The 4 Best Vegetable Sides for a BBQ – Caitlin O’Malley

The 4 Best Vegetable Sides for a BBQ

Sides are the unsung heroes of the BBQ spread. Bright, refreshing, and veggie-packed, they balance out the richness of those ribs, burgers, and sausages. They also meet our (strict) potluck-dish criteria: They feed a crowd, travel nicely, and can be made in advance. Here’s our take on four beloved classics—a chickpea salad with herbs, sweet roasted peppers, and bright red wine vinegar; mustardy potato salad with crisp green beans; crunchy sesame slaw; and grilled corn salad with lots of lime and cilantro.

Mustard Potato Salad with Green Beans

This French-style potato salad is lighter than the mayo-laden deli standard, and it’s got great bright flavor from the mustard, shallot, vinegar, and capers. It’s hearty enough to work alongside a burger but refined enough to be served with a whole grilled fish.


Chickpea Salad with Roasted Red Peppers

The combination of red onion, sumac, and red wine vinegar is savory and bright.


Sesame Slaw

A light, healthy slaw that delivers serious flavor. Toasted sesame oil and rice vinegar make it both sweet and tangy, so it goes well with…just about anything.


Grilled Corn Salad

How to take advantage of summer corn: This recipe balances its sweetness with smoky poblano and spicy jalapeño peppers, plus tangy lime juice.


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