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!
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.
This Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad recipe is great for feeding a group! Who can say no to a make-ahead salad filled with bacon, tomatoes, cheese and a creamy ranch dressing?
Add an unexpected boost of protein to your backyard BBQ menu with this Easy Orzo and Chickpea Salad recipe. Makes a great side dish for vegetarians, too.
This tangy Tomato Feta Pasta Salad is filled the flavors of the Mediterranean, including fresh and sun-dried tomatoes, salty feta cheese and briny Kalamata olives.
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.
This flavorful Mediterranean Quinoa Salad recipe is naturally gluten-free. Leftovers make tasty, protein-packed lunches, too!
This Antipasto Salad is packed with Italian meats, cheeses and veggies and is tossed with a zesty red wine vinaigrette. This substantial side dish is a real crowd-pleaser.
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.
Bringing fruit doesn't have to be boring. A hint of lime and mint makes our Fruit Salad recipe with Lime Mint Syrup stand out among other basic fruit salads.
This 5-ingredient Tomato Feta Salad with Sweet Onion recipe lets the flavor of summer garden tomatoes shine. If you love tomatoes, this side dish recipe is for you.
A perfect combination of salty and sweet, this 4-ingredient Watermelon Feta Salad is a refreshing side dish for any summer BBQ or party.
This Tomato, Mozzarella and Grilled Corn Salad gets hit with an extra boost of flavor from the cilantro-lime dressing. Trust us; this is one side dish recipe that always disappears.
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Never wonder what recipe to serve at your next BBQ again with this list of 10 easy BBQ Side Dishes!