Quick Side Dishes for Cookout (47 Ideas)

Quick Side Dishes for Cookout (47 Ideas)
Quick Side Dishes for Cookout (47 Ideas)

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The weather is getting warmer and it’s about to be cookout season! Here are 47 quick side dishes that will help you set that table and focus on the grill.

With cookout season approaching it’s time to start looking for quick and easy sides to serve so you can not only focus on your main dish, but spend quality time with your loved ones. Keep scrolling to find some sides that you can prep beforehand or you can make on the spot!

Quick Side Dishes for Cookout (47 Easy Sides)


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Fried Zucchini

Fried Zucchini is wildly addicting and our favorite way to eat zucchini lately. Served as a side or appetizer, these will quickly disappear, just as fast as you can fry them up!

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Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes are unripened tomatoes generously coated with a Panko and cornmeal seasoned breading and fried until golden brown and crispy. These are a must have in the summer when tomatoes are in season.

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Zucchini Fritters

Zucchini fritters are perfect for a fast and easy snack or light lunch. Top with sour cream, cheddar cheese or even green onions and enjoy!

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Carolina BBQ Pulled Pork Frito Bites

Carolina BBQ Pulled Pork Frito Bites are crunchy, tangy, sweet-with-a-little-heat, pork-tastic Frito bites! Carolina sauce never paired so well with pulled pork. It’s a perfect tailgating recipe!

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Everything Bagel Stuffed Peppers

Get ready for quite literally the EASIEST recipe ever! Everything Bagel Stuffed Peppers have only 3-ingredients that come together in no time. Great make-ahead low carb snack or even a crowd-pleasing appetizer.

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Broccoli Salad with Sunflower Seeds and Bacon

This is the best Broccoli Salad recipe that will be devoured at your next barbecue! It’s sweet, creamy and crunchy with fresh broccoli, homemade dressing and lots of bacon!

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Apple Pecan Salad

Apple Pecan Salad is made with crunchy, salty, and sweet ingredients all tossed together with a homemade balsamic dressing. Enjoy!

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Ham Salad Recipe

A classic chunky Ham Salad recipe with ham, pickles, onion, and celery all mixed together with mayonnaise and seasoned with salt and pepper!

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Cucumber Salad

My Cucumber Salad recipe is cool, crunchy, refreshing, and easy to throw together on a hot summer day! Great for BBQ’s or potlucks. 

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Classic Coleslaw Recipe

This Coleslaw Recipe is a classic, from scratch recipe that will make you never buy store-bought coleslaw dressing again! Here’s how you can prepare this perfect summer side dish.

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Mexican Street Corn Pasta SaladMexican Street Corn Pasta Salad

Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad

This Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad is the perfect way to use up those fresh summer ears of corn! Fresh vegetables and pasta are tossed in a Mexican chili lime sauce and served chilled.

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Texas ToastTexas Toast

Texas Toast

Thick-sliced bread, garlic, and cheese, this is Texas Toast! A homemade, easy {and super tasty} recipe perfect for any occasion!

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Pepperoni Pizza Rolls Recipe

Four ingredients and a hot oven are all you need to make cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Rolls! Delicious fresh or saved for school lunches!

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Taco Dip

Taco Dip is a super easy and oh so delicious appetizer that combines refried beans, a cream cheese and sour cream layer and all your favorite taco toppings. Serve with tortilla chips at your next party!

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Buffalo Chicken Dip

This easy Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe is creamy, spicy and perfect for a party appetizer! Pair with chips, veggies and/or crackers. Enjoy!

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Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip

Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip is delicious with vegetables and crackers. Be careful though because it’s SO addicting!

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Black Bean DipBlack Bean Dip

Black Bean Dip Recipe

This is a warm and spicy Black Bean Dip Recipe! Made with spices, black beans, salsa, and cream this dip is perfect with chips!

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Fresh Tomato Salsa

This Salsa Recipe is so fresh and easy to make! You only need a few basic ingredients and 10 minutes. Adapt as you like!

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*EASY* Deviled Eggs

A classic Deviled Eggs Recipe, just in time for Easter! This is the quintessential appetizer for Spring that everyone seems to love. 

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Bacon Wrapped Mushrooms

Bacon Wrapped Mushrooms are an incredible appetizer or side dish. Filled with a blue cheese mixture that will knock your socks off!

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7 Layer Dip

This 7 Layer Dip is a classic appetizer that everyone loves! Packed with beans, cheese, salsa and all things Mexican, grab some chips and dig in!

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How to Grill Corn

Grilling some chicken or burgers this summer? Well look no further for your new favorite summer side dish. Learn how to grill corn with this simple tutorial!

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Grilled Corn Salsa Recipe

This Grilled Corn Salsa Recipe is perfect for a summer appetizer or just as corn salsa dip for any day! Eat with chips or plain!

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Hot Onion Dip Recipe

My Hot Onion Dip Recipe is the easiest appetizer ever with only 3-ingredients! Sweet Vidalia onions, Swiss cheese, and mayo are baked until hot and bubbly. It’s my favorite go-to when I’m asked to make a last minute appetizer for game day, holiday buffets or any occasion! Serve with pita, tortilla chips, bread or if even fresh veggies if you want to keep it low carb.

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Seafood Pasta Salad

Seafood (Imitation Crab) Pasta Salad is always such a hit at any potluck or summer cookout. It’s a perfect combination of creamy, crunchy, onion-y and even sweet from the imitation crab.

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Italian Pasta Salad

This Italian Pasta salad has it all! Tender pasta, salty pepperoni, cubed mozzarella, lots of diced veggies and a homemade olive oil and garlic dressing. The longer it sits the better it tastes! Perfect for potlucks, BBQs or simple side dish.

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Roasted Red Pepper DipRoasted Red Pepper Dip

Easy Roasted Red Pepper Dip

This Roasted Red Pepper Dip is salty, sweet, tangy and creamy. Serve with crackers, vegetables, or slices of bread.

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Macaroni Salad

This simple Macaroni Salad Recipe is delicious and can be made in 15 minutes! It’s the perfect creamy, crunchy, fresh and cold summer salad.

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Jalapeno Artichoke Dip Recipe

Jalapeno Artichoke Dip is creamy, tangy, zingy, spicy, salty, addictive. Basically, world peace in an appetizer. Enjoy with friends or alone!

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Classic Hummus Recipe

This Hummus Recipe is a simple and basic Middle Eastern dip that only takes about ten minutes to make. Use a blender or a food processor for best results.

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Watermelon Caprese Salad

Juicy watermelon is paired with fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, and drizzled with balsamic glaze in this refreshing Watermelon Caprese Salad.

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Mint Watermelon Salad

Made with only three ingredients, this is Watermelon Mint Salad! Perfect for summer this salad is cold, refreshing, and naturally sweet!

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Doctored Up Baked Beans

Sweet and savory, these Doctored Up Baked Beans are easy to make and a fantastic addition to any summer meal, but you didn’t have to slave for hours in the kitchen. Flavored with bacon, molasses, onions, garlic and more, you will fall in love with this classic recipe.

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Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Strawberry Pretzel Salad is no salad at all, but a delicious dessert made with easy store-bought ingredients like Jell-O, Cool Whip, pretzels and strawberries. Always a hit at potlucks and picnics.

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Fruit Pizza Cookies

Soft sugar cookies with sweet cream cheese frosting all topped with colorful and fresh fruit, these are Fruit Pizza Cookies! So good!

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Fruit Pizza Recipe

When you need a beautiful and delicious summer party dessert, make this amazing Fruit Pizza, topped with light creamy pudding and fresh fruit.

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Classic Lemon Bars

This Lemon Bar Recipe is the quintessential party dessert, baking up perfectly sweet while still lemony and tart. Very few, simple ingredients are needed to make this recipe from scratch and they always are the first to go at any get-together. 

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Nutella Deviled Strawberries

A fast, three-ingredient dessert or treat, perfect for any party or afternoon pick-me-up. If you’ve never had Deviled Strawberries, get ready to live!

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Cream Cheese Fruit Dip Recipe

This Cream Cheese Fruit Dip Recipe is perfect for any get together or for a snack! It’s also super kid-friendly thanks to the sprinkles. 

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There you have it! 47 Quick Side dishes to serve at your next cookout. I have some salads, dips and some easy appetizers for you to try out!

If you make these recipes, I would really appreciate it if you would give them a star rating and leave your review in the comments! If you have a picture of your finished dish, post it on Instagram using the hashtag #laurenslatest and tagging me @laurens_latest.

Written by bourbiza mohamed

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