100 Sensational Summer Sides

Here's our biggest collection of summer side dishes that will be a hit at any backyard BBQ, park picnic, family fiesta, or fabulous fête.

  • Summer Squash Casserole
    Christina Kim, Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Katherine Eckert

    Summer Squash Casserole

    Squash casserole is the most versatile Southern side dish. It pairs well with everything from fried chicken at a summertime Sunday lunch to roast turkey at Thanksgiving.

  • Summer Vegetable Kabobs
    Christina Kim, Photo: William Dickey; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey

    Summer Vegetable Kabobs

    Prepare tender, slightly charred vegetables at your next barbecue with this simple recipe. The white wine marinade really adds a unique flavor to the veggies making this dish stand out.

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    Christina Kim

    Grilled Panzanella with Arugula, Burrata, Summer Squash, and Olives

    In this recipe, both the squash and the bread are slightly charred on the grill. This salad pairs well with any grilled meat.

  • Summer Grilled Peach Salad
    Christina Kim, Photo: Jim Franco; Styling: Joe Maer

    Summer Grilled Peach Salad

    Gorgonzola cheese gets gooey and delicious melted over the grilled peaches in this amazing summer salad recipe. There's a perfect balance of salty and sweet goodness.

  • Grilled Tomato Bread
    Christina Kim, Photo: Buff Strickland; Stylist: Olga Naiman

    Grilled Tomato Bread

    This rustic side dish has a Spanish inspiration, and although it's simple to make, it's rich with the flavor of ripe tomatoes.

  • Baked Couscous with Summer Squash and Herbs
    Christina Kim, Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Baked Couscous with Summer Squash and Herbs

    This side dish--good for a summer brunch or buffet--highlights the squash and kitchen herbs grown at Monticello.

  • Summer Slaw
    Christina Kim, Photo: Charles Maraia

    Summer Slaw

    This is a classic, simple coleslaw recipe that stays nice and light with low-fat sour cream and milk. It's swimsuit season, after all.
  • Grilled Summer Vegetables and Corn
    Christina Kim, Photo: Beth Galton

    Grilled Summer Vegetables and Corn

    Easy, healthy, and delicious, grilled summer vegetables will be your go-to side for impromptu get-togethers this summer.

  • Grilled Summer Veggie Succotash
    Christina Kim, Photo: David Hillegas; Styling: Lydia Degaris-Pursell

    Grilled Summer Veggie Succotash

    Don’t let the meat eaters dominate—veggies deserve a front row on the grill. Lightly coat vegetables with oil; they tend to stick to grill grates. if you don’t have a grill pan, cut pieces in half lengthwise, so they’re less likely to drop into the flames.

  • Summer Lemon-Vegetable Risotto
    Christina Kim, Photo: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Summer Lemon-Vegetable Risotto

    Risotto takes patience and constant attention, but the refreshing, creamy result is worth the effort. This recipe is a great way to showcase beautiful summer veggies.

  • Summer Peach and Tomato Salad
    Christina Kim, Photo: Gentl &amp; Hyers; Styling: Kendra Smoot

    Summer Peach and Tomato Salad

    Simplicity has never looked so beautiful. A stunning combination of skin-on peaches and heirloom tomatoes of various colors, sizes, and shapes creates a sweet-savory salad that pairs well with grilled pork.

  • Potato Salad with Herbs and Grilled Summer Squash
    Christina Kim, Photo: Randy Mayor; Stylist: Jan Gautro

    Potato Salad with Herbs and Grilled Summer Squash

    This recipe is a great way to utilize all those fresh herbs that are readily available during the summer. Whether you're growing them in your backyard, potted on the porch, or find them at a local farmers' market, you'll love the brightness they bring to this potato salad.
  • Corn and Summer Vegetable Sauté
    Christina Kim, Photo: Jeff Kauck; Styling: Andrea Kuhn

    Corn and Summer Vegetable Sauté

    Users love this quick and delicious vegetable saute. It's sure to be a hit at your next summer gathering.
  • Tomato-Herb Pasta
    Christina Kim, Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine

    Tomato-Herb Pasta

    You'll love this zesty side dish from Southern Living. It's perfect for a picnic in the park.
  • Summer Fruit Salad with Lemon-and-Honey Syrup
    Christina Kim, Karry Hosford

    Summer Fruit Salad with Lemon-and-Honey Syrup

    This is a light and delicious fruit salad that can be served as a side or over ice cream as an easy dessert.
  • Summer Squash Croquettes
    Christina Kim, Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Summer Squash Croquettes

    These fun fritters packed full of summer squash will be a family favorite.
  • Marinated Tomatoes with Lemon and Summer Savory
    Christina Kim, Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Marinated Tomatoes with Lemon and Summer Savory

    Summer savory is slightly bitter and has an aroma similar to that of thyme. It adds a unique twist to the typical combination of tomato and basil.

  • Summer Beans with Preserved Lemon, Almonds, and Rosemary
    Christina Kim, Lisa Romerein

    Summer Beans with Preserved Lemon, Almonds, and Rosemary

    This beautiful bean salad is delicious chilled or served at room temerature. Either way, your friends and family are sure to ask for seconds.
  • Potato and Summer Vegetable Stovetop Casserole
    Christina Kim, Karry Hosford

    Potato and Summer Vegetable Stovetop Casserole

    This dish affords the chance to improvise with what you find at your local market. Try purple potatoes in place of fingerlings, Maui or Walla Walla onions instead of Vidalias, or sliced beefsteak heirloom tomatoes for the grape or cherry tomatoes.

  • Shaved Summer Squash Salad with Prosciutto Crisps
    Christina Kim, Photo: Anna Williams; Styling: Pam Morris

    Shaved Summer Squash Salad with Prosciutto Crisps

    Summer squash is delicious raw when it's shaved and marinated with a bit of salt. Add salty prosciutto and you have the perfect side dish.

  • Yellow Plum Salad
    Christina Kim, Photo: Anna Williams; Styling: Pam Morris

    Yellow Plum Salad

    As gorgeous as it is delicious, this salad will become a summer staple. Serve it with grilled chicken, pork, steaks, or seafood. Look for the Mirabelle or other golden-fleshed plums.

  • Fresh Corn and Avocado Salad
    Christina Kim, Photo: Annabelle Breakey

    Fresh Corn and Avocado Salad

    In the height of summer, you won't find a better side dish for ribs than this deceptively simple combination of peak-season produce. Try bringing it to a party, too.

  • Indian-Spiced Grilled Baby Squash
    Christina Kim, Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Indian-Spiced Grilled Baby Squash

    Grilling underscores the earthiness of the cumin and coriander, and enhances the nuttiness of this summer squash. Use white, orange, or yellow pattypan squash for the most colorful skewers.

  • Marinated Heirloom Tomatoes with Tarragon
    Christina Kim, Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

    Marinated Heirloom Tomatoes with Tarragon

    A simple marinade of shallots, balsamic vinegar, and fresh tarragon makes the most of summer tomatoes. Try a variety of heirloom tomatoes in this dish for their different colors and flavors. Prepare this one hour before you eat and serve it at room temperature.
  • Roasted Beets with Pine Nuts, Dill, and Red Onion
    Christina Kim, Lee Harrelson

    Roasted Beets with Pine Nuts, Dill, and Red Onion

    Golden or ruby beets work well in this summer salad. Roast the beets up to four days before serving, and combine with the other ingredients up to two hours before it goes to the table.

  • Balsamic Carrot Salad
    Christina Kim

    Balsamic Carrot Salad

    "This is a unique vegetable salad that is great served hot or cold and for picnics or casual summer dinners." -Silvina Bates, Orange, CA

    Perk up sliced carrots with the addition of white balsamic vinegar, cilantro, and oregano. Not only is this bright side dish is great for picnics and cookouts, it's also a great source of vitamin A, which really is good for your eyes.

  • Zesty Three-Bean and Roasted Corn Salad
    Christina Kim

    Zesty Three-Bean and Roasted Corn Salad

    This southwestern-accented recipe combines canned beans with sweet summer corn and red bell peppers for a colorful side dish.

  • Grilled Vegetable Focaccia
    Christina Kim

    Grilled Vegetable Focaccia

    Hearty focaccia is a fitting base for a medley of summer vegetables. Grill the vegetables while the dough rises. Try other toppings, such as thinly sliced tomato, on the focaccia.

  • White Bean-and-Asparagus Salad
    Christina Kim

    White Bean-and-Asparagus Salad

    After cooking the asparagus, this is practically a dump-and-stir recipe and perfect for a busy summer schedule.
  • Potato Salad 101
    Christina Kim, Becky Luigart-Stayner; Melanie J. Clarke

    Potato Salad 101

    An all-American necessity at summer get-togethers and reunions, this creamy, old-fashioned potato salad uses pickle relish, eggs, and mustard.

  • Carrot-Ginger Salad
    Christina Kim, Kate Sears

    Carrot-Ginger Salad

    Ginger and cilantro add fresh bursts of flavor to this carrot salad. it's a perfect side dish for your next BBQ bash.
  • Greek Pasta Salad
    Christina Kim, Kate Sears

    Greek Pasta Salad

    Go Greek with your pasta salad by stirring in cucumber, tomato, olives, spinach, and feta, and tossing in a tangy vinaigrette.

  • Nutty Okra
    Christina Kim, Oxmoor House

    Nutty Okra

    Salted dry-roasted peanuts add a nutty bite to this fried okra treat. Set out these crunchy bites as an appetizer before the main event.
  • Southwest Watermelon Salad
    Christina Kim, Photo: John Kernick

    Southwest Watermelon Salad

    Make this refreshing and unique salad for your next summer get-together. Your friends will be clamoring for the recipe.
  • New Potatoes with Onions and Spicy Sausage
    Christina Kim, Photo: Marcus Nilsson; Styling: Angharad Bailey

    New Potatoes with Onions and Spicy Sausage

    Our users love this spicy, salty recipe, calling it "absolutely fantastic" and "one of the best potato recipes ever!" Give it a try this summer, and see what you think.
  • Grilled Corn on the Cob
    Christina Kim, Photo: Marcus Nilsson; Styling: Angharad Bailey

    Grilled Corn on the Cob

    Grilled in its husk, the corn takes on a wonderful, lightly charred flavor while its sugars caramelize and intensify. You'll wonder why you ever thought of cooking corn on the cob any other way.
  • Homemade Potato Chips
    Christina Kim, Photo: Kate Mathis; Food Styling: Suzette Kaminski; Prop Styling: Shana Faust

    Homemade Potato Chips

    These baked potato chips call for just three ingredients and are sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
  • Celery-Fennel Salad with Olives
    Christina Kim, Photo: Kate Mathis; Food Styling: Suzette Kaminski; Prop Styling: Shana Faust

    Celery-Fennel Salad with Olives

    You'll love the bite and slight licorice flavor that the fennel gives to this salad. Kalamata and green olives make enhance the flavors and add a salty tang.

  • Creamy Buttermilk-Herb Potato Salad
    Christina Kim, Photo: Quentin Bacon; Styling: Anghard Bailey

    Creamy Buttermilk-Herb Potato Salad

    Serve this rich and creamy potato salad at your next picnic for a delightful side dish that goes well with just about everything.
  • Deviled Eggs with Assorted Toppings
    Christina Kim, Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Amy Burke

    Deviled Eggs with Assorted Toppings

    What summer party would be complete without deviled eggs? Let your guests get creative and top their eggs with whatever inspires them.

  • <p>Coleslaw Raita With Mint</p>
    Christina Kim

    Coleslaw Raita With Mint

    Mint and honey add unique flavors to this coleslaw and toasted walnuts a crunchy nuttiness. We also love the tangy sweetness from dried cranberries.

  • Lightened Squash Casserole
    Christina Kim, Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Amy Burke

    Lightened Squash Casserole

    A combo of cornflakes and French fried onions adds an irresistible crunch to this lightened up casserole. At only 139 calories a serving, we think you're safe for swimsuit season.
  • Warm Bacon and Herb Coleslaw
    Christina Kim, Iain Bagwell

    Warm Bacon and Herb Coleslaw

    We think everything is better than bacon, and this bacony coleslaw will be perfect with BBQ ribs or chicken.

  • Grilled Jalapeno-Lime Corn on the Cob
    Christina Kim, Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Amy Burke

    Grilled Jalapeño-Lime Corn on the Cob

    Add south-of-the-border flavor to buttery grilled corn with jalapeño peppers, cilantro and lime juice.

  • <p>Grilled Watermelon, Mint, and Feta Salad</p>
    Christina Kim

    Grilled Watermelon, Mint, and Feta Salad

    Grilling watermelon seems strange at first, but one bite into this salty, sweet salad and you'll wish you had done it years ago.
  • Smoky Three-Bean Bake
    Christina Kim, Photo: Quentin Bacon; Styling: Anghard Bailey

    Smoky Three-Bean Bake

    Three kinds of beans take the classic dish from ho-hum to fun, with different shapes and pleasing textures--from the al dente bite of chickpeas to the creaminess of Great Northern beans.
  • Jalapeño-Lime Slaw
    Christina Kim, Photo: Quentin Bacon; Styling: Anghard Bailey

    Jalapeño-Lime Slaw

    This citrusy take on coleslaw is fresh and pleasantly spicy, making it an ideal side dish or burger or brat topping. Leave the seeds in more peppers for added fire, or seed all of them for a milder dish.

  • Green Beans with Toasted Garlic
    Christina Kim, Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Green Beans with Toasted Garlic

    Simple, garlicky beans are a great side dish to any summer meal.
  • Fresh Squash Chips
    Christina Kim, Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Amy Burke

    Fresh Squash Chips

    Super delicious and ridiculously healthy, these chips should make an appearance as snacks and a side dish all summer long.
  • Hot Bacon Potato Salad with Green Beans
    Christina Kim, Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Amy Burke

    Hot Bacon Potato Salad with Green Beans

    Classic potato salad ingredients get a kick from bacon and green beans. We love this paired with a perfectly grilled steak.

  • Tabbouleh Salad
    Christina Kim, Photo: Quentin Bacon; Styling: Anghard Bailey

    Tabbouleh Salad

    This classic Middle Eastern salad, chock-full of herbs and spiked with lemon, is a perfect make-ahead and portable option.

  • Lemony Cucumber Salad
    Christina Kim, Photo: Quentin Bacon; Styling: Anghard Bailey

    Lemony Cucumber Salad

    Don't forget that something fresh, vibrant, and crunchy is often missing from potluck gatherings; this easy salad will get gobbled up quickly because it satisfies on those levels.

  • Vermont Baked Beans
    Christina Kim, Photo: Howard L. Puckett; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

    Vermont Baked Beans

    White beans and maple syrup give this dish its signature flavor, while the Dijon mustard and hot sauce add a little kick.
  • Quick Kale with Bacon and Onions
    Christina Kim, Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Quick Kale with Bacon and Onions

    One serving of this hearty side offers more than your day's need of vitamin K, which helps promote strong bones.

  • Summer Squash Ribbons with Lemon and Parmesan
    Christina Kim, Photo: Kana Okada; Styling: Sara Quessenberry

    Summer Squash Ribbons with Lemon and Parmesan

    The beautiful, thinly sliced ribbons of summer squash are dressed simply with olive oil and fresh lemon juice. Add parmesan and a little salt and pepper, and you have an elegant summer side dish sure to impress.

  • Roasted Beet Salad with Oranges and Queso Fresco (Ensalada de Betabel)
    Christina Kim, Photo: James Carriere; Styling: Karen Shinto

    Roasted Beet Salad with Oranges and Queso Fresco (Ensalada de Betabel)

    This beet salad is full of bright colors and flavors, with sweet beets playing off tangy lime and orange.

  • Cucumber Potato Salad
    Christina Kim, Photo: Lisa Romerein; Styling: Karen Shinto

    Cucumber Potato Salad

    Cucumbers add a crunchy freshness to this potato salad, and the bite of red onion balances the creaminess. Perfect for a summer picnic.
  • Heirloom Tomato Salad with Pomegranate Drizzle
    Christina Kim, Photo: Lisa Romerein; Styling: Karen Shinto

    Heirloom Tomato Salad with Pomegranate Drizzle

    Beautiful heirloom tomatoes are showcased in this delicious salad. It's also good with grilled halloumi cheese tucked between the tomato slices.
  • Grilled Apricot Halves
    Christina Kim, Photo: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Grilled Apricot Halves

    Brush grilled apricots with a mixture of olive oil, honey, and fresh thyme and serve as a simple side dish, over a bed of greens, or even as a topping for grilled pizza.

  • Fig, Tomato, and Sweet Onion Salad
    Christina Kim, Photo: Anna Williams; Styling: Pam Morris

    Fig, Tomato, and Sweet Onion Salad

    Fresh figs add the perfect amount of sweetness to this gorgeous salad.
  • Grilled Corn Poblano Salad with Chipotle Vinaigrette
    Christina Kim, Photo: Peden & Munk; Styling: Amy Wilson  

    Grilled Corn Poblano Salad

    This salad gets a spicy kick from both poblano chile and chipotle chile, which pair perfectly slightly charred flavor of the grilled corn.
  • Stuffed Zucchini with Cheesy Breadcrumbs
    Christina Kim, Photo: Anna Williams; Styling: Pam Morris

    Stuffed Zucchini with Cheesy Breadcrumbs

    These stuffed zucchini are sure to be a favorite at any gathering. Overflowing with artichoke hearts, parmesan cheese, and pine nuts these are hearty enough to be served as vegetarian main dish.

  • Curried Potato Salad
    Christina Kim, Photo: Anna Williams; Styling: Pam Morris

    Curried Potato Salad

    Madras curry powder adds an extra degree of heat to this fun take on classic potato salad.

  • Smoky Baked Beans with Chorizo
    Christina Kim, Photo: Anna Williams; Styling: Pam Morris

    Smoky Baked Beans with Chorizo

    Add extra flavor to baked Great Northern beans with dry-cured Spanish chorizo, a type of smoked sausage with a deep red color.
  • Broccoli with Red Pepper Flakes and Toasted Garlic
    Christina Kim, Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Broccoli with Red Pepper Flakes and Toasted Garlic

    The bold, straightforward flavors of garlic and crushed red pepper make this classic Mediterranean broccoli dish a user favorite.
  • Tee's Corn Pudding
    Christina Kim, Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford

    Tee's Corn Pudding

    This classic recipe has a rich, soufflé-like texture without the hassle. The result is an impressive summer side dish the entire family will love.
  • Sweet-and-Sour Green Beans
    Christina Kim, Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Sweet-and-Sour Green Beans

    Make extra of this bacony side dish because it's sure to disappear quickly.
  • Cuban Corn on the Cob
    Christina Kim, Tony Christie, Sean Laurenz

    Cuban Corn on the Cob

    This Cuban take on grilled corn stars ingredients like fresh parsley, cilantro, and grated parmesan cheese. Try it the next time you're gearing up to grill.

  • Grilled Stone Fruit with Balsamic Glaze
    Christina Kim, Photo: David Tsay

    Grilled Stone Fruit with Balsamic Glaze

    Brush grilled peach, plum and apricot halves with a sweet balsamic glaze and top with shaved cheese for a fruit side dish or not-too-sweet grilled dessert.

  • Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Tarragon-Parsley Butter
    Christina Kim, Photo: © Mark Roper

    Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Tarragon-Parsley Butter

    Much more than the sum of its two parts, Sara Simpson's side dish of beefy grilled portobellos with herbed butter is satisfying enough to be a vegetarian main course.

  • <p>Grilled Sweet Potato, Orange, and Chickpea Salad</p>
    Christina Kim

    Grilled Sweet Potato, Orange, and Chickpea Salad

    Not only is this salad great-tasting, orange and yellow foods, such and the ones in this salad, boast carotenoids like geta-carotene, which is a type of vitamin A that boosts your immune system.
  • Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad
    Christina Kim, Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad

    If you're a broccoli salad fan, you'll love the combination of these colorful ingredients, including tart grapes, crunchy pecans, and bacon.
  • Eggplant, Zucchini, and Tomato Tian
    Christina Kim, Photo: Gentl &amp; Hyers; Styling: Kendra Smoot

    Eggplant, Zucchini, and Tomato Tian

    Tian, a French word used throughout Provence, refers to both a shallow cooking vessel and the food cooked in it. An 11 x 7-inch glass or ceramic baking dish works well for this eggplant, zucchini, and tomato creation, but if you have a 2-quart tian or gratin dish, all the better.

  • Indian-Spiced Okra
    Christina Kim, Photo: Gentl &amp; Hyers; Styling: Kendra Smoot

    Indian-Spiced Okra

    Even folks who usually don't like okra enjoy the taste and texture of this highly seasoned dish. We left the seeds in the chile for moderate spice. Serve with grilled chicken or lamb.

  • Cranberry Beans with Barley Pesto
    Christina Kim, Photo: Gentl &amp; Hyers; Styling: Kendra Smoot

    Cranberry Beans with Parsley Pesto

    Fresh-from-the-pod cranberry beans are creamy and delicious, especially when adorned with a mixture of herbs, nuts, and cheese. Serve alongside grilled lamb or pork, or enjoy a larger serving as a vegetarian entrée.

  • grilled-asparagus-6-minute-egg
    Christina Kim, Sara Remington

    Grilled Asparagus and 6-Minute Egg

    You'll love this unique and beautiful way of preparing grilled asparagus, perfect for intimate summer gatherings.
  • Macaroni Salad with Summer Tomatoes
    Christina Kim, Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Macaroni Salad with Summer Tomatoes

    White balsamic vinegar, tomato, and basil help this side dish maintain its fresh appeal.
  • Summer Fruit Salad
    Christina Kim, Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Summer Fruit Salad

    Add some savory flavor to your sweet fruit salad with avocado, arugula, and cilantro and mix with a bottled poppy seed dressing.
  • Green Beans With Caramelized Garlic
    Christina Kim, Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey

    Green Beans With Caramelized Garlic

    Gently cooking the garlic in oil mellows the flavor and tenderizes the cloves. Once you've removed the cloves, store garlic-infused oil in a jar in the fridge up to one month to add garlicky goodness to other dishes.

  • Heirloom Tomatoes with Fresh Peaches, Goat Cheese, and Pecans
    Christina Kim, Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia Pursell

    Heirloom Tomatoes with Fresh Peaches, Goat Cheese, and Pecans

    The picture of this beautiful summer salad says more than words can!
  • Herbed Green and Wax Beans
    Christina Kim, Photo: Gentl &amp; Hyers; Styling: Kendra Smoot

    Herbed Green and Wax Beans

    Adding a bundle of herbs (bouquet garni) to the steaming liquid imparts subtle flavor and aroma to the vegetables.

  • Classic American Potato Salad
    Christina Kim, Photo: Leo Gong; Styling: Karen Shinto

    Classic American Potato Salad

    Say "potato salad," and this classic recipe comes to mind: chunks of tender potato and plenty of chopped hard-cooked eggs, lightly coated with a tangy mayonnaise dressing full of crunchy red onion, celery, and pickles.
  • Santa Fe Slaw
    Christina Kim, Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Randy Mon

    Santa Fe Slaw

    "This recipe came together when I found a half bag of spinach in the refrigerator alongside a small jicama and an open can of chipotle peppers," says Roxanne Chan.

  • Lemon-Sugar Grilled Pineapple
    Christina Kim

    Lemon-Sugar Grilled Pineapple

    Three ingredients are all you need for a super-easy fruit salad or dessert at your next barbecue.
  • Baked Beans
    Christina Kim, Photo: Quentin Bacon

    Baked Beans

    Savor the relaxed side of summer with this slow-cooking Dutch oven recipe for beans infused with the flavors of molasses, apple cider vinegar, and dry mustard.
  • Lemony Quinoa Salad with Shaved Vegetables
    Christina Kim, Photo: © Tina Rupp

    Lemony Quinoa Salad with Shaved Vegetables

    The Good News: Eating quinoa is a great way for vegetarians to get protein. Jeremy Fox tosses nutty-tasting quinoa with crunchy shaved vegetables for a refreshing salad loaded with vitamins and minerals.

  • Parmesan Flans with Tomatoes and Basil
    Christina Kim, Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Parmesan Flans with Tomatoes and Basil

    Use a variety of colorful tomatoes, including red, yellow, orange, and green, to make this elegant dish more visually appealing. Serve as an appetizer or side dish, or pair it with a chilled soup, salad, and wine for a light meal.

  • Steamed Carrots with Garlic-Ginger Butter
    Christina Kim, Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Steamed Carrots with Garlic-Ginger Butter

    Be sure to use true baby carrots with tops. So-called baby carrots sold in bags are often whittled-down mature vegetables; their texture will be too tough for this recipe.

  • Sweet and Sour Pattypan Squash and Green Beans
    Christina Kim, Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Sweet and Sour Pattypan Squash and Green Beans

    Serve these pickles with cocktails or with grilled poultry or fish. This recipe makes four (one-pint) jars—enough to keep and give away to friends and neighbors.

  • Mediterranean Chickpea Salad
    Christina Kim

    Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

    Create a colorful salad that's packed with protein by combining chickpeas, tomatoes, and arugula. The salad is also full of flavor from the mixture of manchego cheese, lemon zest, and mint.
  • Spiced Basmati Pilaf with Garden Peas
    Christina Kim, Randy Mayor; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Spiced Basmati Pilaf with Garden Peas

    This flavorful pilaf features an aromatic broth laced with sautéed onion, cardamom pods, cinnamon, and whole cloves.
  • Chilled Fresh Corn Soup with King Crab
    Christina Kim, Photo: Romulo Yanes; Food Styling: Simon Andrews; Prop Styling: Helen Crowther

    Chilled Fresh Corn Soup with King Crab

    This chilled soup is full of delectably sweet fresh corn and gorgeous pieces of king crab legs. Perfect for a hot summer night.
  • Peaches and Mixed Greens Salad
    Christina Kim

    Peaches and Mixed Greens Salad

    Tossing juicy peaches into a green salad with a tart raspberry-shallot dressing makes an ideal sweet-savory side good with grilled pork or chicken.

  • Orzo Salad
    Christina Kim, Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

    Orzo Salad

    Feta cheese, parsley, and balsamic vinegar add bright flavor to the cooked pasta. Chill in the refrigerator for an hour for a cool side dish to hot grilled entrees.
  • From-Scratch Oven Fries
    Christina Kim, Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    From-Scratch Oven Fries

    These oven fries are the perfect side for grilled burgers and dogs. Be sure to make extra of this crowd-pleaser.
  • Two-Corn Polenta with Tomatoes, Basil, and Cheese
    Christina Kim, Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Two-Corn Polenta with Tomatoes, Basil, and Cheese

    Corn kernels and polenta layer texture and flavor in this dish. Serve with green beans and grilled pork.

  • Grilled Zucchini-and-Summer Squash Salad with Citrus Splash Dressing
    Christina Kim

    Zucchini-and-Summer Squash Salad

    Make the most of the bounty of summer produce and cook summer squash on the grill. Marinate the squash and onion wedges in a mixture of orange and lime juices, olive oil, honey, and a dash of hot red pepper, then serve the veggies with a drizzle of the remaining marinade for over-the-top flavor.

  • Peanutty Coleslaw
    Christina Kim, Photo: William Dickey; Styling: Rose Nguyen

    Peanutty Coleslaw

    You'll love this Asian twist on slaw with spicy wasabi and crunchy peanuts.
  • Fried Green Tomatoes
    Christina Kim

    Fried Green Tomatoes

    No one does Fried Green Tomatoes like Southern Living. The cornmeal and flour crust is what sets this recipe apart from others.

  • Sautéed Chard with Pancetta
    Christina Kim, Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Sautéed Chard with Pancetta

    The pancetta (Italian unsmoked bacon) renders a small amount of fat, which is then used to sauté the chard. Serve this robust side with steaks, roast chicken, or roast pork.

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