6 Barbecue Side Dishes

We sped up six classic dishes to cover all your hot-weather eating needs: backyard grilling, Fourth of July picnicking, family reunioning, and potluck partying.

Fresh & Summery

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Fresh & Summery

When summer rolls around and the hot weather takes over, we want nothing but fresh, healthy, and hot-weather-appropriate food. These sides won’t weigh you down, and are the perfect accompaniment to grilled foods and outdoor parties.

First, our Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese and Basil is light and perfect as an outdoor summer side. Choose a variety of tomato colors to make the salad more beautiful without any additional work.

View Recipe: Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese and Basil

Roasted Potato Salad with Creamy Dijon Vinaigrette

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Roasted Potato Salad with Creamy Dijon Vinaigrette

Here's a new twist on potato salad—a warm dish of golden-brown potato wedges with a creamy-tangy dressing drizzled on top. You can also serve it at room temperature.

View Recipe: Roasted Potato Salad with Creamy Dijon Vinaigrette

Marinated English Cucumber and Onions

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Marinated English Cucumber and Onions

If marinating overnight, slice the cucumber a bit thicker so it retains some crunch.

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Summer Bean Salad

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Summer Bean Salad

If you purchase whole fava bean pods, you'll need to shell them and then peel the beans: Blanch shelled beans in boiling water for a few seconds, remove to a bowl of ice water, drain, and slip off the opaque skins. You can also substitute shelled edamame.

View Recipe: Summer Bean Salad

Mardi Gras Slaw

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Mardi Gras Slaw

The traditional colors of Fat Tuesday celebrations are purple, green, and yellow, and this vibrant slaw mimics that combo. Use a mandoline or very sharp knife to cut the cabbage, and you'll avoid the rather strong smell that often comes when you shred it.

View Recipe: Mardi Gras Slaw

Quick Classic Baked Beans

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Quick Classic Baked Beans

Our baked beans are cooked mostly on the stovetop and then briefly broiled for crusty edges. If you want extra herby flavor, garnish with fresh thyme leaves.

View Recipe: Quick Classic Baked Beans

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