Totally Awesome Summer Side Dishes

Summer is finally here which means backyard BBQs and cookouts! It also means needing a great side dish to go with the grilled goodness and to take when going to a friend’s house for dinner. So I’ve rounded up 10+ totally awesome summer side dishes for you to share!

Step aside coleslaw, baked beans, and potato salad. There are some new favorites being served up. Some are completely new to me, but all are (mostly) healthy and fun flavorful choices!

Summer Side Dish pinnable Pinterest collage



When I asked my blogging friends for recipes, Pasta Salad was #1. However, each recipe brings something different to the table. And they’re easy to make!

Easy Strawberry Avocado Pasta Salad | Joyful Healthy Eats

Spinach and Tortellini Salad | Lil Luna

Sweet Bacon Penne Pasta Salad | Inspired by Familia

Divine Asparagus & Penne Pasta Meal | What Meegan Makes

Party Perfect Pesto Pasta Salad | A TIPical Day

Feta, Bacon & Bell Pasta Salad which is one of our Carlson fam favorites!


And for more variety check out these other wonderful sides…

Roasted Potato Salad | I am Baker

Light Balsamic Roasted Veggies | Inspired by Familia

Esquites (Mexican Corn Salad) | I am Baker

Southwest Cobb Salad Dip | I am Baker

Black Bean Salad | Vindulge

Quinoa Salad with Chili Lime Dressing | Family Food and Travel

Aubergine & Lentil Salad | Blue Bear Wood


Skinny Broccoli Salad

Skinny Broccoli Salad

Skinny Broccoli Salad is another one of our family favorites! And yes, I did say family. All of our boys love this salad. The sweetness of it distracts them from remembering that they’re eating broccoli!

AND… what’s a cookout without a great drink? Try Southern Style Southern Charm’s The Best Lemonade Punch Ever. And for a drink with a kick, check out this Skinny Whiskey Sour from Lalymom!

With summer here, get ready for fun and great eats with these great recipes! Happy eating!


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