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7 Best Easiest BBQ Sides for Summer

June 28, 2021

thinly sliced cabbage and carrots in a bowl with striped blue napkin

If you’re looking for delicious & easy BBQ sides to make this summer, you’re in the right place!

These 7 simple side dish recipes will help you make the most of summer produce & pair perfectly with anything grilled.

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Hey, feel good fam! Things are heating up here in Portland & backyard barbeque season is officially here.

In the summer, I love spending as much time enjoying the sunshine as possible. For me that means leaning into recipes that have minimal steps, simple ingredients, and quick clean up. Less stress, more joy! I have a hunch that you might feel the same way.

these simple recipes are made for busy weeks

I’ve gathered a few of my all-time favorite recipes for you to help you make the most of summer produce. Including my favorite vegetable side dish recipes plus some easy potato salads, pasta salads, dips, refreshing slaws and more.

You can consider this your capsule collection of recipes that you can lean on when you don’t know what to make or bring to a potluck.

Many of these recipes can be made-ahead of time. Perfect for bringing along to a picnic, day at the beach or anytime you need to feed a crowd!

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Creating vegetarian & vegan friendly dishes doesn’t have to be complicated to be delicious.

These recipes all have simple, quick prep steps. And use simple, real food ingredients that are easy to find in the store or online.

I’ve added easy adaptations and tips to each recipe, like ingredient swaps and ideas for how to make them kid-friendly.

I hope you’ll make these soon. If you do, be sure to share it on Instagram and tag me at @realfoodwholelife so I can see. Now let’s start making some of the best easiest bbq sides for summer!

7 Best Easiest BBQ Sides for Summer

Bright, colorful, and super tasty, 20-Minute Rainbow Veggie Pasta Salad is just the thing for picnics, potlucks, or as a side any night of the week.

Craving another vibrant summer pasta recipe? You'll love this grilled corn loaded guacamole pasta!

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Simple, delicious, and naturally gluten-free & dairy-free, Real Food 7-Layer Dip will be the hit of your next party or gathering!

Need another easy dip that can feed a crowd? Look no further than this slow cooker spinach artichoke dip recipe (it's a family favorite)!

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Red, White & Blue Potato Salad (No-Mayo) is the perfect make-ahead side. Made with a tangy-sweet dressing and tons of dill, it’s fantastic for barbecues, potlucks, or as a side for anything grilled.

Looking for more festive make-ahead dishes? You've gotta try these naturally red white and blue popsicles. They're refined sugar free and dye free too!

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This crunchy cabbage slaw recipe mixes green and purple cabbage, grated carrots, together with a creamy and healthy dressing. My family loves it! I love it because it comes together 15 minutes, making it the perfect quick and easy side dish for any meal.

Need another refreshing plant-based recipe? These 20-minute black bean bowls with confetti slaw are vibrant & loaded with fresh veggies.

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Bursting with gorgeous ripe tomatoes and creamy avocado, this Tomato, Avocado & Basil Salad makes the perfect stunning side dish for any meal.

Obsessed with all-things avocado? You won't wanna miss my recipe for the easiest 4-ingredient guacamole! Delicious on tacos or just straight out of the bowl.

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Drizzled with a tangy and sweet dressing, this Honey-Mustard Green Bean Potato Salad is super flavorful with no mayo in sight! Perfect as a side or to bring along to your next BBQ or potluck.

Looking for a hot dish instead? Try this warm german potato salad recipe. It's paleo, dairy-free, gluten-free, and mayo-free – making it the perfect thing to bring to a potluck.

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A fresh twist on a classic, this Garden Pasta Salad with Homemade Italian Dressing is full of fresh summer veggies and tossed with a tangy, quick vinaigrette. Perfect for summer barbecues, potlucks, or a simple supper at home.

Fan of quick & easy pasta salads? This 5-ingredient mediterranean pasta salad recipe comes together in just 20 minutes. You can serve it as a side or bulk it up for a super-fast dinner option!

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thinly sliced cabbage and carrots in a bowl with striped blue napkin
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7 Best Easiest BBQ Sides for Summer, Plus Creamy Cabbage Slaw

Yield 6 cups
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 15 mins

This crunchy cabbage slaw recipe mixes green and purple cabbage, grated carrots, together with a creamy and healthy dressing. It comes together in just 15 minutes. Plus 6 more easy, healthy bbq sides for summer that I know you'll love!


  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise or Greek yogurt
  • 6 cups very thinly sliced cabbage green, purple, or a combination
  • 2 large carrots grated (optional)


  • In a large bowl, combine the lime juice, honey, salt and mayonnaise or yogurt, stirring until well combined.
  • Add the cabbage and carrots if using, stirring until the cabbage is well coated.
  • Let sit at least 5 minutes for the flavors to combine. Toss again and serve.


Use white balsamic or white wine vinegar in place of the lime juice.
Skip the honey if you’re watching your sugar intake or want to make this recipe vegan or Whole30 compliant.
Use vegan mayo if you want to make this recipe egg-free.
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