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All the Sides You’ll Need for Summer Cookouts

Dazzle 'em with the side dishes. It's kind of what summer grilling's all about. And these recipes have that certain X factor. Something special that makes them stand-out in a crowded field.

1. Spicy Peach Coleslaw

Three Ways It Wows: Sweet fresh peaches, spicy Asian chile sauce, rice vinegar

Spicy Peach Coleslaw

Photo by lutzflcat

2. Tomato Watermelon Salad

Three Ways It Wows: Refreshing watermelon, mint, feta cheese

Tomato Watermelon Salad

Photo by lutzflcat

3. Bean and Bacon Salad

Three Ways It Wows: Shredded cabbage, kidney beans, snappy dressing

Bean and Bacon Salad

Photo by lutzflcat

4. Easy Cowboy Beans (Frijoles Charros)

Three Ways It Wows: ROTEL, ham, hot sauce

Easy Cowboy Beans Frijoles Charros

Photo by lutzflcat

5. Asian-American Slaw with Peanuts and Jalapenos

Three Ways It Wows: Peanut butter, fresh ginger, soy-and-sesame-oil dressing

Asian American Slaw with Peanuts and Jalapenos

Photo by Baking Nana

6. Crunchy Cauliflower and Tomato Salad

Three Ways It Wows: Crispy cauliflower, garlic, tangy dressing

Crunchy Cauliflower and Tomato Salad

Photo by lutzflcat

7. Thai Carrot Salad

Three Ways It Wows: Thai red curry paste, rice vinegar, peanuts

Thai Carrot Salad

Photo by lutzflcat

8. Caribbean Sweet Potato Salad

Three Ways It Wows: Sweet corn, crunchy cucumber, Dijon dressing

Caribbean Sweet Potato Salad

Photo by slmcm

9. Corn and Roasted Red Pepper Salad

Three Ways It Wows: Pomegranate-infused red wine vinegar, roasted red peppers, cumin

Corn and Roasted Red Pepper Salad

Photo by lutzflcat

10. Mexican Corn on the Cob (Elote)

Three Ways It Wows: Cotija cheese, creamy mayo, lime juice

Mexican Corn on the Cob

Photo by Sherri

11. Cold Macaroni Salad with Hot Dogs

Three Ways It Wows: Hot dogs, olives, Cheddar

Cold Macaroni Salad with Hot Dogs

Photo by lutzflcat

 

Bonus: 5 Classic Summer Side Dishes

Of course, sometimes it's the comforting classics you crave. So here are 5 familiar, never-fail summer sides.

1. Old Fashioned Potato Salad

"This is potato salad the old fashioned way - with eggs, celery and relish." - jewellkay

Old Fashioned Potato Salad

Photo by lutzflcat

2. Classic Macaroni Salad

"This is a salad that everyone seems to love. I always get lots of compliments." - Graden

Classic Macaroni Salad

Photo by Latina Cook

3. Boston Baked Beans

"Wonderful old-fashioned baked-bean flavor. Tastes great with fresh cornbread or biscuits and honey." - AJRHODES3

Boston Baked Beans

Photo by lutzflcat

4. Restaurant-Style Coleslaw

“Perfect coleslaw taste. Very, very creamy with a bit of sweet/tartness." - Marsha

Restaurant Style Coleslaw

Photo by LaurenM

5. Grilled Corn on the Cob

"An easy method for grilling corn on the cob. Very tasty and tender." - SUETEITSMA

Grilled Corn on the Cob

Photo by Molly


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