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! 

 
Silver dish filled with Tomato, Mozzarella and Grilled Corn - one of ten tasty and easy BBQ side dishes.
 
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. 
 
Image of pasta salad in a white bowl to serve as easy BBQ Side Dishes.
 

10 Easy BBQ Side Dishes

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.

Got dietary restrictions? Try serving Gluten-Free Side Dishes

It’s inevitable that you’ll run across a guest who has a gluten allergy or sensitivity. But what do you serve, especially if you’re not familiar with gluten-free cooking?

Pasta and many grains are out entirely unless you use a specially labeled gluten-free variety. Quinoa is the exception to that rule.

Naturally gluten-free, this grain is also a great source of protein. Or skip grains entirely and opt for a crowd-pleasing meat and cheese salad with a zippy red wine vinaigrette.

Fruit and Vegetable Side Dishes that go beyond the norm

It’s easy to fall back on a bag of potato chips as a side dish to anything off the grill. Or maybe a store-bought fruit tray. We’ve all been guilty of that from time to time.

But since summer is bursting with some of the best produce available any time of year, why not add some variety to your BBQ side dishes?

These five side dish recipes shine the spotlight on fresh-from-the-garden flavors that beat a plain ol’ bag of chips any day.

Other vegetable and pasta salads:

Classic Macaroni Salad recipe

Easy Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheese

Southwestern Quinoa Salad

Easy Pea and Cheese Salad

Pesto Pasta Salad with Peas

Grilled Side Dishes:

Herbed Grilled Potatoes in Foil

Grilled Zucchini with Parmesan

Mexican Grilled Corn

More Side Dish recipes HERE

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Never wonder what recipe to serve at your next BBQ again with this list of 10 easy BBQ Side Dishes!