that reason, a crisp, simple salad is the perfect complement to a rich, heavy main dish. Serve these salads the next time you make tuna noodle casserole and enjoy!
- Bibb lettuce salad
- Bitter greens salad
- Italian side salad with fresh-cut herbs
- Kale salad
- Mayo-free Greek salad with cucumber and bell peppers
- Shaved brussels sprouts salad with lemon juice vinaigrette
- Wedge salad
- Caesar salad
Vegetable side dishes
Though most tuna fish casserole recipes include some sort of vegetable, with all the cooked pasta and cheese, a little extra veggies on the side never hurt anyone!
Against the creamy casserole, fresh vegetables make a really good side dish. Here are some vegetable sides dishes to serve with tuna casserole.
- Air-fried crispy brussels sprouts
- Baked brussels sprouts
- Carrots with glaze
- Green beans
- Grilled bacon-wrapped asparagus
- Pan-roasted mixed vegetables in butter sauce
- Roasted squash with parmesan cheese and herbs
- Steamed spinach
- Steamed brussels sprouts
- Swiss chard braised with garlic
What's for dessert?
While dessert isn't technically a side dish, sweets complete a meal! Don't serve tuna casserole without one of these delicious desserts.
- Apple spice bundt cake
- Banana bread
- Classic chocolate chip cookies
- Peanut butter blossoms
- Pecan Sandies
- Pumpkin bread with chocolate chips
What side dishes don't go with tuna casserole
When serving a creamy main course, there are a few things to avoid. Here are some sides that don't pair as well with a fresh or leftover tuna casserole, so serve them with another dinner, instead.
- Heavy casserole sides. If it's made in a baking dish and cooked with heavy cream, sour cream, or a can of cream of mushroom soup, for example, it'll make dinner as a whole too heavy.
- Cold tuna salad. It's too similar to a classic tuna casserole so you'll feel as if you're eating the same thing twice.
- Pasta-based recipes. Elbow macaroni salad and other regular pasta sides will make you feel overloaded with noodles.
Enjoy the best Tuna Noodle Casserole recipe tonight
Now that you have an easy dinner planned, it's time to cook! Enjoy this Classic Tuna Noodle Casserole.
The recipe has easy steps and is baked until steaming hot and creamy inside, with al dente wide egg noodles. Then, it's broiled to a golden brown finish, with a crisp, crunchy layer on top.
The cheesy combination of tender noodles with chunk light tuna, mushrooms, and sweet peas is a classic dish that pleases the whole family every time!