Juicy burgers and hot dogs may get top billing, but this spread of BBQ side dishes will surely steal the show. Each one of these salads, dips, or slaws is made with fresh summer produce or is grilled to perfection. From easy side dishes that’ll appeal to the adults to some kid-friendly sides that will make even the pickiest eaters happy, we’ve gathered our favorites that pair perfectly with any protein you like.

Looking for an easy pasta salad? Try out the fresh and flavorful zucchini orzo salad that makes the most of this star summer crop. How about a fresh veggie dish? Our Smashed Sesame Cucumber Salad is tasty! And for the beauty-factory? The Melon Mosaic recipe can’t be missed. Now all that’s left is to plan a decadent dessert.

bbq sides   grilled carrots

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Grilled Carrots

While prepping your protein, why not toss your veggies on the grill, too? Served with cool, creamy yogurt and toasted pistachios, it’s a lovely, light side dish

bbq sides   spinach and artichoke dip

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Spinach and Artichoke Dip

This light (no-cook!) take on a game day favorite is the perfect addition to any summer menu.

bbq side dishes   grilled haloumi salad

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Grilled Haloumi

This easy vegetarian side, flavored with lemon zest and dill, gets an extra hit of protein from the salty Greek cheese (haloumi!).

bbq sides   cucumber salad

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Smashed Sesame Cucumber Salad

Sesame oil, soy sauce, and fresh ginger add zing to cool smashed cucumbers.

bbq side dishes   grilled sweet potatoes

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Grilled Sweet Potatoes With Lemon-Herb Sauce

The lemony, herby chutney and cooling Greek yogurt make this winter starch summer-ready.

bbq sides   cowboy caviar

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Cowboy Caviar

While it makes for an epic dip (be sure to serve with plenty of chips), this bean, tomato, corn, and avocado salad is also a great BBQ side.

bbq sides   salsa

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Easy Red Salsa

Turn your summer dinner into a Tex-Mex night with the addition of this fresh salsa, full of cilantro and spicy jalapeño.

Get the recipe for Easy Red Salsa »

bbq sides   mexican grilled  corn

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Mexican Grilled Corn

Give grilled corn the star treatment with Mexican-inspired toppings like cotija cheese.

bbq side dishes   greek salad

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Greek Salad

Flavorful capers give this go-to Mediterranean dish a serious boost of flavor, while a pinch of confectioners’ sugar balances the tartness for the perfect zesty bite.

bbq sides   lemon orzo salad

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Lemon Orzo Salad

Raw zucchini (a.k.a. summer’s finest veggie) gets “cooked” when added to the hot pasta. Bonus: it’s a cinch to make ahead of time and easy to double for a crowd.

bbq side dishes   grilled green beans, fennel, and farro

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Grilled Green Beans, Fennel, and Farro

No more boring boiled beans with this flavor-packed, high-fiber grilled vegetarian side dish.

bbq side dishes  roasted corn pudding

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Corn Pudding

Charring corn for this creamy side adds a summer twist to your go-to rich comfort food.

grilled veggies with honey thyme vinaigrette

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Grilled Veggies With Honey-Thyme Vinaigrette

There’s something super satisfying about simple grilled veggies. Make ’em even better by pairing them with this sweet and tangy shallot-thyme vinaigrette.

tropical radicchio slaw   labor day recipes

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Tropical Radicchio Slaw

Coleslaw doesn’t have to be synonymous with creamy. We added fresh pineapple to crunchy radicchio and the results were deliciously tropical.

potluck dishes   grilled onion dip

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Grilled Onion Dip

Pop sweet onions on the grill until they’re caramelized, then toss them in a food processor for an addictive dip.

parisian potato salad

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Parisian Potato Salad

Move over, mayo: This delicious potato salad gets its flavor from creamy Greek yogurt and tangy Dijon mustard.

potluck dishes   smoky guacamole

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Smoky Guacamole

Just when you thought guacamole couldn’t get any better, we went ahead and grilled avocados. You’re welcome.

melon mosaic   memorial day side dishes

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Melon Mosaic

This summer melon medley is almost too pretty to eat. (We said .)

prosciutto scallion bundles

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Prosciutto Scallion Bundles

Two ingredients and 20 minutes later, you have a crowd-pleasing side that looks way fancier than it actually is.

tomato panzanella   memorial day side dishes

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Tomato Panzanella

Use yesterday’s stale bread as a delicious way to soak up all those delicious summer tomato juices.

eggplant recipes

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Cayenne Grilled Eggplant With Fresh Tomato Salad

This summer side dish has it all: smoky grilled eggplant, spicy fresno chiles, and a cooling yogurt drizzle.

honey lime ramen salad

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Honey-Lime Ramen Salad

Think outside the ramen bowl: Turn those delicious noodles into a flavor-packed side salad.

peach caprese salad

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Peach Caprese Salad

Classic caprese plus sweet summer corn and fresh juicy peaches equals just about the best salad ever.

white bean broccolini salad

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White Bean and Broccolini Salad

Dress up broccolini with a sweet and spicy mix of honey mustard and red pepper flakes.

bbq side dishes   pesto zucchini orzo

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Pesto Zucchini Orzo

Shake up your pasta salad routine this summer by marinating summer squash to let their flavors shine.

4th of july desserts   watermelon pizza

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Watermelon Pizza

Pile slices of juicy watermelon high with sweet cream and berries for a refreshing summer treat.

bbq side dishes   crispy smashed potatoes

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Crispy Smashed Potatoes With Caper Gremolata

Say goodbye to fries: The most delicious way to eat potatoes this summer is to smash them.

cabbage slaw tossed with corn and a creamy dressing

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Cabbage and Corn Slaw

Bring a pop of summer produce to ordinary slaw with the addition of crunchy sweet corn.

chile lime grilled corn   labor day recipes

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Chile-Lime Grilled Corn

Slather ears of corn with spicy cilantro pesto, then grill them for an irresistible summer side.

creamy basil potato salad

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Creamy Basil Potato Salad

Up the ante on boring old potato salad by subbing in tangy crème fraîche in place of mayo.


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