Summer Side Dishes

These refreshing sides will add color and flavor to your favorite summer meals.

This light salad mixes sweet tomatoes, peppery arugula, and salty Parmesan for a winning combination.

 Becky Luigart-Stayner

Cavatappi with Arugula Pesto and Cherry Tomatoes

 This light salad mixes sweet tomatoes, peppery arugula, and salty Parmesan for a winning combination. It can be served as either a side to a larger meal or as a refreshingly light lunch entrèe.

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These skewers bring lots of color to any summer meal.

 Becky Luigart-Stayner

Indian-Spiced Grilled Baby Squash

 These skewers bring lots of color to any summer meal. With only a 10-minute cook time, they are quick and easy to prepare, and keep the squash crisp and delicious while adding a smoky flavor, which mixes well with the South Asian flavors of coriander and cumin.

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Mexican Succotash

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Mexican Succotash

This colorful dish incorporates as much summer produce as we could fit in a pan: lima beans, sweet onion, bell pepper, corn, tomatoes, and cilantro. All their individual flavors are enhances with lemon and lots of garlic for a delicious and easy recipe. It's great for you, too―one 243-calorie serving contains less than three grams of fat and about half a day's fiber.

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Southerners are well acquainted with the joys of okra, especially the crunchy-tender combination that results from deep-frying the pods.

 Becky Luigart-Stayner

 Oven-Fried Okra

 Southerners are well acquainted with the joys of okra, especially the crunchy-tender combination that results from deep-frying the pods. But anyone can enjoy this dish, which keeps all the crunch and dispenses with the grease.

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Summer Tomato, Feta, and Basil Galette Recipe

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Summer Tomato, Feta, and Basil Galette

Tangy feta, sweet summer onions, fragrant basil: a perfect tart. Pair this summery side with grilled flank steak, chicken, or salmon.

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Fig, Tomato, and Sweet Onion Salad Recipe

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Fig, Tomato, and Sweet Onion Salad

The ingredient list for this recipe is full of fresh summer flavors that are perfect for a light, yet satisfying, salad. Use any fig variety you like or a combination of varieties.

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Smoky Baked Beans with Chorizo Recipe

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Smoky Baked Beans with Chorizo

These savory baked beans are simply divine. Be sure to use firm, dry-cured Spanish chorizo and not soft, raw Mexican chorizo for this recipe.

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Curried Potato Salad Recipe

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Curried Potato Salad

Madras curry powder adds an extra degree of heat to this fun take on a classic side.

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Grilled Corn on the Cob with Roasted Jalapeño Butter Recipe

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Grilled Corn on the Cob with Roasted Jalapeño Butter

Charring the pepper eases the heat, yielding a versatile, not-too-spicy butter.

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Stuffed Zucchini with Cheesy Breadcrumbs Recipe

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Stuffed Zucchini with Cheesy Breadcrumbs

Serve these for an unexpected side that will surely impress everyone who is gathered around your table.

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Golden Beet Salad with Wheat Berries and Pumpkinseed Vinaigrette Recipe

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Golden Beet Salad with Wheat Berries and Pumpkinseed Vinaigrette

This colorful salad will be a bright addition to any table. It’s light and flavorful, making it perfect for an alfresco dinner on a warm summer day.

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Shaved Summer Squash Salad with Prosciutto Crisps Recipe

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Shaved Summer Squash Salad with Prosciutto Crisps

A vegetable peeler turns squash into delicate ribbons, a foil for the salty ham. It's delicious raw when it’s shaved and marinated with a bit of salt.

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Roasted Corn, Pepper, and Tomato Chowder

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Roasted Corn, Pepper, and Tomato Chowder

Next time you grill, throw on some extra bell pepper, corn, and tomato for this dish. The grilled vegetables are pureed, spreading smoky flavor and thick, creamy texture into every spoonful. A sprinkle of blue cheese on top adds even more layers of flavor. Tomato soup won't be just for cold, rainy afternoons anymore after this.

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This recipe highlights the fresh taste of cherry tomatoes, whether from your garden, a farmers' market, or the store.

 Becky Luigart-Stayner

Spiced Marinated Tomatoes

 This recipe highlights the fresh taste of cherry tomatoes, whether from your garden, a farmers' market, or the store. As a bonus, it lasts up to two days, so you can serve it at multiple meals. Great with burgers on the grill, or just as a snack on its own.

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This dish adds elegance to corn's lovely sweetness.

 Becky Luigart-Stayner

Sweet Corn and Parmesan Flans

Everyone loves fresh sweet corn, so it's fun to take it beyond basic. This dish adds elegance to corn's lovely sweetness. Impress company or just add color to a family dinner with this light and airy creation.

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The cornucopia of vegetables in this slaw give it a rainbow of colors and an array of textures and flavors.

 Becky Luigart-Stayner

 Thai Summer Slaw

 The cornucopia of vegetables in this slaw give it a rainbow of colors and an array of textures and flavors, while the Asian-tinged dressing that brings it all together is bright and fresh with a kick of hot chile paste to keep things interesting. Pair with burgers or barbecue to tweak a traditional summer dinner.

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Green beans, basil, shallots, tomatoes, and pine nuts are tossed with a dressing that's simultaneously creamy and light for a versatile dish.

Becky Luigart-Stayner

Haricots Verts and Grape Tomato Salad

This salad transforms simple ingredients into something truly elegant. Green beans, basil, shallots, tomatoes, and pine nuts are tossed with a dressing that's simultaneously creamy and light for a versatile dish.

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Potato Salad with Herbs and Grilled Summer Squash

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Potato Salad with Herbs and Grilled Summer Squash

With cornichons, tarragon, and a lemon-herb dressing, this is a South-of-France spin on an American classic. We promise you won't miss the mayonnaise. The briefly grilled yellow squash brings a bit of crunch and caramelized flavor to the salad, as well as summery color.

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Spelt Salad with Fava Beans Recipe

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Spelt Salad with Fava Beans

Fresh favas are an early-summer treat that disappear pretty quickly. Take advantage with this hearty salad that packs in all sorts of nutritious elements―from the whole-grain power of spelt to vitamin-rich dried currants and tomatoes.

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Healthy Fig and Lime Jam Recipes

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Fig and Lime Jam

We tested this recipe with not-too-sweet Brown Turkey figs; if using sweeter Black Mission figs, you may need to decrease the sugar. The mashed fig mixture can stand as long as overnight.

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Healthy Cracked Wheat Salad with Nectarines, Parsley, and Pistachios Recipes

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Cracked Wheat Salad with Nectarines, Parsley, and Pistachios

Great with grilled chicken, lamb, or salmon, this side-dish salad also packs well for a picnic. Almost any fruit would work well in place of nectarines–try apricots, peaches, or figs.

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Healthy Romano Bean Salad Recipes

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Romano Bean Salad

Also called Italian flat beans or runner beans, this snap bean variety looks like a wide, flat green bean. You can easily substitute an equal amount of regular green beans if you prefer.

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Healthy Sweet Corn Relish Recipes

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Sweet Corn Relish

With our simple refrigerator relish recipe, you can preserve a bumper crop of corn for up to six weeks. Serve with any grilled meat or fish, or spoon over salad greens.

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Healthy Cranberry Beans with Parsley Pesto Recipes

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Cranberry Beans with Parsley Pesto

Fresh-from-the-pod cranberry beans are creamy and delicious, especially when adorned with a mixture of herbs, nuts, and cheese. Serve alongside grilled lamb or pork, or enjoy a larger serving as a vegetarian entrée.

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Healthy Summer Peach and Tomato Salad Recipes

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Summer Peach and Tomato Salad

Simplicity has never looked so beautiful. A stunning combination of skin-on peaches and heirloom tomatoes of various colors, sizes, and shapes creates a sweet-savory salad that pairs well with grilled pork.

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Healthy Eggplant, Zucchini, and Tomato Tian Recipes

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Eggplant, Zucchini, and Tomato Tian

Tian, a French word used throughout Provence, refers to both a shallow cooking vessel and the food cooked in it. An 11 x 7-inch glass or ceramic baking dish works well for this recipe, but if you have a 2-quart tian or gratin dish, all the better.

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Healthy Indian Spiced Okra Recipes

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Indian Spiced Okra

Even folks who usually don't like okra enjoy the taste and texture of this highly seasoned dish. We left the seeds in the chile for moderate spice. Serve with grilled chicken or lamb.

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Bell Pepper, Tomato, Cucumber, and Grilled Bread Salad

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Bell Pepper, Tomato, Cucumber, and Grilled Bread Salad

Summer's freshest veggies combine in a colorful side-dish salad. Toss in grilled shrimp or chicken for an easy one-dish dinner.

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Healthy Roasted Summer Squashes with Caper Gremolata Recipes

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Roasted Summer Squashes with Caper Gremolata

A traditional gremolata (garnish) features lemon rind, garlic, and parsley. We include briny capers in the mix to add excitement to this side.

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Healthy Herbed Green and Wax Beans Recipes

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Herbed Green and Wax Beans

Adding a bundle of herbs (bouquet garni) to the steaming liquid imparts subtle flavor and aroma to the vegetables.

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Cabbage Slaw with Tangy Mustard Seed Dressing Recipe

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Cabbage Slaw with Tangy Mustard Seed Dressing

Mustard seed, cilantro, and cumin give this coleslaw an Indian spin.

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Snap Pea and Pea Shoot Stir-Fry with Gingery Orange Sauce Recipe

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Snap Pea and Pea Shoot Stir-Fry with Gingery Orange Sauce

Asian flavorings elevate a summer veggie side dish. A splash of delicious Gingery Orange Sauce gives just the right amount of tang.

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Chilled Butter Bean Soup with Basil-Corn Relish

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Chilled Butter Bean Soup with Basil-Corn Relish

You'll need about 1 1/2 pounds of butter bean pods to get 2 cups shelled beans. You can substitute fresh lima beans, if you prefer.

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Roasted Beets with Jalapeño Cream

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Roasted Beets with Jalapeño Cream

A creamy jalapeño dressing livens up earthy roasted beets. Seed the pepper for less heat.

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Hot Pepper Vinegar

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Hot Pepper Vinegar

Chop and sprinkle these pickled peppers over salads or on sandwiches. Use the vinegar mixture to kick up salad dressing.

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Grilled Eggplant with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

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Grilled Eggplant with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

If you're working on a charcoal grill set up for indirect heat, mound the coals to one side of the grill.

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