It’s summertime friends and I could not be happier! There is nothing quite like a hot summer day, having friends over to enjoy some good food and cold drinks. You are likely to be invited to a backyard bbq (or several), and hopefully, even host one yourself. Summer’s main dish offerings for a crowd can be pretty standard with burgers, sausages, and hot dogs. However, It is usually the side dishes that steal the show and this list of 20 recipes that are perfect to take along with you is sure to help. Make one of these deliciously easy dishes and no doubt everyone will be asking you to share the recipe!



Summer tortellini salad from Pretty delicious life

Fresh basil, peaches + mascarpone cheese make this summer tortellini salad absolutely irresistible! Made using just 7 simple ingredients, you can whip this up in minutes.

Zesty corn pasta salad 

This delicious pasta dish is filled with tasty corn and zesty flavor. It takes very little time to whip up making it the perfect dish to take along with you to BBQ parties.

Mexican corn salad from Flavor and savor

This fresh corn salad with avocado is an ideal side for all your summer cookouts! A perfect choice to make ahead of time.

Mediterranean cauliflower salad from Veggies save the day

This crunchy Mediterranean Cauliflower Salad combines raw vegetables and herbs with a zesty dressing in this unique vegan recipe.

Chicken & broccoli pasta salad 

A hearty and tasty pasta dish that people will be going back to for seconds if you take this dish along with you to your next BBQ event.

The best strawberry spinach salad ever from Sweet tea and thyme

Made with a few fresh ingredients: juicy strawberries, leafy greens, crunchy candied pecans, and salty feta cheese, drizzled with an easy poppyseed dressing, this salad is a serious crowd favorite!

BLT pasta salad from The skinnyish dish 

This BLT Pasta Salad recipe is a super delicious spin-off of the classic bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich turned into a super yummy family favorite side dish! Perfect to take to potlucks, cookouts, and BBQs!

KFC coleslaw copycat recipe from Ottawa mommy club

This KFC coleslaw recipe is very easy to make and a good side dish to whip up quickly if you are pressed for time, it uses simple ingredients and is the perfect tasty dish to make for your next BBQ.

Bacon cheddar & ranch deviled eggs

Deviled eggs are a great addition to any BBQ, they are simple to make and always one of the first things to go. Everyone will love the taste of these bacon cheddar and ranch eggs.

Healthy potato salad- deli-style from dwardcooks 

This healthy potato salad will change the game for summer sides. It’s creamy, a bit tangy, and a super simple make-ahead side dish perfect for your next barbecue.

Healthy broccoli salad from Haute healthy living

This healthy broccoli salad is an easy and delicious side dish for those summer barbecues and potlucks! Made with a Greek yogurt dressing, cranberries, and sunflower seeds, it’s a lightened-up version that’s creamy, sweet, and crunchy all at the same time! {Gluten-free & Vegetarian}

Creamy cucumber salad

Ever find yourself with 10 minutes to spare before it’s time to head out to that BBQ event and realize you forgot to make something, whoops.. well my creamy cucumber salad can save the day. It takes only minutes to make and it is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Summer chopped veggie salad from Maple and Mango

This Chopped Veggie Salad recipe is the perfect summer side dish! It features a combination of fresh summer vegetables and feta cheese tossed in a simple tangy vinaigrette to bring it all together. Super easy to make, colorful and so delicious!

Big Mac salad

Do you love a good old Big Mac burger? How about changing it up and enjoying this Big Mac salad. The perfect dish to take along to any BBQ, it is sure to grab everyone’s attention.

String bean and potato salad from Sweet savory and Steph

Bring this salad as a side dish for a barbeque, and it’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Flavored with the simple ingredients of extra virgin olive oil, the zest and juice of fresh lemon, and vinegar, this salad is easy to assemble using household staples.

Southwest pasta salad from Dancing through the rain

This Southwest Pasta Salad With Chipotle Dressing is the perfect side dish for your next summer BBQ! With bacon and cheese, it’ll be a hit!

Triple berry shortcake salad from Bitzngiggles

Triple Berry Shortcake Salad – An easy and delicious summer salad loaded with berries and hints of shortcake. Perfect to take along to a summer BBQ and sure to be a hit with everyone!

Caprese pasta salad from Emilybites

This easy 5-ingredient Caprese Pasta Salad is the recipe you need for cookouts, barbecues, and potlucks this summer! The bright flavors of sweet, juicy cherry tomatoes, aromatic basil, and fresh Mozzarella cheese really shine, and the hearty pasta and sweet and tangy balsamic vinaigrette finish this dish off beautifully.

Mediterranean bean salad from The view from great island

This colorful and crunchy Mediterranean Bean Salad is the perfect mixed bean salad, it’ll take you through picnic and barbecue season with ease, and you’ll want to make up a big batch to keep in the fridge for quick and healthy lunches, too, it’s packed with protein!

Everything but the bagel cheeseball

Another tasty recipe that only takes a few minutes to mix up so when you are rushed for time but still want to take something to your next BBQ that people will be talking about. My everything but the bagel cheeseball will save the day.


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