15 Summer Side Dishes

Take advantage of the season's bounty with these fresh and yummy side dishes.

Cuban Corn on the Cob

Photo: Tony Christie and Sean Laurenz

Cuban Corn on the Cob

Throw your corn on the grill and sprinkle with parsley, cilantro, and Parmesan cheese for a tasty twist on this classic American dish.

 

Reprinted with permission from Life’s a Beach Cottage: Second Helpings (Modern Museum Publishing, 2008)

Mango Gazpacho

Photo: Jennifer Davick

Mango Gazpacho

This cold summer soup features tasty ripe mangoes. Pack it in a cooler with some ice, and you can even take this soup on a picnic.

Poppy Seed Chicken Salad

Photo: Jennifer Davick

Poppy Seed Chicken Salad

This version of chicken salad is light and juicy--perfect for an outdoor meal. Go tropical and substitute chopped pineapple for the grapes and macadamia nuts for the pecans. Add about 1/2 cup coconut for even more island flavor.

Quinoa, Corn, and Mint Salad

Photo: Melanie Acevedo

Quinoa, Corn, and Mint Salad

Thanks to fresh mint and lemon juice, this seasonal salad is healthful and refreshing. Feel free to substitute orzo, faro, or couscous for the quinoa.

Lemon-Mint Melon Compote

Photo: Jean Allsopp

Lemon-Mint Melon Compote

Take advantage of summer's ripe, juicy melons for this quick and easy salad. A simple syrup adds the right touch of sweetness.

Corn and Black Bean Salad

Photo: Sara Gray

Corn-and-Black Bean Salad

This bright mixture of protein and vegetables is a cinch to make and to transport. Just pack it in a plastic container and enjoy while lounging at the park or the beach.

Watermelon, Heirloom Tomato, and Feta Salad

Photo: Melanie Acevedo

Watermelon, Heirloom Tomato, and Feta Salad

Sweet, juicy watermelon combined with tangy feta and heirloom tomatoes puts a unique spin on traditional fruit salad. Look for fresh tomatoes at your local farmer's market for the brightest flavor.

Salmon Niçoise Pasta Salad

Photo: Jean Allsopp

Salmon Niçoise Pasta Salad    

Pasta salad makes a great choice for warm weather barbecues or picnics. Make this side a meal by adding light and healthful salmon.

Tropical Fruit with Mango Cream

Photo: Howard L. Puckett

Tropical Fruit with Mango Cream

Bring a boring fruit plate to life with this light and airy mango cream. Be sure to choose seasonal summer fruits such as pineapple, kiwi, and melons.

Garden Fresh Green Beans

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Garden Fresh Green Beans

Fresh, in-season green beans are healthful and delicious. Try them with a savory yet simple butter-mushroom combination.

Avocado and Pineapple Salad

Photo: Howard L. Puckett

Avocado and Pineapple Salad

Combine juicy pineapple and fresh, ripe avocado for our lightest and easiest summer salad.

Chilled Avocado Soup

Photo: Jennifer Davick

Chilled Avocado Soup

To serve outdoors, toss this deliciously light soup in a cooler and chill until you're ready to enjoy.

Country Apple Slaw

Photo: Jean Allsopp

Country Apple Slaw

Tart Granny Smith apples mixed with cranberries and cherries give this fresh slaw a sweet and sour flavor.

Lobster Deviled Eggs

Photo: Becky Luigart-Staynor

Lobster Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are a classic picnic staple. Jazz up the popular dish with fresh lobster meat.

Grilled Vegetable Salad with Goat Cheese

Photo: Jean Allsopp

Grilled Vegetable Salad with Goat Cheese

Colorful produce and creamy goat cheese come together to make a satisfying side dish--perfect for a seaside soiree.

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