30 Best Summer Side Dishes

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30 Best Summer Side Dishes
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This list of 30 best summer side dishes is perfect for all of this season’s backyard BBQs. The ideas are endless for delicious tasting side dishes that pair perfectly with your summer dinner or for your many potluck and group-gathering needs.

We’ve drummed up all the creative summer side dishes for your next cookout and we hope you find your new favorite recipe to take to parties.

This Chop Salad with Herb Yogurt Dressing has a lot of ingredients, but it might just be the best thing you’ve ever made. 

Tomato and Avocado Bruschetta: I like to refer to this one as BLTA bruschetta. It’s a fabulous way to put those cherry tomatoes to good use, but be sure to seed them first!  

I’ve been wanting to make my friend Shelly’s Summer Pasta Salad with Dill Vinaigrette since last year...And I’m adding it to next week’s menu right this second. 

30 Best Summer Side Dishes

These Braised Tomatoes with Burrata are one of the most pinned recipes on The Modern Proper and it’s easy to see why...a stunning and delicious dish! 

Really love tomatoes and want even more delicious ways to serve them? Well, look no further. This recipe for Honey Roasted Tomatoes will blow your mind. 

Forget eating “elote” off the cob. I’m all about this Mexican Street Corn Salad with Chipotle Crema

30 Best Summer Side Dishes

This Summer Tortellini Pasta Salad will forever remind me of our trip to Italy and it’s at the top of my list for easy summer sides. 

Need some lazy girl lunch ideas? I’m all about this White Bean Caprese Panzanella.

Ever get fancy with your corn? We’ll teach you how to do it with Grilled Corn Four Ways. How about maple bourbon butter with bacon, chipotle mayo with parm cheese, spicy corn with cotija cheese or blue cheese butter with chives? Which one would you choose? I usually just go for all four.

30 Best Summer Side Dishes

This Cucumber Salad is heavenly. It’s everything I’m looking for in a healthy summer side dish.

Be everyone’s favorite person at the party with a huge side of this Green Bean Tempura with Curry Mayonnaise. It’s an absolute crowd pleaser. 

Anyone else getting pumped for stone fruit season? It’s almost here and this Summer Nectarine Salad it going to be making appearances on my table often.

30 Best Summer Side Dishes

This version of Pico De Gallo made with with Cabbage is the absolute best. I make it year round anytime we have mexican food. 

Check out these Mediterranean Style Zucchini fritters with Tzatziki Dipping Sauce. For all zucchini growers out there...your friends and neighbors will be sad this year when you have less bounty to share from making this recipe over and over. 

I’ve died and gone to watermelon salad heaven. This Vietnamese version is the perfect go to for a cold side dish for potlucks on warm summer days. 

30 Best Summer Side Dishes

This Classic Creamy Hummus is the smoothest version we’ve ever had...you must try it for yourself. 

We put this Red Cabbage and Apple Slaw on EVERYTHING! It’s the perfect Summer BBQ side. 

What’s better than grilled poblano peppers? Grilled Poblano Peppers with Corn, Black Beans, Avocado and Quinoa with a Cilantro Lime dressing, that’s what! 

30 Best Summer Side Dishes

If you are a fan of potato salad and pickles then you have to try this Classic Potato Salad. Made with pickle juice and cucumbers fort extra crunch, it's the best make ahead summer side dish! 

The only fruit salad that made the list, it’s a winner for sure. Just look how pretty this Summertime Fruit Salad is! 

I want to make a big bowl of this Chopped Thai Salad with Sesame Garlic Dressing and just live on it for the next week...brb I think I might just do that now. 

30 Best Summer Side Dishes

If I were a pickle then I’d definitely be this version...Slightly Sweet & Spicy 24 Hour Pickles. They’re perfectly balanced, just like me. Ha! 

Everything good that a summer’s garden has to offer is in this Roasted Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Squash and Tomatoes dish. 

This Sweet and Smoky Bean and Corn Dip is begging to be made for your next picnic. 

30 Best Summer Side Dishes

Endless options are possible with these Dressed Up Baked Beans. Half the fun is putting your own spin on them. 

Roasted Broccoli Salad with Lemon and Almonds...be still my heart.

Our friend Heidi knows what’s up. Her Cantaloupe and Mozzarella Caprese Salad is what my dreams are made of. 

30 Best Summer Side Dishes

Mediterranean Couscous Salad...a classic with a twist. 

Don't mind me while I make this Honey Mustard Chicken Chopped Salad and eat it all by myself.    

Last but not least, how delicious do these Green Beans with Walnuts and Balsamic look? I’m heading to the store right now so that I can enjoy them tonight. 


Whatever you’re making, we wish you happy potlucking, picnicking, and backyard BBQing!