50+ Easy Summer Side Dishes for All Your Backyard Barbecues

Trust us: These will become your most requested sides of the summer.

grilling barbecue side dishes
Brian Woodcock

No summertime barbecue is complete without some tempting side dish recipes. Plus, get more summer sides and summer grilling recipes and tips!

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Charred Corn Salad
David Tsay
Charred Corn Salad

Because every summer party needs a big ol' bowl of corn.

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creamy potato salad
David Tsay
Creamy Potato Salad

This tart and tangy potato salad pairs well with burgers, grilled chicken, or well, anything.

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

Show off your backyard bounty with colorful produce picked straight from your garden (or the grocery store).

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Tools you'll need: bamboo skewers ($5, )

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Black Pepper and Bacon Pinto Beans
Buff Strickland
Black Pepper and Bacon Pinto Beans

Better make a big batch because these black pepper bacon beans will go fast.

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jalapeno ranch coleslaw recipe
Buff Strickland
Jalapeño Ranch Coleslaw

Food hack: Use these leftovers to make tacos with pulled pork and brisket.

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scallion cornbread recipe
Brian Woodcock
Scallion Cornbread

Because you simply can't have a barbecue and not serve cornbread.

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grape salad recipe
Brian Woodcock
Grape Salad

This sweet grape salad gets a kick of flavor from crunchy pecans and sweet brown sugar.

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Oven Avocado Fries
Buff Strickland
Oven Avocado Fries

Dish out these healthy avocado fries as a starter, side, or pile 'em high on your burger.

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bbq side dishes scallion baked beans
Tara Donne
Scallion Baked Beans

This baked beans dish is so much more than just beans, with tasty onions, squash, and scallions cooked in.

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Tools you'll need: Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven ($54, )

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bbq side dishes tomato cucumber salad
Tara Donne
Cucumber Tomato Salad

Cumin, coriander, and mustard seeds give this colorful summer salad a hint of spice.

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Tools you'll need: Oval Serving Tray ($16, )

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

The secret to this spicy side? Fresno chiles.

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Tools you'll need: Wooden salad bowl ($28, )

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bbq side dishes hatch pineapple salad
Brian Woodcock
Hatch Pineapple Salsa

Cilantro, chiles, and pineapple make this salsa a barbecue staple.

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bbq side dishes potato salad
Jonny Valiant
Potato Salad with Celery and Herbs

A mustard vinaigrette (rather than mayonnaise-based dressing) makes this potato salad a lighter alternative to the traditional creamy side.

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Tools you'll need: Nonstick Dishwasher Safe Oven Safe Stockpot ($34, )

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buttermilk biscuits
Christopher Testani
Buttermilk Biscuits

Heavenly biscuits reach a higher level with buttermilk, which gives them fluffiness and flavor.

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bbq side dishes french fries
Brian Woodcock
Old Bay French Fries

The secret to perfectly crispy fries? Double frying them, of course.

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bbq side dishes black eyed pea salad
Brian Woodcock
Fresh Black-Eyed Peas Salad

Apple cider vinegar gives this hearty salad a bit of tang, while jalapeños bring the spice.

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Tools you'll need: Cuisinart Chef's Stainless Saucepan ($17, )

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bbq side dishes dill pickle potato salad
Brian Woodcock
Dill Pickle Potato Salad

This potato salad, which keeps well in the fridge, can be made up to two days before the barbecue.

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Tools you'll need: Cuisinart Chef's Stainless Saucepan ($17, )

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bbq side dishes romaine salad
Brian Woodcock
Orange-Olive Romaine Salad with Fennel Vinaigrette

Kalamata olives and Cara Cara oranges make for a unique, refreshing flavor combo.

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bbq side dishes boozy fruit salad
Brian Woodcock
Boozy Fruit Salad

A serving of fruit with Grand Marnier is still a serving of fruit—which makes this boozy snack healthy, right?

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bbq side dishes broccolini pasta salad
Brian Woodcock
Broccolini Pasta Salad

Give a classic pasta salad side a bit of crunch by throwing in smoked almonds.

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bbq side dishes cheese bacon skewers
Mary Britton Senseney
Mozzarella, Red Pepper, and Bacon Skewers

Serve something on a stick. No, really! Humans are hard-wired to enjoy food on a stick.

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bbq side dishes corn wheels
Mary Britton Senseney
Chili-Lime Corn Wheels

Summery standouts like corn reinforce the one-with-nature vibe when you're eating in the great outdoors.

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bbq side dishes foccacia
Mary Britton Senseney
Apricot-Prosciutto Foccacia

No utensils please! Finger foods mean that barbecue guests won't have to fidget with flatware.

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bbq side dishes summer pasta salad
Courtesy of Two Peas and Their Pod
Easy Summer Pasta Salad

This 20-minute pasta salad features feta, basil, artichoke hearts, and cucumbers.

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RELATED: Pasta Salad Recipes You Need to Bring to Your Summer Potlucks

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bbq side dishes pepper salad
Brian Woodcock
Ginger, Cucumbers, and Peppers

A spicy, cool, refreshing salad for any hot summer party.

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bbq side dishes bean summer salad
Brian Woodcock
5-Bean Summer Salad

This colorful salad will provide a hearty, varied option for any summer party.

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bbq side dishes egg potato salad
Brian Woodcock
Deviled Egg Potato Salad

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

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bbq side dishes corn feta salad
Brian Woodcock
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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bbq side dishes mojito watermelon
Brian Woodcock
Mojito Watermelon

This spiced up watermelon makes everyone's favorite summer treat even better.

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bbq side dishes collard and cabbage slaw
Brian Woodcock
Tangy Collard and Cabbage Slaw

This tangy take on classic slaw is about to become your new summer favorite.

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