Summer Side Dish Salad Recipes

No matter how great your ribs are, or how tender the grilled chicken, if the side dishes are lacking, your summer spread is just not all it could be. Here are some crowd-pleasing side dish recipes to make your next summer meal complete. The secret to a great side dish is its ability to complement the main courses, yet be interesting enough to stand up on their own.

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    Traditional Potato Salad Photo (c) John Mitzewich

    Easy, classic and delicious; this potato salad recipe is always a crowd pleaser.

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    Photo (c) John Mitzewich

    This cool, colorful, and crunchy Southwestern corn salad recipe is perfect when fresh corn is in season, and you want to bring something fabulous to that summer cookout. Frozen corn may be used, but the salad just won't have that same sweet, crisp snap.

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    Photo (c) John Mitzewich
    This simple barbecue beans recipe makes a classic side dish for any of your grilled meats. The real secret of these delicious barbecue beans is the chopped barbecued pork, which gives the recipe its deep, rich flavor.
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    Photo (c) John Mitzewich

    Take your time, and use your sharpest knife to get a nice fine dice on the veggies in this classic pasta salad. When made right, this is a macaroni salad where every forkful bursts with flavor.

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    Photo © Flickr user rick

    This honey mustard coleslaw recipe is sweet, tangy and delicious. It's a perfect coleslaw recipe to pair with almost any grilled meat or chicken.

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    Waldorf Salad. Photo (c) John Mitzewich

    Invented in 1896 at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City, this is America's most famous fruit salad. One taste of this crunchy, juicy, sweet, and tangy salad, and you'll know why it's such a favorite.

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    Photo (c) John Mitzewich

    They don't call Boston "Beantown" for nothing. This bacon-spiked Boston baked beans side dish recipe is perfect for picnics and potlucks.

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    Photo (c) John Mitzewich
    A tangy sour cream dressing turns a basic potato salad recipe into something special. This potato salad recipe can be done with russet, red, or gold potatoes.
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    Photo (c) Andrea Bell
    This healthy sweet potato salad features a low-fat honey mustard dressing, and would make a great change of pace from more traditional potato salads.
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    Photo © Flickr user fab4chiky
    This quick and easy green bean salad recipe is very low fat thanks to a light, simple rice vinegar dressing. Rice vinegar has a natural sweet and tangy flavor that pairs perfectly with the fresh mint. A cold green bean salad is a very refreshing side dish served next to richer foods.