It's easy to know what to throw on the BBQ when you are thinking about having a good old fashioned meal outside.
The hard thing is finding the perfect sides to complement your barbecue meal. We have compiled a list of tasty family BBQ sides recipes to complete this mealtime.
Potato salad is often a big win for the family and it is super easy to make - the recipe only uses a few ingredients and can be personalised to you.
Cut your potatoes up into quarters (no small enough for the salad but just so they cook through while boiling).
Boil your potatoes so that they are cooked through but not mushy. Cooking time is variable but try approx. 8 minutes and then check on them every minute after that. You should be able to stick your knife into them but there should still be some crunch.
Once cooked, drain your potatoes and leave them out till they have cooled down completely.
While your potatoes are cooling down, dice or chop your chosen onions into small pieces.
When the potatoes are completely cool then you can chop them into slightly smaller pieces before dressing them in mayonnaise and adding your onions.
Season, as desired, with salt, pepper and parsley (fresh if you have it). Feel free to experiment with herbs depending on your family's preferences.
Use a vegan alternative mayonnaise for your vegan guests at the bbq!
Corn on the Cob
Corn on the cob is an easy side to do for a BBQ because grilled corn usually goes down a treat. The best corn for a barbecue is very fresh and still covered by its husk. Make sure that the ears smell sweet for the freshest corn and the best BBQ side dish. This is because if you put the whole corn directly on the grill then it will burn the husk while perfectly cooking the corn inside. There is no need to prep or marinate the corn before just pop your corn on the grill and cook for approx. 15 minutes turning sporadically.
If grilled corn is not the preferred way to eat it then you can always make a corn salad for the table. For this salad you will need:
2 cans of salt-free sweetcorn, drained
1 red onion, finely chopped
2 large tomatoes, deseeded and finely diced
1/2 small pack coriander, roughly chopped
juice 2 limes
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp clear honey
For the salad, combine the sweetcorn, red onion, tomatoes and coriander and make the dressing from the lime, olive oil and honey. You can serve the dressing on the side or on the salad already.
Coleslaw is another one of the barbecue side dishes that simply consists of three ingredients: white cabbage, carrot and mayonnaise. It is a truly simple side dish and usually goes down a treat. All you need to do is shred or grate the white cabbage and carrot to get it into long strips. Once you have that you marinate it in the mayonnaise and season as desired. You can always jazz up your coleslaw too with option add ons such as; apples, cheese, vinegar, mustard, red cabbage or anything else you might like to see in your coleslaw.
This is a super easy salad to make and is absolutely delicious. It makes the perfect bbq side for many people who don't like complicated salads. All you need for this is:
1 cucumber, diced into squares
2 big tomatoes (or 10 cherry tomatoes), diced into squares
1/2 white/red onion (or 1 shallot)
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
a few sprigs of parsley
salt to taste
Once you have all your ingredients readily chopped you just combine them in a bowl and voila!
Tabouleh is very much like Israeli salad in that is contains very much of the same ingredients. All you need to do is cook some couscous and add the diced cucumber, tomatoes and parsley to couscous instead of dressing it and you will be left with tabouleh instead of Israeli salad. Simples!
Pasta and Bacon Salad
This BLT salad is the perfect BBQ side dish for the meat lover! All you need is:
10 slices bacon, cooked and diced (grease reserved)
12oz pasta, cooked and cooled
3/4 ranch dressing
1 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
1/2 avocado, diced
1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
1/3 cup red onion, diced
1 cup romaine lettuce
fresh parsley for garnish (optional)
Whisk together mayonnaise, ranch dressing and 1 tablespoon bacon grease (optional).
In a large bowl assemble the pasta, tomatoes, avocado, cheese, red onion, lettuce and bacon.
Pour the dressing over and toss or serve the dressing on the side.
Garnish with parsley, if desired, and serve!
Serving nachos with your BBQ side dishes will give your garden grub an all American feel. Nachos make a great side and your kids will love them. All you need is:
1 bag of tortilla chips
Grated cheese (enough to cover the surface of chips and more if desired)
Salsa, for dipping
Guacamole, for dipping
Sour cream, for dipping
Assembling Nachos is super easy - all you need to do is spread your nachos out on a baking tray and cover with your grated cheese. Stick these under the grill for approximately 2-3 mins, checking on them frequently to avoid them burning.
Serve your dips either on top of your nachos or on the side for dipping.
Mac and Cheese Bites
Mac and Cheese bites are the perfect side dish to any barbecue. They are a brilliant combination of your favourite pasta dish and your guilty pleasure of fried food. Plus, they are not as hard to make as you may think.
Homemade Garlic Bread
Garlic bread is always a win in the house so why not make your own for your BBQ side dish. Follow this helpful video that will teach you the easy way to make garlic bread at home.
Swap butter for Flora (or any other dairy-free alternative) to make your garlic bread vegan-friendly!
Vegan Baked Beans
While it usually has to be Heinz, you could make your very own baked beans at home that are just as good! This easy recipe could be the BBQ side dish you didn't know you needed. For a healthier flare on your classic baked beans, AND vegan- friendly!
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