15 Summer Side Dishes
Take advantage of the season's bounty with these fresh and yummy side dishes.
- Recipe: Cuban Corn on the Cob
Reprinted with permission from Life’s a Beach Cottage: Second Helpings (Modern Museum Publishing, 2008)
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.
- Recipe: Mango Gazpacho
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.
- Recipe: Poppy Seed Chicken 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.
- Recipe: Quinoa, Corn, and Mint Salad
Take advantage of summer's ripe, juicy melons for this quick and easy salad. A simple syrup adds the right touch of sweetness.
- Recipe: Lemon-Mint Melon Compote
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.
- Recipe: Corn and Black Bean 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.
Pasta salad makes a great choice for warm weather barbecues or picnics. Make this side a meal by adding light and healthful salmon.
- Recipe: Salmon Niçoise Pasta Salad
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.
- Recipe: Tropical Fruit with Mango Cream
Fresh, in-season green beans are healthful and delicious. Try them with a savory yet simple butter-mushroom combination.
- Recipe: Garden Fresh Green Beans
Combine juicy pineapple and fresh, ripe avocado for our lightest and easiest summer salad.
- Recipe: Avocado and Pineapple Salad
To serve outdoors, toss this deliciously light soup in a cooler and chill until you're ready to enjoy.
- Recipe: Chilled Avocado Soup
Tart Granny Smith apples mixed with cranberries and cherries give this fresh slaw a sweet and sour flavor.
- Recipe: Country Apple Slaw
Deviled eggs are a classic picnic staple. Jazz up the popular dish with fresh lobster meat.
- Recipe: Lobster Deviled Eggs
Colorful produce and creamy goat cheese come together to make a satisfying side dish--perfect for a seaside soiree.