Need summer side dish recipes for a bbq party or backyard cookout? Here are some tried and true salads and sides that we’ve been making for years, and they always get rave reviews. Add these to your menu for summer parties and outdoor gatherings.
Just as potato salad is a summer staple, pasta salad always makes an appearance as well! My classic pasta salad with hard boiled eggs is one of my absolute favorites! It’s creamy, crunchy, flavorful, and reminds me of my childhood.
Being from the South, I grew up eating fresh produce from the garden and cucumber salad was a summer staple. This creamy crunchy cucumber salad with bacon is actually made with Greek yogurt and light sour cream so it’s guilt-free.
Another great way to lighten up the sides and get some fiber in the meal is to include this crunchy broccoli salad WITHOUT mayonnaise. When I make this one with tomatoes, raisins and crispy noodles, I always bring home an empty dish.
Most outdoor parties I’ve hosted or been a guest at, always seem to have a Southwestern element whether it’s chips and salsa, margaritas, or a side salad. My easy bean and corn cowboy salsa gets rave reviews and it’s hearty enough to be served as a salad too.
One delicious side dish option requires no recipe at all. A fresh fruit platter looks beautiful when it’s presented en masse. Add sliced watermelon and cherries, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries for a colorful arrangement.