Pin this list of 10 Easy BBQ Side Dishes and never wonder what to bring to another summer grill out again!

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Here in Minnesota, we don’t take our summers for granted. We fill every waking minute of warm weather with opportunities to be outside, whether it’s an informal lunch on the patio after a morning of yard work or a leisurely backyard dinner watching the sun go down with friends and family. But even our favorite summer food menus need a little inspiration now and then. Add a little variety to your next grill out with this list of 10 Easy BBQ Side Dishes

Tomato Feta Pasta Salad in white bowl with serving spoon. Garnished with fresh basil leaves and salt and pepper.No summer picnic is complete without a pasta salad. This crowd-pleasing Tomato Feta Pasta Salad is packed with sun-dried tomatoes, feta cheese and kalamata olives in every spoonful.

White bowl filled with Danish Potato Salad and garnished with fresh parsley, green onions, salt and pepper.

A far cry from your traditional potato salad, this Danish Potato Salad gets its pretty yellow color from Yukon Gold potatoes and its briny bite from capers, mustard and scallions. A fantastic mayo-free BBQ side dish!


Silver bowl of Tomato, Mozzarella and Grilled Corn Salad on a burlap napkin.Hands down, this Tomato, Mozzarella and Grilled Corn Salad is one of my favorite summer salads with a unique flavor twist from the cilantro-based dressing – love, Love, LOVE IT! Definitely add this one to your rotation of easy BBQ side dishes.

Antipasto Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette on a white plateWant to serve something a little more substantial for your meal? This Antipasto Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette – packed with meats and veggies – fits the bill beautifully.

Two glass bowls of Fruit Salad with Lime Mint Syrup on a white board. Yes, you can put a twist on boring old fruit salad! One taste of the lime mint dressing in this Fruit Salad with Lime Mint Syrup recipe, and you’ll be back at the buffet table for more.

White plates filled with Tomato, Feta and Vidalia Onion Salad on a gray tile background. A handful of ingredients really make this Tomato, Feta and Vidalia Onion Salad shine, especially when juicy, ripe grape tomatoes are crowding the markets. Easy BBQ side dishes don’t get much simpler than this!

A silver bowl filled with Easy Orzo and Chickpea Salad garnished with fresh oregano on a wood board.

Pack some protein into your summer pasta salad with this Easy Orzo and Chickpea Salad!

Wooden bowl filled with Bacon Ranch Pasta salad on a red and white checked napkin.

This Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad is another go-to recipe for feeding a large group. Who can say no to a make-ahead salad filled with bacon, tomatoes, cheese and a creamy ranch dressing?

White bowl of Watermelon Feta Salad on a red and white checkered napkin. Savory and sweet can’t be beat in my book, and the combination of sweet melon and salty feta in this Watermelon Feta Salad makes my mouth water. A great way to put a spin on regular watermelon!

A white plate filled with Mediterranean Quinoa Salad on a dark background.

Don’t forget the whole grains when planning your Easy BBQ side dishes. Make a double batch of this craveable Mediterranean Quinoa Salad and enjoy it for lunch all week long.

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Looking for more easy BBQ Side Dishes? (We can never have enough recipes!) Check out some of these tasty options! 

Arugula, Corn and Goat Cheese Salad – Garnish with Lemon®

Summer Chickpea Black Bean Salad – Wishes & Dishes

Panzanella – Garnish with Lemon®

Fruit and Nut Slaw with Blue Cheese – Tidy Mom

Southwestern Quinoa Salad – Garnish with Lemon

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