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Grilled shrimp is a summer staple in my household — it’s fast, easy, and infinitely adaptable. While it makes for a great appetizer, I think the best way to enjoy grilled shrimp is to put it front and center as the main event. Pair it with a simple salad or side and you’ve got a fuss-free dinner that’s ready in no time, which is exactly how meals should be this time of year.
Since grilled shrimp is such a versatile main dish (these three different versions are in my current rotation), what you serve it with is equally as flexible. From tangy carrot slaw to a colorful Israeli couscous salad, we’ve rounded up 35 of the best grilled shrimp sides for a satisfying dinner.
Crisp and Crunchy Coleslaws
Coleslaw is such a standby this time of year. Not only is it crisp and refreshing, but it also can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge to be reached for whenever you need it.
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This simple recipe uses shredded cruciferous vegetables, which is combined with almonds, dried cherries, and a honey-mustard dressing.Go to Recipe
If you’re in the mood to keep things light, a salad filled with seasonal vegetables is an easy way to turn grilled shrimp into dinner.
Pasta and Grain Salads
For the evenings when you need a little something more, toss together a salad that’s a touch heartier. These pasta and grain salads will round out the plate and satisfy everyone at the table.
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Pesto Pasta Salad
Nothing says summer like tendrils of pasta, fresh mozzarella pearls, juicy tomatoes, and crunchy cucumber dressed in a basil pesto sauce.Go to Recipe
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Greek Pasta Salad
This Greek-inspired pasta salad is filled with tomatoes, cucumbers, Kalamata olives, and feta and dressed in a tangy oregano vinaigrette. Go to Recipe
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Antipasto Grain Salad
This vibrant, no-wilt farro salad, which is packed with buttery olives, peppadew peppers, fresh mozzarella, and more, gets even better as it sits.Go to Recipe
Sides from the Grill
Since the grill is already on, you might as well cook the entire dinner right on the grates. Toss some corn on the cob or veggie kebabs on the grill and you’ve got a tasty side for your shrimp.
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Grilled Brussels Sprouts
When tossed with a simple honey and whole-grain mustard dressing, threaded onto skewers, and seared over the hot flames of the grill, Brussels sprouts become wonderfully tender with a caramelized coating of crispy outer leaves.Go to Recipe