These 15 easy BBQ side dishes only require a few ingredients, are simple to prepare, and make the perfect accompaniment to whatever you’re throwing on the grill.

BBQ side dishes

Whether you’re hosting a BBQ for 20 guests or making dinner on the grill for two, it should be all about simplicity. The beauty of the grilling months is that you can put the oven on pause and take advantage of the colorful, fresh vegetables that are available this time of year.

So marinate some meat, chicken, or fish, pour yourself a glass of something cold, and make one of these lovely BBQ side dishes below to round out your meal.

15 Easy BBQ Side Dishes:

1) Italian Antipasto Skewers

Essentially a caprese salad on a stick. Genius, and so perfect for entertaining!


2) Cilantro Lime Cole Slaw

I love this fresh and tangy twist on traditional cole slaw.

3) Grilled Avocado with Toppings

No mashing, no double-dipping, and no worries about the guac turning brown. Plus, everyone gets to customize their own!

4) Dill Pickle Potato Salad

If you’re pickle-obsessed like me, you’ll love this pickle-y spin on potato salad.


5) Lemon Orzo Pasta Salad

My mother-in-law makes this orzo salad with fresh basil AND she also adds fresh mint from her garden. It is always gone in seconds!

6) Classic Deviled Eggs

I know there are all sorts of variations on deviled eggs floating around, but you can never go wrong with the simplest mustard & mayo combo.

7) Chili Lime Corn Salad

A perfect way to showcase scrumptious summer corn without the mess of the cob.


8) Grilled Asparagus and Feta Salad

Grilled asparagus is awesome on its own, but tossing it with some feta and lemon juice will make it even better, and totally BBQ-worthy.

9) Asparagus and Potato Salad

I love this lighter take on traditional potato salad, and the fact that there’s a veggie mixed in means you have one less side dish to make!


10) Grilled Zucchini with Feta and Pine Nuts

What a perfect combination of flavors and textures, and SO easy to prepare!

11) Cucumber and Tomato Salad

My mom made this easy cucumber and tomato salad while she was visiting us, and it disappeared as soon as it was set on the table. The simplest things are always the best!


12) Watermelon, Mint & Feta Salad

I used to think the combination of feta and watermelon was strange…then I tasted it! Her addition of quinoa adds an extra boost of nutrition and texture.

13) Foil Packet Grilled Potatoes

I honestly never get tired of making these potatoes, and my family never gets tired of eating them.

14) Spicy Cucumber Salad

If you like a little kick in your side dishes, you will love this spicy take on a traditional cucumber salad. Plus it’s vegan!

15) Italian Bean Salad

I like this lighted up take on baked beans. Add some dressed greens and some grilled chicken, and you’ve got a wonderful meal.


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