Eating and drinking al fresco at a summertime barbecue is almost as American as apple pie. Besides the fireworks, is there anything you’d rather be doing on the 4th of July?
This year, the team at Groupon Coupons has rounded up 8 of its favorite BBQ side dishes because whether you’re hosting the party or just attending one, you’ll probably need to bring one along.
This classic is always a crowd-pleaser. We like the traditional version, like this recipe from Spicy Southern Kitchen
, with lots of tart yellow mustard and vinegar and hard-boiled eggs.
Cauliflower Salad (Kinda Like Potato Salad, But Definitely Not Potato Salad)
That’s the long and official name of this BBQ side from The Nutrition Addiction
. Just like cauliflower mashed potatoes and cauliflower rice, the idea is to lighten up the carb-heavy side with healthier cauliflower. I was skeptical the first time I made this, but the salad stays true to the vinegar-y goodness of a true potato salad.
Summer Corn Salad
I’m from Iowa, so corn features very heavily in my summer diet (and my winter diet, and my spring diet). Two other great things about this corn salad from The Slow Roasted Italian
: tomatoes and simplicity—there is no cooking!
Pasta salad is another BBQ side staple, but there are so many ways to make it. We have two favorites: a BLT-inspired one with peas and avocado
from The Reluctant Entertainer and a tangier Greek-style one from blogger Gimme Some Oven
Cooking Light made over this fresh, green salad
to have a lot less fat and sugar. But it’s still got the play among the creamy dressing, salty bacon, and tart cranberries.
It doesn’t matter if this sweet-salty combo is served warm or at room temp, making them the perfect side dish or appetizer at a barbecue
. Buy your pineapple already chopped, and this comes together with just 10 minutes of prep time.
Watermelon Feta Salad
Take advantage of another fresh summertime staple, watermelon, with this recipe. On Sutton Place’s version
is mostly sweet, but feta cheese and a drizzle of olive oil give it a savory note too. Again, there’s no cooking, just a little chopping, tossing, and you’re done!
Too short on time for any of these recipes? Nobody will mind if just stop by the grocery store to pick up chips and guacamole or ice cream drumsticks for dessert instead.