The Best Side Dishes for Your Next Barbecue

Easy and simple recipes that will have your guests going back for seconds
The Best BBQ Side Dishes
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Burgers, ribs, hot dogs: The main course at the BBQ always gets the glory. But everyone knows where it’s really at: the sides. Whether it’s the traditional coleslaw that’s been showing up at the family party for years or an unexpected grilled vegetable that has the crowd fighting for seconds, side dishes complete any barbecue. They’re the wind beneath the burger’s wings, and today, we’re giving them the spotlight.

After you've mastered your burger technique, make some room for our favorite side dishes. They’re the real life of the party.

This article was originally published on 6/27/16 and was updated by Delia Mooney with additional recipes and photography on 7/28/17.

  • Grilled Sweet Potato Salad

    We swap boiled Yukon Golds for grilled sweet potatoes and toss them with a fragrant dressing of yogurt, turmeric, Thai basil and ginger. You won't be able to go back to traditional potato salad after you've had this version.

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  • Spiralized Root Vegetable Salad

    This pretty salad may throw your pals for a loop, but once they dig in, they won’t be able to hold back. It’s savory, refreshing and seriously satisfying.

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  • Grilled Halloumi-and-Tomato Skewers

    Grilled halloumi might be one of the most underrated ingredients out there. Charred on the grill, this salty Greek cheese is perfect with bright tomatoes.

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  • Grilled Asparagus with Apricot and Pine Nut Romesco

    Apricot romesco ramps up this traditional side about 100 notches. You’ll want to put it on everything.

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  • Roasted Poblano Guacamole

    While we're getting a little wild, why not hit your standard guacamole with some Southern charm? Charred poblano peppers impart a smoky flavor you’ll crave for all future guacamoles.

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  • Shaved Summer Squash Salad

    Make this light and fresh raw shaved salad, made with squash that's tossed with herbs and chiles before getting nested over a bed of creamy ricotta and topped with a honey and herb oil.

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  • Grilled Cabbage and Mango Slaw

    This is not your average coleslaw recipe: We bump up the flavor by grilling the cabbage and mango, and then tossing them in a jalapeño vinaigrette.

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  • Pasta Salad, 5 Ways

    Master the perfect pasta salad by making one of these colorful side dishes bursting with height-of-the-season produce and dressed in a bright vinaigrette.

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  • Fried Pickle Chips

    Replace those fries with these tangy and crispy fried pickles, and serve alongside your favorite sandwich and grilled meats.

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