Summer Side Dish Recipes

Round out your perfect picnic or cookout with summer side dish recipes for pasta salad, potato salad, coleslaw and more from your favorite chefs at Food Network.

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Grilled Corn on the Cob with Garlic Butter, Fresh Lime and Cotija Cheese

Bobby grills corn inside the husk after removing the silks and recovering the corn with the husk. Once the corn is cooked, brush it with garlic butter before topping with cotija cheese and squeeze of lime.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Corn on the Cob with Garlic Butter, Fresh Lime and Cotija Cheese

Grandma Jean's Potato Salad

Gina shares her family recipe for this five-star potato salad that gets a touch of sweetness from sweet relish and a touch of sugar.

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Arugula and Strawberry Salad

Alex Guarnaschelli showcases how delicious strawberries can be when used outside of the dessert realm.

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Grilled Romaine Salad with Blue Cheese

Romaine lettuce leaves are an unexpectedly delicious ingredient to grill. Alex cooks them for 3 minutes on each side until slightly warm and tender, then dresses them up with a vinaigrette and crumbled blue cheese.

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Asparagus and Tomato Skewers with Honey Mustard-Horseradish Sauce

For a great veggie side dish, Bobby skewers tomatoes to make them easy to grill and pairs them with asparagus. A mustard sauce pulls it all together.

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Magic Cornbread

Something very special happens in the oven while this twist on a Southern classic bakes. The result is a rich and custardy center. Serve the cornbread with barbecue — or as dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of honey.

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Grilled Corn Salad with Lime, Red Chili and Cotija

Bobby grills corn in its own husks to protect it before taking the smoky kernels off the cob and tossing them with Cotija cheese, lime juice, lime zest, ancho chile powder and creme fraiche.

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Asian Noodle Salad

Get the biggest platter you can find, because Ree's 5-star salad is absolutely packed with delicious vegetables and noodles. And even with chopping all the vegetables, you can have this eye-pleasing dish dressed in a homemade Asian-inspired sauce and on the table in just 30 minutes. 

Get the Recipe: Asian Noodle Salad

Bow Tie Pasta Salad with Chicken and Roasted Peppers

Combine tender bow tie pasta combined with shredded rotisserie chicken, diced tomatoes and bell peppers to make a summery cookout side that can easily feed a crowd. A Dijon vinaigrette adds a tangy kick.

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Eggplant with Peanut Dressing

A simple peanut butter-based sauce adds a salty-sweet twist to grilled eggplant.

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Garden Pasta Salad

This simple recipe takes just 10 minutes' prep time. Mix carrots, celery, peppers, tomatoes and green onion together before adding cooled pasta then top with store-bought Italian-style salad dressing and Parmesan cheese.

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Grilled Corn on the Cob with Chili-Lime Butter and Cotija Cheese

This grilled corn — topped with cotija cheese, lime and chili powder in a classic Mexican style — takes just 10 minutes to prepare.

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Garden Potato Salad

This lightened-up version of classic potato salad is dressed with a light mayo-yogurt mixture, and is brimming with fresh cilantro and parsley. Carrots and cucumber add crunch to the mix.

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Italian Pasta Salad

Smoked mozzarella and spicy pepperoni add multiple levels of flavor to this pasta salad.

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Asparagus Pasta Salad

Asparagus, endive, red bell pepper and green peas add wonderful color and texture to this vegetarian summer salad.

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Pasta Salad with Lemon-Pesto Dressing

Rachael's easy-to-make pasta salad comes together in just 20 minutes with the help of store-bought pesto.

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Radicchio-Pasta Salad

Rachael tosses orecchiette pasta with onions and radicchio before tossing the dish with sweet-tangy orange-oregano dressing.

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Bacon-and-Egg Potato Salad

The classic breakfast pairing shines in Robert's fuss-free side salad from Food Network Magazine, featuring crispy bacon, hard-boiled eggs, red onions and a mayonnaise-mustard dressing.

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Ina's Zucchini Gratin

Follow Ina's lead this zucchini season and bake up a cheesy and crunchy summer casserole.

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Garlic and Herb Grilled Sweet Potato Fries

The secret to perfect firm-tender texture is parboiling the sweet potatoes before grilling, Bobby advises.

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Shaved Summer Vegetable Salad

When beautiful summer produce is available, sometimes the best way to cook it is, well, not to! This raw salad is crunchy, vibrant and fresh. Use a mandoline to give the vegetables the paper-thin treatment.

Get the Recipe: Shaved Summer Vegetable Salad

Giada's Artichoke and Tomato Panzanella

"I love my Artichoke and Tomato Panzanella," says Giada. "It is a great go-to recipe because I always have the ingredients in my pantry. All the colors and flavors of the tomatoes, artichokes, basil and olives make this a tasty and vibrant dish."

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Baked Potato Salad

To avoid waterlogged potatoes, Alex recommends baking before using them in the salad. When adding the herbs, try leaving some of the stems attached — it gives great earthy flavor.

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Tomato, Onion, and Cucumber Salad

Kirby cucumbers are great for this salad since they don't have a lot seeds and have such a thin skin that you can just give them a wash instead of peeling them.

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Grilled Corn Risotto

This summer risotto uses corn two ways: The cobs flavor the stock that Geoffrey uses to cook the rice, and grilled kernels are folded in at the end.

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Fresh Corn Salad

Ina loves to make this easy fresh corn salad when it's in season. Giving cooked corn an ice bath not only stops the cooking right away but it also keeps the beautiful yellow color for your salad.

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Creamy Potato and Prosciutto Salad

Sunny's tri-color potato salad gets a contrasting texture from crispy prosciutto combined with creamy mayo.

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Tomato Feta Pasta Salad

Ina finds a lot of pasta salads boring but this version mixes in ingredients while it's still warm so all of the flavors really get fully absorbed.

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Sweet Corn Pudding

When scraping the kernels away from the cob to use in their corn pudding, the Neelys reserve the milky runoff to later incorporate as a natural thickener, along with the milk, heavy cream and cheddar cheese. 

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Deconstructed Mexican-Style Corn

This recipe takes all of the ingredients from traditional Mexican corn on the cob, or elote, and fashions them into an easy-to-eat summer salad.

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Bobby's Creamy Coleslaw

This is Bobby's basic, classic coleslaw, a sure crowd-pleaser that's on the table in 10 minutes.

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Cold Peanut-Sesame Noodles

Chinese egg noodles get treated to a creamy peanut sauce that includes a surprising ingredient: strong-brewed green tea. 

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Melissa's Grilled Potato Salad

Cook the potatoes on the grill just long enough to achieve grill marks and a smoky flavor. Then gently toss them with Dijon mustard, parsley and bacon vinaigrette.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Potato Salad With Bacon-Scallion Vinaigrette

Red Cabbage Slaw

Anne's red cabbage and fennel slaw is creamy and tart.

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The Neelys' Old-Fashioned Macaroni Salad

The Neelys whip up a classic salad that goes great with barbecue ribs. Elbow macaroni and ham are mixed with hard-boiled eggs, celery, relish and mayo for a creamy taste of summer.

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Mesa Grill's Southwestern Potato Salad

Bobby's creamy potato salad gets a little Southwestern heat from chipotle pepper puree and a little cayenne.

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Guy's Grilled Romaine With Blue Cheese-Bacon Vinaigrette

Throw romaine on the grill for a surprising superstar summer side dish.

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Bobby's German Potato Salad

German potato salad is dressed with a vinaigrette instead of mayo, and it usually has a little bacon added in. Bobby cooks the dressing for his potato salad in bacon drippings, then he dresses the cooked potatoes while they're hot so they soak in all the flavor.

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BLT Pasta Salad

Transform the classic sandwich into a picnic-perfect pasta salad: Crispy bacon, ripe summer tomatoes and fresh lettuce pop against the creamy pasta spirals.

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Smoky Corn On the Cob

Cooking corn on the grill is easy. Just remove the silk, then fold the husk back up and put the whole ear on the grill.

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Whole Grilled Zucchini with Basil Vinaigrette

Here's a simple, easy way to grill zucchini in the summer. Cook it whole, until it is tender all the way through, then slice, dress and serve. You get the wonderful smoky flavor of the grill without having to baby-sit your vegetables.

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Savoy, Lime and Cilantro Coleslaw

Tyler mixes up an ultra-creamy coleslaw, spiked with lots of lime and cilantro.

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Rachael's Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Bundles

Cook Rachael's quick and easy asparagus bundles on the grill for an impressive summer side.

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The Neelys' Fried Green Tomatoes

The Neelys bread their green tomatoes with panko to make them extra crisp.

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Bobby's Toasted Israeli Couscous Salad with Grilled Summer Vegetables

Here's a new take on summer salad, with grilled veggies mixed with couscous.

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Grilled Zucchini Salad with Lemon-Herb Vinaigrette and Shaved Romano and Toasted Pine Nuts

Zucchini sliced lengthwise grills up beautifully. Just toss it with some Romano cheese, crunchy pine nuts and a tangy vinaigrette to create a grill-master side dish.

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Giada's Roman Summer Salad

Giada tops fresh summer tomatoes with briny olives and capers and then dresses the salad with a syrupy balsamic reduction.

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Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella

Giada's hearty, fresh grilled mushrooms could also work as a vegetarian main course.

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Rachael's Easy Grilled Potato Salad

Grilled potatoes can be dry, but Rachael tosses them with an herby vinaigrette right off the grill so they soak in the moisture and flavor.

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Grilled Ratatouille

This classic French dish was meant for your grill. Summer vegetables are charred, chopped and dressed with olive oil, fresh herbs and garlic. Serve it as a side with grilled chicken or pork, or slather it on grilled bread.

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Guy's Black Bean and Corn Salad

Guy whips up a hearty summer salad with grilled sweet corn, black beans and more veggies.

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Super-Zesty Potato Salad

Anne's secrets to standout potato salad? Tender red bliss potatoes, garlic, bacon and homemade mayonnaise.

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Asian Style Slaw

This easy coleslaw uses pre-shredded coleslaw mix from the grocery store. A few Asian ingredients give it a unique spin.

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Cucumber Salad

Cool down your summer cookout with this quick and easy side salad.

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Grilled Red Onions

Onions on the grill get tender and sweet, the perfect side dish for grilled meats.

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Garden Bean Salad

Mix together garden-fresh beans with canned white beans for a hearty summer side flavored with fresh herbs and tangy apple cider vinegar.

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Mediterranean Pasta Salad

This cheerful salad uses tricolor bowtie pasta and a slew of fresh Mediterranean ingredients — feta, oregano and black olives, to name a few — for a side dish bursting with bright flavor.

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Snow Pea-Radish Slaw

Simple and easy, this crunchy salad is just thinly sliced snow peas, red onions and radishes tossed together with a light vinaigrette.

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Beer Batter Hushpuppies

Mix up your hushpuppy recipe by adding your favorite beer to the cornmeal batter. For consistent results, use an ice-cream scoop to drop the starchy batter into hot oil. 

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Mix and Match Pasta Salad

Design your own perfect picnic salad with this guide from Food Network Magazine.

Giada's Tri-Colore Orzo

Giada dresses up barbecue with this beautiful and delicious Italian take on pasta salad.

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Bobby's Texas-Style Potato Salad

Homemade pickled red onions, along with their liquid, are Bobby's secret ingredient for this potato salad. He also adds lots of mustard to the dressing for a pop of flavor.

Get the Recipe: Texas-Style Potato Salad with Mustard and Pickled Red Onions

Bobby's Quinoa Salad with Asparagus, Goat Cheese and Black Olives

Instead of pasta salad, Bobby mixes up a cool simple salad of quinoa, grilled asparagus and aged goat cheese dressed with a red wine vinaigrette. Go ahead and make it ahead and serve at room temperature.

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Bobby's Whole Wheat Israeli Couscous

Israeli couscous has a bigger pearl. and it's cooked like pasta. Bobby tosses it with grilled vegetables, along with cherry tomatoes and mozzarella, dressing it all with a balsamic vinaigrette.

Get the Recipe: Whole Wheat Israeli Couscous with Ratatouille, Mozzarella and Balsamic Vinaigrette

Bobby's Summer Pasta Salad Alternatives

See how Bobby mixes up two cool summer salads for outdoor get-togethers.

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50 Potato Salad Recipes

Bring a different potato salad to every barbecue, picnic and potluck this summer.

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Lemon-Parsley Asparagus

For a simple summer side, quickly boil asparagus and top it with a tangy lemon-parsley mixture.

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Grilled Panzanella Salad

Serve this grilled bread and veggie salad as a main dish for four or as a side dish for a larger group.

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Grilled Summer Squash

Get summer squash while it's in season and grill it up with parsley and mint. A sprinkle of shaved ricotta gives a hint of salt.

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Grilled Bok Choy

You'll need only six ingredients for this easy side dish that is great on the grill.

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Skillet Cornbread Pudding with Ham and Pepper Jack

Use fresh sweet corn to liven up this crowd-pleasing side.

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Grilled Lime Scallions

For a simple side, throw some scallions on the grill and simply dress them with lime juice and a little spice.

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Aaron's Classic Potato Salad

Aaron adds boiled eggs to his potato salad and dresses it with a hot Worcestershire-mayo mixture for a creamy side dish with a kick.

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Summer Chopped Salad with Ranch Dressing

Use crispy, fresh farmers' market finds for this classic American salad. Immersing vegetables in boiling salted water and plunging them into ice water (called "blanching" or "refreshing") is the key to keeping this salad crunchy and bright.

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Caprese Salad With Prosciutto and Fried Artichokes

Water-packed artichoke hearts are great for frying or sautéing. They have a more subtle flavor than marinated ones.

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Corn and Tomato Spoonbread

Spoonbread is a soft pudding-like variation on cornbread.

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Sausage-and-Basil-Stuffed Tomatoes

Dress up tomatoes with a savory stuffing of sausage, herbs, bread cubes and bell pepper.

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Shepherd's Salad

This bright salad is fresh and tasty and adds a bright pop of color to any picnic table.

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Squash Gratin

Make the most of summer squash bounty by tossing it with shallots, parsley and mint. Add a red jalapeno for a burst of heat.

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Three-Bean Salad

Green beans, wax beans and black beans combine with mustard, red onion and cilantro for a savory salad that’s great on its own or served over rice.

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Marcela's Chipotle Baby Potatoes

These potatoes are boiled until just al dente before taking a spin on a hot grill. Once tender on the inside and barely charred on the outside, they are tossed in cilantro and chipotle oil, imbuing them with zesty spice.

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Garden Pasta With Bocconcini

This pasta salad is filled with some of summer's best produce: cherry tomatoes and zucchini.

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Mexican Grilled Corn

Tyler's Mexican-inspired grilled corn is smothered in a mayo, sour cream and cilantro dressing before being sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.

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Pasta Salad With Steak, Bell Pepper, Green Beans and Bacon

Put a hearty spin on this summer staple by adding steak and bacon to pasta shells. Mayonnaise and sour cream combine for the ultimate creamy dressing with Parmesan cheese.

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Pasta Salad With Tuna, Celery, White Beans and Olives

Try a new take on pasta salad by adding tuna, wagon wheels, white beans and a creamy dressing with lemon juice, sour cream and mixed herbs.

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Pasta Salad With Salami, Carrots, Peas and Roasted Red Peppers

Toss savory cubed salami with tortellini, peas, carrots and roasted red peppers for a picnic treat.

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Pasta Salad With Asparagus, Corn and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

You can prep the mix-ins and dressing for this salad a day ahead, then just cook the pasta and toss before serving.

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Hearts of Romaine with Blue Cheese and Bacon

Combine the enhanced flavor of romaine with smidgens of bacon and our irresistible blue cheese dressing, and that old-fashioned wedge of lettuce becomes a slice of heaven.

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Orzo Salad with Shrimp and Feta

Toss orzo pasta with shrimp, lemon zest, feta and olives for a salad ready in just 25 minutes.

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Summer Corn Salad

This simple salad relies on the great flavors of summer corn and tomatoes.

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Grilled Eggplant Salad

This simple salad combines the sweetness of grilled red onions with pickled hot cherry peppers and refreshing herbs.

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Watermelon-Cucumber Salad

Turn diced watermelon into a savory side salad by tossing it with cucumber, scalions, minced jalapeno and feta cheese.

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Grilled Potato Salad

Prepare a vibrant summer salad for your next outdoor party by tossing grilled Yukon Golds with oranges, onions and arugula.

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Indian Street Corn Salad

One of the most beloved street foods in India is also one of the simplest: corn on the cob, slow-roasted over hot coals, and sprinkled with salt, cayenne and fresh lime juice. It bears a striking resemblance to Mexican elote, which adds some salty, creamy cotija to the mix. 

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Tomato and Grilled Corn Salad with Almond Vinaigrette

Showcase the two seasonal favorites, tomatoes and corn, by dressing them with an almond vinaigrette and topping with crumbled goat cheese.

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Macaroni Salad

Mustard and mayonaise are the classic combination for this summer side dish that comes together with just 10 minutes' prep time.

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Summer Squash Casserole

The squash, onions and zucchini for this casserole can be prepped in a steamer basket. If you want to speed up your prep time, place all of the vegetables in a microwave-safe bowl and zap them until tender (about 4 minutes).

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Classic Southern Macaroni and Cheese

All you need for this mac and cheese casserole dish are five ingredients. Combine everything in a dish and bake until golden brown.

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Southwestern Pasta Salad

Corn, tomatillos, grilled peppers and red onion join forces over a bed of tender orecchiette in Bobby's 15-minute summer pasta salad. Toss it all together with smoky chipotle dressing for Southwestern flair.

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Gingered Coleslaw with Golden Raisins

Geoffrey's take on this classic picnic side is flavored with ginger and garlic, giving it a slight Asian accent.

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Roasted-Pepper Pasta Salad

Fresh roasted bell peppers and cute bite-sized balls of mozzarella make this a standout summer salad.

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Alex's Skillet Cornbread With Strawberry Jam

Alex bakes her cornbread in a preheated 9-inch cast-iron skillet. Serve the classic cornbread with sweet, simple strawberry jam.

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String Bean and Potato Salad

The secret to Anne's potato salad is to add the garlic, salt, olive oil and vinegar to the potatoes while they are still warm, allowing them to absorb the seasoning all the way through. Once finished, let the salad sit for an hour to let the flavors develop further.

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Baked Plantain Chips

Use a mandoline to easily slice plantains into these addictive 4-ingredient, jerk-seasoned plantain chips. 

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Grilled Peach and Bacon Salad

Grilled peaches and bacon team up for an easy, sweet and savory side dish that you’ll be serving all summer long.

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Cauliflower Rice

Sneak in some extra veggies at the table with cauliflower rice, a light and simple side dish that’s super easy to make; just pulse cauliflower florets in the food processor and warm in a skillet. Ayesha’s version calls for scallions and almonds, but you can substitute with whatever mix-ins you have on hand.

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