Grilling out is a summer staple, but I personally believe it’s the side dishes that make a good barbecue great! I love to liven up a traditional summer meal of hamburgers and hot dogs or grilled chicken with some fun and flavorful new side dishes. These six sides are all sure to help make your next barbecue extra special.
1. Caprese Tortellini Pasta Salad
Source: peas & crayons
With fresh tortellini and loads of basil, this pasta salad is the perfect summer dish. It’s ready in less than 20 minutes, making it easy to whip up at the last minute.
2. Grilled Sweet Potato Salad
Source: Food Faith Fitness
This sweet potato salad starts on the grill and ends up tossed with cauliflower rice and and almond butter vinaigrette. It’s both vegan and paleo friendly, too.
3. Salad Kebobs
Source: Miss in the Kitchen
Want your kids to eat their veggies? Try serving them on a stick! They’ll be dipping their salad in their favorite dressing in no time.
4. Chipotle Shrimp Jalapeño Poppers
Source: Mariah’s Pleasing Plates
Classic jalapeño poppers have always been a crowd favorite, but this recipe takes them up a notch by baking them with both bacon and shrimp. Can you handle the heat?
5. Southern Style Creamed Corn
Source: Buns in My Oven
That gloppy creamed corn that comes from a can doesn’t even compare to the real stuff! Start with fresh corn on the cob, a little heavy cream, and Parmesan cheese. You’ll have a decadent side dish that you’ll never forget.
6. Grilled Vegetables
Grilling vegetables saves both time and calories! This simple recipe packs a flavorful punch with a simple homemade dressing that gets drizzled over the finished dish.