20 Summer Cookout Side Dishes

Fresh vegetables abound during the summer! We love to eat them raw, roasted or grilled, but I find myself always looking for new recipes. Therefore, I’ve partnered with my fellow dietitians (because don’t we know veggies best!?!) to share their favorite summer side dishes. In addition, these non “salad” recipes highlight creative ways to prepare fresh summer vegetables. From Mexican Street Corn to Green Beans Gremolata, you’ll love these fresh ideas!

Cookout Side Dishes

Want to feed your family zucchini fresh from your garden or prepare corn for a crowd but don’t know where to start?  These recipes are sure to meet your every summer side dish need!

summer side dishes

Lightened Up Mexican Street Corn from Beautiful Eats and Things

summer side dish

Roasted Garlic Parmesan Zucchini from Byte Sized Nutrition

 20 Fresh and Healthy Summer Side Dish Recipes

Whipped Feta Dip from Abby Langer Nutrition 

baked avocado fries

Baked Avocado Fries from Triad to Wellness

Fava Bean Asparagus Saute

Fava Bean Asparagus Saute from Sharon Palmer, RD

green bean gremolata

Green Beans Gremolata from Tasty Balance Nutrition

grilled summer squash

Grilled Summer Squash with Goat Cheese and Oregano from Lively Table

balsamic cherry pasta

Balsamic Cherry Tomato Pasta with Zucchini and Cannellini Beans from Cozy Peach Kitchen


Chayote and Edamame Succotash from Tasty Balance Nutrition

broccoli slaw

Cranberry Crunch Broccoli Slaw from Nutrition to Fit

parsnip fries

Parmesan Truffle Parsnip Fries fromKara Lydon

pita chips

Mini Peps Pita Chips from Carolyn Williams

Roasted Carrots with Yogurt Lime Sauce, from Holley Grainger

Honey Roasted Carrots with Cumin-Lime Yogurt Sauce by Cleverful Living with Holley Grainger

summer side dishes

Roasted Lemon Pepper Asparagus from Amy Gorin Nutrition

summer recipe

Feta-Scallion Zucchini Fritters in Tomato Sauce from Rachel Hartley Nutrition

summer soup

Cold Cucumber Yogurt Soup from Jill Weisenberger, RD

roasted carrots

Ginger Maple Mustard and Herb Roasted Carrots from Beautiful Eats and Things

veggie skewers

Garden Harvest Veggie Pesto Skewers from Emily Kyle Nutrition

summer slaw

Bell Pepper, Cabbage and Brussels Sprouts Slaw from Byte Sized Nutrition

stuffed squash

Stuffed Squash Blossoms from RD 4 Health

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20 Summer Cookout Sides, from Holley Grainger

More Summer Recipes 

Happy Summer! I hope you love these simple, cold and delicious recipes as much as we do! Enjoy and be sure to share your favorites with me in the comments.


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