Summertime is here! Which means that it's finally time to dust off the grill and bring it out of the garage. The warmer weather is the perfect time to host a backyard barbecue featuring grilled meats (slathered with tons of barbecue sauce, obviously). And naturally, to go with all your seasonal dinners, you'll need one—or a few—summer side dishes. This list of fresh favorites features pasta salads, barbecue side dishes, and summery side salads that are anything but boring. Every single one of these sides would be a delicious complement to your Memorial Day meal or 4th of July cookout. These tasty dishes are so easy to prepare and come together in no time at all, so you don't have to spend your day cooped up in the kitchen. After all, with so many fun summer activities to do with your loved ones, you definitely don't want to be stuck indoors. Speaking of the family, both kids and adults will enjoy every bite of these simple summer side dishes. Trust us: You'll be whipping up these plates all season long. Oh, and don't forget to wash down these dishes with a super refreshing cocktail. Yum!
It doesn't get any easier than this simple salad. Just toss all the ingredients together and enjoy!
The best part about this colorful summer side dish? It tastes great warm or at room temperature. Plus, it takes just 20 minutes to prepare.
Roasted carrots add a nice crunch to these greens. An extra drizzle of dressing makes them even tastier.
Take your Taco Tuesdays to the next level with this spicy side. It would be delicious served with tortilla chips for dipping.
Forgo the deli counter and make your own creamy potato salad with crispy potatoes and a mayonnaise-buttermilk mixture.
Cabbage and collard greens pair deliciously with this homemade sweet-and-spicy sauce.
This easy and healthy veggie side dish requires just 30 minutes of prep time.
Instead of butter or olive oil, use apricot jam as an edible adhesive for toppings.
Why eat one BLT when you can enjoy several bite-size versions?
This sweet yet savory side dish featuring pistachios and feta cheese will satisfy everyone around your table.
Looking for a last-minute side dish? Grab a box of saltines and go!
Fire up the grill to make this simple and healthy salad.
It doesn't get easier than this whipped ricotta cheese and grilled bread pairing.
These pickles are half sweet, half sour, and totally irresistible.
You can easily customize this creamy picnic-perfect salad. Not a fan of eggs? Leave 'em out!
This spicy corn and chili salad brings the heat—and the flavor.
When in doubt, stick it on a skewer and enjoy!
Packed with asparagus, snap peas, and feta cheese, this fresh side is anything but boring.
Make this pickle-filled potato salad for your next family barbecue.
The best way to eat avocado is definitely as fried finger food! Serve these with a homemade chipotle lime sauce.
The jalapeños in this slaw recipe are balanced with the coolness of sour cream.
Everyone loves a classic Caesar salad, especially when it's made with homemade croutons.
This grape salad, topped with brown sugar and pecans, is a perfectly sweet side to bring to your next family picnic.
Melty Gruyère cheese elevates these tasty crab meat pop 'ems.
Apple cider vinegar gives this veggie side a bit of tang.
Trust us, this homemade baked beans recipe beats the canned variety any day.
With something spicy (chile!), sweet (summer peaches!) and creamy (avocado!), this salad is a BBQ triple threat.
Green and crisp, with a touch of tangy from the rich buttermilk dressing, this salad is perfectly composed to please the entire family.
This sweet and savory appetizer makes for the perfect bite.