Summer cookout season is HERE! If you’re as excited as I am to host parties and go to potlucks, then this list is for you: a round up of my top summer salads and side dishes!
This list has tastiest, crunchiest, zestiest dishes that’ll be the hit of any get-together this season throws your way. Going to a barbecue? Need a poolside salad? Want something cool and refreshing? Look no further — I’ve got your summer sides and salads needs covered!
Best 24 Summer Sides and Salads Recipes
Here are the 24 Summer Sides and Salads recipes:
1. KFC Coleslaw
My KFC coleslaw brings the original restaurant favorite to your table with that yummy homemade twist! Of all my summer side dishes for cookout season, this one has to be on your list.
2. Classic Macaroni Salad
Classic macaroni salad is “classic” for a reason — is it really a party if you don’t have this among your summer salad for BBQ?
3. Marinated Tomato Salad
Summer is more than just party season — it’s tomato season, and my marinated tomato salad fits right in among your refreshing summer salads. Be sure to try it on top of a hamburger too!
4. Hawaiian Macaroni Salad
Hawaiian macaroni salad spruces up any barbecue by complimenting whatever meat you decide to grill in all the best ways!
5. Cowboy Caviar
The ultimate in summer vegetable side dishes, my cowboy caviar combines black beans, corn, avocado, and more in a deliciously simple side everyone will love.
6. 7 Layer Salad
A classic, my 7 layer salad has all the goodness you know and love in an easy-to-make recipe you’ll come back to again and again.
7. Strawberry Cheesecake Salad
Who says salads can’t be a dessert? My strawberry cheesecake salad delivers on creaminess and lightness while also being a can’t-resist treat.
8. Garlic Bread
Is there any meal that can’t be improved by garlic bread? Crunchy, buttery, garlicky — this bread has everything you want.
9. Calico Beans
Baked beans are so last year — calico beans are where it’s at this season, bringing hearty, home-cooked warmth to every barbecue spread.
10. Tuna Pasta Salad
Is it a meal? Is it a side dish? You be the judge! Tuna pasta salad is as delicious as it is versatile.
11. Mediterranean Salad
The flavors of Greece bring an added summer wave with my Mediterranean salad! This goes great with some barbecue chicken.
12. Pineapple Casserole
Not just for Easter! This pineapple casserole makes a great barbecue side, but add a dollop of vanilla ice cream and it transitions to dessert.
13. Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts
Wrap everything in bacon, that’s my motto! So you know these bacon wrapped water chestnuts will bring the flavor and crunch.
14. Pea Salad
Sure, we think of lettuce when we think summertime salads — but don’t forget peas! This pea salad tastes even better when you use fresh peas, so if you have some growing in your summer garden, you’ll be good to go!
15. Mexican Corn Salad
Need to please a whole party? Finding summer salads for a crowd can be a challenge — that’s why I love this Mexican corn salad. I know everyone will come back for seconds!
16. Creamy Cucumber Salad
Creamy-dreamy and crunchy, my creamy cucumber salad is the perfect fresh, smooth balance for your tangy barbecue.
17. Cucumber Tomato Salad
Crunch? Check. Brightness? Check. Cucumber tomato salad is all the freshness you’ll need in a summer salad!
18. Carrot Salad
Tired of lettuce and dressing? Carrot salad is your new go-to salad for a flavor explosion that pairs with any main.
19. Strawberry Salad
Love summer salads with fruit? You won’t be able to resist this strawberry salad — sweetness and tang in salad perfection.
20. Strawberry Spinach Salad
The only thing that could make a strawberry salad better is making it a strawberry spinach salad! Get your greens with a side of sweetness.
21. Broccoli Salad
If you love your salads extra crunchy, you have to try broccoli salad! A bite of this + a bite of grilled meat is heaven.
22. Grape Salad
Cool down with my creamy grape salad! This goes great with your favorite grilled meat and a side of corn on the cob.
23. Pizza Fries
Got kids at the picnic, or kids at heart? Make these pizza fries, and you’ll have everyone begging for more!
24. Taco Pasta Salad
Bring a full meal to the party with taco pasta salad! Your favorite Mexican flavors blended with all the best parts of pasta salad.
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