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.

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Chickpea Salad with Roasted Red Peppers

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

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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.

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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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