We made it! Friday of a long weekend. Yay! To me Memorial Day kicks off summer. With summer means lots of picnics, BBQ’s, and dinner parties, which means it is a great time to experiment in the kitchen with new recipes.

To get the ball rolling for you….I compiled 11 Summer Side Dishes that are sure to get you excited for summer BBQ’s this year! I’m not sure if you needed any help to get excited for summer, but just in case.

Coodles & Zoodles Greek Salad

Guacamole Quinoa with Mango via Foxes Love Lemons


Spicy Basil Mozzarella Tomato Bacon Toast

Spinach, Cilantro, Avocado Pasta Salad via Tastes Better from Scratch

Black Bean Salad via Once Upon Chef


Asian Coleslaw via Table for Two


Strawberry Mango Salsa via Cooking with Jax




Mediterranean Pasta Salad via Family Feast 




Lemon Orzo Salad with Asparagus and Tomatoes via A Big Mouthful

Quinoa Salad with Mango, Currants, Almonds, and Mint via Two Peas in a Pod


Green Goddess Avocado Dip via Feed Me Phoebe 


Well I think that should be enough to get you looking forward to picnics, BBQ’s, and dinner parties this summer! I know it does for me. I can’t wait to try a few of these new to me recipes.

Have a wonderful safe holiday weekend! I hope you can try one of these recipes yourself.


  • What is your favorite summer side dish?
  • What are your holiday weekend plans?