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Memorial Day, the unofficial start of the summer season, is right around the corner ! No time like the present to start planning your menu for a delicious outdoor party with friends and family! All these sides are easy to make ahead and take with you wherever you go. While some should stay chilled for best results, many can be enjoyed at room temperature. Great make-ahead side dishes like these leave plenty of time to enjoy the party and not stress about the food.

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26 Best Barbecue Side Dishes. Now grown to 35 year round tasty recipes! Cornbread, potato salads, baked beans & beyond to make your next backyard BBQ special.

26 Best Barbecue Side Dishes

Who doesn’t need more great recipes for barbecue side dishes? Whether it’s Pulled Pork, Smoked Brisket, Ribs, Chicken or Steak, you’ve got your main dishes sorted for the big summer barbecue. But what to serve with it?

As with most times of the year, when I post recipes for main dishes, I get the same question.Inevitably, the questions start coming in asking, “What do you serve with that?”

Summer barbecue season is no different. However, one of the things I love about anything grilled or slow smoked from the backyard BBQ, is that there are so many different options to serve as side dishes.

Barbecue side dishes make all the difference.

In fact, in my opinion, what distinguishes a great barbecue party form a mediocre one is the selection of delicious side dishes. The dishes that accompany the delicious grilled and smoked meats are so important too.

Well, I suppose there is one thing needed in order to leave a lasting impression. Naturally, a really fantastic dessert is essential too, like my Ultimate Strawberries & Cream Cake.

So, since we are in the middle of barbecue season, I thought I’d put together a selection of the most popular sides from Rock Recipes. Also, I have added a few personal favourites to help elevate your next barbecue.

No doubt, it will be one your friends will talk about and ask for the recipes.

2020 Update!

Lots of new side dishes added, plus BONUS RECIPE for the kids now added at the end of the list!

PLUS…my latest Deviled Egg Potato Salad has beed added. It was so popular that I added a link at the bottom for that recipe too. We’re now up to 26 recipes in this collection!

Like this barbecue side dishes recipe collection?

Find plenty more BBQ inspiration in our huge category of Barbecue and Grilling recipes.

Honey Lemon Vinaigrette on Peach Bacon Salad

Honey Lemon Vinaigrette on Peach Bacon Salad

Alfredo Mac and Cheese

Alfredo Mac and Cheese

Bacon Brown Sugar Baked Beans

Bacon Brown Sugar Baked Beans

Lemon Herb Roasted Potatoes

Lemon Herb Roasted Potatoes

The Best Easy Corn Bread

The Best Easy Cornbread Recipe

Bacon Potato Salad with Sweet Mustard Dressing

Bacon Potato Salad with Sweet Mustard Dressing

These super simple, super quick Yogurt Flatbreads turn any BBQ main dish into amazing wraps.

Yogurt Flatbreads

Bacon Mac and Cheese

Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

Salad with Creamy Dijon Dressing and Garlic Herb Butter Croutons

BLT Salad with Creamy Dijon Dressing

White Barbecue Sauce – An Alabama Favorite

White Barbecue Sauce on smoked chicken

The Barbecue Side Dishes keep coming.

Red Cabbage Coleslaw

Red Cabbage Coleslaw with corn & golden raisins.

Refrigerator Pickles

Montreal Steak Spice Refrigerator Pickles

Garlic Butter Biscuits

Garlic Butter Biscuits

Southwestern Chipotle Lime Pasta Salad

Southwestern Chipotle Lime Pasta Salad

Tomato Cucumber Salad with Chickpeas & Mint

Tomato Cucumber Salad with Chickpeas & Mint

Lemon Tzatziki Potato Salad

Lemon Tzatziki Potato Salad

Barbecue Spice Roasted Potato Nuggets

Barbecue Spice Roasted Potato Nuggets

Mango Sesame Coleslaw

Mango Sesame Coleslaw.

Copycat Kraft Macaroni Salad

Copycat Kraft Macaroni Salad

Corn Flour Biscuits with Maple Butter

Corn Flour Biscuits with Maple Butter.

Warm Grilled Potato Salad with Lemon and Oregano

Warm Grilled Potato Salad with Lemon and Oregano

Lemon Shrimp Pasta Salad

Lemon Shrimp Pasta Salad

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad.

Lemon Chive Grilled Corn Salad

Grilled Corn Salad with Apples, Lemon and Chives

Crispy Baked Wedge Fries

Crispy Baked Wedge Fries

Creamy Bacon Parmesan Potatoes

Creamy Bacon Parmesan Potatoes

Lemon Waldorf Potato Salad

Lemon Waldorf Potato Salad

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese & Easy Honey Dijon Dressing

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese & Easy Honey Dijon Dressing

Radicchio Almond Caesar Salad

Caesar Dressing on Radicchio Almond Caesar Salad

Deviled Egg Potato Salad

Deviled Egg Potato Salad

Red Onion Jam

Red Onion Jam

Lemon Mint Orzo Salad

Lemon Mint Orzo Salad

Chickpea Salad with Quinoa Lemon and Ginger

Chickpea Salad with Quinoa Lemon and Ginger

Chili Lime Shrimp Pasta Salad

Penne Pasta Salad with Shrimp Chili and Lime

BONUS RECIPE! Quick and Easy Stovetop Mac ‘n Cheese

Quick and Easy Stovetop Mac and Cheese

Originally published July 2015

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Pulled Pork Bowls with Avocado Slaw are a healthy and delicious 15 minute recipe loaded with leftover pulled pork, grilled sweet corn and a light Greek yogurt dressed slaw. This light and easy dinner idea sports less than 500 calories while packing a hearty 30+ grams of protein!

Pulled Pork Bowls with Avocado Slaw

If you are looking for a great weeknight dinner idea these Pulled Pork Bowls with Avocado Slaw are a must try! You’ll love how easy it is to pull together a great healthy dinner in no time. The flavors from the pulled pork on the smoker are really able to shine through with the fresh ingredients. The homemade avocado slaw made with Greek yogurt is a creamy and tangy side that adds great crunch and flavor to the dish along with the grilled sweet corn.

I recently bought a Traeger grill and made this amazing Traeger Pulled Pork on it. It was so moist and tender and had a great smokey flavor. We used it throughout the week for some Pulled Pork Sliders and Pulled Pork Salad but I still had lots leftovers from the large pork shoulder I used.

Healthy Pork Bowl Recipe

That’s when I dreamt up these easy Pulled Pork Bowls. They are a great twist on a traditional mealtime. They’re fun to eat, and easy to customize and make them your own. These healthy, protein packed pork bowls have pulled pork, sweet corn, sliced avocados, cherry tomatoes, coleslaw, non-fat Greek yogurt, cilantro, lemon juice, and honey. You’re going to love how they taste!

If you don’t have a smoker or want to sit up all night babysitting pulled pork on the grill, try this Pulled Pork Recipe for a quick and easy pork in your Instant Pot. Otherwise, you can find a happy medium and make this Shortcut Smoked Pulled Pork that uses both the wood pellet grill and Instant Pot, to cut down on cooking time on the grill,

What is the best cut of meat for pulled pork?

For pulled pork, you really want something that retains some of the fat. Good fat marbling will melt during cooking and add flavor to your roast, and help keep the meat moist during cooking. That’s why you don’t really need a sauce in a traditional barbecue. All the moisture is coming from the fat and collagen. That leaves the meat free to soak up that good wood smoke flavor.

For pulled pork, using the whole pork shoulder is best. Actually, what we call the pork shoulder is really the entire shoulder and front leg of the hog. That’s a lot of meat! Most local grocery stores won’t carry that kind of thing. Second best is the Boston butt, or Boston roast, which is the upper part of the shoulder. Incidentally, it’s called a “butt” because that’s an old fashioned word for barrel, which is what butchers used to keep the meat in! Learn something new every day, right?

The other part of the shoulder is the picnic cut, and that works too! You can usually get the picnic cut with or without the bone, but bone-in is the tastier option. The picnic cut is a more irregular shape than the Boston butt, but it will taste just fine. It might be a little more on the frugal side, too.

Pulled Pork Recipe

Over the years, the names of different cuts were mixed around a little, so if you’re new to buying cuts of meat from a butcher, it can seem a little confusing. With a little practice, you’ll be a pro in no time!

Other names for Boston butt:

  • Boston butt
  • Boston roast
  • Pork butt
  • Pork butt roast
  • Boston shoulder

Other names for picnic roast:

  • Shoulder arm picnic
  • Picnic cut
  • Picnic shoulder
  • Fresh picnic
  • Picnic roast

Look out for recipes that tell you to use a pork tenderloin. You can’t substitute a tenderloin for a Boston butt or picnic cut. Pork tenderloin does not have enough fat marbling to stand up to the long cooking times you need for a good barbeque. Save the loin for this Pressure Cooker Pork Loin & Stuffing!

How long does smoked pulled pork take to make?

Traditional smoked pulled pork takes anywhere from 12 to 20 hours. It’s a long, slow process that uses low heat and lots of time to roast the meat. In this method, most of the flavor comes from the smoke, not a sauce.

If you don’t have 12 hours, you can use an Instant Pot. You get amazingly tender pork, in just a couple hours! I love using this method in the summer, because I don’t have to heat up my house with a hot oven, and I can still get dinner done fast without using a grill. It’s a great option if you’re short on time!

What To Serve With Pulled Pork?

Pulled pork is super versatile, and you can use it in so many ways. It’s great in tacos, omelettes, and salad. (Put two of those together for a killer taco salad!) It also makes a perfect summer sandwich. One classic pulled pork sandwich is served with coleslaw right on top of the pork, in the sandwich. If you want sometimes a little different, top your pulled pork sandwich with chopped pineapple! Pulled pork can also go in fried rice, nachos, or plain with a side of mac and cheese or grits.

Check out these other great leftover pulled pork recipes!

  • Pulled Pork Apple Salad
  • Pulled Pork and Bleu Cheese Slaw Sandwich


  • 5.3 oz. container plain non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 c. fresh lime juice (1 large lime)
  • 1 tsp. honey (add an extra tsp if you prefer it sweeter)
  • 1/4 c. cilantro, chopped
  • dash of salt and pepper
  • 3 c. coleslaw mix
  • 1 large avocado, chopped
  • 2 c. pulled pork
  • 2 ears sweet corn
  • 1 c. cherry tomatoes


  1. Brush the sweet corn with some olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill or saute for 5 minutes, rotating as you cook. Removed from the heat and allow to cool slightly before cutting the kernels off the cob.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the yogurt, lime juice, honey, cilantro, salt and pepper together. Mix in the coleslaw mix and gently fold in the chopped avocado.
  3. In serving bowls, add 1/4 of the pulled pork, avocado slaw, grilled sweet corn and fresh tomatoes. Serve immediately!


Pork can be served hot or cold, depending on your preference.

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20 Best Summer Sides Under 200 Calories

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Some sides come naturally, like meat with potatoes or tomato soup with grilled cheese. These duos work in tandem to make family-approved meals that are hits time and time again. But we know that occasionally it’s time to try something different.

Shake up your side salad with raspberries and blue cheese, swap out roasted potatoes for mouthwatering slices of sweet potato, and skip the Caesar and try a wedge of iceberg lettuce drizzled with homemade Parmesan dressing.

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We have our picks for the best Cooking Light Diet side dishes, always tasty and always family approved. If you’re swapping out a side dish on your Cooking Light Diet plan, be sure to keep the calories in the same range as the side dish recommended for you.

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Fresh Creamed Corn

There’s nothing like sweet corn in the summer months, especially a buttery and creamy version. Who said diet food was bland?

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Spinach Salad with Avocado and Orange

Take your simple salad to the next level with creamy avocado and citrusy orange.

Raspberry and Blue Cheese Salad

This fruity salad is everything you want in a side dish: a little bit crunchy, a little bit creamy, and a whole lot of yummy.

Image zoom Photo: Jennifer Causey

Crunchy Zucchini Chips

Swap potato chips for crispy zucchini chips. In summer months, zucchini are extra sweet, so you’ll love the salty sweet contrast.

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Grilled Green Onions with Orzo and Sweet Peas

Menchego cheese has a nutty bite, and it’s a perfect topper for this light orzo salad.

Tequila Slaw with Lime and Cilantro

You heard us right. Tequila in diet food is the real deal, and everyone at your barbecue will be asking for the recipe.

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Cranberry-Almond Broccoli Salad

Bacon, cranberries, almonds, and creamy broccoli mixed into one bowl. We’ll take seconds.

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Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad

Tomato and mozzarella is a dynamic duo we love, but this recipe takes it one step further.

Watermelon Cucumber Salad

Summertime screams watermelon, but why save it for dessert? Make things a little sweet and savory with onion and cucumber mixed in.

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Creamy Roasted Tomato Soup

The last thing you crave in the heat is a bowl of soup, but this one’s so good you’ll enjoy it year round. Plus, in season tomatoes give this soup a dimension you can’t get in the wintertime.

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Summer Melon and Ham Salad with Burrata and Chile

Melon, creamy cheese, and meaty ham make this side dish a winner in our book.

Kale Salad with Mango and Coconut

Kale takes on flavors like no other lettuce, so with juicy mango it’s the perfect pair.

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Sweet Potato Wedges

Sweet potatoes are super filling, but feel lighter than a plateful of French fries. Dip these in Greek yogurt if your calorie goal allows for an instant treat.

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Cucumber and Green Tomato Gazpacho

Gazpacho is the soup of summer, and this cucumber and green tomatoes version definitely turns heads.

Spaghetti Squash with Tomato-Basil Sauce

If you’re craving a side of pasta at dinner time, take a crack at spaghetti squash for a pasta like dish you’ll love.

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Asparagus and Peas with Warm Tarragon Vinaigrette

Asparagus and peas are super summer produce that will amp up the flavor of your boring salad any day.

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Spinach and Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Sometimes you just have to have your mashed potatoes. This side goes a little bit lighter, and increases the nutrients from the spinach.

Apple Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette

If you’ve never had apples in salad you’re truly missing out. The slight sour and crunch make for a perfect bite.

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Black Pepper Parmesan Wedge Salad

Not only does this side look professional, but there’s no lettuce prep so it’s super easy to make. Just pour on the dressing, and enjoy.

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Arugula, Egg, and Charred Asparagus Salad

This side salad has so many textures, your mouth will be very pleased. Egg adds some extra protein, while charred asparagus creates a summer BBQ feel.

These are just a few of the many examples of side dish recipes available on the Cooking Light Diet. For more, head to the Facebook community group, or learn more at

Oh happy weekend! I’m a bridesmaid for the most lovely and laid-back bride this weekend (you’re the best, Tessa!). The past couple of days have been full of laughs and good food, too.

It’s hot down here in Oklahoma, so I thought I’d share a collection of my best barbecue salads, side dishes and snacks today. They’re all meatless, of course, and many are vegan and/or gluten free as well (see labels below recipe titles). Here we go!

1) Chopped Kale Salad with Edamame, Carrot and Avocado

Gluten free and vegan

“Delicious recipe! A weekly staple at my house. I add 1/2 Tbs of Sesame Oil for a little extra flavor in the dressing.” – Peter

2) Caprese Pasta Salad

Gluten free if you use gluten-free pasta and vegetarian

“What a great pasta! So easy to and quick to make. Great for a family dinner on a busy night.” – Shannon

3) Green Goddess Hummus

Gluten free and vegan

“I’ve made this twice in a matter of days. So addictively delicious and far better than my favorite recipe I’ve used for several years. And I can’t believe I haven’t come across the blending of tahini/lemon juice before now. Ultra happy you shared that with us as well as this recipe. Thanks!” – Maria

4) Cowboy Caviar

Gluten free and vegan

“I just made this for a friend’s housewarming party last night and it was a HUGE hit! I couldn’t find black beans, so used all black-eyed peas for this round, and added an extra red pepper just because. Will definitely be making again!” – Becky

5) Fresh Mango Salsa

Gluten free and vegan

“I made this mango salsa for a Royals tailgate a couple of weeks ago and it was gobbled up in minutes! This was so good, simple and fresh! Thanks for another amazing recipe!” – Stephanie

6) Greek Broccoli Salad

Gluten free and vegetarian

“Can’t say I’ve ever had cravings for broccoli before, but this salad did it! Tried it this weekend, but it disappeared so quickly, I’ve allready had to make a second batch. Have eaten it both as a stand alone salad, and as a side dish paired with rice and stew. Loved it!” – Emma

7) Mediterranean Pasta Salad with Raw Squash and Feta

Vegetarian and easily vegan

“Made this last night and loved it for a refreshing dinner on a hot summer day. I added a finely diced bell pepper and subbed in a cucumber for the zucchini, because that is what the garden had to offer. I love the way the dressing marinated the thinly sliced veggies while we let it settle in the fridge. I look forward to making this one a regular in our house! Thanks Kate!” – Heather

8) Lebanese Lemon-Parsley Bean Salad

Gluten free and vegan

“I made this bean salad last night for my fiance and I to have as a quick thing to grab for lunch in the morning and it is SO GOOD. I even forgot to put in the red pepper flakes and the garlic and it was still nuts. I made it in a hurry before we were supposed to meet a friend for dinner and we ended up huddled over the bowl with an open box of pita chips anyway haha. The lemon and dill flavors are phenomenal together. Thank you so much for this recipe!” – Claire

9) Peanut-Sesame Slaw with Soba Noodles

Gluten free if you use gluten-free pasta and easily vegan

“Hi Kate! I made this recipe last night and it was a HUGE hit! Even my roommate who isn’t crazy about peanut sauces said it was amazing. Thanks for a great recipe! I’m enjoying the leftovers for lunch right now :)” – Mindy

10) Quinoa Broccoli Slaw with Honey-Mustard Dressing

Gluten free and vegetarian

“Delicious! I threw in come dried cranberries with it. The salad is enough for a light dinner on its own, and I think it would pair well with salmon (for those who it eat it 😉 for a more substantial meal.” – Aviva

11) Summertime Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Corn and Jalapeño Pesto

Gluten free if you use gluten-free pasta and easily vegan

“I made this for our dinner tonight – I’m having a hard time staying out of it while the flavor meld for half an hour. Seriously yum! Thanks.” – Amy

12) Fresh Black Bean Salad

Gluten free and vegan

“My boyfriend and I made this for dinner this week, and it was a huge hit! It’s super flavorful, comes together quickly, and is so versatile. I had mine over some leftover quinoa, and he had his with corn tortillas and a dollop of sour cream. The leftovers made for an excellent lunch, too! This is a perfectly summery, week-night salad. Thanks, Kate!” – Arianna

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Healthy BBQ Side Dishes

Summer is the time for grilling and outdoor parties with friends. Check out this roundup of delicious healthy/guilt-free BBQ side dishes to prepare for your next cookout!

Greek Cherry Tomato Salad | Frugal Living NW

Refreshing Mango Salad | Living Sweet Moments

Quinoa Edamame Salad | Living Sweet Moments

Grilled Plantains | Strength and Sunshine

ABC Cobb Salad Recipe: Avocado-Bacon-Corn | Mission to Save

Black Bean Corn Salsa | Mission to Save

Mexican Corn Avocado Tomato Salad | Fancy Shanty

Watermelon Feta Mint Salad | Frugal Living NW

Panzanella Bread Salad | Frugal Living NW

Leslie’s Salty Grilled Baked Potatoes | All Recipes (even if you like salt, half the seasoning and it’s perfect!)

Grilled Summer Veggies | Say Grace Blog

Sweet Potato Chips with Avocado Dip | Phruitful dish

Cucumber Caprese Salad | Ann’s Entitled Life

Napa Cabbage and Cucumber Slaw with a Sweet and Spicy Lime Vinaigrette | Mary Ellens Cooking Creations

Easy Grilled Polenta with Fresh Mozzarella and Balsamic Tomatoes | Two Healthy Kitchens

Mexican Quinoa Salad | Green Healthy Cooking

Greek Yogurt Coleslaw | Two Healthy Kitchens

Homestyle Green Beans | Dinner with the Rollos

Vegetarian Grilled Sweet Potato Salad with Green Onion, Basil, Thyme, and Feta | Kalyn’s Kitchen

Fixified Broccoli Salad | The Foodie and the Fix

Carrot Apple Salad | The Foodie and the Fix

The Best Grilled Corn Recipe | Uncommon Designs

Grilled Summer Vegetables with Citrus Dressing | Freebie Finding Mom

Summer Salad with Beets, Avocado and Raspberries | Frugal Living NW

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30 of the BEST Healthy Side Dishes that are perfect to bring for a cookout or Summer BBQ. These quick bbq sides are easy to make and loaded with summer flavor – everything you need, from potato salad, to pasta salad, to fruit salad, broccoli salad, grilled vegetables and more!

Best Healthy Side Dishes for Summer BBQ’s

It ain’t summer without a slew of summer backyard BBQ’s and the most epic side dishes you can find. This healthy side dish roundup has everything you need. From Simple Classic recipes to unique sides that will blow your guests socks off with flavor.

Don’t be a plain jane this summer, when it comes to your “bring a side to share” recipes. Take things up a notch and really bring the “d” in D – elicious! Mkay.

A couple of my favorites in this list are the Asian Cucumber Salad, Grilled Chili Lime Corn Salad, Grilled Sweet Potato Salad, and the Thai Mango Avocado Salad. I cannot wait to hear what y’all make first!

Make sure you snap a pic and tag me on instagram if you make any of them! Bon Appetit friends!

An easy 10 Minute Asian Cucumber Salad that’s quick, tasty and guaranteed to be a hit.

Because every Burger needs a Fry side kick –> Crispy Oven Baked Fries served with a Roasted Garlic Aioli are a must this summer!

The BEST Summer Fruit Salad filled pineapple, mango, berries, kiwi and more .. plus it’s dressing FREE.

A Summer classic, Lightened up Broccoli Salad filled with fresh broccoli, cranberries, red onion, pepitas, BACON, and creamy dressing made with greek yogurt!

A fun Patriotic Potato Salad made with red, white, and blue potatoes then covered with an easy light Herb Vinaigrette.

Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad filled with apples, pomegranate, candied pecans, and white cheddar cheese then tossed with a light Lemon Vinaigrette – this salad will be gone in minutes!

Bacon. Avocado. Strawberries. Balsamic. What more could you want? An Easy Strawberry Avocado Pasta Salad tossed with a balsamic vinaigrette.

It’s not a party without grilled asparagus. Grilled Asparagus topped with fresh Lemon zest makes an easy paleo side dish that screams summer and takes minutes to make.

30 Minute Greek Tortellini Salad made with cheese tortellini, mediterranean veggies and a homemade greek vinaigrette guaranteed to be a summer BBQ star.

Hands down one of my favorites to make – Grilled Sweet Potato Salad with crispy bacon, grilled scallions and a tangy honey mustard dressing. Come to momma!

If you like Thai flavors then you are going to love this Crunchy Thai Quinoa Salad – loaded with veggies then tossed with a Light Sesame Dressing and peanuts it’s absolutely perfect!

Theres should always be something Caprese on the table this Roasted Tomato Caprese Pasta Salad needs to be on your list. Pasta salad filled with tomatoes, roasted garlic, fresh basil, and mozzarella. Yum!

This unique flavorful GRILLED CORN SALAD with fresh greens, roasted red pepper, and goat cheese then tossed with a spicy jalapeño dressing will be a new favorite. Trust me.

This pasta salad is more addicting then you’ll realize… well maybe you will after the 3rd serving. Mediterranean Orzo Salad with tasty vegetables, toasted almonds, and a white balsamic vinaigrette that will make you swoon!

I mean if you have regular fries, you need to have sweet potato fries too. These crispy Chipotle Sweet Potato Fries with a Honey Sriracha Aioli are gonna be your new favorite summer side!

Asian Noodle Salad with a Spicy Sesame Dressing – easy to make, low in calories and bursting with flavor. Once you try this pasta salad you’ll be craving it all the time. A great make ahead dish for a summer BBQ.

Thai Mango Avocado Salad this salad comes together in minutes but disappears in seconds! An easy refreshing salad perfect for the summer! Filled with fresh mango, red pepper, avocado, and a light sesame vinaigrette to bring everything together!

Pasta Salads are such a classic dish to bring for a summer BBQ and this Simple Greek Pasta Salad homemade Greek dressing is perfect!

Refreshing 20 minute Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad filled with fresh parsley, vegetables, hearty quinoa and lemon juice. A great make ahead summer dish to bring to your next party!

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus only two ingredients but wow the flavor! Perfect for an appetizer, snack, or side dish!

Sweet peas, asparagus, fresh herbs and goat cheese – this Creamy Springtime Farro Salad is a definite win!

Summer Citrus Avocado Salad filled with fresh blackberries, avocado, spicy arugula, and vibrant citrus then finished with a Citrus Vinaigrette. So refreshing and a great lighter option!

There are a few “go to” recipes that I make every time we have people over and this light Grilled Chili Lime Sweet Corn Salad is it! It will be the star of the party!

For all those veggie lovers out there! Shaved Zucchini Asparagus Salad with raw greens, radishes, almonds & parmesan then tossed with a Lemon Vinaigrette. This light summer salad focuses on real ingredients and bringing out complex flavors!

Everything is better with mango, especially in the summer! Easy 15 Minute Mango Couscous Salad packed with sweet mango and a light dressing.

Creamy Lemon Pasta with salty Prosciutto – a twist on mac and cheese that everyone will love!

One of my more popular quinoa recipes – Healthy Goat Cheese Asparagus Quinoa Salad a quick easy gluten free salad that’s perfect for a simple lunch or side dish.

You’ve never had anything like this! Easy Grilled Corn on the Cob that’s topped with a Creamy Roasted Jalapano Sauce you’ll swoon over! Say hello to new star of the summer!

Summer at it’s fullest! This Tomato Avocado Cucumber Salad is pure perfection – light, refreshing, 5 minutes to make, minimal ingredients, low on calories and booming with flavor!

It’s not summer without Corn. Am I right? Change things up a bit with this delicious Farro Salad filled with Char Grilled Corn, Roasted Red Pepper and creamy goat cheese.


For me, a BBQ is just as much about the side dishes as it is about the main course.

With the help of this BBQ Side Dishes recipe roundup, your BBQ menu will keep your family and friends very full, and extremely happy!

What’s your favorite side dish to serve with BBQ chicken or pulled pork?

Mine is probably a toss-up between the potato salad and baked beans.

No, wait!

Mine is probably a toss-up between the coleslaw and pasta salad.

No. Wait. Mine is probably a toss-up between the corn on the cob or a summer vegetable salad…

Oh, dear! I’m in such a predicament trying to choose.

No. Wait. Why choose?!!

Let’s have EVERYTHING from this side dish collection for your next pulled pork, chicken, ribs, or brisket, barbecue!

And let’s not forget about burgers and sausage, too. These delicious BBQ sides go great with EVERYTHING!

There. I feel better now! 😉

For more of my Kudos Kitchen BBQ side dishes, check out my Best of the Best Kudos Kitchen Side Dish Recipes roundup.

By clicking on the titles (in blue) below, you’ll be taken directly to the recipe you’re interested in at that particular food blogger’s site. From there you can read more about the dish, find out the ingredient list, and learn the cooking instructions.

All the bloggers you’ll see listed below have specifically submitted their sites and recipes for this incredible collection of the best side dishes to serve at a bbq, and I thank each and every one of them for their delicious contributions!

Let’s go find some BBQ Side Dishes!

  • Copycat Sunflower Crunch Cabbage and Kale Salad (showcased in the featured video) from (yours truly) Kudos Kitchen

“Crunchy, healthy, and completely addictive. This Copycat Sunflower Crunch Kale Cabbage Salad has it ALL going on!!”

  • Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Squares (pictured below) from (yours truly) Kudos Kitchen

“Bite-sized and portable, these easy cheesy spinach artichoke appetizer squares pack a powerful punch of flavor, in addition to being super easy to make.”

  • Creamy Golden Dijon Potato Salad (pictured below) from (yours truly) Kudos Kitchen

“This Crowd-Pleasing Creamy Golden Dijon Potato Salad will be the first thing to disappear from the picnic table this summer. It’s cool, creamy and refreshing with just the right amount of tang from the Dijon, and the right amount of crunch to balance all that creaminess. It’s got it all! That’s why it’s a real crowd pleaser!”

  • Roasted Garlic Cheese Bread with Rosemary (pictured below) from (yours truly) Kudos Kitchen

“This Roasted Garlic Rosemary Cheese Bread works equally well as a delicious appetizer, side dish, or even a meatless entree.”

  • Low Carb Cauliflower Sweet Potato Mashers (pictured below) from (yours truly) Kudos Kitchen

“When you’re looking for something to satisfy your craving for mashed potatoes but don’t want all those pesky carbs and calories, make these Cauliflower Sweet Potato Mashers. They’re fantastic!”

  • Make-Ahead Layered Salad for a Crowd (pictured below) from The Kitchen is My Playground
  • Best Cucumber Salad (pictured below) from Homemade & Yummy
  • Caprese Quinoa Salad (pictured below) from A Kitchen Addiction
  • Mom-Style Macaroni Salad from Jenni Field’s Pastry Chef Online
  • Vegan Mexican Chopped Salad from Happy Kitchen
  • Macaroni Egg Salad from Dancing Through the Rain
  • Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes from Delicious on a Dime
  • Caramelized Cauliflower with Tahini from Skinny Fitalicious
  • Roasted Eggplant Cubes in Balsamic Vinaigrette from One Clever Chef
  • Ham and Cheese Loaded Potato Salad from The Weary Chef
  • Tropical Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes from (yours truly) Kudos Kitchen
  • Homemade Baked Beans from Turning Back the Clock
  • Frito Corn Salad from Spicy Southern Kitchen
  • Smoky Cajun Slaw from Faking Good
  • Amish Macaroni Salad from The Kitchen is My Playground
  • Classic Italian Pasta Salad (pictured below) from Pretty My Party
  • Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple (pictured below) from Cincy Shopper
  • Homemade Soda Bread with Fresh Herbs (pictured below) from (yours truly) Kudos Kitchen

“This simple Soda Bread with Fresh Herbs has a big, bold flavor and a nice, hearty crumb! It comes together in a flash, has only a handful of ingredients, and smells divine while it’s baking in the oven. What more can you ask for?”

  • Low Carb Sugar-Free Gluten-Free Coleslaw (pictured below) from Wholesome Yum
  • Provencal Ratatouille (pictured below) from Healthy World Cuisine
  • Italian Shell Pasta Salad (pictured below) from (yours truly) Kudos Kitchen

“Italian Shell Pasta Salad with Mozzarella, Basil & Tomatoes comes together quickly with the help of store-bought bottled Italian dressing. It’s wonderful as a chilled side dish or a vegetarian main course.”

  • Tomato Peach Panzanella Salad from Jenni Field’s Pastry Chef Online
  • Macaroni Salad with Tuna and Dill from The Weary Chef
  • Vegan Nectarine Quinoa Tabbouleh from Rhain’s Recipes
  • Grilled Lemony Dill Potato Salad from A Kitchen Addiction
  • Simple Creamy Coleslaw from Salt and Lavender
  • Perogy Potato Salad from Food Meanderings
  • Cold Italian Shell Pasta Salad from (yours truly) Kudos Kitchen
  • Popcorn Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad from The Salty Marshmallow
  • Arugula Beans Salad from Natalie’s Health
  • Garlicky Potato Salad from It’s a Keeper
  • Macaroni Salad with Cucumber and Radish from Smart Savvy Living
  • Greek Inspired Couscous Salad (pictured below) from Sprinkles & Sprouts
  • Grilled Corn on the Cob (pictured below) from Happy Kitchen
  • Crunchy Ramen Noodle Salad (pictured below) from Sugar and Soul
  • Blackberry Sangria Spritzer (pictured below) from (yours truly) Kudos Kitchen

“Blackberry Sangria Spritzer is light and refreshing. It’s the perfect thing to serve year-round when you’re hosting a gathering or party.”

  • Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad (pictured below) from Pumpkin ‘n Spice
  • No Mayo Potato Salad from Jenni Field’s Pastry Chef Online
  • Easy Vegan Bean Salad from Food Meanderings
  • Bacon Blue Cheese Potato Salad from Three Little Ferns
  • Mediterranean Chickpea and Cucumber Salad from Evolving Table
  • Slow Cooker Baked Beans from Foodal
  • BLT Pasta Salad from Rick on the Rocks

  • Greek Artichoke Salad from Mommy Musings
  • Gluten Freek Kale Salad from Fearless Dining
  • Baked Macaroni and Cheese from Feast and Farm
  • Paleo Low Carb Cauliflower Potato Salad from Wholesome Yum
  • Calico Beans (pictured below) from Tornadough Alli
  • Strawberry Cheesecake Fluff (pictured below) from 3 Yummy Tummies
  • Easy Three Bean Salad (pictured below) from Flavor the Moments
  • Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese (pictured below) from Amanda’s Cookin’
  • Roasted Baby Potatoes with Garlic and Fresh Herbs (pictured below) from (yours truly) Kudos Kitchen

“Roasted Baby Potatoes with Garlic & Fresh Herbs are creamy in the center, and brown and crispy on the outside. Pair all that deliciousness with a dipping sauce made of mustard, horseradish, and mayonnaise and you have the perfect side dish, or even a fun and unusual party appetizer!! YUM!!”

  • Chicken Pesto Pasta via West Via Midwest
  • Spicy Cabbage Slaw from Whip and Wander
  • Creamy Greek Panzanella Salad from Three Olives Branch
  • Twice Baked Potato Salad from Eat Cook Go
  • Gigi’s Baked Beans from Family Around the Table
  • Beet and Cauliflower Raw Salad with Ginger from Just Beet It
  • Perfect Grilled Asparagus from Or Whatever You Do
  • Avocado and Tomato Salad from Moms Who Save
  • Oven-Baked Beet Chips from Pink Fortitude
  • Creamy Broccoli Blueberry Salad with Bacon (pictured below) from (yours truly) Kudos Kitchen

“Bored with the same old summertime side dishes? Wake up your taste buds with this Creamy Broccoli Blueberry Slaw with Bacon. It’s a feast for your eyes, as well as your taste buds!”

  • Tomato Tart with Zucchini and Caramelized Onions (pictured below) from (yours truly) Kudos Kitchen

“Late summer vegetables beckon to be nestled into this Fresh Tomato Tart with Zucchini & Caramelized Onions.”

  • Patriotic Honey Poppy Seed Vinaigrette Salad (pictured below) from Cooking on the Front Burners
  • Basil BLT Panzanella Salad (pictured below) from The Frugal Foodie Mama
  • Caprese Pasta Salad (pictured below) from The Life of Jolie
  • Better Than KFC Coleslaw from Or Whatever You Do
  • Greek Salad with Olives, Cucumbers, and Feta from Tasty Galaxy
  • Crab Salad from Masala Herb
  • Mexican Macaroni Salad from Or So She Says
  • Texas Pinto Beans from My Turn For Us
  • Harissa Potato Salad from Strength & Sunshine
  • Tri-Colored Pasta Salad from Courtney’s Sweets
  • Classic Coleslaw from Spaceships and Laser Beams
  • Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus from Tornadough Allie
  • Gluten-Free and Vegan American Macaroni Salad (pictured below) from Strength & Sunshine
  • Mexican Sweet Corn Risotto (pictured below) from (yours truly) Kudos Kitchen

“If you love Mexican street corn (and who doesn’t), it’s time to think outside the husk with this Mexican Sweet Corn Risotto.”

  • Creamy Fruit Salad (pictured below) from Cincy Shopper
  • Avocado Potato Salad (pictured below) from Natalie’s Health
  • Tomato Bruschetta (pictured below) from An Italian in My Kitchen
  • Mexican Pasta Salad from Homemade Interest
  • Secret Ingredient Baked Beans from Blackberry Babe
  • Sun-Dried Tomato and Kale Pasta Salad from 3 Yummy Tummies
  • French Onion Roasted Potato Salad from The Frugal Foodie Mama
  • Italian Pasta Salad from Simply Stacie

  • Greek Yogurt Coleslaw from Two Healthy Kitchens
  • Cauliflower Potato Salad from Nellie Bellie
  • Tex Mex Coleslaw from Homemade Interest
  • Antipasti Pasta Salad from Sugar and Soul
  • Buttermilk Onion Rings (pictured below) from Living Sweet Moments
  • Creamed Spinach and Strawberry Side Dish (pictured below) from (yours truly) Kudos Kitchen

“Once you taste this Healthy Sautéed Creamed Spinach & Strawberry side dish you’ll be smitten with its delicious flavor and colorful appearance!”

  • Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes (pictured below) from Delicious on a Dime
  • Jalapeno Popper Potato Salad (pictured below) from Spicy Southern Kitchen
  • Mexican Street Corn Salad (pictured below) from Flavor Mosaic
  • Broccoli Salad with Creamy No Mayo Dressing (pictured below) from Flavor the Moments
  • Pressure Cooker Baked Beans from This Old Gal
  • Bacon Ranch Potato Salad from West Via Midwest
  • Chicken Fajita Pasta Salad from Three Olives Branch
  • Loaded Baked Potato Cups from Moms Who Save
  • Baked Bean Bacon Cups from West Via Midwest
  • Best Ever Macaroni Salad from Or So She Says
  • Grilled Asian Eggplant from Healthy World Cuisine
  • Quick Baked Beans from Instant Pot Family Recipes
  • Roasted Asparagus with Smoky Romesco Sauce from Amanda’s Cookin’
  • Farmers Market Vegetable Salad (pictured below) from (yours truly) Kudos Kitchen.

“Farmer’s Market Vegetable Salad is a seasonally delicious and healthy salad which is a great accompaniment to any meal, or as an entire meal in and of itself!”

Thank you so much for visiting me here in my Kudos Kitchen!!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s collection recipes to complete your BBQ and fill your plate as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you.

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10 Healthy Side Dishes for Summer

Every great barbecue needs side dishes to go with it. Here are 10 healthy favourites.

Funny how I grew up thinking that the May long weekend was the start to summer. It’s funny, because I live in Southern New Brunswick where the average temperature in May is 16 degrees. Regardless of the weather, there was always the dare to get dunked in the river the Victoria Day weekend. But I also recall at least one May long weekend when there were snow flurries.

If you’re planning a barbecue, here are 10 healthy side dishes to go with what ever you plan to put on the grill.

Quick pickled onions are mellow and tart with the fresh taste of lime juice and just a hint of savoury sweet from molasses.

Molasses Roasted Onions

When cooked for a long time, onions develop a rich, savoury sweetness that complements meats, cheeses and anything spicy. The recipe calls for a little balsamic vinegar (or cider vinegar) which balances the sweet and gives the flavour a bright edge.

Grilled Nectarine Salad

This salad is gorgeous, with a chipotle molasses dressing that has a great sweet-with-heat balance. The nectarines soften when they’re grilled and the sugars caramelize a bit, which makes them irresistible. Both the dressing and the nectarine flavours go beautifully with the fresh, creamy goat cheese that you nestle in beside the fruit.

Strawberry Spinach Salad

Eating this pretty salad will give your the delicious hint of summer that you’re craving.

Salad with Molasses Vinaigrette

This salad is sprinkled with peppered walnuts and dressed with a vinaigrette filled with fresh herbs.

Marinated Tomato Salad

I grew up eating this marinated tomato salad at big family parties where the food was laid out on the dining room table and served buffet style. Nestled in among the plates of ham and potato salad this salad was stunningly beautiful and added a welcomed variety to the standard fare.

Snow Peas & Red Pepper Salad

Leafy salads are great but sometimes it’s nice to have a salad with a bit more crunch and colour, which is just what this salad offers.

French Potato Salad (no mayonnaise)

The salad is also loaded with vegetables, so there is more flavour and texture than your regular potato salad. And the dressing isn’t mayonnaise-based so you don’t have the same hot weather storage worries.

Marinated Broccoli Salad

This salad tastes especially good when it has had a chance to sit for a few hours to mellow the texture and flavour of the raw broccoli. What’s better, it can last in the fridge for a few days and maintains its crunch.

Wild Rice & Barley Salad

The grains are tossed with an aromatic vinaigrette spiced with coriander, cumin, turmeric and cinnamon, then sprinkled with currants and toasted almonds. The salad is full of flavours and textures that are just right for fish and chicken dishes. But you could also add some cooked lentils and crumbled feta to make it more substantial.

Bonus recipe: My favourite…

Carrot Cabbage Slaw

Every great barbecue needs healthy side dishes to round out the meal. This selection gives enough variety to keep everyone happy.

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