Delish/A Spicy Perspective
The grilled chicken and ribs are nice, but the real stars of any backyard barbecue are the savory sides. Whether you dream of digging in to a creamy bowl of potato salad or a deliciously gooey side of mac-and-cheese, we’ve rounded up the most mouth-watering (and healthy!) dishes to whip up for your next barbecue.
Grilled Eggplant with Fresh Tomato Salad
Smashed Buttermilk Potato Salad
Potato salad is the superstar side for all barbecues; this one features the rich creaminess of buttermilk, the sweetness and honey, and the zing of scallions and thyme.
Grilled Sweet Potatoes
Move those chicken wings and hot dogs to the side, and make room on the grill for sweet potatoes, which not only taste great, but are packed with good-for-you fiber and beta-carotene.
Vegetable Kabobs with Lemon Scallion Vinaigrette
Watermelon Feta Salad
We guarantee nothing—nothing!—tastes more refreshing on a hot day than a cool bite of watermelon with a dash of fresh mint.
Kale Caesar Pasta Salad
Peach Caprese Salad
Ultimate Mac n Cheese
There’s something about a big scoop of creamy, dreamy mac and cheese that pairs perfectly with whatever you’ve tossed on the barbecue. This is the only recipe you’ll ever need.
“Build Your Own Guacamole” With Grilled Avocados
Cranberry Zucchini Slaw
Summer Farro Salad
This creative salad will stand out from the same old, same old, with a mix of ingredients—nectarines, blueberries, and corn—that say SUMMER in all caps.
Oven-Baked “Fried” Pickles With Garlic Sauce
Fried pickles is one of those Southern dishes that sounds insane—until you taste them, and then you can’t believe how delicious they are! This baked option gives you all the crunch with less fat and fewer calories.
Mac and Cheese Bites
Strawberry Asparagus Salad
Two of our favorite flavors of summer: fresh strawberries and yummy asparagus. This side combines them both in light-as-air salad with a crunch of toasted almonds.
Spicy Chipotle Cornbread
Heirloom Caprese With Mint Pesto
Asian Marinated Cucumber Salad
When you’re gobbling down burgers and barbecued ribs, sometimes the best side is something light and sweet with a little bit of extra buzz on your tongue. These paper-thin cucumber slices are the perfect palate cleanser.
Nothing is better to sop up all that tangy barbecue sauce than a piece of old-fashioned cornbread. This version is fluffy and light, with the added treat of honey. You can bake in a pan and slice, or make mini muffins that the kids will go crazy for.
Pineapple Spinach Salad
Who doesn’t love a juicy bite of pineapple? Chop up some of Hawaii’s favorite treat and add to a classic spinach salad for a tropical delight that fits perfectly with barbecue fare.
Deviled Egg Potato Salad
Potato salad? Love it, Deviled eggs? Delish. So why not throw these two classic barbecue sides together in one addictive dish? The secret ingredient that gives it that extra something special? Sweet pickle juice. Use light mayo to cut the calories.
Grilled Shishito Peppers
This trendy side dish couldn’t be simpler: Just char some brightly colored peppers on the grill, add on the finger-licking flavors of lemon and sea salt, and watch your guests gobble them down.
Quinoa Lentil Salad With Lemon Vinaigrette
Packed with healthy and filling beans, lentils, and quinoa, this tasty salad is a guilt-free way to balance out some of the more decadent treats on the grill.
Cauliflower Faux-tato Summer Salad
If you’re craving the flavors of potato salad, but want to cut down on starchy spuds, this clever spin on the classic BBQ side subs in veg-of-the-moment cauliflower.
Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
Vegetarian Baked Beans
Sweet Potato and Bacon Salad