Ever get stumped for side dish recipes? With this list of 10 Easy BBQ Side Dishes, you’ll never wonder what to bring to a summer grill out again!
It’s grilling season!
Here in Minnesota, we don’t take our summers for granted. We fill every waking minute of warm weather with opportunities to be outside, including backyard BBQs galore filled with burgers, brats and plenty of BBQ side dishes.
We usually have a good idea of the main dish for our grill outs (currently crushing on these Grilled Italian Sausage Wraps), but sometimes we are stumped for easy side dish recipes. One person can only eat so many ears of corn on the cob, right?
So we’ve compiled a list of some of our go-to side dishes for grilled chicken, steak, pork chops, or whatever protein you throw on the grill.
Whether you’re a fan of pasta salads, potato salad, healthy fruit and vegetable side dishes or need a gluten-free side dish for guests with dietary restrictions, we have some of the best BBQ side dishes for everyone.
You'll never wonder what to bring to a backyard BBQ again with this tasty list of 10 Easy BBQ Side Dishes. From pasta salads to potato salad to make-ahead and gluten-free recipes, there is something for everyone here.
Tips for perfect pasta salads
No backyard BBQ is complete without a pasta salad recipe. The beauty of pasta salad is that it should be made ahead of time to allow the flavors to meld and develop. Gotta love side dish recipes that can be made in advance!
Always cook your pasta to al dente, which usually means the pasta still has a bit of “bite” or firmness to it. Most packages list cooking times for al dente pasta.
Why cook your pasta to al dente? Pasta likes to soak up whatever dressing you ladle over it which will make it softer the longer it sits.
Also be sure to reserve a bit of the pasta salad dressing when making the salad. Right before serving, add the reserved dressing to the pasta salad and stir to give the dish a fresh face.