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Summer Cookout Side Dish Recipe Ideas

Updated on March 12, 2011

When the weather starts to get warm, it's time to start thinking about hosting and attending summer cookout events.

Whether you are looking for something to make for a casual outdoor dinner for your family if you are in need to a great dish to serve to a crowd at a large gathering at your home – or someone else's – these tasty and terrific summer cookout side dish recipe ideas are sure to be a hit!

Super Summer Salads

Salads make a great side dish item for summertime cookouts. You can prepare your favorite cold salad recipe ahead of time so that you can relax and enjoy the event. A simple green salad with homemade salad dressing is a good choice, but you can also easily create a salad that's a little more imaginative.

A few creative and interesting salad recipes that you may want to try the next time that you are preparing for a cookout event include:

Vegetable Selections

Summertime is the best time to find great deals on fresh vegetables at local produce stands and in your favorite grocery store. If there's room on the grill, you can make fresh vegetable kabobs featuring chunks of squash, zucchini, green peppers, onions, and mushrooms partnered with juicy cherry or grape tomatoes. You can also prepare a delicious vegetable recipe on the stovetop or in the oven to serve to cookout guests. A few vegetable dishes that you may want to try include:

Simple Homemade Dip Recipes

No summer cookout is complete without chips and dips. Rather than serving the "same old" store bought dips, try a few of these delicious – and easy to make – homemade selections.

Relax and Enjoy the Day

With all of these terrific recipes to choose from, there's no reason to stress out over what to prepare for the next cookout that you are hosting or invited to attend. Just pick one – or several – of these easy to prepare tasty dishes and you'll be on your way to having a stress-free great time on the day of the event!

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