All the Sides You’ll Need for Summer Cookouts
Summer side dishes that bring the wow-factor
Main dishes might get top billing, but it's the side dishes than often steal the show. We've rounded up 11 crowd-pleasing recipes that have that certain something extra to make them stand out at any cookout. Find out what makes these recipes special, plus get five more classic summer side dish recipes that always go over big.
Summer's Sweet 16 of Side Dishes
Three Ways It Wows: Sweet fresh peaches, spicy Asian chile sauce, rice vinegar
Three Ways It Wows: Refreshing watermelon, mint, feta cheese
Three Ways It Wows: Shredded cabbage, kidney beans, snappy dressing (and oh yeah the bacon)
Three Ways It Wows: ROTEL, ham, hot sauce
Three Ways It Wows: Peanut butter, fresh ginger, soy-and-sesame-oil dressing
Three Ways It Wows: Crispy cauliflower, garlic, tangy dressing
Three Ways It Wows: Thai red curry paste, rice vinegar, peanuts
Three Ways It Wows: Sweet corn, crunchy cucumber, Dijon dressing
Three Ways It Wows: Pomegranate-infused red wine vinegar, roasted red peppers, cumin
Three Ways It Wows: Cotija cheese, creamy mayo, lime juice
Three Ways It Wows: Hot dogs, olives, Cheddar
Bonus: 5 Classic Summer Side Dishes
Of course, sometimes it's the comforting classics you crave. So here are 5 familiar, never-fail summer sides.
"This is potato salad the old fashioned way - with eggs, celery and relish." - jewellkay
"This is a salad that everyone seems to love. I always get lots of compliments." - Graden
"Wonderful old-fashioned baked-bean flavor. Tastes great with fresh cornbread or biscuits and honey." - AJRHODES3
"Perfect coleslaw taste. Very, very creamy with a bit of sweet/tartness." - Marsha
"An easy method for grilling corn on the cob. Very tasty and tender." - SUETEITSMA
Check out our complete collection of Summer Side Dish Recipes.