75 Ultimate Summer Sides & Salads

Don't let the burgers and dogs steal the show at your next cookout. From salad to slaw, these summer sides will make sure your whole meal sizzles.

Zucchini Ribbons with Basil Butter

"This recipe is fantastic, easy and healthy."

-Garlic Chick

Creamy Broccoli Pasta Salad

"I was wondering when I would find a tasty, low-calorie and wonderful-tasting pasta salad. I finally found it."

-Andi of Longmeadow Farm

Lemon Couscous

"This is a light and easy summer salad. It has a really nice taste."


Dorito Taco Salad

"I made this for dinner the other night and my family gobbled it up in no time."


Heirloom Tomato Panzanella

"This has an excellent combination of flavors, and I love the added texture of the crispy bread."

-Columbus Foodie

Ranch Macaroni Salad

"This is delicious! I loved the dressing so much that I made another batch of it, added milk to make it the consistency of salad dressing, and used it on tossed salad."


Mango Salsa

Whether you're serving it alongside freshly-grilled fish, steak, or just eating it with a spoon, this mango salsa adds a sweet, pleasantly spicy kick to any summer plate.

Shrimp Fried Rice Cups

"Finally, a shrimp fried rice recipe... to-go! These are so fun for parties, and the recipe is such a great way to use up leftover rice!"

-Jonathan Melendez

Refrigerator Kosher Dill Pickles

"I’ve been making dill pickles for 40 years, always looking for the perfect taste, but never quite getting there. I was just about ready to stop growing cucumbers and just buy Claussen's, but then I tried this recipe. Eureka! These dills are dead simple to make and awesomely delicious. Thank you for ending a 40 year quest!"

-Dan S.

Granny's Fried Green Tomatoes

"Turned out great! I didn't have any lemon pepper seasoning, so I just marinated in lemon juice and black pepper for about 10 minutes."


Ginger & Lime Coleslaw

"This is an awesome slaw recipe. It is easy to prepare and over-the-top good."


Foil-Wrapped Grilled Potatoes

"Very good potatoes! So easy and tasty. I used smoked paprika and skipped the dill. A perfect side dish for a backyard get together."


Greek Village Salad

"This salad hit the spot on a hot summer's day. It was refreshing and so attractive."


Grilled Corn on the Cob

"This worked perfectly. I enjoyed the bits of char-grill on my corn. I'll make this easy recipe again."


Caesar Tortellini Salad

"Made this with the addition of chicken for a main course salad. Very tasty!"


Fried Yellow Squash

"The flour double dip is the secret. The coating was perfect! I placed my flour mixture in a Ziploc bag and shook my squash in it to get an even coat, both before and after the wash. Less mess. Less dishes. Less work. Happy me."

-Beth G.

BLT Salad

"What an easy and yummy salad. It's a great way to use my homegrown summer tomatoes."


Strawberry Salad with Chocolate Dressing

"This was delicious and so very easy to make."


Carb-Free Spinach Bread

"This is a great low-carb treat. I used it for a delicious sandwich that made me feel like I wasn't cheating on my diet."


Rotisserie Chicken Salad

"I loved this salad. Rotisserie chicken allows for a quick dinner with many flavor options, too."

-Mommy Diva

Watermelon Salad

"Delicious salad — refreshingly sweet and tangy, perfect for summer barbecues!"


Vegetarian Taco Pasta Salad

"This was delightful with a nice mix of sweet and spicy flavors!"

-Kumquat the Cat's friend

Homemade French Fries

"What a great way to cook fries. These turned out soft and delicious on the inside and crispy and crunchy on the outside."


Baked Potatoes

"I made these last night with steak, and they were so good. The salted skin made the potato."

-chef mommy pepitone

Citrus & Fennel Salad

"What a delicious salad! The peppery arugula goes beautifully with the refreshing vinaigrette. It would be perfect for a dinner party."

-Delicious as it Looks


"Never mind air, I have my hummus. I loved this dish."


Grilled Vegetable Salad

"I really loved this. Even the leftovers had a wonderful grilled flavor."


Mango, Pineapple & Kiwi Salad

"I would give this recipe more than 5 stars if allowed. It is the most amazing combination of flavors. It's sweet and tart, then you get an after kick of hot pepper, garlic, or cilantro. The lime juice is the perfect ingredient to bring all the flavors together."

-Miss Annie


"This is a really tasty tabbouleh. The peas and feta make for a perfectly sweet and salty contrast."


Spinach & Ham Pasta Bake

"My husband is a fanatical pasta critic, and even he approved of this recipe."


Fried Tomatillo Caprese Stacks

When you're stuck between friend green tomatoes, Caprese salad and tomatillo salsa you need to drop everything and make these stacked salads — they'll satisfy every craving.

Egg Salad

"Simple is certainly sometimes the best. This salad is easy to make and very tasty."

-Chef Dudo

Baked Potato Salad

"I adore potato salads, especially homemade ones and this was a real winner!"


Ramen Coleslaw

"A great recipe. It has nice, complex flavors. If you let it sit for several hours or overnight, the flavor will be even better."


Egg Salads with Capers & Olives

"This salad was full of flavor. I loved the capers in it."

-French Tart

Tomato & Basil Salad

"There can't possibly be a better way to enjoy fresh, garden tomatoes and basil."


Watermelon Basket Fruit Salad

"This was fun to make! I encourage anyone who tries it to use pumpkin carving equipment to make the job easier."

-Animal Azar

Classic Taco Salad

"This is the taco salad that my mom made for me as a kid! But I often add extra corn or garbanzo beans to make it more flavorful."


Marinated Cucumbers & Tomato

"This salad is easy to make and has a fantastic flavor. I already want to make it again soon."


Watermelon & Feta Salad

"This is a great summer recipe. It's my best friend's favorite, and she eats a lot of salads."

-Pinot Grigio

Mustard Potato Salad

"I finally found the ideal potato salad! The flavor is just perfect for us, and the cream is a nice touch."

-Hey Jude

Classic Tuna Salad

"This is the best tuna salad ever! I didn't want anything exotic, just restaurant-style tuna salad. It has depth and is well-rounded."


Lentil, Bean & Parsley Salad

This green salad is fresh and crunchy with plenty of protein and fiber.

Potato Salad

"This is the secret to perfect potato salad. It is delicious."


Broccoli Salad

"I love this salad. I have been searching for the perfect summer recipe, and this is it, folks."


Oven-Fried Zucchini Chips

"I'd give these more stars if I could. We love them and make them regularly. They take a little time to prepare, but well worth the effort!"


Rainbow Salad

"This has everything I look for in a summer salad. It's fresh, crunchy and colorful — with flavor, flavor and more flavor."

-Inge 1505

Cold Potato Vichyssoise

"This soup is excellent. I used homemade vegetable broth and added a little thyme. Super yum!"


Egg Salad with Bacon & Horseradish

"This is a fantastic, flavorful egg salad. My husband and I both loved it."


Greek Orzo Salad

"This was very good, and a huge hit at the potluck I prepared it for."

-Chef Romano-Clarke

Greek Salad Dressing

"This is delicious! It's just the right amount of tart and sweet. I had this with salad greens and loved it! "


White Cucumber Gazpacho

Served cold, this refreshing soup can be served as a light lunch on a hot day or as a first course for a special summertime dinner party.

Broccoli Slaw

"I absolutely love this recipe. Every time I take this slaw to a party, it gets rave reviews."


Orzo & Grape Salad

"I loved this salad. It had a great blend of flavors."


Barley Salad with Tomatoes & Corn

"This is one of my favorite summer side dishes because of its flexibility and seasonality."

-Kathleen R.

Marinated Vegetable Salad

"This is a great salad. It looks beautiful and tastes delicious."

-Lucky in Bayview

Greek Pasta Salad

"This is a great pasta salad. It has become an entertainment staple in our house."


Barley & Tuna Salad

"This is an excellent recipe. The dressing is nice and light with a lemon-dill flavor."


Tuna & Pea Salad in Shells

"These shells were delicious, and everyone loved them. They were fast and easy to prepare and looked so pretty on the platter."


Macaroni Salad

"This is the best macaroni salad I have ever made, without a doubt. We had a big family get-together and it was the most-popular dish I served."


Spiced Carrot Salad

"This little salad has a bold flavor. I loved the cinnamon in it."


KFC Copycat Coleslaw

"This is by far the best coleslaw I've made in a long time."


Southwestern Pasta Salad

"I took this to a Labor Day cookout, and everyone loved it. It was the first time I've ever used buttermilk, and I was quite impressed."

-Auntie Jan

Grilled Tomatoes & Asparagus

"This is really good. It makes a really nice addition to any BBQ."

-Caryn Gale

Potatoes with Garlic & Mint

"These were very good potatoes. I especially loved the garlic in them."


Black Bean & Corn Salad

"This salad is so delicious and easy to make. It's a great dish for whipping up quickly."

-Recipe Reader

Southern Sweet Potato Salad

"What a delightful change of pace. We really thought the pecans brought a great layer of flavor and texture to this salad."


Hawaiian Mac Salad

Everyone will be happy with this creamy, flavorful pasta salad at your next BBQ party!

Copycat Applebee's Chicken Salad

"This tastes just like the restaurant version. Now I never have to go out to eat."


Cucumber Salad

"This was a really great recipe. I love the dill and garlic together."


Mexican Pasta Salad

"This is a very yummy twist on pasta salad. The beans, corn and bell pepper go great together, and the cheese is a nice addition, too."


Black Bean & Couscous Salad

"This salad is great. It has a wonderful mix of color and flavor."

-Kate in Ontario

Ramen Noodle Salad

"This is a nice salad recipe. It's been a hit at every social gathering this summer."


Caprese Pasta Salad

"This is always a hit. I love that it's a pasta salad without the mayo."

-La Dilettante

2-Pasta Salad

"My family went absolutely crazy over this pasta salad. It's so amazing, I wouldn't change a single thing about it."