Awesome Summer Side Dishes for Your Next BBQ

Summer is already halfway out the door, but chances are your schedule isn’t slowing down at all. Take some of the chaos out of your schedule with these awesome summer side dishes whether it’s getting a simple meal plan together or having the perfect recipe for an upcoming pitch-in!

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I feel like summer is flying by. From vacation, finishing up doctor’s appointments before school starts, and everything else we have to do it seems like we are in a deluge. It makes you feel like that social media joke about Merry Christmas and Happy New Year is less of a joke and more of a portent into your future!

Luckily, we can plan ahead for the end-of-summer craziness with these super delicious and awesome summer side dishes. Let’s be fair, every little bit helps and when that help is crazy tasty too, it’s even better!

 

Orange Ginger Salmon Salad in bowl with serving spoon

Smokey Ginger and Orange Salmon Salad (Mom Home Guide)

Keep your sides fresh and satisfying with this smokey ginger and orange salmon salad. It’s easy to throw together and, of course, a crowd-pleaser every time.

 

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Spinach and Mandarin Orange Salad (My Family Thyme)

Want to skip the meat in your summer side dish? This salad mixes the freshness of fruits and veggies in a savory and satisfying way!

Gluten Free Mexican Pasta Salad in Bowl

Easy Gluten-Free Mexican Pasta Salad (Strength and Sunshine)

Pasta salad is a summer BBQ staple! Try a new take on a classic with this Mexican flavored version is sure to be a new favorite with your friends and family this year!

 

broccoli slaw salad in bowl

Broccoli Slaw and Ramen Noodle Salad (Blessed Simplicity)

Raise your hand if you love broccoli slaw! Now, you’ll love it even more after giving this Ramen noodle version a try. Light, easy-to-make, and tasty… what more could you ask for?

 

Cucumber Caprese Salad in white dish

Cucumber Caprese Salad Recipe (Ann’s Entitled Life)

Caprese salad is a dish that always gets gobbled up at parties. Enjoy a fresh new take on it with this summer cucumber version!

 

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Mexican Corn on the Cob (Comfort Spring)

Have you been dying to make your own Mexican corn on the cob?! Now you can wow guests at your next party (or simply surprise the family with awesomeness) when you try out this easy recipe for it.

 

chicken caesar pasta salad in bowl with serving tongs

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad (Delightful E Made)

My mom tried this on a girl’s trip a few weeks ago.  Now she is hooked! If Caesar salads have always been your jam, you will go nuts for this awesome pasta salad version. It’s the perfect marriage of favorite flavors for a great summer side dish.

 

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Homemade Macaroni and Tomatoes (DIY Adulation)

Of course, I couldn’t leave you without one of our family favorite side dishes for pitch-ins. Once you show up to the family reunion with this delicious dish, you’ll have to bring it again and again. Don’t worry, though. It’s deceptively easy to make!

 

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Don’t get caught without the perfect recipe for your next BBQ or family meal. These awesome summer side dishes have you covered easily whether your family loves light and refreshing or hot and savory!

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Baked Garlic Parmesan Artichoke Hearts Recipe

Get ready for your taste buds to do a happy dance when you make this delicious baked garlic parmesan artichoke hearts recipe. It is seriously amazing but, even more importantly, totally easy to make with your hands-on time at only 5 minutes. Who says awesome food has to be complicated or difficult?

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Growing up I was a crazy picky eater. I don’t mean crazy like I would only eat chicken nuggets. Crazy as in, I loved salads, fruits, and vegetables, but would balk at anything that even contained pepper. That might sound awesome but it led to a lot of headaches for my mom.

One meal she could make that I always loved was steamed artichoke. We didn’t have it often but when we did I was in Heaven. It was about as plain a meal as a picky eater like me could get. She didn’t season the artichokes, she just steamed them whole and then we would dip the petals in melted butter. It was amazing!

The spikes around the hearts always freaked me out though, so mom always got that part of my artichoke. Fast forward 20+ years and now I can’t get enough of them. From the delicious side dish at a local eatery (Grand Finale) that inspired this dish to dipping chips in a decadent spinach-artichoke dip, I’m down to eat artichoke hearts all day long. Luckily that a total possibility with this inexpensive and easy side dish.

 

Close up of Garlic Parmesan Artichoke Hearts on Plate

Garlic Parmesan Artichoke Hearts Ingredients

Step 1

First, preheat your oven to 350° Fahrenheit.

 

Quartered Artichoke Hearts in Strainer

Step 2

Next, strain your quartered artichoke hearts in a strainer or colander, shaking as much water from them as possible.

 

Quartered Artichoke Hearts Laid Out on Paper Towels

Paper Towel Pressed on Damp Artichoke Hearts

Step 3

Then, dry your quartered artichoke hearts further with paper towels. I like to lay out paper towels, then place individual artichoke quarters on them, and lastly pat them dry with additional paper towels.

 

Quartered Artichoke Hearts in Glass Bowl

Step 4

After the quartered artichoke hearts are dry, place them in a glass mixing bowl.

 

Garlic Powder and Quartered Artichoke Hearts in Glass Bowl

Close Up of Artichoke Hearts mixed with Garlic Powder in Glass Bowl

Step 5

Add your garlic to the artichoke hearts and mix with a rubber spatula gently to coat the artichoke hearts.

 

Glass Baking Dish Sprayed with Oil

Step 6

Set garlic artichokes to the side and spray a glass baking dish with oil.

 

Artichoke Hearts with Parmesan Cheese in Glass Baking Dish

Step 7

Begin layering ingredients in your baking dish starting with the artichoke hearts and then sprinkling cheese.

 

Butter Cubes on Cheese and Artichoke in Glass Baking Dish

Step 8

Next, cube 1 tbsp of butter and place them throughout the cheese and artichoke hearts.

 

Final Layer of Butter, Cheese, and Artichoke in Glass Baking Dish

Step 9

Continue layering until all of your artichoke hearts, cheese, and butter are in the baking dish.

 

Bread Crumbs on Top of Cheese and Artichoke Mixture in Glass Baking Dish

Step 10

Lastly, sprinkle bread crumbs over the top of the dish.

 

Foil Covered Baking Dish

Step 11

Cover your baking dish with foil and bake at 350° Fahrenheit for 20 minutes.

 

Glass Baking Dish on Oven Rack

Step 12

Then carefully remove the foil from the dish and bake an additional 10 minutes.

 

Cheesy Artichoke Hearts in Baking Dish

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Serve this delicious baked garlic parmesan artichoke hearts recipe as a side to some delicious pork chops or steaks. The artichoke hearts are so delicious and the crunch from the bread crumbs give this dish an added layer of texture that your mouth will flip for. If you’ve never tried artichoke before, this is the perfect easy recipe to start with. It is total proof that artichoke is for more than making chip dip with.

Yield: 6 Servings

Baked Garlic Parmesan Artichoke Hearts Recipe

Baked Garlic Parmesan Artichoke Hearts Recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 24 ounces Jarred Quartered Artichoke Hearts in Water
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 2 tablespoons Butter, divided
  • 3/4 cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • Panko Bread Crumbs

Instructions

  1. First, preheat your oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
  2. Next, strain your quartered artichoke hearts in a strainer or colander, shaking as much water from them as possible.
  3. Then, dry your quartered artichoke hearts further with paper towels.
  4. After the quartered artichoke hearts are dry, place them in a glass mixing bowl.
  5. Add your garlic to the artichoke hearts and mix with a rubber spatula gently to coat the artichoke hearts.
  6. Set garlic artichokes to the side and spray a glass baking dish with oil.
  7. Begin layering ingredients in your baking dish starting with the artichoke hearts and then sprinkling cheese.
  8. Next, cube 1 tbsp of butter and place them throughout the cheese and artichoke hearts.
  9. Continue layering until all of your artichoke hearts, cheese, and butter are in the baking dish.
  10. Lastly, sprinkle bread crumbs over the top of the dish.
  11. Cover your baking dish with foil and bake at 350° Fahrenheit for 20 minutes.
  12. Then carefully remove the foil from the dish and bake an additional 10 minutes.

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Homemade Macaroni and Tomatoes

Macaroni pasta is for a whole lot more than mixing with cheese. Ready to skip the traditional macaroni and cheese and try something new? This homemade macaroni and tomatoes is a delicious alternative recipe to make with macaroni noodles!

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I actually can’t believe it’s taken me so many years to write this recipe. I literally grew up on this stuff and still enjoy it all the time. In fact, even my kiddos love this delicious side dish. My youngest asks for the leftovers for lunch… by themselves. That’s how good they are.

The only way this homemade macaroni and tomatoes tastes better is when my momma makes it because that means I don’t have to cook. Unfortunately, that’s not an option much since I now have a family of my own and live in another state than my mom. Instead I suck it up and make it myself to get my fix and pass down a delicious family favorite to my own kids.

If you’re looking for an awesome side dish to bring to your next pitch-in or simply ready to change of the dinner menu, this homemade macaroni and tomatoes is sure to be your next go-to recipe!

 

Plate of Macaroni and Tomatoes next to Fresh Tomatoes

Macaroni and Tomatoes Ingredients

Step 1

First, cook your macaroni noodles according to the package directions or you can be a rebel like me and just boil the noodles in some water until tender.

 

Cooked Macaroni in Strainer

Step 2

After your macaroni is cooked, strain the noodles and set aside.

Tip:

 

Butter Melting in Stock Pot

Step 3

Add 1/2 cup of butter to the pot that you used to cook your macaroni noodles and melt it over medium heat.

 

Cooked Macaroni in Stock Pot

Step 4

Once your butter is melted, add your cooked and strained macaroni noodles back to the pot.

 

Tomatoes on Cooked Macaroni in Stock Pot

Step 5

Next, add in your cans of whole tomatoes and your pureed tomatoes.

Note:

 

Boiling Macaroni and Tomatoes in Pot

Step 6

Stir the mixture together in the pot then bring to a boil, stirring frequently.

 

Salt and Pepper on Macaroni and Tomatoes in Pot

Step 7

Continue boiling for 5 minutes then stir in salt and pepper, reduce heat, and simmer (covered) for an addition 10 minutes. Be sure to stir the mixture occasionally while it simmers.

Note:

 

Plate of Macaroni and Tomatoes next to Fresh Tomatoes

Step 8

Serve as a side dish with a family-favorite dinner!

 

Forkful of Macaroni and Tomatoes with Plate in Background

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I seriously love this homemade macaroni and tomatoes. It’s creamy and tart plus it brings back memories of my childhood dinners. Don’t forget to share the love with your friends and family! Take this easy side dish to your next BBQ, family reunion, or even a holiday dinner for a quick side that everyone will devour.

 

Homemade Macaroni and Tomatoes

Homemade Macaroni and Tomatoes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. Macaroni
  • 1/2 Cup of Butter (1 stick)
  • 3 Cups of Canned Whole Tomatoes
  • 28 oz Can of Pureed Tomatoes
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste

Instructions

  1. First, cook your macaroni noodles according to the package directions or you can be a rebel like me and just boil the noodles in some water until tender.
  2. After your macaroni is cooked, strain the noodles and set aside.
  3. Add 1/2 cup of butter to the pot that you used to cook your macaroni noodles and melt it over medium heat.
  4. Once your butter is melted, add your cooked and strained macaroni noodles back to the pot.
  5. Next, add in your cans of whole tomatoes and your pureed tomatoes.
  6. Stir the mixture together in the pot then bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
  7. Continue boiling for 5 minutes then stir in salt and pepper, reduce heat, and simmer (covered) for an addition 10 minutes. Be sure to stir the mixture occasionally while it simmers.
  8. Serve as a side dish with a family-favorite dinner!

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