Easy Weeknight Summer Sides

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

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Peach Caprese Salad

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

 

Get the Recipe: Peach Caprese Salad

Parmesan Asparagus and Butter Beans

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

Get the Recipe: Parmesan Asparagus and Butter Beans

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

Ginger-Soy Glazed Rainbow Carrots

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

Get the Recipe: Ginger-Soy Glazed Rainbow Carrots

Grilled Lemon-Pepper Corn

Turn large ears of corn into something more shareable. Adding the lemon-butter to the corn before it hits the heat gives 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 nice crunch.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Asparagus with Gremolata

Watermelon-Jicama Salad

Watermelon takes a savory turn in Marcela's lime and olive oil-dressed salad. "Basil pairs perfectly with watermelon, and the jalapeno gives it a spicy kick," she says.

Get the Recipe: Watermelon-Jicama Salad

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

Snow Pea and Avocado Slaw

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

Get the Recipe: Snow Pea and Avocado Slaw

Quick Ginger Beets

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

Get the Recipe: Quick Ginger Beets

Spinach-Pepita Salad

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

 

Get the Recipe: Spinach-Pepita Salad

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

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.

 

Tomato and Shishito Stir-Fry

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

Get the Recipe: Tomato and Shishito Stir-Fry

Smashed Cucumber Salad with Mint

Molly highlights Middle Eastern flavors in her smashed cucumber salad with mint, za'atar and radish. It's best to prepare this dish ahead of time and chill for at least 30 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to marry.

Pierogi Picnic Salad

Consider this a Polish twist on classic American macaroni salad.

 

Get the Recipe: Pierogi Picnic Salad

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

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

Blistered Snap Peas

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

Get the Recipe: Blistered Snap Peas

Grilled Mushroom Kebabs

If you're pressed for time, throw a few of these hearty kebabs on the grill. Not only do they make a great side, their flavorful combination of mushroom caps and red peppers also make them the perfect choice for meatless Monday.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Mushroom Kebabs

Chili-Lime Roasted Radishes

Chili-lime seasoning is used to give these radishes a summery kick. Top with salted pepitas for additional crunch and texture.

Get the Recipe: Chili-Lime Roasted Radishes

Spiced Watermelon Fries with Lime Crema

Embrace the savory side of watermelon with these chili powder, coriander and cumin-covered fries.

Get the Recipe: Spiced Watermelon Fries with Lime Crema

Nectarine-Tomato Salad

Don't just save your nectarines for dessert! The tart stone fruit works just as well in savory recipes like this arugula salad with tomatoes, crumbled ricotta salata and a honey-vinegar dressing.

Grilled Eggplant Salad

Give in-season eggplant a quick turn on the grill before tossing with tomato, basil and oregano for a tasty summer salad.

Crunchy Jicama and Mango Salad

Full of crunchy textures from jicama and cucumber, and a touch of sweetness from the mangoes, this refreshing salad comes together in just 20 minutes. "I love sprinkling mango with Tajín, a spicy, citrusy seasoning. That combination inspired this recipe," says Tyler.

Get the Recipe: Crunchy Jicama and Mango Salad

Tomato and Bibb Lettuce Salad

Valerie whips up a quick pantry dressing from mayonnaise and red wine vinegar for a 10-minute salad with in-season tomatoes and lettuce.

Get the Recipe: Tomato and Bibb Lettuce Salad