Food & Drink

6 Creative Hot Dog Toppings

Excerpted from Leanne Brown’s IACP Cookbook Award-winning Good and Cheap

Although you might eat hot dogs with great delight on a sunny day, they don’t feel so exciting when they’re all you have in the fridge, or all a picky child will eat. But don’t get stuck thinking hot dogs are boring. Whether pork, beef, kosher, or veggie, hot dogs are livelier with a generous vegetable topping. Here are some ideas to get you going.

Quick Teriyaki Carrots

This quick teriyaki sauce is great on all kinds of vegetables. Try it with carrots and then experiment from there.

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 2 to 3 carrots, grated
  1. Add the soy sauce, brown sugar, and garlic to a hot pan over medium heat. Let it sizzle.
  2. Once the sugar is dissolved, toss the carrots in and cook until they absorb the sauce, about 2 minutes.

Salt and Vinegar Cucumbers with Dill

These tangy cucumbers are like a quick form of pickles. Add a tablespoon of dill or mustard seeds for a more pickley flavor. Store leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge and they’ll keep about a week.

  • 1 field cucumber
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  1. Thinly slice the cucumber.
  2. Scoop the cucumber into a bowl with the vinegar and salt and toss. Marinate for 20 minutes.

Mexican Street Corn

Simply cut the corn off the cob and mix the mayo, chili powder, cheese, and lime into the kernels.

Wilted Cabbage Salad

Chop the cabbage finely so that it can be distributed evenly over your hot dog.


Try to drain a little bit of the juice so it doesn’t make your bun too soggy. Crumble tortilla chips on top for some crunch.

Sweet or Savory Pineapple Salad

This is a classic combo, especially with pork! Chop the pineapple finely so it won’t fall off.

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