Everyone will love these 55 delicious Memorial Day side dishes and salads that are sure to impress your guests. From fresh greens to creamy potato and pasta salads, we’ve got you covered. Keep things fresh all summer long with these delicious summer side dishes that will become new favorite recipes!
Garden Veggie Macaroni Salad
For a colorful and healthy lunch or side dish, try this garden veggie macaroni salad with a creamy avocado dressing. The garlic, horseradish, and avocado dressing pairs perfectly with the pasta and veggies, creating a fresh and flavorful salad that is sure to impress.
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Italian Tuna White Bean Salad
Simple ingredients combine to make this Tuscan classic. Juicy fresh tuna pairs with beans for a Tuscan tuna white bean salad everyone will enjoy. It makes a tasty meal, whatever the season.
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Heirloom Tomato Burrata Caprese Salad
This authentic Italian burrata caprese salad is a delicious side dish or appetizer that features heirloom tomatoes and creamy burrata cheese, with balsamic vinegar and truffle salt for added flavor. With every bite, you’ll savor the delicious flavors of this simple yet impressive dish.
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Italian Panzanella Salad
Panzanella salad is a refreshing summer side dish that combines juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, and chunks of crusty bread, all tossed in a tangy vinaigrette. It’s the perfect accompaniment to grilled meats and a delightful way to enjoy the flavors of the season.
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Italian Rice Salad – Insalata di Riso
This colourful, flavourful Italian rice salad is perfect for a picnic, potluck, summer BBQ, or as a versatile side dish for a simple lunch or dinner. Every mouthful of this Mediterranean brown rice salad is bursting with fresh ingredients such as tasty salad vegetables.
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Bloody Mary Deviled Eggs
Loaded deviled eggs such as these Bloody Mary eggs are always a welcome part of the BBQ, cookout, or picnic table. They’re also a handy snack at any time since you can make these unique gourmet deviled eggs ahead.
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Smoked Potato Salad with Bacon
This recipe for smoked potato salad with bacon combines the smoky flavors of potatoes and hard-boiled eggs, making it an ideal dish for summer gatherings and barbecues that will surely impress your guests. Go ahead and add this to your list of the best summer side dish recipes!
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Watermelon Feta Cucumber Salad
This refreshing watermelon feta cucumber salad is a colorful and easy-to-make side dish that brings together sweet, savory, and tangy flavors inspired by Greek cuisine. With only 4 ingredients for the salad and 3 for the dressing, this easy salad recipe is quick and easy to make.
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Impress your guests with easy-to-make antipasto skewers, perfect for any occasion! Made with classic Italian flavors, these crowd-pleasing bites are ideal for parties, picnics, and more.
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Juicy Grilled Pineapple
Juicy grilled pineapple coated in an amazing mixture of cinnamon and sugar make for the perfect side dish that everyone is going to go crazy over!
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Creamy Bacon Pea Salad
Creamy bacon pea salad is an amazing and creamy side dish that is perfect for this summers cookouts! Packed with crunchy peas, loads of crispy bacon and cheese- all tossed in an incredible dressing!
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Easily assemble this zesty Mexican street corn salad with fresh, flavorful ingredients. It’s perfect for lunch, dinner, or even a midday snack!
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Creamy Broccoli With Sun-Dried Tomatoes
This creamy broccoli with sun-dried tomatoes is a delicious stovetop broccoli side dish that can be made in only 25 minutes! Simply cook up broccoli florets and sun-dried tomatoes with spices before prepping an easy cream sauce.
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Watergate salad is the classic side salad that’s light, sweet, fluffy, and creamy! Made with just 6 ingredients including pineapple, pistachio pudding mix, marshmallows, maraschino cherries, pecans, and whipped topping!
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Layered Loaded Chicken Taco Salad
Layered chicken taco salad is made with juicy chicken, avocado, tomatoes, corn, black beans, cheese, tortilla chips, and more in this LOADED salad that’s EASY and ready in 15 minutes!! A creamy lime-cilantro dressing adds tons of FLAVOR!!
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Best Ever Wedge Salad
This is the best ever wedge salad! With iceberg wedges, blue cheese, and crunchy bacon, it’s classic steakhouse fare, but our recipe includes a secret ingredient that gives it an extra delicious burst of flavor. Pair this super simple wedge salad with your favorite burger or steak for a simple, tasty meal.
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Caprese Garlic Bread with Arugula Pesto
Whether you pair it with your favorite pasta dish or call it dinner by itself, this Caprese garlic bread with arugula pesto will please the palate of any lover of Italian cuisine!
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Smoked Italian Pasta Salad
Add some smoky flavour to your favorite pasta salad with this delicious smoked Italian pasta salad recipe. Packed with pepperoni, salami, mozzarella cheese, and a pepperoncini dressing, it’s the perfect dish for your summer BBQ.
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Zesty Tex Mex Chicken Pasta Salad
Try this Tex Mex chicken pasta salad that combines the best of all worlds – a southwest pasta salad with chicken. Bursting with color and flavor, this salad is perfect for a BBQ or as a flavorful side dish option. You will agree this one of the best summer side dish recipes!
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Summer Farro Salad
This is sure to become one of your favourite summer side salad recipes. It’s a summer farro salad which is a beautiful rainbow salad filled with veggies, farro and a spicy peanut sauce.
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Elote Street Corn Kale Salad
This Mexican inspired Elote Street Corn Kale Salad is a delicious and refreshing salad inspired by the flavors of street corn. With a mix of colorful and textured ingredients, and a spicy yogurt lime dressing, this salad is sure to be a hit at your next meal.
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Hot Girl Summer Salad
This Hot Girl Summer Salad is made with cucumbers, green pepper, red onion, eggs, Italian dressing, and more for a quick, easy, and refreshing lunch or snack!
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Shaved Brussels Sprout Slaw
If you’re searching for an alternative to coleslaw, consider trying this Brussels sprout slaw. Made with a combination of shaved Brussels sprouts and cabbage, and dressed with a tangy lemon apple cider vinaigrette, this salad is the perfect side dish for BBQs and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
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Baked Beans with Ground Beef
Prepare a crowd-pleasing BBQ side dish with this flavorful recipe for baked beans with ground beef. Infused with delicious spices and enhanced by the addition of ground beef, these southern-style baked beans are a hit at any gathering, earning you requests for the recipe.
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Smoked Mashed Potatoes With Gouda
Elevate a classic side dish with creamy smoked mashed potatoes, combining browned butter, sour cream, and rich Gouda for a hickory-infused flavor that complements any meal—prepare to be pleasantly hooked on this newfound favorite cooking technique. You will be adding this to your list of the best summer side dish recipes.
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Whipped Cottage Cheese with Balsamic Strawberries
This whipped cottage cheese recipe with balsamic strawberries is an easy side dish that is perfect for the summer season. Loaded with hidden protein from the cottage cheese, combined with the combo of sweet and savory, this is a delicious and unique dip for the next time you’re hosting.
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Vegan Ceviche with Watermelon
This vegan ceviche will make it possible. I’ve swapped out raw fish with watermelon and it’s made this ceviche perfect for the summer.
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Radicchio Endive Salad
This radicchio endive chicken salad with creamy honey mustard dressing is a fresh and delicious option for a filling summer meal as the weather gets warmer. Its unique combination of flavors and textures, including tender chicken and crisp veggies, is a must-try salad recipe.
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This homemade Cobb salad is a delicious and visually stunning meal salad that’s perfect for summer. With a beautiful arrangement of ingredients including crispy bacon, hard-boiled eggs, and fresh veggies, it’s a must-try salad recipe.
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Best Ever Baked Potatoes
Perfect baked potato is the prep, because if you don’t prep them right, that’s it, game over. First of all, I don’t care what you (or my husband) says, a baked potato is cooked in the oven, not the microwave.
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Baked Potato Salad
Potato salad gets an upgrade with this tasty recipe. It has tender potatoes, creamy dressing and plenty of bacon crumbles for the perfect summer side dish recipe.
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Strawberry Salad with Chicken
Bring the best flavors of summer like leafy greens and juicy berries to the table with this fresh and tasty salad. You are going to love the dressing on this paired with sweet and savory ingredients.
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Cucumber Dill Salad
You only need 3 ingredients to make this fresh and flavorful summer side. If you like cucumbers, you are sure to love this dish.
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Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad
Tangy goat cheese is so delicious with walnuts, strawberries and greens. This vibrant salad is great for lunch, or pair it with grilled chicken for a great summer dinner.
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This coleslaw brings two classics into one tasty summer side. Coleslaw meets guacamole in this option that doesn’t use mayo. Enjoy it on the side of a summer meal, or on top of a grilled hot dog.
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Roasted Baby Eggplant Poppers
Baby eggplants are a perfect summer side. Roast these with garlic for a high fiber, low calorie side that is so good you might want to make it every week.
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Mediterranean Orzo Salad
This simple side salad packs a lot of delicious Mediterranean flavors into one dish for the best summer side. Serve this with a vaariety of proteins for a really tasty addition to summer meals.
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If you like pesto, then this is the perfect pasta salad for summer. Make a big batch and serve it all week long. It is so tasty you won’t mind repeating side dishes.
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Bruschetta with Mozzarella
This easy bruschetta with mozzarella cheese makes for the best summer side or starter. Use fresh ingredients from the garden for the ultimate flavor.
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Best Macaroni Salad
Classic Macaroni Salad is the perfect side dish for summer! Tender elbow macaroni is tossed in a creamy dressing and loaded with veggies and seasoning!
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This Broccoli Salad is an easy, crunchy, and lightly sweetened side salad that’s perfect for BBQs and more! Made with fresh broccoli, grapes, cheese, sunflower seeds, bacon, and a delightful dressing!
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Cajun Chicken Caesar Salad
Cajun Chicken Caesar Salad is a quick and easy salad that has a homemade cajun caesar dressing that makes this salad delicious!
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Fig and Burrata Salad with Maple Vinaigrette
Fig and Burrata Salad with Maple Vinaigrette is a delicious and healthy end of summer salad! This fig salad will be sure to WOW your tastebuds!
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Charred Corn Avocado Salad
This Charred Corn Avocado Salad with Roasted Red Onions combines all the fresh flavours of summer in a salad bowl. Sweet, smoky charred corn mixed with avocado, cherry tomatoes, roasted red onions and a lemon Dijon dressing makes it a perfect side salad for any barbecue or potluck gathering.
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Jamaican Rice and Peas
Transport your taste buds to the tropical islands with this quick and flavorful Jamaican rice and peas recipe featuring coconut rice, aromatic spices, and a scotch bonnet or habanero pepper kick.
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Crunchy Ramen Noodle Salad
This Crunchy Ramen Noodle Salad is a light and delicious addition to your summer gatherings. No cooking required and it’s ready in just 10 minutes!
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Shaved Asparagus Salad
This Shaved Asparagus Salad is made with raw asparagus ribbons, quinoa, strawberries, arugula, and shaved parmesan. It’s a beautifully fresh spring salad that can be served as a side or a full meal!
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This perfectly charred tender Grilled Eggplant is so delicious topped with fresh chopped mint and a garlic sauce that will knock your socks off! It’s incredibly good and a fantastic light 30-minute summer dish that is both quick and easy! Add this to your list of favourite BBQ side dish recipes.
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Enjoy the taste of your favorite restaurant starter at home with this easy-to-make house salad. Loaded with fresh vegetables, crunchy croutons, cheese, and bacon bits, simply toss everything together and serve with your preferred dressing for a versatile BBQ side dish that perfectly matches everything.
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Grilled Corn Salad
Embrace the flavors of summer with this vibrant grilled corn salad that’s perfect for BBQ side dishes. Skip the heavier ingredients and indulge in the simplicity of fresh corn, making it a refreshing and versatile option for weekend camping trips, lakeside days, or casual backyard gatherings.
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Crock Pot Baked Potatoes
Fluffy, tender Crock Pot baked potatoes are the best way to enjoy these steakhouse classics! Baked potatoes are perfect for everything from outdoor summer dinners to involved holiday meals, and your slow cooker makes them even easier to enjoy by doing all the work.
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Cold Green Bean Salad Recipe
Prepare this refreshing cold green bean salad, perfect as a main course or BBQ side dish throughout the summer. With fresh veggies, mozzarella cheese, and a flavorful herby vinaigrette dressing, this quick and easy green bean and tomato salad can be ready in under 15 minutes, adding a burst of freshness to your meals.
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Canned Corn, Black Bean and Avocado Salad
Revitalize your BBQ spread with this flavorful canned corn, black bean, and avocado quinoa salad that will banish blandness from your plate. Packed with sweet corn, smoky black beans, creamy avocado, tangy feta, and a refreshing cilantro-lime dressing.
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Korean Cucumber Salad
Add a refreshing and tangy touch to your BBQ spread with this easy-to-make Korean cucumber salad (oi muchim). Perfect as a side dish (ban chan) for hot summer days, its quick preparation, sweet flavors, and refreshing crunch make it an ideal accompaniment to any grilled meat.
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Whip up this quick and delicious classic coleslaw recipe in just minutes, leaving no need for store-bought versions. Whether you’re hosting a BBQ or craving a speedy weeknight dinner, this crunchy cabbage salad with its flavorful creamy dressing is the perfect side dish that can be prepared in just 10 minutes.
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