Not sure what to take to a cookout potluck? You’re sure to find a delicious, easy, and crowd-pleasing option in this round-up of cookout side dishes for summer barbecues!
Oh, cookout season, how I love you. I do enjoy a good grilled cheeseburger or hot dog…but I live for the side dishes. Especially at a potluck (which cookouts often are), when everybody brings a favorite dish and you end up with a smorgasbord full of the best-of-the-best summer food. Pair that with beautiful weather, good friends, and good conversation, and it doesn’t get much better!
Okay, let’s talk summer sides. Of course, there are your classic cookout side dishes: baked beans, corn on the cob, macaroni and cheese, deviled eggs, etc. And then, you’ve got your cookout side dish “salad” line up: fruit salad, pasta salad, macaroni salad, potato salad, and coleslaw. If you’re in the mood to jazz it up a little bit, you could put a creative spin on a classic with a loaded baked potato version of potato salad or a garden-fresh caprese pasta salad. Really, though, you can’t go wrong – whether it’s traditional family recipe you’ve been making for ages or a new spin on something you just came across on Pinterest, cookout food is the best! (And I’m not even touching on dessert here…I live for summer cookout desserts!)
I’ve included all kinds of cookout side dishes in this round-up – some of your standard classics, some classics-with-a-twist, and some you may never have thought about! Most of these are one dish/bowl recipes that would be easy to make ahead at home and then bring to a potluck cookout.
Pinterest Etiquette reminder: I’d be happy for you to pin the collage graphic at the top of this page, but if you’d like to pin any one of these fabulous recipes individually, please visit the original source and pin from there!
Classic Macaroni Salad from Yellow Bliss Road
Cheddar Jalapeno Cornbread from Eating on a Dime
Fresh Green Bean Salad with Balsamic Dressing from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe
Summer Roasted Vegetable Orzo Salad from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe
Strawberry Spinach Salad from unOriginal Mom
Cucumber Noodle, Watermelon, and Feta Salad from Two Peas and their Pod
Strawberry Pretzel Salad from The Recipe Critic
Macaroni and Cheese from Kitchen Treaty
(this is our family’s favorite mac and cheese recipe!)
Grilled Corn, Basil, and Tomato Salad from Through Her Looking Glass
Broccoli Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad from Julia’s Album
Mom’s Classic Potato Salad from Iowa Girl Eats
Broccoli Salad from Shurgary Sweets
Baked Potato Salad from Tastes Better from Scratch
Creamy Parmesan Baked Corn from Gather for Bread
Cheesy Potato Casserole from Laughing Spatula
Melon Pineapple Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Mint Dressing from Cooking Classy
Chicken Apple Pasta Salad from Landeelu
Caprese Pasta Salad from Pip and Ebby
Black Bean Salsa from unOriginal Mom
Italian Tortellini Pasta Salad from Delightful E Made
Best Baked Beans from The Girl Who Ate Everything
Berry Watermelon Fruit Salad from Fork Knife Swoon
BBQ Macaroni Salad from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe
Apple Cranberry Almond Coleslaw from Cooking Classy
7 Layer Dip from i Heart Naptime
Happy Cookout season!!!
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[…] some side dish inspiration, why not try one (or all!) of these delicious options: Potato salad: A classic cookout side, potato salad is the perfect complement to grilled brats. Coleslaw: Another picnic staple, coleslaw […]