Easy Weeknight Summer Sides

Round out your weeknight meal with these quick and simple in-season sides from Food Network.
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Tex-Mex Salad

Make a light and refreshing summer salad with grilled corn, black beans and peppers. A mustard and lime juice dressing gives the whole dish a Tex-Mex spin.

Get the Recipe: Tex-Mex Salad

Roasted Potatoes and Tomatoes

Roasting toasts up the potatoes and brings out the sweetness of cherry tomatoes, a great combination when tossed with rosemary and garlic.

Get the Recipe: Roasted Potatoes and Tomatoes

Green Bean and Celery Salad

With a fresh, simple dressing mixed with lightly cooked green beans, this is a great way to eat your greens.

Get the Recipe: Green Bean and Celery Salad

Snow Pea and Avocado Slaw

With a little chopping and whisking, this unconventional crunch slaw can be on the table in 15 minutes.

Get the Recipe: Snow Pea and Avocado Slaw

Black-Bean Salad

Canned black beans add heft to simple leafy greens, while jalapeno and cumin add a shot of flavor.

Get the Recipe: Black-Bean Salad

Quick Pickled Vegetables

An assortment of brightly colored seasonal vegetables gets the pickle treatment when chilled in a salty-sweet brine.

Get the Recipe: Quick Pickled Vegetables

Tomato and Shishito Stir-Fry

This six-ingredient side add a pop of color to your dinner table. Plus, it's ready in only 20 minutes.


Get the Recipe: Tomato and Shishito Stir-Fry

Grilled Lemon-Pepper Corn

Turn large ears of corn into something more shareable. You'll add the lemon-butter to the corn before it hits the heat for even more flavor.


Get the Recipe: Grilled Lemon-Pepper Corn

Grilled Asparagus with Gremolata

Get all the flavors of a baked asparagus dish in this summer side. Grilled asparagus is topped with toasted panko breadcrumbs for a lighter dish.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Asparagus with Gremolata

Ginger-Soy Glazed Rainbow Carrots

Asian-inspired flavors add some salt and zing to sweet carrots. Serve it alongside simply grilled chicken for a quick warm-weather meal.


Get the Recipe: Ginger-Soy Glazed Rainbow Carrots

Spinach-Pepita Salad

Skip rice and beans and serve this easy side salad on your next taco night.


Get the Recipe: Spinach-Pepita Salad

Melon Salad with Spiced Almonds

You don't have to save fruit salad for dessert. Cayenne pepper and salt turn melon into a sweet and savory side.

Get the Recipe: Melon Salad with Spiced Almonds

Parmesan Asparagus and Butter Beans

This easy veggie side dish packs plenty of textures with creamy beans, crunchy asparagus and fresh dressing.

Get the Recipe: Parmesan Asparagus and Butter Beans

Grilled Sesame Bok Choy

Add dressed bok choy to your grill along with whatever main you're making during the last five minutes of cooking time for dinner even faster.


Quick Ginger Beets

Use gloves when cutting the beets to avoid getting purple pigment all over your hands.

Get the Recipe: Quick Ginger Beets

Kale-Strawberry Salad

Strawberries are in season! We bet you're using them in everything from pies to fruit salad, but why not add them to your side salad for a pop of color?

Get the Recipe: Kale-Strawberry Salad

Peach Caprese Salad

Juicy peaches add a touch of sweetness to this traditional Italian dish.


Get the Recipe: Peach Caprese Salad

Blistered Snap Peas

Treat crunchy snap peas to some heat. The slight char is complimented by sliced red jalapeno for some additional spice.


Get the Recipe: Blistered Snap Peas

Pierogi Picnic Salad

Consider this a Polish twist on classic American macaroni salad.


Get the Recipe: Pierogi Picnic Salad