May 30, 2017
Looking for fresh and delicious recipes to serve at the next BBQ or cookout? I’ve got you covered with these fresh and easy summer side dishes!
In this post, you’ll find classic summery dishes like grilled vegetable kabobs, pasta salads, and a few recreated classics such as my sweet potato salad and creamy hummus party platter.
No matter the recipe you choose, it will be the first to disappear at any gathering. So grab a glass of iced tea, and let’s get to recipe browsing.
BBQ Side Dishes
These BBQ side dish ideas are perfect for serving alongside your favorite grilled meats. Most of the recipes can be prepped or fully prepared beforehand, so come grilling time, you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time outdoors!
Summer Side Salads
These summer side salads aren’t your ordinary lettuce and tomato combination. We’re taking salads up a notch with the fresh ingredients and flavors of watermelon, cucumber, avocado, and the best vinaigrettes you’ve tasted! Let’s take a look at what’s on the menu:
Summer Vegetable Side Dishes
Have summer veggies you need to use up? Turn your favorite seasonal produce into one of these delicious summer vegetable side dishes.
Summer Pasta Salad Sides
What’s summer without a good pasta salad? And I’ve got some delicious ideas for you to try out! These recipes are easy to assemble and can be made the day before for a quick side dish or main entrée.
No-Fuss Summer Sides
- ¼ cup minced fresh basil
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons lime juice
- 1 teaspoon honey
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 14 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 14 ounce can corn, drained and rinsed
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 cup peeled, seeded, and chopped cucumber
- 1 to 2 avocados, peeled and diced
- 2 shallots, minced
- 1 Boston bibb lettuce, washed, leaves separated
- Add the basil, olive oil, lime juice, honey, salt, and black pepper to a lidded jar. Seal the lid and shake to combine.
- In a large bowl, add the corn, tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, and shallot. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss to combine.
- Layer one lettuce leaf over another to create a ‘cup’.
- Serve the corn and tomato salad in the lettuce cups.