Spectacular Side Dishes That Pair Perfectly with Shrimp
Minty Grilled Summer Squash
Recipe: Minty Grilled Summer Squash
Raid your farmer’s market for as many types of summer squash as you can get your hands on. It makes this dish prettier and slightly varied in texture. Expect the perfect balance of salty and sweet from the feta cheese and honey mustard vinaigrette drizzled on top.
Pascagoula Potato Salad
Fresh Vegetable Succotash with Basil
Freshen up a traditional Southern side with ever-fragrant basil. A trio of asparagus, zucchini, and squash keeps it simple enough to pair with just about any summer main.
Garlic-and-Herb Chickpea Fries with Whipped Feta
Just a taste of these herb-filled fries—that are, yes, made from chickpeas—and you won't miss the potato version a single bit. They're deliciously crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside, and paired with a fluffy whipped feta that has just the right amount of lemony zing.
Shaved Honeydew Caprese With Green Tomato and Burrata
Let ripe honeydew shine in this fresh twist on a caprese. The melon is shaved into ribbons and swirled among green tomato and torn pieces of creamy burrata. It'll be the show-stopping dish your seafood supper needs.
Elote-Style Corn With Cotija And Spicy Cilantro Cream
Let's talk about this summer corn. It's charred and coated in salty Cotija, ancho chile powder, and flecks of fresh cilantro, and it's bascially the elevated authentic street food of our dreams.
Recipe: Confetti Slaw
Leave that prepackaged slaw right where it belongs: at the grocery store. This slaw with sliced cabbage, carrots, peppers, and jalapeños tossed in homemade dressing makes for the fresh and crunchy side every cookout deserves.
Grilled Tomato Salad with Creamy Basil Dressing
Turn your basic tomato salad on its head with this version packed with marinated chunks of fresh mozzarella, slabs of green tomato grilled alongside cherry tomatoes on the vine, and a velvety dressing made from basil, balsamic vinegar, mayo, and sour cream.
Coconut Rice with Mangoes and Pistachios
This isn't your typical white rice. Rather, it's like your rice took a trip to the tropics. Coconut milk, mangoes, and crunchy roasted pistachios make it a crowd-pleasing side.
Caesar Salad with Garlicky Croutons
When in doubt, a next-level Caesar makes the perfect partner for grilled shrimp. This recipe includes the essentials: romaine leaves left whole (to avoid soggy, bruised lettuce), garlicky croutons, and scratch-made Parm-, and pepper-inflected dressing that doesn’t skimp on the anchovy.
Smashed Cucumber Salad
Recipe: Smashed Cucumber Salad
Slicing is so last season. Forgo the knife, and lightly smash Persian or English hothouse cucumbers with a meat tenderizer. The bold and bright salad is then drizzled with a toasty combination of fish sauce, sesame oil, and Thai chiles.
Root Beer Baked Beans
Recipe: Root Beer Baked Beans
Let root beer add a subtle sweetness to your baked beans for the barbecue. It pairs deliciously with grilled shrimp skewers or classic shrimp po'boys.
Zucchini and Mint Gazpacho with Radish Salsa
Just one look at this bright bowl of deliciousness, and we're sold. Zucchini and mint make the perfect light and fresh duo in this chilled soup.
Sunny Mango-Habanero Guacamole
Recipe: Sunny Mango-Habanero Guacamole
This guacamole makes a welcome addition to any summer spread, whether served with tortilla chips, on the side of a salad, or over a grilled main. Ripe habaneros bring the heat and complement the fresh sweet mango.
Quinoa, Corn, and Mint Salad
Recipe: Quinoa, Corn, and Mint Salad
Make this light and refreshing salad a healthy side for your weeknight dinners, clam bakes, or beachside barbecues. If you prefer, you can substitute orzo pasta, farro, or couscous for the quinoa.
Shaved Spring Veggies with Miso-Honey Dressing
Roasted artichokes and asparagus make up a hearty base for the delicious miso-honey dressing, grated walnuts, and a smattering of fresh spinach that turns this dish into a standout.
Grilled Broccoli Rabe with Feta and Crushed Red Pepper
Garlic, crushed red pepper, and crumbled feta cheese work together to make this broccoli rabe your new favorite veggie side. Just throw it on the grill, uncovered, and the rest is a total breeze.
Carrot, Mango, and Jicama Slaw
Recipe: Carrot, Mango, and Jicama Slaw
Zing and zest—that's the name of the game with this slaw. The gorgeous pops of color from carrot and mango are enough to make us want this dish at the cookout, but the freshness from the lime juice and zest ensures it'll stay crisp (and edible) all evening long.
Grilled Veggie Kebabs
Recipe: Grilled Veggie Kebabs
Not only do we love the savory caramelized flavor of these grilled kebabs, but we appreciate how low maintenance they are. Prep them earlier in the day, and fire up the grill to make it easy to mingle while you cook.
Recipe: Potato-Leek Gratin
Yukon gold potatoes and leeks make up this hearty gratin to serve with your grilled shrimp main. Using both Gruyère and Parmesan cheeses gives a nutty, ultra-cheesy finish.