The BEST BBQ Side Dishes

Find all of the best BBQ side dishes to make your next Summer cookout a hit! This list includes everything from pasta salads to potato side dishes, side salads, veggies and more!

One of the best parts about summer is spending time with family and friends at Summer cookouts. Hanging out in the backyard, chatting and noshing on delicious food is my idea of a good time. Whether you are hosting a Summer BBQ or attending a friends and asked to bring along a side dish, chances are you are wondering what to make to compliment all the BBQ classics.

Whether you are serving up grilled chicken, burgers, hot dogs, or ribs, these BBQ side dishes are sure to please! After all, the side dishes are the best part, if you ask me!

There is something here for everyone and so many options to keep on rotation for all those summertime meals! Here you will find Pasta Salads, Potato Dishes, Salads, Vegetable Sides, and Breads & Biscuits.

Corn, Bacon and Arugula Pasta Salad in a serving bowl
Corn, Bacon and Arugula Pasta Salad

Pasta Salads

One of my absolute favourite BBQ side dishes is pasta salad! Not only are they super delicious, but they can be made ahead of time. That makes them perfect for stress-free summer dining!

Corn, Bacon and Arugula Pasta Salad
This easy Corn, Bacon and Arugula Pasta Salad is smothered in a creamy honey Dijon dressing and loaded with fresh, sweet corn, crispy bacon and fresh arugula! It makes the perfect side to grilled meats and will be on repeat in our house all summer long!
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Corn, Bacon and Arugula Pasta Salad in a serving bowl.
Mediterranean Couscous Salad
This Mediterranean Couscous Salad is packed with fresh vegetables and herbs and tossed in a bright lemon vinaigrette. This healthy salad is easy to make and works great for meal prepping!
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Mediterranean Couscous Salad
Healthy Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad
This healthy Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad is easy to make and so flavorful, it is sure to be a hit! It's perfect for summer barbecues and pot lucks.
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A bowl of Healthy Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad topped with lime wedges.
Healthy Caesar Pasta Salad
This Healthy Caesar Pasta Salad has all the creamy comfort of a classic Caesar and pasta all in one! It's made healthier with a homemade dressing using Greek yogurt.
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Bowl of Healthy Caesar Pasta Salad with cherry tomatoes.
Greek Pasta Salad
his Healthy Greek Pasta Salad is the perfect side dish for your dinner! Pasta and veggies are tossed in olive oil, lemon juice and oregano to give this pasta salad the taste of an authentic Greek salad. Feel free to add some mayonnaise if you prefer a creamier pasta salad!
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A bowl of Healthy Greek Pasta Salad with olives, tomatoes, cucumber and feta.
Caprese Tortellini Pasta Salad
Fresh, fast and delicious! This Caprese Tortellini Pasta Salad is all of those things and more! Serve this delicious salad as a side or appetizer and enjoy the fresh flavours of basil, cherry tomatoes and mozzarella with a healthy serving of pasta!
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Caprese tortellini pasta salad in a bowl topped with fresh basil.
Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese
Make the best Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese with only minutes of prep! This recipe is made without evaporated milk and there is no need to boil the pasta- the uncooked noodles cook up in the slow cooker!
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A creamy bowl of Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese
Caprese tortellini pasta salad in a bowl topped with fresh basil.
Caprese Tortellini Pasta Salad

Potato Dishes

Summer BBQ means a lot of grilled meat. And what goes better with that grilled chicken or steak than potatoes?

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries
These quick and easy Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries make a delicious and healthy side dish the whole family will love.
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Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries
Baked Potato Wedges
The perfect Baked Potato Wedges that are so simple to make and delicious. Make perfect wedges at home that are soft on the inside and crispy on the outside!
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baked potato wedges on a serving platter.
Crispy Air Fryer Greek Potatoes
Crispy Air Fryer Greek Potatoes are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. This delicious and super easy side dish is flavoured with oregano and lemon and is ready in less than 30 minutes!
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crispy air fryer Greek potatoes on a platter with lemon wedges
Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes
These simple, flavourful Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes are the perfect side dish!
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A rectangular platter of Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes cut into cubes.
Air Fryer Twice Baked Potatoes
Air Fryer Twice Baked Potatoes are so easy to make and so delicious, you'll wonder why you haven't been making them sooner! Baked potatoes are mashed with sour cream, chives, bacon and cheese to produce a side dish the whole family will love.
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Closeup sideview of a twice baked potato showing the crispy skin, flufy filling and melty cheese.
Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
This easy to make Air Fryer baked potato recipe results in a deliciously soft, fluffy interior and crispier exterior.
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Close up of an Air Fryer Baked Potato
Sweet Potato Wedges with Spicy Honey Mustard Dip
These baked sweet potato wedges are the perfect side dish – easy and super tasty! The wedges are seasoned with herbs and spices and roasted in the oven.
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A square platter of Sweet Potato Wedges with Spicy Honey Mustard Dip.
air fryer potatoes on a platter with lemon wedges
Crispy Air Fryer Greek Potatoes

Salads

You can’t make a list about the best summer BBQ side dishes and not include salad! Salads are the perfect, refreshing companion to go with pretty much any summertime meal. These sides are healthy, easy to make, and full of flavour!

Chickpea Salad with Tuna
This delicious and satisfying Chickpea Salad with Tuna is a healthy, high-protein meal or snack that comes together in just 10 minutes. This wholesome salad recipe is perfect for make-ahead lunches or snacks.
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Closeup of chickpea salad with flakes of tuna, red onion, feta and fresh dill served with lemon wedges.
Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad
This Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad uses cherry tomatoes, Bocconcini cheese and basil to make a bright, healthy salad!
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Bowl of Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad on a kitchen table with extra ingredients around it.
Green Bean Salad with Lemon Herb Vinaigrette
This Green Bean Salad with Lemon Herb Vinaigrette is the perfect side salad for meals and holds up well for potlucks too! Simple, fresh and delicious!
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Green Bean Salad with Lemon Herb Vinaigrette
Radish Cucumber Salad
This delicious, crunchy Radish Cucumber Salad is tossed in a creamy Greek yogurt dill dressing. Simple, healthy, and easy to make!
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A bowl of Radish Cucumber Salad with a creamy dressing.
Shrimp and Avocado Salad with Creamy Dill Dressing
This simple Shrimp and Avocado salad makes the perfect lunch! Tossed in a delicious, healthy creamy dill dressing made with Greek yogurt, this dish is packed with nutrients!
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Closeup of a bowl of shrimp and avocado salad.
Mixed Berry Salad
This fresh and healthy Mixed Berry Arugula Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette is delicious and easy to make! It’s perfect for lunch and summer BBQ’s!
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A bowl of arugula salad topped with blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries.
Cucumber Feta Salad
This light, refreshing Cucumber Feta Salad is the perfect side salad. This healthy salad is made with simple ingredients in one bowl. Simple, fresh and delicious!
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A bowl of Cucumber Feta Salad on a wooden table.
Strawberry Spinach Salad
Salad does not need to be plain and boring with this Strawberry Spinach Salad! Fresh strawberries, toasted pecans, crumbly feta, and balsamic vinaigrette add so much flavour to this salad!
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A bowl of Strawberry Spinach Salad topped with sliced strawberries, pecans and goat cheese.
Orange Pomegranate Salad with Citrus Poppy Seed Dressing
This fresh tasting, citrusy salad is packed with nutrient-rich ingredients.
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orange pomegranate salad with fresh citrus slices
Caprese Salad
This classic salad makes the most of fresh tomatoes, mozzarella and basil!
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Caprese salad topped with fresh basil and drizzled with balsamic glaze.
Peach Caprese Salad
Peach Caprese Salad is everything that is good about summer on a plate! Fresh peaches, tomatoes and basil are paired with fresh mozzarella and drizzled with olive oil and balsamic glaze.
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peach caprese salad
Traditional Greek Salad
This traditional Greek Salad is a healthy, fresh side dish perfect for most dishes! This authentic recipe is easy to make and packed with veggies and feta!
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authentic traditional greek salad with tomatoes and cucumer
Soba Noodle Salad with Honey Sesame Dressing
Soba noodles and bright, fresh vegetables are tosses in a homemade honey sesame dressing. An easy, delicious and healthy Soba Noodle Salad recipe!
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A large serving bowl filled with Soba Noodle Salad with Honey Sesame Dressing next to a small bowl of served up portion.
Mediterranean Grain Salad with Roasted Summer Vegetables
A healthy grain salad that's packed with summer vegetables! This Mediterranean Grain Salad with Roasted Summer Vegetables makes a great side dish or main!
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A bowl of Mediterranean Grain Salad with Roasted Summer Vegetables with serving spoons.
Watermelon and Cucumber Noodle Salad with Mint Pesto, Pine nuts and Feta
Refreshing watermelon, cucumber noodles, feta, pine nuts and a mint pesto make this watermelon salad recipe the perfect summer salad! So flavorful and delicious!
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Watermelon salad with cucumber and feta and mint pesto
Bowl of Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad on a kitchen table with extra ingredients around it.
Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad

Vegetable Sides

If you are looking for more healthy side dishes, these veggie side dishes are perfect alongside your BBQ meal!

Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan
Perfectly roasted asparagus drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salty Parmesan! This simple and addictive side dish uses only a handful of ingredients but packs so much flavour!
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A square platter of Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan served with lemon slices.
Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus
Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus is easily the most delicious way to prepare your asparagus! So simple, quick and flavourful, using only a handful of ingredients!
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prosciutto wrapped asparagus
Baked Green Bean Fries
These Baked Green Bean Fries make a great healthy alternative to traditional French fries. These panko-coated green beans are baked not fried and so easy to make!
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baked green bean fries on a rectangular platter
Green Beans Almondine
This simple Green Beans Almondine recipe is an easy to make, but impressive side dish using only a handful of ingredients!
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Green Beans Almondine Platter
Roasted Sugar Snap Peas
These simple roasted sugar snap peas are wonderfully sweet and crispy! I love a good side dish that comes together quickly and this recipe is done in just 15 minutes!
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A baking sheet with Roasted Sugar Snap Peas.
Roasted Radishes
Roasted Radishes are tossed in a lemon vinaigrette for a delicious and easy, low-carb side dish.
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Cast Iron skillet with Roasted Radishes set on a table.
Grilled Corn Salsa
Grilled Corn Salsa is such an easy, healthy recipe to make and a great make ahead dish that keeps well in the fridge! Great as an app served with tortilla chips or as a side dish!
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Grilled Corn Salsa in a white serving bowl.
Mango Avocado Salsa
Make this refreshing 6-ingredient Mango Avocado Salsa in just minutes! This versatile salsa is great with tortilla chips or served over top grilled meats, burgers and in tacos!
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Closeup of a bowl of mango, avocado, red pepper, red onion salsa topped with a lime wedge and cilantro.
Zucchini & Corn Fritters
These quick and easy Zucchini & Corn Fritters are a great way to use up fresh summer vegetables! All you need is simple ingredients and 30 minutes!
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Plate of Zucchini & Corn Fritters.
Zucchini Fritters
This easy to make Zucchini Fritters recipe is simple but flavorful and a fantastic way to use up all those garden zucchinis! They’re the perfect summer appetizer or side dish and packed with fresh zucchini and herbs!
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a plate full of zucchini fritters
Baked Zucchini Feta Fritters
Studded with feta cheese and flavoured with fresh herbs, these Baked Zucchini Feta Fritters are baked not fried making them both delicious and healthy too!
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Baked Zucchini Feta Fritters
Air Fryer Zucchini Fries
Air Fryer Zucchini Fries make a fun dippable appetizer or healthy snack! They are super easy to whip up, have a wonderfully crispy exterior and can even be served up as a healthy side dish!
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Air Fryer Zucchini Fries
Oven Roasted Corn on the Cob
This Oven Roasted Corn on the Cob is the easiest way to enjoy sweet summer corn! This hands-off method produces the perfect corn without any babysitting required!
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roasted corn on the cob sprinkled with fresh parsley
prosciutto wrapped asparagus
Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Breads & Biscuits

Bread is always a hit and without a doubt, makes a great side dish for summer BBQ! This side dish option is easily portable, making it a great option to bring with you as a guest.

Easy Dinner Rolls
This quick and easy recipe for dinner rolls produces the most delicious soft and fluffy rolls in just 45 minutes! Yes, 45 minutes! These buttery, herby dinner rolls are the perfect fast and easy recipe to go with your lunch and dinner dishes.
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Closeup of round dinner rolls in a cast iron skillet.
Homemade Crescent Rolls
Fresh buttery crescent rolls that are made with wholesome ingredients at home! These homemade crescent rolls are soft, fluffy, and easy to make with just a few simple ingredients.
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homemade crescent rolls in a basket
Brazilian Cheese Bread
This easy Brazilian Cheese Bread recipe (Pao de Queijo) is a quick and simple side or snack! It's a great gluten-free bread that's puffy and packed with cheesy flavour!
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Brazilian Cheese Bread bite shot showing airy, soft inside.
Herb Biscuits
These flaky, buttery Herb Biscuits are packed with fresh herbs and surprisingly easy to make!
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Herb Biscuits
Cheddar Chive Biscuits
These easy to make Cheddar Chive Biscuits are loaded with cheesy, herby flavor! These warm, savory drop biscuits are simple to make at home using simple ingredients.
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Cheddar Chive Biscuits
Keto Cheddar Biscuits
These savory Keto Cheddar Biscuits are a great low-carb alternative for drop biscuit lovers! These easy to make biscuits are made with almond flour and loaded with cheddar! Perfect for breakfast or as a side for your dinner!
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keto cheddar biscuits brushed with melted butter
Corn Muffins
These corn muffins are easy to make from scratch with ingredients you likely already have on hand! These lightly sweetened muffins are perfect for breakfast slathered with butter or as a side for your dinner!
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A pile of corn muffins in a pan.
Brazilian Cheese Bread bite shot showing airy, soft inside.
Brazilian Cheese Bread

I hope you have found easy, delicious wide dishes to include in your next summer cookout!

-Cathy

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