Cookout Side Dishes | Summer Recipes

From baked beans and coleslaw to pickles and pasta salad, this collection of cookout side dishes will help make your summer parties extra delicious.

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Heading to a cookout of barbecue this weekend? This list of recipes is here to help you choose the perfect summer side dish.

homemade coleslaw

Church Supper Coleslaw

Aimee Seavey

Church Supper Coleslaw
Cold and crunchy coleslaw might come from Dutch origins, but the shredded cabbage salad is an American summer classic.

Macaroni and Cheese
The ultimate crowd-pleaser and one of our favorite cookout side dishes. This version of macaroni and cheese is made with lots of extra sharp Vermont cheddar, a pinch of red pepper flakes, and a crispy topping made from Japanese Panko breadcrumbs.

Five-Cup Ambrosia Salad
The summer season was made for cookout sides like Five Cup Ambrosia Salad made with sour cream, marshmallows, pineapple, coconut, and mandarin oranges.

American Potato Salad

American Potato Salad

Jen Perez

American Potato Salad
A cookout side dishes classic! Flavored with scallions, celery, and sweet pickle, this classic American-style potato salad will soon become a family favorite.

Amish Macaroni Salad
This recipe for Amish macaroni salad is a delicious summertime classic! The sugar lends a sweetness to it that acts as a nice counterpart to the vinegar.

Baked Beans
Baked beans might be #1 on a list of New England cookout side dishes — can you envision a cookout, potluck, or a ham supper without molasses and brown sugar-kissed baked beans? This recipe is a classic.

Greek Pasta Salad | Yankee Recipe Archives (2001)

Greek Pasta Salad

Aimee Seavey

Greek Pasta Salad
This Greek pasta salad recipe combines artichoke hearts, olives, feta, spinach, and fresh basil. A perfect summer side dish!

Scalloped Potatoes with Bacon
This recipe for picnic scalloped potatoes with bacon is a great take-along side dish for your next outdoor gathering. Simply cover tightly in foil and pack it in your basket until it’s time to eat.

Roasted Potato Salad
Besides being easy to make and delicious, this potato salad can be served warm, at room temperature, or cold, which makes it perfect for every occasion, from picnics to cabin fever potlucks.

Garlicky Cheese-Crusted Corn

Garlicky Cheese-Crusted Corn

Keller + Keller

Garlicky Cheese-Crusted Corn
It’s a little more complicated than traditional corn-on-the-cob, but if you’ve ever had elote — Mexican grilled corn — you’ll know how delicious it is when you serve the cobs with a thin film of mayonnaise and a sprinkle of cheese.

24-Hour Half-Sour Dill Pickles
What’s a cookout without pickles? This recipe for homemade half-sour dill pickles is so simple. Place pickling cucumbers in a jar, add the spices, then pour a vinegar-water-salt mixture over the top. Leave sealed for 24 hours and you’re done!

Corn & Tomato Salad
This dish is one of our favorite ways to make the most of summer’s seasonal flavors. Tomatoes, corn, and fresh herbs combine into a tasty and colorful side.

Cookout Side Dishes

Corn and Tomato Salad

Heath Robbins

Do you have a favorite in this list of cookout side dishes? Is there one we missed? Let us know!


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