32 Summer BBQ Side Dish Recipes

Are you wondering what side dish to make for your next cookout? Find 32 Easy Summer BBQ Side Dish Recipes to enjoy with the family or bring to your next potluck or picnic.

Summer Salads for BBQ Side Dishes

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I’m so excited that summer is almost here! There is just something about summer that puts a huge smile on my face. Whether it’s enjoying the bright sunshine or all the fun summer activities. There is just nothing like it.

Not to mention, that summer is the best time for BBQ with delicious grilled chicken, hamburgers, and hot dogs.  But, honestly, what makes these meats even better is all the flavorful side dishes that are the perfect accompaniment to any barbecue, picnic, or potluck.

Since summer is my very favorite season, I decided to gather up some of the best bbq side dishes that you can enjoy all summer long. 

Whether you are looking for lighter, healthier options or more hearty options that will feed a crowd, these 32 Summer BBQ Side Dish Recipes are the perfect way to enjoy summertime.

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32 Summer Side Dish Recipes

You will find summer salads, grilled potatoes, and corn recipes, as well as baked beans and coleslaw recipes.

Layered salad with corn, and cornbread

Layered Bacon Cornbread Salad- The Savvy Mama Lifestyle

This Layered Bacon Cornbread Salad is a traditional Southern side dish for BBQs. Every layer comes together for a delicious salad that’s unexpected & hearty.

Cornbread with zucchini and peppers on skillet

Cheesy Honey Skillet Cornbread With Zucchini and Peppers– Sungrown Kitchen

Cheesy Honey Skillet Cornbread is loaded with all the good stuff! This healthier cornbread is quick and easy to put together and bakes to golden perfection in a cast iron skillet. Pair it with a pot of chili, ribs, or barbecue chicken, or pork.

Baked beans made with Dr. Pepper in brown bowl

Dr. Pepper Baked Beans- Sweet Tea and Thyme

With amazing flavor and how easy it is to make, these sweet and savory Dr. Pepper baked beans are a delicious side dish for any BBQ or tailgating party.

Salad with four types of beans in black bowl

Four Bean Salad– The Aussie Home Cook

This quick and easy four-bean salad is simple and delicious. With a tangy vinaigrette, it’s perfect for a bbq.

Salad with beans, corn, tomatoes in Italian dressing

Cowboy Caviar with Italian Dressing- Blondelish

This easy cowboy caviar with Italian dressing is super easy, and crazy delish.

Salad with bread, tomatoes and seasonings in wooden bowl

Grilled Panzanella Salad– Carne Diem Blog

Grilled Panzanella Salad is the perfect summer bread salad to cook up on your Blackstone or griddle. Toasted focaccia combines with summer veggies like tomatoes, bell peppers, parsley, and basil in this Tuscan salad.

Broccoli Salad in dish with a wooden spoon

Classic Broccoli Salad– Cinnamon and Sage Co.

Classic Broccoli Salad is a quick and easy dish made with fresh broccoli, cheddar cheese, sunflower seeds, red onions, and a tangy dressing. This is tossed together in a large bowl and served cold as a side dish or appetizer at your next gathering.

Purple coleslaw in white bowl

Creamy, Tangy Purple Coleslaw-Kit’s Kitchen

This unique purple coleslaw recipe is my go-to bbq side dish! It’s fresh, flavorful, and the color is just perfect for parties.

Spicy coleslaw in white bowl

Spicy Coleslaw– Christina’s Cucina

Spicy coleslaw is the side dish you didn’t know you needed in your life! Try it once and you’ll never be bored with cole slaw again.

Grilled corn on white plate

Grilled Corn on the Cob– Dinner At The Zoo

This grilled corn on the cob is ears of fresh corn that are cooked until charred and caramelized, then brushed with garlic and herb butter. A quick and easy side dish that’s perfect for summer entertaining.

corn salsa in glass dish with spoon

Roasted Chili Corn Salsa- The Food Blog

Roasted chili corn salsa is a delicious side dish for anything BBQ, including meats, chicken, seafood, and grilled tacos.

Pea salad with cheese, peas, red onions and bacon in a dish

Pea Salad-Chef Savvy

This easy Homemade Pea Salad recipe makes the perfect side dish for summer barbecues, family get-togethers, and weeknight dinners. Loaded with peas, cheddar cheese, red onion, and lots of bacon.

Quinoa salad for bbq with tomatoes, olives, quinoa and chickpeas in white bowl

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas (Vegan)– The Green Loot

Craving a light, but super healthy and high-protein side dish? This is it! The tasty Mediterranean flavors make this easy salad an instant favorite. A must-have for BBQ.

Orzo salad with peppers and tomatoes in white bowl with wooden spoon

Rainbow Orzo Salad– Fresh Apron

Rainbow Orzo Salad is a bright and colorful salad that’s perfect for warmer weather. It’s crunchy, light, and fresh. This easy pasta salad is the perfect BBQ side dish.

Summer BBQ salad with tortellini, pesto and tomatoes

Pesto Tortellini Pasta Salad– Season and Thyme

Pesto tortellini pasta salad is the perfect summer bbq side dish recipe. It only uses 5 ingredients and takes 15 minutes to make.

Pasta salad with bacon and tomatoes

BLT Pasta Salad– The Skinnyish Dish

This BLT Pasta Salad recipe is a super delicious spin-off of the iconic bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich. Tender noodles, crispy bacon, and fresh cherry tomatoes are tossed in a creamy ranch-inspired dressing. Make double cause there won’t be any leftovers at the BBQ!

Avocado salad with pasta and tomatoes in glass bowl

Avocado Pasta Salad– Served From Scratch

This Avocado Pasta Salad is one that’ll be different than all the others on the cookout table. It’s creamy, bright, packed full of (hidden) spinach, healthy pasta salad that just happens to be vegan-friendly.

Rotini pasta with black olives, tomatoes, cheese and pepperoni in bowl

Easy Pasta Salad– I Heart Eating

This easy recipe takes simple ingredients like vegetables, cheese, pepperoni, and a homemade Italian dressing and turns them into the perfect side dish!

Pasta, lettuce, chicken, croutons and cheese in white bowl

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad– Simply Stacie

The BBQ side you’ll make every summer! Take your favorite salad poolside with this spin on bowtie pasta salad with homemade caesar dressing and crispy bacon.

Summer Barbecue Macaroni Salad in White Bowl

Macaroni Salad– Will Cook For Smiles

Try this easy and delicious macaroni salad recipe. It’s the perfect summer side dish for your next bbq, picnic, or potluck dinner.

Macaroni salad with carrots and a pineapple on top in a white dish

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad– The Cooking Duo

Welcome to a Hawaiian paradise of creamy, tangy, and savory flavors! Authentic Hawaiian Macaroni Salad is an easy-to-make side dish for your next BBQ or picnic.

Macaroni salad with peppers, corn and chicken in bowl

Chicken Macaroni Salad– Maple and Mango

Chicken Macaroni Salad! A delicious cross between a creamy pasta salad and a chicken salad. Super easy to throw together and great for summer BBQs.

Red potato salad with bacon in white bowl

Red Skin Potato Salad- Fresh Coast Eats

This creamy red-skin potato salad with bacon and sour cream is the ultimate summer side dish.
Boiled red skin potatoes are tossed with mayonnaise, sour cream, and white wine vinegar then combined with crunchy celery and green onion, fresh herbs, and topped off with crispy bacon.
Potato salad with red potatoes in bowl

Old Fashioned Potato Salad-Love From the Oven

Old-fashioned potato salad is just like what grandma used to make! You can always buy potato salad pre-made at the store, but it will never compare to this delicious homemade potato salad.

Loaded potato salad in white dish

Loaded Potato Salad– Modern Honey

The perfect baked potato salad recipe is perfect for your next party, potluck, or a BBQ side dish.

healthy potato salad recipe with no eggs in white bowl with wooden spoon

Healthy Dill Potato Salad (No Eggs)– Haute and Healthy Living

Made with no eggs, this healthy potato salad is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Potatoes and onions in foil cooked on the grill

Grilled Potatoes and Onions in Foil– The Welcoming Table

Easy grilled potatoes and onions cooked in a foil pan. A delicious summer side dish recipe for your next barbecue.

Twice baked potatoes in dish with cheese

Ultimate Twice Baked Potatoes– Heather Barrett

Crispy on the outside with a creamy fluffy inside. These twice-baked potatoes are cheesy and the perfect side dish for your next cookout.

bbq side dish recipe with mango, avocado and black beans

Mango, Avocado, and Black Bean Salad– J Cooking Odyssey

This easy summer side dish recipe is loaded with delicious flavor combinations and can be made in minutes.

Watermelon salad with cucumbers, red onions and feta cheese in bowl

Watermelon Salad-Amanda’s Cookin’

Crisp cucumber and red onion, tangy feta cheese, cooling mint, and juicy-sweet watermelon combine in this colorful watermelon salad.

Instant Pot BBQ Side Dish Recipes

Do you have an instant pot? I love using my instant pot to make side dishes, especially during the summer months because it’s so easy to cook potatoes, macaroni, and eggs for salads. 

Potato salad made in the Instant Pot in a white bowl

Instant Pot Bacon Potato Salad– Cooking with Curls

Instant Pot Bacon Potato Salad is guaranteed to be a hit at all of this summer’s potlucks and barbecues. It is simple to prepare and makes the perfect side dish!

Baked beans in white bowl that was made in Instant pot

Instant Pot Baked Beans– Dishes With Dad

These Instant Pot Baked Beans are smokey and sweet and, using the pressure cooking magic of the Instant Pot, they’re an easy side dish for your summer backyard barbecues that blow away canned beans.

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There you go, 32 easy summer bbq side dishes for your next cookout. Hopefully, you’ve been inspired to try one (or many) of these delicious summer sides.

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