Here are the last summer days! If you’re planning a private picnic with your sweetie, your friend group, or the family, we’ve got you covered with these side dishes recipes that are wonderfully enjoyed outdoors. Grilled mains and summer vegetables may get most of the attention during warm-weather months, but they all need supporting side dishes to become a full meal. So, we give you the best side dishes recipes!
Creamy Coleslaw With Pineapple
Juicy fresh pineapple adds sweetness and zing to this fruity, flavorful coleslaw that includes plump raisins and sunflower seeds for added crunch. For best results, make it a few hours in advance, and chill in the fridge until ready to serve. Feel free to leave the sunflower seeds out, or replace them with some chopped walnuts or toasted and chopped pecans.
BBQ Corn with Honey-Dijon Baste
Honey-mustard fans will cheer for these corn cobs slathered in sweet honey and tangy Dijon, and cooked on the barbecue. If you’re pressed for time, you can skip the step of soaking the corn ears in water first (as long as you remove the husks for grilling), but even a one-hour water bath will plump up kernels for a juicier eating experience.
Classic Fried Green Tomatoes
Fried green tomatoes are an iconic Southern dish and a great way to use unripe tomatoes from your summer garden. They fry up in only 10 minutes on the stovetop, so they’re a great last-minute side dish for burgers and hot dogs at summer parties.
Sweet Corn Fritters
Sweet corn fritters are a great way to enjoy the goodness of fresh corn in summer. They take only 30 minutes to make in a skillet on the stovetop and taste especially great alongside grilled pork tenderloin. Plan to make them immediately before serving, as they are best eaten when fresh and hot.
Crunchy Cabbage Ramen Salad
Crunchy, nutty, and full of crisp vegetables, this irresistible ramen slaw is a great accompaniment to grilled steak, chicken, or fish. You don’t even have to cook the ramen noodles, which go into the salad directly from the packet. The flavoring pouch has then used the dressing to add wonderful flavor.
Spicy Kimchi Natto
Spicy kimchi natto is a quick and easy Japanese fusion side dish made with fermented soybeans (available in Asian markets) and cabbage. It makes a delicious topping for pulled pork and burgers or a unique vegetarian taco filling.
Whether you dream of digging into creamy macaroni salad, the best-ever corn on the cob ideas, or summer slaws that sing with flavor, these delicious summer sides go well with grilled meats, fish, and vegetarian mains. It’s a good idea to ensure what foods will and won’t work for your private picnic, and make sure your outdoor dining practices are safe ones.