Summer Fresh Sides

Bring on the barbecue! Familiar favorites take a deliciously unexpected turn in this updated collection of cookout classics. The recipes couldn't be simpler, and surprise ingredients are the secret to their spectacular flavor. Crisp coleslaw comes to the table lightly dressed with the salty snap of roasted peanuts and wasabi. Spiked with the sweet-sharp heat of Pepper-Jelly Vinaigrette, cubes of watermelon team up with crumbles of Gorgonzola cheese. Green beans pair with red grapes in a colorful pasta salad. It's not a combination you see often, but it's sure to be a party pleaser. Try them all, and then create your own special versions. (Serves 6 to 10)

Peanutty Coleslaw
Southern Living, July 2008