Get ready to take your barbecue gatherings to the next level with these 51 BBQ side dishes that are sure to steal the spotlight. From classic coleslaw to inventive salads and savory baked beans, these side dishes are the perfect complement to your grilled delights. Your guests will be asking for seconds and sharing recipes before you know it!
Caulislaw - Raw Cauliflower Salad
This "Caulislaw" mixes cauliflower, carrots & red onions with a perfectly balanced mayonnaise dressing. It's the perfect side for your next barbecue, or why not top your burgers with it? Quick, healthy and low in carbs it's a versatile side you'll be coming back to over and over again.
Caprese Pasta Salad
Caprese Pasta Salad is an easy and delicious summer salad full of fresh ingredients! A tangy balsamic dressing ties the fresh tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, and tender pasta together for the perfect side dish to any potluck or BBQ. Get the recipe.
Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
Looking for the perfect baked potato recipe? These air fryer baked potatoes minimize your cooking time and result in a tender, flavorful inside wrapped in a crispy delicious shell. With only three ingredients this recipe will become your new favorite side dish.
Get the recipe: Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
With quick prep & 12-14 minutes of cooking you can make the best easy Air Fryer Carrot Fries. Crispy, sweet and salty this is a healthy snack or side that's all ready to serve with your favorite dipping sauce!
Get the recipe from always use butter: Easy Air Fryer Carrot Fries.
Arugula Salad with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette
This sweet, salty, acidic salad pairs perfectly with fatty salmon.
Get the recipe from always use butter: Arugula Salad with Sun-dried Tomatoes & Honey Lemon Vinaigrette
These small, crispy potatoes are perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Heavily seasoned with salt, they resemble the Canarian potatoes "Papas Arrugadas".
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Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
Greek Potatoes with Lemon & Feta Cheese
Lemon + Feta cheese = best friends for salmon.
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Blue Cheese Sauce
This classic blue cheese sauce comes together in under 5 minutes with just 6 ingredients, without both boiling and buttermilk. Loaded with blue cheese flavor it's perfect with salad, meat, and anything "Buffalo" flavored.
Get the recipe: Blue Cheese Sauce
Roasted Lemon Tahini Cauliflower
A favorite dish of mine - and especially delicious with salmon!
Get the recipe from Hey Nutrition Lady: Lemony Roasted Tahini Cauliflower
2-minute BBQ Sauce
Gluten Free BBQ Sauce is made with 5 ingredients in just 2 minutes. Just a little bit spicy with a touch of sweet honey - it has all the flavor, but doesn't require any cooking. Perfect on top of a burger, or to dip some chicken tenders in!
Get the recipe: 2-minute Gluten Free BBQ Sauce
15 minutes is all you need to make the best air fryer potato wedges. Lightly seasoned with salt & olive oil they're baked to perfection in the easiest way possible - and a great healthier alternative.
Avocado Lime Ranch
Avocado & lime are maybe the best flavors ever to pair with salmon.
Get the recipe from always use butter: Avocado Lime Ranch Dressing
Make a deliciously spicy homemade Dijonnaise from scratch, in just 5 minutes. With a few simple ingredients and a fail-proof process, you will master this tasty sauce in no time.
Get the recipe: Dijonnaise
Garlic Parmesan Sauce
Make this flavourful Garlic Parmesan Sauce in just 15 minutes, using everyday ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. A delicious sauce to mix with pasta, serve on top of pizza, or dip chicken wings in.
Get the recipe: Garlic Parmesan Sauce
Make Air Fryer Texas Toast in just a few minutes - crispy, buttery and filled with garlic flavor! With the best garlic butter made from simple ingredients, it's all done with just a few simple steps. Get ready to meet your new favorite easy side dish!
Whipped Lemon Butter
This whipped butter is great for adding extra flavor.
Get the recipe from always use butter: All Butter Whipped Butter with Lemon
Make delicious Air Fryer Baby Carrots (Carrots Vichy) in under 20 minutes from start to finish, for a delicious side dish the whole family will love. Coated in butter & honey this is an air fryer version of the classic French Carrots Vichy.
A classic pairing for salmon in my house - salty, cheesy, acidic goodness will make you grab spoonful after spoonful.
Get the recipe from always use butter: Whipped Feta Cheese (Tyrosalata)
French Potato Salad
If smoked salmon is what's for dinner, this creamy potato salad is the perfect side.
Get the recipe from always use butter: Creamy Vegan Potato Salad with Dijon Mustard [no mayo!]
Garlic Dipping Sauce
Make this super simple Garlic Dipping Sauce in just 5 minutes and have a delicious sauce to dip fries, veggies and bread in. Loaded with garlic flavor!
Get the recipe: Garlic Dipping Sauce
Potato sides don't get any better than this.
Get the recipe from always use butter: Crispy Roasted Smashed Potatoes
Guacamole with salmon - have I gone mad? Not at all! For a spicy almon dish this is actually the perfect sauce!
Get the recipe from always use butter: Classic Vegan Guacamole
Air Fryer French Fries
Homemade fries are a real treat with these Air Fryer Fries. You’ve never truly lived until you’ve tried a homemade french fry made in the air fryer!
Get the recipe from Sustainable Cooks
This authentic Turkish Ezme (Acili Ezme) takes just 15 minutes to make and is super healthy loaded with veggies and not much else. It's a delicious spicy sauce, salad, dip and meze that you will want to have with everything. This recipe uses common ingredients you can find at your regular supermarket.
Get the recipe: Ezme - Spicy Turkish Salsa
A delicious side for grilled salmon, and so easy to make with leftover potatoes.
Get the recipe from always use butter: Quick And Easy Country Potatoes
Avocado Mango Salad
A must for salmon tacos - and delicious next to almost any type of salmon, especially barbecued!
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Top salmon burgers with lime aioli or serve it with hot smoked salmon - and get ready to learn how easy it is to make aioli.
Get the recipe from always use butter: 5-minute Lime Aioli from Scratch
Garlic Roasted Broccoli
This super easy dish will make you want to have broccoli with every meal.
Get the recipe from always use butter: Garlic Roasted Broccoli
Sour Cream Sauce with Avocado & Lime
Acidic sauces are best friends with fatty salmon dishes.
Get the recipe from always use butter: Easy Sour Cream Sauce
Homemade Tater Tots
Learn how to make Tater Tots from scratch - it's so easy and they're loaded with amazing flavor. Seasoned with garlic & onion powder, salt & pepper they come out crispy on the outside and soft and creamy on the inside.
Rice might sound basic, but this creamy version is anything but! Infused with butter & chicken stock it's the best rice you've ever had.
Get the recipe from always use butter: Creamy Rice
Smoky, spicy and super tasty - this ranch version is great for pairing with barbecued salmon.
Get the recipe from always use butter: Easy Chipotle Ranch Dressing
Air Fryer Asparagus
Once you taste Air Fryer Asparagus, you’ll never make it any other way! Deliciously tender and perfectly crisp, asparagus in the air fryer is a simple and speedy side dish.
Mexican Roasted Potatoes
Make deliciously crispy air fryer roasted potatoes in just 45 minutes. With Mexican seasoning and topped with lime & cilantro this is a yummy side dish with a spicy kick - and at its best served with a cool sauce or sour cream.
Grilled Halloumi & Peaches
Here's a simple summer meal that's fresh, healthy and absolutely delicious! Salty Halloumi cheese turns crispy and melty on the grill, making it a perfect pair for the jammy, sweet charred peaches. A hefty mound of arugula, spicy jalapeños and a sweet and tangy honey lemon vinaigrette bring it all together for an awesome gluten free, vegetarian salad that's great for dinner, lunch or even brunch! Get the recipe from Coley Cooks.
Air Fryer Zucchini
Once you taste air fryer zucchini, you’ll never make it any other way! Deliciously tender and perfectly roasted, zucchini in the air fryer is a simple and speedy side dish.
Get the recipe from Sustainable Cooks
Sweetheart Cabbage Salad with Gyoza Chickpeas
With just 15 minutes of active cooking you can make this delicious sweetheart cabbage salad that's sure to win over any salad hater. Spinach, sweetheart cabbage and the most flavorful chickpeas are topped with a good amount of Parmesan cheese to turn this salad into a feast - healthy, delicious and easy to make. Get the recipe from always use butter: Sweetheart Cabbage Salad
Air Fryer Cornbread
This incredible air fryer cornbread recipe comes together in just a few minutes with basic pantry staples. Perfect for fast dinners, breakfast, or snacks, this from-scratch cornbread is a delicious treat the whole family will love.
Get the recipe from Sustainable Cooks.
Grilled Veggie Pasta
This veggie pasta dish made from red lentil noodles is the perfect base for a grilled vegetables pasta dinner. Mixed with a simple vegan butter sauce and herbs, this pasta is a fun recipe to make for weeknight dinner.
Air Fryer Cauliflower
With minimal prep & just 6-8 minutes of cooking you can make the best Air Fryer Frozen Cauliflower. With a flavor packed rub with a bit of a spicy kick, this cauliflower is a great easy side for any meal.
Greek Pasta Salad
A bright, light, refreshing Easy Greek Pasta Salad full of fresh vegetables and topped with a tasty dressing- a perfect summer salad. The simplicity of this salad is incredible, and the taste is amazing.
Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon
Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes are done in just 15 minutes and come out perfectly baked. Seasoned with cinnamon & salt they're a great side for fish and chicken - and a delicious snack on their own.
This Watermelon Panzanella salad is the perfect easy, fresh summer salad recipe! It uses just a handful of fresh, easy to access ingredients for an incredibly impressive dish. Highly customizable to any taste or dietary needs by making a few simple swaps detailed in this post. Get the recipe.
Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
Black Lentil Salad with Feta
This Mediterranean Black Lentil Salad with Feta is bursting with flavor! Easy to make, a great source of protein, and meal prep friendly for dinners or lunches. Features healthy lentils, creamy feta, crisp veggies, and a simple vinaigrette. (Gluten Free, Vegan option) Get the recipe.
Orzo Pesto Salad
This orzo pesto salad recipe is packed with veggies, fresh mozzarella, and tossed in homemade nut-free basil pesto. Serve it for dinner, lunch, or as a side for a summer cookout! Get the recipe.
Air Fryer Carrots
Perfectly roasted in the air fryer, these simple air-fried carrots are Whole30, paleo, and vegan/vegetarian.
Get the recipe from Sustainable Cooks
White Bean Panzanella
This Tuscan Bread Salad is a hot weather saviour! In this Italian-style recipe, ripe juicy tomatoes are combined with white beans, toasted bread and tossed in an aromatic tomato and white bean dressing. Get the recipe.
Brussels Sprouts with Honey Balsamic
Take your frozen brussel sprouts to a new level with minimal prep & just 16 minutes of cooking! These Air Fryer Frozen Brussel Sprouts are coated in a honey balsamic vinaigrette, with a tiny kick from cayenne peper, and come out perfectly roasted with nice caramelization.
Kale Wild Rice Salad
This kale wild rice salad combines fresh fruit and vegetables with wild rice for a healthy lunch or side salad. Easy to make, this vegan salad is full of flavour with a deliciously zingy ginger dressing. Get the recipe.
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