22 Side Dishes That Never Fail to Impress, Perfect for a BBQ, Church Picnic, or Potluck

A backyard barbecue is an iconic Summer staple and an American family favorite. Every family has its own unique way to make their barbecue special. However, just as crucial as the barbecue itself are the versatile sides that go with it! We have compiled 22 splendid side dishes, both classic and creative, to spice up your next BBQ!

 

Strawberry Pecan Salad

Strawberry Pecan Salad
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This salad is a strawberry lover’s dream! Strawberries are presented fresh on top as well as in the dressing for maximum strawberry flavor! The mixed green salad is tossed in a tangy strawberry balsamic. It’s a super healthy and bright addition to your next BBQ!

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Chipotle Corn Ribs

Chipotle Corn Ribs
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These Chipotle Corn Ribs are sure to be a spicy sensation! Corn cobs are sliced into ribs and coated in vegan butter and smoky chipotle powder. They are then grilled to perfection to provide a spectacular vegan side!

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Summer Tortellini Salad

Summer Tortellini Salad
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This Summer Tortellini Salad is a great twist on the classic pasta salad! It’s filled with fresh, in-season Summer veggies paired with perfectly cooked cheese tortellini, topped with a zesty Italian dressing to tantalize the taste buds!

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Tzatziki Cucumber Salad

Tzatziki Cucumber Salad
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Tzatziki Cucumber Salad is a refreshing Mediterranean side dish perfect for accompanying grilled food! Cucumbers and red onion are coated in a tangy tzatziki sauce. It’s super creamy and fresh, perfect for hot Summer days!

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Easy Smoked Mac and Cheese

Easy Smoked Mac and Cheese
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Mac and Cheese is an iconic BBQ side, and everyone has their favorite way to do it. Be prepared to add another tasty variation! This classic and creamy mac and cheese is infused with a subtle and delicious smoky flavor. Perfect to pair with BBQ!

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Herby Crispy Potato and White Bean Salad

Herby Crispy Potato and White Bean Salad
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This salad uses baked potatoes instead of boiled potatoes for extra flavor. It is tossed with a variety of delicious herbs and veggies and finished with an olive oil vinaigrette. If you don’t like mayonnaise but still want a potato salad, this is your answer!

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Miso Glazed Zucchini

Miso Glazed Zucchini
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Miso-glazed zucchini are super simple to make and elevate an already delicious grilled side. Miso adds a delicious twist to the zucchini, making these zucchini look stunning and taste just as good!

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Vegan Couscous Salad

Vegan Couscous Salad
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Couscous salad is a versatile and vibrant side dish for any occasion! The super fresh flavors work especially well for any BBQ. However, it is also super simple to customize with what you want or have on hand!

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Gluten-Free Corn Muffins

Gluten-Free Corn Muffins
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The recipe is super simple and perfect for beginner bakers. The corn muffins have a wonderful texture and slightly sweet taste. They are a wonderful gluten-free version of a BBQ favorite!

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Pesto Pasta Salad

Pesto Pasta Salad
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This Pesto Pasta Salad is full of classic Italian flavors and super easy to assemble! Basil pesto is the coating for a combination of fresh veggies and creamy mozzarella. This is an Italian edition of a must-have BBQ side!

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Grilled Potato Salad Skewers

Grilled Potato Salad Skewers
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These Grilled Potato Salad Skewers are a super innovative twist on a classic side. Classic potato salad ingredients are skewered and grilled. Drizzled with a delicious dressing. An elevated new take on a BBQ favorite!

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Grilled Garlic Mushroom Kebabs

Grilled Garlic Mushroom Kebabs
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Kebabs are a delicious and fun way to add vegetables to a BBQ. Marinated vegetables make for fresh and citrusy skewers. They’re easy to customize with your favorite vegetables or for picky eaters!

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Fresh Mango Salsa

Fresh Mango Salsa
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This salsa is super delicious and can be made in 10 minutes or less! Salsa and sips are a must-have, and this salsa is the perfect combination of sweet and sour. It is full of tropical flavor and a nice change from regular salsa!

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Watermelon Feta Basil Salad

Watermelon Feta Basil Salad
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This Watermelon Feta Basil Salad is a masterpiece of balanced Summer flavor! Sweet and fresh fruit is mixed with salty feta and tossed in a tangy blueberry balsamic. Sprinkled with basil for an herby ending to an easy potluck powerhouse!

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Miracle Whip Coleslaw

Miracle Whip Coleslaw
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Coleslaw is another must-have side dish for a BBQ. This Miracle Whip Coleslaw takes a classic dish and keeps it that way! Four ingredients make for a quick, crowd-pleasing side dish.

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Potato Salad

Potato Salad
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This Potato Salad is a zesty and spiced version of the classic side dish. It is still a super creamy potato salad seasoned with cayenne and paprika for a kick; mustard is added to the sauce for an extra bump of zesty Creole flavor. It is a perfect side for spice lovers!

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Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
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Just five ingredients and an Instant Pot are all you need to make fluffy, fantastic mashed potatoes! This recipe uses an Instant Pot, which means no stovetop is necessary, and it’s super fast! It’s an iconic BBQ side dish made fast and easy!

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Crispy Smashed Fingerling Potatoes

Crispy Smashed Fingerling Potatoes
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These Crispy Smashed Fingerling Potatoes are a textural wonderland! The potatoes are boiled first and then baked for a super crispy exterior. They are coated in garlic and herb butter. They are loved by kids and adults alike!

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Grilled Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Grilled Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus
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With just three simple ingredients, these Grilled Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus are a fast fix but look super fancy! Cooking them on the grill adds an extra layer of flavor. They make an excellent side for any grilled meat!

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Supreme Pasta Salad

Supreme Pasta Salad
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This Supreme Pasta Salad uses classic pasta salad flavors with two twists. The dressing is the iconic Olive Garden Italian dressing. The pasta is also gluten-free, allowing those who might not normally get to eat pasta to enjoy it!

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Cowboy Caviar

Cowboy Caviar
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Cowboy Caviar is a super hearty variation of salsa. Brimming with classic salsa flavors as well as delicious beans. It’s a super nutritious and fun way to bring a new type of salsa to the BBQ!

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Chickpea Pasta Salad

Chickpea Pasta Salad
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This chickpea pasta salad is super healthy and full of fresh Mediterranean flavor! Your choice of pasta is mixed with multiple herbs and veggies and tossed in a lemon vinaigrette. It’s like eating Summer in a bowl!

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