It’s summertime, the grill is heating up, and we’re cooking delicious and simple summer side dishes. From grilled vegetables to salads, summer party platters, baked beans, and more.
We love summer cookouts. And while the BBQ heats up for
tasty burgers and ribs… the summer side dishes make the meal… in my opinion!
We’ve gathered our favorite, delicious yet simple summer side dishes for your next cookout.
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"Zucchini is one of our favorite vegetables to grill in the summer. Why? It's healthy, it's easy, and it cooks SO FAST. This recipe takes just 10 to 15 minutes from start to finish."
Grilled veggies is the perfect summer BBQ side!
“Put your best plate forward by adding this fantastic corn-on-the-cob recipe to the mix.”
"Peewee Dutch Yellow Potatoes are the perfect tiny potato for this recipe, but if you can’t find them, just use the smallest fingerling or Yukon Gold potatoes you can buy."
A simple summer salad with fresh greens, like spinach, and fresh berries, like strawberries. Simple, healthy... and yum!
"A stupidly easy Italian pasta salad with rotini, juicy tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, red onion, salami, olives, herbs, and a drench of quick homemade Italian dressing."
The fruit salad everyone loves in the summer. Cool, refreshing, easy... and delicious.
Simple summer ingredients, huge flavors. A go-to summer salad everyone loves.
"It’s the perfect combo of salty and sweet and I’ve been making these Melon Caprese Skewers on repeat."
Cayenne pepper adds an earthy kick to the honey mustard vinaigrette in this fresh side dish.
“Mix up this colorful, easy side. It’s so good, you’ll have a smile with every spoonful.”
"This Basil Parmesan Grilled Corn was inspired by one of my favorite street food finds, Elote! Rather than slathering the corn with mayo this time around, I brushed it with basil vinaigrette and sprinkled with parmesan cheese. It’s a side dish that’s packed with flavor and you’re for sure going to be obsessed."
Just like grandma used to make, this summer classic always has a place at the table.
Smokey Instant Pot Baked Beans recipe is the perfect side for summer BBQs or game time food. And cook in a fraction of the time. Smokey, sweet, and tender beans cooked with bacon and pure maple syrup.
“What could make potato salad better? Blue cheese and bacon, that’s what.”
A summer classic dish and a perfect accompaniment for fried fish, pulled pork, ribs, fried chicken — actually, anything!
“This is no mere salad. It’s an explosion of colorful, delectable produce. Try it, and thank us later.”
A quick and easy skillet baked beans using canned beans. A crowd favorite, always!
This family recipe always has a place at our summer table. It's easy and the kids always love it!
The flavors of summer in a simple and summer side.
"While butter is the usual choice for galette or pie dough, a combination of olive oil and yogurt gives this crust a flaky texture and a golden brown color when baked. If the dough is a little crumbly when rolling it out, don’t worry: Just patch it back up."
"You could also layer sliced tomatoes in between the onion mixture and the squash and bake a few minutes longer."
A delicious and easy pie to take to summer picnics and backyard BBQs.