Summer Side Dish Recipes

Find recipes for coleslaw, pasta salad, potato salad, vegetables, and more classic summer side dishes to make your BBQ or cookout complete.

Staff Picks

Grilled Squash and Zucchini

Rating: 4 stars 27
A refreshing summer vegetable medley.

Mediterranean Summer Tomatoes

Rating: 4.5 stars 62
This is a very simple and yummy side dish. I learned in while living in France from an old Mediterranean lady. This is always a hit!
By Scarlett

Chow Chow I

Rating: 4.5 stars 11
A way to use all those fresh summer veggies.

Garlicky Summer Squash and Fresh Corn

Rating: 4.5 stars 133
A delicious and different way serve two favorite summer vegetables, squash and corn!

Fried Stuffed Squash Blossoms

Rating: 4.5 stars 23
If you have a garden and you planted zucchini, you will have an abundance of squash blossoms. These are just amazing, with that tangy goat cheese filling and that batter: so simple, light, and crisp.

Summer Vegetable Ratatouille

Rating: 4.5 stars 165
My favorite way to serve this ratatouille is with crepes. Very delicious. I also add a mixed green salad on the side, and some French bread with butter for a wonderful meal. It makes a large batch, but I found that it freezes really well for future use.

Spicy Refrigerator Dill Pickles

Rating: 4.5 stars 284
This is a wonderful, spicy dill pickle with a nice hint of sweetness. Plan to at least double the amount of crushed red pepper if you like it REALLY spicy...YUM!

Grilled Cabbage I

Rating: 4 stars 24
Cabbage steamed in foil with butter and garlic. The perfect sidekick to grilled ribs or chicken!

Oven-Roasted Asparagus

Rating: 5 stars 3155
Salty and savory, the roasting method kills the natural bitterness of asparagus. Try it next to grilled fish or lamb.

Roasted Garlic Cauliflower

Rating: 4.5 stars 3263
Wonderful roasted cauliflower, my 11 year old son loves this! Add more spices and herbs to suit your taste.

Yellow Squash Casserole

Rating: 4.5 stars 2417
Tender squash, gooey cheese and crunchy crackers make this a memorable side dish or a hearty main course. This is a great dish that can be made with low-fat ingredients and is still just as good!

Boston Baked Beans

Rating: 4.5 stars 1360
A wonderful old-fashioned baked bean flavor. This recipe has served by family for 29 years and originally came from my mother-in-law. It tastes great served with fresh cornbread or biscuits and honey. Although you need to allow time for soaking and simmering the beans, this recipe is still quite easy.

Inspiration and Ideas

Cola Beans
Rating: Unrated 67
"These baked beans get rave reviews every time I make them. It's so easy to put together!" – Connie Sue
Mexican Corn on the Cob
Rating: Unrated 378
"Love this recipe—and [it's] so easy. Summer on a stick!" – jeanniebean
Oven-Roasted Asparagus
Rating: 5 stars 3073

Parmesan cheese adds a salty, savory component to sweet, tender asparagus. Try it next to grilled fish or lamb.