20 Easy Sides for Any BBQ

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Here’s my motto for backyard BBQs: Let the sides be many, and let them be simple. The main dish might be an impressive rack of saucy ribs, but a generous spread of salad, slaws, and summery sides is always the hit of the party. From summertime classics like corn on the cob and potato salad to tangy slaw and pasta salad, here are 20 easy side dishes to serve up for BBQs all season long.

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How To Make the Best Classic Potato Salad(Image credit: Emma Christensen)

Summertime Classics

There are certain well-loved classics that everyone expects to see at summer BBQs and cookouts — I’m talking about sides like corn on the cob, potato salad, and baked beans. They’re the staple sides you can never go wrong with.

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Avocado Caprese Salad(Image credit: Ghazalle Badiozamani)

Crowd-Pleasing Salads

Come summer, there is no such thing as too many salads. Right now we are inundated with the most amazing array of fresh veggies and herbs. Turning them into a colorful salad is the simplest side for any meal, a particular winner for BBQ’s, and it usually means not having to turn on the oven or stove.

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Cabbage Apple Slaw with Honey-Lime Dressing(Image credit: Ghazalle Badiozamani)

Tangy Slaws

Where there are summer BBQs, there is a crunchy slaw in the spread of side dishes. Slaws are all about simplicity. They come together with few ingredients, and are even better when you can make them a bit in advance.

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Greek Pasta Salad(Image credit: Ghazalle Badiozamani)

Pasta Salads

The beauty of pasta salad is that it’s a welcoming vehicle for just about any kind of veggies, cheese, meat, and dressing. Get a head start by cooking the pasta a day in advance and stashing it in the fridge.

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