Michael’s Best Summer Side Dishes

Round out your cookout menu with Michael's go-to salads, slaws and more.

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Charred Green Bean Salad

Charring the green beans gives this salad a smoky flavor, while the tangy feta and bright vinaigrette balance out the dish.

Get the Recipe: Charred Green Bean Salad

Grilled Corn with Ranchovy Butter

Skip the ranch seasoning packet and create your own Ranchovy-Butter with dill, parsley and other dried herbs. The anchovies promise a welcome salty taste.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Corn with Ranchovy Butter

Quick-Pickled Zucchini Salad

Michael’s simple pickling liquid will be your go-to all summer long.

Get the Recipe: Quick-Pickled Zucchini Salad

Antipasti Salad with Campfire Dressing

"Amazing salad, we rotate it into our meal plan weekly," one fan told us. The secret is his smoky red wine-oregano vinaigrette.

Get the Recipe: Antipasti Salad with Campfire Dressing

Watermelon and Feta Salad

Sweet watermelon and cucumber combine with savory garlic and scallions to create the best side dish for any barbeque.

Get the Recipe: Watermelon and Feta Salad

Pickle Coleslaw

The combination of pickle juice and spicy mustard adds a tangy bite to this cookout-ready dish.

Get the Recipe: Pickle Coleslaw

Smoky Mac and Cheese

Paprika and hot sauce transform regular ol’ mac and cheese into something extra special.

Get the Recipe: Smoky Mac and Cheese

Mom's Salad

This anytime salad is tossed with fresh tomatoes, onions and cucumbers, and perhaps best of all, you can make it in just five minutes.

Get the Recipe: Mom's Salad

Fried New Potatoes

Michael finishes these crispy potatoes with tons of fresh lemon and dill to guarantee a bright flavor. If you don’t have a grill, he says you can also cook the potatoes on the stove.

Get the Recipe: Fried New Potatoes

Baked Sweet Potatoes with Charred Onion Ranch Dip

Sweet potatoes are baked over indirect heat on the grill until tender, then finished with Michael’s homemade ranch-style dip with charred scallions.

Get the Recipe: Baked Sweet Potatoes with Charred Onion Ranch Dip

Cheesy Hash Brown Potatoes

Combine sour cream and lots of cheddar to make these ooey-gooey cheesy potatoes. A few dashes of your favorite hot sauce add an extra kick.

Grilled Potato Salad

Toasted peanuts add a salty crunch to this grilled potato salad.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Potato Salad

Rye Spaetzle

If you don’t have a spaetzle maker, Michael says using a perforated pan on top of a pot is a perfect alternative.

Get the Recipe: Rye Spaetzle

Charred Cabbage

Cabbage, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper — that’s all you need here!

Get the Recipe: Charred Cabbage