25+ Best Salads and Side Dishes To Bring To a Barbecue

Because grilling season is among us, here are more than 25 BEST salads and side dishes to bring to a barbecue! With the Memorial Day weekend beginning in just minutes, how many of you are scrambling for what to make this weekend? Since I cook just about every single day of my life, I’m always signing up for the easiest thing I can bring (<—lazy), that’s why I pulled together some of my favorite easy and delicious salads and side dishes that work for any type of barbecue.

25 Best Salads and Side Dishes To Bring To A Barbecue l SimplyScratch.com

Whether it’s burgers or steaks, chicken or ribs there’s always some kind of meat grilling away, with it’s aroma tantalizing your tastebuds. Next to that a table that’s set up with a smorgasbord of salads and side dishes. Salads like pasta, potato, green and leafy, fruit and legume- just not necessarily together, or maybe? Side dishes like baked beans, slaws and vegetable trays. Always more side dish options than are probably be needed nor consumed. So I decided to put a round up of a few of my fab salads and side dish recipes that would be perfect at any family or friendly get together.

Some old. Some new. All delicious.

PASTA(ish) SALADS:

If you’ve happened to click the “salad” tab on my recipe page then you know I’m smitten with salads. I love them all and am continually dreaming things up. Even if my husband is a ranch, cheddar and iceberg salad fan, I still make all the salads. The more colorful the better. The more texture the more happier I am to see it.

So while your wondering what to bring to your next barbecue, take a gander and these fine salads (and some not-so-salads) and hopefully you’ll see just what you want to bring and show off.

J. Alexander's Wild Rice and Orzo Salad l SimplyScratch.com (23)

I had to list this J. Alexander’s Wild Rice Orzo Salad first because, hellooooo pretty! There is a little bit of prep work involved but the end result is a light and texturally perfect salad with has a light herb vinaigrette.

Caprese Pasta Salad l SimplyScratch.com (12)

I have no words for how much I love this Caprese Pasta Salad. There’s this balance of acidic tomatoes, creamy fresh mozzarella, bright herbaceousness from fresh basil and it’s all tossed in a light balsamic vinaigrette. This salad is a crowd pleaser.

Classic Macaroni Salad + Homemade Dressing l SimplyScratch (21)

Everyone loves a cClassic Macaroni Salad with Homemade Dressing! So colorful and creamy! I always make this when we have company and are grilling burgers, dogs and brats. It’s just so perfect.

Bowtie Confetti Pasta Salad l SimplyScratch.com (15)

I just made this Italian Bowtie Pasta Salad the other day and my family went nuts over it! My daughter took the last of it for her school lunch and I almost yelled at her. Yes, you read that correctly. I almost completely lost my you-know-what at her for taking the last of MY pasta salad. I’m kidding (so not kidding) I was happy she likes it that much. PS. I have a lentil “pasta” salad thats ridiculously delicious and gluten free in my cookbook!

Asparagus, Tomato & Grilled Corn Orzo Salad l SimplyScratch.com (7)

This Asparagus, Tomato and Grilled Corn Orzo Pasta Salad was last years salad we obsessed over. Introduced to me at a friends post 4th of July party, we were instantly hooked. Colors of the rainbow represented: check.

 

POTATO SALADS:

A barbecue isn’t a barbecue with out potato salad. Instead of purchasing overly dressed (in my opinion) potatoes why not whip up a batch from scratch? Easy and WAY better than anything you can buy at the grocery store.

Bacon Cheddar Ranch Potato Salad l SimplyScratch.com (15)

Bacon Cheddar Ranch Potato Salad. Need I say more??

Southwest Potato Salad l www.SimplyScratch.com

Maybe you want a little kick to your potato salad, then this Southwest Potato Salad is your jam. Plus cheese!

Grilled Potato Salad + Bacon-Dijon Vinaigrette l www.SimplyScratch.com

I apparently have a thing for bacon in potato salad, like this Grilled Potato Salad with Bacon Dijon Vinaigrette. There’s a funny story behind this salad and it starts with “That one time I signed up to bring TWO dishes to a barbecue and burned the potatoes on the grill…”  But seriously, this potato salad is amazing!

Aunt Penny's Classic Potato Salad l SimplyScratch.com (13)

Aunt Penny’s Classic Potato Salad Recipe, is essentially a simple mustard potato salad that has hard boiled eggs, onion and celery. It’s simple, delicious and I’ve been loving this recipe since I was 15 years old. It’s perfect served with burgers, hotdogs or ribs. Your barbecue isn’t complete without it.

 

ALL THE OTHER SALADS:

Broccoli Crunch Salad l SimplyScratch.com (12)

Broccoli Crunch Salad  is probably one of the most popular of classic salad recipes. Broccoli, dried cranberries, bacon, sunflower seeds (but I add pepitas!) and finely diced red onion is tossed in a simple (like 3 ingredients) dressing. Not only is this salad colorful and crunchy, but delicious too!

Grilled Radicchio, Bell Pepper + Olive Panzanella l SimplyScratch.com (28)

Bread in salad is the best thing ever! In this Grilled Radicchio, Bell Pepper and Olive Panzanella grilled vegetables, olives and bread are tossed in a fresh tomato vinaigrette. This tastes like summer in a bowl!

B.L.OA.T Salad l SimplyScratch.com (15)

B.L.A.T. Salad because bacon.

Rainbow Crunch Salad l SimplyScratch.com (16)

Rainbow Crunch Salad is colorful and SUPER simple to whip up. You can either chop everything by hand or purchase this veggie slaw mix pre-chopped saving you lots of time!

Caprese Couscous l SimplyScratch.com (8)

This Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella Couscous is fresh and simple and only takes 20 minutes (if that) to make! LOVE this!

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Cuke Salad with Sour Cream Dill Dressing is a family recipe and one I remember seeing at many family barbecues. A classic recipe and simple to boot!

Cauliflower Tabbouleh l SimplyScratch.com (15)

Cauliflower Tabbouleh for all the gluten/grain free people in our lives. They’ll thank you!

Rainbow Fruit Salad + Citrus Honey Glaze l SimplyScratch.com (21)

Fruit Salad for the kids!

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White Wine Drenched Fruit Salad for the adults (hello boozy fruit!).

Watermelon Wedge Salad l SimplyScratch.com (29)

Watermelon Wedge Salad because it’s fun and different and EASY!

Sides (the not-so-salads):

5-Ingredient Barbecue Bacon Baked Beans l SimplyScratch.com (16)

5-ingredient Barbecue Bacon Baked Beans because sometimes shortcuts are needed!

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My Mom’s Baked Beans are a crowd pleaser! For a more from scratch version, check out my cookbook.

Mexican Slaw + Cumin Lime Dressing l SimplyScratch.com (13)

If you want a slaw without dairy, this Mexican Slaw with Cumin Lime Dressing is top notch and super pretty!

Sweet Potato Jalapeno Mash l www.SimplyScratch.com

Sweet Potato Jalapeño Mash works great with ribs and steak! It’s a warm side dish that is sweet and a little spicy!

Farmer's Market Vegetable Tray

Farmers Market Vegetable Tray: move over basic veggie tray!

Grilled Fresh Green Beans l www.SimplyScratch.com

Grilled Green Beans takes minutes and are SO delicious!

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Fennel Cabbage Slaw one of my all-time favorite slaws!

 

Enjoy! And if you give any of these 25 Best Salads and Side Dishes a try, let me know by snapping a photo and tagging me on twitter or instagram!

My cookbook Simply Scratch : 120 Wholesome Homemade Recipes Made Easy is now available! CLICK HERE for details and THANK YOU in advance! 

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