If your looking for side dishes to bring to a cookout, you came to the right place! When you are invited to a cookout or backyard barbecue, don’t forget to consider the all the side dishes that will complement the main course and make the gathering truly memorable. We got together with some of our favorite food bloggers to share the most amazing SIDE DISHES to bring to a COOKOUT! (Or Tailgate!)
From classic favorites like BBQ BAKED BEANS & BBQ SAUCE to innovative creations, we’ve rounded up a list of mouthwatering side dish recipes that will have your guests coming back for seconds. Oh, and don’t forget the show-stopper smoked pineapple! Perfect served with dinner, or for a dessert with ice cream!
Let’s get started with our made from scratch BBQ sauce, and baked beans. If you are planning to smoke meat low and slow, you will have time to make baked beans and BBQ sauce from scratch. While you are smoking, the beans and sauce are getting infused with flavor. And when the meat comes off the smoker, halve a pineapple and smoke it while the meat is resting.
Best BBQ Sauce
This BBQ sauce is cooked low and slow for an intensely smoky flavor. Perfect for chicken, ribs, pork, and more!
Now it is time to check out all kinds of side dishes that are perfect to bring to a cookout or tail gate. From potato salad, pasta salad and layered salad to good ole’ mac n cheese, these recipes from some of our favorite bloggers will be the perfect thing to take, or serve!
Make-ahead layered salads are a savvy choice for cookouts, as their carefully arranged layers ensure ingredients stay fresh and crisp until serving, while also allowing flavors to meld and intensify over time, creating a delicious and visually appealing dish that requires minimal last-minute preparation. Their convenience and vibrant presentation make them a reliable and impressive addition to any outdoor event, leaving you more time to enjoy the festivities with friends and family.
Layered Salad with Berries-Sparkles to Sprinkles
This Layered Salad with Berries is so simple to make as it combines lettuce, strawberries, blueberries, blue cheese, & lots more yummies.
Cornbread Salad has jalapeno cheddar cornbread, bacon, beans and veggies for a delicious southern favorite. This cornbread salad recipe makes a good sized amount and is perfect for a summer potluck or barbecue.
Potato salads are a quintessential cookout favorite, with their creamy, comforting blend of tender potatoes and flavorful dressing offering a satisfying accompaniment to grilled meats and other picnic fare. Their versatile nature allows for a range of flavors and additions, making them a timeless and delightful addition to any outdoor gathering.
The Best Potato Salad
Red Skin Potato Salad is a crowd-pleaser as a side dish for any BBQ! Featuring bacon, pickles, hard-boiled eggs, and ample amounts of creamy mayo, this salad is always a winner. We prefer serving it warm, soon after it’s made.
Coleslaw is a fantastic side dish for a cookout due to its refreshing crunch and tangy flavor, providing a perfect contrast to the smoky and savory flavors of grilled dishes. Its versatile nature allows it to complement everything from burgers to barbecue, making it a crowd-pleasing addition to any outdoor gathering.
Apple Coleslaw-The Dizzy Cook
Apples give this traditional coleslaw recipe a twist that adds some sweetness without sugar. This recipe is paleo, Whole30, gluten free, and can be made vegan with instructions included.
A pasta salad is a staple of summer cookouts, and it’s a great way to showcase the abundance of fresh produce available during the summer months. Start with your favorite pasta – penne, fusilli, rotini or tortelini work well – and toss it with a medley of colorful vegetables like bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, and crunchy broccoli. Add in some finely chopped fresh herbs like basil, parsley, and chives for a burst of flavor. Fresh mozzarella balls are a great addition. Cous cous is a great pasta that can be mixed with dried fruits, herbs & chickpeas for an incredible make-ahead pasta salad. Dressings can range from simple extra-virgin olive oil & red wine vinegar to a more complex mixture that includes mustard, honey, or herbs and spices. These can be made with or without cheese. Use a grain free pasta to make it gluten-free.
Italian Pasta Salad Recipe | Primavera Kitchen
This Italian Pasta Salad Recipe is perfect for summer. It’s filled with vegetables, cheese, salami & Italian dressing.
Try this Caprese Pasta Salad recipe for a hearty and satisfying twist on the classic. Whole-grain bow-tie pasta is combined with cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella pearls, and basil leaves to make a healthy side dish.
Loaded Vegetable Greek Pasta Salad-Healthy with a chance of Sprinkles
Tender whole-wheat pasta tossed with a homemade authentic greek dressing, Kalamata olives, sweet cherry tomatoes, crisp English cucumbers, red bell peppers, Pepperoncini peppers, and chunks of yummy feta cheese. This greek pasta salad is always a hit!
Macaroni salads offer a delightful fusion of flavors and textures, with Hawaiian macaroni salad featuring a creamy blend of mayo, tender pasta, and a hint of sweetness from pineapple, while Mexican macaroni salad boasts a zesty kick from ingredients like jalapenos, lime, and cilantro, creating a bold and satisfying dish with a south-of-the-border twist. These unique variations elevate the classic macaroni salad, adding a global flair that’s sure to intrigue and satisfy taste buds at any gathering.
Greek Orzo Salad-Living Lou
Greek Orzo Salad is tossed with a homemade Greek dressing, fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, bell pepper, onions, olives and feta cheese.
When the sun is shining and temperatures are rising, a refreshing fruit salad is a must-have on your cookout menu. Combine a variety of sweet fruits such as watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries, and grapes for a colorful and hydrating side dish. For an extra burst of flavor, drizzle the fruit with a simple syrup made from equal parts water and brown sugar with a squeese of lime. This sweet and juicy fruit salad will be a hit among both kids and adults.
Watermelon Cucumber Salad-Garlic & Zest
Watermelon Cucumber Salad w/feta cheese & honey lime dressing is a refreshing summer side dish that’s perfect for picnics and barbecues.
Side dishes for cookouts do not have to be boring. Shake it up with a dish made with fresh sweet Summer corn. From corn dip to cornbread salad to corn salad, your friends are sure to love one of these recipes!
Grilled Corn Salad-Rainbow Plant Life
All you need are 10 ingredients and 25 minutes to make this flavor-packed Grilled Corn Salad. Perfect for summer barbecues!
Looking for a crunchy and nutritious side? A broccoli salad with a tangy dressing is the answer. Blanched broccoli florets are added to a variety brocolli salads. From A keto bacon ranch, to a raisin and broccoli salad, we have the one for you! These salads not only adds a pop of color to your cookout menu but also provides a refreshing and satisfying bite.
Broccoli Raisin Salad with Apples-Mae's Menu
Broccoli raisin salad: an easy-to-make, wilt-resistant, and tasty side dish salad that will be welcome at any potluck or barbecue
Cucumber side dishes are a refreshing choice for cookouts, providing a cool and hydrating contrast to the smoky flavors of grilled dishes, while their crisp texture adds a satisfying crunch to the meal. Whether in the form of a classic cucumber pickles or a strawberry arugula salad with cucumbers, these dishes bring a burst of lightness and flavor that complements the outdoor ambiance of a cookout perfectly.
Strawberry Cucumber Salad W/Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing-Paleo Gluten Free Guy
This easy, healthy Strawberry Cucumber Salad with arugula and pecans has a creamy poppy seed dressing. Perfect for spring and summer!
These Keto brussel sprouts with bacon were made weekly when I was really dedicated to the keto diet. They’re delicious and are the perfect side dish. Although, I’m no longer on the keto diet I still make these on a weekly basis. Ingredients Brussel sprouts Bacon Onions Garlic Red pepper flake Salt &…
Caprese Skewers: The Perfect Appetizer for Any Occasion - Crazy for Couponing
Looking for a delicious and easy-to-make appetizer that’s sure to impress your guests? Look no further than Caprese skewers! These bite-sized treats are perfect for any occasion, from backyard barbecues to fancy dinner parties. With their fresh ingredients and beautiful presentation, they’re sure to…
Quinoa and Chickpea Salad (Vegan, Low Calorie)-All Nutritious
If you are looking for more delicious plant-based dishes for your healthy diet you need to try this super simple quinoa and chickpea salad. This easy low calorie recipe is loaded with veggies so you can enjoy more nutritious vegan meals.
Mexican Bean Salad (Low Calorie, High Protein)-All Nutritious
This spicy Mexican bean salad recipe is the perfect low calorie lunch or side dish you didn’t know you needed. Having nutritious low calorierecipes is essential to helping you lose weight on your healthy diet.
Easy Yeast Rolls for Beginners-The Perks Of Being Us
f you’ve ever been intimidated by the idea of working with yeast, fear not! This recipe for Easy Yeast Rolls for Beginners will have you baking every weekend!! Our mission here is to make baking accessible to everyone, and that’s why we’ve crafted the perfect guide to help you master the art of creating these delightful yeast rolls with ease. Perfect for sharing with friends!
Cheesy Cheddar Jalapeño Bread can be made by hand, in the bread machine, or in a dutch oven. It’s spicy, flavorful, and delicious! Use it as a toasting bread, for snacking, and in a variety of other ways. Cheddar Jalapeño Dutch Oven Bread This cheddar jalapeño bread was created and tweaked from my n…
As you prepare for your next family dinner, or backyard cookout, keep these delicious side dishes in your back pocket. Whether you’re grilling up juicy burgers, flavorful pork chops, or tender carne asada, these side dish recipes are the perfect complements to take your cookout menu to the next level. From the classic potato salad with a twist to the inventive Mexican street corn salad, these summer sides are sure to impress your guests and keep them coming back for more. So fire up the grill, gather your loved ones, and enjoy the best part of summer – great food, good company, and unforgettable memories.