60+ Summer Side Dishes to Serve All Season Long

Your picnics, barbecues, and cookouts will be even more delicious thanks to these easy side dishes.

summer side dishes
BRIAN WOODCOCK

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!

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chopped salad
BRIAN WOODCOCK
Chopped Salad

It doesn't get any easier than this simple salad. Just toss all the ingredients together and enjoy!

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summer side dishes potato salad
Brian Woodcock
Seared Salmon, Watercress, and Potato Salad With Olive Dressing

By the looks of this loaded platter, this dish definitely isn't your standard potato salad. A red wine vinaigrette adds some subtle tanginess to the spread.

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summer side dish pearl couscous
Brian Woodcock
Pearl Couscous With Leeks and Peas

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.

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summer side dish carrots
Brian Woodcock
Green Salad With Roasted Carrots and Creamy Tarragon Dressing

Roasted carrots add a nice crunch to these greens. An extra drizzle of dressing makes them even tastier.

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summer side dish salsa
Brian Woodcock
Black Bean-and-Pineapple Salad

Take your Taco Tuesdays to the next level with this spicy side. It would be delicious served with tortilla chips for dipping.

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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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