Nothing screams summer like an outdoor cookout. A summer BBQ brings people together for food and fun around the grill. While many backyard chefs may consider meat the star of this affair, cookout side dishes can share the spotlight. These easy recipes are delicious enough to prove that side dishes for a cookout can be just as exciting as the main event.
Roasted Garlic and White Bean Hummus
from The Speckled Palate
This recipe is so simple to make that the most complicated part about it is roasting the garlic! Other than that, all the ingredients can be thrown into a food processor until smooth. Roasted garlic adds a nice flavor to the hummus, and the dip is a great healthy option to serve with chips, veggies, or pita bread (but it’s no less addictive than other party dips!). As far as easy recipes go, it’d be hard to find something easier than this!
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Blackened Corn Salad with Ancho Chile and Lime
from Laura’s Mess
This recipe will put a flavorful spin on roasted corn. Corn on the cob cooked over a flame or grill is a delicious side for any cookout, but pairing those flavors with ancho chile, cotija cheese, fresh tomatoes, lime, and avocado creates an amazing southwestern side dish. It will taste great by itself or as a dip with tortilla chips!
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Baked Beans (Full of Fruit)
It’s hard to mention side dishes for a cookout without mentioning baked beans. This classic dish pairs perfectly with BBQ, burgers, brats, and just about anything! Many baked bean recipes may load the dish up with artificial sugars, but this unique recipe uses fruit to add sweetness and flavor: a standout twist on a traditional dish! This recipe does have some baking time, but it’s quick to put together, freeing you up to do something else while it bakes.
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