56 Sensational Side Dishes for Your Next Summer Party

Take your picnics, barbecues, and cookouts to the next level with these delicious side dishes.

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Burgers and steaks may get top billing, but it's the summer side dishes (potato salad, slaw, and corn!) that really set a cookout apart. (Plus, try our favorite barbecue sides!)

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smashed buttermilk potato salad recipe
Brian Woodcock
Smashed Buttermilk Potato Salad

Forgo the deli counter and make your own creamy potato salad with crispy potatoes and a mayonnaise-buttermilk mixture.

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roasted red cabbage and collard green slaw recipe
Brian Woodcock
Roasted Red Cabbage-and-Collard Green Slaw

Cabbage and collard greens pair deliciously with this homemade sweet-and-spicy sauce.

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salt and pepper charred green beans recipe
Brian Woodcock
Salt-and-Pepper Charred Green Beans

This easy and healthy veggie side dish requires just 30 minutes of prep time.

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chorizo and manchego crostini
Brian Woodcock
Chorizo-and-Manchego Crostini

Instead of butter or olive oil, use apricot jam as an edible adhesive for toppings.

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bacon lettuce cups recipe
Brian Woodcock
Bacon Lettuce Cups

Why eat one BLT when you can enjoy several bite-size versions?

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sweet and salty feta cubes recipe
Brian Woodcock
Sweet-and-Salty Feta Cubes

This sweet yet savory side dish featuring pistachios and feta cheese will satisfy everyone around your table.

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saltines with butter and radishes recipe
Brian Woodcock
Saltines with Butter and Radishes

Looking for a last-minute side dish? Grab a box of saltines and go!

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charred gem lettuce recipe
Brian Woodcock
Charred Gem Lettuce

Fire up the grill to make this simple and healthy salad.

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whipped ricotta and grilled bread recipe
Mike Garten
Whipped Ricotta and Grilled Bread

It doesn't get easier than this whipped ricotta cheese and grilled bread pairing.

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bread and butter pickles recipe
Brian Woodcock
Bread and Butter Pickles

These pickles are half sweet, half sour, and totally irresistible.

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creamy potato salad
David Tsay
Creamy Potato Salad

You can easily customize this creamy picnic-perfect salad. Not a fan of eggs? Leave 'em out!

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Charred Corn Salad
David Tsay
Charred Corn Salad

This spicy corn and chili salad brings the heat—and the flavor.

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Vegetable Kebabs with Lemon-Scallion Vinaigrette
David Tsay
Vegetable Kebabs with Lemon-Scallion Vinaigrette

When in doubt, stick it on a skewer and enjoy!

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summer side dish recipes asparagus salad
Brian Woodcock
Asparagus, Snap Pea, and Radish Salad

Packed with asparagus, snap peas, and feta cheese, this fresh side is anything but boring.

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summer side dish recipes potato salad
Brian Woodcock
Tangy Potato Salad

Make this pickle-filled potato salad for your next family barbecue.

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summer side dish recipes avocado fries
Buff Strickland
Oven Avocado Fries

The best way to eat avocado is definitely as fried finger food! Serve these with a homemade chipotle lime sauce.

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summer side dish recipes coleslaw
Buff Strickland
Jalapeño Ranch Coleslaw

The jalapeños in this slaw recipe are balanced with the coolness of sour cream.

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summer side dish recipes caesar
Brian Woodcock
Spring Greens Caesar Salad with Pickled Shallot

Everyone loves a classic Caesar salad, especially when it's made with homemade croutons.

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summer side dish recipes grape salad
Brian Woodcock
Grape Salad

This grape salad, topped with brown sugar and pecans, is a perfectly sweet side to bring to your next family picnic.

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Tara Donne
Crab Hush Puppies

Melty Gruyère cheese elevates these tasty crab meat pop 'ems.

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bbq side dishes tomato cucumber salad
Tara Donne
Cucumber Tomato Salad

Apple cider vinegar gives this veggie side a bit of tang.

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bbq side dishes scallion baked beans
Tara Donne
Scallion Baked Beans

Trust us, this homemade baked beans recipe beats the canned variety any day.

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bbq side dishes spicy peach avocado salad
Tara Donne
Spicy Peach and Avocado Salad

With something spicy (chile!), sweet (summer peaches!) and creamy (avocado!), this salad is a BBQ triple threat.

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summer side dishes
Salad with Creamy Ranch Dressing

Green and crisp, with a touch of tangy from the rich buttermilk dressing, this salad is perfectly composed to please the entire family.

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Mary Britton Senseney
Apricot-Prosciutto Focaccia

This sweet and savory appetizer makes for the perfect bite.

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summer side dishes
Becky Luigart-Stayner
Pasta with Sautéed Peppers, Zucchini, and Smoked Mozzarella

This fresh pasta dish puts on a picnic or barbecue.

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summer side dishes
Sliced Tomatoes With Corn and Feta

This salad brings together the summer's best produce with salty feta and peppery arugula.

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Deviled Egg Potato Salad

This potato salad gets a delicious spin with the help of another classic.

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summer side dishes
Blistered Bean Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

Pretty purple and green beans add gorgeous color to this simple salad; use a mixture of different beans for a really beautifully composed dish.

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summer side dishes
Grilled Peaches with Smoked Ham and Sorghum

Grilling peaches is an easy way to amplify their sugars and bring out that natural sweetness; smoked ham is a wonderfully salty contrast.

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