15 Summer Side Dishes
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.
- 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
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.
- Recipe: Poppy Seed Chicken Salad
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.
- Recipe: Quinoa, Corn, and Mint Salad
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.
- Recipe: Lemon-Mint Melon Compote
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.
- Recipe: Corn and Black Bean Salad
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
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
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.
- Recipe: Tropical Fruit with Mango Cream
Garden Fresh Green Beans
Fresh, in-season green beans are healthful and delicious. Try them with a savory yet simple butter-mushroom combination.
- Recipe: Garden Fresh Green Beans
Avocado and Pineapple Salad
Combine juicy pineapple and fresh, ripe avocado for our lightest and easiest summer salad.
- Recipe: Avocado and Pineapple Salad
Chilled Avocado Soup
To serve outdoors, toss this deliciously light soup in a cooler and chill until you're ready to enjoy.
- Recipe: Chilled Avocado Soup
Country Apple Slaw
Tart Granny Smith apples mixed with cranberries and cherries give this fresh slaw a sweet and sour flavor.
- Recipe: Country Apple Slaw
Lobster Deviled Eggs
Deviled eggs are a classic picnic staple. Jazz up the popular dish with fresh lobster meat.
- Recipe: Lobster Deviled Eggs
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.