101+ Cookout Food Sides- All the BBQ Side dishes you love!
Summer is coming in fast which means grilling, outdoor cookouts and casual BBQs with friends and family. We love all the food but there is something special about summer and the cookout food sides.
Whether you are looking for POTATO SALADS, Fruit Salads, Vegetable Sides, the best-baked bean recipes or pasta salads we have you covered.
Classic BBQ side recipes are all here but we’ve also gathered all the creative twists on those cookout sides!
Save this to have in your back pocket for Fourth of July Food Ideas or to plan your Memorial Day menu to be able to entertain a crowd with all the yummy cookout sides.
These simple cookout sides are great for entertaining for a party or for a casual outdoor meal or to bring to a picnic!
Here’s to having summer cookouts to enjoy all of your favorite grilling recipes and their delicious sides!
No BBQ is complete without a classic BBQ side dish of Potato Salad! We have compiled a list with every imaginable combination so you won't run out of things to take!
There are potato salads dressed in ranch dressing, mayonnaise, no-mayo versions with mustard, greek yogurt based and simple vinegar and oil options. There are creamy options, pesto potato salads and mustard vinaigrettes.
You have your choice of Yukon gold potatoes, red potatoes, baby potatoes for more normal choices and then you can make red white and blue potato salad or potato salad with sweet potatoes!
There are potato salads with eggs, some without eggs. Potato salads come with vegetables like radishes, green beans and corn!
Some traditional flavor profile potato salads are here but we also have some with Mexican, cajun, sriracha, Japanese styles and Morrocan varieties.
From Bacon Ranch Potato Salads to classic Southern Potato Salads--- they are all here!
Potato Salads are perfect for summer entertaining because you can make them ahead of time and they get better the longer they marinate!
No summer cookout is complete without a hearty potato salad!
Not only can you make this festively with red white and blue(purple) potatoes but it has no mayo which makes it great for warm weather! Tossed in a caesar style vinaigrette with loads of fresh parmesan!
A classic Southern Potato Salad, just like Grandma used to make; this easy old-fashioned side-dish is creamy, tangy deliciousness. And, it's full of crunchy dill pickles, yellow mustard, mayonnaise, and must-have hard-boiled eggs! Definitely a classic bbq side dish!
No Mayo in this BBQ side dish! This pesto potato salad is a healthier and lighter alternative. New baby potatoes mixed with thinly sliced crunchy radishes, sweet green peas and a sprinkling of chopped bacon, this salad will become a BBQ favorite.
When you need a real lightened up potato salad--- you can have it mixed in with some crunchy greens like arugula! Herb Roasted Potatoes and Arugula Salad – quick and easy with simple fresh ingredients, this salad is light and herby and full of flavor! It makes the perfect side at picnics and BBQs or a wonderful main dish for a light lunch. Especially delicious with fresh from the garden herbs!
Not only is this a twist on the cookout potato salad with the sweet potatoes but wait until you dry the honey lime dressing on it? mmm mmm mmm... Sweet potatoes, black beans, and avocado make a power-packed salad for any season! Drizzled with a honey-lime vinaigrette for a little tartness, this sweet potato salad will make your taste buds dance!
A twist on the classic potato salad side dish this one is made with sweet potatoes! A fresh and vibrant take on potato salad, this Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with spinach, grapes, feta, and more is packed with flavor and nutrients.
Talk about two classic BBQ sides--- Deviled Egg Potato Salad is a mashup of two of my favorite summer foods that I like to see at any BBQ, picnic, or potluck gathering. It’s a riff on two classics that go so well together that I figured I might as well just give in and make them at the same time!
Another twist on a Classic BBQ Side dish! This crowd-Pleasing Dijon Potato Salad will be the first thing to disappear from the picnic table this summer. It’s cool, creamy, and refreshing with just the right amount of tang from the Dijon, and the perfect amount of crunch to balance all that
Who needs classic cookout sides when you can make two of them together! Mexican Street Corn Potato Salad is a delicious and easy potato salad recipe. Bright and flavourful, the Mexican Street Corn element adds some fiesta to a classic potato salad.
When you need a flavor boost for you cookout side--- give this Cajun one a try! This potato salad has a Cajun flair and a little bit of a kick from boiling the potatoes in crab boil. The spice is subtle and will leave your guest wanting more.
Make my mum’s Greek Potato Salad once and it will become your go-to side dish for all picnics and barbecues. This healthy potato salad contains no mayonnaise, is gluten-free, vegetarian and so so fresh!!
Want to up your potato salad "game" this summer? A flavor boost from the grilled new potatoes, and the creamy harissa yogurt and preserved lemon is sure to make Grilled Potato Salad Moroccan Style your new favorite side dish for warm weather holidays, picnics, and lazy Saturdays on the patio with the grill going!
Picnic sides are some of my most favorite foods! This pesto pasta uses a homemade parmesan basil pesto over your favorite pasta and then adds fresh tomatoes and mozzarella to it. You can add chicken if you want, but it is fine without it! The best part is you can make it ahead of time and it tastes even better!
If you are grilling ribs you must make this Gouda Mac and Cheese to serve as a side dish for your BBQ! OMG--- people fight over this everytime even when I have made a double batch--- it just flies off the buffet table!
This cookout side is like an appetizer and a side dish all in one! Tossed with your favorite salami and olives and tomatoes from your antipasti platter this BBQ side dish will become a staple at your parties!
Who needs traditional pasta for a BBQ side dish? This tortolina maes it extra speciall! Warm tortellini is tossed with toasted pinenuts (which add such great depth and a bit of crunch), fresh mozzarella and grape or cherry tomatoes, and a homemade balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Seriously, a spin on Caprese salad never tasted so good.
This Classic Hawaiian Macaroni Salad recipe has a delicious creamy dressing that’s tangy, sweet, and totally addicting! It tastes just like it came from a Hawaiian Food Truck. Plus it's super budget-friendly too!
Summer cold pasta salads are my favorite go-to recipes for BBQ side dishes. In fact, this crab pasta salad could serve as a meal in itself. It is hearty and loaded with diced veggies and a healthy amount of imitation crab meat.
Crispy bacon, juicy tomatoes and creamy avocado dressing make THE BEST pasta salad recipe! This BLT Pasta Salad is quick and easy to prepare. It’s delicious served warm or cold and the perfect side dish for summer BBQs!
Spaghetti Pasta Salad is a light and vibrant pasta salad made with thin spaghetti noodles, olive oil, seasoned salt, lemon juice, and fresh crunchy garden veggies. It’s always a hit for when entertaining and perfect for a BBQ party crowd!
Here's a twist on a classic bbq side---- a delicious twist! A tantalizing combination of green and purple cabbages, kale, edamame, carrots, green onion, crunchy ramen, toasted almonds, and sunflower seeds. It’s all brought together by a ridiculously flavorful, homemade Sesame Ginger dressing.
This Macaroni Salad Recipe is a healthyish pasta salad with ditalini noodles, bell pepper, celery, onion, hard-boiled eggs, and peas, with a Greek yogurt dressing. It’s classic macaroni salad with more protein and less fat than a mayo-based pasta salad.
Fruit Salads: Cookout Side Dishes
Fruit Salads are made for summer BBQ food! Crisp, refreshing, sweet and tangy--- all of the fruit salads are a healthy and delicious choice for a summer cookout.
Summer fruit salads can be made with all kinds of fruit like watermelon, blueberries, strawberries, honeydew melon, grapes, kiwis and even pineapple. Ive even seen some great cherry and apple choices you will enjoy!
Some fruit salads marinate in their own juices others are topped with balsamic glazes, margarita drinks, honey-lime dressing and lemon coconut cream!
Some are all fruit while others are mixed with vegetables like cucumbers, radishes, jicama or avocados!
You can make your fruit salads ahead of time and then bring them along to any picnic!
How can you not love the fruit salad that's topped with margarita dressing? Your cookout side dish is on point with this one! Margarita Lime dressing over fresh fruit of your choice makes this tangy and refreshing fruit salad that has a gorgeous presentation!
This family favorite Southern Grape Salad requires only 10 minutes of prep and a few ingredients to whip up! It is creamy, crunchy and a great side dish that doubles as dessert for Potlucks, BBQ, meal trains and summer evenings.
When you want to make a great impression.... this citrus salad is what you must make to take to the summer BBQ! Orange Dijon vinaigrette is a bright homemade salad dressing that is packed with flavor from fresh oranges, Dijon mustard, and fresh thyme. Served over a bed of greens with a variety of winter citrus fruits, avocado, red onion, and goat cheese
Add some crunch to your fruit salad with this one! A healthy summer salad full of hydrating and cooling foods like watermelon, cucumber & jicama and topped with an addicting coconut lime dressing. Serve this quick side dish with your favorite meal or munch on it when you need a refreshing snack on a hot day.
Mexican Fruit Salad - sweet cantaloupe, watermelon and pineapple, cucumber and jicama and finished with lime and chili powder. This is sold on every other street corner locally and it's delicious! YOU HAVE TO MAKE THIS ONE!!
Vegetable Cookout Sides
These are all the summer fresh vegetables in every way you can imagine them for a summer cookout!
From fresh sweet corn, heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, ANY tomato, to potatoes, brussel sprouts and even eggplant!
Don't forget there are also mushrooms, kebob ideas, peas, peppers, and onions too!
You can grill them, serve them raw, boil them cook them in flavor packets there are so many delicious vegetable side dish ideas.
Grilled, chilled, salads, all vegetable ideas for BBQ cookout ideas!
This easy tomato tart recipe is a great way to use fresh sweet ripe tomatoes in season. Made with a rustic cornmeal crust as the tart shell, the tomatoes are tossed with goat cheese and herbs for a simple summer starter or main course.
No BBQ guest has ever said no to these creamy scalloped potatoes! Seriously, rich creamy sauce around sliced potatoes makes any grilled meat taste even better! Probably my personal favorite BBQ side dish ever! (It's been pinned over a million times so others must think so too!)
Grilled Mexican Panzanella Salad with Chayote is a Latin inspired spin on the classic Tuscan bread salad. Grilled bread, corn, and chayote are combined with fresh tomatoes and queso fresco, and it all gets tossed with a yummy Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette! Your guests will love this elegant bbq side dish!
Time to heat up your grill for this healthy recipe of grilled summer vegetables. The dressing for these grilled vegetables is packed with Mediterranean flavor from the Kalamata Olive & Oregano Spread used in the vinaigrette. HOW TO: learn how long to perfectly cook vegetables on the grill, what are some great grilling vegetables, and find out about my favorite indoor grills.
Fresh Roasted Corn Salad is packed with sweet corns, cucumber, tomato, onion and tossed in a lemony dressing. Charred corn ads a lot of flavor to the salad. This quick salad is a perfect side dish in summer BBQs or for potlucks.
There are roast potatoes, and then there are roast Greek Potatoes. These are the next level. Delicious Cornish New Potatoes coated in olive oil, lemon juice and Greek herbs and baked to perfection before getting a sprinkling of feta and fresh thyme. The perfect addition to any BBQ or picnic this summer.
Baked Beans for a Cookout
Can you imagine a cookout without baked beans?
Baked beans are a cookout side dish staple! While traditional baked beans are beloved at BBQs with grilled foods like Beef Ribs and hot dogs, you can make all kinds of variations on beans!
Big pots of baked beans or individual servings of them in bacon cups.
You can add maple syrup, ketchup, brown sugar, bacon, and mustard. Some baked beans are doctored canned beans but others are homemade.
Some of our favorite baked beans have bourbon in them, and some have added meats like steak, ground beef and chorizo.
You can use all kinds of beans - pinto beans, kidney beans, even lima beans. Some baked beans use black beans!
There are bacon baked beans, beans served in bacon cups, black beans and pinto beans.... whether you call them plain, cowboy, ala charra or chipotle beans--- check out all of your options for your next cookout!
Baked Bean Bacon Cups are ideal for a big BBQ! Bite-sized baked beans packed full of flavor served in individual servings of bacon cups! For those times you want to try everything, but don't want to be so full afterward you can't move!
Mexican Baked Beans with Chorizo are smoky, sweet, and spicy all at once. They’re bursting with yummy flavor. This recipe makes a TON, it’s cheap, and it’s freezable. The beans are perfect as a side at your next BBQ (like the Fourth of July), piled on toast, or with fried eggs for brunch.
Calico beans. Cowboy beans. Baked beans with beef and bacon. These deliciously easy beans go by many names, but they’re all basically the same thing, a variety of colorful beans slow simmered in a sweet and tangy sauce with ground beef and bacon.
Cole Slaw BBQ Sides
Cole Slaw is the mother of all Cookout Side Dishes and we have plenty of options for you.
There are slaws made from green cabbage, red cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprouts fennel and apple.
There are traditional mayo flavors for creamy coleslaw. But we have you covered for no mayo like greek yogurt curry flavors, blue cheese and ranch dressing based slaws to honey mustard and plain herb vinaigrette bases.
You don't have to always take a traditional flavor like southern cole slaw, you could do an Asian peanut slaw, a cilantro lime-based slaw or a southwestern one!
This Coleslaw recipe is crunchy, light and full of flavor! Easily made with a pre-shredded cabbage mix and tossed in creamy cilantro-lime coleslaw dressing. This homemade coleslaw is the perfect side dish for summer parties, potlucks and barbecues.
A delicious alternative to a traditional cabbage coleslaw is shaved brussels sprouts slaw. This recipe uses dried cranberries, orange zest, orange juice and toasted pecans for added crunch. Brussel sprout coleslaw will be sure to be the hit at your next picnic, pot luck dinner or family gathering.
A crunchy & refreshing red cabbage coleslaw mixed with carrot, apple, jalapeno, cilantro & green onion then tossed in a tangy & slightly sweet apple cider vinegar dressing. No mayo in this recipe! Use this easy & healthy slaw as a topping for fish tacos or pulled pork sandwiches or serve it as a simple side dish.
This creamy Southern coleslaw recipe is a classic style recipe that goes with anything and everything. From hot dogs to steak … you can serve this coleslaw, and everyone will be satisfied and wanting more.
Tired of coleslaw slathered in a thick mayonnaise sauce? Change up your coleslaw game by making this sweet and spicy Honey Mustard Coleslaw. Instead of a heavy dressing, the coleslaw is dressed lightly and perfect as a barbecue side dish or on top of a barbecue sandwich.
This fennel and apple coleslaw recipe is a real treat for the tastebuds! Homemade and easy, this salad is covered in a creamy mustard and mayo dressing. Perfect for pulled pork, fish tacos and all your summer cookouts!
Sweet Vidalia Onion Slaw is an utterly simple, utterly brilliant side for your next picnic, barbecue, or potluck — the famously mellow onions are sliced paper thin and tossed with a cool buttermilk dressing — it’s a little bit of heaven on a paper plate!
Pineapple Slaw is sweet and crunchy with a light dressing that will having you feeling like it’s summertime with every single bite! This quick and easy recipe is great to serve as a side dish, take to a covered dish supper and is a must at any backyard BBQ.
Cabbage Carrot Slaw made with FRESH veggies – green cabbage, carrots, celeriac root and sweet corn is the ultimate summer salad. Crunchy, sweet and tangy with the touch of ginger freshness, this salad is both delicious and super simple! A great addition to family dinner or BBQ.
Blue cheese and bacon on coleslaw? Yes, you read that right.... trust me you're going to love it with pork chops or grilled steak!
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Wow, this is amazing! We entertain a lot in the summer and I'm always searching for sides. Now I have one great reference!
Thursday 21st of May 2020
What a fabulous line up of sides and recipes to spruce up our summer cookouts!!!
Thursday 21st of May 2020
My goodness! So many amazing recipes - I know I"ll find several new favorites!
Thursday 21st of May 2020
I LOVE this list! Honestly, the salads and side dishes are usually my favorite part of any cookout spread, so I could basically make a meal out of the types of dishes showcased here ... nothing else needed! Yum! So many ingenious, inventive ideas to try this summer! Thanks bunches for including our beloved Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad - we're thrilled to be in such great company here! Happy Summer! :D
Wednesday 20th of May 2020
Wow, what an incredible resource. So many amazing side dishes here and I can't wait to try some of them at my next BBQ.
Hi! I’m Michele
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