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The Ultimate Guide to Summer Side Dishes

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Summer Side Dishes collage showing numerous different side dishes.

The summer season seems to bring about some of the best side dishes period. Whether they are grilled, tossed as a salad, or just make use of all of the seasons best produce, summer time barbecues and potlucks never seem to disappoint. So to celebrate this season of glorious side dishes I asked my fellow food blogger friends for their best summer side dishes. The result, this ultimate guide of drool worthy summer side dishes.

I have broken this guide down into 5 different categories.

  1. ‘Grilled Sides’, because summer is grilling season.
  2. ‘Potato Salads’, these beautiful salads always seem to make any grilled meat or picnic taste better.
  3. ‘Pasta Salads’, The ultimate classic summer side dish.
  4. ‘Summer Salads’, gorgeous salads using fresh summer flavors and produce.
  5. And ‘Others’, because some of these amazing side dishes are just too good to be limited to a category.

So take your pick and rock this summer with the ultimate guide to summer side dishes!

Grilled Sides

Summer Side Dishes

Bacon Ranch Grilled PotatoesGather for Bread

Grilled Cabbage Steaks with Blue Cheese & BaconLow Carb Yum

Butter Basil Sweet CornBuy This Cook That

Summer Side Dishes

Super Quick Balsamic Grilled VegetablesHerbivore Cucina

Crispy Cheesy Grilled PotatoesBet On Dinner

Mushroom Skewers in Lemony Italian DressingSimply Vegetarian 777

Miso Grilled CornDiversivore

Summer Side Dishes

Sweet and Savory Grilled EggplantPlatter Talk

Grilled Zucchini with Mint, Lemon, and FetaErica Julson

Grilled Cabbage with Asian Lime DressingTasting Page

Potato Salads

Summer Side Dishes

Healthier Bacon Ranch Potato SaladThe Schmidty Wife

Lightened Up Potato Salad with Golden BeetsA Side of Sweet

Garden Salsa Potato SaladApples for CJ

Summer Side Dishes

German Potato SaladKleinworth & Co.

Chive Pesto Potato SaladCiao Florentina

Creamy Tropical Sweet Potato SaladAthletic Avocado

Potato Salad with Green Beans and Rustic PestoThe Organic Kitchen

Summer Side Dishes

Avocado Potato SaladNatalie’s Food and Health

Pasta Salads

Summer Side Dishes

Lauren’s Pasta SaladA Nerd Cooks

Deviled Egg Macaroni Pasta SaladTrial and Eater

Grandmom’s Macaroni SaladMary Ellen’s Cooking Creations

Summer Side Dishes

BLT Pasta Salad with Ranch DressingMy Gorgeous Recipes

Fresh Spinach, Tomato, and Mozzarella Pasta SaladCitrus Blossom Bliss

Angel Hair Pasta SaladThe Gifted Gabber

Tortellini Pasta Salad with Italian DressingSavory Tooth

Summer Side Dishes

Summer Veggie Pasta SaladGarnish & Glaze

Marinated Artichoke Hearts Pasta SaladVeggies Save The Day

Farfalle with Pepperoni, Mozzarella, and BroccoliGarlic & Zest

Coleslaw Pasta SaladTogether As Family

Summer Side Dishes

Aunt Gert’s Sweet Macaroni Salad4 Sons ‘R’ Us


Summer Salads

Summer Side Dishes

Two Bean Mediterranean SaladThe Schmidty Wife

Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad with Strawberries, Apples, & BaconThe Schmidty Wife

Summer Side Dishes

Healthy Tomato Cucumber Avocado SaladPeas & Crayons

Grilled Corn, Nectarine, and Mixed Bean SaladJagruti’s Cooking Odyssey

Italian Chopped SaladThe Harvest Kitchen

Summer Side Dishes

Summer Panzanella with Garlic Butter BreadInnocent Delight

Arugula Watermelon Feta Salad Served From Scratch

Vegan Mexican Chopped Salad with Avocado DressingHappy Kitchen. Rocks

BLT Coleslaw with Shaved Brussel SproutsThe Sunday Glutton

Potluck-Worthy Big {Cuban} Salad with Spicy Maple-Lemon Cashew SauceThe Good Hearted Women

Summer Side Dishes

Caprese SaladPreppy Kitchen

Best Italian Chopped Salad GreensShe Loves Biscotti

Easy Summer Salad with BlueberriesFamily Food on the Table

Mexican Street Corn SaladCaroline’s Cooking

Summer Side Dishes

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Roasted Lemon and GarlicSimple Fresh Dinner

Chickpea Avocado SaladChews and Brews


Summer Side Dishes

Jalapeño Corn CakesIsabel Eats

Watermelon Vodka Mint SaladServed From Scratch

Smoky Poblano Corn DipTaste And See

Summer Side Dishes

Balsamic Strawberry Toasted Crostini with Ricotta & Fresh BasilHome & Plate

Berry Cheesecake SaladDinner at the Zoo

Easy Classic Tomato BruschettaAn Italian In My Kitchen

Easy Lentil Potato PattiesSavory Spin

Summer Side Dishes

Watermelon Ice Pops Recipe Kids Can MakeEating Richly

I hope you give these recipes a try and have a safe & enjoyable summer! 🙂

Peace & Love

Lauren, The Schmidty Wife

Summer Side Dishes

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Tuesday 18th of July 2017

Wow. Such an interesting and delightful collection. Loved the post.

Amy Katz from Veggies Save The Day

Wednesday 12th of July 2017

Thank you for including my Marinated Artichoke Hearts Pasta Salad!

Kelly - A Side of Sweet

Tuesday 11th of July 2017

So many great recipes! It makes me want to host a barbecue!

the Schmidty Wife

Tuesday 11th of July 2017

Thanks Kelly! And it makes me want to host a barbecue too!


Tuesday 11th of July 2017

Wow this is one amazing summer collection. Thank you so much for including my Avocado Potato Salad. Well this leaves me with no other thing than to save all recipes and try them one by one. I have all summer long ;)

the Schmidty Wife

Tuesday 11th of July 2017

Thanks for sharing your recipe with me Natalie! And I think we still have enough summer days were you should be able to make them all ;)

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Tuesday 11th of July 2017

Great collection of summer recipes! Thanks for including my Garden Salsa Potato Salad :) Sharing :)

the Schmidty Wife

Tuesday 11th of July 2017

Thanks Stephanie! And thanks for sharing your recipe with me :)

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