Yummy Side Dishes for Your Next Barbecue

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Are you planning your next summer barbecue or heading to one hosted by a friend? Side dishes are the perfect way to add extra flavor and fun to any outdoor gathering. From zesty potato salads to tasty cornbread and more, here is a list of side dishes for you to try at your next gathering! These recipes will have everyone asking for seconds!


Mexican Street Corn Salad

Mexican Street Corn has long been a favorite in Mexico and is quickly becoming popular all around the world. This recipe takes it one step further and makes a yummy salad with all of the same ingredients as the famous street food. Grilled corn is cut off the cob and tossed with a mixture of spices, mayonnaise, and cheese to form a refreshingly unique salad. The flavors of garlic, lime juice, Cotija cheese, cilantro, smoked paprika, and jalapenos make this dish not only delicious but also unforgettable. Although it is usually served as a side dish at parties, Mexican Street Corn Salad can actually be enjoyed as a low-calorie snack any time of day. It doesn’t take long to make and can easily be modified to suit those desiring a vegan variation. Mexican Street Corn Salad is sure to tantalize your taste buds!

Baked Potato Salad

Baked Potato Salad is a surprisingly delicious twist on a classic dish. This easy-to-make dish combines russet potatoes with a simple creamy sauce. Not only will this recipe impress dinner guests, but it is simple enough to whip up in minutes. Start by baking your russet potatoes until tender, and then combine them with your favorite sour cream, mayonnaise, bacon, green onions, shredded cheddar cheese, and salt and pepper. Enjoy this unique take on potato salad whenever you’re craving something savory – it’s sure to bring rave reviews from everyone at your table!

Jalapeno Cornbread

Jalapeno cornbread is savory and slightly spicy twist on the classic southern favorite. If you’re looking for a new way to spice up your menu, this flavorful cornbread is sure to fit the bill. And yes, this recipe has you making it entirely from scratch – no boxed cornbread at all! Serve it with some pats of butter or a squeeze of honey, and your guests will be oohing and ahhing at your culinary skills.

Calico Beans

Calico beans often get overlooked as just a side dish to carry with a meal, but they are definitely worth taking center stage. Calico beans offer a combination of bacon, onions, ground beef, and three different kinds of beans combined together in one pot. Once you have your ingredients combined, it’s all about enjoying their complex flavors as they come together for an unforgettable taste. It’s time to step aside mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese – Calico Beans are going to be the star of the show!

Bruschetta Pasta Salad

Bruschetta Pasta Salad is a unique and tasty side dish that’s ideal for summer. It combines your favorite pasta with the bright, fresh flavor of classic bruschetta. Perfect for lunch on a hot summer day or as a quick side dish at any barbecue, bruschetta pasta has become a favorite in many households. You’ll love the blend of herbs and spices mixed with tomatoes, onions, and parmesan cheese.

Thai Cucumber Salad

Thai Cucumber Salad is an incredibly flavorful and refreshing side dish, perfect for a hot summer day. This low-calorie side dish is quick and easy to make, combining sliced cucumbers with red onion, fresh cilantro and lime, and tangy fish sauce. And don’t forget to add some garnishes! You can add chopped peanuts, toasted sesame seeds, or crushed red chili flakes.  

There’s no doubt these dishes will be a hit with friends and family this season. Each recipe is easy to put together and incredibly delicious! So, the next time you’re hosting or heading to a barbecue, make one of these!

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