Best Summer Side Dishes

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With vegetables like corn, tomatoes and zucchini, and even stone fruit, the best summer side dishes include a mix of seasonal ingredients. You can serve them at barbecues and picnics and for dinners at home.

No meal is complete without a selection of vegetarian side dishes. Summer is the perfect time to make them with grilled, roasted and raw fruits and veggies. Half of these are vegetable-based sides and the others start with grains. 

I am such a fan of sides that any of them can be turned into vegetarian mains. If you want to go that way, just serve a larger portion or make your meal a spread of a few sides.

Vegetable Side Dishes

Parmesan roasted zucchini on a plate.

Parmesan Roasted Zucchini

4.75 from 12 votes
Looking for a simple side? Try this parmesan roasted zucchini that's seasoned in a mix of onion powder and garlic powder and red pepper flakes before it goes into the oven and bakes to a golden brown.
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Grilled Corn and Avocado with Cilantro Pesto

Grilled Corn and Avocado with Cilantro Pesto

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We all should be celebrating corn season! Try this grilled corn and avocado with cilantro pesto. It’s one of those sides that you can think of like a salad, too. And it’s really good with tortilla chips.
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Grilled zucchini, yellow squash and corn in bowl.

Grilled Zucchini, Squash and Corn

5 from 1 vote
This combination of grilled zucchini, summer squash and corn is seasoned with a blend of oregano and more dried spices. After it's off the grill, I stir in lemon juice, feta and fresh herbs.
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Roasted Tomato Pesto Potato Salad

Roasted Tomato Potato Salad

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Pesto is my favorite sauce. And this roasted tomato pesto potato salad really explains why. The fingerling potatoes and cherry tomatoes end up herby and garlicky. Pesto is amazing on more things than just pasta.
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Grilled zucchini salad with corn and tomatoes in abowl.

Zucchini Corn Salad

5 from 1 vote
Good for a salad or a barbecue side dish, this grilled zucchini corn salad has cherry tomatoes, scallions, Parmesan and garlic vinaigrette.
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Grilled cauliflower steaks on a plate.

Lemon Pepper Grilled Cauliflower Steaks

5 from 1 vote
Smoky with fresh lemon juice, these simple grilled cauliflower steaks are finished with toasted pine nuts and chopped parsley.
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Grain & Rice Side Dishes

Grilled Corn Couscous

Grilled Corn Couscous

5 from 2 votes
With grilled lemon, scallions, feta and walnuts, this grilled corn couscous is a fantastic summer side dish. It's made with pearl couscous.
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Roasted vegetable couscous on a plate.

Roasted Vegetable Lemon Tahini Couscous

4.85 from 13 votes
There are so many things you can do with a baking sheet of roasted zucchini, squash and peppers including making this vegetable couscous with lemon, tahini and herbs.
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Mushroom farro with tomatoes and kale on a plate.

Mushroom Tomato Farro

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Fragrant with garlic and scallions, this mushroom tomato farro is a simple mix of grains and vegetables plus chopped kale for hearty greens.
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Grilled Apricot and Corn Harissa Couscous

Grilled Apricot & Corn Harissa Couscous

5 from 1 vote
Taking inspiration from the flavors and spices of a Moroccan tagine, this grilled apricot and corn harissa couscous also has chopped pistachios, parsley and arugula.
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