24 Warm Weather Side Dishes

Summer side dishes

When the weather gets warmer, relaxed summer dinners are a must. Grilling dinner becomes a weekly activity. But what to serve with your burgers, chicken, fish, or steak? Easy side dishes like grilled vegetables and lots of salads. Everything from grilled corn salad to fresh watermelon and cucumber tomato salad. Don’t worry… we’re sharing delicious pasta and potato salads too. All of these side dishes are perfect for hot weather. They’ll be delicious for any summer BBQ you may host and easy enough to work their way into your weeknight meal.

Cucumber & Tomato Salad

Cucumber & Tomato Salad

"Perfect salad for cookouts and summer meals. Put that veggie and herb garden to work!" - Lorene
Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

"The ratio of liquid and mayo in this delightful Hawaiian macaroni salad is perfect. It's slightly tangy with a little spice from the pepper. Freshly shredded carrots give the macaroni salad a touch of sweetness." - The Kitchen Crew
Zucchini or Summer Squash Fritters

Zucchini or Summer Squash Fritters

"We all have an abundance of both yellow summer squash and zucchini. Here's a recipe that allows you to have your squash and save it too!" - Rose
Millie's Holy Guacamole Pasta Salad

Millie's Holy Guacamole Pasta Salad

"I do a lot of cooking for the hospitality team at my church and I was trying to mix things up and create something new! This pasta salad was a HUGE hit at the event I took it to. So, don't knock it until you try it." - Millie
Grilled Asparagus in a Creamy Balsamic Mushroom Sauce

Grilled Asparagus in a Creamy Balsamic Mushroom Sauce

"Smoky grilled asparagus topped with a creamy mushroom sauce with a hit of tangy balsamic vinegar!" Kevin
Grilled Corn and Fresh Pepper Salad

Grilled Corn and Fresh Pepper Salad

"Very simple to make and simply yummy!" - Angela
Watermelon Summer Salad

Watermelon Summer Salad

"A light refreshing side dish for the heat of the summer! Goes great with chicken salad croissants." - Sheri
Balsamic Grilled Vegetables

Balsamic Grilled Vegetables

"Veggies marinated in balsamic vinegar and soy sauce and cooked in a grill basket until smoky, slightly charred, and tender-crisp. A healthy and tasty side dish!" - Susan
Loaded Summer Greens With Dill Sauce

Loaded Summer Greens With Dill Sauce

"Loaded Summer Greens with Dill Sauce is a healthy potato salad is made with roasted potatoes, boiled eggs, bacon and tossed in creamy dill dressing." - Paula
Fruit, Nut, and Seed Salad

Fruit, Nut, and Seed Salad

"Serve this salad as a light lunch or alongside a piece of chicken or fish for dinner. Light and refreshing with simple flavors, it's delicious." - The Kitchen Crew
Grandma Wells' Tuna Macaroni Salad

Grandma Wells' Tuna Macaroni Salad

"Creamy, full of texture and flavor, we loved this tuna macaroni salad. The chunks of white tuna make this a hearty salad." - The Kitchen Crew
Summer Spaghetti Salad

Summer Spaghetti Salad

"This is one of my favorite summer dishes!" - Rhonda
Momma's German Potato Salad

Momma's German Potato Salad

"This dish was handed down by my great grandmother. I still make it for family and friends. At potlucks, I always get asked for the recipe." - Melanie
Cauliflower and Chickpea Salad

Cauliflower and Chickpea Salad

"This Cauliflower and Chickpea Salad recipe isn’t complicated, but all the ingredients go so well together! Enjoy its tasty and crunchy flavor." - Nicole
Spring Salad With Orange Dressing

Spring Salad With Orange Dressing

"From the crunch of the nuts to the dried fruits, the textures in this salad are amazing. The orange salad dressing is what really sets this recipe apart. It's tangy and sweet all in one yummy vinaigrette." - The Kitchen Crew
Mango Black Bean Salad

Mango Black Bean Salad

"If a season had a salad in it’s honor this Mango Black Bean Salad would be the salad for the summer. This is a refreshing and fruity salad to throw together in 15 minutes or less on a hot summer day. This fresh sweet salad is perfect for your next BBQ and is great for a picnic." - Debbie
Family Favorite Panzanella Salad

Family Favorite Panzanella Salad

"Italian Panzanella Salad or Bread Salad is an awesome way to use up any day-old dinner rolls or bakery hamburger buns you may have. Serve as a side salad or lay sliced, grilled chicken breasts or grilled jumbo shrimp on top for a quick and delicious meal." - Family Favorites
Sweet & Spicy Cucumber Salad

Sweet & Spicy Cucumber Salad

"I started making these for cookouts. By request, I now make them year-round. Some people prefer them crispy (short marinade period). After a couple of days, they're more akin to pickles (great on burgers)." - Rhea
Fried Zucchini

Fried Zucchini

"My Grammie (Roberta Campbell) used to make this all the time. We always had zucchini growing in the garden. 2 things you could plan on eating were fried zucchini and zucchini bread. When making this recipe it always reminds me of my Gram and how she was always in the kitchen cooking something good." - Kimberly
Pami's Chunky Chopped Salad

Pami's Chunky Chopped Salad

"A delicious summer meal! Packed with garden veggies, it's light and refreshing. We love the tanginess of the rice wine and apple cider vinegar with the lemon juice. Little bits of creamy Feta and the combination of herbs add tons of flavor and take this simple salad over the top." - The Kitchen Crew
Zucchini and Tomatoes Foil Packets

Zucchini and Tomatoes Foil Packets

"Simple simple side dish a little cheese and the little ones are sure to at least try these green treasures." - Natalie
Creamy Cranberry Coleslaw w/Raspberry Vinaigrette

Creamy Cranberry Coleslaw w/Raspberry Vinaigrette

"This is a great twist on coleslaw. Something a little different for your next picnic or BBQ. The dressing is a perfect balance of sweet and tangy. We loved the noticeable flavor from the raspberry vinaigrette and the different texture the broccoli slaw gave this dish." - The Kitchen Crew
BBQ Asparagus With Parmesan and Lemon Zest

BBQ Asparagus With Parmesan and Lemon Zest

"Another easy, dish-free, veggie side 'pouch' often used at our house. The lemon zest adds a great finish." - Brad
Greek Pasta Salad

Greek Pasta Salad

"A nice twist on a pasta salad. Something different and super easy." - Patti