Old-Fashioned Summer Side Dishes

old-fashioned summer side dishes

There’s nothing better than Grandma’s old-fashioned summer side dishes! And we have all the recipes you need for a delicious summer cookout. You’ll find tried-and-true recipes for potato salad, pasta salad, fruit salad, cucumber salad and all your other favorite dishes. These side dishes pair perfectly with your favorite grilled meat. Let’s dig in!

Old Fashioned Pea Salad

Old Fashioned Pea Salad

“This old fashioned pea salad is just like Grandma used to make. The sweet peas go so good with the savory cheese and bacon. This is a must in the summer for cookouts all the way to the holiday tables in the winter. This is an old fashion staple that has stood the test of time.” - Debbie
Marinated Cucumbers, Onions And Tomatoes

Marinated Cucumbers, Onions And Tomatoes

“I grew up marinating cucumbers, onions, and tomatoes every summer as a side dish. Always a great side to a summertime meal.” - Angie
Best Macaroni Salad

Best Macaroni Salad

“Absolutely AMAZING Macaroni Salad, Anne. I made this for our 4th of July BBQ and it was A COMPLETE HIT. This recipe is definitely A KEEPER. Thanks!” - Deb
Southern Sausage Baked Beans

Southern Sausage Baked Beans

“This is my mama's recipe. It has always been a ‘must-have’ side at all of our BBQs! Goes very well alongside potato salad too. The sausage gives it such a great flavor. If you try this recipe, you'll never wanna go back to ‘plain’ baked beans.” - Leslie
Southern Style Potato Salad

Southern Style Potato Salad

“Made it tonight for a family party. It's delicious right now and I only expect it to be better tomorrow. You're right about the sriracha; you don't really notice the heat but it gives it some extra pizzazz!” - Wendy
Better Than K.F.C Coleslaw

Better Than K.F.C Coleslaw

“I made this recipe yesterday with a head of cabbage from our garden. Multiplied the recipe x4 and I have to say this is the best coleslaw I have ever tried!!! Thank you so much for sharing with us!” - Anita
Favorite Pasta Salad

Favorite Pasta Salad

“I get asked to bring this to all the cookouts and gatherings! This is the basic recipe but it is easy to add or replace various ingredients. It's fun to try different things and it is a pretty salad. I'm sure I'll be making it again soon and I will add a picture. It's easy, delicious, and popular!” - Judith
Watermelon Summer Salad

Watermelon Summer Salad

“Thank you for this recipe. It was a big hit at our end of summer pool party. I made my own red wine vinaigrette using Good Season's Zesty Italian dressing and I added a little bit of chopped fresh parsley. It was delicious!” - Deena
Fruit Salad To Die For!

Fruit Salad To Die For!

“The best fruit salad ever. Perfect for taking to gatherings - everyone loves it. Can mix up fruit combinations too (blueberries, red grapes, canned peaches, etc.). The pudding mix really kicks up the flavor.” - Laura
Sour Cream & Dill Cucumbers

Sour Cream & Dill Cucumbers

“I grew up with your everyday sour cream, dill, and cucumber salad on our Polish table. But as I learned to cook, I took this common dish and spiced it up.” - Staci
Warm German Potato Salad

Warm German Potato Salad

“This German potato salad is an amazing side for any summer meal whether it’s a cookout, a BBQ, a picnic, etc.!” - Kevin
Fried Cream Corn

Fried Cream Corn

“This is one of my families favorite side dishes. My mother-in-law made this for me when I was pregnant with my first child and I couldn't stop eating it. I almost finished the entire skillet. It was so delicious.” - Dorothy
Southern Smoky Green Beans

Southern Smoky Green Beans

“These Southern Smoky Green Beans are a must for any family get together. In my family I am known for my green beans, of all the things I cook.” - Debbie
Broccoli Crunch Salad With A Parmesan Twist

Broccoli Crunch Salad With A Parmesan Twist

“Light, crisp, savory, and sweet are the words that come to mind when I describe this salad. Everybody wants to make it... there are so many versions and I decided to change mine up a bit with Parmesan cheese... it complements the other flavors so well!” - Mary kay
German Cucumber Salad, A.K.A. Gurken Salat

German Cucumber Salad, A.K.A. Gurken Salat

“We loved the method for making this German cucumber salad. Slicing the cucumber very thin lets the salt draw out the natural juices. The dressing that is added is tangy, but the little bit of sugar helps to balance the flavors. Dill weed is a wonderful addition and elevates the flavors in this cucumber salad. A refreshing salad for summer.” - Kitchen Crew
Grandma Barbara's Tuna Salad

Grandma Barbara's Tuna Salad

“Our family gatherings would never be the same without a giant bowl of my Grandma's tuna salad! My favorite part is the green olives! MMMMM!” - Lindsey
Grape Salad

Grape Salad

“This grape salad is sweet and full of texture, perfect for summer. Chunks of pineapple add pops of flavor and pecans add a nice crunch. One taste of this concoction and believe me you will be hooked and want it all the time.” - Debbie