125 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.
Tomato Salad with Herbed Ricotta and Balsamic Vinaigrette
Sliced heirloom tomatoes are wow-worthy on their own--a simple vinaigrette and dollops of basil-flecked ricotta take them over the top. Serve with toasted baguette slices to sop up any tomato juices.
Summer Melon Salad
You're just 20 minutes away from the perfect cool-me-down, fruit-filled summer side. Tip: use a small ice cream scoop to create the layers of this refreshing melon salad.
Shaved Carrot, Cucumber, and Sweet Onion Salad
Prepare your picnic table with a show-stopping, carrot, cucumber, and sweet onion side salad. Make this easy summer-fresh salad even easier by slicing carrot and cucumber ribbons with a spiralizer.
Summer Melon and Ham Salad with Burrata and Chile
We love the balance of the musky fruit with the salty-sweet ham and the creaminess of the burrata cheese (you can sub fresh mozzarella). You have a lot of strong flavors at play, and the cheese sets the canvas for the whole thing.
Tomato and Cucumber Salad
Sweet summer peach dressing amps up the deliciousness in this simple tomato and cucumber salad in a super-fast 25 minutes.
New Potatoes with Shaved Celery, Buttermilk, and Dill
Crisp potatoes and a mild creamy dressing help keep this chunky potato salad from being anything but boring.
Pesto Pasta Salad with Tomatoes and Mozzarella
This bright and fresh Caprese-inspired pasta toss is the ultimate summer main for a busy weeknight, outdoor picnic, or lunch on the go. With just two steps, it couldn't be easier.
Chicken and Arugula Pasta Salad
This hearty dish can be simplified by omitting the chicken and doubling up on the pasta. Tossing hot pasta with a few ounces of creamy Brie makes for a light, luscious, and flavorful sauce to coat this abundant bowl of fresh veggies and whole-grain noodles.
Cherry Tomato Pasta With Proscuitto and Asiago
This quick pasta toss is all about the play of textures: crispy bits of prosciutto, snappy squash, and blistered cherry tomatoes.
Charred Squash Salad
this salad is equally delicious over sliced tomatoes with burrata or crumbled Valbreso feta, or as a complement to any protein. The herbs can be swapped for any herbs of your choice. Rotating the squash on the grill before turning allows for a little more char.
Charred Zucchini Salad
This summery salad is easily doubled. To do so, use 2 large skillets to simultaneously cook zucchini batches so the dish is done in the same amount of time.
Quick Summer Squash and Bell Pepper Gratin
This quick summer squash side dish, bakes up in minutes. You could also layer sliced tomatoes in between the onion mixture and the squash and bake a few minutes longer.
Sauteed Summer Squash with Thyme and Almonds
Cutting the squash into rather thick slices helps it retain a bit of fresh snap after it's sautéed.
The acidity in this dish gives your palate a great reset that lets you enjoy the different levels of richness, fruitiness, and sweetness in the vegetables.
Sprouted Quinoa with Marinated Veggies
This raw-food dish needs planning and patience, but the payoff is a salad that pops with each crunchy bite.
Spinach, Pistachio, and Pecorino Salad
Among the many side options this summer, don't forget the greens. Serve a classic, nutty spinach salad alongside your backyard barbecue fixin's.
Grilled Eggplant Planks with Creole Salsa
Grill more than meats this summer. Veggies like grilled eggplant make a simple summer side dish to accompany any cookout.
Veggie Salad in a Jar
Make these salads up to a day ahead; pack them tightly with the dressing on the bottom, followed by denser ingredients that won't get soggy while they marinate.
Marinated Field Peas
Banyuls vinegar is cask aged but smoother and less oaky than sherry vinegar. Sub a milder vinegar, like Champagne or white wine, that won't compete with the earthiness of the peas.
Corn on the Cob with Lemon-Chive Butter
Nothing says summer like fresh corn on the cob. Here are a few of our favorite flavor combos for buttering them up.
Grilled Corn and Snap Pea Salad
Assemble this salad the day before you plan to serve it, but toss in dressing just before serving to keep it crisp.
Grilled Cabbage Salad
Who says slaw is the only way to enjoy cabbage? This grilled summer side will stand out on your table for it's punchy color, flavor, and texture.
Grilled Vegetables With Creamy Turmeric Sauce
Turmeric gives this eggplant, bell pepper, zucchini, and yellow squash side a zesty, peppery, slightly bitter flavor.
Field Pea and Pasta Salad
Farfalle and fresh veggies make a seriously delicious summer side.
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.
Summer Vegetable Kabobs
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.
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.
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.
Fried Green Tomatoes with Buttermilk-Feta Dressing
Fry fresh from the garden tomatoes, in batches, until golden brown and crispy. For a more powerful flavor, substitute blue cheese for feta.
Summer Squash Casserole
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 Summer Vegetables and Corn
Easy, healthy, and delicious, grilled summer vegetables will be your go-to side for impromptu get-togethers this summer.
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.
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.
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.
Greek Pasta Salad
Green Beans with Toasted Garlic
Simple, garlicky beans are a great side dish to any summer meal.
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.
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.
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.
You'll love this zesty side dish from Southern Living. It's perfect for a picnic in the park.
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 Corn Poblano Salad with Chipotle Vinaigrette
This salad gets a spicy kick from both poblano chile and chipotle chile, which pair perfectly slightly charred flavor of the grilled corn.
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.
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.
Summer Squash Croquettes
These fun fritters packed full of summer squash will be a family favorite.
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
This beautiful bean salad is delicious chilled or served at room temerature. Either way, your friends and family are sure to ask for seconds.
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.
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.
Summer Peach and Tomato Salad
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
"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.